WMAZ-TV

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WMAZ-TV
13WMAZlogo.png
Macon, Georgia
Branding 13WMAZ (general)
13WMAZ Eyewitness News (newscasts)
Slogan Straight from the Heart
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Subchannels 13.1 CBS
13.2 The CW
13.3 Weather
Affiliations CBS
Owner Gannett Company
(Pacific and Southern Company, Inc.)
First air date September 27, 1953; 60 years ago (1953-09-27)
Call letters' meaning Watch
Mercer
Attain
Zenith
Former channel number(s) 13 (VHF analog, 1953-2009)
4 (VHF digital, 2003-2009)
Former affiliations All secondary:
DuMont (1953-1955)
NBC (1953-1968)
ABC (1953-1982)
Transmitter power 52.6 kW
Height 238 m
Facility ID 46991
Transmitter coordinates 32°45′11.7″N 83°33′32″W / 32.753250°N 83.55889°W / 32.753250; -83.55889
Website www.13wmaz.com

WMAZ-TV, channel 13, is the CBS affiliate television station in Macon, Georgia, United States. It is owned by Gannett. Syndicated programming on WMAZ includes: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Dr. Phil and Ellen.

History[edit]

The station signed on September 27, 1953, owned by Southeastern Broadcasting Company along with WMAZ radio (AM 940, now WMAC; and FM 99.1, frequency now occupied by WDEN). It is the fourth-oldest station in the state and the oldest outside of Atlanta, beating WDAK-TV (now WTVM) in Columbus by only a day. Southeastern Broadcasting won a television license on its second try; it had previously made an unsuccessful bid for channel 7 a year earlier. The new station was one of the most powerful VHF stations in the country, providing at least secondary coverage from the southern Atlanta suburbs to the western suburbs of Savannah. It carried programming from all three major networks, but has always been a primary CBS affiliate owing to WMAZ-AM's long affiliation with CBS Radio.

WMAZ's callsign comes from its AM sister's roots as a physics project at Mercer University. The call letters stand for Watch Mercer Attain Zenith.

Southeastern Broadcasting sold WMAZ-AM-FM-TV to Southern Broadcasting Corporation in 1963, earning a healthy return on its 1935 purchase of WMAZ-AM. Southern Broadcasting merged with the News-Piedmont Company of Greenville, South Carolina to form Multimedia, Inc. in 1967. In 1974, WMAZ-AM-FM-TV moved to a new studio on Gray Highway in Macon.

Multimedia merged with Gannett in 1995, making WMAZ-TV a sister station to Georgia's third-oldest station, WXIA-TV in Atlanta.

WMAZ was the only station in town until 1968, when WCWB-TV (now WMGT-TV) started and took the NBC affiliation. WMAZ continued to carry selected ABC shows until WGXA began in 1982.

It is still the only VHF station in the market, in part because Macon is sandwiched between Atlanta to the north, Columbus to the west, Augusta and Savannah to the east. In part due to this, it has dominated central Georgia ratings for most of its history.

Its current image campaign, "Straight from the Heart," dates to 1983, based on Bryan Adams' song of the same name. Its sister station, WBIR-TV, an NBC affiliate in Knoxville, also uses the slogan and image campaign.

On November 4, 2011 WMAZ moved all their newscast to the "Law Call" set, with the normal red and black newsroom/control room backdrop. Three days later, on November 7, WMAZ announced during their 5 o'clock newscast that they will be upgrading to HD in the upcoming weeks. The first reporting of the transition was on morning anchor Stephanie Susskind's Facebook page where she wrote, "If things look a little different this morning, it's because we are getting ready to go HD! Stick with us for some temporary changes as we get our studio ready to broadcast in High Definition soon". Ten days later, WMAZ began broadcasting their newscasts in HD, becoming the first full power station in the Macon market to do so (behind WRWR-LD, a low power station in Warner Robins which began airing HD newscasts on September 17, 2010). Unlike most CBS affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, WMAZ does not broadcast local news weeknights at 5:30 p.m.

On October 3, 2013, WMAZ-TV announced that they will broadcast The CW on a new sub-channel on 13.2 starting October 14, 2013; with the launch they will also produce a 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts for the channel.;[1] On October 14, 2013, at 12 a.m. WMAZ-DT2 officially signed on.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
13.1 1080i 16:9 WMAZ-HD Main WMAZ programming / CBS
13.2 720i 4:3 WMAZ-DT2 The CW Central Georgia
13.3 480i WMAZ-DT3 Weather

News operation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Your Esso Reporter (1953-1957)
  • WMAZ-TV News (1957-1969)
  • The 11th Hour Report (1966-1969)
  • Pulse News (1969-1971)
  • Channel 13 News (1971-1974)
  • News 13 (1974-1978)
  • Eyewitness NewsCenter (1978-1979)
  • (13 WMAZ) Eyewitness News (1979–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • Channel 13, Georgia's Color Station (1960s)
  • Channel 13 is The Place To Be (early 1970s)
  • Middle Georgia's First Choice in News
  • Straight From The Heart (1983–present)

Newscast music[edit]

  • Move Closer to Your World by Mayoham Music (1972–1976)
  • Where You Belong by TM Productions (1976–1978)
  • WJZ 1975 News Theme by unknown composer (1978–1980)
  • WMAZ 1980 News Theme by unknown composer (1980-19??)
  • KSDK 1981 News Theme by unknown composer (1990–1994)
  • WWL News by Stephen Arnold Music (1994–2006)
  • Seize The Day by 615 Music (2006–2008)
  • Gannett News Music Package by Rampage Music New York, Inc. (2008-2013)
  • This Is Home by Gari Media Group (2013–present)
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News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Current anchors[edit]

  • Suzanne Lawler – weekend mornings on Eyewitness News Mornin' (7:00-9:00 a.m.); also fill-in sports anchor
  • Lorra Lynch-Jones – weeknights at 5:00 p.m.; also Weeknight Reporter
  • Frank Malloy – weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (WMAZ-DT2) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Portia Lake - weeknights at 6:00, 10:00 (WMAZ-DT2) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Kenny Burgamy - weekday mornings on Eyewitness News Mornin' (5:00-7:00 on WMAZ and 7:00-7:30 a.m. on WMAZ-DT2 The CW) and weekdays at noon
  • Katelyn Heck - weekday mornings on Eyewitness News Mornin' (5:00-7:00 on WMAZ and 7:00-7:30 a.m. on WMAZ-DT2 The CW) and weekdays at noon
  • Jennifer Moulliet – weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; Also Weeknight Reporter

Weather team[edit]

  • Ben Jones (AMS Seal of Approval) – chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (WMAZ-DT2) and 11:00 p.m.; also sports reporter
  • Olivia James – meteorologist; weekend mornings on Eyewitness News Mornin' (7:00-9:00 a.m.) and weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • David Enrst (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings on Eyewitness News Mornin' (5:00-7:00 on WMAZ and 7:00-7:30 a.m. on WMAZ-DT2) and weekdays at noon
  • Mike Fuller – meteorologist; fill-in

Sports team[edit]

(all co-host of HighSchoolSports.net Football Friday Night and HighSchoolSports.net Full Court Press)

  • Marvin James - sports anchor/reporter, weeknights at 6:00, 10:00 (WMAZ-DT2) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Wes Blankenship - Sports/Anchor; Weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Reporters[edit]

  • Tom George - multimedia journalist; Also Fill in Anchor
  • Anita Oh - multimedia journalist
  • Elise Brown - multimedia journalist
  • Kristen Swilley - multimedia journalist
  • Sitarah Coote - multimedia journalist
  • Randall Savage – "Close Up" host; also special assignment editor

Local program hosts[edit]

  • Brooke HawkinsScene 13 co-host
  • Del Ward – "Personal Profile" interviewer

Former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]