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WCTV is the CBS-affiliated television station for southwest Georgia and Tallahassee, Florida that is licensed to Thomasville, Georgia. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 46 from a transmitter in Metcalf along the Georgia and Florida state line. This is 609.6 meters high and is the tallest man-made structure in Georgia. Owned by Gray Television, the station has studios on Halstead Boulevard in Tallahassee along I-10. Syndicated programming on WCTV includes: Jeopardy![1], Wheel of Fortune and Oprah. It operates the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate on a second digital subchannel as well as Comcast digital cable channels 14 and 227.

WCTV
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Thomasville, Georgia-Tallahassee, Florida
Branding WCTV Eyewitness News
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channels Digital: 46 (UHF)
Subchannels 6.1 CBS

6.2 MyNetworkTV (Primary) Decades (Secondary)

Affiliations CBS (Primary: 1956-Present & Secondary to 1976)
Owner Gray Television

(Gray Television Licensee, Inc.)

First air date September 15, 1955
Call letters' meaning Capital TeleVision
Sister station(s) WSWG
Former channel number(s) Analog:

6 (1955-2009)

Former affiliations NBC (primary, 1955-1956)

CBS (secondary, 1955-1956) ABC (secondary, 1955-1976)

Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 566 m (1,857 ft)
Class DT

(Digital Television)

Facility ID 31590
Transmitter coordinates 30°40′14.2″N 83°56′25.5″W / 30.670611°N 83.940417°W / 30.670611; -83.940417
Website www.wctv.tv

Syndicated programming on WCTV-DT2 includes: Jerry Springer, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, One on One and Judge Alex. WCTV operates a semi-satellite, WSWG in Valdosta, Georgia. That station serves as the CBS affiliate for Albany, Georgia. Master control and most operations of WSWG are located WCTV's facilities although it has its own studios on 2nd Avenue Southwest in Moultrie. As a semi-satellite, it airs most of this station's non-network programming although sometimes at different times. There are also programs that only air on WSWG and some are only seen on WCTV. It also airs separate station identifications and commercials.

Digital televisionEdit

The station's digital signal is multiplexed.

Channel Programming
6.1 main WCTV programming / CBS HD
6.2 WCTV-DT2 MyNetworkTV

HistoryEdit

The station first signed-on September 15, 1955 from studios on North Monroe Street in Tallahassee. WCTV was originally owned by John H. Phipps. Although it has always considered itself a Tallahassee station, it was licensed to Thomasville because the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had allocated only one VHF channel to Tallahassee, channel 11. Florida State University had managed to have the FCC designate that channel for noncommercial use so it could put WFSU-TV on-the-air. UHF was not considered viable at the time. Until the FCC required all sets to have all-channel capability in 1964, UHF stations were un-viewable without a converter. Even with one, the picture quality was marginal at best. Hoyt Wimpy, owner and founder of WPAX radio in Thomasville, persuaded the FCC to grant the Phipps family a license for channel 6 in Thomasville, the nearest city to Tallahassee that had a VHF allocation available. This could provide city-grade coverage of Tallahassee and north central Florida as well as southwestern Georgia. WCTV operated a live studio in Thomasville for many years and still has a bureau there. It was the only commercial station in the area until WECA-TV (now WTXL-TV) began operations in 1976. The station originally carried programming from all three networks but was a primary NBC affiliate.

After only a year on-the-air, it switched to CBS and has been affiliated with that network ever since. However, it carried a secondary ABC affiliation until WECA signed-on. It is still the only commercial VHF station in the market (the only other VHF stations are PBS members WFSU-TV, still on channel 11, and Georgia Public Broadcasting's WXGA-TV on channel 8). It was owned by the Phipps family until being sold to Gray Communications, now Gray Television, in 1996. Gray's purchase of WCTV forced the company to sell WALB-TV, its flagship station in Albany, because WALB's signal has city-grade quality in most of the Georgia side of the market (including Thomasville and Valdosta). WALB had doubled as the NBC affiliate for Tallahassee until WTWC signed-on in 1983. However in 2004, Gray purchased WSWG in Valdosta, a UPN affiliate for the Albany market. The station dropped UPN in September of that year and is now a semi-satellite of WCTV. The acquisition created a strong combined signal with just under 50% overlap. This station had been the default CBS affiliate for Albany for many years. In March 2006, WCTV moved from its longtime studios on County Road 12 in northern Leon County to new facilities on Halstead Boulevard in Tallahassee. The Halstead Boulevard location used to house the now-defunct Florida's News Channel, a cable-only operation. On February 17, 2009, WCTV shut off its analog signal on channel 6 [2], even after the analog television shutdown deadline was extended to June 12,[3] and remained on channel 46[4] using PSIP to display its virtual channel as 6 on digital television receivers.

