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WITN-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for Eastern North Carolina's Inner Banks. Licensed to Washington, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 32 (or virtual channel 7.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Grifton along NC 118. Owned by Gray Television, it has studios on East Arlington Boulevard in Greenville. Syndicated programming on WITN includes Rachael Ray, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Judge Mathis, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and Steve Harvey.
Originally, WITN-DT2 served as a 24-hour local weather channel. It picked up MyNetworkTV on September 28, 2009 after the area's Ion Television owned-and-operated affiliate WEPX-TV and its full-time satellite, WPXU-TV, dropped the programming service. At that point, local weather programming was reduced to overnights and mornings while syndicated offerings made up the rest of WITN-DT2's schedule. A further addition to that service occurred April 18, 2011 when it added Me-TV and dropped all remaining weather-related programming with the new network taking up most of the weekend and daytime schedule.
Eventually, a new third digital subchannel signed-on and began offering a 24-hour live feed of WITN's Doppler weather radar. On January 17, 2013, it separated programming from MyNetworkTV and MeTV onto dedicated digital subchannels (with Me-TV relocating to a new third subchannel). However, WITN-DT2 simulcasts WITN-DT3 during overnight periods.
For a period of time, WITN-DT2 could be seen on the digital tier of Time Warner Cable in the greater Wilmington area since that market's MyNetworkTV affiliate, W47CK, was technically ineligible for carriage on cable providers due to its low-powered status. As a result, the clearance allowed WITN-DT2 to unofficially serve as Wilmington's Me-TV outlet since there is currently no associated television outlet in that area. Eventually, Time Warner picked up W47CK and subsequently dropped WITN-DT2 from the lineup.
The station signed-on September 28, 1955 from facilities on U.S. 17 in Chocowinity (outside Washington, though with a Washington mailing address). It was the area's second television outlet to launch after Greenville's WNCT-TV. It was an NBC affiliate from the start but shared secondary ABC relations with WNCT until the 1963 sign-on of WNBE-TV (now WCTI-TV) in New Bern.
WITN aired an analog signal on VHF channel 7 from the region's highest transmitter at that time; its current tower was also one of the tallest structures in the United States. The station was originally owned by North Carolina Television, a consortium of radio stations from Northeastern North Carolina. Majority ownership was held by the owners of WITN radio (930 AM now WDLX and FM 93.3 now WERO).
That company held onto the television station until 1985 when it was sold to Aflac. It added the -TV suffix to its call sign on July 31, 1978. In 1997, Aflac sold its broadcasting group to Retirement Systems of Alabama which merged with Ellis Communications to form Raycom Media. However, Raycom could not keep WITN due to a significant signal overlap with Wilmington's WECT (an Ellis property that was part of the deal). WITN's city-grade signal reaches the northern portion of the Wilmington market. What was then known as Gray Communications (now Gray Television) bought the station in 1997. It has been broadcasting a full-power digital signal since June 2006.
On January 7, 2009, a high definition feed of WITN was launched on DirecTV and can now also be obtained on Dish Network. It switched to digital-only broadcasting on June 12. However, the station had planned to end analog transmissions on February 19 as originally scheduled. WITN's digital signal remained on UHF channel 32 when the conversion was completed. In June 2013, the station moved to a new high-definition ready studio in Greenville.
In addition to offering network and syndicated programming, the station also produces live broadcasts of select East Carolina University football and basketball games not picked up nationally by ESPN as part of its deal with Conference USA. Even though most of the broadcasts were limited to its own market, WITN got other television outlets throughout North Carolina to carry a contest in 2003 which saw ECU competing against in-state rival University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
In terms of Nielsen ratings, Eastern North Carolina is usually not very competitive during sweeps periods. Historically, WITN has generally traded the highest viewership crown with WNCT and WCTI. In July 2008, the CBS outlet became the most watched television station in the market after taking first place weeknights at 6 and 11. However, since then, WNCT has fallen to 3rd place weeknights at 6. As of May 2010, WITN has won the sign-on to sign-off honors for two consecutive ratings periods. More specifically, the station won all time periods except for the weekday noon news. After moving into its new studio facility in Greenville on June 5, 2013, WITN became the area's second television outlet to upgrade news production to high definition level. In addition to its main studios in Greenville, the station operates news bureaus in Washington (on Main Street), Jacksonville (on Western Boulevard), and in New Bern (on Middle Street).
While broadcasting from its original facility in Chocowinity, WITN maintained a bureau in Greenville on East Arlington Street (within the Square Shopping Center) less than two blocks from its current full studio building. This location began broadcasting a weekday morning newscast in 1997 featuring a news anchor, meteorologist, and photographer based at the location. There were also weeknight interview segments conducted from the old Greenville facility. WITN still operates its own Doppler weather radar, known on-air as "Live Doppler 7", at its old Chocowinity facility along with featuring live VIPIR data from several regional NOAA National Weather Service radar sites.
