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Kirk Mason Joins WWMT From WSBT

kirk masonKirk Mason is joining WWMT in Grand Rapids, Mich. Mason will be the CBS affiliate’s morning and noon anchor beginning in January.

“We are pleased that Kirk has decided to join our station. He is an award winning journalist who will fit right in here at Newschannel 3,” WWMT vice president and general manager Jim Lutton said in a statement.

Mason comes from South Bend, where he has been the morning and noon anchor at CBS affiliate WSBT since 2000. He has previously worked at WJFW in Rhinelander, Wisc. and KSPR in Springfield, Mo.

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WWMT Adds Weekend Morning Newscasts

Grand Rapids CBS affiliate WWMT is launching weekend morning newscasts later this month.

The newscasts will air Saturdays from 6 to 8 a.m. and Sundays from 7 to 9 a.m. beginning January 19. Jessica Harthorn (left),a veteran WWMT reporter, will anchor. She will be joined by meteorologist Cyndi Kahlbaum (right).

“These weekend morning newscasts will deliver breaking news and severe weather coverage while also reflecting more of a ‘Face the Nation’ feel on the local level,” VP-GM Jim Lutton said in a statement. “We will incorporate major live interviews, debate the hot issues and report live on the scene of developing stories with a dedicated reporter.”

WWMT Debuts Western Michigan’s First 4:30 a.m. Newscast

WWMT in Grand Rapids, MI debuted the market’s first 4:30 a.m. newscast today.

“We are proud to be the first to offer a 4:30 a.m. local newscast to Western Michigan,” WWMT vice president and general manager Jim Lutton said, announcing the newscast’s debut.  “We are dedicated to being the news leader in the market and this shows our commitment to those efforts.”

Now appearing a half-hour earlier every weekday, is the WWMT morning team of Josh Roe, Marcie Kobriger, and Jeff Porter. Read more

GM Jim Lutton Says WWMT Sees Positive Changes Under Sinclair Ownership

Sinclair Broadcast Group officially closed the $385 million acquisition of Freedom Communications eight-station group yesterday, and the stations — which have been operated by Sinclair since December — are already seeing changes.

Jim Lutton, who will continue as vice president and general manager of WWMT in Grand Rapids, told mlive.com that Sinclair wants the station “to be successful.”

Lutton said WWMT has been equipped with new “live stream” technology, which increases the number of areas WWMT can broadcast from using cellular and Web-based devices. The station has also hired new employees. Read more

Anchor Judy Markee Saying Goodbye to WWMT After 22 Years

After 22 years with WWMT, anchor Judy Markee has decided to say Goodbye to the CBS-affiliate. Markee announced on Tuesday that she will not renew her current contract, which expires at the end of May.

“I have been thinking about this for some time,” Markee said about stepping away. Her husband recently retired and she said that she’s been considering leaving WWMT, which serves western Michigan, for the past year.

“It is not an easy decision for me to leave, however 22 years in one place is a long time so I felt it is the right time for a change,” she said. “The time demands of this business and my schedule of working daily until midnight has made it difficult to get away for meaningful periods of time. So my husband and I intend to spend the next year traveling.”

Markee is currently the main anchor of WWMT’s 5, 5:30, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts. Read more