News operationEdit

WSWG simulcasts every WCTV newscast except weeknights at 5. However, it has a separate news open.
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WCTV's Southwest Georgia bureau logos.

There are two news bureaus in southwest Georgia. This includes in Valdosta (on East Central Avenue) and Thomasville (on North Broad Street). There are five WCTV personalities that cover the area and do not use WSWG branding. It also operates a Marianna Bureau.

Originally, the station pre-empted the first hour of CBS's The Early Show on weekday mornings to air another hour of its local news. On January 7, 2008, the network began to require all affiliates to show the program in its entirety. As a result, the third hour of the Good Morning Show moved to MyNetworkTV affiliates WCTV-DT2 and WSWG-DT2.

They produce a weeknight 10 o'clock newscast on Fox affiliate WTLH. That station promotes the broadcast as local news airing one hour earlier. It is the first and only prime time show in the market. WCTV airs the news from a secondary set at its studios. The first segment of the show is posted on WTLH's website. It operates its own weather radar called "Pinpoint Megawatt Doppler" at its facilities.

On August 3, 2009, WCTV became the second station in Tallahassee to broadcast local news in high definition.

Newscast titlesEdit

Station slogansEdit

  • "The Area's #1 News Team" (1980s-1990s)
  • "The Look Of Tallahassee Is Channel 6" (1991-1992; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (2001-present)

News musicEdit

  • WNDU 1986 News Theme
  • Turnedge Library (2001-2005)
  • WKYT News (2005-present)

News teamEdit

Anchors

  • Shonda Knight - weekday mornings and "In the Spotlight" segment producer
  • Art Myers - weekday mornings starting at 6 and Noon
  • Triston Sanders - Executive Producer seen weekdays at Noon as well as "Health Matters" and "Monday Morning Makeover" segments producer
  • Angela Howard - weeknights at 5, 5:30, and 11
  • Lee Gordon - weeknights at 5:30, 6, 10, and 11
  • Julie Montanaro - weeknights at 6 as well as crime and court reporter
  • Lauren Searcy - weekend mornings and reporter
  • Liza Park - weekend evenings and reporter
  • Frank Ranicky - Law Call host
    • former Assignment Editor and news anchor weeknights at 6 (1972-2008) [4]

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists

  • Mike McCall (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights
  • Rob Nucatola (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Nate Harrington - Weekends and Reporter

Sports

  • Elton Gumbel - Director seen weeknights
  • Andrew Christopher - weekend evenings and reporter
  • Phil Jean - reporter and videographer
  • Sam Lane - reporter

Reporters

  • Deneige Broom - Valdosta Bureau
  • Gabrielle Sarann - Valdosta Bureau
  • La’Tasha Givens - Thomasville Bureau
  • Iram Ali - Thomasville Bureau
  • Vanessa Nguyen - Marianna Bureau
  • Whitney Ray - Capitol News Service
  • Mike Vasilinda - Capitol News Service
  • Denise Wong - producer
  • Saundra Weathers - weekends
  • Khambria Taylor - internet
  • Jennifer Milton - weekday internet
  • Alyssa Orange - internet weeknights at 5 and 11
    • general assignment
  • Amy Long - internet weeknights at 5 and 11
    • general assignment
  • Donnitra Gilbert - weekend internet
  • Stephanie Salvatore - Gadsden, Madison, and Jefferson Counties
  • Candace Sweat
  • Tara Herrschaft
  • Lanetra Bennett
  • Heather Biance
  • Tara Herrschaft

Past personalitiesEdit

Anchors

  • Frank Pepper -- d. 2001 (Broadcast WCTV's first newscast in 1955.[5])
  • Anna Johnson (now WCTV's community affairs director)
  • Mike Roberts - (Midday, weekends, Good Morning Show interviewer/weatherman)
  • Pam Forrester
  • Carmen Cummings (now Alumni Affairs Director at FAMU)
  • Gary Bartlett (now owns his own real estate business)
  • Sarah Grady
  • Paul Bryars
  • David Bishop (weekend anchor/reporter 1990-1995; now media relations Zurich Financial Services)
  • Jeff Ehling (weekend anchor/reporter 1990-1996; now at KTRK-TV Houston, Tex.)
  • Valerie Lacy
  • Ann Howard-Nucatola (reporter; anchor of short-lived "My News at 7" on WCTV-DT2 in 2006)
  • April Douglas (now at WALA-TV Mobile)
  • John Harrington (2004-2007)
  • Sharon Tazewell (now at WNCN-TV NBC17 Raleigh)
  • Roy Weissinger (later with WEWS-TV, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Claudine Cleophat, weekend mornings
  • John Rogers

