WRDM-CD

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WRDM-CD
WRDM logo
HartfordNew Haven, Connecticut
United States
City Hartford, Connecticut
Branding Telemundo Hartford/Springfield
Channels Digital: 35 (UHF)
(shared with WVIT; to move to 31 (UHF))
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
Affiliations Telemundo
Owner NBCUniversal
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
Founded 1985
First air date June 14, 1986 (31 years ago) (1986-06-14)
Call letters' meaning Ruzzier, D'Agostino, Minniti[1] (former owners)
Sister station(s) WVIT (Hartford–New Haven)
WNEU, WBTS-LD & WYCN-CD
(Merrimack, NH/Boston/Nashua, NH)
Former callsigns W13BF (1985–1995)
WRDM-LP (1995–2008)
WRDM-CA (2008–2013)
Former channel number(s) 13 (analog, 1986–2006)
50 (analog, 2006–2013)
19 (digital, 2013–2018)
50 (PSIP, 2013–2018)
Former affiliations RAI (secondary, 1986–2001)
Transmitter power 250 kW
200 kW (CP)
Height 434 m (1,424 ft)
450 m (1,476 ft) (CP)
Facility ID 10153
Transmitter coordinates 41°42′2″N 72°49′55″W / 41.70056°N 72.83194°W / 41.70056; -72.83194
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website Hartford/Springfield section on WNEU's website
WDMR-LD
(satellite of WRDM-CD)
Springfield, Massachusetts
United States
Branding see WRDM-CD infobox
Channels Digital: 51 (UHF)
Virtual: 50 (PSIP)
Affiliations Telemundo
Owner NBCUniversal
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
Founded 1988
First air date 1991 (27 years ago) (1991)
Call letters' meaning anagram of WRDM-CD
Sister station(s) see WRDM-CD infobox
Former callsigns W65BX (1988–1995)
WDMR-LP (1995–2012)
Former channel number(s) 65 (1991–2006)
Former affiliations RAI (secondary, 1991–2001)
Transmitter power 15 kW
Height 146 m (479 ft)
Facility ID 10154
Transmitter coordinates
42°5′7.3″N 72°42′10.3″W / 42.085361°N 72.702861°W / 42.085361; -72.702861
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information:
(
satellite of WRDM-CD) Profile

(
satellite of WRDM-CD) CDBS

WRDM-CD, virtual channel 19 (UHF digital channel 35), is a Class A Telemundo owned-and-operated television station licensed to Hartford, Connecticut, United States and serving the Hartford–New Haven television market. Owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal, it is a sister station to New Britain-licensed NBC owned-and-operated station WVIT (channel 30).[2] The two stations share studios on New Britain Avenue in West Hartford and transmitter facilities on Rattlesnake Mountain in Farmington, Connecticut. WRDM is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 13, Cox channel 20 and MetroCast Cablevision channel 18, but currently not on any satellite providers (though this will likely change in the near future, as carriage of WRDM will likely be compulsory to carry WVIT under retransmission consent rules).

WRDM's programming is simulcast to the Pioneer Valley on WDMR-LD, virtual channel 50 (UHF digital channel 51), in Springfield, Massachusetts.

History[edit]

WRDM logo when the station broadcast on channel 13
Previous logo; used until nationwide Telemundo rebrand on December 8, 2012.

WRDM-CD signed on June 14, 1986; it claims to be the first Spanish-language television station in New England.[3] The station initially operated on channel 13 under the call letters W13BF.[1] In 1991, the station added a simulcast in Springfield, W65BX (channel 65).[1] Initially, in addition to Telemundo programming, W13BF and W65BX broadcast programming in Italian from Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI),[1] with additional programming in Greek and Polish.[4] The television stations were joined by radio station WRDM (1550 AM, now WSDK) in 1993;[1] on September 1, 1995, W13BF changed its call letters to WRDM-LP,[5] and W65BX became WDMR-LP.[6] WRDM radio was sold off in 1998.[7] During the late 1990s, WDMR-LP's schedule also included English-language Boston Red Sox telecasts produced by Boston's WABU (now Ion Television owned-and-operated station WBPX-TV).[8] By 1997, WRDM-LP's programming was simulcast in New Haven on W10BQ (channel 10, now defunct) and in Hartford on W11BJ (channel 11, now WFXQ-CD channel 28 in Springfield).[9]