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WSBT-TV, channel 22 is a CBS-affiliated television station in South Bend, Indiana. WSBT is the flagship television station of Schurz Communications. Its studios are located on East Douglas Avenue in Mishawaka. Its transmitter is located in South Bend.
In 2003, WSBT launched UPN Michiana on digital channel 22.2. UPN Michiana became an independent in Fall 2006 when UPN programming merged into the new CW network. At that point, "UPN Michiana" became "SBT2". One of SBT2's new offerings include a weekday 10pm newscast, which began September 5, 2006.
WSBT-TV first signed on on December 21, 1952 as another media outlet of the South Bend Tribune. It was the first UHF station in the country to produce a live telecast, which was five minutes of news. It was also the first on UHF to telecast a high school basketball tournament, which came from John Adams High School. In 1953, WSBT-TV had several sports related firsts. In the fall of that year, WSBT became the first TV station in the United States to present a closed-circuit telecast of a college football practice. This allowed Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy to direct the practice, as he was hospitalized at the time. WSBT-TV was also the first station in Indiana to broadcast in color, starting in 1954 in new studios designed by architect William Pereira. The station unveiled its new facility in Mishawaka on November 16, 2008, beginning with WSBT News at 10 on SBT2. With the relocation, WSBT became the first station in South Bend to produce and broadcast its local programming in high definition. The TV station joined the radio stations which began broadcasting from the new facility a few weeks earlier. The former WSBT studio building is now home to the area's PBS member station WNIT (channel 34).
Although WSBT has been the earliest UHF television station to have broadcast continuously, it has switched channels once during the analog era. Originally broadcast on channel 34, it moved to channel 22 around 1958. It is also one of the very few stations to have had the same call letters, owner and primary network affiliation throughout its history as well as the only commercial television station in South Bend to remain owned by a locally-based company. And when the Federal Communications Commission tightened its cross-ownership regulations in the 1970s, the combination of the Tribune and the WSBT radio and television stations was among the few such combinations that were grandfathered under those rules—a situation that remains in effect since all four of the media properties that were grandfathered remain owned by the Schurz family to this day. WSBT is the longest-tenured CBS affiliate in Indiana.
On August 4, 2008, WSBT announced plans to purchase Weigel Broadcasting's three stations in the market, ABC affiliate WBND-LP, CW affiliate WCWW-LP, and My Network TV affiliate WMYS-LP. Since the three stations are all low-power, they are not counted under FCC ownership rules. Alongside WSBT-DT's existing three channels, the purchase would have given Schurz Communications a total of six channels in the market, including two "Big Four" network affiliates. However, in the absence of action by the FCC, the deal was called off in August 2009.
On Sunday, November 16, 2008, WSBT became the first station in South Bend to broadcast local news in high definition. With the switch to HD, WSBT moved from its old studios after 53 years in South Bend, to a new all-digital, state-of-the-art facility in Mishawaka. The move also came with a brand new studio, weather center and graphics.
1 Owned by WHFB Broadcast Associates; operated by Schurz under a LMA 2 Schurz shares ownership of this station with Perkin Media. 3 These stations are repeaters of KWCH-TV.
WSTM-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for Central Upstate New York that is licensed to Syracuse. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 24 from a transmitter in Onondaga. Owned by Barrington Broadcasting, the station is sister to low-powered CW affiliate WSTQ-LP and CBS affiliate WTVH. However, the latter is actually owned by the Granite Broadcasting Corporation but operated by Barrington through joint sales and shared services agreements. All three outlets share studios on James Street in the Near Northeast section of Syracuse. Syndicated programming on the station includes Extra, Access Hollywood, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Dr. Phil among others. WSTM and WSTQ split coverage of New York Yankees games produced by the YES Network for MyNetworkTV affiliate WWOR-TV.
WSTQ does not air a digital signal of its own due to its low powered status. However, one is provided in 720p high definition on WSTM's second digital subchannel. On WSTM-DT3 is a 24-hour local news and weather channel known as "CNY Central".
The station began operations on February 15, 1950 with the call sign WSYR-TV. It was owned by Advance Publications (the Newhouse family's company) along with the Syracuse Post-Standard, Syracuse Herald-Journal, and WSYR radio (AM 570 and FM 94.5, now WYYY). It was Syracuse's second television station, signing on a year and three months after WHEN-TV (now WTVH). It originally had facilities at the Kemper Building in Downtown Syracuse. In 1958, WSYR-AM-FM-TV moved to new studios on James Street.
Unlike most NBC affiliates in two station markets, WSYR-TV did not take a secondary ABC or DuMont affiliation. WSYR-TV doubled as the NBC affiliate for Binghamton until WINR-TV (now WICZ-TV) signed-on in 1957. The station also operated a satellite station in Elmira until 1980; that station, first known as WSYE-TV and now WETM-TV, is now owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group and fed via centralcasting facilities of a Syracuse cross-town rival, which ironically now holds the WSYR-TV call letters. It remains affiliated with NBC.
