Gray Buys Station, Plans to Add News


WDBJ (Roanoke) owner Gray Television has bought another station in the market. 

The company has purchased Channel 24 from Liberty University and renaming it WZBJ24. 

Gray hopes to begin operation on September 1, and starting Labor Day, the channel will run additional newscasts at 7:00 am and 10:00 pm.

Beginning September 3rd,  the WDBJ7 news team of Melissa Gaona and Logan Sherrill along with Chief Meteorologist Brent Watts will bring viewers the area’s #1 newscast an hour earlier in prime time every Monday through Friday at 10pm.

In addition, WDBJ7 Mornin’ will add an expanded hour from 7-8am, Monday-Friday on WZBJ24. This extra hour will be anchored by Kimberly McBroom, Neesey Payne and Josh Birch. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will continue to do weather for the morning show.

In other words, more news with the same bodies.