13WMAZ Eyewitness News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Straight from the Heart|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
13.2 The CW
(Pacific and Southern Company, Inc.)
|First air date||September 27, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||Watch
|Former channel number(s)||13 (VHF analog, 1953-2009)
4 (VHF digital, 2003-2009)
|Former affiliations||All secondary:
|Transmitter power||52.6 kW|
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 News operation
- 4 References
- 5 External links
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.
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.
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.; On October 14, 2013, at 12 a.m. WMAZ-DT2 officially signed on.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|13.1||1080i||16:9||WMAZ-TV||Main WMAZ-TV programming / CBS|
|13.2||720p||WMAZTV2||The CW Central Georgia|
On June 12, 2009, WMAZ-TV turned-off its analog transmitter and its digital signal relocated to channel 13.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
Current on-air staff
- 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
- 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
(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.
- Katelyn Heck - multimedia journalist; Also Fill in Anchor
- Judy Le - multimedia journalist
- 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
- Brooke Hawkins – Scene 13 co-host
- Del Ward – "Personal Profile" interviewer
Former on-air staff
- Jennifer Bellamy, Multi-media Journalist, 2008-2011, now at WLTX in Columbia, S.C.
- Vanessa Echols, Reporter (1983–1987, now at WFTV)
- Joel Godard, Weather Anchor (early 1970s, later the announcer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien)
- Phil Keating - reporter (1990; now at Fox News Channel)
- Scott McGrew (1991-1993, now at KNTV)
- Maureen O'Boyle – morning anchor/reporter (1982-1987) later anchored A Current Affair, and Extra, now at WBTV-TV in Charlotte
- Yenu Wodajo, Saturday 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Anchor/Reporter (2006–2008), now at ABC 33 40 in Birmingham, AL
- Bofta Yiman, Multi-media Journalist and weekend anchor, 2009-2011, now at Fox 13 in Memphis, TN.
- "13WMAZ Will Broadcast The CW Network on Digital Channel 13.2".
- "Phil Keating Bio". Fox News. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- WMAZ website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WMAZ
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WMAZ-TV