Members of KXAN’s morning news team will see their workload double this week.
The station, which currently airs local news from 4:30 to 7 a.m., is set to launch a two-hour newscast on sister station KNVA, Austin’s CW affiliate, starting Tuesday.
The broadcast will run from 7 to 9 a.m. and will feature the same anchors viewers are accustomed to seeing on KXAN: newscasters Brian Sanders and Sally Hernandez, traffic reporter Amanda Dugan and weatherman Mark Monstrola.
“We genuinely like each other,” said Hernandez, who has anchored KXAN’s morning newscasts for the past eight years. “It’s going to be nice to have this extra time together.”
The KNVA newscast will enable the station to dig deeper on the day’s big stories, Hernandez says. There will be more entertainment news and updates from the kxan.com web staff, too, but the focus will remain on delivering the quick-hit headlines, weather forecasts and traffic alerts morning viewers expect to see before they head off to work and school each day.
“We want to help people plan their day by giving them real local news,” Hernandez said.
The 7 a.m. newscast faces some stiff competition, though, going up against the network morning shows — ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and NBC’s “Today” — as well as already established local newscasts airing on KTBC and YNN.
But Hernandez says she’s ready for the challenge.
“I’m very protective of our viewers,” Hernandez said. “I really respect them. We know they’ve got choices, and it’s an honor to be part of their morning routine.”
Fox 7 adds weekend morning newscasts
Fox-owned KTBC is launching a pair of weekend morning newscasts.
“Good Day Austin Saturday” and “Good Day Austin Sunday” will debut this weekend.
Both shows will air from 6 to 8 a.m.
Scarlett Greyson, a new arrival who most recently worked for Lubbock’s ABC affiliate, will anchor the two newscasts.
Fox 7 is the third Austin broadcast station to air news on weekend mornings. “KXAN News Today” with Erin Cargile runs from 6 to 8 a.m. Saturdays and 6 to 7 a.m. and 8 to 9 a.m. Sundays, while “KVUE News Daybreak” with Ashley Goudeau airs from 7 to 9 a.m. both Saturdays and Sundays.
Longhorn Network to air volleyball, soccer games
The Longhorn Network has announced plans to air almost two dozen University of Texas volleyball and soccer games this fall.
The full schedule:
- Saturday, 1 p.m.: Penn State
- Saturday, 3 p.m. (Airing on delay at 10 p.m.): Stanford vs. Florida
- Sunday, 10 a.m. (Airing on delay at 5 p.m.): Penn State vs. Florida
- Sunday, 3 p.m.: Stanford
- Sept. 22, 1 p.m.: Nebraska
- Sept. 28, 3 p.m.: Oklahoma
- Oct. 9, 6 p.m.: Texas Tech
- Oct. 30, 7 p.m.: TCU
- Nov. 9, 7 p.m.: Kansas (Tentative start time)
- Nov. 21, 7 p.m.: West Virginia
- Nov. 23, 4 p.m.: Kansas State (Tentative start time)
- Nov. 30, 4 p.m.: Baylor (Tentative start time)
- Friday, 7 p.m.: Samford
- Sunday, noon: Illinois State
- Sept. 20, 7 p.m.: Texas State
- Sept. 22, 7 p.m.: UTSA
- Sept. 27, 7 p.m.: TCU
- Sept. 29, 1 p.m.: Iowa State
- Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: Baylor
- Oct. 20, 1 p.m.: Oklahoma
In Central Texas, Austin-based LHN is available to Grande Communications and AT&T U-verse customers.