WRC-TV

WRC-TV, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 48), is an NBC owned-and-operated television station licensed to the American capital city of Washington, District of Columbia. Owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast), it is sister to Class A Telemundo owned-and-operated station WZDC-CD (channel 44) and regional sports network NBC Sports Washington. WRC-TV and WZDC-CD share studios and transmitter facilities on Nebraska Avenue in the Tenleytown neighborhood of northwest Washington.[2]

WRC-TV houses and originates NBC News' Washington bureau, out of which the network's (and television's) long-running political events program, Meet the Press, is based.

On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 24 in Washington, D.C. (C-SPAN is carried on cable channel 4) and channel 4 in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, and on Cox Communications, RCN and Verizon FiOS channel 4.

WRC-TV
Logo of WRC-TV
Washington, D.C.
United States
BrandingNBC 4 (general)
News 4 (newscasts)
SloganWorking 4 You (general)
Washington's News Leader (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 48 (UHF)
(shared with WZDC-CD; to move to 34 (UHF))
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Affiliations
OwnerNBCUniversal
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
First air dateJune 27, 1947
Call letters' meaningRadio Corporation of America
(NBC's former parent)
Sister station(s)WZDC-CD
NBC Sports Washington
Former callsignsWNBW (1947–1954)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 4 (VHF, 1947–2009)
Former affiliationsNBC Weather Plus (DT2)
Transmitter power813 kW
1000 kW (CP)
Height242 m (794 ft)
244 m (801 ft) (CP)
Facility ID47904
Transmitter coordinates38°56′24″N 77°4′54″W / 38.94000°N 77.08167°WCoordinates: 38°56′24″N 77°4′54″W / 38.94000°N 77.08167°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.nbcwashington.com

History

WRC-TV
WRC-TV's studio/transmitter facility, which also houses NBC's Washington operations, have been in use since 1958. (1962 photograph)

The station traces its roots to experimental television station W3XNB, which was put on the air by the Radio Corporation of America, the then-parent company of NBC, in 1939. A construction permit with the commercial callsign WNBW (standing for "NBC Washington") was first issued on channel 3 (60–66 MHz, numbered channel 2 prior to 1946)[3] on December 23, 1941. NBC requested this permit to be cancelled on June 29, 1942; channel 3 was reallocated to Harrisonburg, Virginia.[4][5]

On June 27, 1947, WNBW was re-licensed on channel 4 and signed on the air. Channel 4 is the second-oldest commercially licensed television station in Washington, after WTTG (channel 5), which signed on six months earlier in January 1947. WNBW was also the second of the five original NBC-owned television stations to sign-on, behind New York City and ahead of Chicago, Cleveland and Los Angeles. The station was operated alongside WRC radio (980 AM, frequency now occupied by WTEM; and 93.9 FM, now WKYS).

On October 18, 1954, the television station's callsign changed to the present WRC-TV to match its radio sisters.[6] The new calls reflected NBC's ownership at the time by RCA. It has retained its "-TV" suffix to this day, more than two decades after the radio stations were sold off and changed call letters (the WNBW callsign is now used by the NBC affiliate in Gainesville, Florida).

In 1955, while in college and serving as a puppeteer on a WRC-TV program, Jim Henson was asked to create a puppet show for the station. The series he created, Sam and Friends, was the first series to feature the Muppets, and launched the Jim Henson Company.[7]

The second presidential debate between candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon was broadcast from the station's studios on October 7, 1960. David Brinkley's Washington segment of the Huntley-Brinkley Report originated at WRC-TV between 1956 and 1970, as did Washington reports or commentaries by Brinkley or John Chancellor on NBC Nightly News in the 1970s.

The earliest color videotape in existence is a recording of the dedication of NBC/WRC's Washington studios on May 22, 1958. As Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke at the event, introduced by NBC President Robert W. Sarnoff, it was also the first time a president had been videotaped in color.[8][9]

At the time of its sign-on, channel 4 was one of two wholly network-owned stations in Washington, the other being DuMont's WTTG. DuMont was shut down in 1956, and for the next 30 years WRC-TV was Washington's only network owned-and-operated station. That distinction ended when WTTG was sold to the News Corporation and became a charter station for the Fox network in 1986; it has since been accompanied by WDCA (channel 20) as UPN was owned by the station's owner Viacom until 2001 when Viacom traded the station to Fox (it is currently affiliated with the MyNetworkTV programming service). Today, WRC is one of three network-owned stations in the nation's capital, alongside the Fox Television Stations-owned duopoly of WTTG and WDCA.

