WZTV

WZTV, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 15), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, as part of a duopoly with MyNetworkTV affiliate WUXP-TV (channel 30); Sinclair also operates CW affiliate WNAB (channel 58) under an outsourcing agreement with owner Tennessee Broadcasting. The three stations share studios on Mainstream Drive along the Cumberland River and transmitter facilities along I-24 in Whites Creek.

WZTV
Wztv 2010
Nashville, Tennessee
United States
BrandingFox 17 (general)
Fox 17 News (newscasts)
SloganWe Are Fox 17
ChannelsDigital: 15 (UHF)
(to move to 20 (UHF))
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Affiliations17.1: Fox
17.2: TBD
17.3: Antenna TV
OwnerSinclair Broadcast Group
(WZTV Licensee, LLC)
First air dateAugust 5, 1968
(original incarnation)
March 6, 1976
(current incarnation)
Call letters' meaningWe're Zenith TeleVision
Sister station(s)WNAB, WUXP-TV
Former callsignsWMCV (1968–1971)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
17 (UHF, 1968–1971, 1976–2009)
Former affiliationsPrimary:
Independent (1968–1971, 1976–1990)
Secondary:
FNN (1981–1985)
DT2:
WeatherNation TV (2014–2017)
Transmitter power1,000 kW
Height411 m (1,348 ft)
Facility ID418
Transmitter coordinates36°15′49.8″N 86°47′38.9″W / 36.263833°N 86.794139°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitefox17.com

History

First independent station in Nashville

The station originally began broadcasting on August 5, 1968 as WMCV from a small studio in West Nashville.[1] It was the area's first UHF station, as well as the state's first independent station. Not surprisingly with three well-established network affiliates in the market, WMCV did not attract many advertisers and relied mainly on old movies, cartoons, religious programs, and syndicated fare. Additionally, the Nashville market is a fairly large market geographically; UHF stations usually do not carry very well over long distances. Many area households probably did not have sets capable of receiving the station's signal anyway. This was very typical of UHF start-ups in the late-1960s and early-1970s. WMCV went off the air on March 10, 1971. After a false start ended hopes for a 1974 return, new owner Reel Broadcasting brought the station back as WZTV on March 6, 1976, initially branding it as "Z TV" and later "Z 17".

Second attempt as an independent station

WZTV's first several years showed far more promise than WMCV ever did. With wealthier ownership, it was able to buy the rights to college basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball supplementing the usual independent syndicated program assortment such as cartoons, classic sitcoms, older movies, westerns, and reruns of old network dramas. Even though the station placed ads in TV Guide in 1979 and 1980 offering assistance to Middle Tennessee viewers who had problems receiving its UHF signal, the problem became mostly a moot one as many households could now view the station clearly via cable.

In the early 1980s, WZTV was sold to Multimedia, which owned several NBC and CBS affiliates around the country. WZTV soon got some competition in the form of Murfreesboro-based WFYZ (channel 39), which took to the air in 1983. Soon after, in 1984, TVX Broadcast Group signed on WCAY-TV (channel 30). However, WZTV not only remained the dominant independent station in Middle Tennessee, but was the only one that was profitable.

Nashville was only a medium-sized market at the time, and by 1985, it was obvious that it was not big enough for three independent stations. However, Multimedia and TVX had more resources than Murfreesboro TV Corporation, owners of WFYZ, could possibly hope to match. With this scenario, channel 39 opted to broadcast only music videos (similar to MTV). Later that year, the Christian Television Network bought WFYZ and switched it to an all-religious format in 1986 under new calls, WHTN. WZTV then acquired most of WFYZ's former shows.

In 1988, Multimedia sold WZTV to Act III Broadcasting, who had a reputation for buying its competitors' stronger programming inventory. However, this strategy wasn't successful in Nashville, since TVX was far wealthier than Act III's competition in most other markets. In 1987, TVX affiliated all of its stations, including WCAY, with the newly launched Fox network. However, WCAY did not get a substantial ratings boost. TVX bought Taft Broadcasting's five non-Big Three stations later that year; two of these stations were Fox affiliates, while the other three were independent. TVX acquired massive debt as well, and was forced to sell some of its underperforming medium-market stations to service the new debt. WCAY and sister station WMKW in Memphis were sold to MT Communications. After the sale was complete, WCAY changed its call sign to WXMT.

