WPVI-TV

WPVI-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 6, is an ABC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Branded on-air as 6 ABC, the station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. WPVI-TV's studios are located on City Line Avenue in the Wynnefield Heights section of Philadelphia, and its transmitter is located in Philadelphia's Roxborough neighborhood.[5]

WPVI-TV
WPVI Logo
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Branding6 ABC (general)
Channel 6 (secondary)
Action News (newscasts)
SloganThe One and Only (general)
Delaware Valley's Leading News Program (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 6 (VHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels
  • .1: 720p 16:9 WPVI-HD
  • .2: 720p 16:9 Live Well
  • .3: 480i 4:3 Laff[1]
Affiliations
OwnerDisney/ABC
(ABC, Inc.)
FoundedJuly 18, 1946[2][3]
First air dateSeptember 13, 1947
Call letters' meaningPhiladelphia
VI (6 in Roman numerals)
Former callsignsWFIL-TV (1947–1971)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 6 (VHF, 1947–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 64 (UHF, 1998–2009)
Former affiliations
  • Primary:
  • DuMont (1947–1948)
  • Secondary:
  • DuMont (1948–1956)
Transmitter power34 kW
56 kW (application)[4]
Height330 m (1,083 ft)
332 m (1,089 ft) (application)
Facility ID8616
Transmitter coordinates40°2′33″N 75°14′32″W / 40.04250°N 75.24222°WCoordinates: 40°2′33″N 75°14′32″W / 40.04250°N 75.24222°W
40°2′39″N 75°14′25″W / 40.04417°N 75.24028°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Website6abc.com

History

WFIL-TV

The station first signed on the air on September 13, 1947, as WFIL-TV; it is Philadelphia's second-oldest television station. The first program broadcast on channel 6 was a live remote of a Philadelphia Eagles exhibition against the Chicago Bears, from Franklin Field, followed by an official inaugural program later that evening.[6]

WFIL-TV was originally owned by Walter Annenberg's Triangle Publications, publishers of The Philadelphia Inquirer and owners of WFIL radio (560 AM, and 102.1 FM). The WFIL stations were the flagship of the growing communications empire of Triangle Publications, which owned two Philadelphia newspapers (the morning Inquirer and, later, the evening Daily News), periodicals including TV Guide, Seventeen and the Daily Racing Form, and a broadcasting group that would grow to ten radio and six television stations. WFIL radio had been an ABC radio affiliate dating back to the network's existence as the NBC Blue Network. However, WFIL-TV started out carrying programming from the DuMont Television Network, as ABC had not yet ventured into broadcast television. When the ABC television network debuted on April 19, 1948, WFIL-TV became its first affiliate. Channel 6 joined ABC before the network's first owned-and-operated station, WJZ-TV in New York City (now WABC-TV), signed on in August of that year. However, it retained a secondary affiliation with DuMont until that network shut down in 1956.

The WFIL radio stations originally broadcast from the Widener Building in downtown Philadelphia. With the anticipated arrival of WFIL-TV, Triangle secured a new facility for the stations, located at Market and 46th streets, which opened in 1947. In 1963, Triangle built one of the most advanced broadcast centers in the nation on City (or City Line) Avenue in the Wynnefield Heights community, in a circular building across from rival WCAU-TV (channel 10). The station still broadcasts from the facility today, even as a new digital media building was constructed that now houses production of the station's newscasts and other local programs, while the original studio was turned over to public broadcaster WHYY-FM-TV.

Channel 6 has a long history of producing local programs. On March 26, 1948, it aired a production of "Parsifal" from the John Wanamaker Store that featured Bruno Walter conducting 50 players from the Philadelphia Orchestra, a chorus of 300, and the Wanamaker Organ. Perhaps its most notable local production was Bandstand, which began in 1952 and originated from WFIL-TV's newly constructed Studio B (located in the 1952 addition to the 46th and Market studio). In 1957, ABC added the program as part of its weekday afternoon network lineup and renamed it American Bandstand to reflect its more widespread broadcast scope.

Other well-known locally produced shows included the children's programs Captain Noah and His Magical Ark; a cartoon show hosted by Sally Starr; and Chief Halftown (whose host, Traynor Ora Halftown, was a full-blooded member of the Seneca Nation), and two variety programs: The Al Alberts Showcase, a talent show emceed by the lead singer of The Four Aces; and The Larry Ferrari Show, on which the host played organ versions of both popular and religious music. WFIL-TV also produced an early, yet long-running, program on adult literacy, Operation Alphabet. One of its earliest local series was Let's Pop the Question, from 1947 to 1948.

Channel 6 was the first station to sign on from the Roxborough neighborhood. It originally transmitted from a 600-foot (183 m) tower, but in 1957, it moved to a new 1,100-foot (335 m) tower, which it co-owned with NBC-owned WRCV-TV (channel 3, now CBS owned-and-operated station KYW-TV).[7] The new tower added much of Delaware and the Lehigh Valley to the station's city-grade coverage. WFIL-TV was also one of the first TV stations in Philadelphia to broadcast local color.

As WPVI-TV

WPVI-TV (logo until 2010)
WPVI's logo from its 1997 rebranding as "6ABC" to 2010 (when its current logo debuted). The stylized 6 in its logo has been used with only minor changes since 1967, when the station was still WFIL-TV.