Telemundo affiliation

In September 2017, NBC announced they were to launch a new Telemundo owned-and-operated station based out of WRC-TV. ZGS Communications, owner of Washington's existing Telemundo affiliate WZDC-CD (channel 25), sold the station's channel allocation in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s 2017–18 incentive auction, accepting a $66 million payout to turn off its signal and continue operations by sharing the channel of another station. A Telemundo spokesperson stated that the sale of WZDC's spectrum "gave us the ability to take back the Telemundo affiliation for this market," without elaborating what that meant.[10][11][12] NBC later purchased WZDC-CD with the intention of moving its over-the-air signal to that of WRC-TV through a channel-sharing agreement.[13]

NBC took control of WZDC-CD on January 1, 2018, and added a temporary relay to WRC-TV's digital subchannel 4.3.[14] The channel-sharing agreement took effect on March 7, 2018.[15] Under the agreement, WZDC shares WRC-TV's physical signal as a subchannel would, but exercises control over its part of the signal and retains its own virtual channel number and license. WZDC's virtual channel changed from 25.1 to 44.1 to avoid a conflict with WDVM-TV, which also occupies virtual channel 25.1.[16]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
4.1 1080i 16:9 WRC-HD Main WRC-TV programming / NBC
4.2 480i COZI Cozi TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

WRC-TV shut down its analog signal, on VHF channel 4, 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 continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 48.[17] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.

The station participated in the "Analog Nightlight" program, with its analog signal carrying information on the digital transition until analog signal broadcasts were permanently discontinued on June 26, 2009.

Beginning in 1996, WRC-TV's studios were the home of WHD-TV, an experimental high definition television station owned by a consortium of industry groups and stations which carried the nation's first program in the format transmitted by a television station, an episode of Meet the Press,[18] and aired on UHF channel 34 to provide the FCC and the National Association of Broadcasters a channel to conduct many experiments in the new format.[19][20] WHD-TV was discontinued around 2002.

Programming

Mac McGarry - It's Academic
The late Mac McGarry was the original host of It's Academic until June 2011. (Photo is from c. 2009.)

Syndicated programs broadcast by WRC-TV include Access (produced by sister station KNBC), The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Steve, among others. WRC-TV is one of the four NBC owned-and-operated stations (along with sister stations KNSD in San Diego, WMAQ-TV in Chicago and WBTS-LD in Boston) that does not carry the newsmagazine show Extra (which is aired instead on Fox owned-and-operated station WTTG, channel 5).

Because of its ownership by the network, WRC-TV generally carries the entire NBC network schedule, though NBC Nightly News is broadcast a half-hour later (at 7 p.m.) than most NBC stations in the Eastern Time Zone, due to an hour-long 6 p.m. newscast. Like network flagship WNBC, it airs Meet the Press an hour-and-a-half later than most NBC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone due to a two-hour Sunday morning newscast.

WRC-TV's building is home to Meet the Press, the longest-running program in U.S. broadcast television history, which debuted on November 6, 1947 and It's Academic, which premiered in 1961 and is the longest-running game show in television history according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Sam and Friends, Jim Henson's late-night precursor to Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, got its start on WRC-TV on May 9, 1955. WRC-TV was served as the production facilities for the original run of The McLaughlin Group from its premiere in 1982 until May 2008, when the production facilities moved to Tegna, Inc.-owned CBS affiliate and WRC-TV's rival WUSA and it remained until the original show's ending in 2016.

Sports programming

WRC-TV has been the over-the-air home of Washington Redskins preseason games since 2009. Before the NBC/Comcast merger, games were only shown in standard definition on WRC, with actual rightsholder CSN Mid-Atlantic (now NBC Sports Washington) exclusively airing the high definition broadcast. In addition, all Redskins games aired via NBC's broadcast contract with the NFL are also broadcast (from 1970 to 1997, these were games in which the team played host to an AFC team, since 2006, all Sunday Night Games are shown on WRC-TV).