The Newhouse family largely exited broadcasting in 1980 and sold WSYR-TV to the Times Mirror Company. Since the company was not interested in the radio stations, it changed the television station's calls to WSTM-TV (for Syracuse Times Mirror) and kept the James Street studios. Under Times Mirror ownership, WSTM was sister to fellow NBC affiliate WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Alabama (which later became network owned-and-operated and is now owned by Media General) as well as later Fox O&O's KTVI in St. Louis, Missouri, KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth, and KTBC in Austin, Texas (KTVI is now owned by Local TV). In 1986, Times Mirror sold WSTM to SJL Broadcast Management, a broadcast holding company controlled by George Lilly. SJL then sold WSTM to Federal Broadcasting in 1992. That company was bought out by Raycom Media in 1997. The WSYR-TV calls returned to Syracuse in 2005 after Clear Channel Communications purchased WIXT (formerly WNYS-TV) as part of the Ackerley Group acquisition three years earlier. The company changed WIXT's calls to match WSYR radio, which it had owned for several years.
On March 5, 1996, WSTM General Manager Charles Bivins died after collapsing at the Syracuse Track and Racquet Club. He was 48 and had previously suffered a mild heart attack two years earlier. Bivins was also a visiting professor at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications teaching television programming. In 2003, Raycom Media purchased Syracuse's low-powered UPN affiliate WAWA-LP from Venture Technologies Group, LLC for an undisclosed amount of money. The station had its call letters changed to WSTQ-LP (derived from WSTM) and given the on-air branding of "UPN 6, The Q". Raycom used "6" to reflect its cable slot as a result of the station becoming offered on the basic lineup of Time Warner on July 1.
Before the purchase, Time Warner had refused to carry WAWA. The same "must-carry" rules that kept the station off the cable system eventually got WSTQ on. The must-carry rules give full-powered stations the option of "retransmission consent" or requiring compensation from cable systems as a condition of carrying a station's signal. In this case, full-powered WSTM can require cable systems like Time Warner to offer WSTQ on their systems as a condition of carrying WSTM.
On March 27, 2006, Raycom Media announced the sale of WSTM and WSTQ to Barrington Broadcasting. The sale was finalized that August. On March 2, 2009 as a result of low ratings and slow advertising sales, it was announced that WTVH would enter into joint sales and shared service agreements with WSTM. Initially, the station continued to operate out of its own Jame Street studios a block away but was eventually merged into this station's facilities. WTVH was also integrated into WSTM's website. On June 14, 2009 two days after the digital transition, its digital signal began broadcasting on UHF channel 24. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers continue to display WSTM-DT's virtual channels as 3. On September 6, 2009, WTVH's transmitter was damaged after a power failure. While Granite Broadcasting worked to fix the signal, WSTM's third digital subchannel carried that station. On September 12, the signal was restored.
On February 28, 2013, Barrington Broadcasting announced the sale of its entire group, including WSTM-TV and the LMA for WTVH, to Sinclair Broadcast Group. To comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ownership regulations, Sinclair will transfer its existing Syracuse station, WSYT, and the LMA for WNYS-TV, to Cunningham Broadcasting. However, Sinclair will continue to effectively own WSYT because nearly all of Cunningham's stock is controlled by trusts in the names of the children of Sinclair's principals.
Through cable coverage, this station serves as the de facto NBC affiliate for the Watertown and Ithaca/Finger Lakes region of New York State. WSTM provides some news coverage of these areas. Interestingly, the channel also carries substantial news stories from Utica and Herkimer County even though that area has its own affiliate WKTV that produces local news. WSTM's analog signal reached parts of Southeastern Ontario and was carried on Cogeco systems in Kingston until February 2009 when it was replaced with Buffalo's WGRZ-TV. It is still (after customer protest) carried on Time Warner systems in Ogdensburg and Gouverneur along with replacement WPTZ.
Local news offerings on this station originally consisted of ten minute long capsules and this effort was not expanded to thirty minutes until the 1960s. For the past two decades, WSTM's newscasts have been second overall in the viewership ratings behind dominant WSYR. As of July 2008, that station remains number one in Central New York for the whole day-part. However, it remains in a tight battle with WSTM for weekday mornings and weeknights at 11. WSYR makes up for this with huge leads during the week at noon, 5, 5:30, and 6. In two periods during its history, WSTM station have used the popular Action News branding.
From 1996 until 2000 through a news share agreement, this NBC outlet produced a prime time newscast for Fox affiliate WSYT. Known as Fox 68 News at 10, the broadcast could be seen every night for thirty minutes. After WSTM declined to renew the arrangement, WSYT then partnered with WTVH to keep the broadcasts continuing. The Fox station's nightly news at 10 would subsequently be joined by an hour-long weekday morning show at 7. Both newscasts on WSYT maintained the same branding as WTVH's operation did at the time. Meanwhile, in 2003, WSTM brought back a weeknight prime time news show for newly acquired sister station WSTQ; this was expanded to seven days a week on January 8, 2005. Soon after, WSTM added to its own newscast offerings with the addition of a weekend morning show on January 22.
