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WHDH
Boston, Massachusetts
Branding 7 or 7NBC (general)

7 News (newscasts)

Slogan Your Newscast
Channels Digital: 42 (UHF)

Virtual: 7 (PSIP)

Subchannels 7.1 NBC

7.2 This TV

Affiliations NBC
Owner Sunbeam Television

(WHDH-TV)

First air date June 21, 1948
Call letters' meaning Unknown; callsign taken from former sister station WHDH (AM)
Sister station(s) WLVI
Former callsigns WNAC-TV (1948-1982)

WNEV-TV (1982-1990) WHDH-TV (1990-2010)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

7 (VHF, 1948-2009) Digital: 7 (VHF, 2009)

Former affiliations CBS (1948-1961, 1972-1995)

ABC (secondary 1948-1957, full-time 1961-1972) DuMont (secondary, 1948-1956) NBC Weather Plus (DT2)(2006-2008)

Transmitter power 948 kw
Height 288 m
Facility ID 72145
Transmitter coordinates 42°18′41″N 71°13′0″W / 42.31139°N 71.216667°W / 42.31139; -71.216667
Website whdh.com

Contents

[hide]*1 History

    • 1.1 Origins
    • 1.2 Fight for survival and transition
  • 2 Digital television
  • 3 News operation
    • 3.1 1948 to 1960s
    • 3.2 1965 to 1972
    • 3.3 1972 to 1982
    • 3.4 1982 to 1993
    • 3.5 1993 to present
    • 3.6 News/station presentation
      • 3.6.1 Newscast titles
      • 3.6.2 Station slogans
    • 3.7 News team
      • 3.7.1 Current on-air staff
      • 3.7.2 Former on-air staff
  • 4 Out-of-market coverage
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

History

Origins

Channel 7 first went on the air on June 21, 1948 as WNAC-TV, the second television station in Boston (twelve days after WBZ-TV). It was owned by General Tire along with WNAC radio (680 AM, now WRKO), flagship of the Yankee Network, a New England regional radio network. General Tire had purchased the Yankee Network in 1943. WNAC first broadcast from studios at 21 Brookline Avenue (which had also been home to WNAC radio and the Yankee Network) before moving to its current facilities at 7 Bullfinch Place near Government Center in 1968.

In 1950, General Tire bought the West Coast regional Don Lee Broadcasting System. Two years later, it bought the Bamberger Broadcasting Service (WOR-AM-FM-TV in New York City) and merged its broadcasting interests into a new division, General Teleradio. General Tire bought RKO Radio Pictures in 1955 after General Tire found RKO's film library would be a perfect programming source for WNAC and its other television stations. The studio was merged into General Teleradio to become RKO Teleradio; after the film studio was dissolved, the business was renamed RKO General in 1959.

WNAC-TV was originally a CBS affiliate, but shared ABC programming with WBZ-TV until 1957 when (the original) WHDH-TV signed on channel 5. WNAC-TV also had a secondary affiliation with the Paramount Television Network; in fact it was one of that that company's strongest affiliates, carrying Paramount programs such as Time For Beany,[1] Dixie Showboat,[2] Hollywood Reel,[3] and Armchair Detective.[4]

WNAC-TV switched affiliations with WHDH in 1961 and joined ABC.[5] It stayed with ABC until 1972, when channel 5 lost its license. The owners of the station that replaced it, WCVB-TV, planned to air more local programming than any other station in the country, heavily preempting CBS programming in the process. CBS was not pleased at the prospect of massive preemptions on what would have been its second-largest affiliate and largest affiliate on the East Coast. It immediately moved back to WNAC, leaving WCVB to affiliate with ABC. However, WNAC utilized the version of the circle 7 logo it had adopted in 1973 until 1977, when ABC complained it was infringing on its trademark, and it began using a Times-Serif-Italic "7". In 1980, a stylish, strip-layered "7" was introduced, which ended up being the last logo redesign under RKO General ownership.

