WLNE-TV, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 49), is an ABC-affiliated television station serving Providence, Rhode Island, United States that is licensed to New Bedford, Massachusetts. The station is owned by Bronxville, New York-based Citadel Communications (unrelated to the former Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, which owned several radio stations in the Providence market before being acquired by Cumulus Media in 2011). WLNE's studios are located in the Orms Building in downtown Providence, and its transmitter is based in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

WLNE-TV 2011 Logo
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Providence, Rhode Island
United States
CityNew Bedford, Massachusetts
BrandingABC 6 (general)
ABC 6 News (newscasts)
SloganCoverage That Connects
ChannelsDigital: 49 (UHF)
(to move to 24 (UHF))
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Affiliations6.1: ABC (since 1995; also 1963–1977)
6.2: Grit
6.3: Escape
6.4: Court TV
OwnerCitadel Communications, LLC
(sale to Standard Media pending[1])
FoundedJanuary 1, 1963
Call letters' meaningWe Love New England
Former callsignsWTEV (1963–1980)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
6 (VHF, 1963–2009)
Former affiliationsCBS (1977–1995)
Transmitter power350 kW
465 kW (CP)
Height284 m (932 ft)
302 m (991 ft) (CP)
Facility ID22591
Transmitter coordinates41°51′55.4″N 71°17′12.7″W / 41.865389°N 71.286861°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile


Early years (1963–1977)

The station began broadcasting on January 1, 1963, as WTEV from studios on 430 County Street in New Bedford.[2] Its transmitter was located in Little Compton, Rhode Island, with the antenna mounted on a 500-foot (150 m) tower; a few years later, WTEV moved to a 950-foot (290 m) tower in Tiverton. The Tiverton transmitter was still 20 miles (32 km) away from the transmitter sites in Rehoboth used by the existing stations in the Providence market, WJAR-TV (channel 10) and WPRO-TV (channel 12, now WPRI-TV). However, WTEV could not build a tower in Rehoboth due to the risk of interference with WRGB in Schenectady, New York, WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine, and WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, which all broadcast on channel 6 in the analog era. Before cable arrived in Rhode Island in the early 1970s, viewers experienced reception problems with WTEV. This was because for its first four decades on air, its transmitter was located in Newport County, resulting in its signal being sent from a different direction than WJAR-TV and WPRO-TV/WPRI-TV. This forced viewers to mount their outdoor antennas on rotators to get a passable signal from the station. The ensuing signal problems would be the bane of channel 6's existence for 45 years.

ABC had a curious history in Rhode Island prior to WTEV's sign-on. In the earliest years of television in Providence, all four networks (including DuMont) were shoehorned on primary NBC affiliate WJAR-TV, at that time the market's only television station (WJAR carried about half of NBC's and CBS' programming, but very few ABC or DuMont shows). WNET launched on channel 16 in 1953 as an ABC affiliate. However, it was forced off the air in 1956 due to the difficulties faced by UHF startups at the time. Since television manufacturers were not required to include UHF tuning capability on television sets prior to 1964, viewers needed an expensive converter (or an all-channel set, the latter being very rare at the time) to watch WNET, and the picture was marginal at best even with one. For the seven years prior to channel 6's sign-on, WJAR and CBS affiliate WPRO-TV cherry-picked ABC programming, usually airing it in off-hours but occasionally preempting their primary network's schedule. Much of Rhode Island could access the full ABC schedule from Boston stations—WHDH-TV (channel 5, now occupied by WCVB-TV) prior to January 1, 1961, and WNAC-TV (channel 7, presently occupied by the present-day WHDH [not to be confused with the now-defunct WHDH on channel 5]) from 1961 to 1963.

Even though Providence was big enough to support three full network affiliates, it soon became apparent that channel 16 would not be resurrected in the near future. The owners of the future WTEV decided to seek a waiver of FCC technical regulations to allow VHF channel 6 to be added to the FCC's Table of Allocations.[3] The channel 6 license had originally been allocated to the island of Nantucket off Cape Cod, in the Boston market. However, at the time, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules required that a station have its studios and offices located in its community of license, and numerous FCC filings argued that it was not practical to operate a full-service television station from Nantucket. Since a channel 6 allocation in the Providence area would have been short-spaced to WCSH-TV and WRGB, the FCC allocation was modified to New Bedford—the nearest city on the Massachusetts side of the market where a transmitter could be built that could decently cover Providence while protecting WCSH-TV and WRGB from interference.

New Bedford and Bristol County are part of the Rhode Island market due to Rhode Island's small geographic size, even though the rest of southern Massachusetts is in the Boston market (counties were assigned by Arbitron and Nielsen to a particular television market based upon their viewing patterns). The advent of satellite television made this an irritation to some Massachusetts subscribers of services such as DirecTV and Dish Network who are unable to receive Massachusetts news and sports from Boston stations. The FCC allows network affiliates to prevent satellite subscribers from receiving network stations from outside the station's designated market. Bristol County is the only part of Massachusetts associated with Rhode Island for television purposes.

WTEV was founded by WTEV Television, Inc.,[4] a group that was 55-percent owned by E. Anthony and Sons, publisher of the New Bedford Standard-Times and owner of WNBH radio (1340 AM and 98.1 FM, now WCTK); the remaining 45 percent was held by New England Television, the holder of the license for the old WNET.[5] In 1966, shortly after E. Anthony and Sons sold the Standard-Times and WNBH, WTEV was purchased by Steinman Stations of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[6]

Switch to CBS (1977–1995)

On June 27, 1977, WTEV swapped affiliations with WPRI and became a CBS affiliate after Knight Ridder Television, which had just purchased WPRI, cut an affiliation deal that switched two of the three television stations it owned at the time to ABC. At the time, ABC was aggressively pursuing strong NBC and CBS affiliates to switch as their ratings rose during the late 1970s, and succeeded in persuading some longtime NBC and CBS stations to switch (as an example, KSTP-TV in Minneapolis–Saint Paul and WSB-TV in Atlanta, both longtime NBC affiliates, switched to ABC during that period).

In 1979, the Steinmans sold WTEV and their flagship station, WGAL-TV in Lancaster, to Pulitzer Publishing. This sale reunited them with KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which had been sold to Pulitzer in 1969. Pulitzer changed channel 6's call letters to the present-day WLNE-TV on September 8, 1980. The new call letters were used as a promotional acronym: "We Love New England." The WTEV call sign was later used on the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida, from March 1996 until September 2014, when that station changed its call sign to WJAX-TV. Under Pulitzer, the station acquired studio space in the Orms Building in downtown Providence. Within a few years, most of the station's main operations were moved to Providence. The original New Bedford facility was used as a news bureau, secondary studio, and sales office through the late 1980s.

In 1983, Pulitzer sold WLNE to Freedom Communications. This sale was necessary because Pulitzer had acquired WFBC-TV (now WYFF) in Greenville, South Carolina, and WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that same year, leaving the company one VHF station over the FCC's ownership limit of the time.

Return to ABC (1995–present)

WPRI was sold to CBS in the spring of 1995, making it a CBS owned-and-operated station and one of the last such acquisitions prior to the Westinghouse Electric Corporation's purchase of the network. This resulted in the sale of WPRI to Clear Channel Communications due to a significant signal overlap with WBZ-TV, which had joined CBS back in January of that year. As a result, at midnight on September 10, 1995, WPRI reversed the 1977 swap with WLNE and officially rejoined CBS. WLNE then became an ABC affiliate again, and began calling itself ABC6.[7]

Early in the afternoon of May 4, 2005, WLNE's analog transmitter was knocked off the air due to a faulty section of transmission line on the tower. The transmitter had been running at 80% power due to another unrelated technical problem that occurred approximately two weeks earlier. Although Dish Network satellite and some cable systems continued to receive broadcasts through fiber optic connections, over-the-air and DirecTV satellite subscribers were left without a local ABC affiliate (DirecTV gets its signal via antenna). Some cable providers made special temporary arrangements to carry Boston ABC station WCVB during this outage. The WLNE transmitter was operational again late Thursday evening after 32 hours off the air.[8]

Sale to Global Broadcasting

In August 2006, The Providence Journal reported that WLNE was put up for sale.[9] The key reason for the decision was the lack of a second station for Freedom to operate in the market that would improve synergies for the Providence operation. On March 12, 2007, Freedom announced it was selling WLNE to Global Broadcasting, a Delaware corporation headed by Robinson Ewert and Kevin O'Brien.[10] The FCC granted approval of this sale in mid-September and ownership was officially transferred on October 9.[11] Freedom continued to operate WLNE's website until November 30, 2007, when control was shifted to Broadcast Interactive Media, and later WorldNow in April 2010. Global Broadcasting was not related to a Canadian network, the Global Television Network, or its then-parent, Canwest Global Communications.

Financial struggles, bankruptcy

On June 23, NewsBlues reported that Global Broadcasting co-owner Robinson Ewert had left the company amidst a dispute with CBS over licensing fees for programs originating from its syndication unit. He was replaced by Rob Holtzer, general sales manager at Sunrise Sports and Entertainment, owner of the NHL's Florida Panthers and the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. He is also a former national sales manager at the YES Network in New York City. Holtzer's official title at Global was vice president and director of sales.[12]

Global Broadcasting filed for receivership (Rhode Island's equivalent to bankruptcy) on July 29, 2010, due to declining advertising revenues. Providence attorney Matthew McGowan was appointed receiver.[13][14] A month later, the station was put up for sale for the second time in four years. According to The Providence Journal, several groups had expressed interest in purchasing the station and a deal was projected to be reached by the end of the year.[15] On December 13, 2010, rumors surfaced that A.H. Belo Corp. would buy WLNE and merge its operations with those of The Providence Journal—despite the fact that the company was formed from the split of non-broadcasting operations from Belo Corporation. Belo itself was considered a likelier candidate due to the strength of its operations in other regions, and its operation of regional news channels much like WLNE's own NewsChannel 5.[16]

On February 10, 2011, Citadel Communications of Bronxville, New York, was chosen as the stalking horse bid in the sale of the station with a bid of $4 millon. Five other groups (including one led by former Providence mayor Joseph Paolino, Jr. were also interested in purchasing the station and had until March 18 to submit competing bids prior to auction.[17] On March 17, ABC notified potential buyers that WLNE's affiliation with the network beyond March 31, 2011, was not assured, which Global Broadcasting CEO Kevin O'Brien said could depress the final price WLNE is sold for at auction.[18] Some observers feared that this could prompt one or more of the six companies believed to be bidding for WLNE to withdraw from bidding for the station, which may have even forced it off the air if no sale was made.

Sale to Citadel Communications

On March 22, Citadel Communications was approved as the new owner of WLNE by receiver Matthew McGowan.[19] The company met the approval of ABC, and took over station operation on May 1 under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with McGowan and Global, under the name Global Communications LLC, until the sale was approved by the FCC, at which point Citadel would assume full ownership.[20] On April 5, WLNE revealed programming changes made in light of the sale, which included the return of CBS Television Distribution shows The Insider and Inside Edition.[21] On April 25, veteran sales manager Chris Tzianabos was named vice president and general manager of WLNE, replacing Steve Doerr.[22] Global CEO Kevin O'Brien tried to appeal the sale in court,[23] arguing that attorney McGowan did not try hard enough to achieve a higher sale price for the station.[24] However, he did not succeed in his efforts, and on June 1, it was announced that the FCC had approved the license transfer, therefore finalizing the acquisition.[25]

In September 2011, as had been promised by Citadel upon its acquisition of the station, WLNE-TV began broadcasting newscasts and syndicated programming in full high-definition. The station additionally debuted a new circle logo and website design, matching those of other Citadel stations, but incorporating its previous stylized 6.[26][27]

After the sale of WOI-DT, WHBF-TV and KCAU-TV to the Nexstar Media Group was completed on March 13, 2014, WLNE and ABC affiliate KLKN in Lincoln, Nebraska, would become the only stations with a major network affiliation still owned by Citadel; the company also owns a news-intensive independent station, WSNN-LD/Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida.

Pending sale to Standard Media

On May 16, 2019, it was announced that Standard Media, a company led by former Young Broadcasting and Media General executive Deb McDermott, would acquire WLNE and KLKN for $83 million.[1]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[28]
6.1 720p 16:9 WLNE-DT Main WLNE-TV programming / ABC
6.2 480i 4:3 WLNE-D2 Grit
6.3 WLNE-D3 Escape
6.4 16:9 WLNE-D4 Court TV

The station's analog video broadcast at a frequency of 83.26 MHz AM. The station's analog audio was aired at a frequency of 87.76 MHz FM. Both frequencies were +10 kHz shift from the center channel 6 frequency to prevent interference with stations in Albany, New York, Portland, Maine, and Philadelphia which were also on channel 6. WLNE's analog audio could be picked up on the lower end of the dial on most FM radios at 87.7 MHz. WLNE regularly mentioned this additional way of coverage. This was true of all analog channel 6 stations in the United States. After February 17, 2009, channel 6 audio on WLNE was no longer available on the radio. (It was still available on most other full-powered channel 6 stations in the United States through June 12.)

