WFDC-DT

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WFDC-DT
WFDC14.png
Arlington, Virginia/Washington, D.C./
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
CityArlington, Virginia
BrandingUnivision Washington D.C.
SloganLa que nos Une
(The one that unites us)
ChannelsDigital: 15 (UHF)
(shared with WDCW[1])
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
Subchannels
Affiliations
OwnerUnivision Communications
(UniMas D.C. LLC)
OperatorEntravision Communications
(via LMA)
First air dateAugust 3, 1993 (25 years ago) (1993-08-03)
Call letters' meaningTeleFutura
District of
Columbia
(after its previous affiliation)
Sister station(s)WMDO-CD, WJAL
Former callsigns
  • WTMW (1993–2001)
  • WFDC (2001–2003)
  • WFDC-TV (2004–2009)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 14 (UHF, 1993–2009)
Former affiliations
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height227 m (745 ft)
Facility ID69532
Transmitter coordinates38°56′24″N 77°4′54″W / 38.94000°N 77.08167°W / 38.94000; -77.08167Coordinates: 38°56′24″N 77°4′54″W / 38.94000°N 77.08167°W / 38.94000; -77.08167
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS
Websitetvwfdc.com

WFDC-DT, virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 15), is a Univision-owned television station licensed to Arlington, Virginia, United States and serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications and operated by Entravision Communications under a local marketing agreement (LMA); this makes WFDC a sister station to Silver Spring, Maryland-licensed SonLife Broadcasting Network affiliate WJAL (channel 68) and Washington-licensed low-power, Class A UniMás affiliate WMDO-CD (channel 47). WFDC and WMDO-CD share studios on Constitution Avenue near the Capitol Building, and WFDC shares transmitter facilities with CW affiliate WDCW (channel 50) in the Tenleytown section of Washington's northwest quadrant. The station also serves as the de facto Univision outlet for the Baltimore market.

On cable, the station is carried on channel 14 on most systems in the Washington area and on channel 11 in Baltimore (the latter market's NBC affiliate, WBAL-TV, broadcasts over-the-air on channel 11, but is carried on channel 21 due to signal issues).

History[edit]

Prior history of channel 14 in Washington[edit]

Channel 14 first signed on as WOOK on March 6, 1963 as the first television station in the country aimed at the African-American demographic. WOOK's claim to fame was their teen-oriented dance show called Teenarama, which featured big-name acts such as James Brown and Marvin Gaye. In 1969, the station changed its call letters, to WFAN-TV (the WFAN call letters are now used on a radio station at 660 AM in New York City). From 1968 to 1972, channel 14 was the sister station to WMET (channel 24) in Baltimore, Maryland. Both stations were owned by United Broadcasting.

On February 12, 1972, WFAN-TV went dark after accumulating financial difficulties.

Channel 14 was back on the air by 1980 in the form of translator W14AA, relaying Central Virginia Educational Television Corporation's WNVT from Annandale, Virginia. With the sign-on of WNVC from Fairfax, W14AA was no longer necessary. In 1981, CVETC received special approval to broadcast unspecified Congressional hearings; later in the year, the station was sold to Los Cerezos Television Co., who converted it to a Univision affiliate. This station moved to channel 48 in 1989 and is today WMDO-CD.[3][4]

WFDC station history[edit]

A new station on channel 14 signed on as WTMW on August 3, 1993; the call letters came from the initials of the station's owner, Theodore M. White. From 1997 to May 1999, WTMW aired programming from America's Store, a discount shopping channel operated by the Home Shopping Network.

Former logo, used until December 31, 2012.

In May 1999, WTMW began airing the new Military Channel (not related to the cable channel of the same name owned by Discovery Communications, which is now the American Heroes Channel). After the Military Channel stopped broadcasting one month later, channel 14 aired programming from the Panda Shopping Network. Channel 14 became an affiliate of the American Independent Network in December 1999, which primarily broadcast reruns of old sitcoms and infomercials. The channel changed affiliations again in January 2001, when it became an affiliate of the Renaissance Network.

None of these formats were financially viable and in November 2001, Theodore M. White sold the station to Univision Communications and its call letters were changed to WFDC. Univision already had a Washington affiliate on channel 47, WMDO-CA (that station's owner, Entravision Communications, would take over WFDC through a local marketing agreement), so WFDC instead became one of the first flagship stations of their new network TeleFutura. The network was created to directly compete with Telemundo for the Latino American demographic, since Univision is more Mexican-oriented. Telefutura first broadcast on January 14, 2002 and channel 14 has done better financially since then.

On January 1, 2006, WFDC and WMDO swapped network affiliations: WFDC affiliated with Univision, while WMDO took the TeleFutura affiliation.

On April 3, 2014, Katz Broadcasting announced plans to multicast Grit and Escape on WFDC's DT3 and DT4 subchannels. The two networks began broadcasting on August 18, 2014. Escape was replaced by Katz's Bounce TV on September 30, 2017.[5]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
14.1 720p 16:9 WFDC-DT Main WFDC-DT programming / Univision
14.2 480i 4:3 GET-TV GetTV
14.3 GRIT Grit TV
14.4 BOUNCE Bounce TV

WFDC does not carry WMDO-CD on a subchannel due to separate legal ownership; although WFDC is managed by Entravision, the license is held by Univision. In 2001, Entravision purchased WJAL (channel 68) for the sole purpose of moving it from Hagerstown, Maryland to Silver Spring to take over as a full-market UniMás affiliate, although they were unsuccessful several times.[6] WJAL was eventually able to relocate to Silver Spring as a result of the 2016–17 television spectrum reallocation, although it currently airs LATV instead.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WFDC shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 15.[7] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 14.

News operation[edit]

After switching from TeleFutura to Univision, the station continued its news department. It broadcast 6 hours of news on weekdays and 2 hours of news on the weekends. On September 30, 2012, Buenos Días DC, the first Spanish morning news show in the Washington market, debuted. The show was produced by Silvana Quiroz, who is also the anchor sharing cameras with co-anchor Nestor Bravo. The morning news magazine ran from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. On April 19, 2014, a weekend newscast debuted at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and ran through October 2015 and was similar to the weekday schedule. On March 1, 2014, the Univision Washington team was replaced. Anchor Mario Sol and Sports Anchor Oscar Burgos were laid-off. Maria Rosa Lucchini, the 6 p.m. anchor, was promoted to White House correspondent; months later, she resigned. Claudia Uceda, the 11 p.m. anchor, was switched to reporter, and months later, resigned to work as a freelancer for the Univision network. Tsi-Tsi-Ki Félix replaced the entire team, leaving only Fanny Gutierrez, who at the time was on maternity leave, and months later, resigned from her duties. Edwin Pitti, who was hired as a reporter, was promoted to White House correspondent.

In late December 2015, Entravision cancelled the morning newscasts of all of its stations in the United States (including Buenos Días DC). The last show aired December 7, 2015. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Modification of a Licensed Facility for DTV Application". FCC.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Digital TV Market Listing for WFDC-DT". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "WMDO-CD Facility Data". FCCData.
  4. ^ "Insights on New Stations" (PDF). Television News. WTFDA. August 1983. p. 9.
  5. ^ "Univision Stations Renew Carriage of Katz Broadcasting Diginets". Broadcasting & Cable.
  6. ^ Schotz, Andrew (18 October 2011). "WJAL-TV wants to move license from Hagerstown to Silver Spring". The Herald-Mail, Hagerstown, Maryland. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  7. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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