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TypeTerrestrial television network
United States
AvailabilityNationwide, via terrestrial TV and OTT streaming
(estimated coverage [as of May 18, 2020], 20.43%)[1] and Worldwide
FoundedFebruary 28, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-02-28)
SloganMore news. More often.
HeadquartersCadillac, Michigan
ParentNewsNet LLC
(Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc.)
Key people
  • Eric Wotila
  • (President/CEO, NewsNet LLC)
Launch date
January 1, 2019
Picture format
720p (HDTV, widescreen)
AffiliatesSee section
Official website

NewsNet is an American news-oriented free-to-air television network that is owned by NewsNet LLC, a division of Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc. The network is structured to broadcast a tightly-formatted 30-minute newswheel 24 hours a day (with a 90-minute breakaway on weekend late-mornings), incorporating freshly-updated information that covers various areas of interest (such as national news, sports, entertainment, weather and business). Breaking news stories are updated constantly as they develop and new information becomes available.

In addition to being carried on digital subchannels of affiliated television stations, NewsNet also distributes its programming through a livestream that is available on its website (, as well as mobile apps in areas where it does not have a terrestrial TV affiliate. NewsNet's operations are based out of the studios of the network's owned-and-operated station WMNN-LD on West 13th Street and 3rd Avenue in Cadillac, Michigan.

Background and history

On September 28, 2017, Eric Wotila – who founded low-powered all-news station WMNN-LD in Cadillac, Michigan, and oversaw the studio design and construction for News Channel Nebraska, a Norfolk, Nebraska-based quasi-state network of five low-powered stations that also maintained an all-news programming format – started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to fund the launch of a 24-hour national news channel – under the working title, the Local News Network (LNN) – intended for broadcast, online and mobile distribution.[2][3][4][5]

Citing favorable opinions from viewers about the "straight-to-the-facts, no-nonsense and commentary-free" coverage provided by WMNN-LD, the Local News Network proposed to offer a news wheel format (similar in structure to the 1982–2005 format of HLN, and the formats of defunct all-news networks such as All News Channel and Satellite News Channel) that would eschew the often-politically focused panel discussion programs that have populated the afternoon, nighttime and weekend schedules of cable news channels (particularly CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel) since the early 2000s. The project called for LNN to be based out of WMNN's Cadillac studio facility, with the hope of eventually opening bureaus elsewhere around the United States. The project failed to reach its funding goal of $100,000 needed to develop LNN – which would have been used to pay for equipment and staffing necessary to handle the national broadcasts – by the closure of the 50-day campaign on November 17, 2017, raising only $8,012 from 78 public backers. Wotila subsequently sought to obtain backing from investors to fund the venture.[2][3][4][5]

On March 15, 2018, Wotila and other partners involved in the Local News Network project announced the launch of NewsNet, which would maintain the concept originally developed prior to the commencement of the Kickstarter campaign.[6][7][8]

NewsNet was officially launched on January 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with the Evening Edition serving as the network's inaugural program. On May 8, 2019, ground was broken on new studios. The facility will consist of 3 studios, each with their own control rooms and a new, state-of-the-art master control room overseeing the operations of NewsNet, WMNN-LD and WXII-LP, the new studio went into effect at 4 a.m. on December 9.[9]


The channel's programming is structured around a rolling news wheel format, providing up-to-date information on the top national and international stories in just 30 minutes. Each half-hour of the wheel format begins with a two-minute-long look at the leading headlines of the moment (with updated details provided when breaking news develops), followed by an eight-minute selection of additional headlines at 02 and 32 minutes past the hour. The remainder of the block features a national weather forecast summary (at 12 and 42 minutes past the hour), sports scores and headlines (at 17 and 47 minutes past the hour), and "Health News", a segment focusing on the latest health headlines or "Living Well" (at 24 and 54 minutes past the hour).[10]

To comply with programming guidelines imposed by the Children's Television Act, NewsNet also carries a 90-minute block of educational children's programming on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Current programs

Rolling news blocks
  • NewsNet Continuing Coverage (December 9, 2019–present)
  • NewsNet Evening Edition (January 1, 2019–present)
  • NewsNet Midday Edition (January 2, 2019–present)
  • NewsNet Mornings (December 9, 2019–present)
  • NewsNet Nightside Edition (January 2, 2019–present)
E/I programming

Former programs

  • NewsNet Morning Edition (January 2–December 8, 2019)

On-air staff

News anchors

  • Benjamin Arie – also Health News and Living Well segment reporter
  • Remington Hernandez – also producer, Health News and Living Well segment reporter
  • Vic McCarty – also executive producer, Health News and Living Well segment reporter
  • Sierra Searcy – also Health News and Living Well segment reporter
  • Samana Sheikh – also Health News and Living Well segment reporter

Weather team

  • Morris Langworthy – Chief meteorologist
  • Carl Rippy – Meteorologist

Sports anchors

  • Bejoy Joseph – also sports director
  • Derek Tate


Aside from the one mentioned below, NewsNet also utilizes correspondents from CNN Newsource via an outsourcing agreement.

  • Derek Myers

Former on-air staff

  • Sandra Brogan
  • Jessica Mojonnier
  • Charlie Tinker (now at WJRT-TV in Flint)
  • Eden Lane


On January 2, 2019, one day after the station launched, TV news industry blog published a photo of NewsNet primary anchor Remington Hernandez wearing a Make America Great Again hat that Hernandez had published to his public Facebook profile, casting doubt on the station's claim of being politically unbiased.[11] In October 2019, a user of the TV News industry forum posted a photo taken off of Hernandez's public Instagram page that featured a smiling Hernandez next to conservative political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.[12]


As of May 2020, NewsNet has current and pending affiliation agreements with 50 television stations in 46 television markets encompassing 24 states, covering 20.43% of the United States.[1] The majority of NewsNet affiliates are low power stations that are within the geographic boundaries of a particular TV market, but do not cover the entirety of the market. For example, as of March 2020, NewsNet's website lists San Francisco as a city with an affiliate, despite the affiliate station KAAP-LD being a low-power digital station licensed to Santa Cruz who's coverage barely reaches the city of San Jose and San Mateo County.

In addition to allowing affiliates to sell local advertising (offering four minutes of local commercial time per hour to prospective stations), NewsNet provides the option for its broadcast affiliates to pre-empt the "Health News" and "Living Well" segments at the end of each half-hour to allow to carry a five-minute-long local headline "capsule", providing news and weather information focusing on the local viewing area. NewsNet also provides an optional turnkey local news production service for stations that do not maintain their own local news departments to produce local news capsule segments or full-length newscasts.[10][13][6][7][8]

Current affiliates

City of license/market Station Virtual
(on main channel)
(Management Company)
Date of affiliation Notes


Cusseta (Columbus, Georgia) WQMK-LD 18.3 18 Retro Television Network Ben Jordan Communications Corporation February 19, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Dothan WJJN-LD 49.3 49 Religious Wilson Broadcasting Company, Inc. Fall 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Florence (HuntsvilleDecatur) WXFL-LD 10.1 10 Benny Carle January 1, 2019 Replaced Youtoo America


Anchorage KYUR 13.1 12 ABC Vision Alaska, LLC
(operated by Coastal Television Broadcasting Company LLC)
April 25, 2020 Replaced local newscasts


Barstow (Los Angeles) K36JH-D 36.3 36 NASA TV Brent Gaddis February 14, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Cathedral City (Palm Springs) KAKZ-LD 4.4 4 Free Speech TV Tara Broadcasting LLC January 1, 2019 Replaced QVC
Los Angeles KFLA-LD 8.1 8 KFLA Television (Roy William Mayhugh) April 8, 2019 Replaced Corner Store TV, which moved to 8.3
Reedley (FresnoVisalia) KVBC-LP 13.9 26 MeTV Cocola Broadcasting
(operated by Ventura Broadcasting Company)
January 7, 2019 Replaced My Life TV
Ridgecrest (Bakersfield) KZGN-LD 21.2 42 Heartland Wiknich Broadcasting Corporation May 20, 2019 Replaced Classic Shows
Santa Cruz (San FranciscoOaklandSan Jose) KAAP-LD 24.7 11 Diya TV Major Market Broadcasting January 1, 2019 Launched on new subchannel


Orlando WSWF-LD 10.5 45 Rev'n Major Market Broadcasting January 22, 2019 Replaced Lifehacks DRTV
Miami-Fort Lauderdale WDFL-LD 18.1 11 Independent François Leconte January 2020
St. Augustine (Jacksonville) WQXT-CD 22.7 28 Retro Television Network A1A TV, Inc. January 10, 2019 Replaced The Walk TV


Cumming (Atlanta) WLVO-LD 21.6 21 Diya TV United Media Network, LLC March 15, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Dalton (Chattanooga, Tennessee) WDNN-CD 49.3 49 Independent North Georgia Television January 1, 2019 Replaced Retro Television Network
Valdosta (Albany) WSWG 44.5 31 CBS Marquee Broadcasting TBA Launches on new subchannel


Arlington Heights (Chicago) WRJK-LP 22.6 24 Diya TV Major Market Broadcasting January 1, 2019 Replaced Charge!


