WWSI

WWSI, virtual channel 62 (UHF digital channel 34), is a Telemundo-owned-and-operated television station serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States that is licensed to Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal, as part of a duopoly with Philadelphia-licensed NBC owned-and-operated station WCAU (channel 10); NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of locally based media firm Comcast, owns both networks, along with regional sports network NBC Sports Philadelphia. WWSI and WCAU share studios within the Comcast Technology Center on Arch Street in Center City, with some operations remaining at their former main studio at the corner of City Avenue and Monument Road in Bala Cynwyd, along the PhiladelphiaMontgomery county line. The two stations also share transmitter facilities in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.

WWSI
WWSI Logo
Mount Laurel, New Jersey/
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
CityMount Laurel, New Jersey
BrandingTelemundo 62 (general)
Noticiero Telemundo 62 (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 34 (UHF)
(shared with WCAU; to move to 28 (UHF)[1])
Virtual: 62 (PSIP)
Subchannels
OwnerNBCUniversal
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
First air dateJanuary 17, 2001
(in Atlantic City, New Jersey; license moved to Mount Laurel in 2018[2])
Call letters' meaningSI is Spanish for "yes"
Sister station(s)WCAU
NBC Sports Philadelphia
NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus
Former channel number(s)Analog:
62 (UHF, 2001–2009)
Digital:
49 (UHF, until 2018)
Transmitter power700 kW
618 kW (CP)
Height400.1 m (1,313 ft)
399.8 m (1,312 ft) (CP)
Facility ID23142
Transmitter coordinates40°2′30.1″N 75°14′10.1″W / 40.041694°N 75.236139°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.telemundo62.com

History

WWSI62
Former WWSI logo, used from 2004 to 2012.

Prior to the station's formal sign-on, channel 62's original owners held a construction permit under the WDKZ call letters beginning in 1989, which subsequently changed to WACI that same year. In 2000, the callsign on the license was changed to WPHA. The station formally signed on the air as WWSI on January 17, 2001, originally licensed to Atlantic City, New Jersey, with transmitter in Waterford Township.[3] It acquired the Telemundo affiliation for the Philadelphia market (originally seen on Wilmington, Delaware-based WTGI—channel 61, now Ion Television owned-and-operated station WPPX-TV—until 1998, then WTVE—channel 51—in Reading, Pennsylvania from 1998 to 2000). WWSI launched its website in 2007.

In January 2008, Hispanic Broadcasters Corporation agreed to sell WWSI to ZGS Communications for $10 million.[4] The sale to ZGS was finalized on March 11 of that year.

On March 21, 2013, NBCUniversal entered into an agreement to acquire WWSI from ZGS Communications for $20 million. Prior to the sale agreement, WWSI had been the largest station (in terms of market size) aligned with Telemundo that was not an owned-and-operated station of the network. The deal created a duopoly with NBC-owned Philadelphia station WCAU.[5] The sale was completed on July 2.[6]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
62.1 1080i 16:9 WWSI-DT Main WWSI programming / Telemundo
62.2 480i 4:3 T-Xitos TeleXitos[8]

Analog-to-digital conversion

WWSI discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 62, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 49.[9] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 62, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition. Until 2018, 49.3 (virtual 10.3) was utilized as a simulcast of WCAU. The sub-channel was signed on in order to keep NBC programming available in areas channel 10's main signal does not reach over the air after the network terminated their affiliation with Wildwood-licensed WMGM-TV.

Spectrum reallocation

On April 13, 2017, it was revealed that WWSI's over-the-air spectrum had been sold in the FCC's spectrum reallocation auction, fetching $125.9 million. WWSI did not sign off, but is sharing broadcast spectrum with sister station WCAU.[1] NBC stated that WCAU had a better signal than that of WWSI.[10]

News operation

Following the acquisition of WWSI, NBCUniversal announced plans to develop a news department for the station, with plans to debut half-hour newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. starting January 6, 2014.[11]

The newscasts, titled Noticiero Telemundo 62 began on January 13, 2014, one week from the original planned start date. The newscast name was later changed to WWSI Telemundo News for unknown reasons in late January. WWSI maintains its own control room, which then runs through WCAU's main Digital Operations Center.[12]

The station hired 15 staff members for its news operation (including journalists, reporters, producers, anchors and photographers).[13] On October 21, 2013, WWSI announced the hirings of Claribel Collazo (previously with Orlando Telemundo affiliate WTMO) as its assistant news director and Ramón Luis Zayas, former news anchor of Telemundo's morning program Un Nuevo Día, as anchor of the evening newscasts.[14] On November 3, 2014, the 14 Telemundo O&O's, including WWSI, launched a 5:30 p.m. newscast. This makes WWSI the first Spanish-language station in Philadelphia to have an hour-long evening newscast.

The station launched additional 6 a.m. and noon newscasts to lead into Telemundo's national morning and mid-day news programs on April 2, 2018.[15]

On October 21, 2018, Telemundo 62 debuted their new studio in the new Comcast Technology Center, the same day that NBC 10 debuted their new studio.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b All Purpose Exhibit for WWSI CP Application to Channel Share
  2. ^ Section 307(b) Showing for New COL of Mount Laurel, NJ
  3. ^ "Local Spanish TV channel on air". Courier-Post. 2 February 2001. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  5. ^ NBCUniversal doubles in Philadelphia with Telemundo outlet, Radio & Television Business Report, March 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Telemundo Closes On Purchase of WWSI TVNewsCheck, July 2, 2013
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WWSI
  8. ^ Malone, Michael. "Telemundo Station Group Launches Telexitos Multicast Net". www.broadcastingcable.com. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  9. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  10. ^ "NBC Makes Over $480 Million From Auction". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Telemundo's WWSI Gets Ready To Make News". TVNewsCheck. December 10, 2013.
  12. ^ http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-14/entertainment/46153137_1_news-programming-newscast-stations
  13. ^ "WWSI Philly Hiring 15 To Launch Local News". TVNewsCheck. September 11, 2013.
  14. ^ "Zayas to anchor upcoming Telemundo Philly newscast". Media Moves. October 21, 2013.
  15. ^ Miller, Mark (12 March 2018). "Telemundo's WWSI Adding Two Newscasts". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.newscaststudio.com/2018/10/25/nbc-10-telemundio-62-philadelphia-facility/

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