Back in April 2006, WTVH ceased producing news programming for WSYT in order to focus on its own third place ranked newscasts. However, the 10 o'clock broadcasts were WTVH's most successful having soundly beat WSTQ. Since dropping news programming from this CBS outlet, WSYT remains one of a handful of big four network-affiliated stations throughout the country that do not produce or air local newscasts. Pending the consummation of Sinclair gaining control of WTVH/WSTM/WSTQ and assuming the operations of Cunningham-owned WSYT, perhaps there may be a new prime time news program at 10 in the future for the Fox affiliate.
On December 22, 2006, one of the area's most popular long-time journalist, Nancy Duffy (general assignment reporter first for WTVH and later for WSTM) died; she had been away from work since August. Throughout her career, Duffy led the way for women in journalism. She became the first woman police reporter in Central New York after joining the Syracuse Herald-Journal in 1966. She was Syracuse’s first female television reporter when she moved to channel 5 in 1967. She became the first woman to join the Syracuse Press Club and later served as its President. In 1970, Duffy served as press secretary at Syracuse City Hall for then-mayor Lee Alexander. She returned to the station after a year and moved to WSTM as a reporter and weekday morning news anchor in 1977. Shortly afterward, the station fired Ron Curtis' longtime anchor desk partner, Maureen Green, a 22-year veteran of the station.
After becoming operated by WSTM, WTVH shut down its news department and merged it with the NBC outlet. This resulted in the elimination of forty jobs at this station. Michael Benny was retained to solo-anchor the weeknight newscasts on WTVH from its separate studios using other personalities from WSTM for all other content. The system set up by this CBS affiliate to use all videotaped footage (including interviews) shot by WSTM was filled with problems with staffers from WSTM walking to WTVH's old studios to deliver raw video to be edited for its newscasts. Neither station have attempted to offer news shows outside traditional time slots to compete with WSYR (such as weekdays at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or weeknights at 4 and 7) despite a plan originally announced. However, WSTQ's weeknight newscast was expanded to an hour on August 30, 2010.
Eventually in October 2009, Barrington Broadcasting began to produce separate weekday morning and weeknight newscasts on WTVH from a new secondary set at WSTM's facility. Although the CBS station retains unique branding, music, and graphic aspects of the separately produced news broadcasts, coverage is essentially the same with re-purposed stories from the NBC affiliate airing on WTVH. There is a unique aspect that exists because WSTM shares a news department with WTVH. The segments featured during the weeknight newscasts on the CBS outlet operate in a different order as opposed to other news broadcasts. Usually, the top stories are shown first, followed by a local weather segment, and finally sports highlights. Since the same meteorologist and sports anchor are seen on WSTM and WTVH, the CBS station reverses the order of its segments by placing the sports potion of the program before the main weather forecast.
WTVH's weekday morning show, CBS 5 News on the Go, airs in a fast-paced format featuring packaged reports. The style also can be seen on the weeknight local news programs on WTVH while WSTM provides more live reports from the field. Newscasts seen weekdays at noon and weekend evenings are simulcasted between the CBS and NBC stations (these air under the entire news operation's branding, CNY Central). There can be pre-emptions or delays on one channel due to network obligations especially on weekends.
In mid-December 2010, WSTM became the first television station in the market to produce local newscasts in 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen with the shows on WTVH being included. Although not truly high definition, the broadcasts match the aspect ratio of HD television screens. Rival WSYR upgraded to full high definition on January 29, 2011. Initially, only shows seen on the digital cable feed of WSTQ aired in enhanced definition since its over-the-air low-powered analog and digital (on WSTM-DT2) signals remained in pillarboxed 4:3 standard definition. At some point in 2012, the CW subchannel was upgraded to high definition allowing the WSTQ shows to be aired terrestrially in widescreen. Although not truly high definition, the broadcasts match the aspect ratio of HD television screens. Rival WSYR upgraded to full high definition on January 29, 2011.
WSTM was the first in Syracuse to use Doppler weather radar in 1985 and launched its own system in 2000. This consisted of its own radar at its transmitter site in as part of a network including WHEC-TV/SUNY Brockport in the Rochester area and WIVB-TV in Buffalo. However, WIVB and WSTM have since shut down their individual radars. During current weather segments, WSTM features three live NOAA National Weather Service radars in Montague, Binghamton, and Buffalo. On-air this is known as "Live Triple Doppler" and the radar beams are superimposed over the on-screen image.
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WICU-TV, channel 12, is an NBC-affiliated television station located in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. WICU-TV is owned by SJL Broadcasting, which also operates CBS affiliate WSEE-TV (channel 35) and its CW subchannel (owned by Lilly Broadcasting, LLC) through a local marketing agreement. The two stations both share studios on State Street in downtown Erie, and a transmitter located in Greene Township, Pennsylvania.
WICU began broadcasting in Erie on March 15, 1949 as an affiliate of all four networks of the time (NBC, CBS, ABC, and DuMont). It was one of the last stations to be granted a construction permit before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) froze new applications. Channel 12 was founded by Edward Lamb, an attorney from Toledo, Ohio who also owned the now-defunct Erie Dispatch-Herald, and other broadcast properties including WTVN-TV (now WSYX) in Columbus, Ohio, which went on the air six months later. In 1952 Lamb purchased WIKK radio (1330 AM, later WICU and now WFNN), giving channel 12 a sister station on radio.
