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WFMJ to Launch Weekend Morning Newscasts

wfmj logoWFMJ, the NBC affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio, will launch weekend morning newscasts on October 26, TVNewsCheck reports.

The newscasts will air Saturdays from 6 to 7 a.m. and 9 to 10 a.m. and Sundays from 7 to 8 a.m. and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Jennifer Brindisi and Derek Steyer will anchor, with Jasmine Monroe reporting on the weekend’s events.

“The whole news staff is excited about the addition of the weekend broadcasts. It’s a chance to report on stories that sometimes don’t get told, dig in on the local political landscape and feature more of the things that make the Valley a great place to live,” news director Mona Alexander said.

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Scott Schneider Named WXIX Evening Anchor

Scott Schneider has been named weekday evening co-anchor for WXIX, the Fox affiliate in Cincinnatti.

Schneider joined WXIX earlier this year after 14 years at WFMJ in Youngstown, Ohio. Since joining WXIX, he has been reporting for the morning newscast as well as occasionally filling in on the anchor desk.

In his new role, Schneider will co-anchor the 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Tricia Macke, replacing Ben Swann, who signed off from WXIX in May. Schneider will work on WXIX’s investigative reporting team and on WXIX’s “Reality Check” segments.

Retirement of Meteorologist Mark Koontz Brings Changes to WFMJ

WFMJ has announced the retirement of chief meteorologist Mark Koontz (pictured center) as well as some changes to the Youngstown, OH, NBC affiliate’s weather team lineup.

“We wish Mark all the best in his retirement,” WFMJ general manager Jack Grdic said in a statement. “He’s truly ‘The Dean’ of Northeast Ohio weather and he has been a terrific colleague.” Koontz said he will sign off after a 40 year career tomorrow. He spent ten years at WFMJ, five of those as chief meteorologist.

The station also announced Eric Wilhelm (pictured right) will replace Koontz as chief meteorologist.  Wilhelm, who came to WFMJ in October said, “I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to succeed a truly extraordinary meteorologist and broadcaster as Mark Koontz.” Read more

NBC Stations Across Ohio Teaming Up for Debate

NBC-affiliates across Ohio are partnering to present a statewide debate centered on Issue 2, a controversial state referendum up for repeal. The debate will be moderated by NBC News political director Chuck Todd and broadcast from Columbus on Tuesday, October 25th.

The debate will be carried by WLWT Cincinnati, WKYC Cleveland, WCMH Columbus, WDTN Dayton, WLIO Lima, WNWO Toledo, WTOV Wheeling-Steubenville, WFMJ Youngstown, and WHIZ Zanesville. It will also be streamed live on each of the stations’ websites. Read more

Leslie Barrett Named Evening Co-Anchor at WFMJ

Leslie Barrett will helm her first broadcast as evening co-anchor at WFMJ, the NBC affiliate in Youngstown, OH, tonight. She will anchor the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts alongside Bob Black.

Barrett is a native of the Youngstown area. Her first experience with local television was at WFMJ — as a high school student, she spent time shadowing Michelle Nicks, who is still a reporter with the station.

“I feel lucky to be home,” Barrett told The Youngstown Vindicator. “I always dreamed of being here.”

Prior to joining WFMJ, Barrett spent four years as a reporter and weekend anchor at WTAP, the NBC affilate in Parkersburg, WV. She was the anchor of a weekly segment called “Wednesday’s Child,” which profiled local children in foster care and resulted in several adoptions, according to The Vindicator.

Blooper: Ohio Food Personality Gives Bawdy Suggestion on WFMJ Morning Show

An Ohio TV personality seemed to have something else on her mind when she appeared on Youngstown’s WFMJ to do a cooking segment.

Nancy from Sparkle Markets, an Ohio grocery store chain, was on the NBC-affiliate’s morning show to demonstrate a recipe for pistachio biscotti when she accidentally suggested a pairing for the Italian treat that is far less conventional than the average cup of coffee (video above). Needless to say, the video has gone viral.