Two legendary Boston TV personalities had shows on WNAC: Louise Morgan, who hosted a talk show and was known as "New England's First Lady of Radio and Television", and Ed McDonnell, who as the costumed (as an astronaut) character "Major Mudd", hosted a popular children's show in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Fight for survival and transition

By 1965, RKO General faced numerous investigations into its business and financial practices. Though the Federal Communications Commission renewed WNAC's license in 1969, RKO General lost the license in 1981 after General Tire admitted to a stunning litany of corporate misconduct as part of a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Among other things, General Tire admitted that it had committed financial fraud over illegal political contributions and bribes. However, in the FCC hearings, RKO General had withheld evidence of General Tire's misconduct, and had also failed to disclose evidence of accounting errors on its own part. In light of RKO's dishonesty, the FCC stripped RKO of the Boston license and the licenses for WOR-TV in New York and KHJ-TV in Los Angeles. The FCC had previously conditioned renewal of the latter two stations' licenses on WNAC's renewal. An appeals court partially reversed the ruling, finding that RKO's dishonesty alone merited having the WNAC license removed. However, it held that the FCC had overreached in tying the other two license renewals to WNAC's renewal, and ordered new hearings.

RKO appealed this decision, but after almost two years of legal action agreed to a settlement in 1982. It agreed to sell channel 7 to New England Television, a merger of two of the original rivals to the station's license controlled by Boston grocery magnate David Mugar. The transfer took effect on May 22, 1982. At that time, the station's call letters were changed to WNEV-TV, and the "7" logo was dropped in favor of a new SE7EN logo. This logo was changed to one of a number 7 made up of seven dots in 1987.

Throughout the 1980s, Mugar held a sponsoring partnership between WNEV and WHDH radio (850 AM; frequency now occupied by WEEI), for public events and other initiatives. This foreshadowed NETV's eventual purchase of WHDH, which occurred on August 7, 1989. In January 1990, Mugar announced that as of March 12, WNEV would change its call letters to WHDH-TV in order to correspond with its sister radio operation. Those call letters had previously been used by what is now WCVB from 1957 until 1972. It was Mugar's plan to create, once again, a second major TV/radio duopoly, primarily in news, to compete with the long-standing combo of WBZ radio and TV. Boston Mayor Ray Flynn declared March 12, 1990 as "WHDH Day" in Boston, celebrating the joining of the radio and TV stations. On that day, personalities from WHDH-TV made on-air sessions on WHDH radio. Although the on-air TV call letter change was slated for the same day as the city-wide celebration, and the FCC regards the change has having occurred on that date[6], it was ultimately held off for a week. On March 19, 1990, the station officially began identifying as WHDH-TV — exactly 18 years after the callsign had last been used on channel 5.

The dual operation, which began with much fanfare and leverage, proved to be too costly for Mugar and company. NETV gradually slid into a deficit, promoting cutbacks on in-house programming as well as in the TV news department; the most notable effect being the elimination of WHDH-TV's 5 p.m. newscast for two years beginning in 1991. With continually-third place news ratings, minimal help from a stodgy, middling-at-best CBS (which had been in a ratings slump since the end of the 1987-88 TV season) and sinking profits, Mugar was eventually forced to sell the WHDH stations. The radio station was sold to Atlantic Ventures in 1992[7], and in June 1993, WHDH-TV was sold to the Miami-based Sunbeam Television Corporation — a company led by Worcester native Edmund ("Ed") Ansin.[8] Shortly afterward, it adopted its present circle 7 logo, the same one also used by sister station WSVN.

Over the years, channel 7 as WNAC had preempted little network programming. As WNEV, the station prempted programming in moderation, in favor of more locally-produced shows. The preempted programs often aired on WHLL (now WUNI). From 1989 to 1990, the station delayed CBS This Morning in favor of a children's show called Ready To Go (RTG had previously aired in the 6-7 a.m. slot from its debut in 1987 through 1989; after only six months at 7 a.m., the program was reduced to Saturday-morning only broadcasts in March 1990). In February 1994, CBS This Morning was dropped and picked up by WABU (now WBPX-TV). WHDH then began an expanded morning local newscast.

