WPHL-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 17, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company. WPHL-TV's studios are located in the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia, and it shares transmitter facilities with Vineland, New Jersey-licensed Univision owned-and-operated station WUVP-DT (channel 65) on the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.

Current WPHL-TV Logo

ThisTV WPHL-TV Philly
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
BrandingPHL17 (general)
Action News (during WPVI-produced newscast)
ChannelsDigital: 17 (UHF)
(shared with WUVP-DT)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
OwnerTribune Broadcasting
(sale to Nexstar Media Group pending[2][3])
(WPHL, LLC[4][5])
First air dateJune 17, 1960
Call letters' meaningPHiLadelphia
(PHL is also IATA code for Philadelphia International Airport)
Former callsignsWPCA-TV (1960–1962)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 17 (UHF, 1960–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 54 (UHF, 2002–2009)
Former affiliations
Transmitter power645 kW
Height324 m (1,063 ft)
Facility ID73879
Transmitter coordinates40°2′30.9″N 75°14′21.9″W / 40.041917°N 75.239417°WCoordinates: 40°2′30.9″N 75°14′21.9″W / 40.041917°N 75.239417°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile


Channel 17 first signed on the air on June 17, 1960, as WPCA-TV, the call letters standing for "People's Church of the Air."[6][7] Founded by Percy Crawford, it originally maintained a religious programming format.[8] WPCA was Philadelphia's first commercial UHF station; however, the station suffered due to the fact that UHF tuners were not required to be incorporated onto most television sets at the time (the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would not make UHF tuning capability a requirement until 1964 with the passage of the All-Channel Act); WPCA shut down on August 1, 1962 after only being on the air for two years.

Subsequently, advertising executive Len Stevens and attorney Aaron Katz formed Philadelphia Television Broadcasting Company which purchased the channel 17 license and returned it to the air on September 17, 1965 as independent station WPHL-TV.[9][10][11][12] It was the third UHF independent to sign-on in Philadelphia that year, two and a half weeks after WKBS-TV (channel 48) and four months after WIBF-TV (channel 29, later WTAF and now WTXF-TV). After merging with U.S. Communications Corporation in 1967 WPHL-TV became the flagship station for their station group.[13][14][15][16] U.S. Communications also operated WATL-TV in Atlanta, WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, WXIX-TV in Cincinnati and KEMO-TV now (KOFY-TV) in San Francisco. The station produced and aired numerous local television shows over the years, including kids' favorite Wee Willie Webber's Colorful Cartoon Club and Dr. Shock's Horror Theater.[17]

In the summer of 1975, WPHL-TV moved from its original studio facility at 1230 East Mermaid Lane in the suburb of Wyndmoor to its current studio on Wynnefield Avenue in the Wynnefield suburb of West Philadelphia. The building had once been the location of an A&P supermarket. The station offered a schedule of off-network drama series, sitcoms, old movies, sports and religious programs. It also ran NBC and ABC programs that KYW-TV (channel 3, now a CBS owned-and-operated station) and WPVI-TV (channel 6) had respectively pre-empted until the fall of 1976, and again from the fall of 1977 to the summer of 1983. The Providence Journal Company bought channel 17 in 1979. At that point, WPHL sought a different programming strategy geared towards adults, gradually dropping children's programming and cartoons. It focused more on movies, off-network drama series, recent off-network sitcoms and sports. The station also aired several hours of religious programming each day.

Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, WPHL was known on-air as "The Great Entertainer," with voiceovers provided by announcer Sid Doherty. The station positioned itself as an alternative to both WTAF and WKBS, as it programmed more towards adults with movies and other syndicated programs, while its competitors were heavy on sitcoms and children's cartoons. WPHL was also a station heavy on local sports, as it aired games featuring Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies until 1982, the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers from 1982 to 1995 and the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers in the 1990s.

From October 1981 to August 1987, the WPHL studios hosted a weekday afternoon dance show called Dancin' On Air, hosted by Eddie Bruce, as well as a spin-off on the USA Network called Dance Party USA, whose host, Dave Raymond, was better known as the Phillie Phanatic mascot seen during Phillies games. Those shows marked the on-air debut of a young girl from nearby Voorhees, New Jersey named Kelly Ripa.

In the summer of 1982, WKBS went on the market after its owner, Field Communications, decided to exit broadcasting. The Providence Journal Company was among those who were bidding for channel 48's license. Had it won, Journal would have merged WPHL's and WKBS' schedules under the WKBS license and channel allocation, while selling the channel 17 license to either a religious or educational broadcaster. However, the Journal Company's bid was still far below Field's asking price. With no takers willing to give Field what it wanted for the station, WKBS-TV ceased operations one year later on August 29, 1983, and WPHL picked up various syndicated programs, cartoons, movies and production equipment from WKBS.

In 1987, the Providence Journal Company sold WPHL-TV to a consortium headed by Dudley S. Taft Jr., the former president of the Cincinnati-based Taft Television and Radio Company, the longtime owners of rival WTAF-TV. Dudley Taft had left his family's namesake company following a corporate restructuring which resulted in the firm changing its name to Great American Broadcasting. He also brought along key personnel from WTAF (which Taft had sold to TVX Broadcast Group in early 1987), including general manager Randy Smith. The new ownership scrapped the "Great Entertainer" slogan and related logo for a new identity as "PHL 17", in an apparent attempt to counter WGBS-TV's (channel 57, now WPSG) "Philly 57" branding. The new owners restored some cartoons to the schedule. In 1991, the Taft group sold channel 17 to the Tribune Company.

On November 2, 1993, Tribune and the Warner Bros. Television division of Time Warner announced the formation of The WB Television Network. Due to the company's minority interest in the network (initially 12.5%, before expanding to 22%), Tribune chose to affiliate the majority of its independent stations with the upstart network, resulting in WPHL-TV becoming a network affiliate for the first time in its history upon The WB's January 11, 1995 debut.[18][19] In September of that year, the station changed its on-air identity to "WB 17". For most of The WB's run, WPHL was one of the network's strongest affiliates.

Switch to MyNetworkTV

On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation (which split from Viacom in December 2005) and Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment (the division that operated The WB) announced that they would dissolve UPN and The WB and merge both networks' stronger programming onto a newly created network, The CW. Concurrent with the announcement, it signed a ten-year affiliation agreement with 16 of Tribune's 19 WB-affiliated stations.[20][21] However, in the case of Philadelphia, The CW's affiliation went to the city's UPN station, CBS-owned WPSG (which was part of an affiliation deal with 11 of CBS' UPN stations). It would not have been an upset had WPHL been chosen as the area's CW affiliate, however. The network's officials were on record as preferring The WB and UPN's "strongest" stations for their new network, and Philadelphia was one of the few markets where the affiliates of both networks were both relatively strong.

WPHL was slated to revert to its previous independent status, but on May 15, 2006, Tribune announced that it would affiliate channel 17 (and two other WB affiliates that were not included in the CW affiliation deal) with MyNetworkTV, making WPHL the largest station in terms of market size affiliated with the network that was not owned by its then-parent company News Corporation (which became 21st Century Fox in June 2013 after spinning off most of its non-entertainment properties). It is also the only major station in Philadelphia that is not owned by its respective network. In July, WPHL rebranded itself as "MyPHL17", reviving the station's former "PHL 17" moniker. WPHL began airing MyNetworkTV programming on the day that the new service was launched, September 5, 2006. As a result, it did not air the final two weeks of The WB's programming.

PHL17 2010 logo
logo from 2010 to 2018

On October 4, 2010, the station removed the "My" portion of the branding as many affiliates of the network began dropping references to MyNetworkTV due to it becoming more of a primetime programming service than a true television network. WPHL retains the multi-shaded 'blue TV' component of the network's logo as part of the station's own logo. Before the move of the broadcast rights of the Phillies in 2014 to WCAU-TV, another version of the logo was used where the "p" in "phl" was replaced with the hat insignia "P" from the logo of the Philadelphia Phillies. In addition, the Antenna TV subchannel the station carries is branded with a modified version of their 1970s/80s "Great Entertainer" logo; many other Antenna TV stations do this as well.

Aborted sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group; pending sale to Nexstar Media Group

On May 8, 2017, Hunt Valley, Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it would acquire Tribune Media for $3.9 billion, plus the assumption of $2.7 billion in debt held by Tribune. Had the deal received regulatory approval by the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, the transaction would have brought WPHL under common ownership with CBS-CW affiliate WHP-TV in Harrisburg. (Sinclair intended to sell Tribune-owned Fox affiliate WPMT in Harrisburg and, to address a separate conflict with Tribune-operated ABC-affiliated sister WNEP-TV, the Scranton virtual triopoly of Fox affiliate WOLF-TV, CW affiliate WSWB and MyNetworkTV affiliate WQMY to Standard Media Group to address ownership conflicts related to the deal.)[22][23][24][25][26][27][28] Because of WPHL's status as a MyNetworkTV affiliate with limited local programming, some analysts initially believed that Sinclair may choose to sell WPHL to Fox Television Stations to form a duopoly with Fox owned-and-operated station WTXF-TV, which would make WPHL a MyNetworkTV O&O. However, Sinclair did not include WPHL in a subsequent $910-million sale of seven Tribune-owned stations to Fox Television Stations that was announced on May 9, 2018. It is asserted that Pennsylvania's status as a swing state in presidential elections may have been considered a deciding factor in Sinclair choosing to acquire WPHL.[29]

Less than one month after the FCC voted to have the deal reviewed by an administrative law judge amid "serious concerns" about Sinclair's forthrightness in its applications to sell certain conflict properties, on August 9, 2018, Tribune announced it would terminate the Sinclair deal, intending to seek other M&A opportunities. Tribune also filed a breach of contract lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court, alleging that Sinclair engaged in protracted negotiations with the FCC and the DOJ over regulatory issues, refused to sell stations in markets where it already had properties, and proposed divestitures to parties with ties to Sinclair executive chair David D. Smith that were rejected or highly subject to rejection to maintain control over stations it was required to sell.[30][31][32][33][34][35]

On December 3, 2018, Irving, Texas-based Nexstar Media Group announced it would acquire Tribune's assets for $6.4 billion in cash and debt. The deal—which would make Nexstar the largest television station operator by total number of stations upon its expected closure late in the third quarter of 2019—would give WPHL-TV additional sister stations in Hagerstown, Maryland (independent station/Heroes & Icons affiliate WDVM-TV, presuming Nexstar opts to create a duopoly with Tribune-owned CW affiliate WDCW in the co-located Washington, D.C. market) and Scranton–Wilkes-Barre (the virtual duopoly of NBC affiliate WBRE-TV and CBS affiliate WYOU, which were Nexstar's first two television properties). Nexstar would also be present in every market serving Pennsylvania except for Pittsburgh if the deal is closed.[36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][2][3][44]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
17.1 720p 16:9 WPHL-DT Main WPHL-TV programming / MyNetworkTV
17.2 480i 4:3 Antenna Antenna TV
17.3 This TV This TV
17.4 Comet Comet

WPHL-TV's broadcasts became digital only, effective June 12, 2009.[45]

Local programming

Sports programming

Throughout the station's three of its first four decades on the air, WPHL had a tremendous professional sports presence—at various points holding the broadcast rights to the Phillies (1971–82 and 1993–98, and through the production of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia from 2009 to 2013; as of 2014, WPHL airs overflow Phillies games when both CSN Philadelphia and primary overflow outlet Comcast Network are carrying other games and present over-the-air carrier WCAU is preoccupied by NBC network commitments), the Flyers (1991–98) and the 76ers (1982–95), as well as covering local college basketball and football, with games featuring teams from the Philadelphia Big 5 (La Salle Explorers, Penn Quakers, Saint Joseph's Hawks, Temple Owls and Villanova Wildcats). After the station joined The WB, it released many of its sports contracts in order to concentrate on its network programming obligations.

The station aired syndicated college football and basketball games from the syndication arm of ESPN involving the Mid-American Conference (football, owing to Temple being a football-only member of the league) and Big East Conference (basketball) until 2009, when WPVI took over rights. WPHL also aired Big Ten Conference games (owing to Penn State's large fan base in the area) until the creation of the Big Ten Network on cable in 2007.

WPHL has aired preseason games of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Also, it usually wins the rights to air one or two regular season Eagles games on Monday nights, due to the NFL's anti-siphoning rule requiring games airing on cable to be available on an over-the-air station in each team's home market; by rule, the NFL sells syndication rights of local teams' games. The station's news partner, WPVI-TV, has the right of first refusal on Monday night games due to its parent company (Disney) being majority owner in ESPN, but generally defers in order to air Dancing with the Stars (due to the program's popularity and the structure of its live voting requirements) during that program's fall season.

As of the 2018 season, WPHL and WPVI share local broadcast rights to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. WPVI produces the telecasts.[46]

As of the 2018–2019 season, WPHL covers the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League, carrying all home games and select away games.[47]


In 1994, WPHL entered into an agreement with local daily newspaper The Philadelphia Inquirer to broadcast an Inquirer-branded primetime news program. The half-hour Inquirer News Tonight was a hybrid newscast that integrated the conventions of a typical television news program with contributions from the newspaper's personnel. However, the format failed to make any headway against WTXF's established primetime newscast; behind-the-scenes issues with Knight-Ridder (the Inquirer's owner at that point), including newspaper staffers' wariness of being on TV and compensation and contract issues, as well as general mismanagement, doomed the program.[48] Another blow occurred in October 1995 when weekend weatherman Bill Elias was fired following the revelation of his involvement with a local crime family (he had given mob boss John Stanta's bodyguards a videotape of a mob funeral in 1993, to pick targets from another crime family to kill); he had previously lost his job at WTXF over this.[49] WPHL took full control of the newscast, changing to the WB 17 News at Ten in late 1996.

Even after WPHL took its newscast in-house, it still remained far behind WTXF in the ratings. In the fall of 2005, WPHL announced that its news department would be shut down; the final 10 p.m. newscast produced by WPHL aired on December 9, 2005. The following day, production of the 10 p.m. newscast was turned over to NBC O&O WCAU through a news share agreement. This newscast was partially renamed to WB 17 News at 10, Powered by NBC 10. On July 25, 2006, the program was renamed My PHL 17 News, Powered by NBC 10 to correspond with WPHL's upcoming switch to MyNetworkTV. On December 10, 2008, WCAU began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition, and the WPHL newscast was also included in the HD upgrade. The newscast was renamed once again on October 4, 2010 as phl17 News at 10, Powered by NBC 10.

On October 31, 2011, WPHL began airing EyeOpener, a morning news program concept by Tribune Broadcasting that originally debuted in May 2011 on Houston sister station KIAH, featuring a mix of news, lifestyle, entertainment and opinion segments. Local news, weather, and traffic segments are featured along with local reports presented by five multimedia journalists; however, much of EyeOpener (which was previously produced at Tribune Company's Chicago headquarters) is pre-produced at the studios of Dallas-Fort Worth sister station KDAF and is also distributed on Tribune-owned stations in three other markets that provide their own localized content.[50][51]

The WCAU-produced 10 p.m. newscast ended on September 14, 2012, and WPVI-TV took over production of the newscast the following day through a news share agreement with the ABC owned-and-operated station. Accordingly, the newscast was renamed Action News at 10 on PHL17. The weekday editions of the newscast utilize the same anchor team seen on WPVI's 4 p.m. newscast, while the weekend newscasts use the same staff as that station's weekend evening newscasts.[52] It is the third ABC owned-and-operated station to be involved in a news share agreement, following KGO-TV in San Francisco (which produces independent station KOFY-TV's 9 p.m. newscast) and WTVD in Durham (which produces CW affiliate WLFL's 10 p.m. newscast), and was later joined in 2014 by KABC-TV in Los Angeles (which produces independent station KDOC-TV's 7 p.m. newscast). On September 8, 2014, the newscast was expanded to an hour.[53]

On March 9, 2015, WPHL launched a half hour 5:30 a.m. newscast produced independently called The PHL17 Morning News. It is the first in-house newscast since the closure of their former news department at the end of 2005. The station's news studio was rebuilt, and the tri-caster formerly used was replaced with switchers, along with other equipment. The team then started producing independent news reports for the Delaware Valley.

