WPTV-TV

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WPTV-TV
WPTV.png
West Palm Beach, Florida
United States
City of license West Palm Beach
Branding WPTV NewsChannel 5
Slogan Local Coverage You
Can Count On
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels 5.1 NBC
5.2 Me-TV
Affiliations NBC
Owner E. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Media, Inc.)
First air date August 22, 1954; 59 years ago (1954-08-22)
Call letters' meaning West Palm Beach TeleVision
Former callsigns WJNO-TV (1954-1956)
Former channel number(s) 5 (VHF analog, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations NBC Weather Plus
(on DT2, 2004-2008)
Live Well Network
(on DT2, 2011-2014)
Transmitter power 50 kW
Height 386.3 m
Facility ID 59443
Transmitter coordinates 26°35′20″N 80°12′44″W / 26.58889°N 80.21222°W / 26.58889; -80.21222 (WPTV-TV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.wptv.com

WPTV-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for South Florida's Gold and Treasure Coasts. Licensed to West Palm Beach, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 (PSIP virtual channel 5) from a transmitter in Lake Worth along U.S. 441/SR 7. The station can also be seen on Comcast channel 3 (in Martin, Palm Beach, Okeechobee, and Southern St. Lucie Counties) and channel 5 (in Indian River and Northern St. Lucie Counties). Owned by the E.W. Scripps Company, WPTV has studios on South Australian Avenue in Downtown West Palm Beach (mailing address says Banyan Boulevard also known as 1st Street).

History[edit]

Original logo used from 1954 until 1970 as seen in the Palm Beach Post.

The station began broadcasting on August 22, 1954 as the primary NBC affiliate for all of South Florida with the call letters WJNO-TV. At sign-on, the first words heard on-air were from Control Room Director Vern Crawford: "The power has just been turned on for WJNO-TV channel 5 by Frank M. Folsom, President of The Radio Corporation of America." Crawford later became a fishing reporter for the station.

At that time, it was owned by William Cook and Theodore Granick and there were only 32 employees working at the channel. WJNO was later purchased by the Phipps Family in 1956 and changed the call letters to WPTV. Then in 1961, Mort Watters, President of Scripps-Howard Broadcasting purchased the station for Scripps Howard.

Under new ownership, the station began expanding. WPTV's current 1,000-foot (305 m) transmitter tower was built along with new transmission facilities. The station's original West Palm Beach studios were expanded. In May 1971, Scripps Howard built new studio facilities for the station on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. During the 1960s and into the early 1970s, WPTV's evening news team of news director and anchor Bill Gordon, sports director and anchor Buck Kinnard, and weather anchor Tony Glenn were number one in the Nielsen ratings. In 1976, WPTV began operating the market's first live mobile news van, as well as the first color weather radar. It remained an NBC affiliate throughout the South Florida network switches of January 1989.

In 1999, it added a new Harris analog transmitter to improve its signal. The station also built a new 1,325-foot (404 m) transmitter tower. This also gave WPTV a city-grade signal in the northern half of Broward County, including Fort Lauderdale. Its signal in most of Broward County is Grade B not city grade. The upgrade came several years after the NBC owned-and-operated station WTVJ in Miami moved from channel 4 at a transmitter on the Broward and Miami-Dade County line to channel 6 from a transmitter in Southern Miami-Dade.

On March 16, 2001, the station moved from its facilities on Flagler Drive to a larger, newer, and more advanced complex at Banyan Boulevard & 1st Street on the city's west side, approaching Clear Lake. The building's exteriors were used to depict the exteriors of the fictional television station seen during the second season of the NBC sitcom Good Morning, Miami. WPTV's "Circle 5" logo is a variation of the one used for many years by Cleveland, Ohio sister station WEWS-TV. That station resurrected its version of the logo in January 2007 albeit in a slightly different form.

