WTGS

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WTGS
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Hardeeville, South Carolina/
Savannah, Georgia
United States
Branding Fox 28 (general)
WJCL News (newscasts)
Slogan Working For You
Channels Digital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
Subchannels 28.1 Fox
Affiliations Fox
Owner Vaughan Media, LLC
(operated through SSA by
LIN Media, LLC)

(WTGS Television, LLC)
First air date March 22, 1982; 32 years ago (1982-03-22)
Call letters' meaning We're Television for Georgia
and South Carolina
Sister station(s) WJCL
Former channel number(s) 28 (UHF analog, 1985-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1982-1986)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 455 m
Class DT
Facility ID 27245
Transmitter coordinates 32°2′46.2″N 81°20′26.2″W / 32.046167°N 81.340611°W / 32.046167; -81.340611
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS

WTGS is the Fox-affiliated television station for South Carolina's Lowcountry and Georgia's Coastal Empire. Licensed to Hardeeville, South Carolina, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 27 (or virtual channel 28.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Fort Argyle Road/SR 204 in western unincorporated Chatham County, Georgia. Owned by Vaughan Media, WTGS is operated through a shared services agreement by LIN Media. This make it a sister outlet to ABC affiliate WJCL and the two stations share studios (with the Savannah Morning News) on Chatham Parkway in Savannah. Syndicated programming on this outlet includes Steve Harvey, and The Queen Latifah Show among others.

History[edit]

The station signed-on March 22, 1982 as the market's first general entertainment Independent outlet. It became a charter affiliate with Fox on October 9, 1986. Bluenose Broadcasting sold WTGS to California-based Parkin Broadcasting in May 2007 for $17.5 million. The station was previously owned by L.P. Media Inc., an affiliated company of Lewis Broadcasting which owned WJCL. Since Lewis' sale of WTGS and WJCL in 1999, the two outlets has been bought, sold, and refinanced twice. In fact in the most recent sale in 2007, WTGS was sold for $2 million less than its sale price in 1999 with WJCL.

Since the station's sale to L.P. Media in the early-1990s, WTGS has been a sister outlet to WJCL. That station was most recently sold to New Vision Television. While owned-and-operated as a separate entity from WJCL, the station maintained facilities on Independence Boulevard/US 278/SC 141 in Hardeeville. On October 28, 2010, it was announced the two outlets would combine operations with the Savannah Morning News and be relocated to the newspaper's facility on Chatham Parkway in Savannah. The stations began broadcasting at their new location on October 4, 2011. WTGS and WJCL originally operated out of studios on Abercorn Street in Savannah.

On May 7, 2012, LIN TV Corporation announced that it will acquire the New Vision Television station group for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million in debt. Along with the outright ownership of WJCL, the agreement includes the acquisition of New Vision's shared services agreement with PBC Broadcasting (who is also transferring the licenses of the PBC-owned stations to Vaughan Media), giving LIN operational control of WTGS.[1] On October 2, the FCC approved the sale to LIN TV.[2] The transaction was completed that October 12.

During Super Bowl XLVIII, WTGS notably aired a two-minute long advertisement by local personal injury lawyer Jamie Casino, which featured a thriller-styled retelling of how he stopped representing "cold-hearted villains" to avenge the shooting death of his brother Michael Biancosino in 2012, culminating with Casino digging through a grave with a sledgehammer. The ad gained media attention following the game as a viral video, and while the station did not provide exact numbers, a WTGS spokesperson stated that the ad was its most expensive advertising sale in history.[3][4]

On March 21, 2014, LIN Media entered into an agremeent to merge with Media General in a $1.6 billion deal. Because Media General already owns NBC affiliate WSAV-TV (channel 3), the companies will sell either WSAV or WJCL to another station owner in order to comply with FCC ownership rules as well as planned changes to those rules regarding same-market television stations which would prohibit sharing agreements; the existing shared services agreement involving WTGS will be included in the sale.[5][6][7]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
28.1 720p 16:9 WTGS-HD Main WTGS programming / Fox

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WTGS discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 28, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 27.[9] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 28.

Newscasts[edit]

News open.

Through a news share agreement established in 1996, WJCL produces a nightly prime time newscast on WTGS (currently known as WJCL News at 10 on Fox 28). For awhile, this station also simulcasted WJCL's Good Morning Show on weekdays (from 5 until 7) but that broadcast was ultimately dropped at some point in time. On March 16, 2009, WJCL became the first outlet in Savannah to upgrade local newscasts to high definition and the nightly news on WTGS was included. This station also once offered a weekday morning program (airing from 8 until 9) known as a.m. ALIVE!. [10]

On October 28, 2010, it was announced WJCL and WTGS would combine operations with the Savannah Morning News and be relocated to the newspaper's facility on Chatham Parkway in Savannah. The stations began broadcasting at their new location on October 4, 2011. As of October 2013, WTGS has competition to its newscast with another local broadcast airing on CW affiliate WGSA and MyNetworkTV/Me-TV affiliate WSAV-DT2. That program is simulcasted on those two outlets and only airs on weeknights. In April 2014, WJCL expanded its weekday morning show to air for an additional hour on WTGS (from 7 until 8). In addition to its main studios, WJCL maintain a physical presence in South Carolina's Lowcountry with a bureau on Fording Island Road in Hilton Head.

News team[edit]

  • TBD - weekday mornings (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
  • Kevin Holmes - weeknights at 10:00
  • Jenifer Andrews - weeknights at 10:00
  • Rob Macko - weekends at 10:00; also reporter

Storm Tracker Meteorologists

  • Jeff Kirk (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 10:00
  • Jonathan Myers - meteorologist; weekday mornings (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
  • Somara Theodore - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00

Sports (both seen on The Frenzy)

  • Frank "The Big Guy" Sulkowski - Director seen weeknights at 10:00
  • Stefanie Frerotte - weekends at 10:00; also sports reporter

Reporters

  • Larry Spruill
  • Cassidy Lance
  • Chelsi McDonald
  • Ashli Lincoln
  • Renee LaSalle
  • Nick Natario
  • Brandon LaVorgna

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