Analog-to-digital conversion

WLNE-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over Very high frequency (VHF) channel 6, on February 17, 2009, the original date when 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 Ultra high frequency (UHF) channel 49,[29] using Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP) to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 6. It offered a nightlighting service on its analog signal for 60 days following the shutdown. The station aired a looping DTV education program as well as all of its newscasts. Due to this service being broadcast on analog channel 6, audio was still available on 87.7 FM when this period ended.

On January 16, 2012, WLNE, along with all Citadel stations, began carrying Disney-ABC's Live Well Network on its digital subchannel (6.2). The network was also seen on Cox digital channel 803, Verizon FiOS digital channel 466, Full Channel digital channel 196, and Comcast digital channel 296.[30] Prior to this date, the station did not carry an additional network but simulcast its main programming in Standard-definition television (SDTV) on 6.2. On August 18, 2014, ahead of the discontinuation of Live Well Network in January, WLNE replaced it with two new multicast networks, Grit and Escape.[31] On May 8, 2019, the station added the relaunched Court TV to a third subchannel.[32]

WLNE's digital signal operates at 350,000 watts—equivalent to 1.75 million watts for an analog transmitter. Still, due to the fact it operates from Rehoboth with the other major Rhode Island stations, it now has a signal comparable to WJAR and WPRI for the first time ever.


As an ABC affiliate, WLNE runs virtually the entire ABC programming schedule. Effective with the 1995 affiliation switch, Saturday morning infomercials were replaced with ABC's Saturday morning program block (currently known as Litton's Weekend Adventure; that block replaced ABC Kids in 2011). Syndicated programming on WLNE includes Face the Truth, Daily Mail TV, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Hot Bench, Inside Edition and The 700 Club among others.

Past programming preemptions and deferrals

As WTEV, the station moderately preempted ABC shows, in most every case a low-rated program. This did not pose as much of a problem, since most viewers could still get the full ABC schedule on Boston's WNAC until 1972, and on WCVB afterward. During afternoon hours, WTEV ran cartoons and classic sitcoms, with late nights being devoted to movies.

Beginning in 1980, WLNE ran an afternoon movie from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. By 1982, the station was also running a movie weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. These movies were run under the Dialing For Dollars promotion and were hosted by George Allen for a decade. WLNE also continued to preempt moderate amounts of programming, particularly whatever game show CBS ran at 10:00 a.m. (to accommodate the morning movie), as well as late night programming. As a result of the preemptions, Child's Play, the 1983 version of Press Your Luck, and Blackout never aired on WLNE; the 1986 version of Card Sharks did not air on the station until late in the show's run. Other shows, such as Tattletales and Body Language were tape-delayed and aired in the noon slot, since WLNE did not have a noon news broadcast at that time. Providence area viewers could also watch the preempted shows via WNEV, which was available over-the-air on the Massachusetts side of the market. Throughout much of the 1980s, WLNE was known for running two movies a day.

By the fall of 1988, WLNE was only running an afternoon movie weekdays and began clearing CBS' 10:00 a.m. hour. In the fall of 1989, WLNE dropped CBS' Guiding Light, moving the movie to 3:00 p.m. and adding more syndicated programming in the 5:00 p.m. hour; by mid-1990, the afternoon movie was dropped in favor of additional syndicated programming. In the fall of 1990, WLNE dropped the CBS Saturday morning cartoons in favor of several movies in that time slot. In 1991, Guiding Light was reinstated. By 1993, the Saturday morning movies were replaced with educational children's programs and infomercials.

For many years, WLNE carried the syndicated shows Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and Inside Edition from CBS Television Distribution. However, in mid-2009, the station was unable to reach a carriage agreement with the syndicator, successor to King World Productions and Paramount Domestic Television. At that time, the station was carrying Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, and Inside Edition. As a result of the situation, the shows were dropped on June 5 and quickly moved to WNAC-TV (channel 64, and the legal successor to the former WNET).[33] Temporarily put in their place were Cristina's Court, Family Court with Judge Penny, a 7:00 p.m. newscast, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[34] On June 16, CBS filed a lawsuit against Global Broadcasting for failing to fully pay license fees for the shows and a breach of contract. The syndicator sought $5 million from the company.[35][36]

Local programming

The longest-running program on channel 6 is TV Mass from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, which began in 1963. Produced by WLNE, the show was originally aired at 8:00 a.m. It is normally taped at the chapel of Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Easter Mass and Christmas Mass are normally taped at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fall River, Massachusetts.[37] As of 2011, the masses are independently produced and continue to air on WLNE, with the weekly mass at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings and the Easter and Christmas Mass at 11:30 a.m. and Noon respectively.

Prior to its host's retirement, the longest running program on WLNE was The Truman Taylor Show. The Sunday morning public affairs program debuted very early in 1963. Numerous politicians appeared on the show, including two U.S. presidents. In late 2005, Truman Taylor taped his final show. He is now a featured op-ed columnist for the Providence Journal. In early 2006, ABC6 News On the Record replaced Truman Taylor, with Jim Hummel hosting the program until his departure from the station in July 2008. Following his departure, On the Record was temporarily taken off-the-air and replaced with infomercials.

On June 19, 2016, WLNE debuted In the Arena, with former Providence mayor Joe Paolino, Jr. as host.[38] A single episode may consist of a traditional one-on-one interview with Paolino and a political figure, or a round table of political analysts moderated by Paolino. The show's title is a reference to a passage in President Theodore Roosevelt's Citizenship in a Republic speech about "The Man in the Arena." In the Arena airs Sundays at 7:00 a.m.[39]

WLNE had been the market home of The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon since 1993. As WTEV, it was one of the first affiliates of the Love Network when it was formed in 1968. Local segments had been broadcast from the Warwick Mall for several years. In 2007, the telethon relocated to the Marriott hotel in downtown Providence. In 2008, the telethon was broadcast from Twin River Casino in Lincoln. This is where the current pledge record for the station was established. In total, $755,705 in local donations was raised. Local segments continued to be broadcast from Twin River until 2012, when the telethon became the MDA Show of Strength. The following year, the show began being televised over one national network (ABC, but because of channel 6's ABC affiliation, the new-format show still aired there) and the local segments were discontinued. The final Show of Strength was broadcast in 2014.

