WFRV-TV

WFRV-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 39), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. The station is owned by the Nexstar Media Group. WFRV's studios are located on East Mason Street in the City of Green Bay, and its transmitter is located north of Morrison. On cable, WFRV is available on Charter Spectrum channel 6 and in high definition on digital channel 1006.

WFRV also operates semi-satellite WJMN-TV (virtual channel 3, UHF digital channel 48), which is licensed to Escanaba, Michigan and covers the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. WFRV/WJMN's master control and all internal operations for both stations originate from WFRV's Green Bay facilities; WJMN does maintain studios, sales offices and engineering operations in Marquette.[1]

WFRV-TV
CBS 5 WFRV-TV Logo
Green Bay, Wisconsin
United States
BrandingLocal 5 (general)
Local 5 News HD (newscasts)
SloganYour Stories. Our Community.
ChannelsDigital: 39 (UHF)
(to move to 22 (UHF))
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Affiliations5.1 CBS
5.2 Bounce TV
OwnerNexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air dateDecember 10, 1953
(as WNAM-TV)
May 20, 1955
(as WFRV)
Call letters' meaningWisconsin's Fox River Valley
Sister station(s)WJMN-TV, WLAX / WEUX
Former callsignsWNAM-TV (1953–1955)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 42 (UHF, 1953–1955)
  • 5 (VHF, 1955–2009)
Former affiliations
  • Primary:
  • ABC (1953–1959, 1983–1992)
  • NBC (1959–1983)
  • Secondary:
  • DuMont (1953–1955)
  • NTA (1956–1961)
Transmitter power1,000 kW
Height364 m (1,194 ft)
Facility ID9635
Transmitter coordinates44°20′1″N 87°58′56″W / 44.33361°N 87.98222°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS
Websitewww.wearegreenbay.com

History

The station signed on the air on December 10, 1953 on UHF channel 42 from Neenah as ABC affiliate WNAM-TV, owned by the Neenah-Menasha Broadcasting Company. At the time it served as a sister station to the radio station with the same call sign. On December 31, 1954, the vice-president WNAM-TV announced that it would be temporarily ceasing broadcast operations on January 2, 1955 pending a merger with Valley Telecasting Company, which had owned a transmitter construction permit to build WFRV-TV on VHF channel 5 in Green Bay since March 1954 but had not yet acted on the permit. The pause in broadcasting allowed the newly merged company to lease and move into unused FM studio and broadcast facilities of WJPG-FM in De Pere (the license of which was sold to the Norbertine Fathers and used to launch what is today WIXX), and to set up microwave relays between the WNAM (Neenah) studio and the WFRV (Green Bay) one. The new station and facility went online with 100,000 watts of power on May 20, 1955 as WFRV-TV, an ABC and DuMont affiliate, presenting pre-recorded "programs on film".[2] Its first live broadcast was scheduled for June 1, 1955 at 4:45 PM.[2]

In 1959, it changed its network affiliation to NBC (in 1958, the station was also part of the short-lived Badger Television Network alongside Milwaukee's WISN-TV and Madison's WKOW-TV).[3] WFRV's early claims to fame included being the first television station in Northeastern Wisconsin to broadcast in color in 1958 (doing so after joining NBC), the first station to cover a live lunar eclipse in 1959 (a studio camera was wheeled to the station parking lot and aimed at the moon), and Green Bay's first color local news broadcasts (beginning in 1965).

In the mid-1960s, WFRV was acquired by the Norton Group, a company owned by the Norton family of Kentucky, who also owned Louisville's WAVE (the Norton Group would change its name to Orion Broadcasting by 1969). One of the Norton Group's early decisions was to move WFRV's transmitter, which was still located further south of Green Bay and closer to the Fox Valley (a legacy from its original days in Neenah) and as such put WFRV at a disadvantage to other Green Bay stations. The Nortons would gain permission from the Federal Communications Commission to move channel 5's transmitter to Scray's Hill in the Ledgeview section of Glenmore (located just south of Green Bay), one of the highest geographical points in the area and the longtime home to other Green Bay broadcast transmitters.

On October 7, 1969, WFRV expanded into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by signing on semi-satellite WJMN-TV in Escanaba. WJMN's creation was the result of The Norton Group's earlier agreement with the FCC to move WFRV's tower, as the station had to address short-spacing issues with another station on VHF channel 5, Chicago's WMAQ-TV (every analog channel allocation in the Green Bay and Wausau media markets was shared by a Chicago television station). As part of the agreement to transmit from Glenmore, Orion Broadcasting launched WJMN so that WFRV's service to the U.P. and far Northeastern Wisconsin could continue, and so that a second station in central Upper Michigan could be added (before WJMN, WLUC-TV was the only commercial station serving the U.P.).

Orion Broadcasting would merge with Cosmos Broadcasting (a subsidiary of the Liberty Corporation) in 1981. Two years later, in April 1983, WFRV would affiliate with ABC for the second time (NBC would return to WLUK-TV, channel 11). Later in the 1980s, WFRV was sold to Midwest Radio and Television, owned by the Murphy and McNally families, who also owned the WCCO stations in Minneapolis–Saint Paul. The Murphys and McNallys would announce a sale of Midwest to CBS in the summer of 1991; the sale was completed in early 1992. CBS had been affiliated with WBAY-TV (channel 2) for almost 40 years, and was unwilling to sever ties with one of its strongest and longest-standing affiliates. It put WFRV and WJMN on the market, but was unable to find a buyer. However, in 1992, the FCC relaxed its ownership restrictions, leading CBS to keep WFRV and move its programming there. On March 15 of that year, WFRV became become a CBS owned-and-operated station, with the ABC affiliation moving to WBAY. This swap would make WFRV one of the few stations in the United States to be affiliated with all of the Big Three television networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS) during its lifetime. With it, the station became the unofficial home station for the Green Bay Packers (succeeding WBAY in that role); the station would only serve in this role for two seasons, 1992 and 1993, when the majority of games moved to WGBA for one season (with Fox's acquisition of the rights to broadcast National Football Conference games), then to WLUK-TV the next year (when it became a Fox station). Today, the station airs at least two Packers games each season when the team plays an AFC team at Lambeau Field, or, starting in 2014, with the institution of 'cross-flex' rules, games that are moved from WLUK to WFRV (except for Fox's current run of Thursday Night Football).

By 2001, WFRV would change its longtime Orion Broadcasting-era logo, used since the mid-1970s, for an earlier version of its current logo. One year later, in 2002, WFRV would become the first station in the Green Bay market to begin broadcasting a digital signal. By 2003, WFRV would adopt the mandated branding CBS dictated for its stations, identifying itself as "CBS 5" and adopting a green-and-gold logo to reflect its connection to the Green Bay Packers (WFRV would begin airing Packers preseason broadcasts in 2003). The station's current blue-and-yellow logo and graphic scheme was unveiled on July 10, 2006, along with a new news set to coincide with the return to the station of former reporter/anchor Tammy Elliott.

The week of April 16–18, 2007, Liberty Media (a media company unrelated to The Liberty Corporation) completed an exchange transaction with CBS Corporation pursuant to which Liberty Media exchanged 7.6 million shares of CBS Class B common stock valued at $239 million for a subsidiary of CBS that held WFRV and approximately $170 million in cash.[4][5] As part of the transaction, Liberty Media acquired WFRV and WJMN, becoming the only over-the-air television properties to be owned by the company. In May 2007, operations of the stations' websites would move from CBS Television Stations Digital Media Group to a redesigned site powered by Inergize Digital Media (then a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, now a division of Nexstar). By Summer 2007, WFRV would drop the CBS Mandate, slowly transitioning from "CBS 5" to simply "Channel 5," its branding before 2003.

WFRV-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, at midnight (occurring within a commercial break during The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 39.[6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5. As part of the SAFER Act,[7] WFRV kept its analog signal on the air until March 3 to inform viewers of the digital television transition through a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters.

On April 7, 2011, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced it would acquire WFRV and WJMN-TV from Liberty Media.[8] The $20 million deal was approved by the FCC on June 28, 2011[9] and closed three days later on July 1, when Nexstar tapped Joseph Denk to become vice president and general manager of both stations;[10] Denk replaced Perry Kidder, who announced his retirement shortly after the sale was announced (Kidder had spent 37 years with WFRV and WJMN).[11] The website URL and operations of WFRV and WJMN also changed to Nexstar's in-house format (they had been maintained by Broadcast Interactive Media since April 2010); in the case of WFRV, the web address changed from "wfrv.com" to "wearegreenbay.com".[12]

On January 23, 2012, WFRV was rebranded as Local 5, a branding style which originated with Post-Newsweek Stations (now Graham Media Group) and which has since been adapted by several of Nexstar's operations. WJMN continued to be branded as Channel 3 until it launched its in-house news operation in April 2014, as most stories in WFRV's newscasts were not local to Upper Michigan.

On January 27, 2016, Media General announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Nexstar.[13][14] Because Media General owns WBAY, the new company was required to sell that station or WFRV to another owner. On June 3, 2016, it was announced that Nexstar would keep WFRV and its Quad Cities sister station WHBF-TV and sell Media General stations WBAY and its Quad Cities sister station KWQC-TV to Gray Television for $270 million.[15][16]

The station launched their second subchannel on September 1, 2016 with Bounce TV[17] as part of a group deal made between Bounce TV's parent company and Nexstar (Bounce was the only Katz network available to WFRV in Green Bay, as Scripps' WGBA-TV and WACY-TV carry Katz's other three networks as subchannels under a previous agreement, which will likely be maintained as Scripps purchased Katz at the start of October 2017).[18]

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[19]
5.1 1080i 16:9 WFRV-HD Main WFRV-TV programming / CBS
5.2 480i 4:3 Bounce Bounce TV

Sports programming

From 2003 to 2011, WFRV carried Green Bay Packers pre-season games and related official team programming, with the station branding as "Your Official Packers Station." Packer-related programming on WFRV has included Larry McCarren's Locker Room, a Monday night program which featured WFRV sports director and former Packer lineman Larry McCarren analyzing the previous day's Packer game and interviewing with the team's players and staff. In March 2012, the Packers entered into an agreement with Journal Broadcast Group to air Packers pre-season games and official programming on Journal-owned WGBA-TV (channel 26), making it the "official Packers station" in Green Bay;[20]

News operation

WFRV Green Bay Studios 2009
WFRV's primary studios and weather radar in Green Bay.
WFRVFoxCitiesStudio
WFRV's Fox Valley Bureau and weather radar.

WFRV-TV presently broadcasts 35½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays, one hour on Saturdays and a half-hour on Sundays). In addition to its main studios on East Mason Street in Green Bay, WFRV also operates a Fox Valley bureau in Little Chute, located on Patriot Drive near US 41 freeway. The Valley bureau also has a second Doppler weather radar tower to provide extended radar coverage for the station's weather operation.

The audio feed of WFRV's 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts are simulcast on radio stations in the Fond du Lac-Oshkosh areas (on WRPN, 1600 AM) as well as in the Marinette-Menominee area (on WHYB, 103.7 FM).

On June 23, 2011, after a six-month upgrade process, WFRV became the first station in the Green Bay market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; the changeover to HD included an upgrade in the "Storm Team 5" weather technology, including real-time street-level radar.[21][22] In January 2012, the station launched a new graphics package that is designed solely for 16:9 presentation in mind, cutting off portions of text in 4:3 presentation.

Beginning in September 2012, WFRV would greatly expand the number of hours of news content, including the addition of an hour-long afternoon newscast at 4 p.m. and the expansion of its 6 p.m. newscast from 30 minutes to one hour; the 6 p.m. newscast is reduced to 30 minutes during the NFL season on nights when WFRV airs Packers-related programming.[23][24]

On December 31, 2012, the station's morning newscast Local 5 First News was retitled to Local 5 This Morning, with a new anchor team and a set used specifically for the morning program. The new version of the program takes cues from CBS This Morning, including a local-specific "Eye Opener" segment at the start of each half-hour.

