About NBC 26



Behind the Scenes


WAGT signed on the air in 1968 under the call letters WATU. When Schurz Communications purchased the property in 1980, the call letters were changed to WAGT and the station was moved to its downtown Augusta location.

NBC 26 News first aired at 11 p.m. on September 21, 1995, and a 6 p.m. and morning newscast soon followed. In June 2003, NBC 26 Morning News expanded to become the first Augusta television station to air a two-hour morning newscast.

Since 1996, NBC 26 News has been honored with many awards.

In 2009, Schurz Communications signed a shared services agreement with Media General. Beginning in 2010, Media General took over the majority of the operations and management of WAGT. Schurz Communications still owns the station. In Late 2011, the newly-branded NBC 26 and it’s Media General owned sister station WJBF moved into its present location on Augusta West Parkway, inside the all-new Television Park.

~Frequently Asked Questions~

Where is NBC 26 located?

Our studios and offices are located at 1336 Augusta West Parkway in Augusta, GA. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

What is the station’s telephone number?

main phone:
breaking news / news desk:

Where should I send news releases?

Whenever possible, we prefer that you e-mail news releases to producers@nbc26.tv. Please remember to include the time, date and location of your event and a contact phone number. You can also mail the information to:

NBC 26 News
1336 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909
Attn: Assignment Manager

What times do NBC 26 newscasts air?

Monday-Friday News
NBC 26 Today – 5 to 7 a.m.
Today – 7 to 11 a.m.
NBC 26 News at 6 – 6 to 6:30 p.m.
NBC Nightly News – 6:30 to 7 p.m.
NBC 26 News at 7 – 7 to 7:30 p.m.
NBC 26 News at 11 – 11 to 11:35 p.m.
Weekend News
NBC 26 Today (Saturday & Sunday)- 9 to 10 a.m.
NBC 26 Today (Saturday) – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
NBC 26 Today (Sunday) – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
NBC Nightly News – 6:30 to 7 p.m.
NBC 26 News at 11 – 11 to 11:30 p.m.

If I have a comment or question about a newscast or program, who do I contact?

For news comments, e-mail the news director, Mark Rosen (mrosen@nbc26.tv). If you have a story idea please send it to producers@nbc26.tv. For comments about programming, contact the main office at 706-826-0026.

Who do I contact if I have a question about closed captioning?

If you have concerns or want to report technical difficulties regarding closed captioning on WAGT, please contact Chief Engineer Dave DeFrehn.

WAGT Television, Inc.
1336 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909
Attn: Dave DeFrehn

What is the difference between NBC 26 WAGT and the NBC network?

NBC 26 WAGT-TV, which is owned by Schurz Communications, is the local NBC affiliate in the Augusta area. As a local station, NBC 26 produces local programs such as NBC 26 News.

NBC is the network that serves the nation through its relationship with the affiliates that broadcast NBC programs. NBC 26 WAGT-TV does not have influence over the production of these programs. If you have comments or questions about a network program, please go to the NBC web site (www.nbc.com).

How do I contact a member of the NBC 26 News team?

You can read about your favorite news team member and send e-mail to them in the Meet Our Team section of this web site or you can send mail to:

NBC 26 News
1336 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909
Attn: (Reporter/Anchor’s name)

What channel is NBC 26 WAGT-HDTV broadcast on?

You can watch NBC 26 WAGT-HD on channel 26.1.

How can I arrange a tour of the NBC 26 studios?

Station tours can be arranged by calling the switchboard at 706-826-0026. To sign your group up for a weather-related tour or school visit, click here.

How do I get someone’s picture on the morning show for the birthday segment?

Visit the Birthday Announcements page on NBC26.tv or e-mail pictures to birthday@nbc26.tv at least a week before the birthday. You can also send them to:

c/o NBC 26 News
1336 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909

Pictures will be shown on the birthday date between 5 and 7 a.m. If the birthday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, we’ll show it the Friday before. Unfortunately, pictures cannot be returned.

How do I request an anchor or reporter to speak at an event?

To request a speaker, you should send a letter on your organization’s stationery or letterhead to the news director, Mark Rosen.

What do the ratings I see at the beginning of programs mean?

