|Miami / Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|City of license||Miami, Florida|
|Branding||Local 10 (general)
Local 10 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Your Problem Solvers Station|
|Channels||Digital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
10.3 Live Well Network
|Translators||W47AC Big Pine Key|
(Post-Newsweek Stations, Florida, Inc.)
|First air date||August 2, 1957 (current license dates from November 20, 1961)|
|Call letters' meaning||Phillip L. Graham
(in memory of the former Washington Post publisher)
|Former callsigns||WLBW-TV (1961–1970)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
10 (VHF, 1961-2009)
9 (VHF, 1999-2009)
|Transmitter power||127.7 kW|
|Height||309 m (1,014 ft)|
WPLG, channel 10, is an ABC-affiliated television station located in Miami, Florida, United States. The station is owned by the Post-Newsweek Stations subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company. WPLG's studios are located in Pembroke Park, and its transmitter is located in Miami Gardens. It serves Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and the Florida Keys.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 News operation
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The station first signed on the air on August 2, 1957 as WPST-TV, as the second ABC affiliate in the Miami market, it was originally owned by Public Service Television, Inc., the broadcasting subsidiary of National Airlines. The station took ABC programming from WITV (channel 17), which ceased operations shortly after losing the ABC affiliation (the channel 17 allocation for the market was later occupied by PBS member station WLRN-TV).
A Congressional investigation of former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Richard A. Mack in 1958 revealed that a Miami attorney named Thurman A. Whiteside, working on behalf of National Airlines, had bribed the former commissioner to obtain the WPST broadcast license. As a result, National Airlines was stripped of its license to operate WPST-TV.
A new channel 10
A group headed by Cincinnati-area broadcaster L.B. Wilson won the right to start a new television station on VHF channel 10. As part of an FCC-supervised deal, National sold WPST's assets to Wilson's group. WPST signed off for the last time on November 19, 1961. The next day on November 20, channel 10 returned to the air as WLBW-TV (after the owner's initials). Although it operates under a separate license, what is now WPLG claims WPST's history as its own.
The new station branded itself as "Colorvision 10", referencing that it was broadcasting in color. In 1967, WLBW's operations moved to a new studio facility located on Biscayne Boulevard, originally known as "Broadcast House". In 1969, WLBW and Cincinnati sister radio station WCKY were purchased by the Washington Post Company and became part of the company's Post-Newsweek Stations subsidiary. On March 16, 1970, WLBW-TV's call letters were changed to the current WPLG, named in memory of Philip L. Graham, the husband of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, who committed suicide in 1963.
On January 1, 1989, the Miami market underwent a three-way network affiliation swap with WTVJ (channel 4) switching from CBS to NBC, WCIX (channel 6) moving from Fox to CBS, and WSVN (channel 7) changing its affiliation from NBC to Fox; WTVJ and WCIX (now WFOR-TV) later swapped channel positions on September 10, 1995. In both cases, WPLG retained its ABC affiliation and continued to broadcast on channel 10. As a result, it is the only television station in the Miami market that has never changed its network affiliation. Possibly because of this consistency, WPLG remains one of the highest rated stations in the South Florida market. In 2004, WPLG began branding itself as "Local 10" under the branding standardization adopted by Post-Newsweek for its stations.
From April 2007 to May 2009, WPLG was South Florida's most-watched English-language television station which can partially be attributed to its availability in the West Palm Beach market via Comcast which in turn had a potentially negative affect on the ratings for that market's ABC affiliate WPBF. However on April 13, 2011, Comcast pulled WPLG from its West Palm Beach area system. After the May 2009 ratings period, WPLG went to a single anchor format for its evening newscasts and its viewership fell behind CBS-owned WFOR, which took the #1 position among the market's English-language stations. However, WPLG remains a strong second place, tied with WSVN.
On July 18, 2008, Post-Newsweek Stations announced that it would purchase NBC owned-and-operated station WTVJ for $205 million. The purchase would have created a duopoly between WTVJ and WPLG – duopolies involving two "Big Three" stations ordinarily would be precluded under the FCC's media ownership rules, which require that one of the two stations involved an a duopoly must not be among the market's four highest-rated stations in terms of audience share; however during the May 2008 Nielsen ratings period, WTVJ ranked sixth overall in total-day viewership and WPLG ranked in first place, allowing the possibility of a purchase. Under the proposal, WTVJ would have merged its operations with WPLG at the studio facility under construction at the time on Hallandale Beach Boulevard in Pembroke Park upon the building's completion. However, the sale was cancelled on December 23, 2008, with NBCUniversal and The Washington Post Company citing poor economic conditions and the lack of FCC approval.
