|Branding||ABC 7 Chicago (general)
ABC 7 Eyewitness News (newscasts)
|Slogan||People Make the Difference
Chicago's #1 News
Your News. Your Way.
|Channels||Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
(WLS Television, Inc.)
|First air date||September 17, 1948|
|Call letters' meaning||From former sister station WLS radio, whose founding owner was was retailer Sears, Roebuck and Company (the World's Largest Store)|
|Sister station(s)||WMVP, WRDZ|
|Former callsigns||WENR-TV (1948–1953)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
7 (VHF, 1948–2009)
52 (UHF, 1996–2009)
7 (VHF, 2009–2013)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WLS-TV, virtual channel 7 (UHF digital channel 44), is an ABC owned-and-operated television station located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. WLS-TV broadcasts from studios located on North State Street in the Chicago Loop, and its transmitter is located atop the Willis Tower.
- 1 Digital television
- 2 History
- 3 Programming
- 4 News operation
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.1||720p||16:9||WLS-DT||Main WLS-TV programming / ABC|
|7.2||LivWell||Live Well Network
(4:3 letterbox on 7.3)
Prior to February 24, 2011, WLS-DT3 aired ABC 7 News Now with weather programming from The Local AccuWeather Channel. The ABC O&Os discontinued their Local AccuWeather channels in February 2011, replacing its programming with a letterboxed standard-definition simulcast of their Live Well subchannels; however, the partnership between ABC and AccuWeather continues to this day as the branding for the stations' weather reports.
WLS-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, 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 relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 52, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its former VHF analog channel 7.
WLS operated its digital signal at low power (4.75 kW) to protect the digital signal of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan (which also broadcasts on channel 7, but at a much higher radiated power). As a result, many viewers were not able to receive the station. The FCC sent extra personnel to Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City to deal with difficulties in those cities. WLS had received 1,735 calls just by the end of the day on June 12 (WBBM only received 600), and an estimated 5,000 calls in total by June 16.
Upon completion of the digital transition, WLS officially transferred the "WLS-TV" legal callsign from the now-defunct analog channel 7 to the original post-transition digital television channel 7, and discontinued the "WLS-DT" callsign. In late 2009, after moving full-power digital operations to UHF channel 44, the "WLS-TV" callsign was moved to channel 44. Even though WLS-TV converted VHF channel 7 into a digital fill-in translator and it was a low-power digital (-LD) facility, it uses the same call letters and suffix like their main full power facility. However, the PSIP identifier for WLS-TV's virtual channels still continues to identify the station as "WLS-DT."
WLS-TV was just one station which needed to increase its signal strength or move its frequency to solve its problems, but a power increase required making sure no other stations were affected. WLS received a two-week experimental permit for a power increase late in June. WLS had also applied for a permit to construct a low-power fill-in digital translator station on UHF channel 32 (the former analog frequency of WFLD), but abandoned that plan (the channel 32 RF frequency has since been claimed by WMEU-CD). Eventually the FCC granted it a permit to transmit on a second frequency, UHF channel 44, formerly occupied by WSNS-TV; WLS announced the availability of that frequency on October 31, 2009.
Throughout construction of the new maximized transmitting facilities at the Willis Tower, WLS operated both channels 7 and 44 from its auxiliary facilities at the John Hancock Center under an STA. WLS operated channel 7 as a fill-in translator with a power of 7 kW, and operating their full power operations on channel 44 with a power of 1 MW. Through the use of PSIP technology, both operating frequencies were re-mapped and displayed as virtual channel 7, which would cause some digital tuners to have two versions of virtual channels 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3, while tuning sequentially. In October 2012, WLS-TV completed construction from the Willis Tower and its operating channel 44 at the 1 million watt power level. The station continued its dual-frequency operations until 12:03 p.m. on March 18, 2013 when WLS-TV formally ceased operations on VHF channel 7, leaving UHF channel 44 as its permanent allotment. Since WLS-TV officially moved its full-power operations to channel 44, it is the only ABC-owned station to vacate its former analog allotment for its digital operations and the second ABC O&O to operate its full-power operations on the UHF band, after KFSN-TV.
The station first went on the air on September 17, 1948 as WENR-TV, it was the third television station in Chicago (after WBBM-TV, which debuted two years earlier, and WGN-TV — channel 9, which launched six months before channel 7 began its first broadcasts). It was named after WENR radio, ABC's Chicago radio affiliate. As one of the original ABC-owned stations on channel 7, it was the second station after WJZ-TV (now WABC-TV) in New York City to begin operations, followed by WXYZ-TV in Detroit, KGO-TV in San Francisco and KECA-TV (now KABC-TV) in Los Angeles.
