WTCN-CA

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WTCN-CA
WTCN15.PNG
Palm Beach/West Palm Beach, Florida
United States
Branding My 15 WTCN-TV
Channels Analog: 50 (UHF)
Digital: WTVX-DT 34.3 (UHF)
Virtual: 34.3 (PSIP)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV (2006-present)
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(WTVX Licensee, LLC)
First air date January 11, 1991 (1991-01-11)
Call letters' meaning Treasure Coast Network
Sister station(s) WTVX, WWHB-CA, WPEC
Former callsigns W16AR (1991-2001)
Former channel number(s) 16 (1991-2001)
15 (2001-2002)
53 (UHF translator)
Former affiliations Independent (1991-2005)
The WB (2005-2006)
Transmitter power 150 kW
1,000 kW (WTVX-DT3)
Height 438 m
455.7 (WTVX-DT3)
Facility ID 70865
35575 (WTVX-DT3)
Transmitter coordinates 27°1′31.0″N 80°10′43.0″W / 27.025278°N 80.178611°W / 27.025278; -80.178611
27°7′19.0″N 80°23′20.0″W / 27.121944°N 80.388889°W / 27.121944; -80.388889 (WTVX-DT3)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website http://www.my15wtcn.com/

WTCN-CA is the Class A, MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for the Gold and Treasure Coasts of South Florida. Licensed to Palm Beach, it broadcasts a low-powered analog signal on UHF channel 50 from a transmitter in unincorporated Martin County, southwest of Hobe Sound, on the Jonathan Dickinson State Park boundary. The station can also be seen on Comcast channel 15 (hence the on-air branding My 15 WTCN-TV).

Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, WTCN is sister to CBS affiliate WPEC, CW affiliate WTVX, and Class A Azteca América affiliate WWHB-CA. All of the television outlets share studios together on Fairfield Drive in Mangonia Park (with a West Palm Beach postal address). Syndicated programming on WTCN includes Hot in Cleveland, Celebrity Name Game, Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez, and America's Court with Judge Ross among others.

Due to its Class A status, this station does not offer a digital signal of its own and the low-powered directional antenna pattern prevents it from reaching Fort Pierce (north) and West Palm Beach (south). In order to expand the broadcasting radius, WTCN is simulcasted in standard definition on WTVX's third digital subchannel. This broadcasts on UHF channel 34.3 from a transmitter in unincorporated Martin County (southwest of Palm City and I-95/SR 9).

History[edit]

The station began broadcasting on January 11, 1991 as an Independent and had the call letters W16AR. It was located on UHF channel 16 and was licensed to Stuart. [1] Retired businessman August Gabriel began the station with $200,000 and three employees. [2][3] From October 1996 until February 1997, it briefly produced a local morning show known as Good Morning Treasure Coast that was hosted by Tom Teter. Ed Birchfield also briefly hosted a 7 p.m. Treasure Coast News program from February to July 1997. [4][5]

The station moved to UHF channel 15 in 2001 and then to UHF channel 14 in 2002. [6] It added a translator on UHF channel 53 in order to reach West Palm Beach. [7] At some point[when?], the station received the present calls of WTCN-CA and switched to UHF channel 43. This aired from a transmitter at the western boundary of Johnathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County southwest of Juniper Island. The call letters were originally used by two stations in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota that are now WCCO-TV and KARE.

Bill Brothers, who had been operating WTCN through a local marketing agreement (LMA) since 1997, purchased the station for an undisclosed price in 2001. [8] In the fall of 2005, CBS/Viacom bought WTCN and sister station WWHB-CA from Bill Brothers for $7.7 million. [9] Local operations were then integrated with WTVX at its facility at Beacon Circle in West Palm Beach. [10] However, master control originated from the studios of WBFS-TV and WFOR-TV on Northwest 18th Terrace in Doral (WFOR served as the flagship of the network-owned cluster, dubbed the "CBS South Florida Television Station Group"). [11]

At some point during the first six months of 2005, it began airing Kids' WB programming when the area's primary UPN and secondary WB affiliate WTVX stopped airing it. After its purchase by CBS/Viacom, WTCN became affiliated with The WB, its first full network affiliation. [12] Until that point, WTVX had aired programming from that network after UPN prime time.

On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced that they would end broadcasting and merge. The new combined network would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of its corporate parents, CBS (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner. On the same day, The CW signed a ten year affiliation agreement with eleven CBS-owned UPN stations, including WTVX. Even without the affiliation deal, that station's full-powered status made it a foregone conclusion that the station would become the CW affiliate for the Gold and Treasure Coasts.

