WNYT is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Capital District of New York State and Western New England that is licensed to Albany. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter southwest of the Voorheesville section of New Scotland. The station can also be seen on Time Warner channel 13 and in high definition on digital channel 1813. Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, WNYT has studios on North Pearl Street in Menandseven though it has an Albany address. Syndicated programming on the station includes: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal, Friends and Entertainment Tonight. WNYT is one of several NBC affiliates that do not air Poker After Dark.
|City of license||Albany|
|Branding||News Channel 13|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
|First air date||February 17, 1954|
|Call letters' meaning||We're New York StateTelevision|
|Former callsigns||WTRI (1954-1958)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
35 (UHF, 1954-1958) 13 (VHF, 1958-2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1954–1977)|
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
In addition to its main signals, WNYT operates five additional repeaters. Until the early-1990s, it maintained a translator in Kingston. This was first located on channel 63 but moved to channel 36 after the launch of WTZA in 1985. The translators were all built because WNYT's analog signal was not as strong as the other major stations in the Capital District (see below). All stations have since been converted from analog to digital even though the law currently exempts low-power repeaters to convert. Channels 18 and 45 retain the WNYT call sign.
|Call letters||Channel||City of license||Transmitter location||Note|
|WNYT||18||Troy||Bald Mountain||located on former analog transmitter|
|W21CP-D||21||Gloversville||southwest of town center||until 2006, it had the call letters W07AJ but changed after WXXA-DT began broadcasting on digital channel 7|
|W28DA-D||28||Pittsfield||south of downtown on South Mountain along U.S. 7/U.S. 20||until 2006, it had the call letters W07AI and was also changed due to sign on of WXXA-DT|
|W38DL-D||38||Adams||Mount Greylock||until 2005, it had the call letters W51AE and was changed due to the sign on of WNYA in Pittsfield|
|WNYT||45||Glens Falls||southeastern Warren County|
The station began broadcasting on February 17, 1954 as ABC affiliate WTRI licensed to Troy. The station aired an analog signal on UHFchannel 35 and was co-owned with WTRY radio. WTRI's studios and transmitter were east of Troy on Bald Mountain. It left the air in January 1955 but returned in August 1956 as an ABC affiliate. In 1958, the station was re-licensed to Albany, moved to VHF channel 13, and received the new call letters WAST (for Albany/Schenectady/Troy). Originally, the station had wanted to take the "WTAS" calls (for Troy/Albany/Schenectady) but the similarity of the "TAS" letters to the news agency of the Soviet Union led to the use of WAST. It was sold to a company called Van Curler Broadcasting Corporation in 1959.
Shortly after the upgrade, WAST moved to a converted warehouse on the Albany/Menands town line on North Pearl Street (where it is today) which previously housed Selective Service records. Although improvements to WAST's signal had been made, it was still significantly weaker than the other television stations due to a sizable short spacing to New York City's WNDT (now WNET). Also, the Bald Mountain transmitter location (a legacy of the days when it was licensed to Troy) played a role as well. This forced WAST to build several translators to expand its coverage. The other stations in the market had their transmitters at a common location southwest of Voorheesville. In 1969, WAST was sold to Sonderling Broadcasting.
In 1977, the station switched affiliations with WTEN and became the Capital District's CBS affiliate. During the next year (1978), Viacompurchased Sonderling which made WAST the company's first television station holding. Ironically, Viacom had started as the syndication arm of CBS. On September 21, 1981, WAST swapped affiliations with WRGB and became the area's NBC affiliate. Seeking a fresh start and a new identity, Viacom decided to mark the affiliation change with the current call sign of WNYT. It is one of the few stations in the United States to have been a primary affiliate of all of the big three networks. In 1994, after Viacom bought Paramount Pictures, Viacom transferred all of its television holdings to Paramount's television arm, the Paramount Stations Group. Not long after that, Paramount announced formation of the United Paramount Network. It also announced it would sell off all of its non-UPN stations.
In 1996, Paramount/Viacom traded WNYT and WHEC-TV in Rochester to Hubbard Broadcasting for UPN affiliate WTOG-TV in the Tampa Bay area. WNYT signed-on its digital signal in October 2003 on VHF channel 12. Unlike the station's analog signal, WNYT-DT's transmitter was and continues to be southwest of Voorheesville with the market's other stations. WNYT switched-off analog transmissions on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States. It remained on its pre-transition channel 12.  Tune to channel 13 using PSIP.
For many years, WNYT was a distant third in the area behind WRGB and WTEN. This was not only because it was the youngest station in the market but also because of its signal issues. Under Viacom ownership, the station expanded and modernized its studios, newsroom, and offices (including the market's first modern computers). The company also made a significant investment in electronic equipment including a satellite receiving news truck. Investment in talent increased on the channel with the building of its own talent and acquiring key personalities from other stations in the area.
WNYT had overtaken WTEN for the runner-up spot by the late-1980s, and in 1992, scored its first late news victory. Gradually, the station overtook longtime leader WRGB in other time slots. In Viacom's last sweeps period owning WNYT, the station won every time slot. It has remained the overall market leader under Hubbard ownership until mid-2009 when it lost the lead weeknights at 11 to WRGB in the May 2009 sweeps period. In November 2009, WNYT's weekday evening newscasts slipped to third place largely due to the station's decision to terminate many of its popular personalities. Since then, it has regained the lead in most newscasts.
Two years after Hubbard bought WNYT, it won the distinction of being the first and only station outside of New York City to win a regionalEmmy award for best newscast in New York State. With the re-branding of the station's newscasts from News 13 to NewsChannel 13 in 1991, WNYT became the first station to use the "Live. Local. Late Breaking." tag line slogan which is now commonplace throughout the country.
In the mid-1990s, the station began an alliance with PBS affiliate WMHT. This led to WNYT producing several programs for WMHT including semi-regular town hall meetings, the weekly call-in show Health LINK (which continues today) and for two years the market's first 10 p.m. newscast on WMHT's then-secondary station WMHQ (now WCWN). This production was canceled due to a lack of support. From 2001 until 2004, WNYT also maintained a joint sales agreement (JSA) with Pax affiliate WYPX that included rebroadcasts of newscasts and local non-news programming. In 2001, WNYT opened the Berkshire County Bureau on South Church Street in Downtown Pittsfield to cover theMassachusetts side of the market. At that time, the bureau was the first of a Capital District station. After forging an alliance with the (Glens Falls) Post-Star, the Saratoga/North Country Bureau was opened on Broadway in Downtown Saratoga Springs in early-2004.
In December 2005, WNYT began broadcasting NBC Weather Plus on its second digital subchannel with a full launch coming two months later on Time Warner digital channel 556. On March 24, 2008, WNYT replaced its weekday noon news with an hour-long broadcast at 11 in the morning entitled Midday. Family Feud, which originally aired for a half-hour at that time, moved to the noon time slot and was eventually dropped. WNYT operates its own weather radar, known as "NewsChannel 13 First Warning Live Doppler" at its former analog transmitter site on Bald Mountain.
- News with Hud Stevens/News Final (1950s-1960s)
- WTRI-TV News (1954-1958)
- WAST News (1958-1966)
- News 13 (1960s-
- WAST Eyewitness News (1966-1975)
- NewsWatch 13 (1975-?)
- 13 News (1977-1981)
- TV-13 News (1981-1986)
- 6 p.m. newscast was known as The 30 Minute News signifying its length versus the then hour long news on WRGB and WTEN
- News 13 (1986–1991)
- NewsChannel 13 (1991–present)
- New York's 13 Country (1973-1978)
- Look For Us on Channel 13 (1978-1979)
- We'll Keep You Turn Us On Channel 13 (1978-1979; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- WAST Channel 13, You're Looking Good! (1979-1980; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Looking Good Together on Channel 13 (1980-1981; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Channel 13, Our Pride is Showing (1981-1982; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- We're Channel 13, Just Watch Us Now (1982-1983; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Channel 13 There, Be There (1983-1984; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Channel 13, Let's All Be There (1984-1986; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Come Home To Channel 13 (1986-1987; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Come On Home To Channel 13 (1987-1988; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Come Home To The Best, Only on Channel 13 (1988-1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Channel 13, is The Place To Be! (1990-1991; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Live. Local. Latebreaking. (1991-2009)
- It's A Whole New Channel 13 (1992-1993; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- The Stars Are Back on Channel 13 (1993-1994; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- The Capitol Region's #1 Newscast (1997-2004)
- Coverage You Can Trust (2009-present)
News music packagesEdit
- "Home Country"
- "Look For Us"
- "WNYT 1985 News"
- "We Know What Happens"
- "The One For All"
- "Image IX"
- "Prime News"
- "NBC Stations"
- "The Tower"
- "LA Groove"
- Phil Bayly - weekday mornings
- Elaine Houston - weekdays at noon and 5:30
- education and general assignment reporter
- Jim Kambrich - weeknights at 5, 6, and 11
- Benita Zahn - weeknights at 5 and 6
- health reporter and Health LINK producer/host on WMHT
- Jessica Layton - weeknights at 11