WLNE became the first station in Rhode Island to broadcast a local program in high-definition when it aired Bristol's 4th of July Parade in 2008 live with production facilities provided by Comcast. In 2009, the station won an Emmy Award for its pre-parade special, Reflections of the Fourth: Celebrating Bristol, from the Boston/New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.[40] The 2009 parade was also broadcast in high-definition, simulcast on NewsChannel 5 and streamed live on abc6.com.[41] The parade was not broadcast in 2011 amidst the change in station ownership, but it returned in 2012. WLNE has been the official television home of the parade since 2006.

Caught in Providence

Caught in Providence is a reality court show presided over by Judge Frank Caprio. The program showcases the proceedings inside Providence Municipal Court. Produced and directed by Judge Caprio's brother Joseph and his company Citylife Productions, the program originated on PEG access television in Rhode Island and was first picked up by WLNE in 2000, initially airing in late night on Saturdays.[42] Following a hiatus, Caught in Providence returned in 2015 and aired following the 11 o'clock newscasts on Saturdays until September 2017.[43] It was during this run that the program went viral. Several clips began appearing on social media, garnering millions of views.[44] The program has also received coverage from media organizations around the world, such as NBC News[45] and the Daily Mail.[46]

In December 2017, it was announced that Debmar-Mercury had picked up Caught in Providence for daily national syndication, this as clips from the program eclipsed one billion views.[47] The program was initially sold to the Fox Television Stations group and debuted nationally on September 24, 2018.[48] Locally, the program airs in Providence on The CW affiliate WNAC-DT2 and in Boston on CW affiliate WLVI.[49]

NewsChannel 5

NewsChannel 5, formerly known as the Rhode Island News Channel (RINC), began broadcasting on November 30, 1998. Operated by WLNE (until 2012) and Cox Communications, it was the first and only 24-hour local news channel in the state. It provided non-stop news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, mainly consisting of rebroadcasts of news that aired on WLNE. The station could only be found on Cox Cable channel 5 in Rhode Island. NewsChannel 5 also provided live, continuing coverage of breaking news and other events. When severe weather struck, the WLNE weather team provided up to the minute forecasts.

Prior to Citadel Communications' acquisition of WLNE, there were three live newscasts that aired exclusively on NewsChannel 5. From its launch, a weekend morning newscast was seen exclusively on the station. As of May 2011, this newscast was also broadcast on the main channel. On September 29, 2008, WLNE began offering an extra hour of local news on weekday mornings at 7:00 a.m. An extended hour of Good Morning Providence was one of two 7 o'clock local newscasts in the market, the other being an extended hour of WPRI's Eyewitness News This Morning on WNAC-TV. This newscast was no longer broadcast as of May 2011. WLNE occasionally aired a 10 o'clock newscast during major news events or when sports programming preempted the 10 o'clock news on competitor WNAC. As of May 2011, this newscast no longer aired.

For a brief period in September 2009, an audio feed of NewsChannel 5 was broadcast on radio station WALE in various timeslots; this included a start-to-finish simulcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. On February 1, 2012, WLNE's affiliation with Cox channel 5 ended, and its programming on the channel was replaced with WJAR programming and is now Ocean State Networks (OSN).[50]

News operation

Super Bowl LII experience reporters
WLNE reporters at the Super Bowl Experience in Minnesota for Super Bowl LII.

WLNE presently broadcasts 27½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays and 1 hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).

For most of its history, WLNE has placed a distant third in the market, behind WJAR and WPRI. The station has been known for numerous turnovers in format, talent and management over the years for the purpose of increasing its newscast ratings and sales revenue, all having little or no effect. Under Global Broadcasting's ownership, changes in image and news coverage resulted in a marginal ratings increase and for a time, ABC6 News was promoted as "New England's Fastest Growing News". The ratings surge did not last for long. However, on March 29, 2011, WLNE scored its first late news victory in years, finishing number one at 11:00 p.m. following the series premiere of network medical drama Body of Proof, which was filmed entirely in Rhode Island for its first season.

On October 24, 2007, WLNE announced that infamous former Providence mayor and WPRO personality Vincent "Buddy" Cianci would join the station as chief political analyst and contributing editor starting on November 1.[51] Cianci was a political analyst at WLNE in the late 1980s. As part of his duties at the station, he moderated a daily segment on ABC6 News. It was first entitled Your Attention Please and was co-moderated in-studio by former Chief Reporter Jim Hummel. Following Hummel's departure from the station in July 2008, it was changed to Buddy TV and weeknight anchor John DeLuca became co-moderator. The segment aired live during the former ABC6 News First At Four with Cianci first appearing in-studio and then from the East Providence studios of WPRO, where the segment was simulcast during his weekday show that aired from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In October 2008, he started co-hosting the Sunday morning public affairs program ABC6 News On the Record with DeLuca. With the change in station ownership in May 2011, the segment name was changed to The World According to Buddy with a solo Cianci in the ABC6 studios. The segment was taped live during the noon newscasts and re-aired during the 5 o'clock news. He also became a solo host of On the Record. On June 25, 2014, Cianci announced that he would be seeking a third term as mayor of Providence as an Independent candidate. As a result, he had to step down from his position at WLNE as well as WPRO for the duration of the campaign. Former chief political reporter Mark Curtis took over as host of the program while Cianci campaigned for office. He lost the bid to Democrat Jorge Elorza and returned to his previous positions shortly after the 2014 general elections. On January 27, 2016, Cianci was taken from the WLNE studios to Miriam Hospital after falling ill during the taping of On the Record and was pronounced dead on January 28 at age 74..[52] The episode did not make air, with a special on Cianci airing in its timeslot on January 31.[53] The Sunday morning public affairs program was then put on hiatus.

