MyRITV

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WPRI-DT2
WNAC-DT2 MyRITV Logo (As Of 01-01-2014).png
Providence, Rhode Island -
New Bedford, Massachusetts
United States
Branding MyRITV (general)
Eyewitness News (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage You
Can Count On
Channels Digital: WPRI-DT 13.4 (VHF)
Virtual: 12.2 (PSIP)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date mid-2000s
Call letters' meaning see WPRI-TV
Sister station(s) WPRI-TV, WTNH, WCTX, WWLP/WFXQ-CD,
WTEN, WXXA-TV
Former callsigns WNAC-DT2
Former affiliations 24-hour local weather channel
then non-audio Doppler weather radar
Transmitter power 30 kW
Height 305 m (1,001 ft)
Facility ID 73311
Transmitter coordinates 41°52′36″N 71°15′57″W / 41.87667°N 71.26583°W / 41.87667; -71.26583 (digital)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website MyRITV.com

WPRI-DT2 is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated second digital subchannel of CBS affiliate WPRI-TV for the state of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. It is owned by Nexstar Media Group which owns sister station, WNAC-TV (which is owned by Super Towers, Inc. and operated through a local marketing agreement (LMA) by Nexstar Media Group). Although studios are based on Catamore Boulevard in East Providence, master control and some traffic responsibilities are based out of hub facilities at NBC affiliate WWLP in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Over-the-air, WPRI-DT2 broadcasts a 720p high definition digital signal on VHF channel 13.4 (or virtual channel 12.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Homestead Avenue in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. WPRI-DT2 can also be seen on Verizon FiOS channel 14, Cox channel 21, and Comcast Xfinity digital channel 292. The channel is available in full 720p HD, through cable and, as of October 2017, over-the-air too (prior to which the 720p HD feed had been cable-exclusive) and is carried on Verizon FiOS digital channel 514, Comcast digital channel 820, and Cox digital channel 1015.

Development[edit]

This second subchannel of WNAC first became active as a 24-hour local weather channel called Eyewitness News Pinpoint Weather Station, which also aired on Cox digital channel 125 in the area. However, this was made cable-only in 2007 due to new FCC regulations for educational programming. Overnight during weekends when the main channels of WNAC and WPRI ended their broadcast day, they simulcasted this 24-hour weather channel. After the loss of that service, WNAC-DT2 became a live non-audio feed of WPRI's weather radar "Pinpoint Doppler 12" which was based at the off-air transmitter site in Rehoboth.

On October 1, 2009, this station became the market's MyNetworkTV affiliate after the service was moved from the main WNAC feed. [1] Before this change, the main channel had aired the network in a secondary manner delaying weeknight prime time programming from 11:30 to 1:30 in the morning and Saturday prime time programming until early Sunday mornings from 12:30 to 2:30. In 2011, WNAC-DT2 televised local college basketball games on Wednesdays under the banner "Game Night". [2]

Due to the 2012 World Series preempting prime time news normally seen on the main WNAC channel, this second digital subchannel aired live newscasts featuring continuing coverage of Hurricane Sandy. The station now airs newscasts from both WNAC and WPRI when sports or other special network programming preempts them. This is usually the case on Saturdays at 6 and 10 p.m. as well as Sundays at 6:30 p.m. There is no separate "MyRITV" branding or logo seen during these live broadcasts but rather features the unified Eyewitness News title as seen on WNAC and WPRI.

On October 2, 2017, MyRITV was moved from WNAC-DT2 to WPRI-DT2 as part of a broader shuffle where the programming and CW affiliation of WLWC's main channel was purchased by Nexstar several months before after WLWC's owner, OTA Broadcasting, sold their spectrum in the 2016 FCC spectrum auction and decided on a channel share with WPXQ-TV. WLWC's programming moved to WPRI-DT2 that day in order to balance bandwidth among all four of Nexstar's major network affiliations in Providence, thus WPRI has a 1080i CBS channel and 720p MyNetworkTV subchannel, with WNAC having a 720p Fox channel and 1080 CW subchannel. In addition, WPRI's subchannels moved down one subchannel; Bounce TV to 12.3, and getTV to 12.4.[3][4][5][6]

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on WPRI-DT2 includes The Wendy Williams Show, Family Feud, Divorce Court, Judge Alex, and 'Til Death among others. From 4 until 5:30 a.m. on weekend mornings, this station simulcasts programming with the main channel of sister station, WNAC-TV.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malone, Michael (2009-10-01). "WNAC Shifts MyNet to Digital Channel | Broadcasting & Cable". Broadcastingcable.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived April 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPRI
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WNAC
  5. ^ "WPRI 12/FOX Providence/myRITV to take ownership of The CW Providence". WPRI 12 Eyewitness News. September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ Crowe, John (September 1, 2017). "The CW Providence - Channel Move Information". The CW Providence - WLWC. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 

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