WNEV/WHDH also had exclusive rights to Lottery Live, broadcasting the state lottery games six nights a week from September 1987 to February 1994. A contest was held by the station in the spring of 1987 to scout for a WNEV lottery host; the winner was Andrea "Andi" Waugh, a shapely 20-something redhead who had no prior on-air experience. Despite being well-received by viewers due to her effervescent personality and striking good looks, Ms. Waugh never completely overcame her noticeable nervousness. She was phased out in the fall of 1988 by Dawn Hayes, who had been the runner up in the lottery host competition. Hayes, who was equally as appealing but with a polished, confident on-air presence to boot, began her long run as host during this era. For the majority of its time (or heyday) on channel 7, both drawings of the evening were played during the last two commercial breaks of Jeopardy!. The daily Numbers Game drawing aired at 7:52 (following the conclusion of "Double Jeopardy!") , while the specialty game of the evening (e.g., Mass Ca$h) aired at 7:58. Weekend hosts for this era included Linda Ward, Linda Frantangela, and Jill Stark (who sometimes filled in for Hayes on weekdays from 1993 to 1994). After the sale to Sunbeam, the games were subsequently moved over to WCVB.

WHDH stayed with CBS until January 2, 1995, when WBZ-TV took over the CBS affiliation as part of a group deal between CBS and WBZ's owner, Group W. Fox considered an affiliation deal with WHDH, but since Fox already owned WFXT, WHDH took over the NBC affiliation, ending WBZ-TV's 47-year affiliation with NBC. Since joining NBC, channel 7 has cleared the entire NBC lineup.

Between 1996 and 1997, WHDH also produced a mid-morning weekday newsmagazine for the NBC network called Real Life.[9]

In May 2006, WHDH began offering NBC Weather Plus, which aired on digital subchannel 7.2 until NBC discontinued the channel at the end of 2008. WHDH added This TV to the subchannel in 2009.

On September 14, 2006, it was announced that Tribune Broadcasting would sell WLVI-TV, Boston's The CW affiliate, to Sunbeam Television for $117.3 million, after much speculation that Sunbeam would buy WLVI.[10] The sale was approved by the FCC in late-November giving Boston its second television duopoly (the other one being WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV). WLVI moved from its Dorchester studios to WHDH's facilities in downtown Boston.

On April 2, 2009, it was announced that WHDH would not air NBC's new primetime talk show The Jay Leno Show, when it debuted in September 2009 [11], electing to replace it with a simulcast of WLVI's 10 p.m. newscast (which is produced by WHDH) in order to better compete with Fox-owned WFXT. The network quickly dismissed any move of Leno to any other timeslot other than 10pm[12][13], stating that WHDH's plan was a "flagrant" violation of the station's contract with the network and that it would consider moving NBC affiliation to another station in the market, either through an "existing broadcast license" in the market owned by NBC (to create an O&O station) or through inquiries from other stations in the market interested in acquiring the affiliation.[14][15][16] The next day, WHDH began removing all references to the proposed 10 p.m. newscast from its website,[16], and on April 13 the station announced that it had decided to comply and air The Jay Leno Show instead of the newscast.[17] The fears would become well-realized, as WHDH's 11 p.m. newscast plunged to third place in the November 2009 sweeps period, down 20 percent from November 2008. Other 'first-to-third' drops among NBC affiliates at 11 p.m. forced NBC on January 10, 2010 to pull Leno from 10 p.m. starting after the 2010 Winter Olympics and move the show to late night in a shake-up of its late night schedule.[18]

Although the radio station had dropped the WHDH callsign in 1994, channel 7 retained the -TV suffix until July 8, 2010.[6]

Digital television

Channel Programming
7.1 NBC
7.2 This TV

Digital subchannel 7.2 carried NBC Weather Plus; most national feeds for this service ended December 2008. As of February 2, 2009, 7.2 carries This TV.[19]

Via digital cable, channel 7.2 is offered on Comcast channel 297 and Verizon FiOS channel 460.

