WOAY-TV

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WOAY-TV
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Oak Hill/Beckley/
Bluefield, West Virginia
Branding WOAY Television
NewsWatch
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)
Virtual: 50 (PSIP)
Subchannels 50.1 ABC (HD)
50.2 ABC (SD)
Affiliations ABC
Owner Thomas Broadcasting Company
First air date December 14, 1954; 59 years ago (1954-12-14)
Former channel number(s) 4 (VHF analog, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations DuMont (1954-1956)
CBS (secondary, 1954-1967)
UPN (secondary)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 237.1 m
Class DT
Facility ID 66804
Transmitter coordinates 37°57′26.7″N 81°9′2″W / 37.957417°N 81.15056°W / 37.957417; -81.15056
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website woay.com

WOAY-TV is a television station located in Oak Hill, West Virginia, USA. WOAY-TV has been locally-owned by the Thomas family since its inception, and is the ABC affiliate for the Beckley/Bluefield/Oak Hill television market. The station's studio and transmitter are co-located on Legends Highway in Scarbro, West Virginia, just outside of Oak Hill's city limits.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
50.1 720p 16:9 WOAY-HD Main WOAY programming / ABC
50.2 480i 4:3 WOAY-SD

History[edit]

Logo used until October 2009.

The first television station in southern West Virginia, WOAY-TV began operations on December 14, 1954 with an analog signal on VHF channel 4. It was owned by local businessman Robert R. Thomas, Jr. and was a sister to WOAY radio (AM 860 and 94.1 FM, now WAXS). The station has always been a primary ABC affiliate, but in its early years maintained secondary relations with CBS and DuMont Television Network. It lost DuMont when that network shut down in 1956, but continued to air select CBS shows. This was very unusual for a then two-station market, especially one of Bluefield/Beckley/Oak Hill's size.

Channel 4 dropped most of its remaining CBS programs in 1967, though it initially continued to air Captain Kangaroo and the CBS Evening News for some time afterwards.[1]

In previous decades, the station was known throughout the area for a very theatrical professional wrestling show that it produced with local "talent" in an arena adjacent to its studios. However, this ended on September 30, 1977 when WOAY's main studio, control room, office, and transmitter building burned to the ground.[2] The stations' facilities were relocated and rebuilt in the former wrestling arena, where they remain today. The radio stations were sold off by the Thomases in 1990.

WOAY-TV turned off its analog signal at 11:35 in the evening on June 12, 2009 and remained on digital channel 50. On that date, WOAY dropped its longtime on-air moniker of "TV 4". It now verbally identifies as "WOAY Television", although its logo identifies it as "TV 50".

In 2009, WOAY-TV revamped its technical infrastructure to become the first high-definition station in West Virginia. The station clears the majority of the ABC programming schedule.

News team[3][edit]

Management

  • Al Marra - General Manager
  • Keith Conner - News Director

Anchors

  • Courtney Rosemond - weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Rebecca Turco - mornings 6 a.m. and noon, also general assignment reporter
  • Karen Franklin - weekends 6 and 11 p.m.

Stormwatch Weather

  • Brad Sugden - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Heidi Moore - meteorologist; weekday mornings and noon
  • Kevin Jacobs - meteorologist; weekend evenings, general assignment reporter

Sports team

  • Spencer Schubert - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Larry Burneal - sports reporter/weekend anchor

Reporters

  • Karen Franklin - general assignment reporter [4]
  • Rachael Cardin - general assignment reporter [5]
  • Stuart Hammer - general assignment reporter [6]
  • Mike Bundt - general assignment reporter [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghs1922/5208681163/in/set-72
  2. ^ Grubb, Barbara. "$3 million fire to idle TV station 2 to 4 weeks." The Raleigh Register (Beckley, W. Va.), September 30, 1977, pg. 1.[1]
  3. ^ NewsWatch Staff Bios
  4. ^ NewsWatch Staff Bios
  5. ^ NewsWatch Staff Bios
  6. ^ NewsWatch Staff Bios
  7. ^ NewsWatch Staff Bios

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