As a Fox affiliate

The deal between Fox and TVX had one catch. If one of TVX's underperforming stations (like WCAY/WXMT) was sold, that station could lose its Fox affiliation. As a result, in 1990, Fox pulled its affiliation from WXMT and moved it to WZTV. Act III was not done yet. The company approached MT about buying WXMT's syndicated programming inventory and moving it to WZTV, which would have left WXMT with only religious shows and Home Shopping Network programming. MT initially agreed, but backed out of the deal a few days later. He came up with another idea in which WXMT would sell its sitcoms, dramas and movies to WZTV, while WXMT would keep barter shows and cartoons. The deal closed in mid-February, around the same time that WZTV changed its on-air name to the current "Fox 17".

Over the years, WZTV's schedule began migrating towards more first-run talk, court, and reality shows. Most of channel 17's sitcoms and cartoons moved to WXMT around this time. In 1994, Act III merged with Abry Communications. Only a year later, Sinclair Broadcast Group bought most of Abry's stations, including WZTV. Sinclair then entered into a local marketing agreement (LMA) with channel 30, which was now UPN affiliate WUXP. Most of WZTV's sitcoms and cartoons moved to WUXP; Sinclair eventually bought that station outright in 2001. Fox discontinued its weekday cartoon block in 2001, allowing its affiliates to add even more first-run syndicated shows. Today, WZTV offers Fox programming, first-run reality, talk and court shows, and recent sitcoms.

On May 15, 2012, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fox agreed to a five-year extension to the network's affiliation agreement with Sinclair's 19 Fox stations, including WZTV, that will run through 2017.[2]

Averted loss of Fox affiliation; near-sale to Fox

On May 8, 2017, Sinclair announced that it would acquire Tribune Media for $3.9 billion.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] The deal has brought concerns by Fox who see Sinclair as a competitor towards conservative-leaning news, as well as increased leverage by Sinclair on reverse compensation to air Fox programming.

On August 2, 2017, it was reported that Fox Television Stations was in talks with Ion Media to create a joint venture that would own their respective stations. The partnership was said to include plans to shift affiliations from Sinclair stations in favor of Ion-owned stations, such as those whose affiliation agreements are soon to expire.[14] In Nashville's case, this would include shifting Fox from WZTV to WNPX-TV (channel 28). In the event that WZTV loses its Fox affiliation, the station may return to independent status.

The chances of WZTV keeping its Fox affiliation increased in October 2017 when Ion elected its stations to have must-carry status instead of retransmission consent, which the FCC ruled Ion must keep for three years. However, must-carry only applies to a main signal, allowing Fox to possibly affiliate with a digital subchannel on WNPX-TV and other Ion stations.[15]

On December 6, 2017, it was reported that Sinclair and Fox were working on a deal that would see its Fox affiliates renew their affiliation agreement in exchange for Sinclair selling some of its Fox affiliates directly to Fox Television Stations. The deal would have seen between six and ten Fox affiliates owned by Sinclair and Tribune (all in markets with an NFL team) become Fox owned-and-operated stations. It was not known if WZTV will be one of the stations sold, although the stations being sold to Fox were expected to be from Tribune Media (notably KCPQ in Seattle, where Sinclair already owns KOMO-TV), many of which were previously owned by Fox.[16] On May 9, 2018, Sinclair announced that seven Fox affiliates would be sold to FTS, but WZTV was not included and an affiliation renewal was announced for that station instead, keeping WZTV with Sinclair.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[17]
17.1 720p 16:9 WZTVFOX Main WZTV programming / Fox
17.2 480i TBD TBD
17.3 4:3 Ant. TV Antenna TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

WZTV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 17, on February 17, 2009, which was intended to be the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The deadline was moved to June 12, 2009, but the station decided to convert on the original deadline.[18] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15.[19][20] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 17.

Subchannels

WZTV-DT2

WZTV-DT2 was initially a standard definition simulcast of the main channel from its 2008 launch until the subchannel was temporarily deleted in 2010. On October 27, 2014, WeatherNation TV and Sinclair Broadcasting signed an affiliation agreement to carry that network on a subchannel of Baltimore sister station and fellow Fox affiliate WBFF-TV, which is Sinclair's flagship station. Additional Sinclair-owned stations were added to the agreement. WZTV-DT2 began carrying WeatherNation TV on December 16, 2014.[21] On June 1, 2017, WeatherNation TV was replaced with TBD, a Pop Culture & Documentary Network devoted to the Internet.