On March 28, 2009, WPLG relocated its studio facilities from 3900 Biscayne Boulevard to the new Pembroke Park facility. As a result of this relocation, all of the South Florida market's "Big Three" network stations are based outside the Miami city limits.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|10.1||720p||16:9||WPLG||Main WPLG programming / ABC|
|10.3||Live Well Network|
On January 24, 2013, Post-Newsweek Stations entered into an affiliation agreement to carry the Live Well Network on WPLG and Orlando sister station WKMG-TV; both stations added the lifestyle-oriented network in April 2013.
On June 12, 2009, as part of the completion of the transition from analog to digital television for full-power stations, WPLG's digital signal relocated from VHF channel 9 to its former analog-era channel 10. Three other local stations (WSVN, WPXM-TV and WLTV-DT) also moved their digital signals to their former analog channel allocation, requiring viewers to rescan their digital tuners. WPLG and WSVN are the only Miami stations that continue to broadcast on the VHF band.
Until the network dropped the program on August 28, 2010 (following Saban Entertainment's repurchase of the franchise from ABC's corporate parent The Walt Disney Company), the station ran the ABC Kids airings of Power Rangers on a week-delayed basis, airing from 5-6 a.m. due to the station's three-hour morning newscast (which at the time ran from 7-10 a.m.). Around the same time, it also aired the 9-10 a.m. hour of the Saturday morning ABC Kids block from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Power Rangers's then-recommended timeslot by ABC). The latter scheduling continues in use even after the network replaced ABC Kids with Litton's Weekend Adventure in September 2011.
Syndicated programs seen on WPLG include Katie, The Dr. Oz Show, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!. WPLG has broadcast Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune since 1988. Another syndicated program distributed by King World (which has since been absorbed by CBS Television Distribution), The Oprah Winfrey Show, also aired on channel 10 from its syndication debut in 1986 until it moved to WFOR-TV in 1999.
|This section requires expansion with: further information on WPLG's news department. (May 2010)|
WPLG presently broadcasts 37½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays and five hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). Since 1993, WPLG has used several versions of Gari Media Group's "The One and Only" news music package, which took its name from a longtime slogan used by the station from 1978 to 1997.
WPLG deployed the first helicopter in the Miami market used for newsgathering, "Sky 10", in 1979. The station became well known in the 1970s for its popular anchor team. From 1976 to 1982, Glenn Rinker, Ann Bishop, Chuck Dowdle and Walter Cronise anchored channel 10's newscasts. In 1982, Rinker left for another position in Orlando and was replaced by Mike Schneider. Schneider and Bishop anchored until 1986, when Schneider left to become the 5:30 and 11:00 p.m. co-anchor at CBS owned-and-operated station WCBS-TV in New York City and Dwight Lauderdale replaced him, becoming South Florida's first African-American nightly news anchor. WPLG adopted its current "10" logo in 1982.
By 1985, WPLG had surpassed rival WTVJ (channel 4, now on channel 6) in the ratings and would dominate the ratings for over ten years. Ann Bishop would continue to anchor on the station's evening newscasts until 1995, when she moved to a part-time position at the station until she succumbed to colon cancer in 1997. Don Noe joined WPLG in 1979 and was one of Miami's most popular chief meteorologists up until his retirement in 2007. On March 28, 2009, in conjunction with the station's relocation to its Pembroke Park studios, WPLG became the third Miami station to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. On August 22, 2011, WPLG debuted an hour-long newscast at 5 p.m., which replaced Dr. Phil after it moved to WFOR-TV.
- Colorvision 10 News (1960s–1970)
- The Scene Tonight (1970–1974)
- NewsWatch 10 (1974–1982)
- Channel 10 Eyewitness News (1982–2001)
- Channel 10 News (2001–2004)
- Local 10 News (2004–present)
- "Welcome To A Bright New World On Channel 10" (1975-?)
