See How The Local News Sausage Is Made


TV Guide network does reality TV by following the news-making process at a Savannah, Georgia TV station. What better place to find lunatic behavior without having to go to a mental health facility! From

In a role reversal of sorts, WJCL/Fox 28 employees have the cameras turned on them for TV Guide network’s “Making News: Savannah Style,” a 13-episode docu-reality series about the backstage successes and failures of the local dual-news station.

Viewers will see how reporters, anchors and behind-the-scenes folks deal with everything it takes to put on multiple live daily broadcasts.

The show will premiere 8 p.m. Wednesday on the TV Guide channel.

All staff members appear on the show, but the featured characters — deemed The Magnificent Seven by TV Guide — are news director Michael Sullivan, Jason Davis (cops), Wendy McNew (former military/education reporter), Stephanie Simoni (current education reporter), Jennifer Beale (entertainment reporter), Frank Sulkowski (sports director) and Danielle Powell (former 6 p.m. broadcast producer).

Currently, WJCL is the lowest-rated ABC affiliate in the nation. It is linked to the local Fox affiliate, Fox 28, which is also a low-rated station.

Issues facing the station during the series include equipment problems and outdated technology, a former general manager who is now in a federal prison for stealing money from the station, and reporters who are open about their wish to find other work.

But reporters’ dedication to their work is not understated, either; their attitude toward their work, as evidenced in the show, is one of the little engine that could.

“I hope everyone sees that with the deck we’re playing with people come together and everyone gives it their all,” Davis said.

Sullivan hopes the nation will see the “real picture” of a station that has multiple obstacles, but does what it can each day for a city it cares about.

“What a chance this is,” Sullivan said, “to show the nation this beat-up puppy who every day puts a big smile on and moves forward.”

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