The station was a major beneficiary of a quirk in the FCC's plan for allocating stations. In the early days of broadcast television, there were twelve VHF channels available and 69 UHF channels (later reduced to 55 in 1983). The VHF bands were more desirable because they carried longer distances. Since there were only twelve VHF channels available, there were limitations as to how closely the stations could be spaced.
After the FCC's Sixth Report and Order ended the license freeze and opened the UHF band in 1952, it devised a plan for allocating VHF licenses. Under this plan, almost all of the country would be able to receive two commercial VHF channels plus one noncommercial channel. Most of the rest of the country ("1/2") would be able to receive a third VHF channel. Other areas would be designated as "UHF islands" since they were too close to larger cities for VHF service. The "2" networks became CBS and NBC, "+1" represented non-commercial educational stations, and "1/2" became ABC (which was the weakest network usually winding up with the UHF allocation where no VHF was available).
However, Erie was sandwiched between Pittsburgh and Wheeling/Steubenville to the south, Cleveland and Youngstown to the west, Buffalo to the east, and London, Ontario to the north. This created a large "doughnut" in Northwestern Pennsylvania where there could only be one VHF license. WICU was fortunate to gain that license, and as a result has been the market leader in Erie for most of its history. Channel 12 held a monopoly on Erie television until WSEE-TV signed-on in 1954 as a CBS affiliate. The then-two separately owned stations aired ABC programs until WJET-TV (channel 24) signed-on in 1966.
Edward Lamb nearly lost WIKK (renamed WICU [AM] in 1957) and WICU-TV in 1954 due to allegations that he associated with Communists, but was exonerated in 1957. A decade later, in August 1967, Lamb reorganized his business interests, selling off all non-broadcast holdings as well as WICU radio. Lamb's company, later renamed Great Lakes Communications, continued to hold channel 12; ownership passed on to Edward Lamb's family following his death in 1987. WICU-TV's family ownership era ended in 1996 when it was sold to SJL Communications, a subsidiary of SJL Broadcast Management and Alta Management. SJL purchased Alta's interest in 2005. A Consummation Notice was filed with the FCC in February 2007 to voluntarily transfer control of the station from SJL Communications to SJL Broadcast Management Corporation. This transaction was then authorized by the FCC.
In 2002, the station became the senior partner in a local marketing agreement with WSEE. From that point until June 1, 2009, WSEE continued to operate from its own studios on Peach Street (U.S. 19) in Downtown Erie. On that date, that station along with its CW subchannel merged into WICU's facilities. On June 12, WICU returned to channel 12 when the analog to digital conversion was completed. It turned off its analog signal at noon on June 8 to prepare for the change. It was the last analog station serving the Erie region to make the switch.
Its broadcast signal reaches the city of Erie, surrounding communities, and across Lake Erie in parts of Ontario, Canada. It is available on all cable systems in Erie, Warren and Crawford counties in Pennsylvania and in selected cable networks in Venango County, Pennsylvania, Southwestern New York State, and Northeastern Ohio which are part of the Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Youngstown markets respectively. As recently as the 1990s, it was available on cable as far east as Olean, New York well out of WICU's broadcast range and in competition with Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV. The station was the subject of a television special entitled WICU: The First 40 Years that was aired on March 15, 1989. WICU and WSEE merged their Web sites in June 2011.
WICU has carried an annual telethon for the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation since 2008.
In September 2012 WICU begun to air syndicated programing in HD, but it was limited to Katie Couric's talk show. Also in October 2012, WICU begun construction of a new news set. The set debuted November 2nd, 2012 with the station's first HD news broadcast. WICU/WSEE are the first stations in the Erie market to broadcast local news in high definition.
Although the shared services agreement between WICU and WSEE was established in 2002, the actual beginning of newscast consolidation between the two did not start until WSEE actually moved into WICU's studios. WSEE aired the final newscast from its separate Peach Street studios on May 28, 2009. With the challenges of moving, that station went without local news for nearly four days while technical and logistical arrangements were finalized.
When it resumed broadcasts, WSEE's weeknight show at 11 moved to its CW-affiliated subchannel so it would no longer directly compete with WICU's newscast. The program in its new time slot now began to air against another prime time newscast seen for an hour on WFXP.
In November of 2012 Lilly Broadcasting invested close to a million dollars to build the first HD local news studios with WICU and WSEE. Both WICU and WSEE gather news in the field in full HD and present the news in the same high definition format. It is the only local newscast presented in HD in the Erie television market.
WICU airs a midday show during the week at 12:30 as opposed to noon in order for WSEE to offer a live newscast in the traditional time slot. On weekends, the two television stations jointly produce local news at 11 while WICU only provides a early evening broadcast at 6 on Saturdays and Sundays. These shows are known as Weekends Now and can be delayed or preempted on one station due to network obligations.
