|City of license||Toledo, Ohio|
|Branding||13 ABC (general)
13 ABC Action News (newscasts)
|Slogan||This Is Home|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
13.2 Live Well Network
13.3 13abc WeatherNation TV
|Owner||SJL Broadcasting, Inc.
|Founded||July 21, 1948|
|Former callsigns||WSPD-TV (1948–1979)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 13 (1948-2009)
Digital: 19 (1996-2009)
NBC (1948-1955 & 1969-1995)
DT3: AccuWX (2006?-2013)
|Transmitter power||16.7 kW (digital)|
|Height||305.4 m (digital)|
WTVG, channel 13, is the ABC-affiliated television station for Northwest Ohio and licensed in Toledo, Ohio. WTVG's studios and offices are located in Toledo and its transmitter is located in Oregon, Ohio. It is owned by SJL Broadcasting. Syndicated programming on WTVG includes Live! with Kelly and Michael, Rachael Ray, Katie, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and Inside Edition.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital Television
- 3 Programming
- 4 News operation
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The station signed on the air on July 21, 1948 as WSPD-TV, owned by Storer Broadcasting along with WSPD radio (AM 1370 and FM 101.5, now WRVF). The studios were originally located at 136 Huron St. in downtown Toledo. It was Toledo's first television station, and the first television station in the Storer Broadcasting chain.
Originally, the station carried programming from all four television networks: NBC, ABC, CBS and DuMont. However, it was a primary NBC affiliate, owing to its radio sisters' long affiliation with NBC radio. In 1955, Storer changed its primary affiliation to CBS, as Storer and CBS had strong corporate ties. DuMont shut down in 1956, leaving WSPD-TV as a primary CBS affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation.
In 1958, however, CBS moved its affiliation to newly signed-on WTOL-TV, owing to its long affiliation with WTOL radio. Conventional wisdom suggested that WSPD-TV would go back to NBC. Instead, channel 13 switched its primary affiliation to ABC, while sharing NBC with WTOL. This was very unusual for a two-station market; ABC would not be on par with CBS and NBC in terms of programming until the 1970s. This didn't pose a problem for Toledo viewers, however, as Detroit's WWJ-TV (now WDIV-TV) and WXYZ-TV provided a fairly decent signal to most of the market. WSPD-TV became an exclusive NBC affiliate in 1969 when Overmyer Broadcasting, then owner of then-independent WDHO-TV, channel 24 (now WNWO-TV), persuaded ABC to move its affiliation there.
Storer also owned WJBK-AM-FM-TV in Detroit and WJW-AM-FM-TV in Cleveland. Both WJBK-TV and WJW-TV were longstanding CBS affiliates. WSPD-TV provided city-grade coverage to most of Detroit's suburbs, while its grade B signal could be seen in Detroit and Cleveland. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) grandfathered this situation under its "one-to-a-market" rule in the 1970s. Storer sold off WSPD-FM in the early 1970s and WSPD-AM in 1979, and channel 13 became WTVG on October 1st.
The Storer stations were taken over by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) in 1985. As a result, WTVG lost its grandfathered protection and was not sold to Gillett Communications along with the other Storer stations in 1987. Instead, it was sold to a local employee/investor group called "Toledo Television, Inc." Toledo Television, in turn was bought out by SJL Broadcast Management in 1991.
As an ABC-owned station
In 1994, New World Communications, the owner of most of WTVG's former sister stations, signed an affiliation deal with Fox Broadcasting Company, resulting in most of New World's stations switching affiliation to Fox, but some stayed with NBC (which later bought the New World stations that did not go to Fox). Among the stations due to switch was WJBK, Detroit's longtime CBS affiliate. To avoid being consigned to UHF in what was then the ninth-largest market, CBS heavily wooed Detroit's longtime ABC affiliate, WXYZ.
WXYZ's owner, E.W. Scripps Company, then told ABC that unless it agreed to affiliate with Scripps-owned stations in four smaller markets, it would switch WXYZ to CBS. As a contingency, ABC approached SJL about buying WTVG and WJRT-TV in Flint, Michigan. As mentioned above, WTVG provides grade B coverage of Detroit itself and city-grade coverage to most of Detroit's suburbs, which would have come in handy had WXYZ switched to CBS. The deal closed on August 29, 1995. However, WTVG's affiliation contract didn't run out until October, so ABC had to run WTVG as an NBC affiliate for two months while NBC looked for a new affiliate in the area. On October 28, 1995, WTVG rejoined ABC, sending the NBC affiliation to WNWO-TV. As it turned out, ABC agreed to the affiliation deal with Scripps as well, and WXYZ retained its ABC affiliation. ABC chose not to trade its newly acquired stations for former O&O WXYZ-TV (because of ABC's ownership of WJR-AM and two other FM stations in Detroit), and Scripps was looking to exit the radio business completely. In 1996, Capital Cities/ABC was acquired by Disney.