On December 17, 2007, WLNE announced it would launch ABC6 News First At Four, the market's first-ever 4 o'clock news on January 14, 2008. Described as a "hard newscast" and not morning-show style fluff, First At Four gave WLNE a head start in coverage of weather and politics. This newscast aired for just over three years and competed head to head with The Oprah Winfrey Show airing on WJAR. First At Four last aired in April 2011 prior to the transfer of station ownership. In May 2009, WLNE launched a 10 o'clock newscast on Sunday mornings. Previously, it had only produced weekend morning newscasts for NewsChannel 5. It was the only Providence station with a local news broadcast airing at that time. In May 2011, the new owners moved the newscast to 7:30 a.m. and added Saturday morning broadcasts in addition to Sunday mornings. The weekend morning newscasts were cancelled in 2012. In June 2009, the station launched the market's first (since the 1980s) 7 o'clock newscast on weeknights, filling the spot vacated by Entertainment Tonight, which was taken off the schedule due to the station's dispute with CBS Television Distribution. In March 2011, this newscast was replaced with infomercials, with the newscast airing only in the event they could not sell the time slot on a given day.[54] After the station's sale to Citadel, this newscast was officially replaced with syndicated programming the following month.

On April 5, 2011, WLNE announced a new programming lineup that included the addition of a 5:00 p.m. newscast on April 25.[21] On September 13, WLNE became the second station in the market to broadcast news in high-definition, behind WJAR and just a week ahead of WPRI/WNAC.[26] Along with the transition came a standardized graphics package used by other Citadel stations. The station received the company's standardized news set in August 2012. In January 2013, the station began streaming its newscasts to mobile devices via the Syncbak[55] app for a 1-year period. Also, all reporters in the field work as multimedia journalists who shoot and edit their stories in addition to writing and presenting them. They also manage their own live shots through the use of mobile streaming "backpacks" manufactured by TVUnetworks.

In weather segments, WLNE uses live regional radar from the National Weather Service local office in Taunton, Massachusetts, along with high-resolution satellite. The segments are presented on-air under the Stormtracker label. From 2012 to 2017, the Stormtracker Weather Team was certified as providing Southern New England's most accurate forecast by WeatheRate], an independent weather research firm.[56] On July 19, 2012, WLNE became the first station in Southern New England to be recognized as StormReady by the National Weather Service.[57]

WLNE won the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Associated Press News Station of the Year award four years in a row from 1997 to 2000 and again in 2002. The station also won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting two consecutive years.

Due to its coverage area overlapping with Boston's ABC affiliate WCVB, the two stations share resources for coverage of southeastern Massachusetts.

Notable current on-air staff

Notable former on-air staff


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External links

Channel 49 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 49 in the United States:

K49AG-D in Garfield, etc., Utah

K49AH-D in Silt, Colorado

K49AJ-D in Olivia, Minnesota

K49AM-D in Lund & Preston, Nevada

K49AQ-D in Clarendon, Texas

K49AS-D in Santa Clara, Utah

K49BB-D in Follett, Texas

K49BK-D in Winnemucca, Nevada

K49EA-D in Crowley Lake, California

K49EB-D in Garden Valley, Idaho

K49ET-D in Many Farms, Arizona

K49EU-D in Chloride, Arizona

K49FA-D in Fergus Falls, Minnesota

K49FS-D in Logan, Utah

K49FX-D in Alamogordo, New Mexico

K49FY-D in Summit County, Utah

K49GA-D in Kanarraville/New Ha, Utah

K49GE-D in Kingman, Arizona

K49HC-D in Parowan/Enoch/Parawan, Utah

K49IF-D in Beryl/Modena, etc., Utah

K49IL-D in Tecolote, New Mexico

K49IN-D in Julesburg, Colorado

K49IO-D in Gateway, Colorado

K49IT-D in Hagerman, Idaho

K49IX-D in Puyallup, Washington

K49JJ-D in Orangeville, Utah

K49JM-D in Caineville, Utah

K49JN-D in Marysvale, Utah

K49JP-D in Koosharem, Utah

K49JQ-D in Garrison, etc., Utah

K49JS-D in Beaver, etc., Utah

K49KB-D in Malad City, Idaho

K49KF-D in Los Alamos/Espanola, New Mexico

K49KT-D in Bend, Oregon

K49KV-D in Stemilt, etc., Washington

K49KW-D in Long Valley Junction, Utah

K49KY-D in Scofield, Utah

K49KZ-D in Rural Sevier County, Utah

K49LB-D in Holbrook, Idaho

K49LC-D in College Station, Texas

K49LG-D in Eureka, Nevada

K49LJ-D in Casper, Wyoming

K49LK-D in North Platte, Nebraska

K49LQ-D in Spring Glen, Utah

K49LR-D in Delta, Utah

K49MB-D in Snowmass Village, Colorado

K49MD-D in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

K49ME-D in Helper, Utah

K49MF-D in Sterling, Colorado

K49MH-D in Forsyth, Montana

K49ML-D in Fillmore, etc., Utah

K49ND-D in Fish Creek, etc., Idaho

KCBO-LD in Corpus Christi, Texas

KEHO-LD in Houston, Texas

KJLA in Ventura, California

KJPO-LD in Parker, Arizona

KKTV in Colorado Springs, Colorado

KLJB in Davenport, Iowa

KMQV-LD in Rochester, Minnesota

KMYA-DT in Camden, Arkansas

KNVA in Austin, Texas

KNVO in McAllen, Texas

KPDS-LP in Wolcott, Indiana

KPJO-LP in Pittsburg, Kansas

KRLB-LD in Richland, etc., Washington

KSAO-LD in Sacramento, California

KSTS in San Jose, California

KTKA-TV in Topeka, Kansas

KWVT-LD in Salem, Oregon

KZHD-LD in Santa Rosa, California

W49BE-D in Hackettstown, New Jersey

W49CZ-D in Aguada, Puerto Rico

W49DB-D in Andrews, etc., North Carolina

WAWD in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

WBLZ-LD in Syracuse, New York

WCYA-LD in Midland, Michigan

WDKA in Paducah, Kentucky

WDLI-TV in Canton, Ohio

WDNN-CD in Dalton, Georgia

WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky

WEAZ-LD in McComb, Mississippi

WEDW in Bridgeport, Connecticut

WEEJ-LD in Jacksonville, Illinois

WEKW-TV in Keene, New Hampshire

WEUX in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

WFGC in Palm Beach, Florida

WGAL in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

WJJN-LD in Dothan, Alabama

WLFG in Grundy, Virginia

WLNE-TV in New Bedford, Massachusetts

WMKG-CD in Muskegon, Michigan

WMSN-TV in Madison, Wisconsin

WNDT-CD in Manhattan, New York

WNTZ-TV in Natchez, Mississippi

WNWO-TV in Toledo, Ohio

WNYO-TV in Buffalo, New York

WOTF-TV in Daytona Beach, Florida

WPTG-CD in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

WQDH-LD in Wilmington, North Carolina

WQEO-LD in Jackson, Tennessee

WQPX-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania

WRAZ in Raleigh, North Carolina

WRMD-CD in Tampa, Florida

WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, West Virginia

WUEO-LD in Macon, Georgia

WVSN in Humacao, Puerto Rico

WWDD-LD in Havre De Grace, Maryland

WWSI in Atlantic City, New JerseyThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 49:

WOCH-CD in Chicago, Illinois

WTBL-CD in Lenoir, North Carolina

Channel 6 virtual TV stations in the United States

The following television stations operate on virtual channel 6 in the United States:

K03ET-D in Terrace Lakes, Idaho

K03IN-D in Leavenworth, Washington

K04RT-DT in Judith Gap, Montana

K06NT-D in Dolores, Colorado

K07WJ-D in Colstrip, Montana

K07YV-D in The Dalles, Oregon

K07ZQ-D in Georgetown, Idaho

K07ZR-DT in Harlowton & Shawmut, Montana

K08AY-D in Winthrop-Twisp, Washington

K08ET-D in Vallecito, Colorado

K08ND-D in Akron, Colorado

K09BI-D in Methow, Washington

K09KH-D in Watkins, etc., Montana

K09LW-D in Martinsdale/Lennep, Montana

K09MY-D in Polaris, Montana

K10AP-D in Pateros/Mansfield, Washington

K10HL-D in Virginia City, Montana

K10PV-D in Santa Barbara, California

K11DL-D in Juliaetta, Idaho

K11LA-D in Basin, Montana

K11MP-D in White Sulphur Spring, Montana

K11PP-D in Dingle, etc., Idaho

K12LF-D in Coolin, Idaho

K12RD-D in Coulee City, Washington

K13KP-D in Boulder, Montana

K13KV-D in Troy, Montana

K13UF-D in Rexburg, Idaho

K13XX-D in Hesperus, Colorado

K15IB-D in Malad, Idaho

K15JA-D in Harlowton, etc., Montana

K16JZ-D in McDermitt, Nevada

K17KX-D in Anton, Colorado

K18DT-D in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

K18ET-D in Orderville, Utah

K19EG-D in Holyoke, Colorado

K20GG-D in Duncan, Arizona

K20HM-D in Idalia, Colorado

K21LD-D in Mazama, Washington

K22JF-D in Stemilt, etc., Washington

K22JJ-D in Milton-Freewater, Oregon

K23JK-D in Tillamook, Oregon

K23LW-D in Emigrant, Montana

K23NL-D in Cottonwood/Grangeville, Idaho

K24HQ-D in Boulder, Colorado

K24KG-D in Madras, Oregon

K24KM-D in Colstrip, etc., Montana

K24MC-D in Baker Valley, Oregon

K25BP in Billings, Montana

K26FM-D in Peetz, Colorado

K26GX-D in Pleasant Valley, Colorado

K27DX-D in McCall, Idaho

K27MW-D in Soda Springs, Idaho

K28IT-D in Kanab, Utah

K29BM-D in Montpelier, Idaho

K29EL-D in La Grande, Oregon

K29FR-D in Quanah, Texas

K29HR-D in Farmington, New Mexico

K29IB-D in Grays River, etc., Washington

K30OG-D in La Grande, Oregon

K31CR-D in Prineville, etc., Oregon

K31FV-D in Durango & Hermosa, Colorado

K31LE-D in Bridger, etc., Montana

K32DE-D in Pendleton, Oregon

K32LS-D in Driggs, Idaho

K34DC-D in Astoria, Oregon

K35BW-D in Lewiston, Idaho

K38CZ-D in Lincoln City/Newport, Oregon

K38KV-D in Hood River, Oregon

K39HM-D in Haxtun, Colorado

K40MS-D in Pocatello, Idaho

K41GG-D in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

K41IP-D in Rainier, Oregon

K42DI-D in Bayfield & Ignacio, Colorado

K45KZ-D in Holbrook, Idaho

K47LM-D in Prineville, etc., Oregon

K48DX-D in Sandpoint, Idaho

K50GL-D in Bonners Ferry, Idaho

K50MA-D in Howard, Montana

K51DW-D in Dillon, Montana

K53EF-D in Garden Valley, Idaho

KAAL in Austin, Minnesota

KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas

KBJR-TV in Superior, Wisconsin

KBSD-DT in Ensign, Kansas

KCEN-TV in Temple, Texas

KDBZ-CD in Bozeman, Montana

KEMV in Mountain View, Arkansas

KFDM in Beaumont, Texas

KFMY-LD in Petaluma, California

KHQ-TV in Spokane, Washington

KIDY in San Angelo, Texas

KIPS-LD in Beaumont, Texas

KIVI-TV in Nampa, Idaho

KMOH-TV in Kingman, Arizona

KMOS-TV in Sedalia, Missouri

KOIN in Portland, Oregon

KOTV-DT in Tulsa, Oklahoma

KPLO-TV in Reliance, South Dakota

KPOM-CD in Ontario, California

KPTW in Casper, Wyoming

KPVI-DT in Pocatello, Idaho

KREZ-TV in Durango, Colorado

KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas

KRMA-TV in Denver, Colorado

KRVD-LD in Banning, California

KSBY in San Luis Obispo, California

KSFV-CD in Los Angeles, California

KSIX-TV in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

KSNL-LD in Salina, Kansas

KSRE in Minot, North Dakota

KSVI in Billings, Montana

KTAL-TV in Texarkana, Texas

KTVM-TV in Butte, Montana

KTVW-CD in Flagstaff/Doney Park, Arizona

KUAT-TV in Tucson, Arizona

KVIE in Sacramento, California

KWNB-LD in McCook, Nebraska

KWNB-TV in Hayes Center, Nebraska

KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa

W06AY-D in Lebanon, Kentucky

W14EM-D in Marquette, Michigan

W29DH-D in Moorefield, West Virginia

W42DG-D in State College, Pennsylvania

W42DJ-D in Ocala, Florida

W42DR-D in Marion, North Carolina

WABG-TV in Greenwood, Mississippi

WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee

WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama

WCML in Alpena, Michigan

WCSH in Portland, Maine

WCTV in Thomasville, Georgia

WDAY-TV in Fargo, North Dakota

WDSU in New Orleans, Louisiana

WECT in Wilmington, North Carolina

WFIB-LD in Key West, Florida

WGCE-CD in Rochester, New York

WHDT-LD in Boston, Massachusetts

WIPR-TV in San Juan, Puerto Rico

WITI in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

WJBF in Augusta, Georgia

WKMG-TV in Orlando, Florida

WLNE-TV in New Bedford, Massachusetts

WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan

WLUC-TV in Marquette, Michigan

WOWT in Omaha, Nebraska

WPSD-TV in Paducah, Kentucky

WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WRGB in Schenectady, New York

