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Not to be confused with WSYR-TV, which formerly held the WNYS callsign from 1962 to 1978.
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Syracuse, New York
United States
Branding My 43
Channels Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 43 (PSIP)
Subchannels 43.1 MyNetworkTV
43.2 GetTV
Affiliations MyNetworkTV (2006-present)
Get TV (2015-present)
Owner RKM Media, Inc.
(operated through LMA by Bristlecone Broadcasting)
First air date October 1989 (1989-10)
Call letters' meaning We're New York Syracuse
Sister station(s) WSYT
Former callsigns WSNR-TV (1989-1994)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
43 (UHF, 1989-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1989-1995)
UPN (1995-2001)
The WB (2001-2006)
DT2: TheCoolTV (2010-2012)
Transmitter power 680 kW
Height 445 m
Class DT
Facility ID 58725
Transmitter coordinates 42°52′50″N 76°12′0″W / 42.88056°N 76.20000°W / 42.88056; -76.20000
Licensing authority FCC
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 high definition digital signal on UHF channel 44 (or virtual channel 43.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Otisco. The station can also be seen on Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS channel 7 with HD offered on Verizon FiOS channel 507 and Time Warner Cable channel 1125. Locally-owned, WNYS is operated through a local marketing agreement (LMA) by the Bristlecone Broadcasting as a sister station to Fox affiliate WSYT.

The two television outlets share studios on James Street in the Near Northeast section of Syracuse. Syndicated programming on WNYS includes The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Family Guy, and Judge Mathis among others. Since the Watertown market currently lacks a MyNetworkTV affiliate of its own, this station technically serves as the area's de facto affiliate. However, the northern broadcasting radius of its over-the-air signal reaches just south of Watertown proper. Is it also not currently 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 channel's facilities.

It switched to The WB in 2001 after which the UPN affiliation 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. Like other Sinclair stations in the region, WNYS and WSYT have been transmitting digital-only signals since February 17, 2009.

In late January 2015, sub-channel 43.2 began carrying GetTV, a Sony Entertainment owned OTA broadcast channel providing mostly classic films from the Sony Pictures Library.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
43.1 720p 16:9 WNYS-DT Main WNYS-TV programming / MyNetworkTV
43.2 480i 16:9 GetTV GetTV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WNYS-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 43, on February 17, 2009, the original 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.[2] 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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