|Branding||Central Florida's TV 27 (general)
Eyewitness News (during WFTV-produced newscasts)
|Slogan||It's About Family|
|Channels||Digital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 27 (PSIP)
27.2 Antenna TV
|Owner||Cox Media Group
|First air date||April 23, 2000|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
27 (UHF, 2000–2009)
Digital: 14 (UHF, –2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
WRDQ, channel 27, is an independent television station located in Orlando, Florida, United States. The station is owned by the Cox Media Group division of Cox Enterprises, and is part of a duopoly with ABC affiliate WFTV (channel 9). The two share studios on East South Street in downtown Orlando, and its transmitter is located in Christmas. On cable, WRDQ is carried on Bright House Networks channel 10.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|27.1||720p||16:9||WRDQ-HD||Main WRDQ programming|
|27.3||16:9||WTMO-SD||Simulcast of WTMO-CD|
On April 14, 2008, the station launched a new second digital subchannel to carry the Retro Television Network. On September 5, 2011, WRDQ replaced RTV with Antenna TV on its second digital subchannel and Bright House digital cable channel 465. The RTV affiliation in Orlando later moved to a subchannel of CBS affiliate WKMG-TV.
WRDQ discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 27, 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 14 to its former analog-era channel 27.
The station's original construction permit was issued as early as 1990. Channel 27 first signed on the air on April 23, 2000 under the ownership of Reece Associates Ltd., with WFTV (which has been owned by Cox since 1985) operating the station under a local marketing agreement (LMA); Reece was co-owned by former WFTV reporter Marsha Reece. Several months before WRDQ signed on, in August 1999, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began allowing duopolies involving commercially-licensed television stations, allowing Cox to exercise an option to acquire the station outright on February 1, 2001.
On May 24, 2011, Cox decided to use WRDQ to carry coverage of the Casey Anthony trial in full from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with WFTV airing the last hour from 4 to 5 p.m., pre-empting the station's weekday programming schedule. High interest in the trial eventually led to coverage being increasingly shifted to WFTV (with WRDQ generally only airing "more procedural" and "more dry or technical" portions); on June 8, coverage was moved to WFTV entirely, after ABC granted Cox permission to move ABC Daytime programming to WRDQ for remainder of the trial's duration. It returned to WFTV upon the trial's conclusion. ABC Daytime was temporarily moved to WRDQ once more during to WFTV's coverage of the George Zimmerman trial in 2013.
Syndicated programming on the station includes That '70s Show, America's Funniest Home Videos, Family Feud, America's Court with Judge Ross, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, Frasier, Futurama and The King of Queens. WRDQ occasionally takes on the responsibility of running ABC network programming in lieu of its regular schedule, whenever WFTV is unable to run them in the event of extended breaking news coverage, special programming or the broadcast of a local sporting event. For example on January 1, 2009, WFTV aired pre-game festivities of the 2009 Capital One Bowl, while WRDQ aired ABC's coverage of the Rose Bowl Parade.
Shortly after the station signed on, WFTV began producing a nightly half-hour 10 p.m. newscast for WRDQ (this resulted in the discontinuance of a primetime newscast in that same timeslot that WFTV had produced for then-UPN affiliate WRBW (channel 65) under a news share agreement); this program competes with an in-house newscast that runs for an hour on Fox owned-and-operated station WOFL (channel 35) and a newscast produced by NBC affiliate WESH that it produces for CW-affiliated sister station WKCF (channel 18).
In January 2007, WFTV also began producing a two-hour weekday morning newscast from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on channel 27. Prior to the debut of the morning newscast, the 10:00 p.m. news program was branded as Action News at 10. This title was derived from WRDQ's general station branding ("Action TV 27") at the time of the station's launch ("Action" had ceased to be used as an overall station branding term several years before the newscast was renamed). WRDQ also airs The Daily Buzz from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on digital subchannel 27.2, preempting feature films broadcast by Antenna TV that are seen on that slot nationally on that network's other affiliates. On two occasions, WRDQ has also aired early evening newscasts; a 7 p.m. newscast was produced for a time in March 2003 to present Iraq War coverage, and a 6:30 p.m. newscast was seen on the station from September 2010 until it was dropped in June 2013 in favor of a 4 p.m. newscast on WFTV.
- Eyewitness News This Morning on Central Florida's TV 27 - 7:00-9:00 a.m.
- Eyewitness News at 10:00 on Central Florida's TV 27 - 10:00-10:30 p.m.
- Eyewitness News This Morning on Central Florida's TV 27 - 9:00-10:00 a.m.
- Eyewitness News at 10:00 on Central Florida's TV 27 - 10:00-10:30 p.m.
Current on-air staff
- Nancy Alvarez - weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Bianca Castro - weekday mornings from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
- Jorge Estevez - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Jamie Holmes - weekday mornings from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
- Mark Joyella - weekend mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
- Martie Salt - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
Severe Weather Center 9 Team
- Tom Terry (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) chief meteorologist; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Kassandra Crimi (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) meteorologist; weekday mornings from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
- George Waldenberger (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Rusty McCranie (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) meteorologist; weekday mornings from 7:00-9:00 a.m. 
- Joe Kepner - sports director; Mondays-Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.
- Christian Bruey - sports anchor; Fridays-Sundays at 10:00 p.m., also sports reporter 
- Racquel Asa - weekday morning traffic reporter
- Steve Barrett - weeknight 10:00 p.m. reporter
- Kenneth Craig - weeknight 10:00 p.m. reporter
- Jeff Deal - weeknight 10:00 p.m. reporter
- Ryan Hughes - weekday morning reporter
- Renee Stoll - weeknight 10:00 p.m. reporter
- Blaine Tolison - Monday and Tuesday 10:00 p.m. reporter
- Todd Ulrich - consumer and investigative reporter for Action 9 
Former On-Air Staff
- Marla Weech- anchor (later at WKMG (until 2008), now weekday evening/overnight anchor on Central Florida News 13)
- Chris Egert-anchor
- Cynthia Demos-anchor (now anchor at WFOR-TV in Miami)
- Zach Klein- sports anchor
- Elizabeth Artz- weekend morning anchor
- Ben Smith-meteorologist
- Abbott, Jim (April 21, 2000). "New TV station offers reruns and talk shows". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WRDQ
- ‘Three’s Company,’ ‘Good Times’ part of Antenna TV from WRDQ Retrieved September 1, 2011
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Boyd, Christopher (February 2, 2001). "Cox buys WRDQ, now has 2 area stations". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- "Casey Anthony: WFTV keeps viewers guessing with fluid scheduling". The Orlando Sentinel. June 1, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
- "‘The View,’ ABC soaps to air on WRDQ starting today". The Orlando Sentinel. June 8, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
- Boedeker, Hal (June 21, 2013). "George Zimmerman trial to rearrange daytime lineup". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
- Boedeker, Hal (June 17, 2010). "WFTV to add 6:30 p.m. newscast on WRDQ". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
- Boedeker, Hal (June 17, 2013). "WFTV drops 6:30 p.m. news on WRDQ". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
- Eyewitness News Staff
- TV27.com - Official WRDQ website
- WFTV.com - Official WFTV website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WRDQ
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WRDQ-TV