WRTN-LD in Alexandria, Tennessee

WRTV in Indianapolis, Indiana

WSYX in Columbus, Ohio

WTVJ in Miami, Florida

WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia

WVVA in Bluefield, West VirginiaThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly operated on virtual channel 6:

K06NG-D in Sargents, Colorado

K16HQ-D in Georgetown, Idaho

K34IF-D in Wallowa, Oregon

Citadel Communications

Citadel Communications Ltd. is an American private broadcasting company. It is based in Bronxville, New York, and operates 2 full-power television stations, 1 low-power station and a regional 24-hour cable news channel. The company was founded in 1982 by former National Association of Broadcasters joint board chairman and current Broadcasters Foundation of America chairman Phil Lombardo.Upon completion of the Digital TV transition in 2009, Citadel's stations at that time returned their digital broadcasts to their former analog channel assignments in the VHF spectrum. As a result of poor propagation characteristics for digital TV in the VHF bands, these stations now operate low-power digital fill-in translators in the UHF band to improve coverage in their communities of license. See the digital TV section on the WHBF-TV entry for further information on the Citadel stations' post-transition digital signals.

In February 2009, Phil Lombardo became an investing partner in LDB Media, LLC., owners of the Suncoast News Network, a regional cable news channel in Sarasota, Florida. In January 2014, Lombardo and Citadel purchased a majority interest in the company. As a result, Citadel took over broadcast operations of SNN and integrated the channel with its other stations.

On September 16, 2013, Citadel announced that it would sell WOI-DT, KCAU-TV, and WHBF-TV to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group for $88 million. Nexstar immediately took over the stations' operations through a time brokerage agreement. The deal followed Phil Lombardo's decision to "slow down," as well as a desire by Lynch Entertainment to divest its investments in WOI and WHBF. Citadel would continue to own KLKN, WLNE-TV, and its Sarasota properties. On March 5, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission approved the sale of these stations to Nexstar outright and the deal was completed on March 13.

On May 16, 2019, it was announced that Standard Media, led by former Young Broadcasting and Media General executive Deb McDermott, would acquire Citadel's WLNE and KLKN for $83 million.

Global Broadcasting

Global Broadcasting LLC. was a private broadcasting company in the United States. Global was a Delaware corporation based in San Francisco, California and Providence, Rhode Island and was founded by Kevin O'Brien and Robinson Ewert. Founded in early 2007, Global owned WLNE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Providence from 2007-2011. This was the company's first and only television station, purchased from Irvine, California-based Freedom Communications in 2007, who previously owned WLNE since 1983. The owners of Global Broadcasting planned to expand into other regions of the country; however, they were unable to acquire any additional stations.

Grit (TV network)

Grit is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting. The network features classic TV series and feature films targeted at men between the ages of 25 and 55 years old.

The network is available in many media markets via the digital subchannels of broadcast television stations and on the digital tiers of select cable providers through a local affiliate of the network.

Originally, Katz sold the network to affiliated TV stations via ad split but by October 2015 had moved to paying carriage fees in exchange for distributing the network's ad inventory.1 Grit used direct response advertising as a meter of viewers before switching to Nielsen rating C-3.3 It is available on Dish Network channel 217.

Johnston, Rhode Island

Johnston is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 28,769 at the 2010 census. Johnston is the site of the Clemence Irons House (1691), a stone-ender museum, and the only landfill in Rhode Island. Incorporated on March 6, 1759, Johnston was named for the colonial attorney general, Augustus Johnston.


KLKN, virtual and VHF digital channel 8, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. The station is owned by Citadel Communications (not related to the defunct radio station operator Citadel Broadcasting). KLKN's studios are located south of downtown Lincoln, and its transmitter is located in Utica, Nebraska.

Kemble Scott

Kemble Scott is the pseudonym for fiction used by American journalist Scott James (born 1962), writer of a weekly column about the San Francisco Bay Area for The New York Times and The Bay Citizen. His debut novel SoMa became a bestseller (San Francisco Chronicle) in the spring of 2007. [1] [2] The novel tells the interwoven stories of twentysomethings on the prowl for thrills in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood following the city’s infamous Dot-com crash. [3] In June 2008 the novel SoMa was honored as a finalist for the national Lambda Literary award for debut fiction.

At the time SoMa was published, James produced a series of videos for YouTube in which he appeared as Kemble Scott to take viewers to the real places that inspired the novel. It’s believed this was the first time an author launched a novel this way. The videos received thousands of views and may have contributed to the book’s bestseller status. The influential tech blog Valleywag noted the videos, but criticized them for being too tame, compared to the sexually explicit content of the novel.

In May 2009 James published his second novel, The Sower by Kemble Scott. The first edition premiered as a digital book and was the first novel sold by social publisher Scribd.com in a new e-commerce venture called "Scribd Store," according to the Associated Press [4].

The author's decision to release the first edition of The Sower exclusively as an e-book received widespread media coverage. This led to offers to create a printed version. On August 31, 2009, Numina Press published the first hardcover edition, which instantly hit the San Francisco Chronicle's bestsellers list, premiering at #5 for that week.

In October 2010, a second digital edition of was released: The Sower 2.0. Debuting exclusively on Scribd, the new version was reimagined by the author and updated with topical references for late 2010.

Prior to working in fiction, James was a longtime television news writer, producer and executive. While at WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, he was honored with three Emmy awards. During his tenure there as news director, the station twice won the News Station of the Year Award from the Associated Press.

James has an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a BA from Adelphi University. He resides in San Francisco and is co-founder of The Castro Writers' Cooperative, known as The Coop, a co-working space for Bay Area writers.

Kristen Welker

Kristen Welker (born July 1, 1976) is an American television journalist working for NBC News. She serves as a White House correspondent based in Washington, D.C..

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

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American broadcast television television network owned by the Disney Media Networks subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, which originated in 1927 as the NBC Blue radio network, and five years after its 1942 divorce from NBC and purchase by Edward J. Noble (adopting its current name the following year), expanded into television in April 1948. As of March 2015, the network currently has eight owned-and-operated stations, and current affiliation agreements with 238 other television stations.This article is a listing of current ABC 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 ABC through its subsidiary ABC Owned Television Stations.