On March 11, 2011, WPTV entered into a shared services agreement with Raycom Media, owners of Fox affiliate WFLX (channel 29). Under the arrangement, the station provides technical, promotional, and website operations for WFLX, although Raycom continues to handle programming responsibilities for that station and conduct all advertising sales. Around June 1, 2011, WFLX moved its operations from its facilities on West Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach to WPTV's studios. It is unclear if the former will completely vacate its building.[1][2][3][4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
5.1 1080i 16:9 WPTV-HD Main WPTV-TV programming / NBC
5.2 480i WPTV-TV Me-TV

WPTV-TV previously carried a 24-hour local weather channel, known as the VIPIR Plus Channel, on WPTV-DT2. Programming consisted of forecasts and live radar. This had been part of NBC Weather Plus from 2004 until 2008. On September 6, 2011 WPTV-DT2 became an affiliate of the Live Well Network; it was replaced by Me-TV on April 21, 2014.[6] WPTV re-aired its weekday noon newscast on this channel from 1-2 PM; this re-broadcast was discontinued when LWN was replaced with Me-TV.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WPTV-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, at 5:45 a.m. 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.[7] The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 55, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to VHF channel 12 (used by WPEC for its analog operations).[8][9] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5.

News operation[edit]

Nightly news open at 11 from 2008. This was used until the introduction of a unified graphics package for Scripps stations in November 2009.

The station regularly beats cross town rivals WPEC and WPBF in Nielsen ratings as the most watched in West Palm Beach and South Florida. Following the May 2009 sweeps period, WPTV retained its title as the most-watched television station in the state of Florida based on sign-on to sign-off household ratings in metered markets. On August 4, 2007, it became the first station in South Florida to air its local newscasts in high definition. The upgrade resulted in the debut of a new graphics package and weather set with advanced HD equipment.

Along with its main studios, the station operates a bureau in the Stuart News building on South Federal Highway/US 1. WPTV also contracts with the Capitol News Service in Tallahassee to maintain two reporters in a bureau near the State Capitol. In addition to NBC News, the station is a CNN affiliate. WPTV operates a one million watt weather radar called "VIPIR 5" at its transmitter site. This is similar to the "CBS 12 StormTrac" system used by WPEC except that the rival gets delayed data from the National Weather Service.

The news department has been recognized with three regional Edward R. Murrow awards in the past seven years. In 2001, the station won for its continuing coverage of the 2000 presidential vote controversy in Palm Beach County. In 2003, WPTV was recognized in the news documentary category for a story on the desperate conditions in Haiti. In April 2008, it was recognized for excellence again in the documentary category for an hour-long primetime special on Medicare fraud produced by its "Contact 5" investigative unit. WPTV is one of many channels that air consumer reports from John Matarese of sister station ABC affiliate WCPO in Cincinnati. The station outsourced its sports department to ESPN Radio affiliate WEFL-AM 760 on January 1, 2010.[10] On January 11, WPTV became the first to air its weekday morning show at 4:30 with the new thirty minute block known as Today on 5: First at 4:30.

It was announced October 22, 2010 WFLX would end a news share agreement with Freedom Communications-owned WPEC on December 31. On January 1, 2011, WPTV established a new partnership with WFLX and begin producing a two-hour weekday morning show and nightly hour-long prime time newscasts. These shows originate from a secondary set at WPTV's facilities and required the addition of more than a dozen new personnel. The station claims that this is the first time a Scripps-owned station has produced news for a station not owned by the company,[11][12][13][14][15] but this is not true; WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Michigan produced a 10PM newscast for then-UPN O&O WKBD-TV from 2002 to 2004.

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Newsarama
  • Dateline News (19??-1970s)
  • TV-5 News (1970s)
  • TV-5 Action News (1970s-early 1980s)
  • Action 5 News (early 1980s–1993)
  • WPTV NewsChannel 5 (1993–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Part of Your Life" (late 1970s)
  • "Action 5 News: The Recognized Authorities" (early 1980s)
  • "We're Looking Out For You!" (1984–1989)
  • "Your News Leader" (1980s-early 1990s)
  • "The 24 Hour News Channel" (early-1990s)
  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (1993–2008)
  • "Local Coverage You Can Count On" (2008–present)

Newscast Schedule[edit]

