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WAVY TV Logo.pngWAVY-DT2 Bounce Hampton Roads.png
Portsmouth/Norfolk/Virginia Beach/
Newport News, Virginia
United States
Branding WAVY TV 10 (general)
WAVY News 10 (newscasts)
Slogan 10 On Your Side
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Subchannels 10.1 NBC
10.2 Bounce TV
Translators (see article)
Affiliations NBC (1959-present)
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" [1]
Sister station(s) WVBT
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1957-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1957-1959)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 280 m
Facility ID 71127
Transmitter coordinates 36°49′14″N 76°30′41″W / 36.82056°N 76.51139°W / 36.82056; -76.51139
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website wavy.com

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.


In addition to its main signal, WAVY-TV is rebroadcast on seven translators.[2][3][4][5] 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
WITD-CA 23 Chesapeake
WCTX-CA 35 Virginia Beach Columbus Center Building
WBTD-LD 43 Suffolk WAVY - Driver Tower
WTTD-LD 10 Hampton Downtown - AT&T Tower[disambiguation needed]
W14DY-D 14 Onancock
W18EG-D 18.1 Onancock


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.[6] This will bring WAVY, along with WVBT, under common ownership with ABC affiliate WRIC in Richmond and fellow NBC affiliate WSLS in Roanoke.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
10.1 1080i 16:9 WAVY Main WAVY-TV programming / NBC
10.2 480i 4:3 Bounce Bounce TV

WAVY-TV added Bounce TV upon its launch on September 26, 2011.[8]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.

On August 7, 2009, WAVY began offering Mobile TV using BlackBerry.[11]

News operation[edit]

WAVY-TV's news open.

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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".[18]

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.[19]

News/station Presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • WAVY News (1957–1969)
  • Channel 10/Area 10/WAVY 10Eyewitness News (1969–1982)
  • The Daily News (1982–1989)
  • WAVY News 10 (1989–present)

Station Slogans[edit]

  • 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)

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Position Year Joined
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
Position Year Joined
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
Position Year Joined
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
Year Joined
Anita Blanton general assignment reporter 2013
Lauren Compton general assignment reporter 2012
Andy Fox investigative reporter 1986
Ava Hurdle senior reporter 1977
Art Kohn Photojournalist 1987
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[edit]

Out-of-market cable carriage[edit]

In the 1970s and 1980s, WAVY was once received as far west as Halifax and Enfield in North Carolina. Lawrenceville, Brunswick County also once carried WAVY.[28]


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