In addition, all Washington Capitals games broadcast through NBC's broadcast contract with the NHL are also broadcast; this included the team's first-ever Stanley Cup Final victory in 2018.

News operation

WRC-TV presently broadcasts 45 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 7 hours, 35 minutes each weekday; three hours on Saturdays; and 5 hours on Sundays). By 2001, WRC's newscasts had all been rated number one in the market, with some of the success attributed to Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler, who anchored together from 1989 until Vance's death in 2017. Vance had been with Channel 4 since 1969, and was promoted to anchor three years later.[21] In the May 2010 sweeps, it placed first at 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. in total viewers, and first at 6:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. in the 25–54 demo. It still leads most time slots today, although WTTG's morning news and WJLA's 11:00 pm news have given it much competition in the 25–54 demo.

NBC Nightly News is broadcast a half-hour later (at 7 p.m.) than most NBC stations in the Eastern Time Zone, due to an hour-long 6 p.m. newscast.

In 1974, WRC-TV adopted the NewsCenter branding, following the three other NBC-owned stations at the time in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago in adopting the NewsCenter branding.

In 1975, the station adopted MFSB's song "My Mood" as the closing theme music for the 6:00 p.m. newscast every Friday, which remains in use by the station today.[22][23] Michael Randall commissioned the news theme for WRC-TV entitled "NewsCenter Theme", which was used by the station until 1986; also, Charlie Rose was hired by WRC-TV after his short stint at KXAS-TV in Dallas and hosted the Charlie Rose Show from its premiere in 1980 until he left the station in 1984 for CBS News. The station also hired George Michael as their sports anchor, eventually launching the nationally syndicated program The George Michael Sports Machine, which originated from the studios of WRC-TV from its debut in 1984 until its end in 2007 (The George Michael Sports Machine was distributed by the station's sister company NBCUniversal Television Distribution).

In 1982, after 8 years of using the NewsCenter branding, the news branding was changed to Channel 4 News. The station added a 5:00 p.m. newscast in the mid-1980s, becoming the first station to in the Washington, D.C. area to do so. In 1989, the news branding was changed again to its current name of News 4. Coinciding with the name change, the station used a new promotional campaign "We Work Well Together", produced by Music Oasis, which was also adopted as its news theme until 1992. In 1991, WRC-TV added a morning newscast under the title of News 4 Today, becoming the first morning newscast in Washington, D.C. On January 14, 1991, the station also produced a 7:30 p.m. newscast for then-independent station WFTY (now CW affiliate WDCW) entitled 7:30 News Headlines. The newscast suffered low ratings during its run and ended nine months later on October 25, 1991.

In 1993, the station adopted the news music theme entitled "Working 4 You", which also serves as a current station slogan for News 4. 615 Music remixed the theme in 1997, this time under the title of "Working For You". The theme was also used by other NBC affiliated stations (including WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa, KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana, WPSD in Paducah, Kentucky and WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin). In 2002, WRC-TV adopted "The Tower" news theme commissioned by 615 Music from Chicago sister station WMAQ-TV with the notes of the "Working For You" theme as a musical trademark added only in the news opens. The "Working For You" theme continued to be used as a closing theme for all of its newscasts. Both "Working For You" and "The Tower V.1 with Working For You" were both in use by the station until 2008, when they switched to Gari Media Group's "The NBC Collection" now with added notes of the "Working For You" theme.

On January 14, 2009, WRC-TV and WTTG entered into a Local News Service (called LNS) agreement in which the two stations pool video and share news helicopter footage. The agreement is similar to ones already made between Fox and NBC owned-and-operated stations in Chicago (WMAQ-TV and WFLD) and Philadelphia (WCAU and WTXF).[24] WUSA later joined that agreement. In 2012, News Director Camille Edwards announced the station would no longer participate in LNS, but the stations would continue to share the helicopter. In 2016, the station launched its own helicopter, Chopper4.

