WUSA (TV)

WUSA, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to the American capital city of Washington, District of Columbia. The station is owned by Tegna Inc. (based in the Virginia suburb of McLean), and effectively serves as the flagship television property of the company. WUSA's studios and transmitter are located at Broadcast House on Wisconsin Avenue in the Tenleytown neighborhood on the northwestern side of Washington.[3] WUSA is the largest CBS affiliate by market size (sister station KHOU in Houston being the second-largest and Meredith's WGCL-TV in Atlanta being the third-largest) that is not owned and operated by the network.

The station's signal is relayed on a low-powered digital translator station, W50BD-D, in Moorefield, West Virginia[4] (which is owned by Valley TV Cooperative, Inc.). It also maintains a channel-sharing agreement with Silver Spring, Maryland-licensed WJAL (channel 68, owned by Entravision Communications).

On cable, WUSA is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 29 in Washington, D.C. (ESPN is carried on cable channel 9) and channel 9 in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, and on Cox Communications and RCN channel 9.

WUSA
WUSA 9 logo
Washington, D.C.
United States
BrandingWUSA 9
SloganReal Matters
ChannelsDigital: 9 (VHF)
(shared with WJAL)[1]
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
Subchannels
Affiliations
OwnerTegna Inc.
(WUSA-TV, Inc.)
First air dateJanuary 16, 1949
Call letters' meaningUnited States of America
-or-
USA Today (formerly co-owned with WUSA)
Former callsigns
  • WOIC (1949–1950)
  • WTOP-TV (1950–1978)
  • WDVM-TV (1978–1986)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 9 (VHF, 1949–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 34 (UHF, 1998–2009)
Former affiliations
Transmitter power52 kW
Height235.6 m (773 ft)
Facility ID65593
Transmitter coordinates38°57′1″N 77°4′47″W / 38.95028°N 77.07972°WCoordinates: 38°57′1″N 77°4′47″W / 38.95028°N 77.07972°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.wusa9.com

History

Early years (1949–1978)

The station first went on the air on January 11, 1949 as WOIC, and began full-time operations on January 16. The fourth-oldest station in the nation's capital, channel 9 was originally owned by the Bamberger Broadcasting Service, a subsidiary of R. H. Macy and Company.[5] Bamberger also owned WOR-AM-FM in New York City, and was working to put WOR-TV (channel 9, now WWOR-TV in Secaucus, New Jersey) on the air at the same time. Nine days later, WOIC broadcast the first televised American presidential inaugural address, given by President Harry S. Truman. WOIC picked up the CBS affiliation upon signing on, replacing WMAL-TV (channel 7, now WJLA-TV) as the network's Washington outlet. However, WOR was a shareholder in the Mutual Radio Network, which had plans to enter television with WOIC and WOR-TV as the flagship stations of its network; these plans never came to fruition. At the start of 1950, Bamberger Broadcasting changed its name to General Teleradio.[6]

In June 1950, a joint venture of CBS and The Washington Post purchased WOIC from Bamberger/Macy's for $1.4 million. The new owners, WTOP Incorporated (the Post owned 55%, with CBS holding the remaining 45% stake), changed the station's call sign to WTOP-TV, after its new sister station WTOP radio (then at 1500 AM).[7] Since WTOP took the callsign from the radio partners at the time, the callsign was a coincidence under ownership of the publisher, since they never stood for "WashingTOn Post"; they instead stood for the fact that what was then known as WTOP was "at the TOP of [the city's] radio dial" (WTOP has been known as WFED since 2006, and is now owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, not by the Post). In July 1950, WTOP-TV became the first television station in Washington authorized to broadcast color television in the 405-line field sequential color standard, which was incompatible with the black-and-white 525-line NTSC standard. Color broadcasts continued for nearly 30 months, when regulatory and commercial pressures forced the FCC to rescind its original color standard and begin the process of adopting the 525-line NTSC-3 standard, developed by RCA to be backwards compatible with the existing black-and-white televisions.