On October 22, 2018, PHL17 Morning News expanded to a three-hour newscast from 4:30 to 8 a.m., when Morning Dose was axed.

Notable current on-air staff

Notable former on-air staff

Out-of-market coverage

In Pennsylvania, WPHL was carried on Comcast cable systems in Harrisburg, York and Lancaster; however, it was not available in high definition. It was available on South Central Pennsylvania cable systems for four decades; indeed, for most of The WB's run, it was that market's default WB affiliate (the network's programming aired in off-hours on local station WPMT). On June 26, 2019, it was discontinued on those Comcast systems. It is also carried in Milford, Pike County (which is part of the New York City television market). In Maryland, WPHL is carried on cable in Cecil County.

In New Jersey, WPHL is carried in parts of Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Warren counties. It is available on Cablevision's analog service on its systems in Ocean and Monmouth counties. On Comcast in Ocean and southern Middlesex counties, WPHL was available in standard definition on digital cable 255. Comcast had carried the station on analog channel 17 until February 2008, when it was moved to digital only to "preserve bandwidth". It was removed on June 26, 2019. Comcast added WPHL's HD signal to its lineups in Ocean and Southern Middlesex counties, the borough of Roosevelt in Monmouth County and Lambertville in Hunterdon County on August 22, 2012 on digital channel 907. WPHL's Antenna TV, This TV (both were already carried as subchannels of WPIX) and Tango Traffic (now GeoTraffic) subchannels were added to the provider's Southern Middlesex County system on November 27, 2012 (found with a rescan of a digital tuner) but have not been mapped into the Comcast digital boxes or DTAs. There is no satellite coverage of WPHL outside of the Philadelphia market.

During the 1970s and 1980s, WPHL was a regional superstation available in New York City and portions of Long Island,[54] as well as the large majority of New Jersey. In New Jersey, WPHL was carried on alongside competitors WTAF, and until it shut down in 1983, WKBS.[54] The station was also carried on Comcast on the former Adelphia system in the suburbs of Scranton until replaced with a local affiliate.

See also


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External links

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Better (talk show)

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Channel 17 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 17 in the United States:

K17BA-D in Yreka, California

K17BN-D in Needles, California

K17BV-D in Redwood Falls, Minnesota

K17CA-D in Carson City, Nevada

K17CG-D in Ukiah, California

K17CL-D in Pahrump, Nevada

K17DA-D in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

K17DF-D in Crowley Lake, California

K17DG-D in Rural Summit County, Utah

K17DL-D in Branson, Missouri

K17DM-D in Myton, Utah

K17DS-D in Clarendon, Texas

K17DT-D in Elko, Nevada

K17DU-D in Christmas Valley, Oregon

K17ED-D in Payette, Idaho

K17EU-D in Holyoke, Colorado

K17EV-D in Omak, Washington

K17EZ-D in Rogue River, Oregon

K17FA-D in Willmar, Minnesota

K17FK-D in Montoya & Newkirk, New Mexico

K17FQ-D in Fremont, Utah

K17FR-D in Walker Lake, Nevada

K17FU-D in Marshfield, Missouri

K17GC-D in Pitkin, Colorado

K17GD-D in Paso Robles, California

K17GE-D in Dove Creek, etc., Colorado

K17GJ in Twentynine Palms, California

K17GK-D in Arlington, Oregon

K17GT-D in Price, Utah

K17GV-D in Rainier, Oregon

K17HA-D in Astoria, Oregon

K17HB-D in Winnemucca, Nevada

K17HE-D in Susanville, etc., California

K17HI-D in Amarillo, Texas

K17HM-D in Wendover, Utah

K17HQ-D in Hatch, Utah

K17HR-D in Emery, Utah

K17HT-D in Hanksville, Utah

K17HV-D in Tropic/Cannonville, Utah

K17HW-D in Green River, Utah

K17HX-D in Minersville, Utah

K17HY-D in Ridgecrest, etc., California

K17IA-D in Escalante, Utah

K17ID-D in Cherokee & Alva, Oklahoma

K17IE-D in Navajo Mountain School, Utah

K17IF-D in Oljeto, Utah

K17IG-D in Hoehne, Colorado

K17IH-D in Montezuma Creek-Anet, Utah

K17II-D in Logan, Utah

K17IL-D in Ellensburg, etc., Washington

K17IP-D in Huntsville, etc., Utah

K17IZ-D in Everett, Washington

K17JA-D in Basalt, Colorado

K17JC-D in Orderville, Utah

K17JD-D in Mount Pleasant, Utah

K17JE-D in Mayfield, Utah

K17JF-D in Bluff, etc., Utah

K17JG-D in Ferndale, etc., Montana

K17JH-D in Mexican Hat, etc., Utah

K17JI-D in Fresno, California

K17JJ-D in Cortez, Colorado

K17JK-D in Cane Beds, Arizona/Hildale, Utah

K17JN-D in Enid, Oklahoma

K17JP-D in Big Timber, etc., Montana

K17JR-D in Lewiston, Idaho

K17JS-D in Philipsburg, Montana

K17JT-D in Fishlake Resort, Utah

K17JV-D in Boulder, Utah

K17JZ-D in Bondurant, Wyoming

K17KB-D in Belgrade, etc., Montana

K17KC-D in Meeteetse, Wyoming

K17KF-D in Cambridge, Idaho

K17KR-D in Winthrop, Washington

K17KU-D in Saco, Montana

K17KW-D in Gettysburg, South Dakota

K17KX-D in Anton, Colorado

K17KZ-D in Harlowton, etc., Montana

K17LB-D in Perryton, Texas

K17LM-D in Yuma, Arizona

K17MB-D in Circleville, Utah

K17MC-D in Caineville, Utah

K17MI-D in Eads, etc., Colorado

K17MJ-D in San Antonio, Texas

K17MK-D in Elk City, Oklahoma

K17MV-D in Richfield, etc., Utah

K17MW-D in St. James, Minnesota

K17MY-D in Jackson, Minnesota

K17NF-D in Brookings, South Dakota

K17NJ-D in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

K17OB-D in Plevna, Montana

K40FJ in Midland, Texas

K41JT-D in Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaii

K42IN-D in Enterprise, Utah

K46GL-D in Red River, New Mexico

K47FX-D in Carlsbad, New Mexico

K47MI-D in Frost, Minnesota

K47OQ-D in Alexandria, Minnesota

K48EG-D in Arlee, Montana

K48MB-D in Thompson Falls, Montana

K50GU-D in Poplar, Montana

K50HU-D in Flagstaff, Arizona

KAAS-TV in Salina, Kansas

KABH-CD in Bend, Oregon

KAID in Idaho City, Idaho

KAID in Cascade, Idaho

KAZQ in Albuquerque, New Mexico

KBMY in Bismarck, North Dakota

KCRP-CD in Corpus Christi, Texas

KDAO-CD in Marshalltown, Iowa

KDOR-TV in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

KDSD-TV in Aberdeen, South Dakota

KEEN-CD in Las Vegas, Nevada

KGLU-LD in Ottumwa, Iowa

KHJL-LD in Rapid City, South Dakota

KIDU-LD in Brownwood, Texas

KISU-TV in Pocatello, Idaho

KJJC-TV in Great Falls, Montana

KJRW in Eureka, California

KLBY in Colby, Kansas

KLDF-CD in Lompoc, California

KLWB in New Iberia, Louisiana

KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri

KMOL-LD in Victoria, Texas

KMTR in Eugene, Oregon

KODG-LP in Palm Springs, California

KPCB-DT in Snyder, Texas

KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona

KPTS in Wichita, Kansas

KQDS-TV in Duluth, Minnesota

KQTI-LD in Ogden, Utah

KSBB-CD in Santa Barbara, California

KSLA in Shreveport, Louisiana

KTWO-TV in Casper, Wyoming

KVAT-LD in Austin, Texas

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas

KWSU-TV in Spokane, Washington

KYNE-TV in Omaha, Nebraska

KYTL-LD in Twin Falls, Idaho

KZCO-LD in Denver, Colorado

W17CT-D in Manteo, North Carolina

W17DF-D in Muskegon, Michigan

W17DG-D in Miami, Florida

W17DL-D in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama

WALE-LD in Montgomery, Alabama

WAND in Decatur, Illinois

WBEH-CD in Miami, Florida

WBXZ-LP in Buffalo, New York

WCMV in Cadillac, Michigan

WDYI-LD in Macon, Georgia

WEAR-TV in Pensacola, Florida

WEPH in Tupelo, Mississippi

WEWA-LD in Wewahitchka, Florida

WFXR in Roanoke, Virginia

WGBD-LD in Green Bay, Wisconsin

WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana

WJMB-CD in Butler, Pennsylvania

WKCF in Clermont, Florida

WKOP-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee

WKPC-TV in Louisville, Kentucky

WKTD-CD in Portsmouth, Virginia

WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio

WLAX in La Crosse, Wisconsin

WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina

WNCN in Goldsboro, North Carolina

WNMF-LD in Morristown, New Jersey

WODH-LD in Gainesville, Florida

WOIW-LD in Lima, Ohio

WPGF-LD in Memphis, Tennessee

WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WPXQ-TV in Block Island, Rhode Island

WQCW in Portsmouth, Ohio

WSYR-TV in Syracuse, New York

WTCT in Marion, Illinois

WUMN-LD in Minneapolis, Minnesota

WUNE-TV in Linville, North Carolina

WUVG-DT in Athens, Georgia

WVEO in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

WVXF in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

WXMI in Battle Creek, Michigan

WXVT-LD in Cleveland, Mississippi

WYIN in Gary, Indiana

WYTU-LD in Milwaukee, WisconsinThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 17 in the United States:

K17LN-D in Gold Beach, Oregon

Channel 17 virtual TV stations in the United States

The following television stations operate on virtual channel 17 in the United States:

K12QZ-D in San Luis Obispo, California

K17BV-D in Redwood Falls, Minnesota

K17DL-D in Branson, Missouri

K17DU-D in Christmas Valley, Oregon

K17ED-D in Payette, Idaho

K17FU-D in Marshfield, Missouri

K17GD-D in Paso Robles, California

K17GE-D in Dove Creek, etc., Colorado

K17GJ in Twentynine Palms, California

K17HI-D in Amarillo, Texas

K17II-D in Logan, Utah

K17JJ-D in Cortez, Colorado

K17JN-D in Enid, Oklahoma

K17KW-D in Gettysburg, South Dakota

K17LM-D in Yuma, Arizona

K17MW-D in St. James, Minnesota

K26OH-D in Roseau, Minnesota

K47OQ-D in Alexandria, Minnesota

KAAS-LP in Garden City, Kansas

KABH-CD in Bend, Oregon

KBMY in Bismarck, North Dakota

KBNT-CD in San Diego, California

KDOR-TV in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

KDSM-TV in Des Moines, Iowa

KEEN-CD in Las Vegas, Nevada

KGET-TV in Bakersfield, California

KGLU-LD in Ottumwa, Iowa

KHJL-LD in Rapid City, South Dakota

KIDU-LD in Brownwood, Texas

KJRW in Eureka, California

KLDF-CD in Lompoc, California

KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri

KMOL-LD in Victoria, Texas

KMPH-CD in Merced-Mariposa, California

KNIC-DT in Blanco, Texas

KNTS-LP in Natchitoches, Louisiana

KOCW in Hoisington, Kansas

KODG-LP in Palm Springs, California

KPCB-DT in Snyder, Texas

KSAS-LP in Dodge City, Kansas

KSBB-CD in Santa Barbara, California

KSWL-LD in Lake Charles, Louisiana

KVAT-LD in Austin, Texas

KVDO-LD in Albany, Oregon

KWVT-LD in Salem, Oregon

KYTL-LD in Twin Falls, Idaho

W09CZ-D in Roslyn, New York

W17CT-D in Manteo, North Carolina

W17DF-D in Muskegon, Michigan

W17DL-D in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

W23ER-D in Poughkeepsie, New York

W31BX-D in Danville, Illinois

W40CV-D in Jacksonville, Illinois

W41DI-D in Bat Cave, etc., North Carolina

W42AX-D in Bakersville, North Carolina

W42CB-D in Hesperia, Michigan

W44DW-D in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

W45AA-D in Columbia, Mississippi

W51EE-D in Marion, North Carolina

WALE-LD in Montgomery, Alabama

WAND in Decatur, Illinois

WBKH-LD in Port Charlotte, Florida

WCWJ in Jacksonville, Florida

WDBB in Bessemer, Alabama

WDEM-CD in Columbus, Ohio

WDLI-TV in Canton, Ohio

WDYI-LD in Macon, Georgia

WEWA-LD in Wewahitchka, Florida

WIIH-CD in Indianapolis, Indiana

WKTD-CD in Portsmouth, Virginia

WLRN-TV in Miami, Florida

WMAU-TV in Bude, Mississippi

WMHT in Schenectady, New York

WNCN in Goldsboro, North Carolina

WNDT-CD in Manhattan, New York

WNED-TV in Buffalo, New York

WOIW-LD in Lima, Ohio

WPCH-TV in Atlanta, Georgia

WPGF-LD in Memphis, Tennessee

WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WQFT-LD in Ocala, Florida

WRLW-CD in Salem, Indiana

WTVO in Rockford, Illinois

WUMN-LD in Minneapolis, Minnesota

WUNE-TV in Linville, North Carolina

WVMA-CD in Winchendon, Massachusetts

WVXF in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

WXMI in Grand Rapids, Michigan

WXVT-LD in Cleveland, Mississippi

WZTV in Nashville, Tennessee

Dance Party USA

Dance Party USA was an American dance television show that aired on cable's USA Network from April 12, 1986, to June 27, 1992. It was originally a half-hour, but was expanded to an hour in 1987.

The program was shot live-to-tape in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and based on Dancin' On Air, a program on Philadelphia's WPHL-TV.

Dr. Shock

Dr. Shock was a prominent 1970s fictional character, appearing on television as a horror host presenter, that was created and portrayed by magician Joseph Zawislak. The character was created as an on-air host for the broadcast of B-rated horror movies for Philadelphia WPHL-TV Channel 17 that included three different show titles during his career: Scream-In, Mad Theater and Horror Theater. Dr. Shock, whose sign-off, "Let there be fright!", became a mantra for legions of school-age fans in Philadelphia for this local beloved celebrity. Fredy Benton, a young comedy writer and impressionist who worked with Dr. Shock in the early days, said that the horror host performed the original version of the rubber chicken gag later made popular by Svengoolie.

