WeatherNation TV

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WeatherNation
WeatherNation.jpg
Launched October 2010
Owned by WeatherNation TV, Inc.
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV; widescreen)
Slogan Real Weather. Pure and Simple.
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Greenwood Village, Colorado
Replaced The Weather Cast
Website weathernationtv.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Available on television stations in some markets via digital subchannels and select primary affiliations For list of affiliates, see below
Satellite
DirecTV 361 (HD/SD)
Cable
OTA affiliates available on certain U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
(availablity is at the discretion of the station and provider)
National feed available on select U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
Streaming media
WeatherNation Live stream
Digital media receiver Roku

WeatherNation is an American broadcast, cable and satellite television network that is owned by WeatherNation, Inc. The network broadcasts weather forecasts and weather-related news, including periodic coverage of severe and tropical weather events, as well as local weather segments. The network's studio facilities are located in the Minneapolis suburb of Excelsior, Minnesota, while its headquarters, additional studios, and master control facilities are located in the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village, Colorado.

History[edit]

WeatherNation, Inc. was founded in 2010 as a syndication service for local television stations, cable and satellite operators.

In May 2010, the company launched The Weather Cast, a channel that was developed for satellite provider Dish Network with the intent to replace The Weather Channel, which had been involved in a carriage dispute with Dish over a planned increase in retransmission consent payments and the provider's dissatisfaction with the channel's decreased reliance on weather forecasts in favor of entertainment programming; Dish Network had planned to drop The Weather Channel should the two parties have been unable to reach an agreement. The Weather Cast existed for four days, ceasing operations on May 24, 2010, when The Weather Channel reached a multi-year carriage agreement with Dish Network.

On March 30, 2011, WeatherNation, Inc. announced that it would launch a new national weather channel, to be named WeatherNation, beginning in the second quarter of 2011, with cable television providers that were members of the National Cable Television Cooperative being the first to offer the new network.[1] WeatherNation TV launched on May 2011, and was rolled out to all of the participating systems by the last week of July 2011.[2]

WeatherNation would gain its first broadcast television outlet by October 2011, WHDT in Stuart, Florida, serving the West Palm Beach television market, with translators in Naples and Miami, Florida, and Boston, Massachusetts.[3] WIYC in Montgomery, Alabama also started carrying WeatherNation in October 2011.[4] Further expansion of its broadcast affiliate body continued in January 2012, when WeatherNation added affiliates in Minneapolis, Minnesota (KARE-TV;[5] KMYA-DT in Little Rock, Arkansas; KFDF-CA in Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Springfield, Missouri.[6]

Programming[edit]

WeatherNation TV provides national, regional and local weather forecast segments as well as specialty forecasts (such as for business and leisure travel). Unlike The Weather Channel and similar to The Local AccuWeather Channel, national segments on the network are a mix of live and pre-recorded segments, with taped segments being updated every three to six hours; this fact had been the source of criticism from viewers since shortly after it first began to be carried by DirecTV, as WeatherNation TV continued to air its regular forecast segments instead of running wall-to-wall coverage – offering only periodic updates each hour – during ongoing severe weather and winter storm events.[7]

National segments are presented by on-camera meteorologists employed with WeatherNation. Locally produced weather forecast segment be provided by the participating WeatherNation TV affiliate, either in the form of pre-recorded segments conducted by the affiliate's weather staff or via a graphical forecast segment using the network's on-air graphics package (similar in format to The Weather Channel's Local on the 8s); these 60-second forecasts are usually shown after blocks of most national forecast segments, running nine times an hour at – or sometimes, approximately – times ending in "5" (for example, 6:55 p.m. or 9:35 a.m.) and at 59 minutes past the hour. The national forecast segment that airs in place of the localized segments on the national feed includes computer model forecasts for the next 48 hours, active weather alerts, current temperatures and composite satellite/radar loops for the contiguous United States.

Weather information on WeatherNation TV is displayed continuously on a banner appearing at the lower third of the screen – with the network's logo bug placed on the left side – which is visible even during commercial breaks; it displays current weather conditions, daypart and five-day forecasts (on the national feed, current weather observations and forecasts for 50 major U.S. cities are shown). The banner also employs a severe weather mode during inclement weather; active weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service within the station's viewing area (or on the national feed, alerts in effect throughout the United States) are displayed on a separate red-colored banner placed above the forecast banner, with a weather radar loop displayed in a self-contained box on the right side of both.

