WJET-TV

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WJET-TV
WJET logo.png
Erie, Pennsylvania
Branding JET 24 (general)
JET 24 Action News (newscasts)
Slogan Your News Leader
Channels Digital: 24 (UHF)
Subchannels 24.1 ABC
24.2 Me-TV (beginning 9/1/2014)
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date April 2, 1966
Call letters' meaning JET Broadcasting
(former owners)
Sister station(s) WFXP
Former channel number(s) 24 (UHF analog, 1966-2009)
58 (UHF digital)
Transmitter power 523 kW
Height 304 m
Transmitter coordinates 42°2′25″N 80°4′9″W / 42.04028°N 80.06917°W / 42.04028; -80.06917
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.yourerie.com

WJET-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station for Pennsylvania's Northwest Region. Licensed to Erie, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 24 from a transmitter at its studios on US 19/Peach Street in Summit Township. The station has been cut from Time Warner Cable in the Ohio market, being replaced by WTAE-TV from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Owned by the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, WJET operates Fox affiliate WFXP (owned by Mission Broadcasting) through a local marketing agreement (LMA) and the two share studios.

History[edit]

WJET signed-on as the third station in Erie during the 6 p.m. hour on April 2, 1966. Owned by Jet Broadcasting along with WJET radio, it aired an analog signal on UHF channel 24 and the first program shown was a 24-hour movie marathon. The station immediately joined ABC which had been shared as a secondary affiliate on NBC station WICU-TV and CBS outlet WSEE-TV until this point. In January 1998, Nexstar acquired WJET. Later that year, it began performing non-programming functions for Mission Broadcasting-owned WFXP as was standard for most Nexstar stations. That station was then consolidated into WJET's facilities.

On April 3, 2006, this station celebrated its 40th anniversary. It began airing its digital signal on UHF channel 58 in high definition in 2008. In 2009, the station returned to channel 24 when the analog to digital conversion was completed. It is carried on cable in London, St. Thomas and other communities in Ontario, Canada near Lake Erie. In recent years, the station has been bumped to high dial positions on cable systems in those locations. WJET was once available on cable in the Hamilton, Niagara, and Grand River areas but was dropped by the early 2000s. On September 1, 2014, the station will begin to add Me-TV on digital subchannel 24.2.

Channel 24 continues to supply its former radio sister with newscast support during the day, even though the two have been under separate ownership for several years.

News operation[edit]

News open.

Unlike most ABC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, WJET does not air a full-two hour weekday morning show. On Friday nights at 11:20 (11:15 during the high school football season), it airs a local sports highlight show called Friday Night Lights. When the station began operating WFXP, it took over production of that station's nightly half hour prime time broadcast (known as Fox 66 News at 10). This had previously been produced by WICU through a news share agreement. On September 10, 2007, WJET began airing an hour-long weekday morning show at 8 on WFXP (called Fox 66 News in the Morning). This is the only local newscast in the area broadcasting in the time-slot.

In June 2011, the station rolled out a new logo and on-air graphics, replacing a logo used since the early 1980s and graphics that were used for over 10 years. On October 23, 2013, WJET began broadcasting newscasts in HD.

News team[edit]

Anchors

  • Traci Teudhope - weekday mornings (5:30-7:00 on WJET and 8:00-9:00 a.m. on WFXP) and weekdays at noon
  • Sean Lafferty - weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 10:00 (WFXP) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Jill McCormick - weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 10:00 (WFXP) and 11:00 p.m.
  • David Belmondo - weekends at 6:00, 10:00 (WFXP) and 11:00 p.m.

JET-TV Pinpoint Weather meteorologists

  • Tom Atkins (NWA sealholder) - Chief seen weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 10:00 (WFXP) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Tom DiVecchio (AMS sealholder) - weekday mornings (5:30-7:00 on WJET and 8:00-9:00 a.m. on WFXP) and weekdays at noon
  • Linh Truong - weekends at 6:00, 10:00 (WFXP) and 11:00 p.m.

Sports

  • Craig Smylie - sports director; weeknights at 6:00, 10:00 (WFXP) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Matt Edwards - sports anchor; weekends at 6:00, 10:00 (WFXP) and 11:00 p.m.

Reporters

  • Raychel Vendetti Adiutori (part-time)
  • Elizabeth D'Aurora
  • Mike Holden
  • Ashlee McGeehan
  • Brian Sheridan (part-time)
  • Jessica Starr
  • Danielle Woods

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • Kevin Benson - meteorologist, now at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh
  • Jim Connors - Fill-in weatherman & WJET-AM midday air personality from the mid 1960s to 1971. One of WJET-AM's original "Good Guys".
  • John Evans- sports director/anchor/reporter (1979-2000); current member, PA House of Representatives
  • Jill Perkins - reporter
  • Chelsea Pompeani - reporter
  • John Stehr - anchor/reporter (1979–1980), now primary anchor at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis[1]
  • Anita Vogel - reporter, now a reporter for Fox News

News/Station Presentation[edit]

Newscast Titles[edit]

Station Slogans[edit]

  • Now Is The Time, Channel 24's The Place (1981-1982; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Something's Happening on 24 (1987-1990; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Northwestern Pennsylvania's #1 News Station (1990-1999)
  • 24 Stands for News (mid 1990s)
  • On Your Side (1999-present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Stehr bio". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 

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