Original owner Channel 13 Television sold WRDM-LP and WDMR-LP to ZGS Communications on March 27, 2001.[10][11] In January 2006, WRDM-LP moved to channel 50;[12] WDMR-LP moved to channel 51 that November.[13] WRDM became a class A station as WRDM-CA on May 7, 2008.[5] On November 15, 2012, WDMR flash cut from analog to digital as WDMR-LD;[6] on January 7, 2013, WRDM followed suit and became WRDM-CD.[5] WDMR-LD now serves as a complete simulcast of WRDM-CD.[14]

On December 4, 2017, NBCUniversal's Telemundo Station Group announced its purchase of ZGS' 13 television stations, including WRDM-CD and WDMR-LD. The sale was completed on February 1, 2018.[2] The deal will make WRDM a sister station to NBC owned-and-operated station WVIT (channel 30), along with WNBC (channel 4) and WNJU (channel 47) to the southwest in New York City, and WBTS-LD (channel 8), WYCN-CD (channel 13) and WNEU (channel 60) to the northeast in Boston. WVIT began operating WRDM under a local marketing agreement on January 1, 2018 from WVIT's studios in West Hartford; WRDM will also enter into a channel sharing agreement with WVIT.[15] ZGS had sold WRDM's spectrum in the FCC's incentive auction for $10,574,516 and indicated that the station would enter into a post-auction channel sharing agreement.[16] One immediate effect of the sale was the end of a brokered programming arrangement to carry English language Jewelry TV programming in overnights for Telemundo's regular overnight schedule, along with the addition of a Connecticut-specific part of the website for WNEU in place of the former WRDM website.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming [17][18]
19.1
50.1
1080i 16:9 WRDM-CD
WDMR-LD
Main WRDM-CD/WDMR-LD programming / Telemundo
19.2
50.2
480i EXITOS TeleXitos

Newscasts[edit]

WRDM-LP began producing a newscast in April 1998; at the outset, Noticiero 13 primarily featured reports from Puerto Rico and Latin America, with local news coverage being added in June 1999.[19] The station's news operation was discontinued in the early 2000s; WRDM then began carrying Telenoticias Puerto Rico from WKAQ-TV in San Juan.

On December 15, 2017, NBCUniversal announced that, following its acquisition of WRDM-CD, the station (along with WDMR-LD) would begin simulcasting the newscasts of Boston sister station WNEU; the newscasts will include news from central Connecticut and western Massachusetts from a reporter based at WRDM's facilities at the WVIT studios in West Hartford.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lender, Jon (August 13, 1993). "Radio Station Targets Hispanic, Italian, Other Ethnic Markets". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Miller, Mark K. (December 4, 2017). "NBCU Adding ZGS Stations To Telemundo". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Telemundo Hartford/Springfield Celebrates its 25th Anniversary". Telemundo Hartford/Springfield Station Spotlight. May 23, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ Trecker, Jerry (October 13, 1993). "Getting With The Program". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Call Sign History (WRDM-CD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Call Sign History (WDMR-LD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (February 12, 1998). "The Mouse that Ate Hartford". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 3, 1996). "New England RadioWatch". Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (June 26, 1997). "The Reaction to Dodge". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Application for Transfer of Control of a Corporate Licensee or Permittee, or for Assignment of License or Permit of TV or FM Translator Station or Low Power Television Station". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 22, 2000. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Application Search Details (WDMR-LD, 1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 30, 2006). "And now...The CW?". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Application Search Details (WDMR-LD, 2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  14. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WDMR-LD
  15. ^ a b Miller, Mark K. (December 15, 2017). "WNEU Boston Rebrands, Adds 2 Newscasts". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  16. ^ "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Auction 1001 Winning Bids" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. April 4, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  17. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WRDM-CD RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  18. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WDMR-LD RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  19. ^ Weiss, Tara (August 16, 1999). "Accent On News". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 

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