On September 2, 2013, WFRV launched an hour-long local mid-morning program Local 5 Live!, which is a mix of advertorial and news content. Live! with Kelly and Michael, which had aired on the station in the 9 a.m. timeslot dating back to the late 1980s while still an ABC affiliate, moved to WLUK in the same timeslot.

Ratings

For most of its history, WFRV-TV's newscasts have been competitive with longtime leader WBAY-TV and runner-up WLUK-TV in most time slots although WFRV's newscasts have usually been in third place. However, since Nexstar purchased the station in mid-2011, the station has seen heavy turnover, with many veteran staff members, including Tammy Elliott, Dana Tyler, Olga Halaburda, Ryan Popkey and Larry McCarren departing the station for other opportunities. Anchors, especially on the weekends, are working longer shifts, and even doing both the morning and evening newscasts, and Nexstar has dropped most syndicated programming, which caused ratings problems that outside of Oprah and Live!, had been a problem with WFRV's schedule dating back to the late 1990s.

Notable former on-air staff

References

  1. ^ http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Wj.M.N.TV.3.Business.Office.906-226-3023
  2. ^ a b "WFRV-TV to Start Live Local Network Shows Wednesday". The Post-Crescent. May 31, 1955. p. 12. Retrieved May 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Golembiewski, Dick (2008). Milwaukee TelevisionHistory: The Analog Years. Marquette University Press. pp. 213–270. ISBN 0-87462-055-4.
  4. ^ http://biz.yahoo.com/e/090227/lcapa10-k.html
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 1, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  7. ^ "UPDATED List of Participants in the Analog Nightlight Program" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "Nexstar to Acquire CBS Affiliates WFRV, WJMN for $20 Mil," from Broadcasting & Cable, July 4, 2011
  9. ^ Source: FCC Letter DA-11-1124, released 6/28/2011
  10. ^ "Nexstar Closes 2-Station Buy, Denk New GM," from TVNewsCheck, July 1, 2011
  11. ^ "WFRV-WJMN's Perry Kidder Calling It Quits," from TVNewsCheck, May 20, 2011
  12. ^ "WFRV/WJMN under new ownership," from WFRV-TV, July 1, 2011
  13. ^ "Nexstar-Media General: It's A Done Deal". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  14. ^ "Nexstar Clinches Deal to Acquire Media General". The New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  15. ^ "Gray Buying Two Nexstar Spinoffs For $270M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  16. ^ Marszalek, Diana (June 3, 2016). "Gray Buys Nexstar Stations in Green Bay, Davenport". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  17. ^ "WFRV Adding Bounce TV To Its Multicast Lineup". TVNewsCheck. August 30, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  18. ^ Lafayette, John (June 16, 2016). "Bounce TV, Grit, Escape, Laff Multicast Deal Covers 81 Stations, 54 Markets". Broadcasting and Cable. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  19. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WFRV
  20. ^ Wolfley, Bob (March 2, 2012). "Packers and Journal Broadcast Group announce partnership deal". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  21. ^ "WFRV Broadcasting Local News In HD," from TVNewsCheck, June 24, 2011
  22. ^ ""Channel 5 launches HD: Behind the scenes"". Archived from the original on September 17, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  23. ^ "Schuller anchors new show on WFRV," from Green Bay Press-Gazette, September 10, 2012
  24. ^ "WFRV Hires ND, Expands News Programming," from TVNewsCheck, September 17, 2012

External links

Badger Television Network

The Badger Television Network was an American state network that operated for eight months from January 1958 until it ceased operations on August 8 of that year. The regional television network was made up of three television stations in Wisconsin, WISN-TV (channel 12) in Milwaukee, WFRV-TV (channel 5, now a CBS affiliate) in Neenah/Green Bay and WKOW-TV (channel 27) in Madison. All three stations at the time were affiliates of ABC.