List of television stations in Massachusetts

This is a list of broadcast television stations serving cities in the U.S. state of Massachusetts.

List of television stations in Rhode Island

This is a list of broadcast television stations serving cities in the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

Mark Curtis (broadcaster)

Mark Corrigan Curtis is an American broadcast journalist, author and political analyst. He is currently Chief Political Reporter for the Nexstar Media Group stations in West Virginia.

South Coast (Massachusetts)

The South Coast of Massachusetts (sometimes stylized Southcoast) is the region of southeastern Massachusetts consisting of southern Bristol and Plymouth counties bordering Buzzards Bay, and includes the cities of Fall River, New Bedford, the southeastern tip of East Taunton and nearby towns. The term is recent, dating to the 1990s, and sometimes confused with the South Shore (a region southeast of Boston that includes Norfolk, northern Bristol and eastern Plymouth counties).

Steve Cascione

Steve Cascione was born in Providence, Rhode Island on November 12, 1954. After graduating from Classical High School in Providence, Cascione attended the University of Rhode Island where he graduated in 1977 with a BA degree in Geography and Meteorology. Cascione attended MIT, where he took graduate courses in weather forecasting. In 1978, he went on to become a forecast meteorologist for AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania. In 1980, Cascione returned to Rhode Island, worked at WLNE-TV ABC6, and he created a weather consulting business called Ocean State Weather. During his first stint at WLNE, he hosted the self-titled cooking segment Steve's Cooking Up a Storm.

After twenty-two years at WLNE, Cascione left to begin employment at WPRI-TV12, where he served for five years as meteorologist for the station's weekday morning and Noon newscasts, later their weekend morning newscasts. He received the Silver Circle Award from the National Television Academy's Boston/New England Chapter in 2006.In 2008, Cascione returned to WLNE-TV. He first served as meteorologist for Good Morning Providence and the Noon newscasts on weekdays, and he later served as co-anchor of the newscasts until 2009. He also hosted the cooking segment Cooking Fresh with Dave's Marketplace with Chef Walter Potenza. In 2009, he became meteorologist for the station's weekend evening newscasts (briefly doubling as news anchor) and a features reporter. In May 2011, he was moved back to the weekday morning and noon newscasts. Beginning in the summer of 2011, Cascione took part in a weekly cooking segment on ABC6 News This Morning with anchors Mark Curtis and Doreen Scanlon, entitled the Curtis/Cascione Cook-Off. He returned to the weekend evening newscasts in 2015 and resigned in October 2016. He now works for the State of Rhode Island Department of Transportation.Steve holds the AMS Seal of Approval. He also teaches aviation meteorology at the New England Institute of Technology as a part-time professor. He has two sons and an adopted daughter from Russia.

Truman Taylor

Truman Taylor has been a popular television personality in southeastern New England for more than four decades. Beginning as a general assignment reporter, he was the principal evening news anchor on the (then) WTEV; and late the same station as WLNE-TV (ABC 6), Providence, RI from 1964 through 1980. He reported through the turbulent 1960s and 70s on the major stories of those decades; the assassination of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, Jr.; and the demonstrations and street disturbances that brought shootings and fires to some of southeastern New England's core cities. And the Vietnam War protests that roiled the campuses of area colleges.

Named Director of Programming for the station in the late 1980s he retired from his administrative duties at the station in January 2001. However, he continued, until December 2005, to moderate the Sunday interview program, "Truman Taylor," that he had begun in 1963. Among the guests on the program have been 2 U.S. Presidents, three future presidents and scores of newsmakers from both the local and national scene. The program has received four Emmy nominations including one for "Jobathon."

In the economically hard hit southeastern New England of the 1980s, "Jobathon," aired live in prime time from four cities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and put more than 400 unemployed people back to work. "Jobathon" won him a personal commendation and an invitation to the White House from President Ronald Reagan.

He is the recipient of the National Television Academy's Silver Circle and Gold Circle Awards and is a member of the Academy's Board of Directors.

Truman Taylor of course will always be remembered for his legendary tag-line used to sign off at the end of every newscast

"Have a good night tonight and a better day tomorrow"

Truman Taylor's commentaries on the passing scene were heard at the end of each of his Sunday programs. They currently appear regularly on the op-ed pages of the Providence Journal and other newspapers throughout the country.


WEAN-FM (99.7 FM, "News Talk 99.7 FM & AM 630 WPRO") is a radio station licensed to Wakefield-Peacedale, Rhode Island. The station is owned by Cumulus Media, and airs a news-talk format. WEAN-FM is a full-time simulcast of WPRO/630 in Providence, serving as WPRO's satellite in southern Rhode Island. Operations are based at WPRO's studios in East Providence.

Prior to becoming WEAN-FM on March 11, 2008; 99.7 was modern rock "99.7 The Edge" WUAE, later WDGE; hard rock "99.7X" WXEX; classic rock simulcast "The Hawk"; '80s simulcast "Z100" (as WZRA) & finally "The Score" (WSKO-FM), which broadcast a sports format that simulcast most programming from WSKO/790 (now WPRV).


WLWC, virtual channel 28 (UHF digital channel 17), is an Ion Plus owned-and-operated television station serving Providence, Rhode Island, United States that is licensed to New Bedford, Massachusetts. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks as part of a duopoly with Newport, Rhode Island-licensed Ion Television owned-and-operated station WPXQ-TV (channel 69). The two stations share transmitter facilities on Champlin Hill in Hopkinton, Rhode Island. WLWC is one of two major stations (along with ABC affiliate WLNE-TV, channel 6) that serve Providence despite being licensed to the Massachusetts side of the market.

Walter Cryan

Walter Cryan (born 1932) is a former announcer and veteran News reporter and anchor for channels 12 and 6 in Providence, Rhode Island, with a career of more than 50 years.He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications. In 1956, Cryan went to work in Attleboro at the former WARA radio station and joined WPRO radio in Providence in 1965. He also was the voice of the old Foxboro racetrack from 1963 to 1985. Cryan became the lead newsreader for WPRI in 1965 and was paired throughout his 30 years there with partners like Doug White, Mike Gorman, Janice Glynn or Karen Adams.

He retired in 2000, but returned to television in 2004 to work as the 6 p.m. anchor at WLNE-TV. His definitive retirement came in 2007.

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