WDAZ-TV - News Operation

News Operation

WDAZ produces local newscasts on Monday through Fridays at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m., The morning newscast, First News (Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.), and weekend newscasts originate from WDAY-TV. Longtime WDAZ personalities include news anchors Milo Smith and Terry Dullum, and sports anchor Pat Sweeney. Local weather forecasts are pre-recorded from WDAY-TV meteorologists. Chuck Bundlie was the station's first news director and anchor, serving from 1967-1992. Unlike most ABC affiliates, WDAZ does not air midday news during the week. For many years, WDAZ also produced weekend newscasts. However, cutbacks in 2010 have resulted in WDAZ's weekend newscasts being merged with those of WDAY, and weekend newscasts are now simulcast with WDAY.

As a whole, KVLY-TV has been the historic ratings leader, with WDAY/WDAZ being the runner-up; WDAY and WDAZ counted as one station for ratings and regulatory purposes (Fargo and Grand Forks are in the same Nielsen TV market). However, WDAZ has historically been well ahead of KVLY in the ratings for the northern part of the market. This is largely because it is the only station airing local news for Grand Forks and the northern part of the market. The station has claimed to have more people in Grand Forks watching its newscasts than its competitors (KVLY/KXJB and KBRR) combined.

WDAZ is noted for being nationally honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage during the Red River Flood of 1997. In February 2007, the station also received exposure on YouTube for its report on the emo music and clothing trend.

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