Meteorologists

  • Mike Rucker (chief)
  • Lane Roberts (mornings)
  • Nancy Dignon (weekends, early-mid 1990s)
  • Matt Barrentine (weekends, ?-2004; now at WALA-TV Mobile)
  • Brian Fowler (weekends, 2004; now at WMGT-TV Macon)
  • Ray Hawthorne (weekends, 2004-2008; now at Weather Central, Madison, Wis.)
  • Michael Koolick (fill-in, 2005-2007; now off-camera weather producer at WFOR-TV Miami)
  • Stephen Bowers (fill-in, 2007-2008; now at WTOK-TV Meridian, Miss.)
  • William "Willie the Weatherman" Ragsdale[6]
  • Sheena Samanipour (Weekend Meteorologist and Reporter, now at WTVT in Tampa)

Sports

  • Bob Warren
  • Scott Atwell (Now Alumni Affairs Director at FSU)
  • Randy Ruditz (mid-late 1990s; deceased 2003)
  • Lee Gordon (sports director (1999-2004), currently WCTV co-anchor 5:30 p.m. & 11 p.m. newscasts (rejoined in 2007)
  • Melissa Maikos (?-2007, now at WTOC-TV Savannah)
  • Beau Bishop (?-2007, now at Ohio News Network)
  • Rob Shaw (2005-2008), now at OPEN Sports Network

Reporters

  • Jan Jeffcoat (now at WFLD-TV Fox News Chicago)
  • Monica Buchanan (now at WVIT NBC30 Connecticut)
  • Alcides Segui (now at WTVT Tampa)
  • Ilyssa Trussel (now at WTEV-TV/WAWS-TV CBS47/FOX30 Jacksonville)
  • Mike Tolbert (now at WTEV/WAWS)
  • Bill Pearson (now at WEAR-TV Pensacola)
  • Laura Kadechka (now at WINK-TV Fort Myers)
  • Kate Gaier (now at News 14 Carolina)
  • Christina Vitale (now at WITN)
  • Seshmi Robertson (now an Entertainment Reporter at CFNews13 and Central FL on Demand in Orlando)
  • Andrea Candrian (now a Press Secretary for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C.)
  • Marise Estime
  • Erica Green
  • Krystin Goodwin
  • Sean Lavin (now reporting at WFTV in Orlando, FL)
  • Patty Harrison (now Communications Specialist at the Florida Dental Association)
  • Jackie Johnson (weekends & weather; now at KCAL-TV/KCBS-TV Los Angeles)
  • Ann Mercogliano
  • Leonard Horton (now a Visiting Professor of Journalism, Florida A&M University)
  • Angelica Alvarez (now at WMBD-TV Peoria)
  • Caroline Blair
  • Roman Lillie
  • Blaine Tolison (Now at WFTV in Orlando, FL)
  • Stephanie Springer
  • Stefan Weeks
  • Kim Carapucci
  • Jacqueline Ingles (now at KXAN in Austin, Texas)
  • Troy Kinsey
  • Jaimee Colley
  • Tasia Stone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "www.wctv.tv/dtv/headlines/39367122.html". http://www.wctv.tv/dtv/headlines/39367122.html.
  2. ^ "hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf" (PDF). http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf.
  3. ^ "CDBS Print". http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101232284&formid=387&fac_num=31590.
  4. ^ Ranicky, Frank (2008-12-01). "Frank Ranicky Bidding Farewell to Anchor Desk". WCTV. http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/35338409.html.
  5. ^ Ensley, Gerald (2001-11-20). "Tallahassee, Fla., Broadcasting Icon Dies". Tallahassee Democrat. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-7824618_ITM.
  6. ^ "WCTV morning show staff : Tallahassee, Florida (with archive picture link)". Florida Electronic Library. http://bibt10f-8.fcla.edu/cgi/b/bib/bib-idx?type=simple;xc=1;q=oai%3AfloridaMemory.fcla.edu%3A96256;rgn1=title;navbar=search;sid=a7907863a1e30b07025a7a8bdfab4e4f;c=aclhc;c=bplwpa;c=fdnl1;c=fslcpr;c=fslfcc;c=fslfmc;c=fslmap;c=fslslg;c=fslwwi;c=jpl;c=julfwp;c=mote;c=nwrlsp;c=palmm;c=tblc;c=thcpbb;c=ucfcfm;c=ufdlc;c=wppldc;cc=fslfmc;view=reslist;sort=A-Z;fmt=long;page=reslist;start=1;size=25;a=13. Retrieved 2008-03-30.

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