|New York, New York|
|Branding||Fox 5 (general)
Fox 5 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||The Most Powerful Name in Local News (news)
Experience the Magic, So Fox 5 (general)
|Channels||Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
|Owner||Fox Television Stations|
|First air date||May 2, 1944|
|Call letters' meaning||disambiguation of former WNEW-TV callsign|
|Former callsigns||WABD (1944-1958)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
4 (VHF, 1944-1945)
5 (VHF, 1946-2009)
|Former affiliations||DuMont (1944-1956)
|Transmitter power||246 kW|
|Height||367 m (1,204 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WNYW, channel 5, is a television station in New York City, New York that serves as the flagship station of the Fox Broadcasting Company. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations division of News Corporation, and is a sister station to Secaucus, New Jersey-based MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station WWOR-TV (channel 9). The station's studio facilities are located at Fox Television Center in the Yorkville section of Manhattan, and its transmitter is located atop the Empire State Building.
The station is available to DirecTV subscribers in the few areas of the Eastern United States that do not have an over-the-air Fox affiliate and on Dish Network as part of All American Direct's distant network package; DirecTV also carries WNYW on its Latin American service, and on JetBlue's LiveTV inflight entertainment system. WNYW is also available on cable providers in the Caribbean.
DuMont origins 
The station traces its history to 1938, when television set and equipment manufacturer Allen B. DuMont founded experimental station W2XVT (whose callsign was later changed to W2XWV in 1944). On May 2, 1944, the station received its commercial license – the third in New York City – on VHF channel 4 as WABD, its callsign named after DuMont's initials. It was one of the few television stations that continued to broadcast during World War II, making it the fourth-oldest continuously broadcasting commercial station in the United States. The station originally broadcast from the DuMont Building on Madison Avenue. On December 17, 1945, WABD moved to channel 5.
Soon after channel 5 received its commercial license, DuMont Laboratories began a series of experimental coaxial cable hookups between WABD and W3XWT, a DuMont-owned experimental station in Washington, D.C. (now WTTG). These hookups were the beginning of the DuMont Television Network, the world's first licensed commercial television network. DuMont began regular network service in 1946 with WABD as the flagship station. In 1954, WABD and DuMont moved into the $5 million DuMont Tele-Centre at 205 East 67th Street in the Yorkville section of Manhattan's Upper East Side, inside the shell of the space formerly occupied by Jacob Ruppert's Central Opera House; channel 5 is still headquartered in that same building as of 2013, which was later renamed the Metromedia Telecenter, and is presently known as the Fox Television Center.
By February 1955, DuMont realized it could not continue in network television, and decided to shut down the network's operations and operate WABD and its Washington, D.C. station WTTG (also operating on channel 5) as independent stations. WABD thus becamethe New York market's fourth independent station, alongside future sister station WOR-TV (now WWOR), WPIX (channel 11) and Newark-licensed WATV (channel 13, now WNET). After DuMont wound down network operations in August 1955, DuMont Laboratories spun-off WABD and WTTG into a new firm, the DuMont Broadcasting Corporation. Channel 5 gained sister stations on radio in 1957, when DuMont purchased WNEW (1130 AM, now WBBR) in April of that year, and the construction permit for WHFI, which was renamed WNEW-FM (102.7 FM, now WWFS) when it began operations in August 1958.
The Metromedia era 
In May 1958, DuMont Broadcasting changed its name to the Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation in an effort to distinguish itself from its former corporate parent. Four months later, on September 7, 1958, WABD's call letters were changed to WNEW-TV to match its radio sisters. The final major corporate transaction involving the station during 1958 occurred in December, when Washington-based investor John Kluge acquired Paramount Pictures' controlling interest in Metropolitan Broadcasting and appointed himself as the company's chairman. Metropolitan Broadcasting began expanding its holdings across the United States, and would change its corporate name to Metromedia in 1961. However, the Metropolitan Broadcasting name was retained for Metromedia's TV and radio station properties until 1967.