During the week, WICU and WSEE maintain primary personnel such as news and sports anchors that only appear on one station. Most video footage and content is shared, however. In cases of breaking news, severe weather, or election coverage the two simulcast newscasts and occasionally include the CW subchannel as well. On weekday mornings, WSEE-DT2 provides a simulcast of the first hour of 12 News Today at 5 and WICU's midday show at 12:30. It also airs the nationally syndicated broadcast The Daily Buzz from 6 until 9 like other CW Plus stations in the Eastern Time Zone.
Along with their sister station WSEE, WICU upgraded their newscasts to high definition in November 2012.
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There is no dedicated weather anchor for the morning newscast; news anchor Kara Coleman also presents the weather. (The morning forecasts are written by WSEE meteorologist Ed Russo.)
The SEC on CBS (known for sponsorship purposes as The Home Depot SEC on CBS) is a presentation of the college football television package owned by CBS Sports. The television network broadcasts games in the Southeastern Conference of Division I FBS NCAA football.
CBS has been televising college football games since it launched a sports division, and did so on a weekly basis during a period from the 1950s to 1966, when ABC gained exclusive rights to all NCAA regular season games. CBS was reduced to airing the Cotton Bowl Classic, which it had aired since 1958. It added the Sun Bowl in 1968, which remains on CBS to this day. From 1974 to 1980, it also aired the Fiesta Bowl, and from 1978 to 1986 it carried the Peach Bowl (now the Chick-fil-A Bowl).
For the 1982 season, CBS was made an additional partner in the NCAA contract, and regular season coverage returned. CBS and ABC would alternate the 12:30 and 3:30 slots from week to week during the seasons, carrying either a national game or several regional games in those frames, and also occasionally aired games in primetime, and on Black Friday. CBS broadcast games from every major conference, as well as the games of the then major independents such as Penn State, Notre Dame, and Miami. As required by the NCAA, the network also televised Division I-AA, II and III games to very small audiences, giving teams such as The Citadel and Clarion State some major-network exposure. The pregame show was titled The NCAA Today in the vein of its pro football counterpart The NFL Today. Both shows were hosted by Brent Musburger. However for the NCAA pregame show, Pat O'Brien and Ara Parseghian were the analysts/feature reporters, although Lesley Visser made occasional appearances on the show. Gary Bender was the lead play-by-play man for game coverage, working with analysts such as Pat Haden and Steve Davis. Other CBS game commetators were Verne Lundquist, Lindsey Nelson, Frank Herzog, Jack Snow, and Dennis Franklin. This arrangement was in place during the 1982 and 1983 seasons.
In 1984, after the US Supreme court invalidated the NCAA contract in NCAA v. Board of Regents of Univ. of Oklahoma, the College Football Association was formed to handle affairs between television networks and College Football programs, the result was an exclusive contract with ABC that granted the network rights to all CFA partner conference games and the games of most major independents. However the Big Ten and Pac-Ten conferences were not included in this package, and signed their own agreement with CBS. Miami also reached an agreement for CBS to televise its most important home games, and in 1985, the Atlantic Coast Conference was added to CBS' list of College Football properties. In 1985, Musburger took over the role of lead play-by-play voice, with Parseghian moving to the booth with him. Jim Nantz succeeded Musburger as studio host.
In 1987, CBS took over the CFA contract, which it would hold until 1990. CBS' tendency during this period was to air one marquee game each week, such as the legendary 1988 "Catholics vs Convicts" matchup between Notre Dame and Miami, though regional telecasts would occasionally be aired. For 1987 and 1988, Pat Haden joined Musberger in the booth, with John Dockery manning the sidelines. Nantz hosted what was now known as the "Prudential College Football Report", which was mostly a roundup of the day's scores (not always limited to college football) and top headlines, though sometimes key figures in the sport would be interviewed. Verne Lundquist, Tim Brant, Dick Stockton, and Steve Zabriskie also called games for CBS during the CFA period. In 1989, Nantz became lead play-by-play man, but Haden remained the lead analyst for that year, being replaced by Brant in 1990. After 1990, ABC obtained exclusive network coverage of regular season college football, as it won back the CFA and retained the Pac-10/Big Ten rights.
As the 1990s began, CBS' Division I-A college football coverage was reduced to its bowl game contracts, which it had with the then-John Hancock (reverted to Sun Bowl in 1994), Cotton and the then-Blockbuster bowls. However, it lost the Cotton Bowl to NBC after the 1992 game, leaving the network with just two bowl games to round out its college football coverage. CBS televised Major League Baseball from 1990–1993, thus the network was not without major sports coverage on fall Saturdays after the loss of college football.