WZTV-DT3

On January 1, 2016, WZTV-DT3 launched as the station's third digital subchannel, and became an affiliate of Tribune Broadcasting-owned Antenna TV, thus stripping the affiliation with WRTN-LD3. This is part of a new deal between Sinclair and Tribune for the carriage of Antenna TV on the subchannels of Sinclair-owned and/or operated stations.[22]

Programming

General programming

In addition to the Fox network schedule, Syndicated programming on WZTV, as of September 2017, includes Daily Mail TV, Entertainment Tonight, Hot Bench, Judge Judy, and Jeopardy! (the program's carriage by WZTV being a rarity for a Fox affiliate).[23] In a particular example from this list, the Nashville market is one of the few that carries Jeopardy! on a separate station because Wheel of Fortune airs on ABC affiliate WKRN-TV (channel 2). The station does not air the Xploration Station children's educational programming block.

Sports programming

WZTV was the television home of Nashville Sounds baseball from 1982 to 1992.[24]

Current sports programming

WZTV, along with sister station WUXP carry the locally produced sports program, Titans All Access, a 30-minute game preview show hosted by famed Tennessee Titans Radio personality Mike Keith. It provides highlights behind the scenes of the games, and analysis and predictions for the next game that is played after the broadcast of this program.[25] Since the Fox network's sports division carries the NFC package, the only time WZTV carries any Titans games (as they have since 1997, when the team was still known as the Tennessee Oilers, and at least two games a season) is when they play a home game against an NFC opponent because the Titans play in the AFC or, since 2014, if a Titans game is flex-scheduled from CBS to Fox to balance both networks' schedules.

In some occasions mainly during the month of March, WZTV may air some Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball games from the ACC Network by Raycom Sports in the event that WUXP's sports schedules conflict between ACC Network games and the TSSAA state high school basketball championships and/or American Sports Network's Ohio Valley Conference and/or Conference USA basketball packages. Those scheduling conflicts usually only ensue on weekends. WNAB or one of WUXP's digital subchannels may also pick up some C-USA programming from ASN since that station is considered one of ASN's alternate affiliates in Nashville.

Thursday Night Football simulcast

WZTV previously simulcast all of the Titans appearances on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football if they were to be scheduled during any week between 9-17. WZTV also simulcast TNF appearances of the Titans at any time during the season, but this changed in 2014, when CBS partnered up with the NFL Network to simulcast TNF in weeks 2-9. As a result, WZTV's simulcasting of any Tennessee Titans game on TNF was limited to if the Titans have TNF games scheduled for weeks 9-17 (second half of regular season), with local CBS station WTVF showing Thursday night games during weeks 2-9 in the first half of the season, regardless of the teams involved.[26] Beginning with the Tennessee Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars game on November 19, 2015, WTVF simulcast all of the team's TNF appearances to go along with the network's TNF simulcasts in the early half of the season. Beginning with the 2018 season, WZTV broadcasts TNF games as part of Fox's rights to the package.

News operation

WZTV broadcasts 34½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 6½ hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). On July 7, 1997, WZTV premiered a half-hour prime time newscast called Fox News at 9 that aired Sunday through Friday evenings and was produced by ABC affiliate WKRN-TV (channel 2) through a news share agreement, as a result of a demand from Fox that its affiliates air local newscasts. This station was one of the few Fox stations in the top 50 markets that did not air any local news programming prior to the launch of the program. On July 9, 2000, the new share agreement with WKRN ended, and WZTV began production of their own newscasts.[27]

In 2004, WZTV began incorporating national news and sports, and local weather segments from Sinclair's News Central division into its newscast, which were based at the company's headquarters in Hunt Valley, Maryland; the station retained anchors and reporters to provide local news stories for the broadcasts. That year, it also launched a half-hour newscast at 10 p.m., Fox 17 News: Late Edition, to compete against late night newscasts from Nashville's big three network affiliates (WKRN-TV, WSMV-TV and WTVF). This came around the time that most Fox stations in larger markets were adding newscasts at 10 p.m. Central (11 p.m. Eastern). After News Central was shut down in March 2006, WZTV reformatted the program as Fox 17 News at 10 adding local sports and expanding the local news and weather segments, resulting in the hiring of additional on-air staff members.

On September 11, 2011, WZTV became the third station in the Nashville market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. This included a new news set designed by Devlin Design Group as well as an updated logo, which now uses a red, white and blue color scheme.

At one point in September 2014, WZTV began airing a 30-minute newscast that began at 5:30 p.m.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Fox News at Nine (July 7, 1997 – July 5, 2000) [28]
  • Fox 17 News (July 6, 2000–present) [28]
  • Tennessee Mornings (morning newscast; 2006–2013)
  • Fox 17 This Morning (morning newscast; 2013–present)

Out-of-market coverage

South-central Kentucky

Since the Bowling Green, Kentucky media market didn't have a Fox affiliate of its own, WZTV was the default Fox affiliate for that area on cable from 1990 to January 1992, when WKNT became that market's first Fox affiliate. After WKNT (now WNKY) became an NBC affiliate on March 27, 2001, WZTV once again became Bowling Green's default Fox affiliate for a second time on cable and over-the-air. On September 5, 2006, Bowling Green area ABC affiliate WBKO began to broadcast Fox programming on a new second digital subchannel. However, in spite of the existence of WBKO-DT2, Mediacom still offers WZTV on its cable systems in Butler and Edmonson counties, including Morgantown and Brownsville, respectively.[29]

WZTV's over-the-air signal can still be picked up in select areas of the Bowling Green market, and it had long been available on cable in that area, although providers in Glasgow and Munfordville actually piped in Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB. In addition, WZTV also remains on WesternCable, the on-campus cable system fed to classrooms and residence halls at Western Kentucky University.[30]

Northern Alabama

From 1979 to sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s, WZTV was also carried on certain cable systems in the Huntsville, Alabama market along with Nashville's big three stations (WTVF, WSMV [as WSM-TV] and WKRN). They were all gradually dropped sometime in the 1980s and early 1990s as new national cable channels launched over time.[31]

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Channel 15 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 15 in the United States:

K08MM-D in Bakersfield, California

K15AA-D in Hugo, Oklahoma

K15AG-D in Ninilchik, Alaska

K15AL-D in Winnemucca, Nevada

K15AS-D in Saco, Montana

K15BP-D in Grants Pass, Oregon

K15CD-D in Mayfield, Utah

K15CR-D in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

K15CU-D in Salinas, California

K15CX-D in Oroville, California

K15DD-D in Wichita, Kansas

K15DS-D in Newport, etc., Oregon

K15ED-D in Waunita Hot Springs, Colorado

K15EE-D in Elko, Nevada

K15EM-D in Escalante, Utah

K15FD-D in Holyoke, Colorado

K15FL-D in Park City, Utah

K15FQ-D in Milford, etc., Utah

K15FT-D in Roswell, New Mexico

K15FV-D in Red River, New Mexico

K15GI-D in Fremont, Utah

K15GL-D in Trinidad, Valdez, etc., Colorado

K15GO-D in Georgetown, Idaho

K15GT in Hibbing, Minnesota

K15GU-D in Dove Creek, etc., Colorado

K15GZ-D in Wendover, Utah

K15HC-D in Quemado/Pie Town, New Mexico

K15HD-D in Taos, New Mexico

K15HE-D in Hatch, Utah

K15HG-D in Mount Pleasant, Utah

K15HH-D in Green River, Utah

K15HJ-D in Ridgecrest, etc., California

K15HK-D in Sheridan, Wyoming

K15HL-D in Cherokee & Alva, Oklahoma

K15HM-D in Montezuma Crk./Aneth, Utah

K15HN-D in Bluff & area, Utah

K15HQ-D in Sayre, Oklahoma

K15HU-D in Lakeview, Oregon

K15HV-D in Chico, California

K15HY-D in Williams-Ashfork, Arizona

K15HZ-D in Caineville, Utah

K15IA-D in Orderville, Utah

K15IB-D in Malad, Idaho

K15IC-D in Weed, California

K15IF-D in Basalt, Colorado

K15IG-D in Deming, New Mexico

K15II-D in Newcastle, Wyoming

K15IL-D in John Day, Oregon

K15IM-D in Brookings, etc., Oregon

K15IO-D in McCall & New Meadows, Idaho

K15IX-D in Rainier, Oregon

K15IY-D in Heron, Montana

K15IZ-D in Edgemont, South Dakota

K15JA-D in Harlowton, etc., Montana

K15JG-D in Scottsburg, Oregon

K15JO-D in Chama, New Mexico

K15JV-D in Mexican Hat, Utah

K15JZ-D in Applegate Valley, Oregon

K15KB-D in Squaw Valley, Oregon

K15KE-D in Klamath Falls, etc., Oregon

K15KG-D in Eads, etc., Colorado

K15KJ-D in Gold Hill, Oregon

K15KM-D in Sundance, Wyoming

K15KN-D in Roseburg, Oregon

K15KY-D in Richfield, etc., Utah

K15LB-D in Red Lodge, Montana

K15LG-D in Hawthorne, Nevada

K39CH-D in Redwood Falls, Minnesota

K39CT in Cottonwood, etc., Idaho

K40LF-D in Philipsburg, Montana

K41GG-D in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

K45CS-D in Lewistown, Montana

K48IA-D in Poplar, Montana

K51DB-D in Cortez, etc., Colorado

K51LO-D in Mt. Powell, New Mexico

KAVU-TV in Victoria, Texas

KBSV in Ceres, California

KCEC in Boulder, Colorado

KCIT in Amarillo, Texas

KEID-LD in Lufkin, Texas

KELV-LD in Las Vegas, Nevada

KFDM in Beaumont, Texas

KFOX-TV in El Paso, Texas

KFQX in Grand Junction, Colorado

KFXL-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska

KGFE in Grand Forks, North Dakota

KHOG-TV in Fayetteville, Arkansas

KHPZ-CD in Round Rock, Texas

KHQ-TV in Spokane, Washington

KJTL in Wichita Falls, Texas

KKJB in Boise, Idaho

KLMV-LD in Laredo, Texas

KMLM-DT in Odessa, Texas

KMOS-TV in Sedalia, Missouri

KNPB in Reno, Nevada

KNPB in Truckee/Lake Tahoe, Nevada

KNPN-LD in Saint Joseph, Missouri

KNXV-TV in Phoenix, Arizona

KORY-CD in Eugene, Oregon

KPIF in Pocatello, Idaho

KPOB-TV in Poplar Bluff, Missouri

KREZ-TV in Durango, Colorado

KSAW-LD in Twin Falls, Idaho

KSBY in San Luis Obispo, California

KSMN in Worthington, Minnesota

KSPR-LD in Springfield, Missouri

KSRE in Minot, North Dakota

KTAL-TV in Texarkana, Texas

KTBO-TV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

KTEL-CD in Albuquerque, New Mexico

KUKL-TV in Kalispell, Montana

KUPU in Waimanalo, Hawaii

KUTO-LD in Logan, Utah

KVCW in Las Vegas, Nevada

KVVK-CD in Kennewick, etc., Washington

KVVV-LD in Houston, Texas

KWJM-LD in Rochester, Minnesota

KXVA in Abilene, Texas

KYOU-TV in Ottumwa, Iowa

KYUK-LD in Bethel, Alaska

W15BU-D in Johnson City, Illinois

W15CM-D in Orient City, Florida

W15CO-D in Towanda, Pennsylvania

W15CW-D in Franklin, North Carolina

W15DJ-D in Sister Bay, Wisconsin

W15EF-D in Sparta, North Carolina

W45CI-D in Ashland, Wisconsin

W50EA-D in Memphis, Tennessee

WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida

WBNF-CD in Buffalo, New York

WCYD-LD in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

WCZA-LD in Marion, Indiana

WDCQ-TV in Bad Axe, Michigan

WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio

WFDC-DT in Arlington, Virginia

WFDE-LD in Champaign, Illinois

WFXW in Greenville, Mississippi

WGGD-LD in Gainesville, Georgia

WHLA-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin

WILM-LD in Wilmington, North Carolina

WKME-CD in Kissimmee, Florida

WKMR in Morehead, Kentucky

WLLB-LD in Portland, Maine

WNCB-LD in Fayetteville, North Carolina

WNFT-LD in Gainesville, Florida

WNOL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana

WNSC-TV in Rock Hill, South Carolina

WPMI-TV in Mobile, Alabama

WPSU-TV in Clearfield, Pennsylvania

WRBL in Columbus, Georgia

WREP-LD in Martinsville, Indiana

WRPX-TV in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

WSEC in Jacksonville, Illinois

WSFD-LD in Perry, Florida

WSPX-TV in Syracuse, New York

WSSF-LD in Fayette, Alabama

WTIN-TV in Ponce, Puerto Rico

WUDW-LD in Crozet, Virginia

WXSP-CD in Grand Rapids, Michigan

WYAM-LD in Priceville, Alabama

WYYW-CD in Evansville, Indiana

WZTV in Nashville, TennesseeThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 15:

WWJS-CD in Clarksville, Indiana

Channel 17 virtual TV stations in the United States

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

K12QZ-D in San Luis Obispo, California

K17BV-D in Redwood Falls, Minnesota

K17DL-D in Branson, Missouri

K17DU-D in Christmas Valley, Oregon

K17ED-D in Payette, Idaho

K17FU-D in Marshfield, Missouri

K17GD-D in Paso Robles, California

K17GE-D in Dove Creek, etc., Colorado

K17GJ in Twentynine Palms, California

K17HI-D in Amarillo, Texas

K17II-D in Logan, Utah

K17JJ-D in Cortez, Colorado

K17JN-D in Enid, Oklahoma

K17KW-D in Gettysburg, South Dakota

K17LM-D in Yuma, Arizona

K17MW-D in St. James, Minnesota

K26OH-D in Roseau, Minnesota

K47OQ-D in Alexandria, Minnesota

KAAS-LP in Garden City, Kansas

KABH-CD in Bend, Oregon

KBMY in Bismarck, North Dakota

KBNT-CD in San Diego, California

KDOR-TV in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

KDSM-TV in Des Moines, Iowa

KEEN-CD in Las Vegas, Nevada

KGET-TV in Bakersfield, California

KGLU-LD in Ottumwa, Iowa

KHJL-LD in Rapid City, South Dakota

KIDU-LD in Brownwood, Texas

KJRW in Eureka, California

KLDF-CD in Lompoc, California

KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri

KMOL-LD in Victoria, Texas

KMPH-CD in Merced-Mariposa, California

KNIC-DT in Blanco, Texas

KNTS-LP in Natchitoches, Louisiana

KOCW in Hoisington, Kansas

KODG-LP in Palm Springs, California

KPCB-DT in Snyder, Texas

KSAS-LP in Dodge City, Kansas

KSBB-CD in Santa Barbara, California

KSWL-LD in Lake Charles, Louisiana

KVAT-LD in Austin, Texas

KVDO-LD in Albany, Oregon

KWVT-LD in Salem, Oregon

KYTL-LD in Twin Falls, Idaho

W09CZ-D in Roslyn, New York

W17CT-D in Manteo, North Carolina

W17DF-D in Muskegon, Michigan

W17DL-D in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

W23ER-D in Poughkeepsie, New York

W31BX-D in Danville, Illinois

W40CV-D in Jacksonville, Illinois

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

W42AX-D in Bakersville, North Carolina

W42CB-D in Hesperia, Michigan

W44DW-D in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

W45AA-D in Columbia, Mississippi

W51EE-D in Marion, North Carolina

WALE-LD in Montgomery, Alabama

WAND in Decatur, Illinois

WBKH-LD in Port Charlotte, Florida

WCWJ in Jacksonville, Florida

WDBB in Bessemer, Alabama

WDEM-CD in Columbus, Ohio

WDLI-TV in Canton, Ohio

WDYI-LD in Macon, Georgia

WEWA-LD in Wewahitchka, Florida

WIIH-CD in Indianapolis, Indiana

WKTD-CD in Portsmouth, Virginia

WLRN-TV in Miami, Florida

WMAU-TV in Bude, Mississippi

WMHT in Schenectady, New York

WNCN in Goldsboro, North Carolina

WNDT-CD in Manhattan, New York

WNED-TV in Buffalo, New York

WOIW-LD in Lima, Ohio

WPCH-TV in Atlanta, Georgia

WPGF-LD in Memphis, Tennessee

WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WQFT-LD in Ocala, Florida

WRLW-CD in Salem, Indiana

WTVO in Rockford, Illinois

WUMN-LD in Minneapolis, Minnesota

WUNE-TV in Linville, North Carolina

WVMA-CD in Winchendon, Massachusetts

WVXF in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

WXMI in Grand Rapids, Michigan

WXVT-LD in Cleveland, Mississippi

WZTV in Nashville, Tennessee

George Plaster

George Plaster (born May 7, 1959 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a sports administrator and former sports broadcast personality. He currently serves as associate athletic director at Belmont University.In May 2019 it was announced that Plaster would be leaving Belmont and returning to hosting a weekday sports talk program, to be entitled (as were several of his previous programs) SportsNight, beginning in July 2019 on WSM-AM..

Plaster worked for 102.5 FM "The Game" (WPRT-FM) in Nashville, and hosted an afternoon drive-time (3 to 6 PM Central Time show, SportsNight, with former Vanderbilt Commodores basketball and baseball player and former minor league baseball player Willy Daunic and Darren McFarland. He is also the former host of The Sports Zone, a daily afternoon sports talk radio program broadcasting on WGFX-FM (104.5 The Zone) in Nashville, Tennessee. Plaster had hosted the show since shortly after its 2003 inception until leaving WGFX in September 2011, and for ten years prior, hosted SportsNight, a similar program on WWTN-FM. Plaster also formerly hosted The State Auto SportsZone, a weekly television show that airs on Sunday nights from August to May on WZTV.

List of Nashville Sounds broadcasters

The Nashville Sounds Minor League Baseball team has played in Nashville, Tennessee, since its establishment in 1978. The team was created as an expansion team of the Double-A Southern League, but moved to the Triple-A American Association in 1985 and to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL) in 1998. In the history of the franchise, the Sounds have employed seven play-by-play announcers to provide running commentary for their games' radio broadcasts on thirteen radio stations.

During the inaugural 1978 season, Sounds games were broadcast on WMTS by station owner Monte Hale, who also called football and basketball games for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. WMTS, located some 30 miles (48 km) away in Murfreesboro, was selected because it was the only station to make a firm offer to purchase broadcasting rights. The team and station received numerous complaints from listeners who were unable to pick up the signal in Nashville and surrounding communities. In response, the team switched to WKDA, which had wider reception, in 1979. This was the first of many such times the team would switch stations to either broaden the reach of their broadcasts or for business reasons. Along with a new station for 1979, Bob Jamison of the International League's Richmond Braves was hired to announce games. He was behind the microphone for Nashville's 1979 and 1982 Southern League championship seasons. In 1980 and 1982, Jamison was recognized as the Southern League Broadcaster of the Year. He was also chosen to represent the American Association on the 1990 Triple-A All-Star Game broadcast team. Jamison served as the Sounds' play-by-play voice for 12 years until being hired to fill the same role with Major League Baseball's California Angels in 1991.The announcer's seat was then filled by Steve Carroll, who had spent the previous three seasons with the Southern League's Huntsville Stars. He helped call the 1994 Triple-A All-Star Game, which was held at Nashville's Herschel Greer Stadium. Carroll left to become the radio voice of the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers after the 1995 campaign. Steve Selby, another former Huntsville announcer, moved up to Nashville in 1996. Chuck Valenches, formerly an assistant broadcaster with Selby over the two previous seasons and of the Southern League's Jacksonville Suns for two years prior to that, was promoted to the lead role in 2000. He was the PCL's representative on the 2001 Triple-A All-Star Game broadcast team. Valenches called the Sounds' 2005 PCL championship season as well as two perfect games by Nashville pitchers: one by John Wasdin in 2003 and one by Manny Parra in 2007. Stu Paul, who had been with the Texas League's San Antonio Missions for nine seasons, was hired to call games beginning in 2010. Jeff Hem became the team's play-by-play announcer in 2012 after serving in the same capacity with the Midwest League's Kane County Cougars for seven seasons. He was on the call for the Sounds's final season at Greer Stadium in 2014 and their first season at First Tennessee Park in 2015.From 1978 to 1999, games were sporadically televised in the Nashville market. The first game to be shown live from Greer was the September 1, 1978, inaugural season home finale on WDCN. In 1979, five road games were scheduled for broadcast on WNGE. From 1982 to 1992, games occasionally aired on WZTV, including ten games in 1983 and 1984, eight games in 1987, and four games in 1988. WNPX broadcast five games in 1999. Excluding the 1979 season, when play-by-play commentary was handled by Dick Palmer, the Sounds' radio announcers also provided television commentary.As of 2019, all Sounds home and road games are broadcast on WNRQ-HD2 97.5 FM. Live audio broadcasts are also available online through the team's website and the MiLB First Pitch, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn apps. Games can be viewed through the MiLB.TV subscription feature of the official website of Minor League Baseball, with audio provided by a radio simulcast.

List of Tennessee Titans broadcasters

This is a list of all current broadcasters of content related to the Tennessee Titans, a National Football League franchise based in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.

List of stations owned or operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group

Sinclair Broadcast Group is the largest owner of television stations in the United States, currently owning or operating a total of 193 outlets across the country in 89 markets ranging in size from as large as Washington, D.C. to as small as Ottumwa, Iowa–Kirksville, Missouri.The stations are affiliates of various television networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC,Fox and The CW as well as numerous specialty channels.

Many stations are owned outright by the company, while others are owned by legally distinct companies but operated by Sinclair through a local marketing agreement, a concept Sinclair pioneered in Pittsburgh in 1991 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) forbade duopolies. (The stations involved in the initial deal, WPGH-TV and WPTT — now WPNT — are now both owned by Sinclair outright.) Sinclair has established local marketing agreements with various companies, most notably Cunningham Broadcasting and Deerfield Media.On December 3, 2018, Sinclair's biggest competitor, Nexstar Media Group announced their intent to buy Tribune Media, after a bid by Sinclair to acquire that company was rejected earlier in the year.

List of television stations in Tennessee

This is a list of broadcast television stations serving cities in the U.S. state of Tennessee.

Media in Bowling Green, Kentucky

-Bowling Green, Kentucky is the 182nd largest media market in the United States, with roughly 78,870 homes, 0.069% of all homes in the United States. As of 2010, the Bowling Green DMA comprises Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Metcalfe, and Warren Counties in Kentucky.

News Central

News Central is an American series of primetime newscast television programs on television stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. The programs mixed locally produced news with nationally produced news and an opinion segment from Sinclair's Hunt Valley, Maryland studios, along with weather segments customized for each market also originating from Hunt Valley. News Central was broadcast between October 2002 and March 2006.

River City Broadcasting

River City Broadcasting L.P. was a major television and radio station operator in mid-sized markets in the United States, based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Titans All Access

Titans All Access is a magazine-style television program that focuses on the Tennessee Titans, the National Football League franchise based in Nashville, Tennessee. Hosted by Titans Radio Network on-air personality Mike Keith, along with Amie Wells, the show is produced by Fox Television affiliate station WZTV in association with the franchise. Episodes are aired during NFL Football season on either Friday, Saturdays, or Sundays, depending on the station.

It will premiere its 16th season at the beginning of the 2017 NFL season.

WHTN

WHTN, virtual channel 39 (UHF digital channel 38), is a religious television station serving Nashville, Tennessee, United States that is licensed to Murfreesboro. It is owned by Clearwater, Florida-based Christian Television Network. WHTN's studios are located on Lebanon Road in Mount Juliet, and its transmitter is located on Lone Oak Road near Gladeville. WHTN offers 24-hour religious programming, much of which is produced either locally or at the CTN home base in Florida.

WKRN-TV

WKRN-TV, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 27), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by the Nexstar Media Group. WKRN's studios are located on Murfreesboro Road (U.S. Routes 41 and 70S) on Nashville's southeast side, and its transmitter is located in Forest Hills, Tennessee.

WNAB

WNAB, virtual channel 58 (UHF digital channel 23), is a CW-affiliated television station licensed to Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Owned by Tennessee Broadcasting, the station is operated by the Sinclair Broadcast Group under an outsourcing agreement, making it a sister station to Sinclair's duopoly of Fox affiliate WZTV (channel 17) and MyNetworkTV affiliate WUXP-TV (channel 30). The three stations share studios on Mainstream Drive along the Cumberland River and transmitter facilities along I-24 in Whites Creek.

WTVF

WTVF, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 25), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. WTVF's studios are located on James Robertson Parkway in downtown Nashville, and its transmitter is located north of downtown along I-24 near Whites Creek.

WUXP-TV

WUXP-TV, virtual channel 30 (UHF digital channel 21), is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, as part of a duopoly with Fox affiliate WZTV (channel 17); Sinclair also operates CW affiliate WNAB (channel 58) under an outsourcing agreement with owner Tennessee Broadcasting. The three stations share studios on Mainstream Drive along the Cumberland River and transmitter facilities along I-24 in Whites Creek.

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