WTVG was one of only two ABC-Disney owned-and-operated stations (the other being KTRK-TV in Houston; WJRT aired it into the early 1990s, but lost it to CBS affiliate WNEM-TV by the time WJRT was acquired by ABC) which never aired The Oprah Winfrey Show since its debut on September 8, 1986. Oprah aired on WTOL for its entire run in Toledo (as did fellow CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston).
WTVG was the smallest station in the country that was an O&O of any major network, not counting semi-satellites (this includes WOGX in Ocala/Gainesville, Florida; which is a semi-satellite of WOFL in Orlando).
Sale back to SJL Broadcasting
On November 3, 2010, Broadcasting & Cable magazine announced that SJL Broadcasting, now owned by the principal owners of Lilly Broadcasting, made an agreement with Disney to buy back WTVG and WJRT, upon speculation that Disney may sell off ABC. Both stations are expected to retain their affiliations with ABC. SJL teamed up with a new private equity partner, Bain Capital, whose affiliated offshoot Sankaty Advisors provided the capital for the purchases (which amounted to $16.8 million on WTVG's end of the $30 million deal). WTVG began being owned by SJL Broadcasting again beginning April 1, 2011. On April 12, 2011, the new management dismissed around 20 people from a pre-sale work force of approximately 100—all behind-the-scenes staff—from the station, despite promising earlier that they would make no staff cuts. Similar cuts occurred at WJRT, though cuts there also involved that station's veteran newscasters Bill Harris and Joel Feick.
For nearly five months after SJL took ownership of the stations, the web sites of both WTVG and WJRT remained in the format of other ABC-owned stations until late August when WorldNow took over operations of the sites.
|13.1||720p||16:9||WTVG HD||Main WTVG programming / ABC|
|13.2||480i||16:9||WTVG 2||Live Well Network|
|13.3||4:3||WX Now||13abc WeatherNation TV|
On June 12, 2009, at 12:32 AM, WTVG turned-off its analog signal forever. The station's digital signal relocated to channel 13 following the digital transition. Channel 13 DTV transmits at a lower power than it did on Channel 19 DTV, so in some locations, there has been a reduction in coverage. Many VHF stations are applying to the FCC for power increases to restore their coverage area after moving from UHF back to VHF.
High Definition Programming
WTVG broadcasts all of its syndicated programming in high definition.
On July 1, 2011, WTVG began to broadcast the nightly Ohio Lottery drawings, and broadcast the game show Cash Explosion on Saturday evenings. WTVG took over broadcasting the lottery drawings and game show from rival station WTOL.
WTVG airs over two hours of local news shows every Sunday. The shows are each a half hour and talk about different types of topics. The shows include: Conklin and Company (11:00-11:30), Bridges (11:30 a.m.-12:00 noon), Roundtable (12:00-12:30 p.m.) and Full Plate (12:30-1:00 p.m.). All four shows are also broadcast in high definition.
WTVG ended the show Coffee with the Fords on June 19, 2011. The show was hosted by former Toledo mayor Jack Ford and his wife Cynthia. Coffee with the Fords was shown between 12:30-1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons and was on the air for over four years.
WTVG also airs two special Friday night sports programs, Football Friday showcasing High School football games across Northwest Ohio, during the High School football season and Basketball Friday showcasing girls and boys Basketball across Northwest Ohio during the High School basketball season.
WTVG utilizes the Sony PDW510 XDCAM Camcorder. All Toledo stations (WTVG, WTOL, WNWO, and WUPW) use the Jeep Liberty as an ENG vehicle, due to the fact that they are made locally by Chrysler. WTVG also uses another Jeep-brand vehicle, the Jeep Commander.
WTVG owns and operates a 350,000 Watt Doppler Radar named Live Doppler 13000 HD.
Alexis Means won an Ohio Associated Press award for best spot news coverage for "Gunmen in the School," a breaking news story in which a gunman was allegedly seen walking into a Toledo Public School.
In 2011, WTVG received 6 Emmys from the Lower Great Lakes chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. WTVG also received over 15 nominations for their news, a record for the station.
In June 2011, news anchors at WTVG began using iPads to read news stories instead of paper. WTVG is the first television station in Toledo to use the technology. WTOL began using iPads in late September 2011.
On April 4, 2012, WTVG announced that longtime chief meteorologist Stan Stachak would retire from the station at the end of May 2012. Stan Stachak has been at WTVG for over 30 years and became the chief meteorologist for the station back in 1980. Chief meteorologist Stan Stachak has overseen many technological advances during his spectacular 30-plus year tenure including the addition of Toledo's only Doppler radar in 2003. Stan Stachak stepped down as being the chief on April 20, 2012. Stachak's final broadcast was during the 11:00 p.m. newscast on May 27, 2012.
High Definition Newscasts
On April 13, 2010, WTVG became the last ABC-owned station (as well as the first station in the Toledo DMA) to have upgraded its news productions to 16:9 widescreen enhanced definition. On July 2, 2010, WTVG became the first news station in Toledo and the ninth ABC-owned station to broadcast its newscasts in high definition. The in-studio cameras are in 720p high definition, and field coverage is in 16:9 widescreen enhanced definition. WTVG began using new HD graphics on January 17, 2012, and began broadcasting high definition commercials in May 2012. WTOL channel 11 began broadcasting their newscasts in high definition on April 21, 2011. WNWO began broadcasting newscasts in 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen on August 15, 2011. WUPW began broadcasting their newscasts in HD on May 31, 2012.
- The WSPD-TV Newsreel (1948-1953)
- Your Esso Reporter (1953-1958)
- Deadline (1958-1969)
- The Venner-Ward Report (1969-1976)
- TV-13 News (1976-1979)
- 13 Strong News (1979-1984)
- 13 News (1984–1993)
- 24-Hour News 13 (1993-1995)
- 13 Action News (1995–2005)
- 13 ABC Action News (2005–present)
- 13 Strong (1977–1984)
- The Team to Watch (1982-?)
- Come on Home to 13 Strong News (1984)
- TV-13, The Winners! (1984–1986)
- Toledo's Home Team (1986-1987)
- Your Home Team (1987-?)
- Your 24-Hour News Source (1993–1995)
- Where The Action Is (2001–2006)
- Get Connected (2006–2013)
- This Is Home (2013–present)
Action News team
Current on-air staff
(as of July 2014)
- Sashem Brey - weekday mornings on 13abc Action News Good Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Kristian Brown - weeknights at 5:30 p.m.; also weekday reporter
- Lee Conklin - weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Tony Geftos - weekend mornings on 13abc Action News Good Morning (6:00-8:00 and 9:00-10:00 a.m.); also weekday reporter
- Bill Hormann - weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter
- Diane Larson - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter on "Money Matters" at 5:30 p.m.
- Jeff Smith - weekday mornings on 13abc Action News Good Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Christina Williams - weekend mornings on 13abc Action News Good Morning (6:00-8:00 and 9:00-10:00 a.m.); also weekday reporter
- Jay Berschback (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Ross Ellet (AMS-CBM Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Ben Cathey - meteorologist; weekend mornings on 13abc Action News Good Morning (6:00-8:00 and 9:00-10:00 a.m.)
- "Blizzard" Bill Spencer (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on 13abc Action News Good Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Kelly Heidbreder - meteorologist, fill-in; also host of the Extreme Weight Loss Challenge
- Dave Holmes - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Joe Nugent - sports anchor; weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Steve Slivka - sports reporter
- Lissa Guyton - general assignment reporter
- Shaun Hegarty - investigative reporter; also general assignment reporter
- McKenzie Kuehnlein - general assignment reporter
- Nichole Langley - traffic reporter; weekday mornings on 13abc Action News Good Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Kristi Leigh - general assignment reporter
- Christine Long - general assignment reporter
- Alexis Means - general assignment reporter
- Daryl Kirkland-Morgan - general assignment reporter
- Amy Montgomery - general assignment reporter
- Sanaa Orra - general assignment reporter
- Melissa Voetsch - general assignment reporter
- Rebecca Regnier - "The Trend" feature reporter; weekday mornings on 13abc Action News Good Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
Washington D.C. Bureau
- Lauren Adams - Washington D.C. correspondent
- Jacqueline Policastro - Washington D.C. bureau chief
Local program hosts
- Lee Conklin - Conklin & Company (Sundays at 11:00 a.m.)
- Doni Miller - Bridges (Sundays at 11:30 a.m.)
- Jeff Smith - Roundtable (Sundays at 12:00 p.m.)
- Rebecca Regnier - Full Plate (Sundays at 12:30 p.m.)
Notable past on-air staff
- Jerry Anderson (now at WTOL and WUPW in Toledo)
- Melissa Andrews (now at WTOL in Toledo)
- Ryan Burr (now at ESPN)
- Carty Finkbeiner (former host of Carty & Company and former mayor of Toledo)
- Jack Ford (former co-host of Coffee with the Fords and former mayor of Toledo)
- Frank Gilhooley (deceased; former Toledo Mud Hens announcer)
- Efrem Graham (now at CBN News)
- Kristin Emery (now at WPCW and KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh)
- Neil Hartman (now at Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
- Scott McGrew (now at KNTV NBC Bay Area, San Francisco)
- Zac Pitts
- Rob Powers (now sports director at WABC-TV in New York City)
- Randy Price (now at WCVB-TV in Boston)
- Michael Reghi (now at WKNR-AM; former Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer)
- Stan Stachak (retired from WTVG)
- Susan Ross Wells (now director of health care marketing at the University of Toledo)
- Geoff Cornish (now chief meteorologist at WICU-TV and WSEE-TV in Erie)
- Circle 7 logo - WTVG's Circle 13 logo is a derivative of the Circle 7 logo
- Counterstrike: CBS targets Scripps; will bid for television networks affiliated with Scripps Howard Broadcasting, Broadcasting & Cable (via HighBeam Research), June 6, 1994.
- Broadcasting & Cable: "EXCLUSIVE: Disney to Sell Two Stations", November 3, 2010.
- The Blade: "Ch. 13's new owners cut 20-plus jobs", April 12, 2011.
- WTVG website
- Michiguide.com's listing for WTVG
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WTVG
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WTVG-TV