Newport News, Virginia
|Branding||WAVY TV 10 (general)
WAVY News 10 (newscasts)
|Slogan||10 On Your Side|
|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
10.2 Bounce TV
|Owner||LIN Media, LLC
(sale to Media General pending)
(WAVY Broadcasting, LLC)
|First air date||September 1, 1957|
|Call letters' meaning||WAVY and logo are references to Atlantic Ocean or Chesapeake Bay and also sounds like "navy" |
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
10 (VHF, 1957-2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1957-1959)|
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WAVY-TV, channel 10, is a television station licensed to Portsmouth, Virginia, serving as the NBC affiliate for the Hampton Roads area (comprising the cities of Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Newport News), and North Carolina's Outer Banks. WAVY is owned by LIN Media, and is a sister station to Fox affiliate WVBT (channel 43). The two stations share studios and offices in Portsmouth, and WAVY-TV broadcasts from a transmitter in located in Suffolk, Virginia.
- 1 Translators
- 2 History
- 3 Digital television
- 4 News operation
- 5 Out-of-market cable carriage
- 6 References
- 7 External links
In addition to its main signal, WAVY-TV is rebroadcast on seven translators. Both W14DY-D and W18EG-D are located in the Eastern Shore of Virginia and are municipally-owned by Accomack County rather than WAVY Broadcasting, LLC and LIN TV. The Translators located in the Greater Hampton Roads area are owned and operated by WAVY Broadcasting, LLC and LIN TV.
|Call letters||Channel||City of license||Transmitter location|
|WKTD-CD||17||Portsmouth||WAVY - Driver Tower|
|WCTX-CA||35||Virginia Beach||Columbus Center Building|
|WBTD-LD||43||Suffolk||WAVY - Driver Tower|
|WTTD-LD||10||Hampton||Downtown - AT&T Tower|
WAVY-TV, the Hampton Roads area's third-oldest VHF television station, began operations on September 1, 1957. It was originally owned by Tidewater Teleradio along with WAVY radio (1350 AM, now WGPL). It originally signed-on as an ABC affiliate but swapped with then-NBC affiliate WVEC-TV in 1959 due to its radio sister's long affiliation with NBC radio. In 1968, it became the second station owned by what was then known as LIN Broadcasting. WAND in Decatur, Illinois was the first owned by the company but was sold-off to a new owner in November 2007. As a result, WAVY-TV became the earliest station acquisition that is still owned by LIN TV through various ownership changes within the company along with one name change.
In April 1989 WAVY-TV moved its current studio located on Wavy Street in downtown Portsmouth. It previously broadcast from a former farmers market in another part of Portsmouth. The studio is located across the street from the nTelos Wireless Pavilion and near or across the street from the Elizabeth River.
Shortly after WVBT became the area's The WB affiliate in 1995, WAVY began operating that station though a local marketing agreement (LMA). LIN TV came to an affiliation agreement with Fox in November 1995, and WVBT took the affiliation from original Fox affiliate WTVZ in 1998. LIN TV purchased that station out-right in February 2002. WAVY was the first in the market to broadcast a digital signal in 2001.
On March 21, 2014, it was announced that Media General would acquire LIN. This will bring WAVY, along with WVBT, under common ownership with ABC affiliate WRIC in Richmond and fellow NBC affiliate WSLS in Roanoke.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|10.1||1080i||16:9||WAVY||Main WAVY-TV programming / NBC|
WAVY-TV added Bounce TV upon its launch on September 26, 2011.
WAVY-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, at 9 a.m. on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 31, using PSIP to display WAVY-TV's virtual channel as 10 on digital television receivers. As of October, 2012, WAVY still broadcasts an analog signal on two of its translator stations, making NBC the only major network to maintain an analog signal in the Hampton Roads area.
WAVY airs thirty hours of local news a week. It operates its own weather radar, called "Super Doppler 10", at it studios. It was the first in the area to air a local broadcast at 5:30 in the morning (beginning in 1992) and added weeknight 5:00 (in 1989) and 5:30 (in 1994) newscasts. It is known for being the first Hampton Roads station to use a helicopter to cover local news after introducing "Chopper 10" in 1982. The current Bell 206 Longranger helicopter has been used since 2000.