In 1968, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a rule barring companies from owning newspapers and broadcast outlets in the same market. However, the agency "grandfathered" several existing newspaper and broadcasting cross-combinations in several markets. Triangle asked the FCC to grandfather its cluster of the Inquirer, the Daily News and WFIL-AM-FM-TV, but was turned down. As a result, in 1969, one year after the new regulation was made official, Triangle sold the Inquirer and the Daily News to Knight Newspapers (later renamed Knight Ridder).

In 1970, the FCC forced Triangle to sell off its broadcasting properties due to protests from then-Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp. Shapp complained that Triangle had used its three Pennsylvania television stations—WFIL-TV, WLYH-TV in Lebanon and WFBG-TV (now WTAJ-TV) in Altoona—in a smear campaign against him.[8] The WFIL stations, along with radio-television combinations in New Haven, Connecticut and Fresno, California, were sold to Capital Cities Communications.[9][10] As a condition of the sale, Capital Cities had to spin off the radio stations to other entities – in Philadelphia, WFIL-FM (now WIOQ) was sold to its general manager John Richer,[11] and WFIL radio went to LIN Broadcasting.[12] On May 1, 1971,[13] shortly after the sale was approved[14] and Capital Cities took control of channel 6, WFIL-TV changed its call letters to the current WPVI-TV.[15]

Despite the ownership change, channel 6 continued preempting ABC programming in favor of locally produced and syndicated shows. In January 1975, when ABC entered the morning news field with AM America, WPVI chose not to carry the second hour of the program in favor of continuing Captain Noah and His Magical Ark at 8:00 am; in response to viewer complaints, the station later moved Captain Noah to 7:00 am, with the one hour of AM America shifting to a tape-delay at 8:30.[16] When AM America's successor, Good Morning America premiered in November 1975, WPVI-TV aired only one hour at 9:00 am on tape.[17] With the arrival of Donahue in January 1976, the station began clearing the first hour live at 7:00, with Captain Noah following at 8:00.[18] Channel 6 began carrying both hours of GMA live in September 1978; Captain Noah was moved to weekends and remained there for the remainder of its run.[19]

WPVI-TV also did not run other ABC daytime programs, notably The Edge of Night and numerous sitcom reruns. ABC was able to get most of its daytime schedule on the air in Philadelphia anyway through contracts with independent stations WKBS-TV (channel 48) and WTAF-TV (channel 29).

In March 1985, Capital Cities Communications announced it was purchasing ABC, a move that stunned the broadcast industry since ABC was some four times larger than Capital Cities at the time. Some have said that Capital Cities was only able to pull off the deal because WPVI-TV, the company's flagship property, had become very profitable in its own right. However, the merged company almost had to sell off Channel 6 due to a large signal overlap with WABC-TV. In the FCC's view, the merger gave the new company a de facto duopoly prohibited by the regulations of the time—the same "one-to-a-market" rule that forced Triangle to split its newspaper/broadcast combination in Philadelphia many years earlier. Capital Cities sought a waiver of the rules to keep WPVI, citing CBS' then-ownership of WCAU-TV locally in Philadelphia and WCBS-TV in New York. The FCC granted the waiver, and when the transaction was finalized in early 1986, WPVI-TV became an ABC owned-and-operated station. A decade later, in 1996, the Walt Disney Company purchased Capital Cities/ABC.

Even in the years after WPVI became an ABC-owned station, it continued to preempt an hour of ABC daytime programs in favor of other programs. Wildwood, New Jersey-based NBC affiliate WMGM-TV (channel 40) picked up the pre-empted ABC shows until 1987, when those programs moved back to channel 29, which was now WTXF-TV. The preempted programs were usually magazine shows, game shows or reruns of ABC primetime sitcoms. By the early 1990s, WPVI preempted only the first half-hour of The Home Show.

On January 22, 1987, the station partially rebroadcast the suicide of Pennsylvania state treasurer R. Budd Dwyer—which had occurred at a press conference earlier that morning—during its noon newscast.

In 1997, per a directive from the new Disney ownership, WPVI-TV began carrying the entire ABC network schedule for the first time in the station's history with the network. It came at the expense of its highly rated local talk show, AM/Live (formerly AM/Philadelphia), which was shifted to an overnight timeslot to make room for ABC's then-new talk show The View. AM/Live was moved to 12:35 a.m. following Politically Incorrect and was renamed Philly After Midnight, where it lasted until 2001.

Today, WPVI carries the entire ABC lineup as well as syndicated programs such as Live with Kelly and Ryan and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (both of which are distributed by corporate cousin Disney-ABC Domestic Television). It also carries both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. In fact, the station's entire weekday lineup, including syndicated shows, is identical to that of sister station and ABC flagship station WABC-TV. WPVI is also the #1 television station in the Delaware Valley. From 1977 until 2015, WPVI aired the Pennsylvania Lottery live nighttime television drawings, which occur nightly at 6:59 p.m. ET; the Powerball drawings on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the Tuesday and Friday Mega Millions drawings air during the 11 p.m. newscasts on those nights (those television drawing rights moved to WTXF-TV).