Marion (Indianapolis) WNDY-TV 23.3 9 MyNetworkTV Circle City Broadcasting March 1, 2020 Launched on new subchannel


Kansas City KCKS-LD 25.2 25 Buzzr Heartland Broadcasting, LLC January 1, 2019 Replaced Justice Network
Sublette (WichitaHutchinson) KDGL-LD 23.5 23 Cozi TV High Plains Broadcasting, LLC January 1, 2019 Replaced Retro Television Network
Topeka WROB-LD 25.2 26 Buzzr Heartland Broadcasting, LLC January 1, 2019 Replaced Justice Network
Wichita KCTU-LD 5.2 23 This TV (primary)/
AMGTV (secondary)
River City Broadcasters, Inc. January 1, 2019 Replaced Estrella TV


Louisville WBNM-LD 8.6 50 Buzzr Word Broadcasting Network, Inc.
(operated by South Central Communications)
January 1, 2019 Launched on new subchannel


Baton Rouge WLFT-CD 30.3 30 MeTV Touch Family Broadcasting January 1, 2019 Replaced HSN


Detroit WHNE-LD 3.9 3 Light TV Tait Broadcasting LLC January 1, 2019


Holly Springs (Memphis, Tennessee) WBII-CD 20.4 20 Sonlife Broadcasting Network Mid-South Broadcasting January 11, 2019 Replaced Heartland


Joplin KJPX-LP 35.1 35 Gary and Deborah Kenny February 21, 2019 Replaced Retro Television Network

North Carolina

Lumberton (Myrtle BeachFlorence, South Carolina) WTNG-CD 33.11 14 The Family Channel Mercy's Bridge Media, LLC May 20, 2019 Replaced HSN
Manteo (NorfolkPortsmouthNewport NewsVirginia Beach, Virginia) W22EN-D 22.5 22 Classic Shows Lawrence F. Loesch January 31, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Tarboro (RaleighDurhamFayetteville) WNCR-LD 41.2 21 Youtoo America WNCR Media Group, Inc. April 28, 2019

New Jersey

Middletown Township (New York, New York) WJLP 33.8 3 MeTV PMCM TV May 20, 2019 Launched on new subchannel

New York

Buffalo WBXZ-LP 56.11 17 Cozi TV Steven D. Ritchie January 1, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Cobleskill (AlbanySchenectadyTroy) WYBN-LD 14.8 14 Buzzr Cable Ad Net New York January 9, 2019 Replaced The Action Channel
Utica WVVC-LD 40.6 33 Antenna TV Northeast Gospel Broadcasting, Inc. February 1, 2019 Launched on new subchannel


Columbus WCSN-LD 32.8 26 Movies! Columbus TV, LLC March 7, 2019 Replaced Youtoo America


Cottage Grove (Eugene) K18LR-D 36.1 18 South Lane Television, Inc. Fall 2019


Pittsburgh WPTG-CD 69.4 49 This TV Fifth Street Enterprises, LLC September 30, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
State College (JohnstownAltoona) WHVL-LD 29.1 27 MyNetworkTV Channel Communications January 1, 2019 Nightside Edition only

South Carolina

Beaufort (Savannah) WSCG-LD 14.11 14 Court TV Winemiller Television, LLC Fall 2019 Launched on new subchannel


Nashville WJDE-LD 31.4 31 Heroes & Icons Word Broadcasting Network January 1, 2019 Replaced HSN


Beaumont KUMY-LD 22.1 22 SETX Public Television Corporation May 20, 2019 Replaced Mexicanal
Dallas KLEG-CD 44.1 28 DV Broadcasting, LLC April 10, 2020 Replaced Swagat TV (moved to 44.4)
Houston KBPX-LD 46.12 27 NuestraVisión Word Broadcasting Network January 1, 2019 Launched on new subchannel
San Antonio KGMM-CD 24.1 36 CNZ Communications August 26, 2019


Logan (Salt Lake City) KUTA-LD 8.3 8 Youtoo America Airwaves, Inc. March 4, 2019 Replaced local programming
Ogden (Salt Lake City) KQTI-LD 8.2 31 Youtoo America Airwaves, Inc. March 4, 2019 Replaced Biz TV


Seattle KYMU-LD 6.3 6 Cozi TV Seattle 6 Broadcasting LLC 2019 Launched on new subchannel
Yakima KGFZ-LD 31.3 31 Ron Bevins Fall 2019 Launched on new subchannel


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