When WVBT made the switch to Fox in 1998, WAVY started producing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast on that station. It was not the market's first prime time show as CBS affiliate WTKR produced a short-lived newscast on WGNT from 1995 until 1997. ABC affiliate WVEC-TV also produced a prime time show on WPEN-LP from 1995 until it started LNC 4 (later LNC 5; now defunct) in 1997. WVEC continued to produce a 10 o'clock news on that station until January 30, 2009. The 45-minute broadcast on WVBT is followed by the Fox 43 Sports Wrap with sports news and highlights.
On July 21, 2008 at noon, WAVY and WVBT became the first stations in the market and their station group company to produce local newscasts in high definition. This is in contrast to rival WVEC's news being produced in 16:9 digital widescreen which is not true high definition but matches the ratio of HD television screens. WVBT added an hour-long extension of WAVY's weekday morning news on February 2, 2009. The show airs in an entertainment and lifestyle program format.
Until January 2007, WVBT operated a 24-hour local weather channel on its second digital subchannel. Known on-air as the "WAVY Weather Station", it is now cable exclusive to address E/I requirement concerns although listings on zap2it.com continue to show it as airing over-the-air. It can be found on Mediacom channel 9, Charter channel 22, and Cox digital channel 227. There are live current conditions, updated forecasts, and a sweep of "Super Doppler 10". According to television listings on WVBT's website, it airs the "Fox AccuWeather Channel" on its second digital subchannel which contradicts zap2it.com and removal of the "WAVY Weather Station".
On September 12, 2011, The Hampton Roads Show, an hour-long local lifestyle and entertainment program, moved from WVBT at 8 a.m. to WAVY at 11 a.m. With the move, weekend sports anchor Chris Reckling became co-host.
- WAVY News (1957–1969)
- Channel 10/Area 10/WAVY 10Eyewitness News (1969–1982)
- The Daily News (1982–1989)
- WAVY News 10 (1989–present)
- Where You Belong (mid-late 1970s)
- We've Got You Covered/You're Covered (1980s-1989)
- Virginia's Leading NewsChannel (1989–1994)
- 10 On Your Side (1994–present)
Current on-air staff
|Anita Blanton||weeknights at 5:30 p.m.||2013|
|Katie Collett||weekday mornings (4:30-7 on WAVY and 7-9 a.m. on WVBT) and weekdays at noon||2007|
|Stephanie Harris||weeknights at 5:30 p.m.||2000|
|Nicole Livas||weeknights at 5, 6, 10 (WVBT) and 11 p.m.||2001|
|Chris Reckling||The Hampton Roads Show co-host (weekdays at 11 a.m.)||1989|
|Don Roberts||weekday mornings (4:30-7 on WAVY and 7-9 a.m. on WVBT) and weekdays at noon; also The Bottom Line||1989|
|Tom Schaad||weeknights at 5, 6, 10 (WVBT) and 11 p.m.||2007|
|[TBA]||weekends at 6, 10 (WVBT) and 11 p.m.||--|
|Lex Gray||weekend mornings (6-8 a.m.)||2014|
|Super Doppler 10 Meteorologists|
|Don Slater||chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6, 10 (WVBT) and 11 p.m.||1981|
|Jeremy Wheeler||weekday mornings (4:30-7 on WAVY and 7-9 a.m. on WVBT) and weekdays at noon||2004|
|Jeff Edmondson||weekend mornings (6-8 a.m.)||2012|
|Tiffany Savona||weekends at 6, 10 (WVBT) and 11 p.m.||2012|
|Bruce Rader||sports director; weeknights at 6, 10:45 (WVBT) and 11 p.m.||1979|
|Nathan Epstein||sports anchor; weekends at 6, 10:45 (WVBT) and 11 p.m.; also reporter||2013|
|Brian Parsons||sports producer, reporter and fill-in anchor||1997|
|Anita Blanton||general assignment reporter||2013|
|Lauren Compton||general assignment reporter||2012|
|Andy Fox||investigative reporter||1986|
|Ava Hurdle||senior reporter||1977|
|John Massey||"Chopper 10" pilot/reporter||2000|
|Jason Marks||general assignment reporter||2006|
|Anne McNamara||general assignment reporter||2011|
|Liz Palka||weekday mornings (4:30-7 on WAVY and 7-9 a.m. on WVBT)||2011|
|Cheryl Tan||weekday morning traffic (4:30-7 on WAVY and 7-9 a.m. on WVBT)||2003|
Notable former staff
- Barbara Ciara, weekend co-anchor from 1983 until 1988, when she left for WVEC. Now working at WTKR. Also President of the National Association of Black Journalists
- Lloyd Dobyns, news co-anchor in the 1960s with Vern Jones. Later a correspondent and anchor with NBC News (1969–1986) where he hosted the news magazine Weekend from 1974-1979. Winner of a Peabody Award.