As a result of ABC losing Monday Night Football to now-sister network ESPN in the 2000s, WPVI has aired the Philadelphia Eagles' preseason and Monday night games, as well as the team's coaches' show (those programs moved to WCAU-TV in 2015). However, in recent years, the Monday games have aired on news partner WPHL, while WPVI has opted to air the regularly-scheduled ABC programming, which includes the popular Dancing with the Stars. The Eagles' remaining games are split between KYW-TV (CBS), WCAU-TV (NBC) and WTXF-TV (Fox) through their respectively owned networks' NFL broadcast rights and NFL Network through its Thursday Night Football package. On January 28, 2010, WPVI entered into a multi-year agreement with Major League Soccer expansion team Philadelphia Union to broadcast selected games.[20][21]

On September 12, 2009, WPVI moved to a new broadcasting complex at their same location at 4100 City Avenue near Bala Cynwyd next door to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The facilities are wired for high definition newscasts and is the third studio in the station's 62-year history since the station has moved to a circular building in 1964.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
6.1 720p 16:9 WPVI-HD Main WPVI-TV programming / ABC
6.2 Live Well Live Well Network
6.3 480i 16:9 Laff Laff[22]

Analog-to-digital conversion

WPVI-TV signed on its digital signal on November 1, 1998. The station shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 64, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era VHF channel 6 for post-transition operations.[23]

Reception issues

In an analog world, operations on VHF channels (those between 2 and 13) could operate at power levels significantly lower than UHF stations (saving electricity costs), and still cover greater areas. The All-Channel Receiver Act of 1961 guaranteed that all new TV's must be designed to receive UHF channels, but the major networks were already well established. For digital transmissions VHF channels are very noisy in particular Low-VHF (channels 2-6). It is difficult to receive the signals without the standardized 30' outdoor antenna. Fewer than 40 full power stations in the USA are using Low-VHF channels since the mandatory digital conversion in 2009, and major network affiliates are mostly in large sparsely populated direct marketing areas where outdoor antennas are common.

WPVI-TV had been broadcasting digital signals on channel UHF 64 from 1998 until 2009, but that channel was recovered by the FCC for resale in March 2008. WPVI-TV was by far the largest urban station to broadcast in the Low-VHF band after the mandatory digital transition in 2009. Next to Philadelphia, the next largest market area served by a major network affiliate with a Low-VHF channel is Las Vegas served by NBC affiliate KSNV-DT. WPVI-DT went back to channel 6, where they had been broadcasting analog signals since 1948. The WPVI-TV signal was difficult to receive with an indoor antenna, even within Philadelphia proper.

The FCC granted the station a temporary power increase to 30 kilowatts, following consent given from WEDY in New Haven, Connecticut and WRGB in Schenectady, New York. Because of potential interference with other stations and with FM radio, there was doubt as to whether this increase could be granted.[24] Some viewers did notice an improvement in their signal;[25] however, WPVI continued to receive complaints regarding the viewability of its digital signal.[26] The problems have continued to this day.[27][28] WPVI, along with Wilmington, Delaware-licensed stations PBS member station WHYY-TV (channel 12) and WDPN-TV (channel 2, a 2013 move-in from Jackson, Wyoming) are the only Philadelphia area stations whose digital signals operate on the VHF band, as all others physically broadcast on UHF. The FCC advises that a single antenna position will likely not pull both low- and high-band VHF signals (unlike the analog era).[29]

News operation

6ABC Action News Title Card
The opening of Channel 6 Action News broadcasts until June 26, 2017.

WPVI-TV presently airs 47 hours, 55 minutes of locally produced newscasts each week (with 7 hours, 5 minutes each weekday, six hours on Saturdays and 6½ hours on Sundays). Action News Sports Sunday airs Sunday nights at 11:30 after the 11 p.m. newscast. In addition, the station produces a public affairs program on Sunday mornings called Inside Story, which discusses local and national issues; as it does not have a regular host, members of WPVI's anchor staff rotate hosting duties for the program. Since New Jersey is split between the Philadelphia and New York City markets, WPVI cooperates with its New York City sister station, WABC-TV, in covering New Jersey events. The two stations share reporters, live trucks and helicopters in areas where their markets overlap. The two stations also cooperate in the production and broadcast of statewide New Jersey political debates. Whenever the two stations broadcast a statewide office debate, such as those involving gubernatorial or U.S. Senate races, WPVI and WABC will pool resources and have anchors or reporters from both stations participate in the debate.

Pioneer of Action News

The station is famous for pioneering the Action News format, which was used by many stations throughout the United States. When WFIL-TV premiered it on April 6, 1970, the format allowed the news program to feature more stories than KYW-TV's Eyewitness News due to strict time limits on story packages. Within a few months, the station stole first place in the Philadelphia news ratings for the first time ever. It had previously been an also-ran behind KYW-TV and WCAU-TV, as was the case with most ABC affiliates. Despite the station's newspaper roots, it was hampered by the fact that ABC was not on par with CBS and NBC until the early 1970s.

WFIL-TV/WPVI-TV waged a spirited battle for first place with KYW-TV for most of the 1970s. However, in 1977, it won a sweeps period by a wide margin, and has been in first place more or less ever since. It is one of the most dominant major-market stations in the country, winning virtually every time slot. Its dominance has only been seriously challenged twice—in the 1980s, when WCAU briefly took the lead at 5 p.m.; and in 2001, when WCAU took first place at 11 p.m. for a few months for the first time in decades. Many top executives in ABC's television station group previously worked at WPVI. WPVI's longtime anchor Jim Gardner and weatherman Dave Roberts respectively joined the station in 1976 and 1978, after each had spent time at WPVI's then-sister station in Buffalo, New York, WKBW-TV. Gary Papa joined in 1981 from another Buffalo station, WGR-TV (now WGRZ-TV), and stayed with the station until his death in 2009.

