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August 8, 2007
Mark Williams joins Channel 13

The Channel 13 morning show, which already has a provocative voice in anchor Chris Burrous, continues to push the envelope when it comes to local morning TV news.

Former KFBK conservative talker Mark Williams (pictured) will give his views on politics and social issues every other Monday at 6 a.m. He starts Aug. 20.

The addition of Williams is yet another indication that Channel 13 is carving a niche for itself in the market as the right-wing station in town. It has used Republican spinmeister Rob Stutzman as an evening news political commentator, and nightly commentator R.E. Graswich leans right, as well.

Then again, Burrous' morning show actually has been accused of a left-wing tilt, after his publicized tiff with Rush Limbaugh recently.

Steve Charlier, vice president for news at channel 13 and 31, could not immediately be reached for comment.

But Burrous tells us this morning that, "although I don't speak for the station," he wants all points of view from local media mavens on his show. He's talking about getting writers from the Sacramento News & Review, the blog, as well as Sactown and Prosper magazines to regularly appear on the show.

"We're just trying to make this show as relevant as possible for where we call home," Burrous says. "You don't do that by running lots of video from Kansas City. And while we've got the day's hard news covered, I figure these publications and pundits do a superb job of covering other things in-depth or just covering issues and items that I'd never notice or we couldn't possibly cover."

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