WOAI-TV

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WOAI-TV
WOAI Logo.png
San Antonio, Texas
Branding News 4 San Antonio
Slogan Dedicated. Determined. Dependable.
Channels Digital: 48 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels 4.1 NBC
4.2 Live Well Network
Affiliations NBC
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(WOAI Licensee, LLC)
First air date December 11, 1949
Call letters' meaning None. It was sequentially assigned by the federal government to the AM sister station.[1]
Sister station(s) KABB, KMYS, KEYE-TV,
KDBC-TV, KFOX-TV
Former callsigns KMOL-TV (1975-2002)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
4 (VHF, 1949-2009)
Digital:
58 (UHF, 1998-2009)
Former affiliations All secondary:
DuMont (1949-1950)
CBS (1949-1950)
ABC (1949-1957)
UPN (1998-2000)
Transmitter power 905 kW
Height 457 m
Facility ID 69618
Transmitter coordinates 29°16′11″N 98°15′55″W / 29.26972°N 98.26528°W / 29.26972; -98.26528
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.news4sanantonio.com

WOAI-TV, virtual channel 4 (digital channel 48), is the NBC affiliate television station serving the San Antonio, Texas, USA metropolitan area. Its transmitter is located in Elmendorf, Texas, with its studios located in Downtown San Antonio near the Riverwalk.

WOAI-TV and its two-time, former sister station WOAI radio are among the few stations west of the Mississippi River whose call sign begins with "W." This designation was "grandfathered" when the federal government issued regulations requiring radio stations west of the Mississippi River to start with "K," and stations east of the Mississippi to begin with "W."

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
4.1 1080i 16:9 WOAI-DT Main WOAI-TV programming / NBC
4.2 480i 4:3 LWN Live Well Network

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WOAI-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 58, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to UHF channel 48,[3][4] using PSIP to display WOAI-TV's virtual channel as 4 on digital television receivers.

History[edit]

WOAI-TV signed on December 11, 1949 as the first television station in San Antonio. It was owned by Southland Industries along with WOAI radio (1200 AM and 102.3 FM, frequency now occupied by KSAQ). It carried programming from all four major networks--CBS, NBC, ABC and DuMont—but was a primary NBC affiliate due to WOAI's long affiliation with NBC Radio. It lost CBS, DuMont to KEYL (now KENS-TV) in 1950; the two continued to share ABC until KONO-TV (now KSAT-TV) signed on in 1957.

In 1965, WOAI-AM-TV was bought by Crosley Broadcasting, which changed its name to Avco Broadcasting in 1968. Avco began to pull out of broadcasting in 1975. WOAI-TV was one of the first to be sold, going to United Television (at the time a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox) in 1975, changing its call letters to KMOL-TV; at that time, the AM station, which retained the WOAI call letters, became one of the founding stations of its current owner, Clear Channel Communications. Chris-Craft Industries gained majority ownership of United in 1981, merging the group with BHC Communications (the owners of KCOP in Los Angeles and KPTV in Portland, Oregon).

When KRRT (now KMYS) dropped UPN for an affiliation with the WB Television Network in 1998, KMOL picked up UPN and aired it late at night, due in part to being owned at the time by Chris-Craft, UPN's then-half-owner. Eventually the UPN affiliation went to KBEJ (now KCWX), which went on the air in 2000.

In 2001, Chris-Craft sold its stations to News Corporation, the parent company of the Fox Broadcasting Company. News Corporation then traded KMOL and KTVX in Salt Lake City to Clear Channel in return for WFTC in Minneapolis. This tradeoff protected future sister station KABB as San Antonio's Fox station. Not only did the purchase reunite KMOL-TV with WOAI, but channel 4 also became the television flagship of the San Antonio-based conglomerate. Speculation immediately began that Clear Channel would restore the heritage WOAI-TV calls to channel 4, and this occurred on September 9, 2002. Although the local Clear Channel radio cluster is located in Northwest San Antonio off I-10, WOAI-TV is still based in its downtown studios.

WOAI's building on N. St. Mary's St.

On November 16, 2006, Clear Channel announced that it would be selling all of its television stations[5] after being bought by private equity firms. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel sold its entire television group to Providence Equity Partners' Newport Television, with the group deal closing on March 14, 2008.[6] However, channel 4 continued a news partnership with its former radio sister, and the two stations still share a website.

In May 2008, Newport Television agreed to sell WOAI-TV and five other stations to High Plains Broadcasting because of an ownership conflict. Providence Equity Partners also holds a 19 percent ownership stake in the Spanish-language network Univision, the owner of KWEX-TV and Telefutura station KNIC-TV.[7] In San Antonio's case, it would have given Providence Equity control of three stations in the market. Even without KNIC in the picture, both WOAI and KWEX were among the four highest-rated stations in the San Antonio market at the time of the Clear Channel sale (and remain so today); the FCC normally does not allow two of the four highest-rated stations to be owned by a single entity. The sale closed on September 15, 2008.[8] However, the sale to High Plains Broadcasting was in name only; Newport continued to operate the station under a shared services agreement, with High Plains only holding the FCC assets of the station (including the license). This effectively made High Plains Broadcasting a front company for Newport Television in a relationship similar to that between Mission Broadcasting and Nexstar Broadcasting Group as well as between Cunningham Broadcasting and the Sinclair Broadcast Group.[7] On December 17, 2007 WOAI debuted a slightly altered logo.

On July 19, 2012, Newport Television/High Plains Broadcasting reached a deal to sell 22 of their 27 stations to Sinclair, Nexstar and Cox Media Group. WOAI-TV is among the six that would be sold to Sinclair, making it a sister station to KABB and The CW affiliate KMYS when the deal closes. Since FCC duopoly regulations forbid common ownership of more than two full-service stations in a single market, KMYS's license will be transferred to Deerfield Media; however, Sinclair will retain control of KMYS's operations through a shared services agreement.[9] Sinclair has also cited in its application that WOAI-TV is the fourth-ranked station in the market (behind KWEX-DT) while KABB is the fifth-ranked station (based on data from the May 2012 sweeps period). The Sinclair and Deerfield Media purchases were consummated on December 3, 2012. KTVX, which had been a sister station to WOAI-TV since United Television acquired both stations in 1975, was sold to Nexstar, resulting in the two stations coming under entirely separate ownership and management for the first time in over 37 years. The operations of WOAI-TV remain separate from KABB and KMYS, including competing news operations.[10]

Programming[edit]

WOAI-TV broadcasts Rachael Ray, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, The Insider (aired between The Tonight Show and Late Night show), and NBC programming. WOAI features its own daytime talk show San Antonio Living.[11]

WOAI drops Regis and Kelly[edit]

The station announced on August 22, 2010 that it will replace Live with Regis and Kelly with Rachael Ray on September 13 in hopes to boost ratings for their local lifestyle program San Antonio Living. The announcement spawned controversy with many loyal viewers as Live had connections with San Antonio as Philbin was a Spurs fan and that back in 1991, Live showcased the city during Fiesta. The show returned to the San Antonio airwaves a year later on KSAT, where it remains as Live with Kelly and Michael.[12]

News operation[edit]

News 4 logo used from 2007 to September 2009. The logo was slightly modified in 2009. The "4" has been used in various forms since 1996, when the station was still KMOL.

Despite its status as the area's oldest station, channel 4's newscasts have struggled for most of the last 30 years, and continue to place third in the ratings behind rivals KSAT and KENS. It currently broadcasts a total of 30 hours of local news per week (with 5½ hours on weekdays, one hour on Saturdays and 1½ hours on Sundays).

On September 16, 2009, WOAI introduced a new set and began broadcasting its newscasts in high definition. This made it the third San Antonio station to have made the upgrade. It is the first (and so far only) station in San Antonio to broadcast all of its locally-originated field reports in HD; the other stations in the market continue to air much of their field video in standard definition. It kept the previous logo featuring the big number 4, but transitioned the theme to a red, white, and black logo.[13]

On September 6, 2010, WOAI extended its 6 p.m. newscast to one hour, with the addition of a half-hour extension of the newscast at 6:30 p.m.[14]

In 2011, John Gerard created the "4-Zone Forecast" featuring a small forecast for each region in south Texas. Promos that advertise the "4-Zone Forecast", attack other local news for just giving one forecast for South Texas. In February 2012, WOAI introduced a Storm Chasing Car provided by Ancira which travels around tracking storms.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

WOAI-TV newscast title card
  • Your Esso Reporter (1949–1953)
  • World at Large (6 p.m. newscast)/Deadline (10 p.m. newscast; 1953–1962)
  • TV-4 News/TV-4 News Central (1962–1973)
  • TV-4 Big News (1973–1976)
  • NewsCenter 4 (1976–1984)[15]
  • News Four San Antonio (1984–1989)[16]
  • KMOL News 4 (1989–1996)[17]
  • News 4 San Antonio (1996-2002 and 2013–present)
  • News 4 WOAI (2002–2007 and 2008–2013)[18]
  • News 4 (2007–2008)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "The Spirit of San Antonio" (mid-1980s-1996)[19]
  • "Straight Talk. Straight Facts. Straight to You." (1993–1995; news slogan)
  • "Breaking News. Breaking Weather. Investigations." (2006–2009)
  • "Dedicated. Determined. Dependable." (2009–present; also slogan for WAGA-TV in Atlanta)
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On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[20][edit]

Anchors

  • Jaie Avila - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.; also "Trouble Shooters" investigative reporter
  • Randy Beamer - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Leslie Bohl - weekday mornings
  • Michael Garofalo - weekday mornings
  • Delaine Mathieu - weeknights at 5 p.m.
  • Jacqueline Ortiz - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.; also "Kitchen Cops" feature and investigative reporter
  • Elsa Ramon - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.

4 Zone Weather

  • John Gerard (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Albert Flores - meteorologist; weekday mornings (former longtime KENS meteorologist)
  • Siobhan Anders - meteorologist; fill-in
  • Selena Garza - producer
  • Michael Saenz - producer

Sports team

  • Don Harris - sports director; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • David Chancellor - sports anchor; weekends at 5 and 10 p.m., also sports reporter

Reporters

  • Brian Collister - "Trouble Shooters" investigative
  • Kristina De Leon -"News 4 WOAI Today" general assignment reporter
  • Melissa Vega - general assignment reporter
  • Lauren Lea - general assignment reporter
  • Jozannah Quintanilla - general assignment reporter
  • Laurie Salazar - weekend reporter; fill-in anchor
  • Mireya Villarreal - "Trouble Shooters" investigative reporter

San Antonio Living

  • Shelly Miles - co-host; also reporter
  • Michael Garofalo - co-host
  • Leslie Bohl - co-host
  • Cleto Rodriguez - fill-in co-host

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Callsign Policies, United States Early Radio History.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WOAI
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  4. ^ CDBS Print
  5. ^ "Clear Channel agrees to sale". The Cincinnati Enquirer (Gannett Company). 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2006-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners" (Press release). Clear Channel Communications. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  7. ^ a b "Newport stations drift to High Plains". Television Business Report. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  9. ^ Newport Sells 22 Stations For $1 Billion, TVNewsCheck, July 19, 2012.
  10. ^ Jakle, Jeanne (December 5, 2012). "WOAI, KABB won't join forces". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "WOAI Programs". WOAI. WOAI.Com. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  12. ^ http://www.sametrodaily.com/2011/07/changes-cause-day-time-shake-up-for.html
  13. ^ "News 4 WOAI is now in high definition". WOAI.com. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  14. ^ http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/columnists/jeanne_jakle/Jeanne_Jakle_KMYS_to_nab_youth_market_as_new_CW_affiliate_100937264.html?showFullArticle=y
  15. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q5s3h6XwGg
  16. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Cfa49ddTA
  17. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3Sr06xMb8s
  18. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zofUNJRdZM
  19. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5IZvdrqAvM
  20. ^ News Team