On February 22, News Corporation announced that it would start up another new broadcast television network called MyNetworkTV. This new network, which would be sister to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television. WTCN would subsequently become one of only two MyNetworkTV affiliates owned by CBS. In 2006, WTCN placed sixth in the Nielsen ratings in the Palm Beach market with 0.4% of the audience.[13]

On February 7, 2007, CBS agreed to sell seven of its smaller-market stations to Cerberus Capital Management for $185 million. Cerberus formed a new holding company for the stations, Four Points Media Group, which took over the operation of the stations through local marketing agreements in late-June 2007 until the group deal closed on January 10, 2008. At this point in time, local operations of WTVX, WTCN, and WWHB moved to offices on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. [14] Master control was eventually moved to Four Points' hub facility at KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 25, 2008.

On March 20, 2009, the Nexstar Broadcasting Group took over the management of Four Points under a three-year outsourcing agreement.[15] [16] On February 25, 2008, the master control for Four Points' entire West Palm Beach cluster were relocated to the hub facility at KUTV in Salt Lake City. After the digital transition date on June 12, 2009, WTCN began airing on WTVX's previous digital channel (50). At this point, the station's transmitter was relocated to its current location southwest of Hobe Sound.

On September 8, 2011, the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intent to purchase Four Points from Cerberus Capital Management for $200 million; Sinclair began managing the stations, including WTCN, under local marketing agreements following antitrust approval. [17] Sinclair subsequently announced its purchase of the entire broadcasting division of Freedom Communications, including WPEC. As a result, Sinclair would now control three of the six largest English-language network affiliations in West Palm Beach. The deal with Sinclair acquiring Four Points was completed on January 3, 2012. [18]

Although WTVX, WTCN, and WWHB initially retained separate operations from WPEC, they would eventually be merged into WPEC's studios. On May 24, 2012, the FCC granted WTCN a construction permit to air a low-powered digital signal on UHF channel 43 (one of its former analog allotments) and become WTCN-CD (with "CD" referring to digital Class A status). [19][20] It is unclear when this will actually sign-on but its proposed 15 kW power will offer market-wide coverage as opposed to the limited broadcast radius of the current analog signal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Owner Signing Off at Local TV station, by Bob Betcher, 'Stuart News', June 5, 1996
  2. ^ Stuart TV Pushing For Cable Access by Paul D. Martin, The Palm Beach Post, May 12, 1991
  3. ^ August Gabriel, by Nisha Pulliam, The Palm Beach Post, August 30, 1993
  4. ^ 'Stuart's WTCN Moves Its Daily Show to Evenings', by Bob Betcher, 'Stuart News', February 2, 1997
  5. ^ Lack of Local Sponsors Drives Local Newscast Off Air, by Bob Betcher, Stuart (FL) News, July 8, 1997
  6. ^ Stuart's WTCN on the move again - to Channel 14 by Bob Betcher, Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News, May 26, 2002
  7. ^ Stuart's WTCN Has Expanded Into PB County, Fort Pierce (FL) Tribune, August 15, 2001
  8. ^ Channel 15 Expanding Signal Reach Into Broward County, by Bob Betcher, Stuart News, July 3, 2001
  9. ^ WTCN's Brothers Cashes Out As Viacom Beefs Up Station, by Bob Betcher, Stuart News, April 17, 2005
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20031012035637/http://upn34.com/jobs/miamijobs_story_254111556.html
  11. ^ WTCN Moving To West Palm, Likely Will Become WB Station, by Bob Betcher, Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News, June 26, 2005
  12. ^ WTCN To Become Latest WB Affiliate, Fort Pierce (FL) Tribune, August 9, 1999
  13. ^ WPTV Wins Ratings Gold by Tom Jicha, South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), March 3, 2006
  14. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081105092954/http://www.34cwtv.com/content/contactus/default.aspx
  15. ^ http://www.sltrib.com/tv/ci_11987126
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090830143015/http://wearewestpalm.com/
  17. ^ Sinclair Buys Four Points Media For $200M, TVNewsCheck, September 8, 2011.
  18. ^ "Sinclair Closes Four Points Media Acquisition". TVNewsCheck. January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  19. ^ https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101498349&formid=401&fac_num=70865
  20. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/1498349.pdf

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