January 19, 2010

WCNC-TV to Debut Local Lifestyles Show "Charlotte Today" on February 15th

CHARLOTTE - WCNC-TV, Carolina's NewsChannel 36, is launching "Charlotte Today" -- a new live, local entertainment and information show, beginning Monday, February 15, 2010. The one hour program will air each Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m., following NBC's THE TODAY SHOW. Colleen Odegaard, the popular NewsChannel 36 morning news anchor, will host "Charlotte Today."

The locally-produced program will feature segments on health, food, fashion, finance, beauty, decorating, pet care, fitness and fun.

Odegaard says the new show is a dream come true! "I keep pinching myself. I'm so excited it's actually happening! I meet people all the time who have an amazing story to tell, but the story never quite fit in the news context. Now, we have a perfect venue to feature their stories."

"Charlotte Today" will be the best local source for viewers interested in things that matter to them like healthy lifestyles, family, money matters, home d cor, gardening as well as travel and leisure activities.

"NewsChannel 36 viewers will discover that `Charlotte Today' is a great source to focus on all the wonderful things going on in-and-around Charlotte, and connect our viewers more closely to the community" says Executive Producer of Local Programming Mary Alvarez. "We're very excited to launch a new morning program that will serve our audience and advertisers in a unique way."

Beginning February 15th, "NewsChannel 36 Midday" airs from 12noon to 1:00pm.

About Colleen Odegaard - Host of "Charlotte Today"
Colleen Odegaard has been a news anchor for WCNC-TV since September 1998. She came to WCNC-TV from NewsChannel 46 in Salinas, California. There, Colleen co-hosted Eye on This Morning, a news and entertainment program.

A busy wife and mother of two boys, Colleen enjoys playing "light sabers" with her 7-and-a-half and 6-year-old sons - when she is not on the air. Currently, she is also training for her next triathlon.

About WCNC-TV & Belo Corp.
WCNC-TV, Inc. is part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, with 2008 annual revenue of $733 million. The Company owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Luanne Stuart, Creative Services Director - WCNC, at 704-329-3636.