My Turn, Your Turn: Welcoming WMBF

Courtesy: WMBF News
Courtesy: WMBF News

WILMINGTON -- At WECT, we're getting ready to welcome a new neighbor, and say goodbye to some long-time viewers.

On Friday, a new sister station will sign on in Myrtle Beach and WECT will no longer be seen by most viewers in what 's known as the Myrtle Beach - Florence Market.

The station is called WMBF News.  It's also an NBC affiliate, and it's owned by the same company as WECT, Raycom Media.  To tell you more about WMBF News, here's their general manager, Ted Fortenberry:

"WMBF News is the Grand Strand and Pee Dee's first NBC station we can call our own.  And we're excited about what we'll be offering our viewers five hours each weekday of live, local, late breaking news and weather. All your favorite NBC shows, plus a lot of other programming we think you'll like, including the first daily version of Deal or No Deal!  Look for our first newscast Friday at 5pm on cable and satellite and over the air on digital channel 32."

As WMBF News debuts on the Grand Strand, it will replace WECT on cable in that market, which also includes the North Carolina counties of Scotland and Robeson.

We will miss our many loyal viewers.  But we do want people in those counties to know that with a good antenna aimed in the right direction, many of you can still watch WECT over the air for free, just as you have for more than 50 years.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me, here.