In February 1953, ABC merged with United Paramount Theatres (UPT), the former theater division of Paramount Pictures. UPT subsidiary Balaban and Katz owned WBKB on channel 4 (which shared a CBS affiliation with WGN-TV) but the new American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres, as the company was known then, could not keep both stations because of Federal Communications Commission regulations at that time that barred duopolies. As a result, WBKB's channel 4 license was sold to CBS and the station's call letters were changed to WBBM-TV; it moved its frequency to channel 2 several months later. The old WBKB's talent stayed at the new WBBM-TV, while the WBKB call letters and management moved to channel 7 (from 1965 to 1968, the station's calls were modified to WBKB-TV).
The general manager from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s was Sterling "Red" Quinlan, who was a giant in early Chicago television. He was instrumental in the careers of Tom Duggan, Frank Reynolds and Bob Newhart. The station courageously aired The Tom Duggan Show in the mid-1950s, which was the most popular show in Chicago far outdrawing other network competition. Channel 7 became WLS-TV on October 7, 1968, after WLS radio (890 AM), which ABC had wholly owned since 1959. Ironically, ABC merged WLS radio with WENR, its shared-time partner, in 1954.
WLS-TV had claimed to be "Chicago's first television station" in sign-ons in the 1980s (implying a connection with the original WBKB on channel 4), but admitted to its true roots with WENR with its 30th anniversary in 1978.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! aired on a one-hour delay at 12:02 a.m. since WLS-TV aired reruns of The Oprah Winfrey Show at 11:02 p.m. after Nightline (this practice ended after the Oprah reruns ended on September 9, 2011; Jimmy Kimmel was moved to 11:02 p.m. on September 12, 2011).
- WLS-TV was the only ABC owned-and-operated station not to air Live! with Kelly and Michael, and was one of two ABC-owned stations not to air the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with the Disney-ABC-produced shows airing on WGN-TV instead. Live with Kelly and Michael moved to WLS-TV on September 2, 2013, making it the last ABC owned-and-operated station to add the program. 
- WLS-TV in recent years has aired Chicago Bears preseason football games as well as the team's ESPN Monday Night Football games, which has meant preemption, and rescheduling, of network programming. These mark the only NFL games on WLS-TV, as ABC no longer airs NFL games; during the regular season, Bears games are rotated between WBBM-TV (through the NFL on CBS), WMAQ-TV (through NBC Sunday Night Football) and especially WFLD (through Fox NFL Sunday and NFL Network's Thursday Night Football). Since 2010 however, it has deferred the right of first refusal due to the popularity and live voting requirements of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and WCIU-TV (Channel 26) has carried MNF games instead.
Former syndicated programming produced in Chicago
- At the Movies - nationally syndicated film review program, produced at WLS-TV's studios, and syndicated by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. It aired Saturdays 10:35 p.m. with reruns Sundays 10:30 a.m. The program aired its final original broadcast on August 14, 2010.
- The Oprah Winfrey Show - formerly the local program A.M. Chicago, it retained the name about one year after Oprah Winfrey became host. The program was originally created by WLS-TV, but it was later produced by Harpo Productions and CBS Television Distribution at Oprah's Harpo Studios. It aired weekdays at 9 a.m., in both its local and syndicated incarnations. The program ended with its final original broadcast airing on May 25, 2011. Reruns continued weeknights at 11:02 p.m. until September 9, 2011.
Other WLS-TV produced programs
- 190 North - local lifestyle program named after the station's studio address at 190 N. State St. in the Loop and hosted by Janet Davies; began broadcasting in HD on May 6, 2007. The show ran on Sundays at 11 p.m. with a rebroadcast on Saturday nights from 1998 to 2013. It will return later in 2013 in a retooled format, only airing a few times a year.
- Let's Dish, for the Live Well Network. Shown locally on Channel 7.2.
- Windy City Live - local morning talk show hosted by Ryan Chiaverini and Valerie Warner that launched on May 26, 2011, replacing The Oprah Winfrey Show. It currently airs weekdays at 9 a.m. (but the initial live telecast will move to 11 a.m. on September 2, 2013),  with reruns weekdays at 12 noon (on Channel 7.2) and weeknights at 12:07 a.m. (after ABC's Nightline).
Former WLS-TV produced programs
- The Chicago Huddle - local sports program about the Chicago Bears hosted by Ryan Chiaverini. The program aired Sundays 10:30 a.m. during football season. It last aired during the 2009-2010 season.
- Chicagoing - local public affairs program hosted by Bill Campbell, aired Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m. The program aired its final broadcast on December 26, 2010.
WLS-TV presently broadcasts 38 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with six hours on weekdays and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). WLS-TV, like the other ABC owned-and-operated stations, adopted the Eyewitness News format in the late 1960s – with WLS adopting it in 1969, after it became a hit at New York City flagship WABC-TV. Beginning in 1968, the station's main evening newscasts were co-anchored by Fahey Flynn, a bowtie-wearing broadcaster who had spent the previous 15 years at WBBM-TV; and Joel Daly, hired away from WJW-TV in Cleveland in 1967. The duo served as the anchormen of the station's 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts until Flynn's death in August 1983. In 1970, they were joined by John Drury, who helmed the 5:00 newscast. By 1973, Eyewitness News surpassed NBC-owned WMAQ-TV (channel 5) to become Chicago's top-rated news operation, a lead it held until WBBM-TV surpassed it in 1979. For much of the 1970s and 1980s, it waged a spirited battle for second place in the Chicago news ratings.
By 1983, a disastrous anchor change had dropped channel 7 into third place. That prompted two major changes; ABC brought in Dennis Swanson from its Los Angeles station KABC-TV to serve as WLS-TV's new general manager. Swanson, in turn, hired Bill Applegate as the station's news director. Secondly, ABC commissioned Frank Gari to write an updated version of the Cool Hand Luke "Tar Sequence" theme widely associated with the Eyewitness News format. The result was News Series 2000, which was quickly picked up by the other ABC O&Os.
Swanson was instrumental in hiring Oprah Winfrey to host its then low-rated morning talk show, AM Chicago, in 1983. Within a year, it had shot to first place. It entered into national syndication in 1986 and was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. Channel 7 aired it, along with most of ABC's other O&Os, until September 2011. Swanson also rehired lead anchor John Drury, who had left for WGN-TV in 1979; and Floyd Kalber, who had led WMAQ-TV to the top of the ratings in the 1960s. Drury and Mary Ann Childers were a popular anchor team at WLS-TV during the 1980s and 1990s, accompanied by weatherman Steve Deshler and sportscaster Tim Weigel. In March 1986, channel 7 passed WBBM-TV as the highest-rated news station in Chicago. It has held the lead ever since, aside from a brief period when WBBM-TV managed to forge a tie for first.
In 1992, the station replaced News Series 2000 (as the other ABC O&Os did over the following year, due partly to increased royalties for use of the Cool Hand Luke theme and its variants by Lalo Schifrin) with a new news music package, also by Gari, called News Series 2000 Plus (since renamed Stimulus), which has remained in use by WLS since then and was updated in 2013. In 1996, WLS-TV dropped the Eyewitness News brand after 26 years, in favor of the network-centric ABC 7 News; the move was part of a standard branding effort imposed by ABC across its owned-and-operated stations which saw the incorporation of the ABC name into their local brands (not every ABC O&O dropped their news branding, as stations such as WABC-TV/New York City and WPVI-TV/Philadelphia retained their Eyewitness News or Action News identities).
WLS-TV officially debuted a new studio on State Street on April 10, 2006, during the station's morning newscast, although it had begun broadcasting its newscasts from that studio on April 8, 2006. On the weekend of April 29–30, 2006, WLS-TV upgraded its news helicopter with a high definition camera, rebranding it as "Chopper 7 HD." On January 6, 2007, WLS-TV became the first Chicago television station to broadcast its all of its local programming – including newscasts – in high definition, although most remote field footage remained in 16:9 widescreen standard definition at the time. Since then, WLS-TV upgraded most of its field footage to HD, although some field reports remain in widescreen SD.
On December 23, 2007, a minivan drove through a reinforced studio window at the State Street Studio two minutes into the 10 p.m. newscast, startling anchor Ravi Baichwal on air and creating a 20° draft; no one was injured in the crash. On November 11, 2012, WLS-TV expanded its Sunday 8 a.m. newscast from 1½ to two hours, leading into ABC's This Week. The 8 a.m. portion of the Saturday morning newscast was expanded to two hours from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on August 24, 2013. Nearly a week later on August 30, WLS-TV discontinued its hour-long weekday 11:00 a.m. newscast after 21 years, and replaced it on September 2 with Windy City Live, whose original 9:00 a.m. slot became occupied by Live! with Kelly and Michael when it moved to WLS from WGN-TV on that date. With the move and the midday newscast's cancellation, news and weather cut-ins were incorporated into Windy City Live.
On October 26, 2013, WLS-TV reintroduced the Eyewitness News brand (as ABC 7 Eyewitness News), as part of an overall rebranding of its newscasts that included new graphics and a modernized update to the Stimulus theme. In an interview with media columnist Robert Feder, WLS-TV president/general manager John Idler cited the reasoning behind the restoration of the Eyewitness News brand, was that it "[still] resonated strongly with [viewers in] the Chicago market," despite being dropped by the station 17 years earlier. On November 2, 2013, WLS expanded the early block of its weekend morning newscasts, with the extension of its hour-long 6 a.m. newscast on Saturdays and Sundays to two hours at 5 a.m.
According to the Nielsen local news ratings for the February 2011 sweeps period, WLS-TV remained in first place overall, with the 10 p.m. newscast getting a 9.7 rating share, down a tenth of a point from a 9.8 during the same time the previous year. The station remained in second place for its prime-time lead-in.
- Tomorrow's News Today (1949–1954)
- Channel 7 News (1954–1965)
- NewsNight (1965–1968)
- Flynn-Daly News (1968–1969)
- Flynn-Daly Eyewitness News (1969–1973)
- Channel 7 Eyewitness News (1969–1996)
- ABC 7 News (1996–2013)
- ABC 7 Eyewitness News (2013–present)
- "7's On Your Side" (1980–1983)
- "7's On The Move" (1984–1985)
- "Stand Up and Tell 'em Chicago's Great" (1985–1992; image campaign based on Frank Gari's Turn To News)
- "The Chicago Area's Leading News" (late 1980s–1995)
- "Chicago's #1 News" (1995–present)
- "People Make the Difference" (2000–present; secondary slogan)
- "Your News. Your Way." (2008–present; promotional slogan)
- Stacey Baca - weekend mornings (5:00-7:00 and 8:00-10:00 a.m.); also weekday reporter and The ñ Beat contributor
- Ravi Baichwal - weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter
- Ben Bradley - weekend mornings (5:00-7:00 and 8:00-10:00 a.m.); also weekday reporter
- Kathy Brock - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Cheryl Burton - weeknights at 5:00 p.m.; also 10:00 p.m. contributor
- Judy Hsu - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.); also reporter
- Karen Jordan - weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter
- Alan Krashesky - weekdays at noon (webcast) and 4:00 and weeknights at 6:00 p.m.; also host of NewsViews
- Ron Magers - weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Hosea Sanders - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.); also reporter
- Linda Yu - weekday mornings at 11:00 a.m. on Windy City Live and weekdays at 4:00 p.m.
- Weather team
- Jerry Taft (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Tracy Butler (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (4:30-7:00); also weather anchor on Windy City Live (weekdays at 11:00 a.m.)
- Mike Caplan - meteorologist; weekdays at noon and 4:00 p.m.
- Phil Schwarz (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; Sunday mornings (6:00-7:00 and 8:00-10:00 a.m.) and weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Troy Christensen - meteorologist; Saturday mornings (5:00-7:00 and 8:00-10:00 a.m.) and Sunday mornings (5:00-6:00 a.m.)
- Sports team
- Mark Giangreco - sports director; weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Jim Rose - sports anchor; weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 6:00 p.m.
- Rafer Weigel - sports anchor/reporter; weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weekday sports reporter
- Steve Dolinsky - food reporter ("Hungry Hound")
- Jessica D'Onofrio - general assignment reporter
- Michelle Gallardo - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- John Garcia - general assignment reporter; also The ñ Beat contributor
- Chuck Goudie - chief investigative reporter; also 6:00 p.m. "Intelligence Report" contributor
- Theresa Gutierrez - general assignment reporter; also host of The ñ Beat
- Evelyn Holmes - general assignment reporter
- Eric Horng - general assignment reporter
- Leah Hope - general assignment reporter; also host of Heart & Soul
- Jason Knowles - general assignment reporter
- Frank Mathie - feature reporter
- Paul Meincke - general assignment reporter
- Karen Meyer - disability issues reporter
- Diane Pathieu - general assignment reporter; also fill-in weekday morning traffic reporter
- Sarah Schulte - general assignment reporter
- Charles Thomas - political reporter; also host of Heart & Soul
- Roz Varon - weekday morning traffic reporter (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
Local program hosts
- Janet Davies - host; also features/entertainment reporter and fill-in anchor
Windy City Live (weekday mornings at 11:00 a.m.)
- Ryan Chiaverini - co-host
- Valerie Warner - co-host
Notable former on-air staff
- Mike Adamle - sports anchor (1983–1988, later at WMAQ-TV and WBBM-TV, now back at WMAQ-TV)
- Diane B. Allen - anchor/reporter (1979–1982)
- Jim Avila - reporter (1980–1984, later at ABC News, now at NBC News)
- Roberta Baskin - investigative reporter (1980–1984)
- Diann Burns - anchor/reporter (1985–2003, later at WBBM-TV and host of Next TV)
- Jann Carl - reporter (1983–1984, later at KTLA in Los Angeles and Entertainment Tonight)
- Mary Ann Childers - anchor/reporter (1980–1994, later at WBBM-TV, now Senior Consultant at Res Publica Group)
- Lauren Cohn - anchor/reporter (1993–1997, later at WBBM-TV and WFLD, and WTXF-TV in Philadelphia)
- John Coleman - longtime meteorologist (1968–1979; now at KUSI-TV in San Diego)
- Joel Daly - anchor (1967–2005), part-time legal contributor (2005–2007)
- Alex Dreier - anchor (1950s)†
- John Drury - anchor (1970–1979 and 1984–2002)†
- Tom Duggan - talk show host (1954–1956)†
- Roger Ebert - film critic/host of At the Movies/Siskel & Ebert/Ebert & Roeper (1980s–2006)†
- Steve Edwards - A.M. Chicago host (1975–1978, now host of Good Day LA at KTTV in Los Angeles)
- Fahey Flynn - anchor (1968–1983)†
- Bill Frink - sports anchor/reporter (1965–1979)†
- Judie Garcia - anchor/reporter (1996–2001, later at WBBM-TV, now at WGN-TV)
- Rob Johnson - weekend anchor/reporter (1998–2006, now at WBBM-TV)
- Jack Jones (1980–1984)†
- Floyd Kalber - anchor (1984–1998)†
- Kent Ninomiya - reporter (1993–1998)
- Brad Palmer - sports reporter/anchor (1985–2006)
- Sylvia Perez - anchor/medical reporter (1989–2013)
- Kim Peterson - anchor/reporter (1979–1982)
- Dan Ponce - reporter (2006–2009, now at WGN-TV)
- Frank Reynolds - anchor/reporter (1963–1965, later at ABC News)†
- Charlie Rose - A.M. Chicago host (1978, now host of his own self-titled late-night talk show on PBS and co-host of CBS This Morning on CBS)
- Jim Rosenfield - anchor/reporter (1989–1998, later at WNBC-TV and WCBS-TV in New York City, and WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. Now at WCAU in Philadelphia.)
- Warner Saunders - host of For Blacks Only (1965–1972, later at WBBM-TV and WMAQ-TV)
- Mark Schanowski - sports anchor/reporter (1990–1998, now at Comcast SportsNet Chicago)
- Tim Weigel - sports anchor/short time anchorman (1977–1994, later at WBBM-TV)†
- Oprah Winfrey - anchor/host of A.M. Chicago (1984–1986), which evolved into her long-running The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011)
- Robb Weller - A.M. Chicago host (1978–1983, later co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight)
- Larry Yellen - reporter/producer (1982–1993 now at WFLD)
† - deceased
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- ABC 7 Replacing 11:00 a.m. News with Windy City LIVE Facebook, June 20, 2013.
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- YouTube - WLS-TV Studio Car Crash
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- Channel 7 to drop 11 a.m. newscast in September, Chicago Tribune, June 20, 2013.
- WLS-Channel 7 adding more weekend morning news, Chicago Business Journal, October 18, 2013.
- Johnson-Sullivan anchor duo paying off for WBBM-Channel 2, Chicago Sun-Times, March 4, 2011.
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- "John Coleman bio". KUSI-TV. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Dan Ponce biography". WGN-TV. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- ABC7Chicago.com - Official website
- WLS-TV on Facebook
- WLS-TV on Google+
- WLS-TV on Twitter
- WLS-TV's channel on YouTube
- ABC7ToGo.com - WLS-TV Wireless Web site
- 190 North Web site
- Windy City Live Web site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WLS-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WLS-TV