For 1995, CBS re-acquired the rights to the Cotton Bowl Classic, as well as acquiring the rights to two of the three bowl games in the newly formed Bowl Alliance, which was formed following the season to help determine an undisputed national champion (as a precursor to the Bowl Championship Series). Under the terms of the contract, which ran from 1995 through 1997, CBS aired the Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl, which guaranteed the network two opportunities to air a national championship game (CBS did not gain rights to the Sugar Bowl, the third bowl in the Bowl Alliance, as those were retained by ABC). CBS was the first network to air a Bowl Alliance national championship game, as Nebraska defeated Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. (On the same token, CBS also aired the last Bowl Alliance national championship game, where Nebraska defeated Tennessee in the 1998 Orange Bowl to split that year's national championship vote as Michigan, who was #1 in both the AP and coaches' polls going into the bowls, with the latter contractually obligated to name the Nebraska–Tennessee winner as the national champion, was obligated to play in that year's Rose Bowl.) CBS also continued to air the Sun Bowl, but lost the rights to the Carquest Bowl after the game was moved from New Year's Day following the Orange Bowl's move to the home of the Carquest Bowl, Joe Robbie Stadium.
CBS returned to full-time college football coverage in 1996, as the network signed television contracts with the Big East and SEC to be the exclusive national television home of their in-conference schedules. The coverage was originally branded College Football on CBS, sponsored initially by Nasdaq, a tag it retains for non-SEC games broadcasted over the network. In addition to its contracts with the conferences CBS also became the exclusive home of the annual Army-Navy Game (succeeding ABC), a contract it has retained since. It also has the rights to the annual Notre Dame–Navy game in even numbered years, when Navy is the home team.
CBS lost the rights to three of its bowl games following the 1997 season, as ABC gained the rights to the Orange and Fiesta Bowls as the exclusive television home of the newly formed Bowl Championship Series and Fox bought the rights to the Cotton Bowl Classic. However, beginning in 2001 CBS became the home of the SEC Championship Game, the rights to which had been retained by ABC following the SEC's move. Following the 2000 season, the Big East decided not to renew its contract with CBS and instead signed with ABC. Shortly thereafter, CBS' SEC football coverage was rebranded to show its exclusivity. CBS aired the Gator Bowl from 2007–2010, its biggest bowl pick-up since the Orange and Fiesta Bowls.
Today CBS airs the top SEC weekly in-conference games as well as rivalry games with various other conferences when the SEC team is the home team. The network shares the rights to SEC conference games with the ESPN family of networks, which also airs the interconference rivalry games when the SEC team is not the home team (with the exception of Notre Dame), as well as all Pacific-12-SEC regular season games. CBS has retained its yearly broadcast contracts with the Army-Navy game and the Sun Bowl, as well as its biannual contract with Notre Dame and Navy.
In 2011, in addition to Army-Navy CBS also broadcast the other two service academy games – Navy-Air Force on October 1 and Army-Air Force November 5, 2011.
Currently, CBS generally does not air games in the first two weeks of the college football season due to its commitment to air coverage of the US Open tennis tournament. This will change in 2015, when the ESPN family of networks will start covering the tournament exclusively, allowing CBS to air college football in its regular time slot in the first two weeks of the season.][
The games aired on this package are the premiere SEC matchups of the week. Top teams like the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Tennessee Volunteers, Arkansas Razorbacks, and LSU Tigers usually appear on these telecasts. Since 1996 Florida has the most appearances with 78, followed by Alabama with 65, LSU with 63, and both Georgia and Tennessee with 58. The ESPN family of networks gets the subsequent picks of games among the SEC's national television partners. Since 2001, the SEC Championship Game has been televised by CBS.
The Vanderbilt Commodores have appeared on the CBS package only four times, and not at all since 2001, although the team's recent success will likely result in more games in their future package. Mississippi State has had six CBS games as part of the package, the last being in 2011 (vs. Arkansas).
During the regular season, typical games that are shown almost every year include Florida-Tennessee (aired for the 16th straight year in 2011), Georgia-Florida (all but 2002), the Auburn-Alabama (2000–2002, 2004–2006, 2008–2012z), LSU-Florida (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005–2009, 2011-2012), LSU-Ole Miss (2003, 2007–2010, 2012), and LSU-Arkansas (all but 2009), the last of which is traditionally aired the day after Thanksgiving. In addition, the interconference rivalry games, Florida-Florida State and Georgia-Georgia Tech, often air on the network when the SEC schools host the games (otherwise, those games air on ABC or the ESPN family of networks, as the ACC's contracts dictate). When the interconference rivalries air on CBS, the broadcasts are generally branded as College Football on CBS instead of SEC on CBS. In addition, CBS will occasionally televise games where SEC schools host marquee non-conference foes, such as the Miami Hurricanes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
CBS Sports Network re-airs the previous Saturday game several times throughout the following week.
Since 1996 – does not include bowl games
The current #1 commentators for the telecasts, which traditionally air either Saturday afternoons or evenings, are Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter). Tim Brando or Adam Zucker (host) and Spencer Tillman (analyst) make up the studio team with Archie Manning, Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Tim Brewster. The current #2 commentators are Tim Brando (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein(color) and Marty Snider (sideline reporter), who announce three games in odd years, and four games in even years when CBS televises the Notre Dame-Navy game. Don Criqui and Dan Fouts called the 2008 LSU-Arkansas game in Little Rock, their only CBS college football assignment to date together. Don Criqui also announced the 1998 and 2000 LSU-Arkansas game in Little Rock. Ian Eagle and Randy Cross called Air Force Falcons vs Navy Midshipmen as part of Saturday afternoon and night Tripleheader. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson called Notre Dame-Navy game in Ireland on September 1, 2012.
