Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Mary T. Rogus
Tuning in to news on the radio and/or television is a staple of the morning routine for millions of people across the United States. From minute-long headline briefs to four-hour blocks, morning news on broadcast, cable, and satellite outlets provides a wide range of news and information, traffic, weather, and entertainment. Most morning news on radio and television is rigidly formatted to time, so viewers and listeners not only get the information but can gauge whether they are running ahead or behind in their morning schedule. More than any other news program, morning news is focused on the things the audience needs to know immediately to progress with their day—that is, “Do I need a coat or umbrella?” “Is there an accident on my driving route?” “Is the kids' school delayed or closed by weather?” “What was the score of the game last night?” “What hot stories will everyone be ...