Programs broadcast by the network included Homemaker's Holiday, a quiz show hosted by Charlie Hanson; Good Housekeeping, a lifestyle program hosted by Trudy Beilfuss based on WISN-TV's sister publication via the Hearst Corporation; and Pretzel Party, a variety program originally hosted by Larry Clark. All three programs originated from Milwaukee affiliate WISN-TV. During March 1958, the network also aired Senate Investigating Committee hearings during late-night hours.

CBS Television Stations

CBS Television Stations is a division of CBS Corporation that owns and operates a group of American television stations. As of November 2017, CBS Corporation owns 28 stations, broken down as follows: fifteen are the core stations of the CBS Television Network; eight are aligned with The CW Television Network, which is co-owned by CBS with WarnerMedia; and five independent stations, two of which carry the MyNetworkTV programming service in primetime.

Channel 39 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 39 in the United States:

K39AA-D in Ninilchick, Alaska

K39AF-D in Grand Junction, Colorado

K39AN-D in New Mobeetie, Texas

K39CX-D in Imlay, Nevada

K39DC-D in Parlin, Colorado

K39DP-D in Klamath Falls, Oregon

K39ED-D in Rocky Ford, Colorado

K39EF-D in Ashland, Oregon

K39EO-D in Crescent City, California

K39EW-D in Gallup, New Mexico

K39EY-D in Cortez, Colorado

K39EZ-D in Mina/Luning, Nevada

K39FD-D in La Grande, Oregon

K39FQ-D in Cedar City, Utah

K39FT-D in Garfield, etc., Utah

K39FV-D in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

K39GF-D in Fort Peck, Montana

K39GH-D in Quanah, Texas

K39GN-D in Rural Sevier County, Utah

K39HM-D in Haxtun, Colorado

K39HP-D in Park City, Utah

K39HS-D in Heber/Midway, Utah

K39HT-D in Ridgecrest, California

K39IR-D in Valmy & Red House, Nevada

K39IS-D in Huntsville, etc., Utah

K39IU-D in Springfield, Missouri

K39IV-D in Teasdale/Torrey, Utah

K39IZ-D in Antimony, Utah

K39JA-D in Henrieville, Utah

K39JC-D in Butte, Montana

K39JD-D in Koosharem, Utah

K39JG-D in Panguitch, Utah

K39JL-D in Duchesne, Utah

K39JS-D in Salt Lake City, Utah

K39JX-D in Livingston, etc., Montana

K39JZ-D in St. George, etc., Utah

K39KE-D in Chalfant Valley, California

K39KF-D in East Carbon County, Utah

K39KH-D in Fountain Green, Utah

K39KK-D in Malad, Idaho

K39KL-D in Akron, Colorado

K39KM-D in Weed, California

K39KR-D in Port Orford, Oregon

K39KT-D in Lamar, Colorado

K39KW-D in Yuma, Arizona

K39KX-D in Richfield, etc., Utah

K39KZ-D in Shurz, Nevada

K39LB-D in Manila, etc., Utah

K39LE-D in Ruth, Nevada

K39LU-D in Wray, Colorado

K39LV-D in Perryton, Texas

K39LW-D in Lansing, Iowa

KABE-CD in Bakersfield, California

KAJJ-CD in Kalispell, Montana

KASN in Pine Bluff, Arkansas

KAZD in Lake Dallas, Texas

KCNS in San Francisco, California

KDFX-CD in Indio/Palm Springs, California

KENS in San Antonio, Texas

KFXO-CD in Bend, Oregon

KHBA-LD in Spokane, Washington

KHGS-LD in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington

KJDN-LD in Logan, Utah

KMMD-CD in Salinas, California

KMSG-LD in Fresno, California

KQDK-CD in Denver, Colorado

KREZ-LD in Durango, Colorado

KRTN-LD in Albuquerque, New Mexico

KSCE in El Paso, Texas

KSWE-LD in Liberal, Kansas

KVEA in Corona, California

KWTV-DT in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

KWYT-LP in Yakima, Washington

KZHO-LD in Houston, Texas

KZLL-LD in Joplin, Missouri

W39CV-D in Minocqua, Wisconsin

W39CY-D in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

W39DE-D in Cayey, Puerto Rico

W39DF-D in Jacksonville, Florida

WADL in Mount Clemens, Michigan

WAOE in Peoria, Illinois

WAWV-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana

WBCF-LD in Florence, Alabama

WBYD-CA in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

WCTX in New Haven, Connecticut

WCZU-LD in Bowling Green, Kentucky

WETU-LD in Montgomery, Alabama

WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin

WFTV in Orlando, Florida

WIVB-TV in Buffalo, New York

WJAL in Hagerstown, Maryland

WJKP-LD in Corning, New York

WJKT in Jackson, Tennessee

WJWN-TV in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

WKTC in Sumter, South Carolina

WLEX-TV in Lexington, Kentucky

WLPX-TV in Charleston, West Virginia

WLVT-TV in Allentown, Pennsylvania

WMJF-CD in Towson, Maryland

WMLD-LD in Brownsville, Florida

WMYS-LD in South Bend, Indiana

WMYT-TV in Rock Hill, South Carolina

WNYN-LD in New York, New York

WOCB-CD in Marion, Ohio

WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia

WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia

WSBK-TV in Boston, Massachusetts

WUDM-LD in Wolcott, Indiana

WWME-CD in Chicago, IllinoisThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 39:

K39DG-D in Trinity Center, California

Cindy Hsu

Cindy Hsu is a Chinese American television news reporter and anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City. She currently anchors the weekend morning newscasts with Andrea Grymes. At different times, she previously served as anchor for the morning, noon, and 5:00 p.m. newscasts. She previously solo anchored the weekend evening newscasts up until July 2016 when she was replaced by Jessica Moore.

Hsu was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 6, 1966. Having joined the station in 1993 as a reporter, Hsu was promoted to weekend co-anchor in May 1994. Hsu was promoted again to morning co-anchor in July 1996, then noon co-anchor in October of that same year.

Prior to joining WCBS-TV, Hsu worked as a reporter and anchor at WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin and for WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio. She began her broadcasting career as an associate producer for WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia.

Larry McCarren

Larry Anthony McCarren (born November 9, 1951 in Park Forest, Illinois) is a former American football player for twelve seasons in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. McCarren had a long career as the Packers' starting center. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1982 and 1983. After his playing career ended, he was inducted in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

He began a television and radio broadcasting career in 1988 at WFRV-TV and he was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year four times. McCarren has been working on the Packers Radio Network as the color commentator for the Packers' radio broadcasts since 1995.

Liberty Corporation

The Liberty Corporation was a media corporation originally based out of Greenville, South Carolina. At its peak, Liberty owned 15 network-affiliated television stations across the Midwest and Southern regions of the United States. On top of that, cable advertising sales group CableVantage Inc., video production facility Take Ten Productions and broadcast equipment distributor Broadcast Merchandising Corporation were also some of its assets.

Liberty was founded in 1919 when W. Frank Hipp, a former top agent at Spartanburg-based Southeastern Life Insurance Company, struck out on his own. Within a decade, Liberty had grown large enough to buy his former employer. It entered broadcasting in 1930, when it bought WIS in Columbia—the start of what would become the Broadcasting Company of the South, renamed Cosmos Broadcasting in 1965. Under Francis Hipp, who succeeded his father in 1943, Liberty reorganized as a holding company, The Liberty Corporation, in 1967.Liberty sold its insurance subsidiaries, Liberty Life and Pierce National Life, to Royal Bank of Canada in 2000. Cosmos was then folded directly into the Liberty banner.

After the sale of its insurance division, the company employed approximately 1,400 people. The executive officers included chairman and CEO W. Hayne Hipp (who, with his family, owned about 25% of the company before its sale to Raycom Media), president and COO James M. Keelor, CFO Howard L. Schrott.

On August 25, 2005, Liberty agreed to be bought out by Raycom Media. Raycom paid $987 million, or $47.35 per Liberty share, and assumed Liberty's debts of approximately $110 million in the buyout. The acquisition was completed on January 31, 2006. After closing the deal, Raycom sold a number of stations, including two from the Liberty portfolio. They included ABC affiliate WWAY-TV in Wilmington, North Carolina to Morris Multimedia and CBS affiliate KGBT-TV in Harlingen, Texas to Barrington Broadcasting.

Liberty Media

Liberty Media Corporation (commonly referred to as Liberty Media or just Liberty) is an American mass media company controlled by chairman John C. Malone, who owns a majority of the voting shares.

List of CBS television affiliates (by U.S. state)

CBS is an American broadcast television television network owned by CBS Corporation, which originated as a radio network in September 1927, and expanded into television in July 1941. As of March 2015, the network currently has 16 owned-and-operated stations, and current affiliation agreements with 222 other television stations.This article is a listing of current CBS affiliates in the continental United States and U.S. possessions (including subchannel affiliates, satellite stations and select low-power translators), arranged alphabetically by state, and based on the station's city of license and followed in parentheses by the Designated Market Area if it differs from the city of license. There are links to and articles on each of the stations, describing their histories, local programming and technical information, such as broadcast frequencies.

The station's advertised channel number follows the call letters. In most cases, this is their virtual channel (PSIP) number.

Stations listed in boldface are owned and operated by CBS through its subsidiary CBS Television Stations (excluding owned-and-operated stations of The CW or independent stations owned by the group, unless the station simulcasts a co-owned CBS O&O station via a digital subchannel).

Local 5

Local 5 is:

A union chapter number, best known as "AFT Local 5" or the New York City Teachers Union (TU).

A branding identity for television stations that broadcast NTSC analog signals over VHF channel 5 or ATSC digital signals which remap to virtual channel 5 via PSIP.Specifically, it refers to the following television broadcasters in the United States:

WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin (CBS affiliate)

WOI-DT in Ames, Iowa (ABC affiliate)

Locker Room (WFRV-TV)

"Locker Room" (formerly "Larry McCarren's Locker Room") is a live talk show hosted by WFRV-TV sports director Burke Griffin and former Green Bay Packer Ahman Green. It used to be hosted by former WFRV sports director and former Green Bay Packer Larry McCarren, who is now the sports director at WGBA-TV. Every week during football season, a Packers player visits the show. That player is then interviewed, and then that player must teach one selected member of the audience how to do a task to earn their autograph; the concept is called "Earn Your Autograph." Also, there is a segment on the show called "Chalk Talk," where certain plays are selected in the previous Packer game and are talked through.

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.

Ross Becker

Ross Becker is a journalist who primarily works in television, radio or digital. He is currently president and CEO of TvNewsmentor.com which is dedicated to growing and mentoring talent. Most recently he was also the news director at KMIR-TV in Palm Desert, California.

Becker began his career in broadcasting in 1975 as a reporter at WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, before moving in 1977 to WTHR-TV in Indianapolis as a weekend anchor and field reporter. He then moved to KCBS-TV (then-known as KNXT) in Los Angeles in 1980 as a reporter, eventually becoming head of the Investigative Team and weekend anchor, as well as host of a short-lived 7 p.m. newscast. He received three Emmys for coverage of the Cerritos plane crash, and Southern California windstorms. He also received six Golden Mike Awards and the AP Mark Twain Award for news writing. During his tenure at KCBS, he also served two years as President of the Radio/TV News Association of Southern California. In 1990, Becker moved on to KCOP-TV to anchor the station's only newscast, replacing Warren Olney. At KCOP he received an Emmy Award for coverage of the Reginald Oliver Denny beating which started the L.A area riots.

In 1995, Becker quit KCOP, complaining about "sold-out, disgusting, tabloid" journalism in Los Angeles. In January 1996 Becker was hired as a freelance journalist and conducted a 90-minute interview with O.J. Simpson. It was the first interview with Simpson following his acquittal on murder charges. The interview was controversial at the time because it was distributed as a videotape for sale instead of airing on "free" television or cable. During the interview Becker agreed not to ask about Simpson's children, finances, or the then-pending civil lawsuit, however he disclosed this at the beginning of the interview and ultimately ended up questioning him about those subjects. In the video, Simpson blamed people "in Faye Resnick's circle" for the murder and accused Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence related to Simpson's guilt. Many television stations and the National Enquirer, which printed many details about the trial, refused to carry advertising for the video. Becker himself later said that Simpson was lying during the video.After conducting the interview, Becker decided to take a break from big city television news. Becker and his wife, Linda, purchased WIEL, WKMO-FM, and WRZI-FM in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in 1995. He sold the stations to Commonwealth Broadcasting in 2000 and jumped back into the broadcast news business when he accepted a position as an anchor for MSNBC in 2002. Later that year, he returned to local news when he joined KTNV-TV in Las Vegas as its evening anchor. Becker left KTNV in December 2004 to "pursue other opportunities". He returned to Los Angeles in 2005 as a freelance reporter for KNBC before being hired full-time. He left KNBC at the end of 2006 to join KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah, as an evening anchor. He left the station on December 31, 2009 and joined KUSI-TV in San Diego. At KUSI he was a featured reporter and co-anchor of the 11 p.m. newscast. At the end of 2016, Becker left KUSI for KMIR in Palm springs.

Becker also has a mentoring website, www.tvnewsmentor.com, helping them prepare and improve their skills in broadcast journalism. Becker is the immediate past president of the Board of Directors of APTRA, the Associated Press TV and Radio Association which serves 12 western states as a liaison with the Associated Press.

Spartan Communications

Spartan Communications, Inc. was a company that was based in Spartanburg, South Carolina that owned WSPA-TV as Spartan's flagship station from 1956 to 2000 when Spartan merged with Media General of Richmond, VA.

In 1984, Spartan bought WBTW and KIMT-TV from the Shotts family.

WGBA-TV

WGBA-TV, virtual channel 26 (UHF digital channel 14), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, as part of a duopoly with Appleton-licensed MyNetworkTV affiliate WACY-TV (channel 32). The two stations share studios on North Road alongside the WIS 172 freeway in Ashwaubenon (with a Green Bay postal address); WGBA's transmitter is located in the unincorporated community of Shirley, east of De Pere.

On cable, the station is available on channel 13 on Charter Spectrum (channel 8 on Charter's legacy Fond du Lac system]), channel 7 on CenturyLink and Comcast Xfinity in Manitowoc, either channel 7 or channel 10 in most outlying areas of the market, and channel 26 on AT&T U-verse.

WJMN-TV

WJMN-TV, virtual channel 3 (UHF digital channel 32), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Escanaba, Michigan, United States, serving the Central and Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, WJMN maintains studios off US 41/M-28 on Wright Street in Marquette Township. and its transmitter is located in unincorporated northern Delta County (south of the Alger County line), which is shared with WGLQ (97.1 FM). The station can also be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 3.

Although identifying as a separate station in its own right, WJMN is considered a semi-satellite of sister station WFRV-TV (channel 5) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Master control and internal operations for WJMN are based at WFRV's studios on East Mason Street in Green Bay.

WLAX

WLAX is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States and serving Western Wisconsin. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 17 (or virtual channel 25 via PSIP) from a transmitter in La Crescent, Minnesota near the studios of ABC affiliate WXOW (channel 19). Owned by Nexstar Media Group, the station has studios at Interchange Place in La Crosse at the intersection of I-90/US 53/WIS 35 and Rose Street (hence the postal address name).

The station operates a full-time satellite, WEUX, licensed to Chippewa Falls and serving Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. This outlet broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 49 (or virtual channel 48 via PSIP) from a transmitter, southeast of Colfax, along the Dunn–Chippewa county line. It maintains an advertising sales office on WIS 93 in Eau Claire along the US 53 and Business US 53/Hastings Way interchange.

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.

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