On April 8, 2010, the station began test broadcasts of its news programming in high-definition during local news updates seen during Today; regular newscasts continued to be broadcast in standard definition. WRC-TV started broadcasting its newscasts from a temporary set on February 8, 2010 while "upgrades" were being made on its main set and the station made final adjustments for its switch to high definition. On April 22, 2010, WRC became the fourth (and final) English-language television station in the Washington, D.C. market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. It is the only station in the Washington market that shoots most of its remote field video in 16:9 widescreen; other stations still shoot live field video in 4:3 and then either pillarbox or stretch this content to widescreen—though WRC's field video is shot in standard definition.

On September 15, 2014, the station's newscasts shifted to a full 16:9 widescreen presentation, therefore becoming the third English-language television station in the Washington, D.C. market to do so, following Tegna-owned CBS affiliate WUSA (January 2013) and Fox O&O WTTG (August 2013). In conjunction with this, the newscast title was changed to a variation of the station's NBC 4 logo and also, its longtime newscast theme music was heavily updated. Also, the station's "Look F" graphics package from NBC ArtWorks, which was introduced 2 years earlier (May 2012), was reformatted for the 16:9 presentation.

On June 29, 2016, the station officially began using the "Look N" graphics package that was first adopted by sister station WNBC (which began using the package on June 11), becoming the sixth NBC-owned station to use this package, following WVIT (June 13), WTVJ (also on June 13), KXAS-TV (June 20) and WMAQ-TV (testing on June 21; full usage beginning June 28).

On July 31, 2017, WRC-TV became the first station in Washington, D.C. to expand its morning newscasts, with the addition of its half-hour expansion at 4:00 a.m. In May 2018, after 10 years of using "The NBC Collection with Working for You" news theme, the station brought back 615 Music's "The Tower" news theme, this time without the famous "Working for You" musical trademark; the news theme was previously used with the "Working for You" signature only in the news opens from 2002 until 2008; the theme is also already in use by sister station WVIT since 2016.

On-air staff

Notable current on-air staff

Notable former on-air staff

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Channel 48 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 48 in the United States:

