WRDE-LD

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WRDE-TV
WRDE-LD Logo.png
Rehoboth Beach/Dover, Delaware/
Salisbury, Maryland
United States
City of license Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Branding WRDE Coast TV
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 31 (PSIP)
Subchannels 31.1 NBC
31.2 MyNetworkTV/Cozi TV
Affiliations NBC
Owner Price Hill Television, LLC
First air date May 5, 2004
Call letters' meaning Rehoboth Beach
DElaware
Former callsigns W59DZ (2004–2005)
WRDE-LP (2005–2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
59 (UHF, 2004–2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
UATV (2005–2006)
America One (2006–2007)
Secondary:
Retro Television Network (2007–2014)
Transmitter power 7.1 kW
Height 93 m
Class LPTV
Facility ID 168021
Transmitter coordinates 38°42′14″N 75°12′1″W / 38.70389°N 75.20028°W / 38.70389; -75.20028
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.wrdetv.com

WRDE-LD, virtual channel and UHF digital channel 31, is a primary NBC-affiliated television station serving Salisbury, Maryland, United States that is licensed to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. On its digital subchannel 31.2, the station airs MyNetworkTV and secondarily Cozi TV. The station is owned by Price Hill Television. WRDE maintains studio facilities located on Munchy Branch Road in Rehoboth Beach, and its transmitter is located on Wil King Road, southwest of Lewes.

History[edit]

Former logo when the station was a primary MyNetworkTV affiliate & a secondary Retro Television Network affiliate.

Early history[edit]

The station first signed on the air on W59DZ on May 5, 2004; originally broadcasting on UHF channel 59, it operated at a low power, before upgrading its signal in 2005; that year, the station changed its call letters to WRDE-LP. Initially, the station ran a scroll with the callsign and city of license as a station identification, in order to meet the deadline for Federal Communications Commission approval to keep the station's license. The station's original transmitter was located at the Nassau Valley Vineyard, directly off of the Coastal Highway by the Nassau Bridge. The station was originally an affiliate of Urban America Television; it changed its affiliation to America One after UATV ceased operations on May 1, 2006; WRDE-LP began airing programming from MyNetworkTV and the Retro Television Network on November 1, 2007. Then in early 2014, the RTN programming blocks were replaced with COZI TV. The MyNetworkTV line-up shifted to 31.2 in June 2014 when NBC programming debuted on 31.1.

Originally, it planned to broadcast its digital signal from the Nassau Valley tower, but station officials decided instead to install its digital transmitter at a tower southwest of Lewes, that is also used by radio station WGMD (92.7 FM). (The station's over-the-air signal reaches as far north as Milford; as far east as Cape May, New Jersey; as far south as Ocean City; and as far west as Seaford.) In October 2008, WRDE-LP was added on the digital cable tiers of local cable providers, including Comcast.

In early 2014, the station dropped Retro Television Network programming, replacing it with competing classic television network COZI TV during time slots when MyNetworkTV programming was not airing.

Throughout 2014, as WRDE began its affiliation with NBC, the station's cable coverage was expanded beyond Comcast to reach Mediacom, DirectTV and Dish Network customers in Sussex County, DE and Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties in Maryland.

NBC affiliation[edit]

On April 23, 2014, it was announced that WRDE would become an NBC affiliate in June of that year, giving the Delmarva Peninsula market not only its first full-time NBC affiliate, but also its first major network affiliate based in Delaware (the market's other stations originate from and are licensed to Salisbury, Maryland – including ABC affiliate WMDT (channel 47), CBS affiliate WBOC-TV (channel 16) and PBS member station WDPB (channel 64, which operates as a satellite of Wilmington-based PBS station WHYY-TV)). With the affiliation switch, the station rebranded as "WRDE-NBC Coast TV," and moved the MyNetworkTV and Cozi TV affiliations to a new shared second digital subchannel.

The switch has resulted in the displacement of three out-of-market NBC stations – network-owned WCAU in Philadelphia and affiliates WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia and WBAL-TV in Baltimore – from Comcast's Sussex County system.[1] Station president Bob Backman approached NBC for an affiliation agreement after watching one of the out-of-market NBC affiliates on cable a few years earlier, dissatisfied at the lack of local news coverage focusing on the Delmarva region.[2][3]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
31.1 1080i 16:9 Stream1 NBC
31.2 480i 4:3 Stream2 MyNetworkTV / Cozi TV

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on WRDE-LD includes The Meredith Vieira Show, RightThisMinute, Let's Ask America, Extra, TMZ, Access Hollywood, Access Hollywood Live and TMZ Live. In addition, the station carries college basketball, baseball and football games from the Atlantic Coast Conference through the Raycom Sports syndication service ACC Network, as well as Major League Baseball games from the Philadelphia Phillies via fellow NBC affiliate WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.

News operation[edit]

With the switch to NBC, WRDE-LD launched a news department – which competes with newscasts seen on WMDT and WBOC-TV – consisting of half-hour evening newscasts at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.[1][2][5]

For the time being, WRDE's 6 and 11p.m. studio talent is outsourced from the small-market news production service Independent News Network in Little Rock, Arkansas. INN talent anchors WRDE's news broadcasts, using news gathered and produced by local journalists based in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Meet Delaware's New NBC Affiliate". Multichannel News. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Bleiweis, Jon (April 25, 2014). "Rehoboth TV station to become NBC affiliate". The News Journal. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Delaware Beach Community Gets NBC Affiliate". Broadcasting & Cable. April 24, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WRDE
  5. ^ "NBC comes to Delmarva". The Daily Times. April 26, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 

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