Jenna Wolfe

Jenna Wolfe (born Jennifer Wolfeld; February 26, 1974) is an American journalist and personal trainer. From 2007–2014 she was a correspondent for NBC's Today, and Sunday co-anchor from (2007–2012) and news anchor for Weekend Today from 2012–2014. On September 12, 2014, Wolfe left the weekend Today show for a new role as lifestyle and fitness correspondent on the weekday Today show and NBC News.In September 2017, Wolfe began working for Fox Sports on FS1 as a host of the new show First Things First with former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter and radio host Nick Wright. She was also a field correspondent for Yellowstone Live on National Geographic.

MLB Extra Innings

MLB Extra Innings is an Out-of-Market Sports Package distributed in North America by satellite provider DirecTV since 1996 and by most cable providers since 2001. The package allows its subscribers to see up to 80 out-of-market Major League Baseball games a week using local over the air stations and regional sports networks.

As of the 2008 season, the feeds from both teams' broadcasts are available for each game on DirecTV, even if a team is showing the game locally on a broadcast station. Even though the package relies on satellite uplink paths, DirecTV also carries feeds from local broadcast and even cable-only networks as well, such as NBC Sports Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Phillies. Feeds that are not included on the DirecTV version of Extra Innings include KCAL (Dodgers), KCOP-TV (Angels), KNTV (Giants), and WCIU (Cubs and White Sox) unless that is your local area.The iN DEMAND version of Extra Innings added the "dual feed" system for select broadcasts after the 2008 MLB All-Star Game. Along with this, the iN DEMAND version of MLB Extra Innings has been able to add broadcast television stations, WKYC (Indians), WJZ-TV (Orioles), WUSA (Nationals), WPIX (Mets, Yankees), WPHL-TV (Phillies), and in addition, one Canadian RSN, the Toronto Blue Jays' Rogers Sports Net feed. Previously, only one feed was available, usually the home team's. For the 2017 season, Comcast X1 customers could get all MLB EI games in HDTV, using the Beta IN DEMAND platform. DirecTV has offered all MLB EI (Most with dual HD feeds) games in HDTV for years.

Free previews of MLB Extra Innings are shown during the first week of the season, and the week after the All Star Game.

Media in Philadelphia

This is a list of media based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

Mummers Parade

The Mummers Parade is held each New Year's Day in Philadelphia. It is believed to be the oldest folk festival in the United States.Local clubs (usually called "New Years Associations") compete in one of four categories (comics, fancies, string bands, and fancy brigades). They prepare elaborate costumes, performance routines, and movable scenery, which take months to complete. This is done in clubhouses – many of which are on or near 2nd Street (called "Two Street" by some local residents) in the Pennsport neighborhood of the city's South Philadelphia section – which also serve as social gathering places for members.

The parade has been broadcast since 1993 on WPHL-TV, which has live streamed the event on its website since 2011. After a national campaign to get the parade nationally televised, an edited two-hour broadcast of the parade was picked up by WGN America and WGN-TV; the broadcast debuted January 3, 2009.

The parade has been critiqued by local residents, academics, and the media for its racist depiction of minority groups, which, despite an official ban on blackface effective in 1964, has continued to include blackface, brownface, or redface caricatures and other racial and ethnic impersonation, as of 2017's parade.

Neil Hartman

Neil Hartman is an award-winning sports personality formerly for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Hartman was honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as the state's Sportscaster of the Year in 2000. Hartman's career spans over 30 years. Before joining CSN, Hartman was sports anchor and reporter for KYW-TV as well as WPHL-TV.

Hartman is best known for instigating Allen Iverson's famous "Practice" Rant at a Philadelphia Press Conference. He was quoted years later saying, "For 14 yrs AI never knew who asked him about practice. Today I told him it was me. We had a good laugh. #halloffamer".

He is known to many as "Neil Hartman. The Man, The Myth, The Legend".

He received two Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and a Philadelphia magazine "Best of Philly" Sports Talk Show Award while working for 1210 AM. Hartman has been the primetime anchor for Comcast SportsNet since its inception in 1997. On April 28, 2016, Hartman announced he was leaving Comcast SportsNet.


Play2Win was a live interactive game show that originally aired from 2 a.m - 3 a.m. Eastern Time on stations owned by Tribune Broadcasting. It moved to the 3 a.m. - 4 a.m. timeslot on February 27, 2007, where it remained until the show ended on March 10, 2007. The one-hour program featured interactive games where the viewers could win cash prizes.

Toni Yates

Toni Yates (born 1963) is an American news reporter and anchorwoman who currently works for Eyewitness News WABC-TV as their New Jersey reporter. She joined the station from WPHL-TV WB17 where she was a news anchor and reporter since 1994. She left the station in December 2005.

Yates is Eyewitness News' New Jersey Reporter, usually seen at Noon, 5PM or 6PM. Most recently, she reported on Jersey City cops and firefighters ending up on the wrong side of the law and the effects it has had on the departments and the public's trust.

Toni Yates was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where she graduated from Bishop Kenny High School. She is a proud Seminole, having graduated from Florida State University with a major in Communications.

Toni started her career in Savannah, Georgia, first as a reporter at WTOC, then with WSAV as weekend co-anchor. She has twice returned to her hometown where she was a reporter for WTLV, and during a second stint reporter weekend co-anchor for WJXT.

She also held two jobs in Norfolk, Virginia, delivering morning news while working a second job as Communications Director for the March Of Dimes.