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

On-camera meteorologists[8]
  • Joe Astolfi - weekday mornings
  • Chris Bianchi - weeknights
  • Kristin Clark - weeknights
  • Stacey Donaldson - weekday mornings
  • Paul Douglas - weekday afternoons
  • Katie Ferrier - weekend evenings
  • Addison Green - weekend mornings
  • Miranda Hilgers - weekend mornings
  • Bryan Karrick - weekend afternoons
  • Karissa Klos - weeknights
  • Rob Koch - weeknights
  • Rhonda Lee - weekday evenings
  • Susie Martin - weekday afternoons
  • Merry Matthews - weekday mornings
  • Mace Michaels - weekend evenings
  • Gretchen Mishek - weekend mornings
  • Todd Nelson - weekday mornings
  • Stephanie Ortmann - weekday afternoons
  • Alan Raymond - weekday afternoons
  • Aaron Shaffer - weekday mornings

Availability[edit]

The network is primarily carried on broadcast television stations throughout the U.S. Not all of the network's broadcast affiliates air WeatherNation TV's complete schedule; affiliates pre-empt three hours a week of the network's programming (either consecutively or in a half-hour stripped format) to air children's programs acquired from the syndication market to fulfill the Federal Communications Commission's educational programming requirements (which require stations to carry additional E/I content on their subchannels, regardless of the subchannel's programming format). Depending on whether the affiliated station has a news department, stations carrying the network may also breakaway from the network's content if the station wants to utilize the subchannel for either extended severe weather or breaking news coverage or to push regularly scheduled network programming from the station's main feed to the WeatherNation subchannel (depending on the subchannel placement of WeatherNation and the station's carriage of additional subchannel services) during said news or weather coverage that requires the station to pre-empt the programs on its primary channel.

In addition, WeatherNation TV's programming is streamed live on the network's website, on its Android and Apple mobile apps as well as select Samsung and Sony TVs and Blu-ray players.[9][10][11][12] On September 13, 2013, WeatherNation TV launched a channel on the Roku streaming player, which provides the live national feed, on-demand video and local current weather conditions and forecasts.[13]

WeatherNation TV's national feed began to be carried on satellite provider DirecTV on channel 361 on December 16, 2013; the provider reached a temporary carriage agreement with the network as it was renegotiating its contract with The Weather Channel (which was carried on channel 362).[14] After DirecTV dropped The Weather Channel on January 14, 2014 due to the reasons behind Dish Network's planned removal of the channel in May 2010, the provider began to also carry WeatherNation on channel 362,[15] which lasted until The Weather Channel and DirecTV struck a new carriage agreement on April 8, 2014 that restored TWC to channel 362; however, WeatherNation continues to be carried on channel 361 as DirecTV had signed a long-term agreement to carry the network on April 2, one week prior to The Weather Channel agreement.[16]

Affiliates[edit]

List of WeatherNation TV affiliates
City Station Virtual
channel
Physical
channel
Cable
channel
Owner

Alabama[edit]

Mobile/Pensacola, FL WPMI-TV 15.2 15 Cox Communications 716
Comcast 194
Deerfield Media
(operated under SSA by the Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Arkansas[edit]

Little Rock KTHV 11.2 11.2 Comcast 233 Gannett Company

California[edit]

Sacramento KXTV 10.2 10.2 Charter 191 Gannett Company

Colorado[edit]

Denver KUSA 9.2 9.2 Comcast 249 Gannett Company
Cortez K18DR-D 24.5 18.9 Southwest Colorado TV Translator Association
Dove Creek K32EY-D 27.7 32.9

District of Columbia[edit]

Washington, D.C. WUSA 9.3 9.3 Comcast 203 (Washington, D.C.) Gannett Company

Florida[edit]

Naples WXDT-LP N/A 23 AT&T U-verse 44 (SD)
AT&T U-verse 1044 (HD)
Comcast 17 (SD)
Comcast 438 (HD)
Günter Marksteiner
WYDT-LP N/A 32
WZDT-LP N/A 39
North Miami/Miami WHDT-LD 9.1 44
Stuart/West Palm Beach WHDT 9.1 42

Georgia[edit]

Atlanta WXIA-TV 11.2 10.2 Comcast 211 Gannett Company

Louisiana[edit]

New Orleans WHNO 20.3 20 LeSEA Broadcasting

Massachusetts[edit]

Boston WBIN-TV 50.3 50 Carlisle One Media

Michigan[edit]

Flint WJRT-TV 12.3 12 Comcast 293
Charter Communications 431
SJL Broadcasting, Inc.

Minnesota[edit]

Minneapolis-St. Paul KARE-TV 11.2 11 Comcast 249 (St. Paul)
216 (Minneapolis)
Charter Communications 391
Gannett Company
Olivia K18IR-D 11.2 18.4
Granite Falls K40MC-D 11.2 40.4
Alexandria K14LZ-D 11.2 14.4 Selective TV, Inc.
Willmar K39FE-D 11.2 39.4 UHF-TV Inc.
Frost K31EF-D 11.2 31.4
Jackson K19HZ-D 11.2 19.4
St. James K21DG-D 11.2 21.4

Missouri[edit]

Springfield KYTV 3.2 3.2 Mediacom 112 KY3 inc.