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion on June 12, 2009,[20] WHDH moved its digital broadcasts from channel 42 to channel 7, the frequency previously used for its analog broadcast.[21] Because of a large number of complaints regarding inability of viewers to receive over the air programming on channel 7, WHDH requested and received temporary authority from the FCC on June 16, 2009 to simulcast its programming on channel 42 (UHF) in addition to channel 7 (VHF).[22]

Although stations in other major markets have similar problems, WHDH is the only station in the Boston area market which changed its digital channel due to the June 2009 transition, requiring a channel map rescan to receive the station. WHDH was also one of three stations besides WMUR-TV and WWDP in the area to broadcast in VHF post-transition, requiring either a traditional rabbit ears antenna within Boston proper, or in outer areas at minimum an outdoor antenna.[23] [24]

On September 15, 2009, the FCC issued a Report & Order, approving WHDH's move from channel 7 to channel 42.[25] After the station filed its minor change application for a construction permit, stating the channel move,[26] on November 9, 2009, WHDH terminated operations on VHF channel 7 and now operate solely and permanently on channel 42. The equipment for the channel 7 digital transmitter has since been shipped down to Miami for use by sister station WSVN, which continues to be on VHF 7 with few complaints due to South Florida's less-varied terrain.

On June 1, 2010, WHDH filed an application to operate at the power level of 1 million watts.[27] At this time it has yet to be granted.

News operation

1948 to 1960s

WNAC-TV's first newscasts were sponsored by Shawmut Bank and were named Shawmut Bank Newsteller. The title had a double meaning; that of an anchor who told the news, and that of the program being compared to a bank teller making a withdrawal of news and information from a "news bank", at the public's request. This format lasted from WNAC's launch on June 21, 1948 until the early 1950s, when the branding changed to reflect RKO's Yankee Network and its personnel, which also handled news on RKO's radio side. WNAC-TV's relationship with WNAC-AM was also touted more starting at this time. From then on through the mid-1960s, the newscasts were known as Yankee Network News.

1965 to 1972

By 1965, with most of WNAC's in-house productions, including news and public affairs, turning to color broadcasts, and WNAC-AM changing its callsign to WRKO, the newscast' names were changed to New England Today (for morning and noon newscasts) and New England Tonight (for the 6 and 11 p.m.). Reporter John Henning emerged as a star lead anchor during this time. In 1970, the station was the first to promote its newscasts with a jingle called "Move Closer to Your World". Two years later, WNAC's news director moved to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia and took the theme music with him, where it became famous. Also during this era, Chuck Scarborough assumed the role of co-lead anchor with Ted O'Brien, at the WNAC news department. After serving in the role from 1970–72, Scarborough moved to WNBC in New York, where he remains today.

1972 to 1982

The New England Today/Tonight format lasted until mid-1972, just months after channel 7 underwent a reversal of its 1961 network affiliation switch (back to CBS from ABC). RKO General then revised its on-air image once again to now include the moniker "Boston 7". The Boston 7 Newsroom title ran from 1972 until 1974, when the title was shortened to Newsroom 7.

Despite its links with the Yankee Network's well-respected news department, WNAC-TV spent most of its first 20 years on the air as a distant third in the Boston ratings. However, due to the presence of O'Brien, Scarborough, and those of other up-and-coming journalists, the station had begun to be fairly competitive in the early 1970s. For a brief period in 1974, WNAC's 6 p.m. newscast jumped from third place to first, thanks in part to its new hit lead-in, Candlepins For Cash, a local bowling show which had premiered the previous year. Ted O'Brien remained as lead anchor until 1977, when he was replaced by WHDH/WCVB newsman John Henning, who had previously been lead anchor for WNAC-TV in the mid-1960s.

Henning, who was joined by station standbys Eddie Andelman and Dr. Fred Ward, continued to maintain the credibility RKO General had built for itself in news over the past 30 years. However, WNAC's news operation wasn't able to maintain this momentum for long. The RKO fiscal and licensing fiasco that ensued in the next few years caused a sharp drop in the ratings. In 1980, Brad Holbrook was added as Henning's new co-anchor, but by then, budgets were getting extremely tight at RKO due to the company's legal and financial troubles, and Henning, disgruntled by his employers, left the station in June 1981 after his four-year anchoring contract was up. In the year leading up to channel 7's sale to Mugar, the station finally hired its first female lead anchor in young Susan Burke, who held the reins with Brad Holbrook. Both remained in the same roles during channel 7's first three months as WNEV.

1982 to 1993

By the time New England Television bought the station, a massive attempt to bring channel 7 as WNEV out of the ratings basement occurred with the infamous "dream team" headed by Tom Ellis and Robin Young. Ellis had previously maintained WBZ's dominance in the news market and then helped WCVB reach number one during his tenure there (1978–82). Young, on the other hand, had no hard news experience but was well-known to Boston viewers as former co-host of Evening Magazine. Despite a massive influx of capital and marketing (including the launch campaign "There's A New Day Dawning", and later, a highly-financed promotional campaign employing the refrain "Feel Good About That"), the "dream team" failed to take the market by storm.

What followed for WNEV's news in the next few years was more shakeups, both in talent and identity due to ongoing sagging ratings, starting with the axing of Robin Young from the news in late 1983 (she remained on the station as the host of specials and events through 1987). Ellis remained on with a more suitable co-anchor replacement, Diane Willis. In the spring of 1984, NETV refaced its on-air news look from the changes made only two years prior, taking away the anchoring news desk from the newsroom and utilizing a backdrop allowing chroma keys and CGI graphics to be placed. By 1986, Willis left and Ellis was demoted to reporter. At that time, WNEV promoted a talent from other dayparts, Kate Sullivan, to female lead anchor, with Toronto-originated newsman Dave Wright as her partner. Ellis, meanwhile, left the station altogether at the end of that year. In September 1987, numerous changes occurred when R.D. Sahl, another existing noon and weekend anchor, joined Kate Sullivan as her new partner on weeknights (Sahl had filled in for Wright on numerous occasions in 1986-87). That same month, WNEV became the first Boston station to launch a 5 p.m. newscast, which was anchored by Dave Wright and Diana Williams (who moved to her current job at WABC-TV in 1990). WNEV/WHDH spent the rest of its years under Mugar in the ratings basement, leading to constant changes in identity--from NEWSE7EN (1982–1984) to The New England News (1984–1988) to News 7 New England (1988–1990) to News 7 (1990–1994). However, Sahl became regarded as the strongest figure the station had going for it, at first with Sullivan and then Margie Reedy, who replaced the departed Sullivan in 1990.

Amid all the local prominent journalists who attempted to leverage WNEV's news, a few future national talents had brief stints at the station in the 1980s. Bill O'Reilly, long before his national exposure on Inside Edition and Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, co-anchored NEWSE7EN Weekend in 1982-83. Soon after, O'Reilly also became the host of the station's weekday afternoon talk/lifestyle program, New England Afternoon (which replaced the ill-fated two-hour magazine show Look, canceled after its first season). His successor on the weekend newscast was Paula Zahn, now a well-renowned newswoman of many TV networks, who co-anchored with Lester Strong from 1983-85. Later, for six months during 1988, future Today host Matt Lauer hosted WNEV's mid-morning talk show Talk of the Town. Then in the early 1990s, two more hit the big time: Edye Tarbox, who was an anchor/reporter at WHDH from 1990–92, now goes by the name E.D. Hill and has been at Fox News Channel since 1999. Rehema Ellis, who anchored and reported at WHDH in the same period, is now with NBC News.

1993 to present

However, there were abrupt changes when Sunbeam bought the station in 1993. New station owner Ed Ansin brought Joel Cheatwood, the creator of WSVN's fast-paced news format, to Boston. Most of the station's prominent newscasters, including R.D. Sahl, wanted nothing to do with Cheatwood (he had a reputation as a pioneer in tabloid television) and promptly resigned. Cheatwood introduced a considerably watered-down version of the WSVN format. However, it was still shocking by Boston standards.

Nevertheless, the new format soon rejuvenated WHDH's ratings, especially after switching to NBC. For most of the last decade, WHDH has waged a spirited battle for first behind long-dominant WCVB. In 2002, WHDH was noted as having the best newscast in the U.S. in a study published by the Columbia Journalism Review[28]. In previous studies, the station was deemed as having one of the worst newscasts.

The station, in partnership with MetroNetworks, launched the TrafficTracker truck during the Democratic National Convention held in Boston in 2004. With traffic reporter Marshall Hook behind the wheel of one of the station's live vehicles, WHDH became the only station in the market to produce live traffic reports from the road. It continues to launch the TrafficTracker during snowstorms, including the December 13, 2007 storm that resulted in paralyzing commutes that, in some cases, exceeded seven hours.

As of August 2006, WHDH airs the Boston area's only weekday 4 and 4:30 p.m. news. Before this point, WBZ-TV also broadcasted news at this time.

As of December 19, 2006, WHDH has been producing WLVI's nightly 10 p.m. news under the name 7 News at 10 on CW 56.

WHDH shares its resources with WJAR, the NBC affiliate for the state of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts, for news coverage of southeastern Massachusetts. WWLP, the NBC affiliate for Springfield, shares its resources with WHDH for news coverage of western areas of the state.

The station operates a Bell LongRanger 206L news helicopter entitled "Sky 7". The station's weather radar is presented on-air as "Storm Scan Doppler" with a signal coming from the radar at the National Weather Service local forecast office in Taunton.

On February 29, 2008, it was reported that the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike caused a significant loss in viewers during the late news. WHDH-TV finished at 11pm, with an average of 166,100 total viewers, down from 199,900 viewers in 2007.[29]

On May 23, 2008, the station preempted an appearance of Alan Alda on the daytime show Live With Regis and Kelly to report a minor news event.[clarification needed] Because the news event posed no immediate public threat, the station was criticized for censorship via preemption.[citation needed]

On July 29, 2008, WHDH began doing broadcasts in high definition. It is the second station in Boston to broadcast in high definition, with WCVB-TV being the first. On that day, revised graphics, music, and newsplex also made their debut. During the transition, 7 News was done in front of a green screen showing the former newsplex while the renovations were being done. As of January 11, 2009, sister station WSVN is also broadcasting a high definition newscast.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Shawmut Bank Newsteller (1948–1953)
  • Yankee News Service (1953–1959)
  • Television 7 News/TV-7 News (1959–1964)
  • The Boston 7 Report (1964–1970)
  • New England Today/New England Tonight (1970–1972)
  • Boston 7 Newsroom (1972–1974)
  • Newsroom 7 (1974–1982)
  • NEWSE7EN (1982–1984)
  • New England News (1984–1988)
  • News 7 New England (1988–1990)
  • News 7 (1990–1994)
  • 7 News (1994–present)

Station slogans

  • There's A New Day Dawning (1982-1984)
  • You and Channel 7, We've Got the Touch (1984–1985; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Feel Good About That (1985-1987)
  • Get Ready for Channel 7 (1989–1991; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The One To Watch (1992-1994)
  • The News Station (1994–present)
  • Your Newscast (2009–present)
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Current on-air staff

Anchors

  • Anne Allred - weekday mornings "Today in New England" and noon
  • Sorboni Banerjee - weekend mornings; also reporter
  • Christa Delcamp - weekdays at 4, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.; also reporter
  • Amanda Grace - weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.; also reporter
  • Dave Kartunen - weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.; also reporter
  • Kim Khazei - weeknights at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Matt Lorch - weekdays at 4, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.; also reporter
  • Frances Rivera - weeknights at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Adam Williams - weekday mornings "Today in New England" and noon

7 Weather Team

  • Pete Bouchard (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Dylan Dreyer (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "Today in New England" and noon
  • Chris Lambert - Meteorologist; weekend mornings
  • Jeremy Reiner (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.

Sports Team

  • Joe Amorosino - Sports Director; Sunday-Thursdays at 6 and 11 p.m.; also host of BMW Sports Xtra
  • Larry Ridley - Sports Anchor; Friday-Saturdays at 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Rhett Lewis - Sports Anchor; fill-in and sports reporter

Reporters

  • Byron Barnett - also host of Urban Update (Sundays 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
  • Victoria Block
  • Steve Cooper
  • Linda Ergas
  • Amanda Grace
  • Jonathan Hall - investigative reporter ("7 News Investigates with Jon Hall")
  • Dan Hausle
  • Andy Hiller - political reporter ("The Hiller Instinct")
  • Nicole Oliverio
  • Michelle Relerford
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan - investigative reporter ("Hank Investigates" & "Help Me Hank")
  • Ryan Schulteis
  • Victoria Warren
  • Janet Wu

Traffic

  • Marshall Hook - weekday afternoons
  • Karen Kiley - weekday mornings
  • Victoria Provo - weekday morning fill-in
  • Jim Ryan - weekday afternoon fill-in

Former on-air staff

  • Katy Abel - parenting beat reporter (1992–1999)
  • Teri Adler - reporter (1997–2005, now working in real estate) [1])
  • Eddie Andelman - sports critic at large (1974–1979)
  • Garry Armstrong - reporter (1971–2002)
  • Juli Auclair - reporter (2002–2006)
  • Caterina Bandini - anchor (1995–2006)
  • Susan Banks - anchor (1981–1982; later at WKBW-TV in Buffalo, now retired)
  • Amalia Barreda - reporter (1982–1992; now at WCVB-TV)
  • Linda Blackman - reporter (1975–1977; now a motivational speaker [2])
  • Barbara Borin - sports (1975–1977)
  • Dave Briggs - sports reporter (2004–2008; now at Fox News Channel)
  • David Brudnoy - commentator (1973–1983; deceased)
  • Susan Burke - anchor/reporter (1981–1983; later at WCVB-TV)
  • Chuck Burr - sports anchor
  • Liz Callaway - co-host of RTG: Ready To Go
  • Terry Casey - fill-in meteorologist and senior weather producer (1994–2007; now at WCVB-TV)
  • Kim Carrigan - anchor (1994–2001; now at WFXT)
  • Christine Caswell - reporter (1994–2000; now at NECN)
  • Tom Chisholm - weather (1987–1995; now at WMTW in Portland, ME)
  • Liz Claman - weekend anchor/reporter (1994–2000; now at Fox Business Network)
  • Eric Clemons - sports anchor/reporter (1991–1994)
  • Jack Cole - anchor (1975–1981; deceased)
  • Stephen James Coppersmith - vice president and general manager (1965–1977)
  • John Corcoran - arts & entertainment reporter (1985–1989)
  • Joe Day - longtime political editor (1982–1993)
  • John Dennis - longtime sports anchor (1977–1997, now at WEEI-AM)
  • Jeffrey Dederian - reporter (1996–2001; later worked in Rhode Island; sentenced for role in The Station nightclub fire)
  • Julie Donaldson - sports reporter (2008; resigned)
  • Sid Doherty - sports anchor
  • Lovell Dyett - reporter (1980–1983)
  • Jack Edwards - sports reporter/anchor (1988–1991; now at NESN)
  • Sara Edwards - arts & entertainment reporter (1991–2003; now at CN8)
  • Rehema Ellis - weekend anchor/reporter/Urban Update host (1985–1993; now at NBC News)
  • Tom Ellis - anchor (1982–1986)
  • Debbie Emblom - entertainment reporter (1989–1991; now working for a public relations firm)
  • Bob Faw - reporter (1970, now at NBC News)
  • Carmen Fields - reporter/host of Higher Ground (1979–1986; now working in public relations for KeySpan)
  • Bob Gamere - sports anchor and host of Candlepins for Cash (1975–1982)
  • Bob Gallagher - sports anchor
  • Gary Gillis - sports anchor/reporter (1983–2004; son of legendary Boston sportscaster Don Gillis)
  • Jeff Glor - anchor/reporter (2003–2007; now national correspondent for The Early Show and Saturday anchor of CBS Evening News on CBS)
  • Gerry Grant - anchor (1993–1994)
  • Grant Greenberg - reporter (2006–2009)
  • Todd Gross - chief meteorologist (1984–2005; now at KTVX in Salt Lake City)
  • Delores Handy- anchor/reporter (1982–1989; now at WBUR)
  • Jan Harrison - reporter (1980–1982)
  • Shane Hollett - reporter (1981–1983)
  • Peter Henderson - reporter (1987–1994)
  • Sean Hennessey - reporter/anchor (1996–2007; now at WCBS-TV in New York)
  • John Henning - anchor (1964–1968, 1977–1981; deceased)
  • Brad Holbrook - anchor/reporter (1980–1982)
  • Melvin Kampmann - news director (1965–1972)
  • Tanya Kaye - reporter (c. 1977-1982)
  • Kristy Kim - morning anchor/reporter (1997–2001, now Kristy Lee at NECN)
  • Nichelle King - weekend anchor/reporter (2005–2007; now at WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, FL)
  • Jim Kelley - sports anchor
  • Janet Langhart - special features reporter ("Janet Langhart's Special People" on NEWSE7EN, 1982–1983)
  • Matt Lauer - Talk of the Town host (1988; now the co-host of Today on NBC)
  • