WBAY-TV, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 23), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. The station is owned by Gray Television. WBAY-TV's studios are located on South Jefferson Street in downtown Green Bay (across from the historic Brown County Courthouse), and its transmitter is located in Ledgeview (shared with the transmitters of Wisconsin Public Television station WPNE-TV and Wisconsin Public Radio station WPNE (89.3 FM)).
|Green Bay, Wisconsin|
|Branding||WBAY-TV 2 (general)|
Action 2 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Coverage You Can Count On|
|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)|
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
2.2 StormCenter 2 24/7
2.3 Ion Television
2.5 Start TV
|Affiliations||ABC (secondary 1953–1955; primary 1992–present)|
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||March 17, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||Wisconsin Green BAY|
|Sister station(s)||WEAU, WLUC-TV, WMTV, WSAW-TV, WZAW-LD|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
2 (VHF, 1953–2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Height||372 m (1,220 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile|
WBAY-TV first signed on the air on March 17, 1953 as the second television station in Wisconsin, after WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee. It was originally owned by the Norbertine Order of Priests, whose abbey is in nearby De Pere. The priests run St. Norbert College in De Pere, and already operated WBAY radio (1360 AM, now WTAQ) in Green Bay and WHBY radio in Appleton. Like WTMJ when that station started in 1947, as the only station in the market, WBAY originally carried programming from all four networks of the day – channel 2 was a primary CBS affiliate with secondary affiliations with NBC, ABC and DuMont.
NBC moved to Marinette's WMBV-TV (channel 11, now WLUK-TV) when it signed on in 1954, with WNAM-TV (channel 42, now WFRV-TV Channel 5) from Neenah taking the ABC affiliation upon its 1955 debut. With the shutdown of DuMont in 1956, WBAY was left as an exclusive CBS affiliate, and remained the only station licensed to Green Bay proper until the 1959 relocation of WLUK to the city. Channel 2 upgraded its transmitter and began broadcasting network programming in color around 1959; locally produced programs were broadcast in color starting in 1966.
The station's studios in downtown Green Bay were built in 1924 as a former Knights of Columbus clubhouse and later was turned into a private Roman Catholic high school during the Great Depression when the Norbertines took over the building. The former gymnasium/auditorium is now called the WBAY Auditorium and is used as the studio for the station's Cerebral Palsy telethon. During the early years of WBAY, it served as the main studio until 1954 when an addition was built behind the main building. The auditorium has also been used for local theatrical productions. The station's newsroom is in the basement of the building in an area that originally held a swimming pool and bowling alley. The WBAY building also served as the home of the WBAY radio stations (now WTAQ and WIXX), which were later purchased by Midwest Communications in the late 1970s, but remained in the building until Midwest built a combined Green Bay operations facility/company headquarters in 2007 and a news-weather sharing agreement was maintained between WBAY-TV and its former radio sisters for many years before it was discontinued in favor of an agreement with WLUK-TV.
As a CBS affiliate, WBAY-TV benefited from that network's coverage of National Football League games, primarily those of the Green Bay Packers. The station carried its first Packers game a few months after signing on, and continued to air most Packers games until 1991 by virtue of CBS holding the rights to the Packers' conference, the National Football Conference (for the 1992 and 1993 seasons, Packers games moved to WFRV when that station switched to CBS). Packers games drew up to a 90 percent share of the audience during the team's championship era of the 1960s under Vince Lombardi (including the team's first two Super Bowl triumphs in Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II, the former of which was also carried by then-NBC affiliate WFRV), and the station carried the team's coaches' show The Vince Lombardi Show. The station also originated the team's exhibition game coverage from the 1960s to 2002, with some exceptions. Main anchor Bill Jartz has been Lambeau Field's PA system announcer since the start of the 2005–2006 season. The station continued to air Monday Night Football Packer games originating from ESPN beginning with the move of MNF to cable starting with the 2006 until the 2015 season. For the 2016 season, WLUK-TV, the Packers' primary home by virtue of Fox presently holding the rights to the NFC, acquired the syndication rights to the ESPN games under a multi-year agreement. It was the first time that WBAY did not carry a Packers game during an NFL season in its 63-year history.
In 1974, WBAY was sold to Nationwide Communications, which operated the station until 1993, when it was sold to Young Broadcasting along with its two ABC-affiliated sisters WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee and WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia.
In 1991, CBS purchased the assets of Midwest Television to acquire its long-dominant affiliate in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, WCCO-TV. Midwest also owned channel 2's longtime competitor, WFRV. CBS considered WBAY a strong affiliate, and tried to sell WFRV and their Escanaba, Michigan-based satellite station, WJMN-TV, after the deal with Midwest closed. However, after FCC rules were relaxed at the time to allow one company to own more stations, the network decided to keep the two stations as a result and switched WFRV/WJMN to CBS in 1992 (CBS sold WFRV/WJMN to Liberty Media in 2007, the stations are now owned by the Nexstar Media Group).
After it was announced that WFRV would join CBS, channel 2 then decided to take WFRV/WJMN's ABC affiliation; WBAY management insisted that the change take place on or near the anniversary of its sign-on date, March 17. Since that date fell on a Tuesday in 1992, WFRV and WBAY swapped networks on March 15, which fell on a Sunday.
The station formerly pre-empted the first hour of the ABC lineup (7-8 p.m. Central) on Tuesday evenings during the football season to carry the local program Tuesday Night Touchback, which was formerly known as Monday Night Countdown before it was moved in 2007 because of Dancing with the Stars and the departure of Monday Night Football from ABC (for most of the 2000s, the slot was among the lowest-rated on ABC's primetime schedule, as was the case with the pre-MNF timeslot). Programs normally seen during that hour then aired later on early Wednesday morning after Jimmy Kimmel Live! during the football season. However, in November 2009, this was changed temporarily due to viewer feedback involving the pre-emption of the series premiere of V, which forced that program to be aired after the Saturday 10 p.m. newscast; for the remainder of November, V aired at 7 p.m., while Tuesday Night Touchback pre-empted The Insider and aired before prime time in a truncated half-hour format. TNT has not aired since the 2011-12 season, and the station now airs ABC's Tuesday night's programming in pattern.
WBAY was one of seven Young-owned stations whose management and operations were handled by Gray Television as part of a proposed takeover of Young Broadcasting by its secured creditors (a plan tentatively approved by a New York bankruptcy judge on July 22, 2009; it was approved in late April 2010). Under Gray management, this made it a semi-sister station in Wisconsin to NBC affiliates WMTV in Madison and WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, and CBS affiliate WSAW-TV in Wausau. The Gray management agreement ended in 2012 as Young returned to some financial stability and the pursuit of a sale partner.
In late January 2010, the station stopped signing off during the early morning hours on Saturdays and Sundays, after a major transmitter problem forced the station to reconsider this mode of operation. WBAY was the last commercial station in the state to start broadcasting 24 hours a day daily, the former off-hours on WBAY's main signal are now taken up by a simulcast of its Stormcenter 2 24/7 subchannel. On June 6, 2013, Young Broadcasting announced that it would merge with Media General. The sale was approved on November 8, and consummated on November 12. At that time it became both Media General's first station in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest, and the company's northernmost asset.
On March 21, 2014, LIN Media entered into an agreement to merge with Media General in a $1.6 billion deal. Because LIN already owned Fox affiliate WLUK-TV and CW affiliate WCWF (channel 14), with WBAY and WLUK ranking among the four highest-rated stations in the Green Bay market in total day viewership, the companies were required to sell either WBAY or WLUK to another station owner in order to comply with FCC ownership rules as well as planned changes to those rules regarding same-market television stations which would prohibit sharing agreements. On August 20, 2014, Media General announced that it would retain WBAY, trading WLUK and WCWF to Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of several exchanges between other broadcast groups.
On January 27, 2016, Media General announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Because Nexstar already owned WFRV, it was required to sell that station or WBAY to another owner, though with the financial outlay Nexstar had invested into WFRV since its 2011 purchase, a swap for WBAY was unlikely despite the latter's first-place market ranking.
On June 3, 2016, it was announced that Nexstar would retain WFRV, selling WBAY to Gray Television for $270 million; this time in addition to the original Gray stations in the 2010 management deal, WBAY also became a sister station to new Fox affiliate WZAW-LD in Wausau and WLUC-TV in Marquette (which had been an on-and-off sister station to WLUK over the years), which Gray acquired more recently. The sale was closed on January 17, 2017, with a possible removal of WBAY on Dish Network due to Gray's previous retransmission consent deal ending averted with a renewal only hours later. The ownership transaction saw WBAY remove the Media General-mandated infotainment program Hollywood Today Live from their schedule (airing in late night on tape delay rather than in the mid-afternoon; the program was cancelled at the end of April) after March 3, along with Gray taking control of the station's website and mobile apps. With WBAY now having sister stations statewide, Gray began to distribute WBAY's Sunday night sports show, Sunday Sports Night: Cover 2, to their other stations with the start of the 2017 NFL season.
The station sponsors the yearly "WBAY Boat Show" and the "WBAY RV and Camping Show", both held in the winter months at the Brown County Arena/Shopko Hall, along with a Boy Scout door-to-door food drive ("Scouting for Food") in the fall.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||720p||16:9||WBAY-HD||Main WBAY-TV programming / ABC|
|2.2||480i||WBAY-WX||StormCenter 2 24/7|
|2.4||WBAY-HI||Heroes & Icons|
WBAY utilizes its digital channel 23 for multicasting purposes, carrying a 24-hour weather channel and the Ion Television on two separate subchannels, in addition to its primary signal on 2.1. Until the November 2010 launch of WGBA's TheCoolTV (currently MeTV) subchannel, it was the only commercial station in the market to utilize any digital subchannel services.
In late June 2010, WBAY-TV became the third commercial station in Green Bay to air syndicated programming (previously only the ABC schedule and ESPN HD broadcasts of Monday Night Football) in high definition. WBAY-TV also began to produce some outside advertising for local businesses and internal station promos in both HD and 16:9 standard definition in mid-2010.
Since July 2013, the station uses the AFD #10 flag to present all programming in letterboxed widescreen for viewers watching on cable television and over-the-air through traditional 4:3 sets, with the same done for 2.2. and 2.3 within the same year; a re-imaging in November 2015 saw the station's graphical image adjusted to meet this presentation mode. The 2.1 signal had a SAP audio channel added in late September 2013, allowing the station to transmit audio description and Spanish-language dubs of ABC network programming, along with a 2017 upgrade to allow automated description of on-screen weather warning scrolls per new FCC rules.
WBAY operates Stormcenter 2 24/7, a local weather channel that launched on August 7, 2005, and is carried on digital subchannel 2.2 and all local cable providers. The channel is produced in-house with no assistance from national services. It is fully automated, using the station's weather computers. 2.2 carried gavel-to-gavel coverage of Steven Avery's murder trial daily throughout March 2007 in a rare break from format.
An upgrade in early March 2012 streamlined the channel's presentation to the station's HD upgrade. Mills Fleet Farm began to sponsor Stormcenter 2 and 24/7. Mills Fleet Farm's sponsorship of Stormcenter 2 24/7 ended in March 2016, and the weather department is currently sponsored by local replacement window vendor Tundraland. On July 23, 2014, a further uprgrade was completed which converted the presentation to a widescreen format, allowing all the station's weather graphics and local advertising to be presented in their native form on 2.2.
The "24/7" title has been an occasional misnomer over-the-air due to WBAY going off-the-air for 3 1⁄2 hours on early Saturday and Sunday mornings until the winter of 2010, but since February 2008 the subchannel is also streamed through the station's website and weather app 24 hours a day. The subchannel now simulcasts on 2.1 on early Saturday and Sunday mornings since WBAY converted to a daily 24-hour schedule. In late May 2015, the subchannel resumed carrying E/I programming weekday evenings at 6pm (consisting of six episodes per week of Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures), where newscasts air most evenings on the main channel; WBAY-DT3 had aired six hours of E/I programming a week since 2013 to allow 2.2 to be a 24/7 service. In 2017, that programming was moved to 4 p.m. weekdays.
In January 2008, the station launched a third digital subchannel, WBAY RTV (formerly "RTN 2-3"), which aired a customized schedule of Retro Television Network programming for much of its history to avoid any conflicts with shows seen on RTV that were carried on other Green Bay stations, though with the network's June 2011 restructuring and loss of program rights it carried RTV's default feed with little deviation. Because of the network's technical and internal contractual problems, the subchannel ran a station identification on-screen at all times in case RTV ran into technical difficulties due to the network's ownership transfer in January 2009 where identification was not done on the network level; RTV also erroneously identified themselves as being on WBAY-DT2, which was never rectified through their entire run on the station.
On February 6, 2012 at 4 a.m., RTV was replaced with a 480i letterboxed feed of the Live Well Network as part of a group deal with the network and Young. The 24/7 ID was removed on this date due to station identification being inserted at the master control level. The subchannel is also carried by the same systems as Stormcenter 2 24/7. The station took heavy viewer criticism for replacing the network despite Retro TV having lost rights to spotlight programming in June 2011, and the near removal of the network from most of the Midwest due to other networks such as Antenna TV (carried by WLUK-DT2) and Me-TV (which is carried locally by WGBA-DT2) making carriage deals with former stations for the network; it no longer has any presence in Wisconsin. However, most transitions from Retro TV involved Antenna TV and MeTV, or a major netlet, without any issues, and at the time, RTV was rarely replaced by a lifestyle channel such as Live Well, as in this case.
In October 2013, Channel 2.3 was converted into a 16:9 widescreen presentation to fill the entire screen, as WBAY began to carry other college football games offered by ABC and ESPN on Saturday afternoons over 2.3 in addition to the main game offered by the network on 2.1, along with serving as the overflow channel for NBA on ABC coverage which in the past was fully pre-empted by the CP Telethon. In 2016 and 2017, WCWF carried the pre-empted NBA games to allow them to be carried on satellite and presented in HD.
On January 9, 2015, the station announced that it would carry the new CBS/Weigel Broadcasting network Decades as a replacement for the Live Well Network, which originally was to end operations in mid-January. During the interim period between WBAY's discontinuation of Live Well and the official launch of Decades on May 25, 2015, the station was to carry 'soft launch' of the network with marathon blocks of the network's series.
On January 13, 2015, ABCOTS made a last-minute announcement that the Live Well Network would continue for an additional two months with a revised program schedule to allow their affiliate and programs more time to find new programming and distributors; WBAY additionally decided to continue to carry Live Well indefinitely with the new revised schedule and delay the launch of Decades on 2.3, continuing to do so even after the network's official April 15 end date along with their other Young/Media General sister stations. The Live Well Network continued to air on WBAY-DT3, even as Laff began to air on ABCOTS stations (Scripps subsequently placed that network on WGBA-DT3 locally). With the official launch of Decades on May 25, 2015, WBAY was longer listed as an affiliate on the Decades website, and the station commented on their Facebook page they were in a 'holding pattern' as far as what would air on WBAY-DT3 in the future; the next few months saw Facebook inquiries answered with management unable to reveal any plans due to Media General's corporate policies. The digital subchannel went dark at the close of business on May 29, 2015 (along with their sister stations), displaying a message that the network was no longer operational and an announcement of what would air on 2.3 would be upcoming. The digital subchannel stopped broadcasting the message on July 21, 2015, defaulting to its non-PSIP channel position of 23.5 due to a technical fault, but remaining active as a dark screen.
On November 5, 2015, commiserate with Media General coming to a carriage agreement with Ion Television in markets where Ion has no station, the subchannel was relaunched as 2.3 with Ion's main signal as WBAYION. This returns the network to the Green Bay network over-the-air for the first time since 2005, when WCWF (originally WPXG, later WIWB) discontinued carrying all programming from the network in overnight hours after the station was purchased from Paxson Communications in 1999 and converted to an affiliate of The WB. Viewers in the Green Bay market had only cable and satellite coverage of Ion's national feed in the 10-year interim. Due to duplication rules involving Kenosha's Ion O&O WPXE-TV in the Milwaukee market and Antigo-licensed O&O WTPX-TV in the Wausau market, WBAY-DT3's carriage has been discontinued on some systems on the outer areas of the Green Bay market which have those stations available to them from Spectrum.
On January 25, 2019, the station announced the addition of Weigel Broadcasting's Heroes & Icons and Start TV to their subchannel lineup as of February 1, 2019 on channels 2.4 and 2.5, respectively.
WBAY-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 23. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.
WBAY holds the record for the longest running telethon on the same channel, as it airs the Cerebral Palsy Telethon, which has been broadcast on the station since 1954. The telethon airs for 22 hours from 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday the first weekend in March although prior to WBAY switching to 24-hour daily broadcasts in 2010, it broke between 12 midnight and 6 a.m., as the station signed off in the overnight hours on weekends (currently the time period serves to air the pre-empted Saturday night ABC lineup and the station's syndicated programming overnight on the telethon weekend). Past hosts of the telethon have included Gloria DeHaven, Raymond Burr, Dennis James (who would later host the United Cerebral Palsy national telethon), Dennis Weaver, and Tom Wopat. Currently the telethon is a local-only effort, using local broadcasters and people to host the broadcast, and the funds raised benefit the local organization, Cerebral Palsy, Inc. Before the sale of the WBAY stations by the Norbertine Fathers, the telethon was simulcast over WBAY (AM) (later WGEE, now WTAQ) and WBAY-FM (now WIXX).
WBAY's Cerebral Palsy telethon both pre-dated and succeeded the national telethon for United Cerebral Palsy, which ran on numerous stations nationwide from the mid-1970s to 1997.
The station continues to air a Sunday Mass on Sunday mornings, as it has since signing on under the ownership of the Norbertine Fathers. After the sale of the station from them however, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay began producing the Mass at WBAY's studio. The Diocese provided a presider, choir, liturgical coordinator, and producer while WBAY provided camera operators, a technical director and audio technician.
On December 27, 2009, the Diocese of Green Bay ended local production of the Mass, instead choosing to contract with the Passionist Spiritual Center to carry their nationally syndicated Mass program from Riverhead, New York by mutual agreement of the station and the Diocese, a transition that was planned two years before and took priority after the September 2009 death of the Diocese's communications director and Mass producer Tony Kuick.
WBAY-TV presently broadcasts 31 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5 hours on weekdays and 3 hours on weekends), along with a half-hour sports-focused extension of the Sunday late news known as Sunday Sports Night: Cover 2 in football season (as mentioned above, that program airs statewide on Gray's stations as of September 2017). The station currently exchanges news stories with Hearst Television's WISN-TV in Milwaukee, in addition to airing that station's Wisconsin-focused Sunday morning talk show, UpFront with Adrienne Pedersen. Other sharing partners outside of its Gray sisters in Wisconsin are Quincy Newspapers' slate of ABC stations throughout the western part of the state, and Hubbard Broadcasting's ABC stations in Minneapolis–St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota. The station utilizes the NEXRAD radar from the National Weather Service office just north of Austin Straubel International Airport. It formerly maintained an older self-owned Doppler unit until it mothballed the unit and removed its radar dome atop the station's downtown building in 2015.
WBAY's news operation is branded under the Action News title as Action 2 News, and has used the title since the mid-1980s (with the HD suffix added upon its transition to high definition newscasts), predating its ABC affiliation. The station rarely refreshes its graphical imaging, having only done so three times since 1995, but has maintained long-term dominance in the local ratings for most of its history. Until September 2012, when WFRV debuted its 4 p.m. newscast, it was the only one in the market to have a late afternoon newscast in that timeslot. In late 2011, the station released mobile applications for iOS and Android devices, followed by a separate weather app for both platforms in February 2013.
Because the station decided to maintain its noon newscast, WBAY-TV was among the few ABC affiliates that carried The Chew on a one-day delay (three days with the Friday edition) at 11 a.m. weekdays due to the network not offering an alternate feed for stations who wish to air the program at an earlier time, which was continued from a one-day delay on All My Children since 1992; this caused complaints among viewers, especially during the holidays when episodes timed to them aired after their occurrence, making the recipes presented in them superfluous. As of September 14, 2015, this was rectified, with The Chew moved to a same-day airing on tape at 2 p.m., and the delay will be maintained in September 2018 for the replacement show for The Chew, GMA Day/Strahan and Sara. The only times of year the station does not run a newscast are on Christmas morning, during the CP telethon, and the evening before Easter when ABC runs The Ten Commandments yearly (due to the film presentation ending after midnight).
The station began the process of upgrading to full HD production with a control room upgrade in the second quarter of 2011, a process hamstrung by the Young bankruptcy until Gray was able to begin operating the company's stations. The news department's conversion began on October 15 after that morning's newscast when construction began on a new set and the relocation of the older set (which had been in use with constant refreshing since the late 1980s) to another part of the building; the new set was completed by mid-December after a training/rehearsal period, using a common set design and graphics package that is used by all of the New Young stations. On December 14, 2011, WBAY became the second commercial station in the Green Bay market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in HD (after WFRV-TV, which upgraded on June 23, 2011). Stormcenter 2 24/7 was switched over on March 12, 2012 to a new presentation format with the current graphics package. After all four local news operations established HD or widescreen presences, WBAY dropped the "HD" suffix on June 2, 2014, re-establishing the "Action 2 News", "Action 2 Sports", and "StormCenter 2" branding; during a transition period the previous logo remains in some aspects of the operations such as vehicles and parts of the set.
Benjamin Sampair Tracy (born July 16, 1976) has been a CBS News national correspondent since January 2008. He is based in Beijing and covers the eastern news, primarily for the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor and CBS This Morning.
Tracy was a reporter for WCCO-TV, the CBS-owned station in Minneapolis, where he was a member of the station's investigative team, covering many major stories, including the methamphetamine epidemic and the collapse of the 35W bridge.
During that time, he also was a contributor to the Saturday Early Show, to which he brought his signature "Good Question" segment, started at WCCO-TV, to a national audience. Tracy also reported for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric on the collapse of the I-35W bridge and flooding in southern Minnesota.
Before joining WCCO-TV, Tracy worked as a reporter at WISN-TV Milwaukee and WBAY-TV Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is the recipient of five Emmy Awards and the Alfred DuPont-Columbia award for excellence in broadcast journalism.
Tracy was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from St. Thomas Academy and later from Marquette University with bachelor's degrees in broadcast journalism and political science and with a master's degree in public service. Tracy lives in Los Angeles.Channel 23 digital TV stations in the United States
The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 23 in the United States:
K23AA-D in Beatrice, Nebraska
K23BV-D in Montpelier, Idaho
K23CU-D in Prineville, Oregon
K23DB-D in La Grande, Oregon
K23DE-D in Childress, Texas
K23DJ-D in Ekalaka, Montana
K23DK-D in Meadview, Arizona
K23DO-D in Malta, Idaho
K23DS-D in Evanston, Wyoming
K23DT-D in Tahoe City, California
K23DV-D in Beryl/Modena/New, Utah
K23DX-D in Pitkin, Colorado
K23EC-D in Canadian, Texas
K23EX-D in Medford, Oregon
K23FC-D in Elko, Nevada
K23FE-D in Gallup, New Mexico
K23FH-D in Milton-Freewater, Oregon
K23FO-D in Jackson, Minnesota
K23FP-D in Olivia, Minnesota
K23FQ-D in Toquerville & Leeds, Utah
K23FR-D in Winnemucca, Nevada
K23FT-D in Myton, Utah
K23FV-D in Kingman, Arizona
K23FY-D in Frost, Minnesota
K23GF-D in Dove Creek, etc., Colorado
K23GK-D in Astoria, Oregon
K23GR-D in Preston, Idaho
K23HT-D in St. Maries, Idaho
K23IC-D in Huntsville, etc., Utah
K23IE-D in Emery, Utah
K23II-D in Loa, etc., Utah
K23IJ-D in Leamington, Utah
K23IK-D in Cannonville, Utah
K23IP-D in Wanship, Utah
K23IQ-D in Samak, Utah
K23IS-D in Ridgecrest, etc., California
K23IU-D in Scofield, Utah
K23IV-D in Spring Glen, Utah
K23IW-D in Escalante, Utah
K23IX-D in Clark, etc., Wyoming
K23IZ-D in Strong City, Oklahoma
K23JA-D in Malad City, Idaho
K23JC-D in Montezuma Creek/Aneth, Utah
K23JD-D in Colfax, New Mexico
K23JH-D in Leadore, Idaho
K23JK-D in Tillamook, Oregon
K23JN-D in Virgin, Utah
K23JP-D in Hanksville, Utah
K23JR-D in Henefer, etc., Utah
K23JS-D in Coalville, Utah
K23JU-D in Prosser, Washington
K23JV-D in Green River, Utah
K23JW-D in Ferron, Utah
K23JX-D in Hatch, Utah
K23JY-D in Huntington, Utah
K23JZ-D in Boulder, Utah
K23KC-D in Bluff, etc., Utah
K23KD-D in Coos Bay, etc., Oregon
K23KI-D in Ellensburg, Washington
K23KL-D in Farmington, New Mexico
K23KN-D in Las Animas, Colorado
K23KO-D in Rural Beaver County, Utah
K23KP-D in Fishlake Resort, Utah
K23KV-D in Austin, Nevada
K23KW-D in Circleville, Utah
K23KY-D in Council, Idaho
K23KZ-D in Bigfork/Marcell, Minnesota
K23LB-D in Fargo, North Dakota
K23LF-D in Eureka, Nevada
K23LH-D in Cortez, Colorado
K23LK-D in Modesto, California
K23LW-D in Emigrant, Montana
K23LX-D in Conrad, Montana
K23ME-D in Camas Valley, Oregon
K23MF-D in St. James, Minnesota
K23MS-D in Kansas City, Missouri
K23MT-D in Mexican Hat, Utah
K23MU-D in Bridgeport, Washington
K23MV-D in Carlsbad, New Mexico
K23NH-D in Seiling, Oklahoma
K23NJ-D in Prescott, etc., Arizona
K23NT-D in Mayfield, Utah
K23NY-D in St. George, Utah
K40JP-D in Sayre, Oklahoma
K40LH-D in Orderville, Utah
K42DS-D in Walker Lake, Nevada
K43NN-D in Thompson Falls, Montana
K44JC-D in Lewiston, Idaho
K44JF-D in Crescent City, California
K47CD-D in Rockaway Beach, Oregon
K47GV-D in Las Vegas, New Mexico
K48HB-D in Juliaetta, Idaho
K48LV-D in Three Forks, Montana
K49JW-D in Romeo, etc., Colorado
K49JX-D in Montrose, Colorado
K50KK-D in Ellensburg, Washington
KAGS-LD in Bryan, Texas
KCDO-TV in Sterling, Colorado
KCDO-TV in Kimball, Nebraska
KCWI-TV in Ames, Iowa
KCWT-CD in La Feria, Texas
KDGL-LD in Sublette, Kansas
KEDT in Corpus Christi, Texas
KETC in St. Louis, Missouri
KEVN-LD in Rapid City, South Dakota
KEVU-CD in Eugene, Oregon
KEZI in Elkton, Oregon
KEZT-CD in Sacramento, California
KGMB in Honolulu, Hawaii
KIMG-LD in Ventura, California
KLPB-TV in Lafayette, Louisiana
KLTJ in Galveston, Texas
KLVD-LD in Las Vegas, Nevada
KOZK in Springfield, Missouri
KPEJ-TV in Odessa, Texas
KPVI-DT in Pocatello, Idaho
KQDA-LD in Denison, Texas
KQEG-CA in La Crescent, Minnesota
KRCB in Cotati, California
KRDT-CD in Redding, California
KREG-TV in Glenwood Springs, Colorado
KRWG-TV in Las Cruces, New Mexico
KSBI in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
KSCZ-LD in San Jose, California
KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah
KSMV-LD in Los Angeles, California
KSNL-LD in Salina, Kansas
KTCI-TV in St. Paul, Minnesota
KTFF-DT in Porterville, California
KTMF in Missoula, Montana
KUVN-DT in Garland, Texas
KVMD in Twentynine Palms, California
KVOA in Tucson, Arizona
KWHD in Hilo, Hawaii
KXLK-CD in Austin, Texas
W23BV-D in Evansville, Indiana
W23BW-D in Madison, Wisconsin
W23BZ-D in Columbus, Ohio
W23CN-D in Sebring, Florida
W23DM-D in Falmouth, Kentucky
W23DR-D in Romney, West Virginia
W23EB-D in Cadillac, Michigan
WAAU-LD in Augusta, Georgia
WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin
WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina
WCVI-TV in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands
WDDN-LD in Washington, D.C.
WDPM-DT in Mobile, Alabama
WDVB-CD in Edison, New Jersey
WDWA-LP in Dale City, Virginia
WFTY-DT in Smithtown, New York
WHPM-LD in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
WIEK-LD in Midland, Michigan
WIPB in Muncie, Indiana
WITD-CD in Chesapeake, Virginia
WJDG-LD in Grundy, Virginia
WJSP-TV in Columbus, Georgia
WLCU-CA in Campbellsville, Kentucky
WLDW-LD in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
WLTV-DT in Miami, Florida
WNAB in Nashville, Tennessee
WNJX-TV in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
WNPI-DT in Norwood, New York
WOIW-LD in Lima, Ohio
WPFO in Waterville, Maine
WPXI in Uniontown, Pennsylvania
WPXJ-TV in Batavia, New York
WPXK-TV in Jellico, Tennessee
WQDU-LD in Albany, Georgia
WQPT-TV in Moline, Illinois
WQSJ-CD in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
WRGX-LD in Dothan, Alabama
WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia
WTOO-CD in Altoona, Pennsylvania
WTSD-CD in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WTWV in Memphis, Tennessee
WUCF-TV in Orlando, Florida
WUDT-LD in Detroit, Michigan
WUEA-LD in Lafayette, Indiana
WUNK-TV in Greenville, North Carolina
WUOF-LD in Gainesville, Florida
WVPX-TV in Akron, Ohio
WVUA-CD in Tuscaloosa/Northport, Alabama
WWJX in Jackson, Mississippi
WXBU in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
WXWZ-LD in Guayama, Puerto RicoThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 23:
KHMM-CD in Hanford, California
WODX-LD in Springfield, IllinoisDecades (TV network)
Decades is an American digital broadcast television network that is owned as a joint venture between the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation and Weigel Broadcasting. The network, which is primarily carried on the digital subchannels of television stations, mainly airs classic television sitcoms and drama series from the 1950s through the 2000s, feature films from the same period, along with historical news and documentary programming.
Through its ownership by Weigel, Decades is a sister network to MeTV, which focuses on classic television series from the 1950s to the 1990s and carries some programming from Decades corporate cousin CBS Television Distribution. As the network has access to theatrical films and television series remastered for high definition and widescreen presentation, the network is carried in 480i widescreen.Earl Gillespie
Earl William Gillespie Jr. (July 25, 1922 – December 12, 2003) was an American sportscaster, best known as the radio voice of Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Braves from 1953 to 1963. Before 1953, he was the play-by-play announcer for the minor league Milwaukee Brewers (American Association), an affiliate of the Braves, who moved to Toledo, Ohio when the Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee.
A baseball player in high school in Chicago at Lane Tech, he played minor-league professional baseball briefly for the Green Bay Bluejays before becoming a Wisconsin sports broadcaster.
Gillespie was partnered with Blaine Walsh on WTMJ Radio and known for his dramatic, extroverted style of play-by-play and his use of the phrase "Holy cow!" during moments of great excitement (an on-air catchphrase he shared with fellow baseball announcers Harry Caray and Phil Rizzuto).
Gillespie called both of the Braves' World Series appearances in Milwaukee (1957, 1958) over NBC radio, as well as the 1955 All-Star Game (played in Milwaukee) over Mutual radio. At various times he also did radio and television commentary for Green Bay Packers football, Milwaukee Hawks basketball, Marquette Warriors basketball, and Wisconsin Badgers football. He worked at WITI-TV in Milwaukee from 1963 until his retirement in 1985.
Gillespie was named Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year eight times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Earl's son John Sr., and grandson John Jr. are also Wisconsin sportscasters, with the younger John Gillespie currently ended his employment with WBAY-TV in Green Bay in late July 2010.Gary Knafelc
Gary Knafelc (born January 2, 1932) is a former American football player, a wide receiver / tight end in the National Football League for ten seasons, primarily with the Green Bay Packers. He played one game at the start of his career with the Chicago Cardinals and his final season was with the San Francisco 49ers.
Born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado, Knafelc graduated from its Central High School in 1950 and played college football at the University of Colorado in Boulder under head coach Dal Ward.He was the fourteenth overall selection of the 1954 NFL draft, taken by the Chicago Cardinals, who traded him early that season to the Green Bay Packers. Knafelc is the only player to ever be carried off the City Stadium or Lambeau Field turf by fans. That happened after he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Tobin Rote in the final minute to beat the Detroit Lions, 20–17, in the 1955 season opener on September 25.Knafelc was a member of Vince Lombardi's first two NFL title teams in 1961 and 1962, and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1976. He was the public address announcer for Packers games at Lambeau Field from 1964 until 2004, when he was succeeded by Bill Jartz of WBAY-TV.Heroes
Heroes may refer to:
Hero, one who displays courage and self-sacrifice for the greater goodHollywood Today Live
Hollywood Today Live was a daily syndicated entertainment news program distributed by Media General stations along with Fox Television Stations under a traditional syndication arrangement, and was produced by Media General's Bitesize division from a studio based in the Hollywood and Vine area of Hollywood. The show was hosted by Ross Mathews, Kristen Brockman, Tanner Thomason, Garcelle Beauvais, red carpet correspondent Amanda Salas, and various guest co-hosts.The series launched in 2014, and was cancelled in April 2017, shortly after Nexstar completed its purchase of Media General; the lean-run Nexstar had no interest in producing a syndicated infotainment program which came with an expensive leased Hollywood studio. In addition, the affiliate base of the program never expanded outside of that of Media General or FTS before its cancellation. Finally, many stations with strength from other programs in the timeslot where HTL was carried live often refused to carry it in the intended live timeslot; for instance, WBAY-TV in Green Bay carried it as a late night offering, and immediately removed the series from their schedule after their sale to Gray Television to address antitrust concerns in the Media General/Nexstar merger.
Porscha Coleman was one of the show's hosts before being fired. She sued alleging discrimination.Jim Hill (American football)
James Webster Hill (born October 21, 1946) is a former American football defensive back who played in the National Football League. He is now a Los Angeles-based sportscaster and currently lead sports anchor and sports director at KCBS-TV.
Hill played college football at Texas A&M University–Kingsville (formerly Texas A&I University). Prior to becoming a sportscaster, Hill was a football player, playing for the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers. He has appeared as himself in movies and television shows such as Rocky III and Arli$$.
During his first season as a Green Bay Packers player in 1972, Hill started his broadcasting career as a contributor to the Monday and Tuesday evening newscasts of Green Bay station WBAY-TV; as the primary affiliate of the CBS-TV Network in Green Bay at the time, WBAY-TV carried most Packers games during the 1970s. After retiring from the NFL, Hill started in 1976 at KCBS-TV (then KNXT), where he was a sports anchor for 11 years. Hill began on the NFL on CBS in 1980 as an analyst. But in 1984, 1985, and 1992–93, he was the play-by-play announcer on selected games. He also served as Sideline Reporter for CBS Sports's coverage of the 1984 Super Bowl. He left KCBS in 1987, and spent a near five-year stint at rival KABC-TV, where he anchored the sports segments on its 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts. He also worked for ABC Sports's coverage of the 1988 Winter Olympics as a Correspondent in Calgary and as Sideline Reporter for the 1988 Super Bowl. He returned to KCBS in March 1992, and has remained there since. In addition to KCBS-TV duties, Hill files sports reports for sister station KCAL-TV. Hill is also one of the hosts for pay-per-view boxing telecasts produced by the Showtime cable network.
A popular broadcast personality in southern California for years, Hill has been active in community activities. He is a member of the Los Angeles Urban League's board of directors, as well as serving on the board of directors of the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, California. He is a spokesman for the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, and is involved in developing youth outreach and fitness programs.
Hill has been honored by the Associated Press, Los Angeles Press Club, United Press International, the California Press Television and Radio Association, and USA Today for his outstanding work in sports reporting.
Hill was honored on May 9, 2006, with the 2,311th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Colleagues, friends, family and dignitaries such as Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were in attendance to honor the popular sportscaster. Mayor Villaraigosa declared May 9, 2006, in Los Angeles as "Jim Hill Day."
Hill is an avid golfer who often plays at Wilson & Harding Golf Courses at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. He also plays golf with Ernie Camacho. He was formerly married to Erma White (1965–1973). Hill has one son, Walter J. Hill, San Antonio, Texas. He is divorced from actress Denise Nicholas. His younger brother is former Los Angeles Rams tight end David Hill.Lyle Lahey
Lyle Lahey (August 23, 1931 – February 8, 2013) was an American political cartoonist, journalist and the author of the book The Packer Chronicles (News-Chronicle, 1997)Lahey was born in Abrams, Wisconsin. After a tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Korea, he completed a degree in journalism at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he also worked for the student newspaper The Daily Cardinal.
He served 13 years as a promotion manager at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1968, he began contributing editorial cartoons to the Brown County Chronicle, a weekly newspaper. His editorial cartoons on local, regional and national politics, the Green Bay Packers, world events, and much more appeared in the Brown County Chronicle and after 1976, its daily successor, The Green Bay News-Chronicle, from 1968 through 2005.
He was the editor of The News-Chronicle's commentary pages until 1996. A major topic of interest for him has always been environmental issues, for which he has won awards. In 1997, The News-Chronicle published The Packer Chronicles, a collection of Lahey's cartoons about Green Bay's hometown football team (the players, the coaches, and the fans). In 2005, The News-Chronicle was closed by its new owner, Gannett, which bought the paper 11 months earlier. In early 2006, Lahey started creating new political cartoons on his web site. He did three new cartoons a week. His last cartoon was dated Feb. 3, 2013, five days before his death.Midwest Radio and Television
Midwest Radio and Television was a broadcasting company based in the Upper Midwest United States.
Its history dates back to August 1952, when the original owners of WTCN-AM-FM-TV decided to sell the stations. While the radio stations went to a separate owner, WTCN-TV was sold to the owners of WCCO Radio (which CBS held a minority ownership stake in), and became WCCO-TV. The company expanded over the years, launching WCCO-FM (now KMNB) in the 1970s.
In the 1980s, Midwest Radio and Television bought ABC affiliate WFRV-TV in Green Bay and its satellite in Escanaba, Michigan, WJMN-TV (CBS did not initially take an ownership stake in either of those two stations at the time as they had good relations with then-CBS affiliate WBAY-TV). Midwest Radio and Television also bought KCMT in Alexandria, Minnesota and its satellite in Walker, Minnesota, KNMT. The stations' calls became KCCO and KCCW respectively, and the stations became satellites of WCCO-TV.
In 1992, the company merged with CBS, and WFRV/WJMN as well as WCCO became CBS owned-and-operated stations. Today, only the Minneapolis stations are retained by CBS Corporation (WFRV/WJMN was sold to Liberty Media in 2007, then to Nexstar Broadcasting Group in 2011).
Midwest also owned the Midwest Sports Channel, which was originally associated with WCCO-TV. MSC became a CBS owned and operated network following its acquisition of WCCO. In 1999, shortly after CBS was acquired by Viacom, MSC was sold to Fox Sports Net, eventually becoming the current day Fox Sports North, along with later sister network Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Midwest Radio and Television was not associated with Midwest Television, owners of KFMB, KFMB-FM, and KFMB-TV in San Diego, California, nor Midwest Communications, which also has broadcasting interests in Northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, North Dakota and Tennessee.Nationwide Communications
Nationwide Communications Inc., originally known as Peoples Broadcasting Corporation, was a media subsidiary of the Nationwide Insurance Company, which operated from 1946 until 1997. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Communications owned and operated a variety of radio and television stations across the United States until it sold off all its radio stations to Cincinnati-based Jacor for a reported $620 million, and its television stations to Young Broadcasting. The service division was spun off and became Nationwide Communications Services L.L.C. in 1998.
In 1946, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation first got into broadcasting through a radio service for farmers on WRFD, Columbus, Ohio, an AM radio station. The Ohio Farm Bureau was dedicated to serving farmers in Ohio, but as its other pursuits (chiefly the Farm Bureau Mutual Automobile Insurance Company) were increasingly made available to non-farmers, the Farm Bureau spun off these ventures into a separate corporation. WRFD continued to serve farmers, and indeed, still carries farm programming today under the ownership of Salem Media of Ohio. However, other Farm Bureau stations—most notably WRFD-FM, now known as WNCI—were transferred to this umbrella corporation, known today as the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company & Affiliated Companies. The group of stations became known as Nationwide Communications, after its parent company.
Nationwide Communications owned a total of five television stations, though none in its home market of Columbus, or Ohio. The first television station it owned was KVTV-TV (now KCAU-TV) in Sioux City, Iowa, which was sold in 1965 to purchase WATE-TV, Channel 6, Knoxville, Tennessee. The company's second purchase was WXEX-TV (now WRIC-TV), Channel 8, Petersburg, Virginia in 1968, its third station was WBAY-TV, Channel 2, Green Bay, Wisconsin, purchased in 1974, and its fourth station purchase was KITN (now WFTC), Channel 29, in Minneapolis in 1985. Three of the four stations were ABC affiliates (WXEX-TV switched from NBC to ABC in 1965, WATE-TV switched from NBC to ABC in 1979, and WBAY-TV switched from CBS to ABC in 1992); the fourth (KITN/WFTC) was an independent and later a Fox affiliate while under Nationwide's stewardship. Nationwide Communications sold all three of its ABC-affiliated television stations in 1993 to Young Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Adam Young, Incorporated, a TV station advertising representation firm; WFTC was sold to Clear Channel Communications the next year. In November 2013, Young merged with Media General, and then itself was merged with Nexstar Media Group in January 2017. WATE and WRIC are now under that company's ownership, while WBAY was spun-off to Gray Television.
In the early 1970s, Nationwide was awarded a license to operate a UHF television station in Columbus, Ohio on Channel 28, with the assigned call letters WNCI-TV. Nationwide, however, did not complete construction of the television station and its license and construction permit was allowed to lapse. The frequency allocation was ultimately awarded to Commercial Radio Institute, Inc. of Baltimore, MD, which began operation of WTTE. WTTE was the second station owned by the company now known as the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Before ceasing operations, Nationwide Communications was the 16th largest radio group in the United States. Throughout its history, Nationwide owned and operated radio stations in Minnesota, Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Texas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington and California.Start TV
Start TV is an American free-to-air television network that is owned by Weigel Broadcasting. Primarily carried on the digital subchannels of its affiliated television station in most markets, it primarily airs classic television drama series from the 1980s through the 2000s, with a focus on dramas, police and legal procedurals geared toward female audiences. The network originates from Weigel Broadcasting's headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois.The Chew
The Chew is an American cooking-themed talk show that aired for seven seasons from September 26, 2011 to June 28, 2018, having replaced the soap opera All My Children, on ABC as part of the network's weekday daytime lineup. The name was inspired by fellow ABC talk show The View, but The Chew centered on food and lifestyle topics rather than the news of the day.In April 2015, the five co-hosts of The Chew won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host.On May 23, 2018, ABC canceled The Chew after seven seasons. The last taped episode aired on June 15, 2018, with new, but pre-recorded episodes airing until June 28, and repeats continuing until September 7; the Good Morning America brand extension GMA Day (eventually renamed to Strahan and Sara) replaced it on Monday, September 10.WIXX
WIXX (101.1 FM) is a Top 40 (CHR) radio station licensed to and serving Green Bay, Wisconsin, along with Appleton, Oshkosh, and much of Northeast Wisconsin. The station is owned and operated by Wausau, Wisconsin-based Midwest Communications, and is part of a Midwest-owned cluster of 8 stations in the market. WIXX broadcasts from studios located on Bellevue Street in the Green Bay suburb of Bellevue, and transmits from a tower on Scray's Hill in the Brown County town of Ledgeview, sharing a site with WBAY-TV, WPNE-TV, and WPNE radio.WLUC-TV
WLUC-TV is a dual NBC/Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Marquette, Michigan, United States, serving the Central and Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 35 (or virtual channel 6 via PSIP) from a transmitter on South Helen Lake Road in Republic Township southeast of unincorporated Republic. The station can also be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 6. Owned by Gray Television, WLUC has studios on US 41/M-28 in Negaunee Township.
WLUC is relayed on translator station W14EM-D channel 14 (also mapped to virtual channel 6 via PSIP) from the top of the Landmark Inn in Marquette in order to extend its primary signal; the translator is used for areas of Marquette that get a poor reception from the station's main transmitter.WTAQ
WTAQ (1360 AM) and WTAQ-FM (97.5 FM) are conservative news/talk-formatted radio stations, licensed to Green Bay, Wisconsin (AM) and Glenmore, Wisconsin (FM), that serve the Green Bay and Appleton-Oshkosh areas. The stations are owned by Midwest Communications.
WTAQ's studios and newsroom are located on Bellevue St. in the Green Bay suburb of Bellevue. The station's AM transmitter is located on Lost Dauphin Road, near the Fox River in De Pere. WTAQ-FM's transmitter is located at the former WFRV-TV analog transmitter site on Scray's Hill, also in De Pere.Young Broadcasting
Young Broadcasting, LLC was an American media company that owned or operated 12 television stations in 10 markets with a total U.S. television household coverage of 5.9%. The company was formerly known as Young Broadcasting Inc. and was the outgrowth of the ad representation firm Adam Young Inc., which was founded in 1944 by Adam Young. Previously a public company, Young Broadcasting voluntarily declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on February 13, 2009 to restructure its debts.
On June 24, 2010, the company emerged from bankruptcy as New Young Broadcasting Holding Co, Inc., shedding $800 million in debt and becoming one of the most financially secure broadcasting companies in the country. Deborah A. McDermott was named President and CEO of the new company, in which Standard General L.P., an American hedge fund, maintained a controlling interest.
On November 12, 2013, privately held Young Broadcasting acquired a controlling interest in Media General through a reverse merger. Following the merger, the new company was owned 67.5 percent by Young shareholders and 32.5 percent by Media General shareholders. The newly merged company would continue to operate as Media General with headquarters in Richmond, Virginia and trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
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