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WBOY-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for North-Central West Virginia that is licensed to

WBOY-TV
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Clarksburg/Fairmont/

Morgantown, West Virginia

City of license Clarksburg
Branding 12 News

Your ABC (on DT2)

Slogan Your Town. Your State. Your Future.
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Subchannels 12.1 NBC

12.2 ABC

Owner West Virginia Media Holdings
First air date November 17, 1957
Sister station(s) WOWK-TV, WVNS-TV, WTRF-TV
Former channel number(s) 12 (VHF analog, 1957-2009)

52 (UHF digital)

Former affiliations ABC (secondary on analog, 1957-1980s)
Transmitter power 12.25 kW
Height 262 m
Facility ID 71220
Transmitter coordinates 39°17′6″N 80°19′46″W / 39.285°N 80.32944°W / 39.285; -80.32944Coordinates: 39°17′6″N 80°19′46″W / 39.285°N 80.32944°W / 39.285; -80.32944
Website wboy.com

Clarksburg. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter east of downtown and U.S. 50. Owned by West Virginia Media Holdings, the station has studios on West Pike Street in Downtown Clarksburg. Syndicated programming on WBOY includes: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Oprah, and Dr. Phil. It identifies on-air as "Clarksburg/Fairmont/Morgantown" even though the third city is considered part of the Pittsburgh market. This is because it operates a bureau in Morgantown which makes it the only commercial station to have facilities there.

[edit] Digital programming

WBOY operates the area's ABC affiliate on a second digital subchannel. Known on-air as Your ABC, this can also be seen on Time Warner channel 14. It is not offered on Suddenlink Communications. Syndicated programming on WBOY-DT2 includes: Two and a Half Men, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Storm Stories.

Channel Programming
12.1 main WBOY programming/NBC HD
12.2 WBOY-DT2 "Your ABC"

[edit] History

The statiom was launched November 17, 1957. It was the second television station in its small market. WBOY was originally intended to be the ABC affiliate for all of North-Central West Virginia. However the area's intended NBC affiliate, Parkersburg's WTAP-TV, did not have a signal strong enough to reach Clarksburg and Weston. North-Central West Virginia is a very rugged dissected plateau and WTAP's analog signal on UHF channel 15 was not strong enough to carry across the terrain. After it became clear that Parkersburg and Clarksburg were going to be separate markets, WBOY joined NBC and remains with the network to this day. However, it retained a secondary ABC affiliation for many years. In 2001, Hearst Television (owner of Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV) acquired WBOY along with ABC affiliate WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire from Imes Communications of Mississippi.

Hearst's acquisition of WBOY was finalized on April 30 of that year. Almost immediately, the company sold WBOY to West Virginia Media Holdings (which was creating a statewide "network" of stations to share resources) in September of that year with the sale closing on December 13. It is the only primary station owned by the company to not be affiliated with CBS as well as the only one that leads its market ratings. Along with sister station WTRF-TV in Wheeling, WBOY launched a new second digital subchannel with ABC programming on August 1, 2008 bringing shows from that network back to the station. Previously, both the Clarksburg/Weston/Fairmont and Wheeling/Steubenville, Ohio markets were served by WTAE as the de facto affiliate while WDTV aired selected ABC sports programming. WBOY shut down its analog signal on February 17, 2009 continuing digital broadcasts on channel 12. [1]

[edit] News operation

[3][4]Its news open seen weeknights at 5.After being acquired by West Virginia Media Holdings, the station upgraded its news operation and built secondary studios in Morgantown on Scott Avenue. A major emphasis was placed on news from that town in the hopes of increasing ratings and thus getting the town reassigned to the Clarksburg/Fairmont market. The move made WBOY the highest rated station in Monongalia County according to Nielsen ratings beating even Pittsburgh stations. The channel produces a large amount of sports content relative to West Virginia University, located in that town, for use by the other member stations. Today, it is the only West Virginia Media Holdings station to have the lead in local news ratings in its respective market.

The company produces a half-hour newscast called West Virginia Tonight Live that originates from the Morgantown newsroom. It airs weeknights at 5:30 simultaneously on WBOY, WTRF, and WVNS-TV as well as being simulcasted on Independent WJAL in Hagerstown, Maryland. When WBOY-DT2 launched, it resulted in the debut of the market's first weeknight 7 o'clock newscast. Known as 12 News Live on ABC, it broadcasts exclusively on the ABC station. Otherwise, WBOY-DT2 simulcasts the weekday editions of 12 News at 6 a.m., noon, 6, and 11 p.m. It does not simulcast weekend broadcasts from the main channel. In addition, there is a public affairs program called Decision Makers. Hosted by company president and CEO, Bray Cary, it airs on Sunday mornings at 8 on all West Virginia Media Holdings stations. In another arrangement between all of the company channels, weekend newscasts originate from WOWK's facilities on 5th Avenue in Downtown Huntington.

