WGGB-DT2

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WGGB-DT2
WGGB Fox 6 Springfield logo.png
Springfield/Holyoke, Massachusetts
Branding Fox 6
Channels Digital: WGGB-DT 40.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 40.2 (PSIP)
Affiliations Fox (primary)
MyNetworkTV (secondary)
Owner Gormally Broadcasting, LLC (sale to Meredith Corporation pending)
(Gormally Broadcasting
Licenses, LLC)
Call letters' meaning see WGGB
Former affiliations The Tube
Transmitter power 460 kW (digital)
Height 324 m (digital)
Facility ID 25682 (digital)
Transmitter coordinates 42°14′30.0″N 72°38′57.0″W / 42.241667°N 72.649167°W / 42.241667; -72.649167 (digital)

WGGB-DT2 is the primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV television station for the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The station is a second digital subchannel of ABC affiliate WGGB-TV owned by Gormally Broadcasting. Over-the-air, it broadcasts a 720p high definition digital signal on UHF channel 40.2 from a transmitter on Mount Tom in Holyoke. Its parent station has studios on Liberty Street in Springfield. Syndicated programming on WGGB-DT2 includes How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Family Guy, and The Simpsons among others.

History[edit]

WGGB-DT2 first became active under Sinclair Broadcast Group ownership. The broadcast group signed a deal which added The Tube (a 24-hour digital music channel) to many of the company's stations including WGGB. As a result of lacking any advertising and incoming revenue source, The Tube shut down operations at the end of 2006.

Meanwhile, the market did not have a Fox affiliate of its own with Springfield being the largest television market in the United States to have this distinction. WTIC-TV in Hartford and even WFXT in Boston served as the default affiliate on cable. At one point, new Class A outlet WFXQ-CD had been rumored as attempting to affiliate with the network (hence the station's call letters). That station is owned as part of a duopoly with rival NBC affiliate WWLP.

On March 31, 2008, WGGB announced it would launching the area's first locally-based Fox affiliate on this second digital subchannel. Almost immediately, WTIC had its cable channel location on Comcast systems taken by WGGB-DT2, and as a result, was moved to the digital tier on channel 292. Charter eventually followed suit as well placing WTIC on digital channel 261. When WGGB-DT2 signed-on for the second time, it also added MyNetworkTV as a secondary relation. Currently, programming from the Fox sister network is seen in a delayed manner from 12:35 until 2:35 early the next morning. There is no local branding and/or logo indicating the secondary MyNetworkTV affiliation status aside from network promotions.

On June 18, 2014, the Meredith Corporation (owner of WFSB in Hartford) announced that it would acquire WGGB creating a duopoly with low-powered CBS affiliate WSHM-LD. Although FCC broadcast ownership rules normally forbid same-market ownership of two of the four highest-rated television stations (based on monthly total-day ratings), which often constitute stations affiliated with the four major broadcast networks (the Springfield market has only three full-power television stations, too few to allow a duopoly in any normal circumstance), the deal is permissible under FCC rules which allow common ownership of full-power and low-power television stations (the respective class designations of WGGB and WSMH) in all markets.

Newscasts[edit]

Nightly news open.

With the launch of Fox and MyNetworkTV on WGGB-DT2, plans were made to launch a prime time newscast on this channel. A weeknight, half-hour program eventually launched on September 8, 2008. Known as Fox 6 News at 10, the program originally featured a separate graphics package and music theme from the main WGGB broadcasts. Rival CBS affiliate WSHM-LD had already established a nightly prime time newscast at 10 on its cable-only 24-hour weather channel. That program aired in a commercial-free, face-paced format and was also steamed live on its website. The broadcast was eventually dropped for an unknown reason.

Eventually, WGGB-DT2's show was expanded to weekends and became known as ABC 40 First on Fox. On April 6, 2009, the main channel's weekday morning show became a full two-hour broadcast like most other ABC affiliates. WGGB-DT2 simulcasts this program then replays it at 7. The main station then added a half-hour to the newscast becoming Pioneer Valley's first station offering a weekday morning broadcast beginning at 4:30 (WGGB-DT2 simulcasts that half-hour as well). On September 14, 2011, WGGB officially became the first station in the Springfield market to upgrade local news production to high definition level (shows seen on WGGB-DT2 were included with the change).

News team[edit]

Anchors

  • Tom Lewis - weekday mornings
  • Emily Volz - weekday mornings
  • Chris Pisano - weeknights; also reporter
  • Lindsay Iadeluca - weekends; also reporter

First Warning Weather

  • Rick Sluben - meteorologist; weeknights
  • Dan Brown - meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Tyler Jankoski - meteorologist; weekends

Reporters

  • Brendon Monahan - Assignment Editor
  • Ray Hershel - Chief Political
  • Brittany Decker - community
  • Kainani Stevens - sports
  • Casey Viera - sports

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