One factor in WPVI's long dominance is talent continuity. Most of WPVI's on-air staff has been at the station for over ten years, and several for 20 years or more. Gardner has been the station's main weeknight anchor since May 1977, the longest tenure for any main anchor in Philadelphia history. Rob Jennings served as longtime weekend anchor beginning in that same year and held that post until his retirement on July 21, 2013.[30]

Action News of Philly

The station's newscasts have used the same theme music, "Move Closer to Your World", composed by Al Ham, since October 1, 1972. The theme had become such an iconic aspect of Action News that news director Dave Davis considered it to be the station's "national anthem". The theme has remained relatively unchanged (aside from remasters) since it was first introduced; when WPVI attempted to introduce a slower, modernized version of the theme performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra on September 20, 1996, the station immediately received complaints from viewers and reverted to the old theme only three days later.[31] The intro has traditionally been accompanied by seasonal footage of various Philadelphia/Delaware Valley residents and landmarks. Later the intro format was adopted by sister stations KGO-TV and WLS-TV with the News Series 2000 Plus theme music. For over 30 years starting in the late 1970s, Jefferson "Jeff" Kaye (also a WKBW alumnus, and one who would later become known nationally for his work on NFL Films) announced the familiar open: "Action News, Delaware Valley's leading news program", as well as rejoins and closings. Even through staff announcing changes for the station in general, Kaye remained the constant voice of Action News. His voice started to show signs of decaying in the mid-2000s, reaching a point to where Kaye's newly recorded opens in late January 2010 were pulled in less than a week. On June 21, 2010, Kaye was replaced with veteran announcer Charlie Van Dyke, who had become WPVI's station announcer in 2006. Kaye died on November 16, 2012.

For many years, WPVI's dominance fostered an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. Its logo, a simple stylized "6", has been used with only minor changes since 1967 when it was still WFIL-TV. In June 1995, the "6" was placed in a blue box, the station was later re-branded as 6ABC in September 1996 with the red ABC logo augmented on the bottom right of the 6. The red ABC logo was later replaced with a 2007-era glossy logo on December 4, 2010. Well into the 1990s, it still used chromakey graphics, and weather forecasts utilized a magnet board. In recent years, attempts have been made to modernize the newscasts. In 1998, it began downplaying its use of chromakey. The magnet board gave way to a video screen in 2000 and a chromakey wall in 2005. On February 13, 2006, a revamped and fully modernized set debuted which included a glass etching background of several historical landmarks in Philadelphia positioned behind the anchor desk, shiftable lighting effects and a computerized AccuWeather center. WPVI introduced a new HD-capable helicopter in February 2006. Live shots from the helicopter, officially named "Chopper6 HD", were shown in high-definition. Furthermore, on July 23, 2006, starting with the 6:00 p.m. newscast (the official announcement was made on July 24), Action News began broadcasting in full 720p high-definition; all field video shown during WPVI's newscasts is shot in high-definition. On September 12, 2009, WPVI debuted another new revamped and fully modernized set, wider than the last set at the original round building, with a bigger news desk, AccuWeather center and a revised glass-etched background which added the Comcast Center to the featured landmarks. It also added a touch-screen video wall, the first for any station in the country, which the station dubs "The Action News Big Board". The set was updated once again on March 31, 2014, with the addition of a large, 12-screen HD video wall behind the main anchor desk. On June 26, 2017, Action News debuted a new set for its newscasts, which now features 3 large HD video walls, including one used for the weather segments.

After the 2009 death of Gary Papa, Channel 6 took eighteen months to name a replacement. In January 2011, Keith Russell was named as the 6 and 11 p.m. sports anchor, while Jamie Apody was named sports anchor for the 5 p.m. newscast, a position vacant since the departure of longtime 5 p.m. anchor Scott Palmer. Russell left in 2012, and was replaced by Ducis Rodgers.[32]

Extended newscast

On May 26, 2011, WPVI debuted an hour-long 4 p.m. newscast to replace The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ended its 25-year syndication run one day prior; this edition was broadcast from a smaller news desk located next to the main anchor desk that only housed the anchors of that newscast and allowed the team to utilize the Big Board more frequently. This changed on June 26, 2017, when the entire news set was redone in a more modernized style and the smaller desk was removed, moving the anchors to the new main desk.[33] The station also introduced "Mobile 6", a news vehicle used for reports during the station's early evening newscasts. In the spring of 2012, the station expanded its weekend 11 p.m. newscasts to one hour. On September 8, 2014, the station's noon newscast also expanded to one full hour as a new daytime schedule was implemented.[34]

On September 15, 2012, WPVI-TV took over production of MyNetworkTV affiliate WPHL-TV (channel 17)'s 10 p.m. newscast from NBC-owned WCAU (which began producing the 10 p.m. newscast in December 2005, after WPHL shut down its own in-house news department). The newscast, Action News at 10pm on PHL 17, respectively utilizes most of the same anchors as WPVI's weekday 4 p.m. and weekend evening newscasts with a few noticeable differences. Features anchor Alicia Vitarelli does not appear on the weeknight broadcasts, while Sports Director Ducis Rogers and weekend sports anchor Jeff Skversky join their respective anchor teams. Meteorologist Melissa Magee replaces Adam Joseph for the weekend editions. Additionally, weeknight anchors Brian Taff and Sharrie Williams and weekend anchors Walter Perez and Sarah Bloomquist (who also anchors the Noon edition alongside Rick Williams) operate from the new main anchor desk. Perez and Bloomquist remain at the desk at the end of the 10 p.m. newscast to anchor the 11 p.m. show on WPVI. Bloomquist only anchors with Perez on the Sunday edition of the newscast.[35] With this, WPVI became the third ABC owned-and-operated station to be involved in a news share agreement, after KGO-TV in San Francisco (which produces a 9 p.m. newscast for independent station KOFY-TV) and WTVD in Raleigh (which produces a 10 p.m. newscast for CW affiliate WLFL), and was later joined in 2014 by KABC-TV in Los Angeles (which produces a 7 p.m. newscast for independent station KDOC-TV). On September 15, 2014, the newscast was expanded to a full hour-long broadcast, making WPHL the second station in the Philadelphia area (along with competitor WTXF) to carry an hour-long newscast at 10 p.m. Only competitor WPSG carries a 1/2 hour long newscast, Eyewitness News at 10 on The CW Philly (operated by sister station KYW).