In 1954, the WTOP stations moved into a new facility, known as "Broadcast House", at 40th and Brandywine Streets NW in Washington. The building was the first in the country designed as a unified radio and television facility. Its name was in honor of Broadcasting House, home of the BBC in London. The building was well known to WTOP's president, since he had spent much of World War II assigned to the BBC. Previous to the move to Broadcast House, the radio stations operated out of the Earle Building (now the Warner Building, home of the Warner Theatre), and WTOP-TV had operated out of the small WOIC studios at the same location. When Broadcast House was completed and the new television studios were inaugurated, the old studio became the garage for Broadcast House and the old master control room became both the master control and transmitter room for channel 9, since Broadcast House had been built around the station's original, four-sided tower. The building with the tower remains in the middle at the same location, although it is now an office building and retail store front.

The WTOP-TV tower was known in Washington for two things. First, at Christmas time, the tower was strung with Christmas lights and glowed brightly on top of Mount Reno, the tallest point in the District of Columbia. Second, the tower tended to sway much more than three-sided towers. In a strong wind, the tower could be seen swaying back-and-forth, and during the winter ice from the tower fell quite often on the streets below.

In October 1954, CBS sold its share of WTOP Inc. to the Washington Post to comply with the FCC's new seven-station-per-group ownership rule. CBS's partial ownership of WTOP radio, KQV radio in Pittsburgh and WCCO radio in Minneapolis exceeded the FCC's limit for AM radio stations.[8] CBS opted to sell its share of WTOP, which it had purchased in whole in 1932 before selling controlling interest to the Post in 1949.

After the sale closed, the Post merged the WTOP stations with its other broadcast property, WMBR-AM-TV in Jacksonville, Florida and changed the name of the licensee from "WTOP Inc." to "Post Stations, Inc." WMBR radio was sold off in 1958, and WMBR-TV became WJXT. The Post renamed its broadcasting group "Post-Newsweek Stations" in 1961 after the Post bought Newsweek magazine. Post-Newsweek acquired its third television station, WLBW-TV (now WPLG) in Miami in 1970 and in 1974 added WTIC-TV (now WFSB) in Hartford, Connecticut to the group. In 1972, WTOP-TV joined with the Evening Star Broadcasting Company (owned by the Post's rival, the now-defunct Washington Star and licensee of WMAL-TV) to build the Joint Tower, a 1,040-foot (320 m), three-sided tower across the alley from Broadcast House at 4010 Chesapeake Street NW. Transmission lines were extended from Broadcast House's transmitter area to the new tower for both WTOP-TV and WHUR-FM (the former WTOP-FM, which had been donated by Post-Newsweek to Howard University in 1971). The old tower continued to serve as the backup antenna for channel 9 until the station sold Broadcast House in 1996.

In 1974, WTOP and the other Post-Newsweek stations adopted the slogan "The One and Only". The moniker was part of a trend toward group identification of stations, with each station being "The One and Only Channel (channel number)". Staff members from the "One and Only" period usually refer to themselves as "the one and onlies" as a source of pride. The slogan was dropped from active use in the late 1990s and has not been used as part of an image campaign since 1996. The slogan no longer appears on-air, but was revived in a sense when channel 9 adopted its slogan in the mid 2000s, First and Only with Local News in HDTV.

Later years (1978–present)

On June 26, 1978,[9] Post-Newsweek exchanged WTOP-TV with the Evening News Association's WWJ-TV (now WDIV-TV) in Detroit. That same day, WTOP-TV changed its call letters to WDVM-TV, with the new call letters representing the initials of the areas which channel 9 serves: District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. Post-Newsweek parent the Washington Post Company, and the Evening News Association, which published the Detroit News, decided to swap their stations for fear that the FCC would force them to sell the stations at unfavorable terms or revoke their very valuable licenses because the FCC at the time was considering forbidding ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same market.[10][11] The call letter was changed as per a now-repealed FCC rule stating that TV and radio stations in the same market, but with different ownership had to use different callsigns.

Wusa9logo
Logo used from 2000 to January 2013. An earlier variant, which replaced the 1980s-era "square 9", which dated to the days of WDVM, was colored yellow with a black numeral and was used from 1995 to 1998.

In 1985, the Gannett Company purchased the Evening News Association.[12][nb 1] On July 4, 1986, Gannett changed WDVM's call letters to WUSA both in honor of the station being located in the nation's capital and Gannett's ownership of USA Today.[14] The WUSA callsign had previously been used by Gannett's station in Minneapolis, which changed its callsign to KARE. The WDVM-TV callsign is now in use on an unrelated station in Hagerstown, Maryland.

