A New Jersey Shore radio station plans to increase its local news coverage to fill a void created by a local TV station that dropped its nightly newscast. Longport Media news/talk WOND, Atlantic City-Cape May (1400) intends to air a half hour of local news each night at 6pm. The news opening was created by extensive changes at WMGM-TV, Wildwood (channel 40).
Dropped by NBCUniversal as an affiliate, the TV station is not only losing NBC programming but also its local newscasts, created by Access.1 which has operated the station under a deal with California-based LocusPoint Networks. “We saw it as an opportunity to step in and try to fill the void,” WOND president Dave Coskey tells CBS.
Longport is also negotiating with Locus Point to provide local TV shows that would help the TV station meet FCC requirements. WMGM’s frequency is expected to eventually be sold as part of the FCC’s spectrum auction.
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