In December 2013, WPVI entered into a news share agreement with Univision-owned WUVP-DT, Channel 65; the agreement allows WPVI to expand its coverage of stories involving the Hispanic community, while permitting WUVP to utilize such of WPVI's resources as helicopter video. The arrangement follows other partnerships between ABC and Univision (including the Fusion cable channel, as well as similar agreements in other markets), as well as a similar agreement in Philadelphia between WCAU and Telemundo station WWSI (Channel 62) established after NBCUniversal acquired the latter station.[36][37]

In 2016, WPVI lost the rights to televise the Wawa Welcome America festivities to WCAU. The station had televised the 4th of July event since at least 1983.

In September 2018, WPVI became the third station in the Philadelphia area to start its weekday morning newscast at 4 a.m., following WTXF and WCAU. Only KYW-TV currently starts its morning newscast at 4:30 a.m. while WPHL-TV starts its newscast at 5 a.m., however WPHL's program is not produced by WPVI.

On-air staff

Notable current on-air staff

Inside Story staff

Notable former on-air staff

In popular culture

The 2011–13 ABC series Body of Proof, which was set around the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office and produced by ABC's television production division, used WPVI live trucks and microphones with the station's mic flags in a fictional sense, along with fictional press conference news graphics from the station, though none of WPVI's actual staff appeared during the course of the series, and retained the graphics and live truck look used before the introduction of the "Circle 6" logo. The 2014 Philadelphia-set How to Get Away with Murder also uses a fictional WPVI representation within the universe of that series.

Cable and satellite carriage

Outside of the Philadelphia market in central New Jersey, WPVI is carried on Channel 6 on Comcast in the municipalities of Plainsboro, South Brunswick, Monroe, Cranbury, Jamesburg, Helmetta, Spotswood and East Brunswick, New Jersey in southern Middlesex County as well as the Monmouth County borough of Roosevelt. WPVI moved to channel 38 in the late 1980s (by what was then Storer Cable) and later moved back to channel 6 by Comcast in the late 1990s. WPVI is also available on channel 6 on all Comcast systems in Ocean County as well as in Lambertville. Comcast added WPVI's HD feed to its lineups in Ocean and southern Middlesex counties, Roosevelt and Lambertville on August 22, 2012 on digital channel 906.[38] WPVI's Live Well Network subchannel (both in high definition and standard definition) were added to the Comcast's southern Middlesex County system on November 27, 2012 (Live Well had previously been carried on that system through feeds from WPVI's New York City sister station WABC-TV), but have not been mapped into the Comcast digital boxes or DTAs.

In Plumsted Township, Ocean County, WPVI is carried in lieu of WABC-TV as Plumsted is served by Comcast's Garden State system (based out of Mount Holly, Burlington County) which does not carry any New York City stations.[39] However, New York local channels are available on DirecTV and Dish Network in Plumsted and all of Ocean County.

Cablevision also carries WPVI on channel 6 on its southern Monmouth County system. Both Comcast and Cablevision carry WPVI throughout Ocean County. Due to a contract dispute with ABC, WPVI was pulled from Cablevision systems in Monmouth, Ocean and Mercer counties on March 8, 2010. Verizon FiOS carries WPVI on channel 16 in Ocean County and extreme southern Monmouth County. WPVI is also carried by Comcast in New Castle County and portions of Kent County in Delaware. As such, WPVI is classified as a significantly viewed station in Warren, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

In the Lehigh Valley, WPVI is carried by Service Electric, RCN and Blue Ridge Communications. It can also be seen in Reading and much of Berks County. The station can be seen in Lancaster County as far west as Elizabethtown and as far north as Tamaqua, McAdoo, and Hazleton (in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market).

WPVI is also carried on cable systems in Elkton and North East in Cecil County, Maryland.

See also

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6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual Thanksgiving Day parade held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is currently sponsored and aired by ABC owned-and-operated television station WPVI-TV, through a co-sponsorship agreement with restaurant chain Dunkin' Donuts. It is currently the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States, and had held the event through the Great Depression & World War II years. It was formerly known as the 6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade, 6abc Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Channel 6 Mellon PSFS Thanksgiving Day Parade, Channel 6 MasterCard Thanksgiving Day Parade and originally the Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade until Gimbels department store closed operations in 1986.

ArenaBowl XXX

ArenaBowl XXX was the championship game of the 2017 Arena Football League season. The game was broadcast on AFLNow, Twitter and WPVI-TV. It was played between the Philadelphia Soul and Tampa Bay Storm at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It was the Soul's third ArenaBowl championship and fifth appearance while it was the Storm's tenth appearance. The Soul set an ArenaBowl record for largest comeback victory after overcoming a 20–7 deficit.