At the time, particularly in Gannett press releases, the station's callsign was commonly printed as "W★USA". However, the asterisk or star between the "W" and "U" is not part of the call sign. The star device was used to denote its connection to USA Today. The star was replaced on-air with the CBS Eye Device, which is also not part of the call sign, in the late 1990s as CBS began to considerably relax their formerly strict branding guidelines for their affiliates (which had not allowed blending the logo into call letters), and to reduce confusion with the now-defunct Women's United Soccer Association, which was also visually represented as "W★USA" within their logo.

WUSA moved to a new Broadcast House at 4100 Wisconsin Avenue NW in January 1992. WTOP-FM had left the old Broadcast House in 1971, but kept its transmitter there. WTOP radio departed in 1978; the Post had sold it a year earlier to the Outlet Company. The move to the more modern building was tinged with sadness due to the death from a brain tumor of popular sportcaster Glenn Brenner just days before the move. In 1998, WUSA launched its website, wusatv9.com, but later removed the "TV" reference in the domain name to become wusa9.com.

Around the first week of October 2012, Gannett entered a dispute against Dish Network regarding compensation fees and Dish's AutoHop commercial-skip feature on its Hopper digital video recorders. Gannett ordered that Dish discontinue AutoHop on the account that it is having a negative effect on advertising revenues for WUSA. Gannett threatened to pull all of its stations (such as WUSA) should the skirmish continue beyond October 7 and Dish and Gannett fail to reach an agreement.[15][16] The two parties eventually reached an agreement after extending the deadline for a few hours.[17]

On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. WUSA was retained by the latter company, named Tegna.[18]

Websites

In July 2007, WUSA launched a second website at DVMmoms.com. The site focused on topics relating to young mothers in the Washington, D.C. area. Gannett also rolled out similar sites targeted at moms in other select markets where it owns a television and/or newspaper properties. In February 2008, WUSA launched a third website at DVMOurTime.com. The site is fronted by noon anchor J. C. Hayward and provides local restaurant and business discounts as well as news and events targeted towards baby boomers.

In 2008, Gannett and the Tribune Company partnered to expand the Metromix brand that has been successful for many years in Chicago at the Chicago Tribune. WUSA's local Metromix.com site launched in July 2008.[19] There are 35 other Gannett and/or Tribune properties that have a Metromix site. In August 2008, Gannett revamped its moms sites, and DVMmoms.com was renamed MomsLikeMe.com. Like the previous versions, the site features topics related to young moms and includes technology from Ripple 6, which was recently acquired by Gannett. There were MomsLikeMe.com sites in 85 other markets throughout the country. MomsLikeMe was phased out in 2012.

In September 2008, WUSA's fifth website was launched, called HighSchoolSports.net. The site features, among other things, high school sports rankings, schedules, and scores for high school football, soccer, basketball and baseball games around the United States. The site is also a Gannett-owned property that was launched in many markets throughout the country.

In June 2010, Gannett Broadcasting and DataSphere Technologies announced a partnership to create community-focused websites in 10 of their television station markets. WUSA was one of the first to launch these sites in August 2010. The sites are integrated within the existing website and feature hyperlocal news and user-generated content about area happenings and events. In addition to powering the community websites, DataSphere provides enhanced functionality, including market-leading site search, coupons, a business directory and ad targeting. WUSA created 53 different neighborhood sites in the Metro D.C. area.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
9.1 1080i 16:9 WUSA-HD Main WUSA programming / CBS
9.2 480i 4:3 Justice Justice Network

On November 1, 2011, WUSA signed an affiliation agreement to add Bounce TV,[20] which launched on WUSA digital subchannel 9.2, on December 16, 2011.[21]

In August 2017, WUSA temporarily stopped carrying their subchannels due to technical considerations involving their channel sharing arrangement with WJAL (virtual channel 68), which moved their signal to WUSA's transmitter on October 1, 2017 and moved their city of license from Hagerstown, Maryland to Silver Spring. In the interim, Bounce arranged a new affiliation agreement with Univision to be carried on WFDC-DT, and moved their Capital Region affiliation to WFDC-DT4. Justice Network returned later in the month on WUSA-DT2 once the move was completed.

Analog-to-digital conversion

WUSA stopped transmitting on its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, 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 34 to VHF channel 9 for post-transition operations.[22][23]

Programming

Syndicated programs broadcast by WUSA include Right This Minute, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, and Dr. Phil. The latter three are distributed by CBS' corporate cousin CBS Television Distribution.