[edit] Newscast titles

  • WBOY-TV News (1957–1961)
  • The 6 O'Clock Report/The 11 O'Clock Report (1961–1966)
  • Eyewitness News (1966–1975)
  • TV 12 News (1975–1982)
  • Newswatch 12 (1982–1989)
  • News 12 (1989–1994)
  • Team 12 News (1994–2001)
  • 12 News (2001–present)

[edit] Station slogans

  • "WBOY, We're West Virginia's TV Station" (early-1970s)
  • "On Top of it All" (mid-1970s)
  • "12 Country" (late-1970s)
  • "TV 12, Proud as a Peacock!" (1980–1981, localized version of NBC campaign)
  • "Always One Step Ahead" (mid-1980s)
  • "Your 24 Hour News Source" (early-1990s)
  • "Where the News Comes First" (mid-late 1990s)
  • "Your Town. Your State. Your Future." (2002–present)

[edit] News team

Anchors

  • Don Graye - weekday mornings and noon
    • producer
  • Albert Zipp - Managing Editor seen weeknights at 5, 6, 7, and 11
  • April Kaull - West Virginia Media Holdings News Director and State Correspondent seen weeknights at 5:30
  • Kristen Sell - weekends

StormTracker 12 Meteorologists

  • Jason Parrish (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights and "Firehouse Fridays" segment producer
  • Josh Fosbrink - weekday mornings and noon
  • Jared Hoffman (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekends

Sports

  • Scott Grayson - Director seen weeknights at 6, 7, and 11
  • Mike Anthony - weekends
  • Katie Smith - reporter
  • Justin Rose - reporter

Reporters

  • Bray Cary - West Virginia Media Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer
    • Decision Makers host
  • Stacy Moniot - Morgantown and fill-in news anchor
  • Stacy Jacobson - news and sports
  • Chris Marrs - videojournalist
  • Jeff Schrock - photographer
  • Macall Allen - Morgantown
  • Mike Krafcik - Morgantown
  • Susan Sullivan - nightly
  • Lisa Robbins
  • Dani Brake

[edit] Former staff

  • Spencer Adkins - (now the Chief Meteorologist at sister WOWK)
  • Valerie Abati - (now evening Meteorologist at WLWT-TV)
  • Gary Bowden - (Owns his own Advertising Agency - Gary Bowden Marketing)
  • Greg Chandler - (now at KQDS-TV in Duluth, MN)
  • Michael Corley - Chief Photographer
  • Christine D'Antonio - (now known as Christine Kennedy at WITN-TV in Washington, NC)
  • Josh DeVine - (now at WSMV-TV in Nashville, TN)
  • Bob Fulton - (now with Dominion Power media relations)
  • Gabe Gutierrez - (now at WJRT-TV in Flint, MI)
  • Sarah Lieu - (consumer reporter for West Virginia Media Holdings group)
  • Steven Ring - (now at WRBL in Columbus, GA)
  • Natalie Tennant - (WV Secretary of State)
  • Erik Wells - (Democratic member of the West Virginia Senate)
  • Lorie Wyant - (now Lorie Stingo, works for the Federal Government in Clarksburg)
  • Adam Joseph - (now at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia)
  • Darren Queen - photographer
  • Mike Simons - (died at the age of 49 from complications after a bone marrow transplant)
  • Brian Slocum - (now at WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, NC)
  • Kristie Kubovic - (now at WLEX-TV in Lexington, KY)
  • John Rodgers - (now at WCAV/WVAW-LP/WAHU-CA in Charlottesville, VA)
  • Julie Chin - (now at KJRH-TV in Tulsa)
  • Joe Porter - (now working as a music producer in Chicago)
  • Chris Clark - (now at BayNews 9 in Tampa)
  • Pete Yanity - (now at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC)
  • Jim Valliere - (now at Pinellas County Government, Clearwater, FL)
  • Eric Minor - (now at WTOV-TV Steubenville, Oh/Wheeling, WV)
  • Lauren Hills - (now at WNCN in Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Denise Alex - (now at The Ohio News Network, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Janis Edmon - (now at KFMB-TV in San Diego)
  • John Cooper - staff announcer, "Johnny Mountain" kids' show, WDTV, WOTR-Radio play-by-play sports.
  • Dave Stingo - NASCAR commentator and General Sales Manager

[edit] References

  1. ^ Transmission Complete: WBOY Broadcasting In Digital, WBOY-TV, February 17, 2009

[edit] External links

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