Captain Noah and His Magical Ark

Captain Noah and His Magical Ark was a television program for children and was generally broadcast around the Philadelphia area. The series aired from 1967 to 1994. It was filmed and produced at the WPVI-TV, Channel 6 (then called WFIL when the program began) studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Captain Noah and His Magical Ark, was created by W. Carter Merbreier, an ordained Lutheran minister and former Philadelphia police chaplain, and produced by the Philadelphia Council of Churches. The show initially aired as a religious program beginning in 1967 before switching to a children's program in 1970. The show starred Merbreier as Captain Noah and his real life wife, Patricia Merbreier, as Mrs. Noah.At its height, Captain Noah and His Magical Ark was syndicated to twenty-two television stations in markets throughout the United States. During the early 1970s, Captain Noah and His Magical Ark attracted a larger local audience in the Philadelphia region than Sesame Street and Captain Kangaroo combined.

Cecily Tynan

Cecily Joan Tynan (born March 19, 1969) is an American television reporter who has been with WPVI-TV since 1995. As of 2013, she is the 5, 6, and 11 pm weathercaster. She also hosts the Saturday evening public affairs program Primetime Weekend; the show was co-hosted by Gary Papa until his death on June 19, 2009.

Channel 6 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 6 in the United States:

K06AA-D in Broadus, Montana

K06AE-D in Prescott, Arizona

K06AV-D in Wolf Point, Montana

K06DM-D in Panaca, Nevada

K06FE-D in Miles City, Montana

K06GW-D in New Castle, Colorado

K06HN-D in Gunnison, Colorado

K06HT-D in Ely, Nevada

K06HU-D in Aspen, Colorado

K06IQ in Newberry Springs, California

K06JA-D in Cedar Canyon, Utah

K06JC-D in Chadron, Nebraska

K06KA in Fort Jones, etc., California

K06KQ-D in Manhattan, Nevada

K06KR-D in Crawford, Nebraska

K06MK-D in Elko, Nevada

K06NS-D in Chiloquin, Oregon

K06NT-D in Dolores, Colorado

K06NV-D in White Sulphur Springs, Montana

K06NY-D in Ryndon, Nevada

K06PG-D in Laughlin, Nevada

K06QF-D in Heron, Montana

K06QN-D in Judith Gap, Montana

K06QO-DT in Martinsdale, Montana

K06QS-D in Salina & Redmond, Utah

KBSD-DT in Ensign, Kansas

KDMD-LD in Tacoma, Washington

KFMY-LD in Petaluma, California

KIPS-LD in Beaumont, Texas

KTVM-TV in Butte, Montana

KWNB-TV in Hayes Center, Nebraska

W06AJ-D in Franklin, etc., North Carolina

W06AY-D in Lebanon, Kentucky

WABW-TV in Pelham, Georgia

WCES-TV in Wrens, Georgia

WFIB-LD in Key West, Florida

WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WRGB in Schenectady, New York

WVUA in Tuscaloosa, AlabamaThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 6:

K06NG-D in Sargents, Colorado

Dave Roberts (broadcaster)

David Thomas Boreanaz (born February 14, 1936) is a retired American television broadcaster who broadcast under the stage names Dave Thomas in Buffalo, New York, and Dave Roberts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the main weatherman for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia from 1983 until his retirement in 2009.

Don Tollefson

Don Tollefson (born September 13, 1952) is an American television broadcast journalist, best known for his work as a sportscaster for the Philadelphia local ABC affiliate WPVI-TV from 1975-1990. He also worked for Philadelphia's local FOX affiliate, WTXF-TV. He worked briefly as a sideline reporter for FOX's nationally broadcast show, NFL on FOX and hosted a radio show on ESPN Radio 950 AM.

Ducis Rodgers

Ducis Rodgers is an American sportscaster for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining the Action News sports team in 2012, from 2003-2009 Rodgers worked at WCBS-TV as a sports director. He also worked at ESPN as a host for Sportscenter and Outside The Lines.Rodgers graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in broadcast journalism.

He is married to television reporter Diana Perez.

Gary Papa

Gary Papa (September 2, 1954 – June 19, 2009) was a sportscaster with WPVI-TV in Philadelphia from April 1981 to June 2009 and was the 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. sportcaster. He joined the station as a weekend sportscaster and was promoted to the 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. newscasts in 1991, and was named sports director one year prior. In June 2003, he added the 5:30 p.m. newscast to his duties on an interim basis.

Prior to working at WPVI, Papa worked at WGR-TV in his hometown of Buffalo, New York and WSTV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio. Papa's brother, Greg, was the longtime radio voice of the Oakland Raiders.

Papa co-hosted the Saturday evening public affairs show Primetime Weekend with Cecily Tynan. He had hosted the program since December 3, 1983, when he took over after the death of Jim O'Brien.

On April 20, 2004, he revealed to viewers that he had been receiving treatment for prostate cancer and lost his hair as a result. He continued to work while receiving chemotherapy. Three years later in July 2007, during the 6:00PM Action News broadcast, Papa along with Jim Gardner announced that he once again was going through chemotherapy.Papa died on June 19, 2009 at 2:57 p.m. at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, at the age of 54; his final WPVI-TV Action Sportscast was on May 13 of that year. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and his two sons, Nathaniel and Tucker.

Gary Papa was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame on November 14, 2001.

