WXMI Celebrates 20 years of Local News

On January 11, Tribune Media’s WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) celebrated 20 years of news coverage.  It was in 1999 when West Michigan viewers got their first 10:00 p.m. newscast.

The newscast was only 30 minutes and had the tagline:  At Ten It’s News, At Eleven It’s History.

The opening newscast was anchored by Michele DeSelms and Monty Knight, with Peter Chan delivering the weather and Autrey Sturgis with sports. Weekend newscasts were anchored by Christian Frank and Kimberlee Charchan, with Sharon Hellman on weather and Brent Ashcroft on sports.

The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton began the week before on January 7. The Sopranos debuted on HBO on January 10. Later that month, Family Guy debuted on Fox.

Over the past twenty years, the station has gone from 30 minutes of news per day to ten hours (weekdays).

See a video of the station’s first newscast here.

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