Toni moved farther up the east coast, landing a General Assignment reporter job at WGAL in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She came to WABC after spending several years at WB 17 in Philadelphia, where she was promoted from weekend anchor-medical reporter to weekday anchor.

Toni has three children, Austyn, Alexis, and Gabriel. She lives in New Jersey, and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Through most of her career, Toni has been involved with the Girl Scouts.Toni also regularly fills in as a co-anchor for Eyewitness News Saturday and Sunday Mornings, either for Phil Lipof or Michelle Charlesworth.

Toni's first assignment on WABC-TV was on Tropical Storm Beryl. Toni Yates hosted the Opening Reception of The Philadelphia Black Gay Pride's 5th Annual when she was a WB 17 News Anchor.

Vince DeMentri

Vince DeMentri (born 1964) is an American broadcast journalist.

DeMentri is an alumnus of Pennsylvania's "Big 33" High School Football All-Star Game. DeMentri graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in broadcast journalism. He played the position of linebacker for the Temple Owls football team from 1983 through 1986. He began his broadcast journalism career as a sports producer for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia and worked for WOI-TV as a weekend anchor in 1989. He was later an investigative reporter and anchor for WDIV-TV in Detroit, Michigan, WPRI-TV in Providence, Rhode Island and WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois.

In 1993 DeMentri joined CBS's flagship WCBS-TV in New York as a reporter, and became anchor of the station's weekend evening newscasts. He stayed there until 2003, when he moved to NBC's Philadelphia affiliate, WCAU-TV. DeMentri won several awards for his reporting for WCBS and WCAU, including seven Emmys for investigative reporting and a national Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

While at WCAU DeMentri served as anchor for the early evening newscasts as well as ones produced for WPHL-TV by the station.

He is divorced from Pat James DeMentri, a morning show hostess for QVC, and has one daughter. DeMentri appeared in the 1998 film U.S. Marshals as a reporter.In September 2012 DeMentri was hired by Sinclair Broadcasting to anchor the evening newscast at WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois, even though questions arose through local newsprint media regarding his past history.DeMentri was responsible for an investigative story that ultimately shed light on shredding practices occurring at the Springfield Police Department in an attempt to possibly obscure possible command personnel misdeeds regarding an off-duty incident in Missouri. The story was entitled "Ready, Set, Shred", or colloquially and locally known as "Shredgate", and may have ultimately been responsible for the resignation or early retirement of several members of the command staff of the Springfield Police Department. Dementri continued his "hardball" type of investigative journalism and eventually engaged in surprise interviews of then Springfield Mayor J. Micheal Houston regarding the "Shredgate" scandal. Dementri continued to highlight the scandal and was later blamed by Houston for his ultimate loss in the election.However, Mayor Houston was not the only casualty on election night. DeMentri himself allegedly engaged in a reported physical altercation with another station personality while at a local restaurant, causing law enforcement to be called, and within days both TV personalities were terminated.

WKBS-TV (Philadelphia)

WKBS-TV, UHF analog channel 48, was an independent television station licensed to Burlington, New Jersey, United States, which served the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania television market. The station broadcast from 1965 to 1983.


WPHL may refer to:

WPHL-TV, a television station (channel 17 digital) licensed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Western Professional Hockey League, professional league from 1996 to 2001

Western Pennsylvania Hockey League, semi-professional league in the early 1900s


WUVP-DT, virtual channel 65 (UHF digital channel 17), is a Univision owned-and-operated television station serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States that is licensed to Vineland, New Jersey. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Wildwood, New Jersey-licensed Justice Network affiliate WMGM-TV, channel 40 (which simulcasts WUVP-DT on its third digital subchannel); it is also sister to Philadelphia-licensed low-power, Class A UniMás owned-and-operated station WFPA-CD (channel 28). WUVP-DT and WFPA-CD share studios on Delsea Drive in Franklin Township, New Jersey while their news department is based in Center City, Philadelphia; WUVP shares transmitter facilities with MyNetworkTV affiliate WPHL-TV (channel 17) in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.

Willie Webber

Bill "Wee Willie" Webber (June 11, 1929 – May 23, 2010) was an American radio and television personality and pioneer. Webber worked in radio and television in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, region for more than 50 years.

Wynnefield, Philadelphia

Wynnefield (a.k.a. The Field) is a diverse middle-class

neighborhood in West Philadelphia. Its borders are 53rd Street at Jefferson to the south, Philadelphia's Fairmount Park to the east, City Avenue (commonly referred to as "City Line") to the north and the Amtrak Main Line tracks to the west.

Surrounding neighborhoods include Bala Cynwyd to the north, Wynnefield Heights and Belmont Village to the east, Parkside to the south, and Overbrook to the west. Its main commercial arteries are North 54th Street, Bryn Mawr Avenue (2200 block), and City Avenue.It is the home of the television station WPHL-TV (MY PHL 17). It also has connections to the motion picture industry. Wynnefield is the childhood home of actor and rapper Will Smith, film producer Lee Daniels (Monster's Ball and The Woodsman), film director Charles Stone III, politico and former Big Brother reality-TV contestant Will Mega and documentary filmmaker Tigre Hill.

Local politicians with Wynnefield ties include Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, former mayor Wilson Goode, city councilman Curtis Jones, Jr, and councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

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