James Gardner

James or Jim Gardner may refer to:

James Gardner (designer) (1907–1995), British industrial designer

James Gardner (musician) (born 1962), British musician and composer

James A. Gardner (1943–1966), Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient

James Alan Gardner (born 1955), Canadian science fiction author

James Alexander Gardner (born 1970), British innovation author and technologist

James C. Gardner (1924–2010), mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana

James Cardwell Gardner (1864–1935), English doctor and amateur rower

James Carson Gardner (born 1933), Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

James Daniel Gardner (1839–1905), American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient

James Knoll Gardner (1940–2017), U.S. federal judge

James N. Gardner (born 1946), complexity theorist and science essayist

James P. Gardner, runner-up in the 1899 US Open Tennis mixed doubles

James Patrick Gardner (1883–1937), Member of Parliament for Hammersmith North

Jim Gardner (baseball) (1874–1905), baseball pitcher

Jim Gardner (broadcaster) (born 1948), stage name of James Goldman, American news anchor for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jim Gardner (Commander in Chief character), fictional White House Chief of Staff on the television series Commander in Chief

Jim Gardner (trade unionist) (1893–1976), Scottish trade unionist

James Terry Gardiner (1842–1912), American surveyor and engineer, used the Gardner spelling for part of his life

Jim Gardner (broadcaster)

James Goldman (born May 17, 1948), known professionally as Jim Gardner, is an American news anchor for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1970, Gardner received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Columbia University. It was there where he got his first taste of broadcast journalism. He reported on the "Historic Student Riots" at Columbia in 1968 for the university’s radio station, WKCR-FM. In 1970, Gardner became a desk assistant, writer, and producer for 1010 WINS in New York City.

In 1972, Gardner became a reporter for WFAS radio in White Plains, New York, and soon became News Director. Two years later, he began his television broadcast career at WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York.Gardner has worked for WPVI since June 1, 1976. He currently solo anchors the 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM weekday newscasts, which he has done since May 11, 1977. He has covered every Democratic and Republican presidential convention since 1980, and has interviewed every president and major presidential candidate since 1976.

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia named Gardner their person of the year in 1996 and inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2003.

Gardner and his wife, Amy, live in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and have 4 children.

March 1–3, 2018 nor'easter

The March 1–3, 2018 nor'easter was a powerful nor'easter that caused major impacts in the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. It originated as the northernmost low of a stationary front over the Midwest on March 1, which moved eastward into the Northeast later that night. A new low pressure system rapidly formed off the coast on March 2 as it slowly meandered near the coastline. It peaked later that day and brought hurricane-force winds to coastal New England before gradually moving out to sea by March 3. Producing over 2 feet (24 in) of snow in some areas, it was one of the most significant March snowstorms in many areas, particularly in Upstate New York. In other areas, it challenged storm surge records set by other significant storms, such as Hurricane Sandy.

Although the most severe damage was caused by flooding as well as snow, unusually high tides and storm surges along the coast, wind and downed trees caused massive inland power outages, with the number of outages as high as 1.9 million at one point. By March 4, least 9 people were known to have been killed as a result of the storm, with 5 of them being killed by falling trees or branches. Recovery efforts were later hampered as a second nor'easter began to impact the area just a few days after the first one struck.

March 20–22, 2018 nor'easter

The March 20–22, 2018 nor'easter (dubbed the "Four'easter" in some media outlets) was a significant late-season nor'easter – the fourth to affect the Northeastern United States during the month of March 2018 – that impacted the Mid-Atlantic states and New England with over 18 in (46 cm) of heavy snow and whiteout conditions. The three previous such storms had struck the general region on March 1–3, 6–8, and 12–14, respectively. It also affected areas of the Southeastern and Midwestern United States with both snowfall and severe weather. The nor'easter was also one of the heaviest spring snowstorms on record in some areas in the Mid-Atlantic, especially Philadelphia and New York City. Originating from a surface low that formed over the Rocky Mountains, the system tracked across the central United States, bringing some wintry weather to surrounding areas as well as severe weather in the South. It then reached the Northeastern U.S. on March 20–21 and – while moving slowly near the shorelines of Delaware, New Jersey and Long Island – dropped heavy snowfall with rates of up to 5 inches (13 cm) an hour in some spots. The storm was given unofficial names such as Winter Storm Toby and Nor'easter 4.

The storm caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled in advance, and caused many school districts to close for the following day or two. Over 100,000 power outages were reported as a result of the nor'easter. At least 3 people have been killed in the nor'easter as of March 21. In addition, the system produced a tornado outbreak in the Southeast, spawning at least 20 tornadoes on March 19, one of which was a long-tracked EF3 that hit Jacksonville, Alabama causing considerable damage.

Move Closer to Your World

Move Closer to Your World (MCTYW) is a television news music package composed in 1972 by jingle writer Al Ham under his Mayoham Music label. In the 1970s it was considered an anthem for local television news, and is considered the anthem of WPVI-TV in Philadelphia for its Action News programs to the current day. An original long version was sung by The Hillside Singers, and a short clip of that vocal version is used by WPVI as part of their closing theme song when extra fill-in time is required. Once a common theme across the United States (especially among other stations using the Action News format), as of 2019 only two U.S. stations currently use the theme: WPVI-TV, and WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Operation Alphabet (TV series)

Operation Alphabet was a daily educational television program designed to teach literacy to adults. Produced in Philadelphia by WFIL-TV (now WPVI-TV) in association with the Philadelphia Junior Chamber of Commerce and the National Association for Public School Adult Education, the program was hosted by Alexander Shevlin of the Philadelphia Board of Education.