- "The One to Watch" (?–1978)
- "The One and Only" (1978–1997)
- "There's Only One" (1988)
- "Live. Local. Latebreaking." (1997–2001)
- "Your Problem Solvers Station" (2001–present)
- "People You Know, News You Trust" (2011–present)
- "Always Tracking, Always Watching" (2011–present; severe weather and hurricane coverage)
Current on-air staff
- Jacey Birch - weekends at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter and Local 10 Investigates animal advocate reporter
- Jen Herrera - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Calvin Hughes - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Laurie Jennings - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Constance Jones - weekdays at noon; also weekday morning traffic reporter (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekend morning fill-in news anchor
- Kristi Kreuger - weekdays at noon and weeknights at 5:30 p.m.; also health reporter
- Jason Martinez - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Neki Mohan - weekend mornings (5:30-8:00 and 9:00-10:30 a.m.) also weekday reporter
- Todd Tongen - weekend mornings (5:30-8:00 and 9:00-10:30 a.m.); also weekday reporter 
- Local 10 Weather
- Betty Davis (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Trent Aric (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- Julie Durda (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings from 4:30-7:00 a.m. and weekdays at noon
- Roland Steadham (AMS and NWA Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings (5:30-8:00 and 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
- Max Mayfield - hurricane specialist 
- Will Manso - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also host of Sports Saturday/Sunday and heard during coverage of University of Miami football on WQAM 560 AM
- Victor Oquendo - sports anchor; weekends at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.; also weekday sports reporter
- Andrea Brody - sports reporter and general assignment news reporter 
- Sasha Andrade - general assignment reporter
- Johanna Gomez - general assignment reporter
- Baron James - general assignment reporter
- Ben Kennedy - general assignment reporter
- Roger Lohse - Broward County reporter
- Liane Morejon - general assignment reporter
- Glenna Milberg - Miami-Dade County reporter
- Ross Palombo - general assignment reporter; also Local 10 Investigates investigative reporter
- Janine Stanwood - general assignment reporter
- Christina Vasquez - general assignment reporter
- Michael Putney - senior political reporter; also host of This Week in South Florida, Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
- Local 10 Investigates
- John Turchin - chief crime reporter
- Jeff Weinsier - investigative reporter
- Bob Norman - chief investigative reporter
- Ross Palombo - investigative reporter; also general assignment reporter
- Jacey Birch - animal advocate reporter; also weekend anchor at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m. 
Notable former on-air staff
- Morry Alter - host of "The Morry Story" (1980s)
- Ann Bishop (1970–1995; deceased)
- Susan Candiotti (now a national correspondent for CNN)
- Jimmy Cefalo - sports anchor (now a radio show host in Miami)
- Liz Cho (now at WABC-TV in New York City)
- Bertha Coombs (now with CNBC)
- Victoria Corderi (now with NBC News)
- Roy Firestone (later with ESPN)
- Carlos Granda (now at KABC-TV in Los Angeles)
- Larry King (later host of Larry King Live on CNN; now retired)
- Steve Kroft (1977–1980; correspondent for CBS News' 60 Minutes)
- Dwight Lauderdale (1976–2008; now retired)
- Bryan Norcross (1983–1990; now a hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel)
- Charles Perez - anchor/reporter
- Walter Perez - reporter (now at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia)
- Mike Schneider - 6 and 11 p.m. anchor (now at PBS affiliate NJTV Anchor and Managing Editor of 'NJ Today)
- Jon Scott - anchor (1983–1988; now anchor at Fox News Channel)
- "You Are to Be Pitied". Time. March 10, 1958. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
- "Local 10 News' Beginnings". Retrieved 2009-02-14.
- "Metromedia, Post-Newsweek expand." Broadcasting, Mar. 10, 1969, pp. 40-42.  
- "WPLG-ABC 10 owner may buy WTVJ-NBC 6". Miami Herald, July 15, 2008.
- "Sale Of WTVJ To The Washington Post Company Terminated". NBC6.net. December 23, 2008. Retrieved December 24, 2008.
- Inside Local 10's New Home
- Local 10's New Home: 3401 Hallandale Beach Blvd
- Me-TV Lands affiliation WPLG Miami
- http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/491487-Post_Newsweek_Pair_Signs_On_With_Live_Well.php Post-Newsweek Pair Signs On With Live Well
- List of Digital Full-Power Stations
- News Team
- "Bertha Coombs Profile". CNBC. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Victoria Corderi". Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- Huff, Richard (28 January 2011). "Charles Perez takes blowtorch to former coworkers at WABC/CH. 7 in new book". New York Daily News. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- Local10.com - Official WPLG-TV website
- MeTVMiami.com - Official Me-TV Miami website
- WPLG-TV @ Facebook/
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WPLG
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WPLG-TV