WWAY

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WWAY
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Wilmington, North Carolina
Branding WWAY NewsChannel 3
Cape Fear CW (on DT2)
Retro TV Wilmington (on DT3)
Slogan Live. Local. Interactive.
TV Now (on DT2)
Channels Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
Subchannels 3.1 ABC
3.2 The CW
3.3 Retro TV
Network

ABC, CW

founded =
Owner Morris Multimedia
(WWAY-TV, LLC)
First air date October 30, 1964; 49 years ago (1964-10-30)
Call letters' meaning Wilmington's World
All Yours
Former channel number(s) 3 (VHF analog, 1964-2008)
Former affiliations local weather (on DT2)
Retro TV (on DT2, 2009-2013)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 590 m
Class DT
Facility ID 12033
Transmitter coordinates 34°7′53.8″N 78°11′15.4″W / 34.131611°N 78.187611°W / 34.131611; -78.187611
Website wwaytv3.com

WWAY is the ABC-affiliated television station for North Carolina's Cape Fear region that is licensed to Wilmington. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 46 (or virtual channel 3.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter, west of Winnabow, in Town Creek Township. Owned by Morris Multimedia, the station has studios on North Front Street in Downtown Wilmington next to Cape Fear Community College. Syndicated programming on WWAY includes Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, The Dr. Oz Show, and Judge Judy among others.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel PSIP short name Video Aspect Programming
3.1 WWAY-HD 720p 16:9 Main WWAY programming / ABC
3.2 CW-HD Cape Fear CW
3.3 Retro 480i 4:3 Retro TV

History[edit]

WWAY signed-on October 30, 1964 as the second television station in Wilmington, preceded by WECT (channel 6) by ten years. It was originally owned by Cape Fear Telecasting, a firm controlled by local interests. Logically, it should have signed on as a CBS affiliate. However, it has been an ABC affiliate from the very first day. This was somewhat unusual for a two-station market, especially one of Wilmington's size.

For most of its first 20 years in television, ABC was relegated to secondary status on existing stations in most two-station markets. However, at the time channel 3 signed on, no ABC affiliate put even a grade B signal into Wilmington. In contrast, WBTW in Florence, South Carolina put a fairly strong grade B signal into the area. Cape Fear thus figured that if it signed with ABC, it would not get much local competition.

In 1968, Cape Fear sold WWAY to Clay Broadcasting (later to become Clay Communications). In 1987 Clay sold its broadcasting interests, including WWAY, to Price Communications,[1] setting off a revolving door of owners over the course of the next two decades. In 1988, Price sold WWAY to Adams Television [2] who flipped the station to Hillside Broadcasting a few years later. Hillside then sold WWAY to Cosmos Broadcasting, a subsidiary of the Liberty Corporation, in 1999.[3] That company sold off its insurance interests two years later bringing WWAY directly under the Liberty banner.

In 2005, Liberty merged with Raycom Media. That company already owned WECT and could not keep both stations due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) duopoly rules that do not allow common ownership of two of the four largest stations in a single market. Raycom opted to keep the higher-rated WECT and spun-off WWAY to current owner Morris Multimedia in 2006. However, the station still retains its Liberty-era logo. On May 8, 2008, the FCC announced that Wilmington had been selected as a test market for the 2009 national digital television transition. Five stations in Wilmington, including WWAY, also agreed to voluntarily cease analog broadcasting on September 8. Channel 3 made its transition from analog to digital at Noon on that date.[4] On June 15, WWAY started broadcasting the Retro Television Network on its second digital channel. This had previously served as a 24-hour local weather channel.

In North Carolina, WWAY is still carried in Rowland which is part of the Florence/Myrtle Beach/Lumberton market. Rowland and all of Robeson County used to be part of the Wilmington market and even earlier the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville DMA. Lumberton, the county seat of Robeson County, used to carry WWAY as well until around 1999. Jacksonville still carries WWAY even though it is part of the Greenville/Washington/New Bern market. In South Carolina, WWAY used to be carried in Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach up until the late-1990s. It was carried along the South Carolina borderbelt communities near the North Carolina state line but no longer is. WWAY is not carried on satellite outside of the market in the Carolinas. In Brunswick County, the station is carried on ATMC channel 5. In September 2013, WWAY announced that it would add The CW on a digital subchannel; the channel, which is known as "Cape Fear CW", launched on September 30th, 2013. [5]

News operation[edit]

Top story title.

Rival WECT has been the longtime market leader in terms of attaining consistent viewership and higher Nielsen ratings. WWAY is the only other Wilmington station that produces local news since low-powered CBS affiliate WILM-LD does not operate a news department of its own (unlike most big three network-affiliated television stations). However, that outlet does simulcast some newscasts from WRAL-TV in Raleigh with Wilmington-specific weather inserts (that are taped in advance), but there is no news coverage of the Cape Fear region. In order to provide WILM with more localized coverage, a news share agreement was established with WWAY allowing this ABC outlet to produce a live newscast weeknights at 7. This half-hour production aired from March 10, 2008 until February 27, 2009.

On August 1, 2009, WWAY stopped airing weekend newscasts leaving WECT as the only option for viewers. Although it would eventually bring back a Sunday night show at 11 on October 3, 2010, WECT retained its ratings and viewership dominance throughout all dayparts. On January 6, 2014, WWAY launched a thirty minute weeknight newscast on WWAY-DT2. Known as Cape Fear CW Primetime News at 10, the show features a separate graphics package from the main news programs seen on WWAY. This is the first competition to Fox affiliate WSFX-TV which has a well-established nightly newscast at 10 produced by WECT.

Unlike most ABC outlets, WWAY does not air a full two hour weekday morning show (its Good Morning Carolina program is only seen from 6 until 7). It also does not offer a midday newscast during the week. Although there is a Doppler weather radar located at WWAY's studios, it is unknown if the device is operational.

Newscast titles[edit]

  • News Scope (1964–1971)
  • Newswatch (1971–1977)
  • Eyewitness News 3 (1978–1990s)
  • NewsChannel 3 (1990s–2003)
  • WWAY NewsChannel 3 (2003–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Your WWAY" (1980s)
  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (1990s)
  • "First, Live, and Local" (1990s-2000s)
  • "Live. Local. Interactive." (2007–present)

News team[edit]

Anchors

  • Randy Alridge - weekday mornings (6-7 a.m.); also Your Home Town host and "Randy To The Rescue" segment producer
  • Sarah Murphy - weekday mornings (6-7 a.m.)
  • Makenzi Henderson - weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6, 10 (WWAY-DT2) and 11 p.m.; also reporter
  • Daniel Seamans - weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Chris Brown - Sundays at 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Grace Schwartz - Your Home Town host, Tim Horton producer

StormTrack 3 Weather

  • Jerry Jackson (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6, 10 (WWAY-DT2) and 11 p.m.
  • Christina Anthony - meteorologist; weekday mornings also Sundays at 6 and 11 p.m.; news reporter

Sports

  • John Rendleman - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.; also news and sports reporter
    • Fifth Quarter and Full Court Press host
  • Jesse Jones - sports reporter
  • Chasity Melvin - Full Court Press host
  • Brett Blizzard - Full Court Press host
  • Trot Nixon - Fifth Quarter host

Reporters

  • Kevin Wuzzardo - News Content Manager; also "The Rant" segment producer
  • George Elliott - "Explore with George" segment producer
  • Alicia Ross - "Kitchen Scoop" segment host
  • Alyssa Rosenberg
  • Sara Hopkins

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