WTOP News Announces New Weather Partnership with 7News (WJLA-TV)

Washington, D.C. – March 24, 2023 – Beginning Monday, April 3, 2023, WJLA-TV’s team of experienced meteorologists will begin providing round-the-clock weather reports every 10 minutes on WTOP News.

“WTOP listeners rely on our traffic and weather reports on the 8s. We are excited to begin this partnership with our colleagues at WJLA and bring unprecedented live weather coverage to the D.C. region, especially on those days when it matters most,” said Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News and Programming.

Throughout the day, listeners will hear directly from WJLA’s team of experienced meteorologists, including Chief Meteorologist Veronica Johnson, Eileen Whelan, Brian van de Graaff, Steve Rudin, Jordan Evans and Mark Pena. WTOP can be heard on 103.5 FM, 107.7 FM and 103.9 FM throughout the Washington DC metro area.

“WTOP is Washington’s powerhouse news radio station, and we couldn’t be more excited for this multi-platform initiative to provide excellence in comprehensive weather coverage for listeners in the capital region.  This is an amazing opportunity to elevate both of our news operations,” said WJLA 7News/ 24/7 Senior Vice President and General Manager, Todd Bernstein.

The collaboration with WJLA restarts a long-time partnership between the two news stations. WJLA previously provided weather coverage on WTOP for more than 10 years.

“Weather affects our everyday lives in many ways,” said 7News First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Veronica Johnson. “Our team of meteorologists will be providing the most accurate weather information plus First Alert severe weather coverage to help keep WTOP’s listeners safe.”

“We have the utmost respect for the team at WJLA and their outstanding weather coverage,” said Joel Oxley, Senior Vice President/General Manager for WTOP. “Together our promise will be to deliver the most impactful and helpful weather reports every day to listeners throughout the region.”

About WTOP News

WTOP serves the Washington D.C. metro area 24/7 with top news, traffic and weather.  WTOP can be heard on 103.5 FM, 107.7 FM and 103.9 FM. WTOP’s live stream and news content are also available on any device at WTOP.com, the WTOP app and on smart speakers like Alexa and Google Home. WTOP and its partner organization, Federal News Network, are owned by Hubbard Radio, LLC. WTOP produces over a dozen podcasts including 22 Hours: An American Nightmare (winner of a regional Edward R. Murrow Award), Colors: A Dialogue on Race in America and Target USA.

About Sinclair:

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) is a diversified media company and a leading provider of local news and sports. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets affiliated with all the major broadcast networks; owns Tennis Channel and multicast networks Comet, CHARGE! and TBD; and owns and provides services to 21 regional sports network brands. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and the nation’s largest streaming aggregator of local news content, NewsON. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information, which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.


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