In the early 1960s, WNEW-TV produced children's shows such as Romper Room (until 1966, when it moved to WOR-TV), The Sandy Becker Show and The Sonny Fox Show, which was later known as Wonderama. Bob McAllister took over hosting Wonderama in 1967 and by 1970, Wonderama was syndicated to the other Metromedia stations. WNEW-TV also originated the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon in 1966, and broadcasted the program annually until 1986, when it moved to WWOR-TV, where it has aired ever since then. In the 1970s, local programming also included a weekly public affairs show hosted by Gabe Pressman, and Midday Live, a daily talk/information show hosted by Lee Leonard, and later by Bill Boggs. The station also carried movies, cartoons, off-network sitcoms and drama series and a primetime newscast at 10 p.m.
By the 1970s, channel 5 was one of the strongest independent stations in the country. Despite WOR-TV's and WPIX's eventual statuses as national superstations, WNEW-TV was the highest-rated independent in New York. From the early 1970s to the late 1980s, channel 5 was available as a regional superstation in large portions of the Northeastern United States, including most of upstate New York, and portions of eastern Pennsylvania and southern New England.
Birth of a new network 
In 1986, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, who had then-recently bought a controlling interest in the 20th Century Fox film studio, purchased the Metromedia television stations, including WNEW-TV. The station's callsign was changed to WNYW on March 7, 1986 and it, along with the other former Metromedia stations formed the cornerstone of the Fox Broadcasting Company when it launched on October 9, 1986. WNYW's schedule initially changed very little, as Fox aired programming only on late nights and weekends in the network's first few years. Although it began taking on the look of an network-owned station in the spring of 1987, channel 5 continued to carry cartoons and sitcoms into the late 1980s.
Murdoch had one local obstacle to overcome before his purchase of channel 5 could become final, as News Corporation had owned the New York Post since it purchased the newspaper in 1976; the Federal Communications Commission's media ownership rules barred common ownership of newspapers and broadcast licenses in the same media market. The FCC granted Murdoch a temporary waiver to keep the Post and WNYW in order to complete its purchase of the Metromedia television stations. News Corporation would sell the New York Post in 1988, but bought the paper back five years later with a permanent waiver of the cross-ownership rules.
In the late summer of 1986, WNYW debuted the nightly newsmagazine A Current Affair, one of the first shows to be labeled as a "tabloid television" program. Originally a local program, it was first anchored by Maury Povich, formerly of Washington, D.C. sister station WTTG (and who would later briefly also anchor WNYW's evening newscasts). Within a year of its launch, A Current Affair was syndicated to the other Fox-owned stations and in 1988, the series entered into national syndication, where it remained until the original incarnation of the program was cancelled in 1996. In August 1988, the station dropped cartoons that aired on weekday mornings in favor of a morning newscast.
From 1999 to 2001, WNYW obtained the broadcast rights to New York Yankees game telecasts, displacing longtime broadcaster WPIX (as of 2013, WNYW continues to Yankees games through Fox's broadcast contract with Major League Baseball). In 2001, Fox bought BHC Communications, a television station group owned by Chris-Craft Industries, which effectively created a duopoly between WNYW and its former rival, WWOR-TV. In the fall of 2001, WNYW dropped Fox Kids' weekday block and moved it to WWOR-TV, where it ran for a few more months before Fox discontinued the network's weekday children's lineup at the end of that year. In 2004, Fox Television Stations announced that it would move WWOR's operations from Secaucus to WNYW's facility at the Fox Television Center in Manhattan. While some office functions were merged, plans for a full move to Manhattan were abandoned later that year due to pressure from New Jersey Congressman Steve Rothman (whose congressional district includes Secaucus) and Senator Frank Lautenberg on grounds that any move to Manhattan would violate the conditions of WWOR's broadcast license. The company also considered moving WNYW's operations to Seacaucus, but to date both stations continue to maintains separate studio facilities.
