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WHAG-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for Hagerstown, Maryland. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 26 from a transmitter on Fairview Mountain west of Clear Spring. Owned by the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, the station has studios in the Alexander House Hotel on National Pike (U.S. 40) in downtown Hagerstown although its address says East Washington Street. Syndicated programming on WHAG includes: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Access Hollywood, and Oprah. Despite being designated a part of the Washington, D.C. market (with its own affiliate WRC-TV), WHAG operates like a small market station focusing on areas west of Frederick County. Reporters are often hired directly out of college and serve as "one man band" personnel that shoot, write, and edit their own stories. There is a high turnover rate with most personalities staying at the station for a year or two before moving on to a larger market.

WHAG-TV
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Hagerstown, Maryland
Branding WHAG (general)

WHAG News (newscasts)

Slogan Only One Station

Hits Home

Channels Digital: 26 (UHF)

Virtual: 25 (PSIP)

Subchannels 25.1 NBC
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group

(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)

First air date January 3, 1970
Call letters' meaning HAGerstown
Former channel number(s) Analog:

25 (UHF, 1970-2009) Digital: 55 (UHF)

Transmitter power 575 kW
Height 376 m
Facility ID 25045
Transmitter coordinates 39°39′45″N 77°57′54″W / 39.6625°N 77.965°W / 39.6625; -77.965
Website your4state.com

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History

In June 1969, construction began on WHAG's transmitter on Fairview Mountain. It began broadcasting at 6:30 p.m. on January 3, 1970 as an NBC affiliate although it hoped to join ABC. The Valley News, its first local news program, began with three editions at 6, 7, and 11 p.m. WHAG's original anchors were Bob Witt (also a reporter), meteorologist Bill Wolfinger, and Glenn Presgraves with sports. A weekend edition was added two years later. The original owner of the station was Warren Adler who also owned four radio stations at the time. Adler sold off WHAG and his other assets in 1973 and became a novelist later publishing Undertow and The War of The Roses. Weather reporter Lou Scally has been doing the weeknight weather at WHAG since the early-1980s and also hosts the morning show at WJEJ-AM 1240. Beyond NBC programming, WHAG's line-up has been stable and consistent.


[2][3]Logo used from the late 1990s to February 12, 2010.It does not carry NBC'S Early Today but opts for Shepherd's Chapel at 4, AG Day at 5, and the local morning newscast at 5:30. Long blocks of infomercials have been shown on weekends since the early-1990s. In September 2006, following the lead of other Nexstar-owned stations, WHAG switched its website's URL from "nbc25.com" to "your4state.com". Around this time, infomercials began appearing on weekdays during the daytime. The station currently broadcasts over 22 hours of local news per week. Recently, it has been added to the Dish Network lineup of local offerings and is available to subscribers that currently receive the Washington D.C. market locals. It is available on channel 25, on newer set top boxes, or channel 8086 in the standard lineup. On June 12, 2009, WHAG moved to channel 26 when the analog to digital conversion completed. As of June 28, 2009, channel 25 is also available in high definition format on Verizon FiOS in the Washington D.C. area. Unlike most NBC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, it does not air local news weekday mornings at 5 or weeknights at 5:30.

On February 12, 2010, WHAG dropped its "NBC25" branding for just "WHAG" and switched its news branding from "NBC25 News" to "WHAG News". This also happened at the same time a new set, music and graphics packages were launched.

News team

[4][5]A WHAG-TV Ford E-Series television truck in Annapolis, Maryland===Current on-air staff=== Anchors

  • Mary King - weekday mornings
  • Nikki Burdine - noon and weeknights at 5 p.m.
  • Pieter Bickford - Assistant News Director seen weeknights at 6 p.m.
  • Angelique Gonzalez - weeknights and environmental reporter
  • Jeannie Flitner - weekends

WHAG Weather Watch Team

  • Lou Scally - weeknights
  • Chris Smith - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Mike Grogan - weekends

Sports

  • Karen Loftus - Director seen weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Harold Kuntz - weekends and reporter
  • Kevin Reitmeyer - sports reporter

Reporters

  • Mark Kraham - News Director seen weekday mornings at 9:56 a.m.
  • Erin Wolfe - web producer and reporter
  • Jacqueline Waite
  • Jeannie Flitner
  • Jamie Burke
  • Charya Lon
  • Adam Winer
  • Scott Hershberger
  • Jackie Cutler

Former on-air staff

  • Molly Henneberg - anchor & reporter (1995 to 1997, now at Fox News Channel)
  • Desiree Berenguer - morning anchor/reporter (1995 to 1998, most recently at News 12 New Jersey)
  • Greg Miller - Sports Director (now at WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky.)
  • Kim McKintyre - anchor/reporter (1995 to 1997, most recently at Fox News Channel)
  • Jim Osman - reporter (now at KYW Philadelphia)
  • Ken Quattrin - weather (1996-2000, most recently at KTTC Rochester, MN)
  • Mike Hill - sports anchor (1995 to 1996, now at ESPN)
  • Julia Harding - reporter (1995 to 1997, now at WAGA Atlanta)
  • Garnet Stevens - Sports Director (now at Kaplan College-Hagerstown)
  • Shawn Stepner - Sports Director (now at WKBW in Buffalo)
  • Josh Reed - Sports Director (now at WHTM in Harrisburg)
  • Jory Rand - sports anchor (now at KDKA in Pittsburgh)
  • Morgan Fogarty - anchor & reporter (now at WCCB in Charlotte)
  • Melissa Mollet - anchor & reporter (now at KDVR in Denver)
  • Lance Barry - anchor/reporter (2001 to 2003, now Anchor at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, OH)
  • Melanie Woodrow - anchor/reporter (2004 to 2006, now at WAVY in Portsmouth, VA)
  • Cara Sapida - anchor/reporter (now at WPXI)
  • Marie Coronel- general assignment/political reporter (2005-2007) (now at WTKR in Norfolk, VA)
  • Joe Little - Frederick Bureau reporter/morning show anchor (1999-2000) (now a news reporter at KGTV in San Diego, CA)
  • Kaitlin McCarthy - Reporter (2006 to 2008, now at KRQE)
  • Lynne Ashminov - reporter
  • Steve Rowings - sports reporter
  • Jamie Costello - reporter (now at WMAR Baltimore)
  • David Bennett Wasser - reporter/Frederick Bureau Chief (now Executive Producer at RLTV)
  • Megan Healey - reporter (now at WHTM in Harrisburg)

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • TV-25 News (1970s)
  • News 25 Alive (late 1980s-1996)
  • NBC 25 News (1996-2010)
  • WHAG News (2010-present)

Station slogans

  • Your Leading Source for Local News (1996-2007)
  • On Air. Online. Only One Station Hits Home. (2007-present)

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