WTOP was one of the few CBS stations that declined to carry the popular game show The Price Is Right during the early years of the program's run (although Washington, D.C. ABC station WMAL-TV/WJLA-TV 7 did carry The Price Is Right and some other CBS daytime game shows that WTOP didn't carry during the mid 1970s).

During the September 11 attacks in 2001, WUSA made the decision to preempt CBS' national coverage of the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center with its own local coverage;[24] this decision proved controversial. As a local affiliate, WUSA did not possess the resources to cover the attacks as extensively as the national network, and its decision to institute a "CBS blackout" prevented its audience from viewing much of the national reporting anchored by Dan Rather. The Washington Post criticized this decision, writing, "The city was subjected to a CBS blackout by the local affiliate, Gannett-owned Channel 9. The station chose to view this, incredibly enough, as a local story and reported it initially as if it were a winter snow day and school closings were of the utmost importance." [25]

From May 2008 until the end of its original run in 2016, WUSA served as the production studio for the program The McLaughlin Group which was also broadcast on some select CBS stations (including its New York City owned-and-operated station WCBS-TV) beginning in May 2007 and on some PBS member stations (locally via WETA-TV and WHUT-TV), the show was distributed by WTTW out of Chicago, with the production facilities moved over from NBC owned-and-operated station WRC-TV, where show had been based since its premiere in 1982.

Sports programming

In 1956, when CBS began carrying NFL games, Channel 9 became the Washington Redskins' station of record; this was an alliance which would continue until 1993, when WTTG gained the rights to air the games, thanks to Fox's acquisition of the NFC broadcast rights. Today, the station airs Redskins games when the team hosts an AFC opponent at FedExField, or starting in 2014, with the institution of 'cross-flex' broadcast rules, games that are moved from WTTG to WUSA. The station carried the Redskins' victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI in January 1992.

The station also carried select weekend Washington Nationals games from 2013 until 2017; those telecasts were produced by MASN.

News operation

WUSA studios in Tenleytown
WUSA's offices in Tenleytown, Washington, D.C.

WUSA-TV presently broadcasts 33 hours, 15 minutes of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5 hours, 35 minutes on weekdays; 2 hours, 5 minutes on Saturday; and 3 hours, 5 minutes on Sunday[26]); in addition, the station produces a sports highlight program called Game On!, which airs Sunday evenings after the 11 p.m. newscast. WUSA was the launchpad for several well-known news anchors. Sam Donaldson and Warner Wolf are among WUSA's most successful alumni. Max Robinson was co-anchor of Eyewitness News with Gordon Peterson from 1969 to 1978 before he became the first black anchorman on network television and one of the original anchors of ABC World News Tonight. James Brown of CBS Sports was a sports anchor at the station in the 1980s.

In 1989, WUSA debuted an hour-long newscast at 4 p.m. (replacing The Oprah Winfrey Show, which the station chose not to continue carrying due to the program's licensing fees, it then moved to WJLA-TV), which created a three-hour local news block from 4 to 7 p.m., resulting in a half-hour delay of the CBS Evening News to 7 p.m. The 4 p.m. newscast was dropped in 2000, with WUSA also cutting a half-hour off the end of its 4–7 p.m. news block, moving the CBS Evening News to 6:30 p.m., the recommended timeslot for the network newscast for CBS stations located in the Eastern Time Zone.

On May 2, 2005, WUSA became the first television station in the Washington market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.[27]

In February 2012, WUSA launched its investigative unit with Chief Investigative Reporter Russ Ptacek.[28] Ptacek's investigations led to reform after uncovering millions in unreported government bonuses, a utility allowed to charge customers during disconnections caused by storms, taxis refusing passengers based upon race, and potentially deadly restaurant food safety risks.[29] Ptacek and WUSA9 parted ways in 2016 when the station announced changes to its investigative direction.[30]

Anchor and consumer correspondent Lesli Foster reported on a petition filed by the Center For Auto Safety asking government safety regulators to recall millions of older model Jeep Grand Cherokees. The consumer group believes the placement of the plastic gas tanks in those vehicles can lead to fires and deaths when they are struck from behind. The gas tank is located behind the rear axle—literally in the crush zone of the vehicle. Chrysler says the vehicles are safe and not defective. The automaker points out that in the 26 fatal accidents cited by NHTSA where they can calculate kinetic energy, the deaths in all those vehicles involved speeds that exceed today's crash test requirements. But the company agreed to recall over 1 million of the remaining 1993–1998 models, along with 2002–2007 Jeep Liberty's back in June of last year. Lesli Foster was acknowledged for her hard hitting investigative report in 2013 with a NCCB-NATAS Emmy Award.

Beginning with the noon newscast on January 17, 2013, WUSA unveiled a new graphics package for the station's newscasts designed for Gannett's news-producing stations by design firm The Mill; the new graphics are designed to reduce on-screen clutter, which viewers complained about prior to the change to the new standardized graphics. With the change, WUSA began using the AFD #10 broadcast flag to present their newscasts in letterboxed widescreen for viewers watching on cable television through 4:3 television sets. Additionally, the station unveiled its new logo, which was stylized as "wusa9", in lower-case lettering.

Beginning with Wake Up Washington on April 26, 2018, WUSA unveiled a new set to replace the previous one used since the May 2, 2005 HD launch, along with a new station logo which ended the use of any stars and/or asterisks in WUSA's branding. It also rolled out a new standardized graphics and music package for the station's newscasts designed for Tegna's news-producing stations.

On-air staff

Notable current on-air staff

[31]

Notable former on-air staff

Notes

  1. ^ By 2005, the Evening News Association had been renamed "Detroit Free Press, Inc.", after that Gannett subsidiary simultaneously bought the Free Press and sold the News. The WUSA license remained under Detroit Free Press, Inc. until early 2015, shortly before Gannett was split into separate publishing and broadcasting companies.[13]

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Chet Curtis (born Chester Kukiewicz; April 15, 1939 – January 22, 2014) was an American newscaster who co-anchored with his then-wife, newscaster Natalie Jacobson. He was born in Amsterdam, New York and raised in Schenectady, New York.Curtis was a primetime anchor at NECN, where he anchored The Chet Curtis Report, a nightly news and interview program, and co-anchored New England Business Day. Before joining NECN in the spring of 2001, Curtis had been an anchor and reporter with WCVB-TV since its launch in 1972. For the majority of his time at WCVB, Curtis, with Jacobson, co-anchored the station's principal weekday newscasts, and was the original host of the station's award-winning Chronicle program. He began his career in Boston at the former WHDH-TV Channel 5, before that station lost its license, and ownership was handed over to Boston Broadcasters, Inc., who re-launched Channel 5 as today's WCVB. Before coming to New England, Curtis worked as an anchor and reporter at the CBS flagship station in New York City, and prior to that at WTOP-TV (now WUSA-TV), the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., also as an anchor and reporter.

Christopher Paul Hasson

Christopher Paul Hasson (born c. 1969) is a United States Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting the targeted assassinations of high-profile American politicians and media figures, and indiscriminate terror attacks.

Davey Marlin-Jones

Davey Marlin-Jones (May 8, 1932 – March 2, 2004) was an American stage director, as well as a local television personality. He was born in Winchester, Indiana, and was known as a tireless advocate for the local stage and theatrical scene in the many places he lived during his long career.

From 1970 to 1987, he was a film and arts critic for WUSA-TV (formerly WTOP and WDVM), the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. During much of that time, he also performed the same duties for WDIV-TV in Detroit. He was known for his eccentric on-air style in reviewing films and theatre and cultural events. One example of his style was the use of index cards when he reviewed films, and he would keep or throw away the card depending on whether he liked or hated the film. He enunciated with theatrical bravura and often wore large black-rimmed glasses and sometimes sported an Alpine hat.

After John and Hazel Wentworth, founders of the Washington Theater Club, divorced in the 1960s, he and Hazel Wentworth continued the Club's operations. He directed many of its performances. He was awarded the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (Robert Edwin Lee) Theatre Research Margo Jones Award in 1968.[1]

Prior to his death, Marlin-Jones was a Professor of Theater and Playwriting for fifteen years at UNLV. In 1997 he won the "Excellence in Theatre Education Award" from the Board of Governors of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The American College Theater Festival Respondent's Choice Award has been renamed the "Davey Marlin Jones Respondent's Choice Award."

Derek McGinty

Derek McGinty is an American news anchor and television journalist, who in the 2010s anchors for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C..

Greg Toland

Greg Toland was the weekend sports anchor for ABC 7 News/WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., from October 2000 to his dismissal January 23, 2009 due to financial constraints. He had been the sports director at WBTW-TV, the CBS affiliate in Florence, South Carolina and was chosen South Carolina's 1998 sportscaster of the year, winning the AP award for best sports story that year. As weekend sports anchor at WPGH-TV, the Fox affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he won the AP award for best sports story in Pennsylvania.

He reappeared as a sports anchor for WBAL-TV 11 (NBC) in Baltimore on September 1, 2010 and is now working for WUSA-TV (CBS) in Washington, D.C.

He graduated in 1984 from the University of Maryland, College Park in Radio, Television, and Film.

Toland is a native of Ventnor, New Jersey. He and his wife Carolyn have two children, Beth and Ryan.

Jamie McIntyre

Jamie McIntyre is a former Senior Pentagon correspondent for CNN. He held this position from 1992 to 2008. Before joining CNN he was host and senior writer for WUSA-TV in Washington D.C.

McIntyre was inside the Pentagon when a plane crashed into it during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

He is a 1971 graduate of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA.

He received a bachelor's degree in broadcasting from the University of Florida, and in 2002 he was honored as a distinguished alumnus.

In July 2009, McIntyre joined the editorial team at Military.com where he blogged at "Jamie McIntyre's Line of Departure," Military.com's Media and National Policy Journal.Currently, McIntyre anchors the newscasts heard at the bottom of each hour during NPR's All Things Considered.

Jan Jeffcoat

Jan Jeffcoat is a former morning TV news anchor for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.. Previously, Jeffcoat was the co-host for The List, a national news/entertainment magazine show. She was also a morning and afternoon news anchor at WFLD-TV in Chicago from 2007 to 2012. Jeffcoat started anchoring in Chicago on June 2007. She hosted WFLD-TV's Good Day Chicago for 3 years which won an Illinois AP award for Best Newscast in 2008. While in Chicago, she won an Edward R. Murrow Award for a documentary she hosted and reported while covering the devastation in Haiti. She also garnered two local Emmy awards for separate reports. Before joining Fox Chicago, Jeffcoat was a morning anchor at KRIV in Houston, TX. She worked at KRIV from November 2004 to June 2007. During her time at KRIV the morning show became Houston's fastest growing morning news. Before coming to Houston, Jeffcoat worked as a morning and noon news anchor for two successful shows at WBTV in Charlotte, N.C., and WCSC-TV in Charleston, S.C.

Jeffcoat was once the only Texas television personality to anchor 4 hours of news each day. She was named "Top Houston Professional who's on the fast track" by H-Texas Magazine. During her first month in Houston she covered a collision on the Sam Houston Tollway that resulted in her nomination for a Regional Emmy. She also received an Emmy nomination for Best Anchor in Texas in 2006 and 2007 as well as two AP awards for anchoring. In 2005 and 2006 Jeffcoat was nominated for a Star Award by the American Women of Radio and Television for Best On-Air Personality in Houston. In 2010, Jeffcoat traveled to Haiti after the earthquake and received an Emmy award and an Edward R. Murrow award for a 30-minute primetime special she hosted. She was also named 2010 Outstanding Young Alumni of the Year by her alma mater USC.

Jasmere.com

Jasmere.com was a deal-of-the-day website with a format similar to Groupon.com.Jasmere sold merchandise from upscale though lesser-known vendors. It offered discounts of 50-70% off the regular retail prices. E-mail alerts were sent daily stating that day's deal which lasts for 24 hours until the next deal starts.Jasmere was founded in 2009 in Silver Spring, Maryland and has been featured in numerous local TV news segments.

Kristin Fisher

Kristin Anne Fisher (born July 29, 1983) is an American journalist and television news presenter for Fox News.

List of people from Potomac, Maryland

Past and present residents of Potomac, Maryland include:

Atiku Abubakar, billionaire and vice president of Nigeria

Freddy Adu, professional soccer player for Philadelphia Union

Robert A. Altman, owner of ZeniMax Media; married to Lynda Carter

Sam Anas, ice hockey player for Iowa Wild

Surinder Arora, English hotelier

Mike Barrowman, Olympic Champion Swimmer

Howard Behrens, painter

Eric F. Billings, CEO of FBR Capital Markets Corporation

Wolf Blitzer, anchor and host of CNN's The Situation Room

Eric Brodkowitz, Israeli-American baseball pitcher for the Israel National Baseball Team

F. Lennox Campello, artist, art critic, writer and art dealer

Lynda Carter, television actress, best known for her roles of Diana Prince and the title character on Wonder Woman

Calbert Cheaney, NBA player

Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security

Kelen Coleman

Mike Cowan, professional caddy for Jim Furyk

Kamie Crawford, Miss Maryland Teen USA 2010, Miss Teen USA 2010

Donald Dell

Sherman Douglas

Margaret Durante, country music artist signed to Emrose Records

Patrick Ewing, NBA player

Kenneth Feld, owner and CEO of Feld Entertainment, producers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Ben Feldman

Raul Fernandez

Thomas Friedman, author

Phil Galfond, professional poker player

John Glenn, Senator and astronaut

Jeff Halpern (born 1976), NHL player, the first in league history to be raised in the American South

Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author

Ayman Hariri, Lebanese billionaire and son of Rafic Hariri

Leon Harris, anchor for WJLA-TV

Dwayne Haskins, football quarterback for the Washington Redskins

John Hendricks, founder and former chairman of Discovery Communications

Marillyn Hewson, chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin

E. Howard Hunt, author, CIA Officer and Watergate figure

Juwan Howard

Frank Islam, philanthropist and founder of QSS Group

Nurul Islam, Bangladeshi ex-minister, politician, and economist

Antawn Jamison, NBA player

Yahya Jammeh, President of Gambia

Dhani Jones, NFL player

Eddie Jordan, former NBA coach

Joseph P. Kennedy, Ambassador to the United Kingdom, resided at Marwood Manor

Olaf Kolzig

Ted Koppel, former ABC News anchor

Ryan Kuehl, NFL player

Sachiko Kuno, patron of the arts and pharmaceutical tycoon, appeared on Forbes' list of Wealthiest Self-Made Women

Paul Laudicina, Chairman and CEO of A.T. Kearney

Richard Kane, President and CEO of International Limousine Service

Sugar Ray Leonard, professional and Olympic champion boxer

Ted Leonsis, owner of the NHL's Washington Capitals, NBA's Washington Wizards, and WNBA's Washington Mystics

Ted Lerner, owner of Lerner Enterprises and MLB's Washington Nationals

Bruce Levenson, owner of NBA's Atlanta Hawks

Barry Levinson, Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter

Liza Levy, Jewish community activist

Chelsea Manning, convicted of violating the Espionage Act

J.W. Marriott, Jr., billionaire executive of Marriott International

Mac McGarry, host of the Washington and Charlottesville, Virginia, versions of It's Academic

Nana Meriwether, Miss Maryland USA 2012, Miss USA 2012 (succeeded)

Serge Mombouli, Ambassador of Congo 2000-2010

Taylor Momsen, actress from CW TV series Gossip Girl

Alonzo Mourning, NBA player

Dikembe Mutombo, NBA player

Gheorghe Muresan, NBA player

George Muresan, Aspiring Doctor and Future Baller

Rachel Nichols, sports journalist, CNN anchor

Queen Noor of Jordan, Queen Consort of Jordan, widow of Hussein of Jordan

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea

Farah Pahlavi, former Queen of Iran

Reza Pahlavi II, Crown Prince of Iran

Issa Rae, writer, actress, director, producer, author. Co-creator of Insecure.

Mitchell Rales, Chairman of the Danaher Corporation

Eric Billings, co-founder of Friedman Billings Ramsey

Rosa Rios, Treasurer of the United States

David Ritz, owner of Ritz Camera

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, United States President, occupied Marwood Mansion during the summer

Greg Rosenbaum, co-founder of The Carlyle Group

Pete Sampras, tennis player (moved to California at age 7)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy; mother of Maria Shriver

Sargent Shriver, husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver; founder of the Peace Corps; former Ambassador to France

Topper Shutt, Chief Meteorologist for WUSA-TV

Donnie Simpson, WPGC 95.5 radio personality; former BET VJ

Daniel Snyder, owner of the NFL's Washington Redskins; former Chairman of the Board of Six Flags