The series was designed to teach the basics of reading and writing to adults who were illiterate, using subjects that are relevant to adults; the program especially benefited immigrants, prisoners and those in the military. Operation Alphabet was not only one of the first educational programs to deal with literacy, it was one of the first to be aimed at an adult population, rather than towards children. Two series of the program were produced—the first (100 episodes), aimed for reading at a fourth-grade level, was produced in 1961; a second series (90 episodes), for reading at an eighth-grade level, was filmed in 1964. Each series was designed for daily, weekday telecasts.

In Philadelphia, WFIL-TV broadcast the series at 6 AM on weekdays—the station opted to place the program in that early time slot, so that adults could watch the program and take the coursework before going to work. The early hour also benefited the viewers, as they could learn to read without fear of embarrassment.

An instructional book published for the Civic Adult Education Project by Noble and Noble was designed as support material for the program, featuring supplementary material that correlated with each show. In many areas, tutoring service, supported by "The Clubwomen Across America", was offered to viewers to help reinforce the material presented in the program.

Operation Alphabet was also syndicated by WFIL-TV to commercial and educational television stations nationwide—stations received tapes or films of the program free of charge, provided that they were returned after broadcast.

WFIL-TV and the later WPVI-TV had regularly included Operation Alphabet in their daily schedules from its 1962 debut into the early 1980s, making it one of Philadelphia's longest-running programs, despite the fact that it was only in production in the early 1960s.

Tamala Edwards

Tamala Monique Edwards (born April 7, 1971) is an American television news anchor and reporter.

She began her journalism career as a correspondent for Time magazine in 1993, eventually working in the Washington, D.C. bureau. In August 2001, she came to work for ABC News as a White House correspondent, later moving on to be a Washington D.C.-based general correspondent appearing on World News Tonight and Good Morning America.

Edwards also anchored two ABC News newscasts, World News Now and World News This Morning and discovered a bit of a cult following as several other World News Now anchors have.

In 2005, she moved to ABC owned and operated station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she currently is the weekday morning Action News anchor and a feature reporter.

Edwards married Rocco Lugrine, executive pastry chef of Le Bec Fin, on September 19, 2006. They became first-time parents on August 31, 2009, when Tamala gave birth to a boy, Rocco Alexander Edwards Lugrine. Mrs. Edwards gave birth to another boy, Massimo John Edwards Lugrine, on September 11, 2012.Her parents are Edith and Redick Edwards, who live in Houston, Texas.

Traynor Ora Halftown

Traynor Ora Halftown (February 24, 1917 – July 5, 2003), better known as Chief Halftown, was an entertainer who hosted a children's show that aired on WFIL-TV (which became WPVI-TV in 1972) in Philadelphia from 1950 to 1999. Originally intended for a six-week series, his show went on to become the world's longest running local TV children's show.

Halftown was a full-blooded Native American from the Seneca nation in New York state, believed to be born in or near Red House, New York. His signature greeting was "ees da sa sussaway," which is Seneca for "Let's get started". He was also a professional bowler and spokesman for the Brunswick Bowling Manufacturing Corporation. The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia inducted Halftown into their Hall of Fame in 2004.

Vernon Odom

This article is about the local Philadelphia journalist. For his father, Akron, Ohio civil rights leader and lawyer, see Vernon Odom Sr.Vernon (Blue Moon) Odom (born September 16, 1948) is a retired local Philadelphia TV journalist.

Odom received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from Morehouse College and later continued his education at Columbia University. He started with WPVI-TV, in Philadelphia on May 17, 1976. He has covered a plethora of major stories during his tenure, ranging from Presidential debates to the MOVE disaster of 1985. He also hosted "Visions", a weekly look at urban life in Philadelphia. In November 2004, he was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. Odom retired effective December 14, 2018 after 42 years with WPVI Philadelphia.

Wynnefield Heights, Philadelphia

Wynnefield Heights is a middle class neighborhood located in the greater West Philadelphia area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The neighborhood is bounded by City Avenue to the north, Belmont Avenue to the west, Fairmount Park to the south and east, and the Schuylkill Expressway to the east. The area is also known as Woodside Park or Balwynne Park. "Woodside Park" is the name of a former amusement park that was constructed in 1897 by the Fairmount Park Transportation Company, and that continued in operation until 1955. There are a number of apartment complexes and hotels in the neighborhood as the Schuylkill Expressway (Route 76) and Belmont Avenue provide quick access to Center City, Philadelphia and the near by suburbs located in Montgomery County, PA. Major business and government facilities in the neighborhood are WPVI-TV-ABC Channel 6's studios, Target, the Phila. Water Dept. Belmont Water Treatment Facility and Reservoir, the Pennsylvania State Police Troop K Barracks, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's (PCOM) main campus.

Per 2010 U.S. Census data the community is racially diverse with 36.7% African-American, 48.3% Caucasian, 9.5% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 2.8% Hispanic/Latino. As of 2010 the HUD Estimated Median Family Income for the neighborhood was approximately $76,200. The neighborhood offers a variety of housing types: two-story brick town homes and row duplexes, garden apartments, and mid-rise and high-rise apartment homes. Of the 5,601 total housing units located in the area per 2010 Census data, 1,045 or 18.7% are owner-occupied units. At this time there are no public or parochial schools within the Wynnefield Heights neighborhood.

The Wynnefield Heights Civic Association ("WHCA") aims to "promote civic action and interaction between the residents and businesses of

Wynnefield Heights for the purposes of creating a safe, clean and responsible community." WHCA holds an annual Community Day in July at the new Woodside Park & Playground located in the neighborhood.

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