Nevada[edit]

Laughlin KMCC 34.3 32.3 Cranston II, LLC
(managed by Fusion Communications)

New Hampshire[edit]

Derry WBIN-TV 50.3 50 Carlisle One Media

New Mexico[edit]

Albuquerque KNMQ-LD 43.2 43.2 RJ Enterprises
Santa Fe KCHF-DT 11.2 10.2 Son Broadcasting

New York[edit]

Buffalo WGRZ 2.2 33.2 Time Warner Cable 1245 Gannett Company

North Carolina[edit]

Greensboro WFMY 2.2 51.2 Time Warner Cable 111 Gannett Company

Ohio[edit]

Toledo WTVG 13.3 13 Buckeye CableSystem 615 Lilly Broadcasting

Puerto Rico[edit]

Mayaguez WNTE-LD 36.2 36.2 DIRECTV 714 Juan Carlos Matos Barreto
Guaynabo WVTE-LD 3.2 3.2 DIRECTV 714 New Life Broadcasting, Inc.

South Carolina[edit]

Columbia WLTX 19.3 17.3 Time Warner Cable 812 Gannett Company

Tennessee[edit]

Knoxville WBIR-TV 10.3 10 Gannett Company

Texas[edit]

Amarillo KBEX-LP 6 N/A Viva Media, LLC
Lubbock KJTV-CD 32.2 33.2 Ramar Communications

Utah[edit]

Salt Lake City KTVX-DT 4.3 40 Nexstar Broadcasting Group

Virginia[edit]

Lynchburg WSET-TV 13.3 13.3 Comcast 206
Cox 109
Giles-Craig 183
Allbritton Communications Company

Washington[edit]

Seattle KFFV 44.5 44.5 OTA Broadcasting, LLC

Wisconsin[edit]

Fond du Lac/Milwaukee WIWN 68.1 5.1 Charter Communications 22 Pappas Telecasting Companies
Madison WMTV 15.2 19.2 Charter Communications 191 Gray Television

Former affiliates[edit]

List of Former WeatherNation TV affiliates
City Station Virtual
channel
Physical
channel
Owner Current Affiliation
Atlanta, Georgia WTBS-LD 26.3 26 Prism Broadcasting Network Channel currently blank
Boston, Massachusetts WHDT-LD 6.1 38.1 Günter Marksteiner Now a Deutsche Welle affiliate
Camden, Arkansas KMYA-DT 49.1 49 Ellis-Wilson LLC Now a Me-TV affiliate
Chicago, Illinois WOCK-CD 13.4 4.4 KM Communications Replaced by infomercials, then TheCoolTV
Cortez, Colorado K26CI-D 27.7 26.9 Southwest Colorado TV Translator Association Replaced by My Car TV
Fayetteville, Arkansas/
Springfield, Missouri
KFFS-CA N/A 36 Pinnacle Media Now a Me-TV affiliate
Fresno, California KAIL 7.3 7.3 Trans-America Broadcasting Corporation Now a Bounce TV affiliate
Fort Smith, Arkansas KFDF-CD 44.1 44 Pinnacle Media, LLC Now a Me-TV affiliate
Little Rock, Arkansas KKYK-CD 20.1 20 Ellis-Wilson LLC
Opelika, Alabama/
Columbus, Georgia
WLGA 66.1 30 Pappas Telecasting Companies Replaced by Antenna TV
Troy/Montgomery, Alabama WIYC 48.1 48 Neal Ardman Now a Cozi TV affiliate
Pascagoula, Mississippi WKFK-LD 7.4 13 NCN Cable Advertising Now a Heartland affiliate
Wichita, Kansas KCTU-LD 43.6 43 River City Broadcasters Replaced with TV Scout
Winslow, Arkansas KWNL-CD 31 9.2/31.2 Pinnacle Media Channel currently blank

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broadcasting & Cable: "WeatherNation TV Cuts Distribution Deal with NCTC", March 30, 2011". Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Radio-Info: "WeatherNation tv is now live", July 28, 2011". Boards.radio-info.com. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "WHDT Drops RTV For Weather Nation". TVNewsCheck.com. October 27, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "WIYC 48 Drops The Country Network". Montgomery TV and Radio. October 6, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gannett's KARE 11, WeatherNation Partner for 24/7 Twin Cities Weather Coverage". MarketWatch. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Mon, Mar 5, 2012, 9:35 PM EST - U.S. Markets closed (January 23, 2012). "WeatherNation Continues to Add More Affiliates - Yahoo! Finance". Finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ Nakashima, Ryan (February 10, 2014). "DirecTV Fight Puts WeatherNation On Radar". TVNewsCheck (via the Associated Press). Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ WeatherNation: Meet The Team
  9. ^ WeatherNation Streaming Weather
  10. ^ iTunes: WeatherNation
  11. ^ WeatherNation Launches on Sony Connected TVs and Other Entertainment Devices Retrieved September 14, 2013
  12. ^ Google Play: WeatherNation
  13. ^ Roku: WeatherNation TV
  14. ^ Flint, Joe (25 December 2013). "DirecTV issues veiled threat in talks with Weather Channel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Spangler, Todd (13 January 2014). "Weather Channel Pulled from DirecTV". Variety. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "DirecTV Signs Multi-Year Deal with WeatherNation". Variety. April 2, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website