K48AC-D in Kasilof, Alaska

K48AW-D in Shiprock, New Mexico

K48AY-D in Kingman, Arizona

K48DD-D in Childress, Texas

K48DQ-D in Sterling, Colorado

K48FJ-D in Parowan/Enoch, etc., Utah

K48GA-D in Wray, Colorado

K48GC-D in Florence, Oregon

K48GO-D in Cave Junction, Oregon

K48GR-D in Hanksville, Utah

K48GV-D in Laketown, etc., Utah

K48GZ-D in Roosevelt, Utah

K48HL-D in Datil/Horse Springs, New Mexico

K48ID-D in Overton, Nevada

K48IJ-D in Preston, Idaho

K48IL-D in Mount Pleasant, Utah

K48JH-D in Capulin, etc., New Mexico

K48KJ-D in Geneva, Minnesota

K48KK-D in Orangeville, Utah

K48KN-D in Kanarraville, Utah

K48KR-D in Beaver, etc., Utah

K48KS-D in Delta, etc., Utah

K48LA-D in South Lake Tahoe, California

K48LO-D in Woody Creek, Colorado

K48LR-D in Green River, Utah

K48LS-D in Clear Creek, Utah

K48LT-D in Beryl/New Castle/Modena, Utah

K48LU-D in Marysvale, Utah

K48LW-D in Redstone, Colorado

K48MI-D in Howard, Montana

K48MN-D in Boulder, Colorado

K48MW-D in Ely & McGill, Nevada

K48NO-D in Fillmore, etc., Utah

K48NU-D in Beaumont, Texas

K48NY-D in Gainesville, Texas

K48OL-D in Rio Grande City, Texas

K48OQ-D in Lowry, South Dakota

KDMK-LD in Lafayette, Louisiana

KGNG-LD in Las Vegas, Nevada

KHVM-LD in Minneapolis, Minnesota

KING-TV in Seattle, Washington

KLNK-LD in Lufkin, Texas

KOCE-TV in Huntington Beach, California

KOHA-LD in Omaha, Nebraska

KSPX-TV in Sacramento, California

KSTR-DT in Irving, Texas

KTFV-CD in McAllen, Texas

KTMD in Galveston, Texas

KTPN-LD in Tyler, Texas

KTVU in San Jose, California

KUOC-LD in Enid, Oklahoma

KVCV-LD in Victoria, Texas

KVSN-DT in Pueblo, Colorado

KVUT-LD in Twin Falls, Idaho

W48DP-D in Atlantic City, New Jersey

W48DT-D in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico

W48DU-D in Albany, Georgia

W48DW-D in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

WACH in Columbia, South Carolina

WAFF in Huntsville, Alabama

WAQP in Saginaw, Michigan

WCIA in Champaign, Illinois

WEFG-LD in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WFBD in Destin, Florida

WFUN-LD in Miami, Florida

WFXU in Live Oak, Florida

WHME-TV in South Bend, Indiana

WHWD-LD in Statesville, North Carolina

WIYC in Troy, Alabama

WKGB-TV in Bowling Green, Kentucky

WLED-TV in Littleton, New Hampshire

WLEH-LD in Mount Vernon, Illinois

WMLW-TV in Racine, Wisconsin

WOAI-TV in San Antonio, Texas

WOPX-TV in Melbourne, Florida

WPXI in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina

WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.

WRID-LD in Richmond, Virginia

WRNN-TV in Kingston, New York

WSYX in Columbus, Ohio

WTTV in Bloomington, Indiana

WUJA in Caguas, Puerto Rico

WUVG-DT in Athens, Georgia

WVLR in Tazewell, Tennessee

WVTN-LP in Corbin, Kentucky

WXXV-TV in Gulfport, Mississippi

WYDC in Corning, New YorkThe following television stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 48 in the United States:

K48GI-D in Flagstaff, Arizona

K48LL-D in Kingsville-Alice, Texas

K48MH-D in Roswell, New Mexico

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Dianna Russini

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It's Academic

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The Washington, D.C. version of the show has been on the air since October 7, 1961, and is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running quiz program in TV history. The program was created for WRC by Sophie Altman, who continued as executive producer until her death on May 24, 2008. Mac McGarry hosted the Washington shows from the beginning until June 25, 2011. Hillary Howard, a news anchor for Washington radio station WTOP-FM, took over as host subsequent to McGarry's official retirement in November 2011. The Baltimore show is hosted by David Zahren. The show features three local high school teams of three players each. Over the years, chief sponsor Giant Food has given more than $2,000,000 in scholarship funds to participating schools. In 2014, James Hubert Blake High School became the first ever school to win three consecutive super bowls in the Washington edition of It's Academic.

Jim Rosenfield

Jim Rosenfield (born December 18) is an American local television news anchor currently working for WCAU-TV, the NBC-owned television station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He most recently co-anchored the weekend evening newscasts on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.. At various times, he has appeared on the newscasts at noon, 5, 6, and 11 pm at WCBS-TV. His last day with the station was May 22, 2008 after the 6pm newscast. [1][2]

Joe Johns

Joseph Eduardo "Joe" Johns is an American Senior Washington Correspondent for CNN, based in the Washington, D.C., bureau. He was promoted to the position in 2014. He previously worked as an NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent for TODAY and other NBC programs. He worked for WRC-TV/NBC4 in Washington, D.C. He also worked as an anchor for WSAZ-TV in 1980.In 2016, Johns did an interview with Capitol Standard and said this of the lessons he's learned in media "Be skeptical of hype. People who tell big lies don’t back down, even when confronted with the truth."Johns was a star discus thrower at West High School in Columbus, Ohio. He was a four-year scholarship track and field athlete at Marshall University and was inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and a law degree from American University in D.C.Johns was married to former MSNBC analyst Michelle Bernard;

the couple divorced in 2008.

John Schriffen

John Schriffen (born October 3, 1984) is a sports reporter for CBS Sports. Schriffen reports college sports as well as Army/Navy games. On weekends he hosted That Other Pre Game Show on CBS.

