WTHI-DT2

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WTHI-DT2
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Terre Haute, Indiana
Branding MyFox10 (general)
News 10 on Fox (WTHI-produced 10 p.m. newscast)
Slogan Leading the Way
Channels Digital: WTHI-DT 10.2 (VHF)
Affiliations Fox (primary)
MyNetworkTV (secondary)
Owner LIN Media, LLC
(sale to Media General pending)
(Indiana Broadcasting, LLC)
Founded [when?]
(as a doppler weather radar channel)
October 25, 2010
(as a TheCoolTV affiliate)
September 1, 2011 (as a Fox/MyNetworkTV affiliate)>
Call letters' meaning see WTHI-TV
Former affiliations Weather radar (-2010)
TheCoolTV (2010-2011)
Transmitter power 27 kW (digital)
Height 293 m (digital)
Facility ID 70655
Transmitter coordinates 39°14′36″N 87°23′7″W / 39.24333°N 87.38528°W / 39.24333; -87.38528
Website myfox10tv.com

WTHI-DT2 is the primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Terre Haute, Indiana. It is the second digital subchannel of CBS affiliate WTHI-TV, owned by LIN Media. Over-the-air, the station broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 10.2 from a transmitter located in Farmersburg, Indiana. Syndicated programming on WTHI-DT2 includes Maury, Jerry Springer, Access Hollywood, The Andy Griffith Show, Family Feud and Dish Nation among others.

History[edit]

Prior to WTHI-DT2 carrying Fox and MyNetworkTV programming, Terre Haute did not have a Fox affiliate for the first nine years of the network's existence as the market consists of only three commercial stations (besides WTHI, ABC affiliate WBAK-TV (channel 38, now WAWV-TV) and NBC affiliate WTWO (channel 2) were the two other commercial stations on the air at the time of Fox's 1986 debut). It was not until January 1995, when the market got its first Fox affiliate, after WBAK-TV dropped the ABC affiliation it had since it signed on as WIIL-TV in 1973 to join Fox; that network had previously only been available through cable via either Indianapolis' WXIN or now-defunct cable-only service Foxnet. This left the Terre Haute area without an over-the-air ABC affiliate, which became available only via area cable providers through out-of-market stations from Indianapolis (WRTV), Springfield, Illinois (WAND until 2005, WICS thereafter) and Evansville (WEHT).

This channel's history began when the main station created the subchannel to air a 24-hour simulcast of the station's doppler radar system, "Storm Team 10 Fury Doppler" with an audio feed from NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards station WXK72. On October 25, 2010, the station replaced the radar/weather radio audio programming on digital subchannel 10.2 with TheCoolTV, a digital multicast network featuring music videos, as part of an affiliation agreement between the network and LIN TV to carry the network on the digital signals of many of their stations.[1] However within days of the change, viewer feedback suggested the radar channel was appreciated, so WTHI chose to relaunch the Storm Team 10 Fury Doppler channel on digital channel 10.3 on November 5, 2010, while continuing to air programming from TheCoolTV on digital channel 10.2.[2][3]

On June 28, 2011, Nexstar announced that channel 38 would end its affiliation with Fox after 16 years and rejoin ABC, as part of a deal which called for long-term affiliation renewals between Nexstar and ABC in nine other markets, and would change its call letters from WFXW to WAWV-TV (meaning ABC for the Wabash Valley) effective September 1, 2011. The move came after Nexstar was stripped of its Fox affiliations for WTVW in Evansville, WFFT-TV in Fort Wayne and KSFX-TV in Springfield, Missouri following a dispute between Nexstar and Fox during affiliation renewal negotiations over the amount of local stations' retransmission consent fees that Fox demanded the stations share with the network.[4][5] On August 25, 2011, one week before the affiliation switch, WTHI signed affiliation agreements with Fox and MyNetworkTV (both owned by News Corporation) to carry both networks on digital subchannel 10.2. Branded as "MyFox10", Fox and MyNetworkTV were added to WTHI-DT2 on September 1, 2011 at 5 a.m. ET (4 a.m. CT on the Illinois side of the market); WTHI-TV became the third LIN Media station to carry a major network affiliation on both the main channel and a digital subchannel (LIN-owned NBC affiliate WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Fox affiliate WNAC-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, owned by Super Towers, Inc. and operated by LIN, both carry MyNetworkTV on a second digital subchannel).[6]

It also made Terre Haute one of the only markets in the United States with all three historical commercial broadcast networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) as primary affiliations with the Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliations on a digital subchannel, but lacking an over-the-air affiliate of The CW (which is currently available via CW Plus affiliate "WBI" on area cable providers). WTHI-DT2's secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV gives the Terre Haute market its first television outlet for the programming service, as it has been one of the few markets without a MyNetworkTV affiliate since it launched in September 2006.[7][8] The switch also saw Indianapolis' WXIN and South Bend's WSJV becoming the only remaining Fox affiliates in the state of Indiana that carry a primary Fox affiliation on the main channel; in addition to WTHI, the Fox (and shared MyNetworkTV) affiliations in Evansville and Fort Wayne are all carried on digital subchannels of stations whose main channel carries an affiliation with a Big Three network.

As a result of the new dual affiliations, WTHI no longer carries programming from TheCoolTV, the only digital multicast network available in the Terre Haute market, on its digital signal. WTHI-DT2 runs Fox primetime programming from 8-10 p.m. ET/7-9 p.m. CT, and MyNetworkTV programming from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. ET/10 p.m.-12 a.m. CT. Along with Fox and MyNetworkTV programming, the subchannel converted to a general entertainment schedule.[9] To preserve bandwidth for the MyFox10 channel on 10.2, on August 31, 2011, the live feed of Storm Team 10 Fury Radar was dropped once again as digital subchannel 10.3 was removed from WTHI's digital signal.

On March 21, 2014, it was announced that Media General would acquire LIN.[10]

Newscasts[edit]

On September 1, 2011, when Fox and MyNetworkTV programming began airing on WTHI-DT2, the subchannel debuted a new 30-minute primetime weeknight-only newscast at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT, called News 10 on Fox.[11] On August 11, 2012, the newscast expanded to Saturday and Sunday nights.

News team[12][edit]

Current anchors

  • Patrece Dayton - weeknights at 10 p.m.
  • Jaclyn Bevis - weekends at 10 p.m.
  • David Wire (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 10 p.m.
  • Kevin Orpurt - weather anchor; weekends at 10 p.m.
  • Joe Astrouski - weather anchor; weeknight fill-in
  • Rick Semmler - sports director; weeknights at 10 p.m.
  • Ross Rowling - sports anchor; weekends at 10 p.m.; weeknight fill-in

Reporters

  • Mike Grant - Southern Indiana Bureau chief
  • Matt Gregory - general assignment reporter
  • Dan Klein - investigative reporter
  • Rondrell Moore - general assignment reporter; also internet content producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ WTHI-TV puts The Cool TV on the air today, Jake's DTV Blog, October 25, 2010.
  2. ^ The Northern Report: Live radar returns to WTHI on channel 10.3, Jake's DTV Blog, November 5, 2010.
  3. ^ Radiothon exceeds goal with school fund-raiser, Evansville Courier & Press, November 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "Nexstar's WFXW Switching From Fox To ABC," from Broadcasting & Cable, 6/28/2011
  5. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (June 28, 2011). "Nexstar Drops Fox For ABC In Terre Haute". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ WTHI Terre Haute Grabs Fox for Digital Channel, Broadcasting & Cable, August 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Fox Lines Up New Terre Haute Affiliate, TVNewsCheck, August 25, 2011.
  8. ^ WTHI-TV to launch MyFox10
  9. ^ My Fox Shows
  10. ^ Sruthi Ramakrishnan (21 March 2014). "Media General to buy LIN Media for $1.6 billion". Reuters. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Newkirk, Jacob (Aug 25, 2011). "WTHI-TV picks up Fox affiliation in Terre Haute: "MyFox10" to debut Sept. 1". Jake's DTV Blog. Retrieved Aug 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ News Team

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