|Syracuse, New York
|Channels||Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 43 (PSIP)
Get TV (DT2; 2015-present)
|Owner||RKM Media, Inc.
(operated through LMA by Bristlecone Broadcasting)
|First air date||October 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||We're New York Syracuse|
|Sister station(s)||WSYT, WICZ-TV,
|Former callsigns||WSNR-TV (1989-1994)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Former affiliations||Independent (1989-1995)
The WB (2001-2006)
DT2: TheCoolTV (2010-2012)
|Transmitter power||680 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WNYS-TV is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Central Upstate New York that is licensed to Syracuse. It broadcasts a 720p high definition digital signal on UHF channel 44 (or virtual channel 43.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Maple Grove, a hamlet of Otisco. Owned by RKM Media, WNYS is operated through a local marketing agreement (LMA) by Bristlecone Broadcasting as a sister station to Fox affiliate WSYT. The two stations share studios together on James Street/NY 290 in Syracuse's Near Northeast section.
Since the nearby Watertown market currently lacks a MyNetworkTV affiliate of its own, this station could be considered as the area's de facto affiliate. However, the northern broadcasting radius of its over-the-air signal reaches south of Watertown proper. Is it also currently not available on Time Warner Cable systems in that area.
The station began broadcasting in October 1989 as an Independent with the call sign WSNR-TV. Its call letters were changed in 1994 to the current WNYS-TV. This had been previously used on what is now ABC affiliate WSYR-TV from 1962 until 1978. On January 16, 1995, the station became a charter affiliate of UPN. In that same year, Max Media Properties (then owner of WSYT) entered into an LMA with WNYS and began operating the station out of that outlet's facility. It switched to The WB in 2001 after which UPN was picked up ten months later on October 20 by low-powered WAWA-LP (now WSTQ-LP).
On September 5, 2006, WNYS affiliated with its third network in the last twelve years becoming a MyNetworkTV affiliate. Along with other Sinclair Broadcasting Group stations in New York State, WNYS and WSYT began transmitting digital-only signals in February 17, 2009. Sinclair announced the sale of WSYT, the LMA for WNYS, and WYZZ-TV in Peoria/Bloomington, Illinois to Cunningham Broadcasting on February 28, 2013 following its acquisition of Barrington Broadcasting. The sale was necessary due to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s ownership rules as Sinclair chose to keep Barrington's WSTM-TV in Syracuse.
However, in an updated filing with the FCC, it was revealed that WSYT would instead be sold to Bristlecone Broadcasting, a company owned by Brian Brady (owner of Stainless Broadcasting Company) whose only other assets in New York State are WICZ-TV and WBPN-LP in Binghamton. Those transactions were completed on November 25.
Following consummation of the sale, Sinclair continued to operate WSYT and WNYS through a transitional service agreement for six months until May 2014. Sinclair will continue to own the station's studios on James Street and its transmitter site in Otisco for at least ten years. WNYS formally maintained its own website but as a result of the sale to Bristlecone, this was abandoned in favor of a shared website with WSYT. In late-January 2015, its second digital subchannel began carrying GetTV, a Sony Entertainment-owned digital off-air broadcast channel providing mostly classic films from the Sony Pictures library.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|43.1||720p||16:9||WNYS-DT||Main WNYS-TV programming / MyNetworkTV|
WNYS-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 43, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 44. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 43.
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- Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License Federal Communications Commission, 9 August 2013
- RabbitEars TV Query for WNYS
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.