|Salisbury, Maryland/Dover, Delaware|
|Branding||WBOC 16 (general)
WBOC News (news)
Fox 21 Delmarva (on DT2)
|Slogan||Delmarva's News Leader|
|Channels||Digital: 21 (UHF)
Virtual: 16 (PSIP)
|Owner||Draper Holdings Business Trust
|First air date||June 1, 1954|
|Call letters' meaning||We're Between the Ocean and the Chesapeake|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
16 (UHF, 1954-2009)
|Former affiliations||DuMont (1954-1956, secondary from 1955)
ABC (secondary, c. 1955-1980)
NBC (secondary, c. 1955-1980)
UPN (on DT2, 2003-2006)
|Transmitter power||740 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WBOC-TV, channel 16, is a CBS affiliate based in Salisbury, Maryland, USA. WBOC-TV is owned by the Draper Holdings Business Trust, with its main studios in Salisbury, secondary studios/office facilities in Dover and Milton, Delaware, and transmitter in Laurel, Delaware. The station primarily serves the four easternmost counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, as well as Sussex County, Delaware. However, its signal covers the entire Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia, as well as the southern two-thirds of Delaware, a region known as the Delmarva Peninsula.
- 1 Digital television
- 2 History
- 3 Cable & Satellite availability
- 4 Local Programming
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The station's signal is multiplexed as follows:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|16.1||1080i||16:9||WBOC-HD||main WBOC-TV programming / CBS HD|
|21.2||480i||4:3||WBOC-DT2||"Fox 21 Delmarva"|
WBOC-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 16, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 21, using PSIP to display WBOC-TV's virtual channel as 16 on digital television receivers.
Unlike most digital subchannels, WBOC-DT2 is one of the few that identifies with its physical digital channel number (21) rather than a virtual channel (16.2) through PSIP. This station is known on-air as Fox 21 Delmarva. It can also be seen on Comcast and Mediacom channel 5, and in high definition on Comcast digital channel 213.
WBOC-TV began operations on July 15, 1954, owned originally by Peninsula Broadcasting, which started WBOC radio (960 AM, now WTGM and 104.7 FM, now WQHQ), the first successful radio station on the Eastern Shore, in 1940. It is the fourth-oldest television station in Maryland, the first outside Baltimore, and the oldest on the UHF band.
It was originally an affiliate of the DuMont Television Network. However, around 1955, it picked up a primary affiliation with CBS, relegating DuMont to secondary status until that network shut down in 1956. It also picked up secondary affiliations with NBC and ABC. The station also featured local programming consisting of variety shows, talent contests, and children's programs.
In 1961 Peninsula Broadcasting merged with the A.S. Abell Company, which published the Baltimore Sun and owned Baltimore's then-CBS affiliate, WMAR-TV. WBOC-TV gradually increased the CBS programming on its schedule, though it continued to "cherry-pick" the highest-rated ABC and NBC shows either in pattern (on schedule with the rest of the network) or on a tape-delayed basis.
For example, channel 16 regularly carried the Today Show and The Tonight Show from NBC, and weekend sports coverage from all three networks. Primetime programming consisted of at least one night of all CBS; other evenings with programs from both CBS and ABC; and others with shows from CBS and NBC. Select CBS programs displaced by the scheduling method would air in times outside of primetime. Despite carrying Today (which pre-empted CBS' numerous attempts at morning news programming and Captain Kangaroo), WBOC-TV aired all of CBS's other newscasts, as well as most of CBS's daytime programming and Saturday morning cartoons. The cherry-picking arrangement also affected primetime network sports coverage. However, Delmarva viewers didn't have to worry about missing their favorite shows once cable came to the area. Local cable systems on the Maryland side of the market supplemented the area with the Baltimore stations, while cable systems on the Delaware side supplemented it with the Philadelphia stations. Accomack County, Virginia is part of the Hampton Roads market, though WBOC has long claimed it as part of its primary coverage area.
In April 1980 WBOC-TV received competition for the first time when WMDT (channel 47) signed on as a dual ABC/NBC affiliate, allowing channel 16 to become a full-time CBS station. In November of that same year, local ownership of channel 16 returned when entrepreneur Thomas H. Draper purchased the station. Since Draper took over, local news coverage increased, as well as local advertising revenue which allowed for technical upgrades, such as a new four-million-watt tower located near Laurel, Delaware.
|Mon||Local||Little House on the Prairie (NBC)||The Betty White Show (CBS)||Maude (CBS)||Rafferty (CBS)|
|Tue||Welcome Back, Kotter (ABC)
|Happy Days (ABC)||Laverne & Shirley (ABC)||M*A*S*H (CBS)||One Day at a Time (CBS)||Lou Grant (CBS)|
|Wed||Local||Hee Haw (syndicated)||Charlie's Angels (ABC)||Baretta (ABC)|
|Thu||Local||The Waltons (CBS)||Hawaii Five-O (CBS)||Barnaby Jones (CBS)|
|Fri||Good Times (CBS)
|The New Adventures of Wonder Woman (CBS)||Logan's Run (CBS)||Switch! (CBS)|
Cable & Satellite availability
Since November 2010, WBOC and Fox21 have been available on DirecTV and Dish Network in their primary five-county coverage area. For WBOC viewers outside this area, satellite subscribers may request a waiver to receive New York City stations if they can't pick up the Delmarva stations over the air. Before 2010, Delmarva was one of the few markets where local stations weren't available on satellite.
From the 1970s to the 1980s, WBOC was carried on cable as far north as Cape May County, New Jersey and New Castle County, Delaware and as far south as Northampton County, Virginia. WBOC was also once carried in Cape May County, New Jersey.
WBOC operates two bureaus in Milton and Dover, in addition to its main studios in Salisbury. All news broadcasts, except those seen on WBOC-DT2, can be seen via live streaming video on WBOC's website.
WBOC produces two shows: a daily talk show called "DelmarvaLife" and a live radio call-in show known as "State of Delmarva" covering local Delmarva issues and politics.
- Alice Bavis
- Paul Butler
- Lacee Griffith
- Steve Hammond - Managing Editor
- Jimmy Hoppa
- Corrina Pysa
- Brian Keane (AMS Seal of Approval)
- Mike Lichniak
- Dan Satterfield (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) - Chief Meteorologist
- Scott Abraham - Sports Director
- Shannel Douglas
- Tyler Butler - Mid-Shore Bureau Chief
- Karen Campbell
- Mike Chesney - Dover Bureau Director
- Cleo Greene
- Aisha Khan
- Evan Koslof - Sussex Bureau Chief
- LeAnne Matlach
- Charles Paparella
- Denise Sawyer
- Lindsay Tuchman
- Mikea Turner
- Lisa Bryant
- Jimmy Hoppa
- Brian Spyros
State of Delmarva
- Shawn "Murph" Murphy
- Jessica "Martinez" Martinez
Notable former on-air staff
- Don Elkins
- Kelley Rouse
- Mike Seidel, now at The Weather Channel
- Amber Theoharis, now a reporter for The NFL Network
- Gary Tuchman, now a reporter for Anderson Cooper 360
- RabbitEars TV Query for WBOC
- WBOC’s switch to digital TV delayed by FCC, Delaware News-Journal • February 12, 2009
- The Digital TV Transition: What Is DTV? dtv.gov. Retrieved September 27, 2008.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- WBOC's 50th anniversary
- Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television. McGraw Hill. ISBN 0-07-010268-6.
- McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th Ed.). Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
- Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (8th ed.). Random House. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.
- TV Guide (Radnor, Pa.: Triangle Publications) (Washington–Baltimore edition). 15 October 1977.
- WBOC WBOC/FOX21 Now Available on DIRECTV in 5 Delmarva Counties
- WBOC WBOC/FOX21 Now Available on DISH Network in 5 Delmarva Counties
- WBOC waiver information
- About WBOC-TV Delmarva's News Leader
- WBOC News Bios
- The Daily Times Longtime anchor bids farewell to TV
- WBOC-TV website
- WBOC-DT2 website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WBOC-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for WBOC-DT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WBOC-TV