On September 11, 2001, the transmitter facilities of WNYW, eight other New York City television stations and several radio stations, were destroyed when two hijacked airplanes crashed into and destroyed the north and south towers of World Trade Center. The station's transmitter has since been relocated to an antenna located atop the Empire State Building, where its transmitter facilities had previously been located until they were moved to the World Trade Center in the 1970s. In April 2006, WNYW became the first Fox-owned to launch a website on Fox Interactive Media's MyFox platform, which featured expanded content, more videos and new community features such as blogs and photo galleries (WorldNow took over management of the MyFox sites in 2012).
On October 15, 2010, News Corporation pulled the signal of WNYW, WWOR, and three cable channels from Cablevision systems in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut due to a dispute between Fox and Cablevision in which Cablevision claimed that News Corporation demanded $150 million a year to renew its carriage of 12 Fox-owned channels, including those removed due to the dispute. Cablevision offered to submit to binding arbitration on October 14, 2010, though News Corporation rejected Cablevision's proposal, stating that it would "reward Cablevision for refusing to negotiate fairly". WWOR, WNYW and the three cable channels were restored on October 30, 2010, when Cablevision and News Corporation struck a new carriage deal.
Digital television 
Digital channels 
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|5.1||720p||16:9||WNYW||Main WNYW programming (Fox)|
|5.2||480i||16:9||Movies! (Starting May 27, 2013)|
|9.2||4:3||WWOR-SD||SD simulcast of WWOR-TV|
Analog-to-digital conversion 
At 11:59 p.m. ET on June 12, 2009, WNYW discontinued its analog signal on VHF channel 5; the shutdown occurred during the closing credits of a syndicated rerun of The Simpsons. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition channel 44, using PSIP to display WNYW's virtual channel as 5. It carried WWOR's programming on digital subchannel 5.2 until 2009, when it changed the PSIP data to identify the virtual channel carrying WWOR's programming to 9.2. Subchannel 9.2 still remains multiplexed with WNYW 5.1 on RF channel 44.
News operation 
WNYW presently broadcasts a total of 44 hours of local newscasts each week (eight hours on weekdays and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); this gives the station the largest local news output of any television station in the New York City market and the state of New York in general, surpassing area CW affiliate WPIX's weekly news total by six hours. As is standard with Fox stations that carry early evening weekend newscasts, WNYW's Saturday and Sunday 6 p.m. newscasts are subject to delay or preemption due to network sports coverage. WNYW and sister station WWOR-TV share resources with Philadelphia sister station WTXF-TV in areas of New Jersey in which the New York and Philadelphia markets overlap; the stations share reporters for stories occurring in New Jersey counties served by both markets.
The station is home to one of America's longest-running primetime local newscasts: WNYW (as WNEW-TV) first premiered its 10 p.m. newscast – the first primetime newscast in the New York market – on March 13, 1967. Each night, the newscast (originally known as The 10 O'Clock News until 2001) was preceded by the simple, but now-famous announcement: "It's 10 p.m., Do you know where your children are?", which was coined by Mel Epstein. Staff announcer Tom Gregory was one of the first to utter this famous line that WNEW pioneered; other television stations in the country began using the tagline for their own 10 p.m. (or 11 p.m.) news slots (which may depend on the start of the local youth curfew in each market). Celebrities were often used to read the slogan in the 1980s, and for a time in the late 1970s, the station added a warmer announcement earlier in the day: "It's 6 p.m., have you hugged your child today?" From 1975 to 1985, the 10 p.m. newscast notably featured nightly op-ed debates which pitted conservative Martin Abend against liberal Professor Sidney Offit. The first time WNYW programmed news outside its established 10:00 slot was in 1987, when it premiered a half-hour 7 p.m. newscast; the program was canceled in 1993.
Then on August 1, 1988, WNYW became the first Fox station to run a weekday morning newscast with the debut of the two-hour Good Day New York; within five years of its launch, the program became the top-rated morning show in the New York City market. In 1991, a new and eventually very popular music package was composed for the show by Edd Kalehoff, a New York-based composer best known for composing the themes and music cues for game shows such as The Price Is Right. Since the Fox takeover, WNYW's newscasts have become more tabloid in style and have even been fodder for jokes, even to the point of being parodied on Saturday Night Live, as well as the consumer reporting segment The Problem Solvers receiving the same treatment on The Daily Show.
WNYW was the first television station to cover the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center that occurred on September 11, 2001. The station interrupted a commercial break at 8:48 a.m. ET to deliver the first public report of the attacks on air by anchor Jim Ryan and reporter Dick Oliver. In 2002, WNYW brought early evening newscasts back to the station with the launch of a 90-minute weekday news block from 5-6:30 p.m. In 2004, longtime anchor John Roland, a 35-year veteran of channel 5, retired from the station on June 4, 2004; former NBC News correspondent Len Cannon, who joined WNYW as a reporter and anchor some time earlier, was initially named as Roland's replacement. Several months later, veteran New York City anchorman Ernie Anastos (who at the time was anchoring at WCBS-TV) signed a multi-year contract with WNYW, displacing Cannon as lead anchor; Cannon asked for, and was granted, a release from his contract with the station shortly after Anastos's contract deal was announced. Anastos joined WNYW in July 2005, and Cannon joined KHOU-TV in Houston as its lead anchor in the spring of 2006. On April 3, 2006, WNYW debuted a new set, theme music and graphics package, and introduced a new logo based on the on-air look first adopted by Tampa sister station WTVT that became standard for all of Fox's owned-and-operated stations.
On November 9, 2008, WNYW became the fifth New York City television station to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. On July 13, 2009, Good Day New York expanded with the addition of a fifth hour of the program from 9-10 a.m.; the noon newscast was dropped in turn. In the fall of 2009, WNYW entered into a Local News Service agreement with NBC owned-and-operated station WNBC to share helicopter footage with that station; WNYW's helicopter SkyFox HD was renamed "Chopper 5" on-air, though the SkyFox name was reinstated in 2010, while the "Chopper 4" name continued to be used by WNBC. The LNS agreement ended in 2012 when WNBC began operating its own helicopter, WNYW has since entered into a helicopter-sharing agreement with CBS-owned WCBS-TV.
During the 10 p.m. newscast on September 16, 2009, anchor Ernie Anastos cursed live on-air while engaging in banter with chief meteorologist Nick Gregory, saying "I guess it takes a tough man to make a tender forecast", adding "keep fucking that chicken"; the incident gained some notoriety when it and other videos of the on-air gaffe appeared on YouTube, making Anastos and WNYW the subject of a joke on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Anastos apologized for the incident on the following night's 10 p.m. newscast. As of November 2012, WNYW (along with sister station WWOR-TV) is one of only two news-producing stations in the New York City market that continues to present field video in widescreen standard definition; all of the other stations broadcast all or most of their field video in high definition.
News/station presentation 
Newscast titles 
- Late Night News (1944–1945)
- TV-5 Late Report (1945–1962)
- TV-5 24 Hours (1962–1967)
- The 10 O'Clock News (1967–2001)
- Channel 5 News (1980s–1986)
- Fox Channel 5 News (1986–1997)
- Good Day New York (morning newscast; 1988–present)
- Fox 5 News (1997–present)
Station slogans 
News team 
- Ernie Anastos - weeknights at 5:00 p.m.
- Dari Alexander - weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Steve Lacy - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Christina Park - weekends at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Greg Kelly - weekday mornings on Good Day New York (7:00–10:00 a.m.)
- Antwan Lewis - weekends at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Rosanna Scotto - weekday mornings on Good Day New York (7:00–10:00 a.m.)
- Vacant - weekday mornings on Good Day Early Call (4:30–5:00) and Good Day Wake Up (5:00–7:00 a.m.); Tai Hernandez, Juliet Huddy and Kerry Drew have been used as interim anchors
- Vacant - weekday mornings on Good Day Early Call (4:30–5:00) and Good Day Wake Up (5:00–7:00 a.m.); anchor
- NY Weather Authority
- Nick Gregory (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Audrey Puente (member, AMS; member, NWA) - meteorologist; weekends at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Mike Woods (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Good Day Early Call (4:30-5:00), Good Day Wake Up (5:00-7:00) and Good Day New York (7:00-10:00 a.m.)
- Sports team
- Russ Salzburg - sports anchor; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Duke Castiglione - sports anchor; weekday mornings on Good Day New York (7:00-10:00 a.m.) and Sundays at 6:00 p.m., also co-host of Sports Extra (Sundays at 10:30 p.m.)
- Ryan Asselta - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also fill-in and co-host of "Sports Extra" (Sundays at 10:30 p.m.)
- NY Traffic Authority
- Ines Rosales - traffic reporter; weekday mornings and weeknights at 5:00 p.m.
- Dan Bowens - general assignment reporter
- Ti-Hua Chang - general assignment reporter
- Lidia Curanaj - freelance reporter
- Stacey Delikat - freelance reporter
- Arnold Diaz - investigative reporter
- Kerry Drew - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Lisa Evers - general assignment reporter
- Anna Gilligan - freelance reporter
- Andrea Grymes - freelance reporter
- John Huddy - general assignment reporter
- Robert Moses - general assignment reporter
- Jill Nicolini - entertainment reporter
- Teresa Priolo - freelance reporter
- Roshini "Dr. Raj" Rajapaksa - medical reporter
- Linda Schmidt - general assignment reporter
- Joel Waldman - investigative reporter
Notable former on-air staff 
- Jodi Applegate (now at WPIX)
- Tex Antoine D
- Vanessa Alfano
- Sandy Becker D
- Bill Boggs
- Dick Brennan (now at WCBS-TV
- Heather Brown
- Jack Cafferty (now at CNN)
- Reischea Canidate (now at ESPN)
- Julie Chang (now at KTTV/Los Angeles)
- Ron Corning (now at WFAA-TV/Dallas)
- Penny Crone (retired)
- Anne Craig (now at WTNH/Hartford, Connecticut)
- Andrea Day
- John Discepolo (now main news anchor at WPEC/West Palm Beach)
- Gordon Elliott
- Frank Field (retired)
- Rick Folbaum (now at Fox News Channel)
- Sonny Fox
- Chris Gailus (now at CHAN-TV/Vancouver)
- Linda Gialanella
- Stacy Ann Gooden (now at News 12 The Bronx and News 12 Brooklyn)
- Dr. Max Gomez (now at WCBS-TV)
- Tom Gregory D (deceased)
- Pablo Guzman (now at WCBS-TV/WLNY-TV)
- Donna Hanover
- Karen Hepp (now at WTXF/Philadelphia)
- Tai Hernandez (now at ABC News)
- Magee Hickey (now at WPIX)
- Andre Hepkins (now at KMOV/St. Louis)
- Tracy Humphrey (formerly at KPIX-KBCW/San Francisco)
- Don Imus (now at Fox Business Network)
- Mike Jerrick (now at WTXF)
- Bill Jorgensen (retired)
- Reid Lamberty (now at WHDH/Boston)
- Matt Lauer (now co-host of NBC's Today)
- Lee Leonard
- Judy Licht
- Lynda Lopez
- Bill Mazer (now at WVOX-AM 1460 & WVIP-FM 93.5)
- Bob McAllister D
- Chuck McCann
- Curt Menefee (now at Fox Sports)
- Myles Miller
- Lisa Murphy (now with Bloomberg Television)
- Adrienne Nardo
- Heather Nauert (now host of Fox and Friends First on Fox News Channel)
- Lucy Noland (now at KHOU-TV/Houston)
- Heather O'Rourke (now at WABC-TV)
- Gabe Pressman (now at WNBC-TV)
- Dave Price
- Maury Povich
- Gene Rayburn D (deceased)
- Victor Riesel D
- Bobby Rivers
- Roxie Roker D (deceased)
- John Roland (retired)
- Candi Roth (now at WHUD
- Soupy Sales D (deceased)
- Toni Senecal (now hosting WLNY-TV's Toni On! New York)
- Rolland Smith (retired)
- Lou Steele D
- Teresa Strasser
- David Susskind D
- Mike Wallace D (deceased)
D Denotes person is deceased.
In popular culture 
WNYW was portrayed in an episode of the Fox animated comedy Futurama, titled "When Aliens Attack", in which the station was accidentally knocked off the air by Philip J. Fry in 1999. That resulted in angry Omicronians invading Earth in the year 3000 (having received the broadcast signal 1000 years later being 1000 light-years away) and demanding to see the end of a program which had been cut off for them.
- "DuMont station now commercial." Broadcasting - Broadcast Advertising, May 15, 1944, pg. 32. 
- "WABD off the air during transition." Broadcasting - Broadcast Advertising, September 24, 1945, pg. 75. 
- "FCC authorizes WTTG commercials." Broadcasting - Telecasting, December 2, 1946, pg. 81. 
- "DuMont network to quit in telecasting 'spin-off.'" Broadcasting - Telecasting, August 15, 1955, pg. 64. 
- "DuMont completes spin-off, separates broadcasting, labs.'" Broadcasting - Telecasting, December 5, 1955, pg. 7. 
- "DuMont pays $7.5 million for WNEW." Broadcasting, March 25, 1957, pp. 31-32. 
- "FCC okays record buy: $7.5 million for WNEW." Broadcasting - Telecasting, April 29, 1957, pg. 76. 
- "Changing Hands." Broadcasting, November 18, 1957, pg. 96. 
- "For the Record." Broadcasting - Telecasting, January 6, 1958, p. 108. 
- "DuMont revenue grows, name change approved." Broadcasting, May 19, 1958, pg. 84. 
- "For the record." Broadcasting, June 23, 1958, pg. 99. 
- WNEW-TV/Metropolitan Broadcasting advertisement. Broadcasting, September 8, 1958, pg. 17. 
- "Name change." Broadcasting, September 8, 1958, pg. 84. 
- "Kluge buying Paramount's 21% of Metropolitan Broadcasting." Broadcasting, December 1, 1958, pg. 9. 
- "It's Metromedia." Broadcasting - Telecasting, April 3, 1961, pg. 56. 
- "Metromedia gets its TV team in uniform." Broadcasting, March 25, 1968, pp. 56-57. 
- "Another spin for TV's revolving door." Broadcasting, May 6, 1985, pp. 39-40. 
- "Life among the high rollers." Broadcasting, May 13, 1985, pp. 36-39. 
- "For the record." Broadcasting, March 17, 1986, pg. 118. 
- "'Affair' gets Fox go-ahead." Broadcasting, June 22, 1987, pg. 41. 
- Jessell, Harry A. "Fox Stations Moving to WorldNow Platforms". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Fox Pulls Channels From Cablevision, TVNewsCheck.com, October 16, 2010. Accessed October 17, 2010.
- Movies!: Where to Watch
- CDBS Print
- Elliot, Stuart (March 16, 2007). "Do You Know Where Your Slogan Is?". The New York Times. accessed on April 11, 2007
- YouTube - Ernie Anastos: "Keep fucking that chicken"
- Fox anchor Ernie Anastos apologizes for chicken expletive
- YouTube - WNEW (now WNYW) New York Channel 5-"The 10 O' Clock Weekend News" 1982 Tease and Open
- YouTube - WNYW Good Day NY 1988 Open
- YouTube - WNYW Fox 5 10pm News Open
- YouTube - WNYW Tough Enough Promos 1991
- YouTube - WNYW - Fox 5 News @ 10 Open - 2005
- Fox 5 Personalities, MyFoxNY.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- "Judy Licht bio". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "About Rolland G. Smith". Retrieved 12 March 2013.
- History of WNYW Fox 5 Including historical video clips. myfoxny.com[dead link]
- 10 O'Clock News 40th Anniversary Coverage. myfoxny.com[dead link]
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