- Dan Bazile - weekend mornings, reporter, and "Let's Eat" segment producer
- Kumi Tucker - weekend evenings and reporter
- Yvonne Perry - Real Estate Deals host
NewsChannel 13 First Warning Meteorologists
- Bob Kovachick (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights
- Paul Caiano - weekday mornings as well as Monday and Tuesday at noon
- Tim Drawbridge (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekend mornings, fill-in
- Jason Gough (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekend evenings and Wednesday through Friday at noon, fill-in
- Rodger Wyland - Director seen weeknights at 6 and 11
- heard on WOFX-AM 980
- Andrew Catalon - weekend evenings and Big Board Sports host
- "High School Player of the Week" segment producer
- Mark Mulholland - Saratoga/North Country Bureau
- Dan Bazile
- Subrina Dhammi
- Bill Lambdin
- Dan Levy
- John McLaughlin (part-time)
- Beth Wurtmann
Notable past personnelEdit
- Nancy Cozean (?-1985) The first lead female weekday anchor in the Albany market, left in 1985 to co-anchor the evening newscast at upstart WTZA in Kingston, NY. Later became the mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie
- Ed Dague (Lead anchor and managing editor. 1984-2003) His arrival at the station is seen as the reversal of its fortunes; now the caretaker of the In Media Res blog at the Albany Times-Union website)
- John Gray (Left for WXXA at the end of 2003 after being passed up as Ed Dague's replacement; most notably anchored the 5:00/5:30 newscasts)
- Chris Kapostasy (Jansing) (1981-1998, was an anchor from 1987-1998) Now at MSNBC
- Lydia Kulbida (Anchor, 2000-2009); now anchoring new 4pm newscast on Albany's ABC affiliate, WTEN
- Kelly Lynch (1995-1996, 1998-2008); reporter and weekend anchor, then later anchor of the Noon news (later known as Midday, as well as host of Forum 13); left WNYT for a two-year stint at WKTV in Utica
- Pat Minarcin (Weekend anchor, early to mid-1990s) Now at the Tampa Tribune
- Miles O'Brien Weekend anchor, mid-1980s; Now at CNN
- Randy Salerno (Weekend anchor, 1988-93) Later went to WBBM-TV in Chicago; killed in snowmobile accident in 2008
- Howie Altschule (1997-2004), now a notable forensic meteorologist)
- George Caldes (Weekend meteorologist, May-December 2008)
- Lee Copson (Weekend meteorologist, 2000-2006). He said on his last newscast that he was leaving the business to pursue a career in financial services
- Todd Gross (Chief meteorologist, 1980-1983)
- Brandon Hertell (Fill-in meteorologist) Now morning meteorologist at WXXA-TV
- Josh Linker (Fill-in Meteorologist, 1997-1998) Now a meteorologist at Bay News 9 in Tampa, FL
- Norm Sebastian (Former weekend, then weekday morning/noon meteorolgist until his death in December 2000)
- Herb Stevens (Chief Meteorologist following Todd Gross' departure and prior to Bob Kovachick's arrival, Stevens is known as the Skiing Weatherman of syndicated weekly ski forecast fame)
- Don Weeks (Weatherman during the late 1960s under the name of "Wally Weather") Was the morning show host at WGY from 1980 until his retirement in December 2010.
- John R Wolfe (Weatherman during the later WAST years)
- Gary Apple (mid-1980s) Now at SportsNet New York)
- Lars Lifrak (Weekend sports anchor, late 1990s-2004) Now a reporter at Soccer365.com)
- Bob McNamara (Sports director, 1981-2001) McNamara was the first talent WNYT acquired from another station (WRGB) and the only person to have on-air roles at all 3 of the area's VHF stations. Deceased.
- Scott Murray (anchor, late 1970s-1980) Retired, previously at KXAS-TV in Dallas
- Mike Levin (photographer and fill-in anchor) Now at WKTV in Utica
- John Allen (Reporter, 1996-2008)
- Jay Bobbin (Part-time entertainment reporter, 1993-2008; still heard on WGY)
- Chris Brunner (Longtime reporter and later assistant News Director, ?-2002) Retired from Capital News 9 as News Director in May 2007.
- Lindsay Cohen (News reporter and fill-in anchor, 2002-2005) Now at KOMO-TV in Seattle, WA
- John Craig (reporter, 2008) Now at WXXA-TV
- Josh Einiger (Original chief of the Berkshire Newsroom) Now a general assignment reporter at WFTV in Orlando, Florida
- Wilson Hall (Joined the station as the main news anchor in the late 1970s after a long stint at NBC.) Deceased
- Joe Moskowitz (Reporter and weekend evening anchor, early-mid 1980s.)
- Steve Scoville (Reporter and later contributor of "Capital Region Backroads", a longtime segment at the end of Wednesday and Friday night newscasts, 1982-2006)
- Julie Wilcox (Staff reporter and occasional weekend anchor) Now weekend morning meteorologist at WVEC in Hampton, VA
- Karl Osborne (late 50's? - mid 70's); was chief announcer for then WAST during its early years. Deceased
- ^ http://www.metvnetwork.com/wherewatch.php?zipcode=12202+&x=26&y=12
- ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf