|Elmira/Corning, New York|
|Branding||WETM 18 (general)
WETM 18 News
WETM 2 (on DT2)
Can Count On
|Channels||Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 18 (PSIP)
|Owner||Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||September 10, 1956|
|Call letters' meaning||Elmira (city) and Times Mirror (former owner)|
|Sister station(s)||WSYR-TV, WWTI,
|Former callsigns||WSYE-TV (1956-1980)|
|Former channel number(s)||18 (UHF analog, 1956-2009)
2 (VHF digital, 2004-2009)
|Former affiliations||UPN (on DT2, 2004-2006)|
|Transmitter power||45 kW|
WETM-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Central and Western Twin Tiers of Southern Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. Licensed to Elmira, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 18 from a transmitter on Hawley Hill in Big Flats. The station can also be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 3 and in high definition on digital channel 700. Owned by the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, WETM has studios on East Water Street in downtown Elmira. However, master control and some internal operations are based at centralcasting facilities within WSYR-TV's studios on Bridge Street in East Syracuse (a village of DeWitt). Syndicated programming on this station includes Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and The Dr. Oz Show among others.
|Channel||PSIP Short Name||Video||Aspect||Programming|
|18.1||WETM-DT||1080i||16:9||Main WETM-TV programming / NBC|
The station's secondary feed has its roots in W30AA, a translator of PBS WSKG-TV in Binghamton. That station closed down the translator in 2003 after concluding the expenses required to operate W30AA were not justified by its limited viewership base.  WSKG subsequently sold the W30AA license to Clear Channel Communications (then-owner of WETM) which brought it back on-air in September 2004 as UPN affiliate WTTX-LP identified on-air as "UPN 30".  With the September 2006 merger of UPN and The WB to form The CW, WTTX competed to become the area's affiliate. Ultimately, this went to cable-only WB 100+ station "WBE" which was operated by ABC affiliate WENY-TV.
WTTX was dealt another blow when WSKG launched full-time satellite WSKA on the channel 30 allotment forcing Clear Channel to shut down the low-powered station. WTTX's programming was moved to WETM-DT2 which became an Independent after The CW launched on September 18, 2006. WETM-DT2 won a New York State Broadcasters Association Award for its coverage of high school sports in 2006, 2008, and 2010. The station airs local sports such as Elmira Jackals hockey and New York Yankees baseball.
The station signed-on September 10, 1956 as WSYE-TV. It was owned by Newhouse Communications as a semi-satellite of NBC affiliate WSYR-TV (now WSTM-TV) in Syracuse. It is Elmira's oldest surviving station behind WTVE which launched a few years earlier but went dark after Hurricane Hazel blew through the Elmira area in 1954 and took out its tower. Originating early on from WSYE's original studios on Hawley Hill was a ladies informational program called The Dana Near Show. In 1980, WSYE and WSYR owner Newhouse Communications sold the stations to the Times Mirror Company which changed the call letters to WSTM-TV and WETM-TV respectively.
Over the next several years, Times Mirror cut the last ties between the two and later sold this station to Smith Broadcasting in 1986. Under Smith's ownership, a reversal of the station's origins took place with the 1996 launch of a Class A semi-satellite in Binghamton, WBGH-CA. Set up in the wake of established NBC affiliate WICZ-TV defecting to Fox, WBGH eventually split-off except for simulcasting WETM's newscasts. This station became the first outlet in the market with an internet presence starting in 1998. In 2000, Smith Broadcasting entered into a management agreement with The Ackerley Group to operate WETM.
Clear Channel Communications inherited the management agreement when it purchased the assets of Ackerley in late-2001. In 2004, Smith Broadcasting sold WETM outright to Clear Channel after the death of Smith Broadcasting founder Robert Smith. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Providence Equity Partners.  It became the first station in Elmira to broadcast a high definition feed in 2005 with the launch of a digital signal on VHF channel 2. WETM flash-cut its analog signal on UHF channel 18 to digital at 12:01 in the morning on June 12, 2009. This was preceded by the sign-off of its previous VHF digital signal.
Newport announced on July 19, 2012 that it would sell twelve of its television stations (including WETM) to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group.  The sale was finalized on December 3, 2012. On July 26, the station was knocked off-the-air by widespread power outages caused by a confirmed tornado that struck downtown Elmira during the afternoon. By the next day around mid-morning, WETM had a feed restored to Time Warner Cable.  
WETM has traditionally been a ratings stronghold in the Central Twin Tiers area. This is because the news department at rival WENY is quite small compared with WETM's news department. While serving as a semi-satellite of WSTM, WETM produced separate local newscasts seen weeknights at 6 and 11 from its original Hawley Hill studios. There were also weekday morning news and weather cut-ins (airing at :25 and :55 past the hour) during Today from 7 until 9. Unlike most NBC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, the station does not air local news weeknights at 5:30.
The 2004 launch of WETM-DT2/WTTX-LP introduced the area's first prime time broadcast at 10 which can be seen for thirty minutes on weeknights. WETM 18 News at 10 currently competes with a ten minute update seen on Fox affiliate WYDC (which is taped in advance). Independent outlet WETM-DT2 simulcasts the entire weekday morning show in addition to weeknight newscasts at 5 and 6 from the main channel. In 2007, WETM became one of four stations in Upstate New York to stream its weekday noon show live online (the others are WKBW-TV in Buffalo as well as sister outlets WHAM-TV in Rochester and WSYR in Syracuse).
On June 5, 2009, WIVT and WBGH announced there would be a consolidation of news operations with WETM after Newport Television made across the board cuts; the two continue to be locally operated and maintained from Binghamton, however.    WIVT and WBGH then began simulcasting WETM's newscasts.  A separate newscast specifically focusing on the Binghamton area was brought back to WIVT and WBGH on June 28, 2009.  Originally, a 6 p.m. newscast was produced from WETM's studios in Elmira but this was eventually added as a rebroadcast at 11. The news and sports segments (originating from the facilities in Binghamton) are recorded earlier in the day usually by 5 o'clock and feature locally-based personnel. WETM provides a local weather forecasts that is regional in nature and also taped in advance. Binghamton NBC outlet WBGH airs WETM's weekend 11 p.m. news program through a simulcast.
- Channel 18 News (1980s-2000)
- 18 News (2000-2005)
- WETM 18 News (2005-present)
News music packages
- "WNDU 1986 News Theme"
- "News Station"
- "News Source"
- "The NBC Collection"
- Zach Wheeler - weekday mornings and weekdays at noon
- Jeff Stone - Chief Managing Editor; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (WETM-DT2) and 11:00 p.m.; also Twin Tiers Weekly host
- Erica Brecher - weekends; also reporter
- Henry Dormann - Friends & Neighbors host
WETM 18 Storm Team
- Chip Maxham (CBM Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (WETM-DT2) and 11:00 p.m.
- Nicole Phillips - Meteorologist; weekday mornings and at noon
- Sean Bailey (NWA Member) - meteorologist; weekends
- Alex Cawley - Director; weeknights at 6:00, 10:00 (WETM-DT2) and 11:00 p.m.
- Mario Sacco - Sports Anchor/Reporter; weekends
- Chuck Brame - WETM 18 Sports Blitz host; also sports reporter
- Marissa Perlman - fill-in news anchor; also Community Focus host
- Shannon Lins
- Jeremy Kahn - Morning reporter
- Ben Amey; also Producer
Notable former staff
- Catherine Bosley - now at WOIO-TV
- Rod Denson
- Staci-Lyn Honda now at WSYR-TV
- Josh Mora - sports anchor (1994-1996); now working for Full Sail University
- Ken Rosato - now at WABC-TV
- Lauren Sivan - now at KTTV
- Fybush, Scott (July 14, 2003). "Car Dealer/Broadcaster Boch Dies". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
- Fybush, Scott (September 27, 2004). "Rhode Islanders Fight WRNI Sale". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
- "Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners" (Press release). Clear Channel Communications. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- "Newport Sells 22 Station For $1 Billion". TVNewsCheck. July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
- "News department at WIVT-WBGH combined with WETM". YNN Binghamton. June 5, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
- "Josh Mora's LinkedIn profile". Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WETM-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for WETM-DT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WETM-TV