Four years ago at this time, WHBF was airing one hour of local news a day.
A 6 p.m. newscast was added in the fall of 2011, followed by what became a two-hour morning show. And now, after the addition of a new set, new anchors, new high-definition equipment and a new identity as “Local 4,” it’s taking another step.
Beginning Sept. 14, it will begin a daily, 30-minute newscast at 4 p.m.
It will be anchored by Tiffany Lundberg, who was added with Jim Niedelman in March as the new anchors when the switch was flipped to “Local 4.”
“The current 5 (p.m. news) will look a lot like the future 4 (newscast),” general manager Marshall Porter said. “It’ll be lighter fare, more live interviews. It’ll definitely have a less hard news flair to it.”
The 5 p.m. edition, Porter said, would transition to more of a hard newscast. KWQC was the first station in the market to begin a 4 p.m. newscast, in the fall of 2011. Plans for a 4 p.m. newscast at WHBF started rolling earlier this summer, Porter said.
“We were looking at another local program and we decided given the timing with everything going on that the best thing would be to add a 4 o’clock now with some more expansion later on,” he said.
During May, in the first ratings period since the “Local 4” change, viewership went up, Porter said.
“There’s clear improvement and there’s a long way to go, but I’m heartened by what I’ve seen thus far,” he said.
The new newscast will be followed by “Inside Edition” at 4:30 p.m. “Dr. Oz” moves back an hour to 3 p.m.
At 2, the vacating “Judge Judy” (moving to WQAD in the fall) will be replaced by a new talk show, “The FAB Life.” “FAB,” short for “Fun and Beautiful,” is created and co-hosted by Tyra Banks with panelists who are experts in food, fashion, design and beauty.
Fox 18, CW changes
This is the first fall season that WHBF and KGCW are under the same ownership, Nexstar Broadcasting, as well as operating KLJB.
Director of broadcast operations J.D. Walls said that broadcast rights couldn’t be split between the two owners, so there will be no more programs airing on both Fox 18 and the Quad-Cities CW.
KLJB’s schedule remains largely unchanged, with the exception of two new shows: “Crime Watch Daily,” a rundown of crime news from across the country, at 10 a.m. weekdays; and two reruns of the sitcom “2 Broke Girls” at 10 p.m.
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“Modern Family” repeats move to 11 p.m., followed by “Anger Management” at midnight. Reruns of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” are on at 1 and 5 a.m., with a wee-hours movie at 2 a.m.
There’s also a change in the midday court show block, with “Supreme Justice with Judge Karen Mills” at 1 p.m. and “Justice with Judge Mablean” at 1:30.
The local CW schedule keeps its 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. lineup intact and rearranges reruns of “Community” (7 a.m.), “The Office” (8 a.m.) to the morning hours and has a sitcom block of “How I Met Your Mother,” “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons” from 4-7 p.m.
KGCW’s late-night comedy schedule changes as well from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with episodes of “Family Guy,” two “American Dad” reruns, “King of the Hill,” “The Middle,” two runs of “Hot in Cleveland” and “How I Met Your Mother,” followed by a repeat of the Local 4 news from 10 p.m., and three hours of “Jewelry Television.”
As I’ve said in the past, I rely on Mississippi Valley Fair general manager Bob Fox for the attendance counts at all of the grandstand concerts.
While I’ve never questioned how high his numbers get, I was very surprised to see that he estimated Wednesday’s Reba McEntire concert what I considered low at 27,600, when the track and breezeway in front of the grandstand were as packed as I’ve seen them.
I love to crunch the fair numbers — there’s an updated top-20 list at qctimes.com with a photo gallery — and thought I’d trot out the records for each night of the week at the fair, which continues through Sunday.
Tuesday: Toby Keith, 2013, and Blake Shelton, 2012, both with 28,000
Wednesday: Lady Antebellum, 29,000 in 2014
Thursday: Alan Jackson, 31,200 in 2008
Friday: Poison, 28,700 in 2007
Saturday: Alan Jackson, 30,000 in 2014
Sunday: Miranda Lambert, 27,000 in 2011