Sylvester Stallone, actor

Darren Star

Tim Sweeney, video game developer, founder of Epic Games

David Trone, businessman and U.S. Congressman

Mike Tyson

John Wall, NBA player for the Washington Wizards

Mark A. Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO of EY

Robert Wexler, U.S. Congressman

Buck Williams, NBA player

Gary Williams, former head coach of University of Maryland's basketball team

Willie J. Williams, NFL player

Sara Walsh

Sara Elizabeth Walsh (born April 12, 1978) is an American sportscaster who worked for ESPN from 2010-2017. Walsh came to ESPN from WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., where she served as the station’s weekend sports anchor and Redskins beat reporter from 2006 to 2010. Prior to WUSA, Walsh worked at WKRN in Nashville from 2003 to 2006, winning four regional Emmys in three years. She co-hosted the weekly Monday Night Live with Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, and hosted a weekly radio show with then Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Walsh also served as Sports Director at WPGA in Macon, Georgia from 2001 to 2003, and began her career as a sports writer for the Beaches Leader newspaper in Jacksonville Beach.

She was an anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter until May 4, 2017, when she was let go by the network. She was hired as a reporter for the 2018–19 NFL season by FOX Sports. She will also serve as a studio host for their NASCAR coverage.

Todd McDermott

Todd McDermott (b April 6, 1966) is a multi-Emmy Award winning television journalist who has worked in several top television markets .

McDermott is a Buffalo, New York native, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Canisius College in Buffalo.

From 2000 to 2004, he anchored the 5pm and weekend evening newscasts for the CBS flagship station in New York City, WCBS-TV. His tenure included anchoring coverage of the September 11th, 2001 attacks in Lower Manhattan. His reporting and anchoring from Ground Zero on the one year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks helped win him an Associated Press Award for outstanding reporting. While working for CBS in New York, he also reported for and served as an occasional host and anchor for the CBS Early Show and the CBS Morning News.

From September 2004 until September 2008, McDermott co-anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscast on WUSA (TV) in Washington, DC. McDermott was paired with Tracey Neale for the first three years until January 4, 2008, and then was paired with Lesli Foster. During his time at WUSA, he anchored live from the Pentagon on the 5th anniversary of 9/11, live from the White House for the Presidential inauguration, as well as from the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall for multiple State of the Union Addresses. Todd won an Emmy for Best Anchor in the Washington DC/Baltimore region, after multiple nominations as an anchor in D.C. and at WMAR-TV in Baltimore in the late 1990s, including a nomination for his live coverage from Washington D.C. of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.After leaving WUSA, Todd joined WPXI-TV, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, as co-anchor of the weekday morning and noon newscasts. In October 2012, he moved to co-anchor the weeknight newscasts at WPBF, the ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida. Todd's first day at WPBF was October 22, the same day that Lynn University in Boca Raton hosted the third and final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

In January 2015, McDermott led a team from WPBF-TV to Havana, Cuba to report live on historic diplomatic talks between the Obama administration and the Castro regime. During that time, McDermott and his coworkers gained unprecedented (at the time) access to the Cuban people in their homes. The resulting hour-long documentary, "Cuba Unlocked" was reported, written, and produced by McDermott. "Cuba Unlocked" won an Emmy in the Miami/Orlando/West Palm region for Outstanding News Special.

WOIC

WOIC may refer to:

WISW, a radio station (1320 AM) licensed to Columbia, South Carolina, United States which used the call letters WOIC from 1953 to 1989

WPCO, a radio station (1230 AM) licensed to Columbia, South Carolina, United States, which used the call sign WOIC from 1989 to 2018

WUSA (TV), a television station (channel 9 digital) licensed to Washington, D.C., United States, which used the call sign WOIC from 1949 to 1950

WUSA

WUSA may refer to:

Women's United Soccer Association (defunct), the world's first women's professional association football league, based in the United States

WUSA (film), a 1970 drama film

WUSA (TV), a television station (channel 9 digital) broadcasting in Washington, D.C., United States

WMTX, a radio station (100.7 FM) licensed to Tampa, Florida, United States, which used the call sign WUSA-FM from June 1986 to December 1996

KARE (TV), a television station (channel 11 digital) licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, which used the call sign WUSA from July 1985 to June 1986

Wollongong Undergraduate Students' Association, the elected student representative organisation, for undergraduate students, at the University of Wollongong, Australia

Warner Wolf

Warner William Wolf (born November 11, 1937) is an American television and radio sports broadcaster, perhaps best known as a local news sports anchor in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and for his catchphrase "Let's go to the videotape!"

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