Rating labels were created to help viewers decide what to watch, and to help parents determine which programs are suitable for their children.
TV-Y: Deemed appropriate for all children, including ages 2-6.
TV-Y7: Designed for children age 7 and above. May include mild fantasy or comedic violence.
TV-G: Suitable for all ages, although not designed specifically for young children. Contains little or no violence, no strong language and little or no sexual dialogue or situations.
TV-PG: Parental guidance suggested. Contains material parents may find unsuitable for younger children, including moderate violence, sexual situations, infrequent coarse language, and/or suggestive dialogue.
TV-14: Parents strongly cautioned. Contains material many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14, including intense violence, intense sexual situations, strong coarse language, and/or intensely suggestive dialogue.
TV-MA: Mature audience. Designed for adult viewing and may be unsuitable for children under 17; includes graphic violence, explicit sexual activity, and/or crude language.
Four letters may be added to each label to indicate the content the program contains:
V: Violence
S: Sex
L: Coarse language
D: Sexual dialogue

The rating labels appear in the corner of your television screen during the first 15 seconds of each program. Ratings are assigned to all television programming except news and sports. Parents can use a V-chip, cable lockbox, or a set-top box to block inappropriate television programming.

~Behind the Scenes~

Every newscast at NBC 26 is put together by a team of people working both on camera and behind the scenes. They begin their work many hours before the newscasts airs. Stories you see on NBC 26 News come through our reporters, wire and network news services, other affiliated stations, press releases and viewer calls.

News Director

Mark Rosen is the manager who oversees the entire news operation. He hires and manages the staff and keeps consistency among the various NBC 26 newscasts.

Assignment Desk

The Assignment Manager decides which reporter will cover stories each day. They make their decisions based on the information that flows into the newsroom during the day, as well as telephone calls, faxes, and e-mails received, and the communication they hear on police scanners. They make arrangements for camera crews to cover events, and along with the producers, they help determine which events will be covered.


Each newscast has a producer who decides which stories to run and in what order. When things don’t go as planned, producers must make split-second decisions on what to do next. The producers keep the newscast on time, so that the next program begins when it’s supposed to.

NBC 26 Today: Mike Lepp
NBC 26 News at 6: Maurice Williams
NBC 26 News at 7: Emily Forrest
NBC 26 News at 11: Candace Goldstein
NBC 26 Today Weekends: Nickelle Smith
NBC 26 News Weekends: Janny Rodriguez


These are the people you see reading the news, but their job goes much further than that. In addition to reporting, they help write stories not covered by reporters. They need to have a commanding knowledge of the day’s news events. In many cases they may be asked to ad lib live about a particular event or story that’s breaking news.


The reporters cover stories of local interest to Georgia-Carolina viewers. During morning and afternoon story meetings, the reporters help decide what is worth covering, and what the story really is about. Reporters write their own scripts and, along with the photographer, decide what images to put with the text of their story.

News Photographers

These are the people who operate the cameras at news events. They may go out alone to shoot pictures of a local story, or be accompanied by a reporter to cover an event in more detail. Along with the reporter, the shooter decides what every shot will look like and what items will be videotaped.


These people assemble the pictures you see on every newscast. They choose how a story is visually put together. For instance, they may start the tape with a wide shot of an accident, then follow it with close-ups from the scene.


While the “news director,” is responsible for the overall news operation, the newscast director coordinates all the technical people working on our live newscasts. There are many people on headsets operating the technical equipment being coordinated by the director. When things don’t go as planned, directors also must make split-second decisions on what to do next.


The audio operator controls all the sounds being sent to your television. Sounds come from videotapes, microphones, pre-recorded music and live reporters in the field. In addition, they coordinate the “behind-the-scenes” communications equipment, including the earpieces worn by anchors and reporters.

Chyron Operator

This person makes is responsible for making sure the correct words appear at the bottom of your screen during the newscasts.

Teleprompter Operator

This person runs the computer that scrolls the script for the anchors to read while on-air. In addition, when the anchors are not on-camera, the TelePrompTer operator scrolls the text of stories which sends the script text to “closed captioning” so hearing-impaired people can read the script on their television screens. Often the news anchor runs the TelePrompTer using a foot pedal.


At NBC 26 News, the interns assist the producers, anchors and reporters. Most interns are area college students majoring in broadcasting or related fields.

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