|Elmira–Corning, New York
|City||Elmira, New York|
|Branding||WETM 2 (general)
WETM 18 News
|Slogan||Your Local News Leader|
|Channels||Digital: WETM-DT 18.2 (UHF)
(to move to 23.2 (UHF))
Virtual: 18.2 (PSIP)
|Owner||Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||September 2004|
|Call letters' meaning||see WETM-TV|
|Sister station(s)||see WETM-TV|
|Former callsigns||WTTX-LP (2004–2006)|
|Former channel number(s)||30 (UHF analog, 2004–2006)|
|Former affiliations||PBS (as translator of WSKG-TV)
|Transmitter power||45 kW
299 kW (CP)
|Height||376 m (1,234 ft)
375.3 m (1,231 ft) (CP)
WETM-DT2 is an independent television station licensed to Elmira, New York, United States, serving the Twin Tiers of Southern Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. It is a second digital subchannel of NBC affiliate WETM-TV (channel 18) that is owned by the Nexstar Media Group. Over the air, it broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 18.2 from a transmitter on Hawley Hill in Big Flats. It can also be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 11 and in high definition on digital channel 1245 (however, the HD feed is cable-only). Its parent outlet has studios on East Water Street in downtown Elmira.
WETM-DT2 has its roots in W30AA, a translator of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member WSKG-TV in Binghamton. That station closed down the translator in 2003 after concluding that the expenses required to operate W30AA were not justified by its limited viewership base. WSKG subsequently sold the W30AA license to Clear Channel Communications (then-owner of WETM), which brought it back on the air in September 2004 as low-powered UPN affiliate WTTX-LP (identified on-air as "UPN 30"). At that point, it began to be seen through a simulcast on WETM's second digital subchannel since its analog broadcasting radius was very limited.
With the September 2006 merger of UPN and The WB to form The CW, WTTX competed to become the area's affiliate. Ultimately, this went to cable-only WB 100+ station WBE, which was operated by rival ABC affiliate WENY-TV. WTTX was further crippled when MyNetworkTV, the service formed to supply programs to stations left out of the merger, instead affiliated with WJKP-LP, a new station created by WETM's other rival, WYDC (channel 48). The channel 30 allotment was returned to WSKG, who launched satellite station WSKA on the channel. WTTX's programming was moved to WETM-DT2, which became an independent outlet after The CW launched on September 18, 2006. WETM-DT2 won a New York State Broadcasters Association Award for its coverage of high school sports in 2006, 2008, and 2010. The station had shown local sports such as Elmira Jackals hockey as well as New York Yankees baseball and Pennsylvania college football from the Sports Fever syndication network.
The 2004 launch of WETM-DT2/WTTX-LP introduced the area's first prime time newscast at 10 PM, which is still seen for thirty minutes on weeknights. WETM 18 News at 10 currently competes with a ten-minute news and weather update airing on Fox affiliate WYDC (which is taped in advance by a Mississippi outsourcing service). WETM-DT2 also simulcasts the entire weekday morning show, weekday news at noon, in addition to the weeknight newscasts at 5 and 6 from the main channel.
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