|Syracuse, New York|
|Channels||Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 43 (PSIP)
|Owner||RKM Media, Inc.
(operated through LMA by Bristlecone Broadcasting; transitional service agreement provided by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|First air date||October 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||We're New York Syracuse|
|Former callsigns||WSNR-TV (1989-1994)|
|Former channel number(s)||43 (UHF analog, 1989-2009)|
|Former affiliations||Independent (1989-1995)
The WB (2001-2006)
|Transmitter power||680 kW|
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. A six-month transitional service agreement for both stations is provided by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
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 offered 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.