- Alveta Ewell, weeknight anchor at 6 and 11 since 1989; retired on February 26, 2013 after more than 24 years.
- Ahmed Fareed, sports anchor from 2005-2010, now a studio host and reporter at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
- Rhonda Glenn, weather reporter, talk show host and anchor in the 1960s and 1970s. Golf commentator for ABC (1978- ). First full-time national TV network female sportscaster (ESPN, February 6, 1981). Amateur golfer and author of dozens of magazine articles and books on the sport. Manager of Communications for the USGA.
- Hillary Howard, former weekend meteorologist during the late 1980s, now a host for WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C.
- Lisa Joyner, formerly at The Best Damn Sports Show Period, currently host of TV Guide Channel's inFANity.
- Ali Lucia, weekend sports anchor and general assignment reporter 2011-March 2013, Left for the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars.
- Diana Morgan, anchor-turned-actress, seen in series such as JAG, The Bold and the Beautiful, Babylon 5 and The West Wing and films such as Titanic.
- Byron Pitts, military reporter from 1984–86, now at ABC News
- Charles Pugh, anchor/reporter in the 1990s. Served as a weekend anchor and reporter at WJBK-TV in Detroit from 1999 - 2009. Currently president of the Detroit City Council.
- Thomas Roberts, consumer reporter/weekday afternoon co-anchor during the late 1990s, former anchor at CNN Headline News, now an afternoon anchor at MSNBC.
- Marny Stanier, weekend meteorologist. Left for The Weather Channel in April 1987.
- Stan Verrett, now an anchor at ESPN and ESPNEWS, also worked for WVEC.
- Kelly Wright, now at Fox News Channel.
- Terry Zahn, joined as reporter and weekend anchor in 1981, became lead anchor in 1984, left in 1993 and joined WVEC in 1994, where he served as lead anchor until his death in 2000.
Out-of-market cable carriage
- Sruthi Ramakrishnan (21 March 2014). "Media General to buy LIN Media for $1.6 billion". Reuters. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WAVY
- List of Digital Full-Power Stations
- Eggerton, John (2009-08-07). "LIN TV Develops Blackberry App For Mobile TV Service". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
- WAVY TV 10 - News, Weather, Traffic, Sports for Hampton Roads, Virginia - North Eastern North Carolina - Our Apologies
- WAVY TV 10 - News, Weather, Traffic, Sports for Hampton Roads, Virginia - North Eastern North Carolina - Chopper 10
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- WTKR NewsChannel 3: News, Weather and Traffic in Hampton Roads and North Carolina | Barbara Ciara
- VCU School of Mass Communications
- Dela Cruz, Jay (8 January 2013). "Ahmed Fareed joins Comcast SportsNet Bay Area". Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- Lisa Joyner Biography | TVGuide.com
- VARTV March and April 2013, look for Saturday, March 9, 2013 Archives
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- WAVY-TV website
- WAVY-TV mobile
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WAVY-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for WAVY-DT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WAVY-TV