Weekdays
  • WPTV Today on 5 - 4:30-7:00 a.m.
  • FOX 29 Morning News - 7:00-9:00 a.m. (WFLX)
  • WPTV NewsChannel 5 at Noon - 12:00-12:30 p.m.
  • FOX 29 News, First at 4:00 - 4:00-4:30 p.m. (WFLX)
  • WPTV NewsChannel 5 at 5:00 - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • WPTV NewsChannel 5 at 5:30 - 5:30-6:00 p.m.
  • WPTV NewsChannel 5 at 6:00 - 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • The FOX 29, 10:00 O'Clock News - 10:00-11:00 p.m. (WFLX)
  • WPTV NewsChannel 5 at 11:00 - 11:00-11:35 p.m.
Saturdays
  • WPTV Today on 5 - 5:00-8:00 a.m.
  • WPTV Today on 5 - 10:00-10:30 a.m.
  • WPTV NewsChannel 5 at 6:00 - 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • The FOX 29, 10:00 O'Clock News - 10:00-11:00 p.m. (WFLX)
  • WPTV NewsChannel 5 at 11:00 - 11:00-11:35 p.m.
Sundays
  • WPTV Today on 5 - 5:00-8:00 a.m.
  • WPTV NewsChannel 5 at 6:00 - 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • The FOX 29, 10:00 O'Clock News - 10:00-11:00 p.m. (WFLX)
  • WPTV NewsChannel 5 at 11:00 - 11:00-11:35 p.m.

News team[edit]

Anchors

  • John Favole - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 on WPTV and 7:00-9:00 a.m. on WFLX)
  • Roxanne Stein - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 on WPTV and 7:00-9:00 a.m. on WFLX) and medical reporter (also "Ask The Doctor" segment producer)
  • Mike Trim - breaking news anchor; weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 on WPTV and 7:00-9:00 a.m. on WFLX) and weekdays at noon
  • Hollani Davis - traffic reporter; weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 on WPTV and 7:00-9:00 a.m. on WFLX) and weekdays at noon
  • Shannon Cake - weeknights at 5:00 p.m. (also investigative reporter)
  • Jay Cashmere - weekdays at 4:00 (WFLX) and weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. (WFLX)
  • Ashley Hinson - weeknights at 10:00 p.m. (WFLX)
  • Kelley Dunn - weeknights at 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also feature reporter
  • Michael Williams - weeknights at 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Ashleigh Walters - weekend mornings (5:00-8:00 weekends and 10:00-10:30 a.m. Saturdays); also reporter three mornings a week
  • Tania Rogers - weekends at 6:00, 10:00 (WFLX) and 11:00 p.m.; also reporter (also Hablando Con La Comunidad host)
  • Jon Shainman - weekends at 6:00, 10:00 (WFLX) and 11:00 p.m.; also reporter
  • Monica Magalhaes - Hablando Con La Comunidad host and website producer

Storm Team 5

  • Steve Weagle (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weekdays at 4:00 (WFLX) and weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 10:00 (WFLX) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Glenn Glazer (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 on WPTV and 7:00-9:00 a.m. on WFLX) and weekdays at noon
  • Tyler Mauldin - (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - weekend mornings (5:00-8:00 weekends and 10:00-10:30 a.m. Saturdays); also fill-in
  • Lisa Vaughn- meteorologist - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 on WPTV and 7:00-9:00 a.m. on WFLX)
  • James Wieland (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekends at 6:00, 10:00 (WFLX) and 11:00 p.m.; also fill-in

Sports (all heard on WEFL/WUUB ESPN AM 760 and 106.3 FM)

  • Joe Girvan - weeknights at 6:00, 10:00 (WFLX) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Emerson Lotzia - weekends at 6:00, 10:00 (WFLX) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Bobby Cline - Football Night in South Florida analyst

Reporters

  • John Matarese - "Don't Waste Your Money" segment producer (from WCPO-TV 9 in Cincinnati)
  • Mike Vasilinda - weekday Tallahassee Bureau
  • Whitney Ray - Tallahassee Bureau
  • Johann Hoffend - weekday morning Timesaver Traffic reporter from Chopper 5 (4:30-7:00 on WPTV and 7:00-9:00 a.m. on WFLX)
  • Katie LaGrone - investigative
  • Dan Corcoran
  • Jeff Skrzypek
  • Mollie Reynolds - social media reporter
  • Brian Entin
  • Elizabeth Harrington
  • Jenn Strathman - consumer reporter
  • Meghan McRoberts
  • Chris Stewart

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