Schriffen began his career as a sports anchor and reporter for News 12 in New York City. Before joining ABC News, Schriffen spent several years at WRC-TV in Washington D.C where he Schriffen later worked as an ABC News correspondents in New York City having earlier interned for ABC’s sister network ESPN.He graduated from Dartmouth College. Schriffen graduated from the Dwight School, and also attended Hunter College High School in his hometown of New York City.

Lindsay Czarniak

Lindsay Ann Czarniak (born November 7, 1977), is an American sports anchor and reporter. She currently works as a studio host for Fox Sports NASCAR coverage. After spending six years with WRC-TV, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Washington, D.C., Czarniak joined ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor in August 2011 and left ESPN in 2017.

She has also been a pit reporter and studio host for TNT's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage and a former co-host and reporter for the syndicated The George Michael Sports Machine. Czarniak served as a host and sportsdesk reporter for NBC Sports coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

NBC Sports Washington

NBC Sports Washington is an American regional sports network that is owned by NBCUniversal and Monumental Sports & Entertainment, and operates as an affiliate of NBC Sports Regional Networks. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, the channel broadcasts regional coverage of sports events throughout the Mid-Atlantic United States, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., as well as sports news and entertainment programming.

NBC Sports Washington is available on approximately 25 cable providers throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network. The channel reaches more than 4.7 million households in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Sam and Friends

Sam and Friends is an early live-action/puppet television show created by puppeteer Jim Henson and his eventual wife Jane Nebel. It was taped and aired twice daily as a local series in Washington, D.C., on WRC-TV in black and white, and later color, on weeknights from May 9, 1955, to December 15, 1961. Most of the original episodes were wiped after airing on TV. A few surviving episodes can be viewed at the Paley Center for Media but many can also be found on popular video sites like YouTube, such as those digitally archived by The Jim Henson Company. Some have been documented by either the Henson Archives or newspaper articles published while the show was still on air. Some fans who grew up watching Sam and Friends have posted comments online about some of the lost episodes which they remembered watching.

Shannon Bream

Shannon Bream (born Shannon Noelle DePuy, December 23, 1970) is an American journalist for Fox News. In 2017, Bream became the host of the prime time program Fox News @ Night.

The George Michael Sports Machine

The George Michael Sports Machine is a defunct syndicated, sports-related American television program which was launched in 1984. The show aired weekends, usually on Sunday nights, and originated from WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., one of NBC's owned and operated stations. Most of the stations that aired The Sports Machine were NBC affiliates.

The show was an offshoot of a local program that George Michael, a former disc jockey who became a sportscaster, hosted in Washington beginning in 1980. Michael hosted the program for its entire run, which ended in 2007. Lindsay Czarniak, who was a colleague of Michael's at WRC-TV, joined the program as a substitute host in 2004 and became Michael's co-host in 2006.

WWRC

WWRC (570 kHz, "AM 570 The Answer") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Bethesda, Maryland and serving the Washington metro area. The station is owned by the Salem Media Group and airs a talk radio format. Most of the programming comes from the Salem Radio Network, including Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Jay Sekulow, Larry Elder and Joe Walsh. Sean Hannity, heard late afternoons, is supplied by Premiere Radio Networks. Weekends include shows on money, law, religion and guns, some of which are paid brokered programming.

WWRC has studios and offices on North Lynn Street in Arlington, Virginia. The transmitter is off Black Rock Road in Germantown, Maryland. WWRC is powered at 5,000 watts by day and 1,000 watts at night, using a directional antenna at all times.

WZDC-CD

WZDC-CD, virtual channel 44 (UHF digital channel 48), is a Class A Telemundo owned-and-operated television station licensed to the American capital city of Washington, District of Columbia. Owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast), it is sister to NBC owned-and-operated station WRC-TV (channel 4) and regional sports network NBC Sports Washington. WZDC-CD and WRC-TV share studios and transmitter facilities on Nebraska Avenue in the Tenleytown neighborhood of northwest Washington.

Willard Scott

Willard Herman Scott Jr. (born March 7, 1934) is an American weather presenter, author, television personality, actor, clown, comedian and radio personality, best known for his TV work on the Today show and as the creator and original portrayer of Ronald McDonald.

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