Former commentators on the telecasts include Craig Bolerjack, Sean McDonough (1997–1999) and Todd Blackledge (1998–2005); both of whom are currently working for ESPN and ABC on their college football coverage. Lewis Johnson is now a sideline reporter on ESPN and ABC.
In addition, CBS Sports Network aired the hour-long SEC Post-Game Show Presented by Geico at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, featuring the wrapup of the CBS SEC game.
West Virginia Media Holdings is a media chain in West Virginia. It owns television stations in each of the four main media markets in the state, as well as a weekly newspaper.
The group owns WOWK-TV in Huntington, WVNS-TV in Lewisburg, and WTRF-TV in Wheeling, West Virginia, which are all affiliated with the CBS network; and WBOY-TV in Clarksburg which is affiliated with NBC. WVNS and WTRF also carry Fox on their DTV subchannels (Fox West Virginia and Fox Ohio Valley, respectively), while both subchannels carry MyNetworkTV in addition to Fox as a secondary affiliate. It also owns the State Journal weekly newspaper.
The group was founded in 2001. The idea was to share reporting among the four stations in order to better cover the state. WOWK handles most coverage of state government affairs and Marshall University sports, while WBOY handles most coverage of West Virginia University sports.
The largest private investor in the company is Bray Cary, who serves as president and CEO. Cary was formerly an executive with NASCAR, and was responsible for its television contract, and was also involved in syndication of college basketball games.
WBOY is the only station that leads its DMA (designated market area) in the Nielsen ratings.
In August 2008, both WTRF and WBOY began carrying ABC programming on their digital subchannel (7.3 and 12.2, respectively; the aforementioned Fox Ohio Valley already occupies 7.2 on WTRF). Previously, longtime ABC affiliate WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh served both markets as the de facto ABC affiliate and remains on cable in both markets (FOX Ohio Valley replaced WPGH on Comcast systems as the only FOX affiliate on the Comcast channel lineup).
KVHP is the Fox-affiliated television station in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 30 (virtual channel 29.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in rural northwestern Caicasieu Parish (located halfway between Lake Charles and Beaumont, Texas, allowing the station's signal to reach both markets). Owned by National Communications, LLC, KVHP maintains studios on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. Syndicated programs seen on this station include Two and a Half Men, The Dr. Oz Show, Jeopardy!, How I Met Your Mother, Rachael Ray and 30 Rock.
The station first signed on the air on December 12, 1982 as an independent station with the slogan "Make a U-Turn to KVHP, Channel 29". KVHP became a charter affiliate of the upstart Fox Broadcasting Company on October 9, 1986.
In 2003, KVHP established a low-power repeater station for the Beaumont area, KUIL-LP (channel 64), which served as the Fox affiliate for southeast Texas and held a secondary affiliation with UPN (KUIL-LP lost its Fox affiliation to KBTV-TV in January 2009 and became a MyNetworkTV affiliate). KVHP also operated another Texas-based repeater, KVHP-LD (channel 44) in Jasper; in March 2011, KVHP-LD ceased to serve as a translator of KVHP and began relaying programming from Beaumont ABC affiliate KBMT.
On July 28, 2009, KVHP began carrying programming from The CW Television Network on digital subchannel 29.2 (which had broadcast the main channel's programming in standard-definition prior to joining the network), after KVHP owner National Communications assumed promotional and advertising control of cable-only CW Plus affiliate "WBLC" from Suddenlink Communications.
This station's digital signal is multiplexed:
KVHP aired news capsules and newscasts for a time during the late 1980s and early 1990s, before dropping them for a number of years. The station began airing local newscast once again in 1999, when it established an in-house news department and began producing a primetime newscast at 9 p.m. Within a year of the news department's launch, the station expanded its news programming and began producing a two-hour morning show and an hour-long 5 p.m. newscast. KVHP's newscasts were never considered a serious threat to the ratings dominance of NBC affiliate KPLC and by 2004, KVHP's news department was shut down with local news dropped from the station's lineup entirely.
Soon afterward, the station's only locally-produced program consisted of a half-hour public affairs program called On the Air with Fox 29, which aired twice on Sundays and has since been cancelled. On April 27, 2009, KVHP began broadcasting a tape-delay of Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ's weeknight 6 p.m. newscast, under the repackaged title Fox 29 News from the Capital at 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday evenings; the WBRZ rebroadcast was dropped in 2011.
On May 7, 2012, KVHP reinstated an in-house news department with the launch of a half-hour midday newscast at noon on weekdays (currently titled Fox 29 News Express). Unlike most Fox affiliates that broadcast or produce local newscasts, the station does not carry a late evening newscast following Fox primetime programming.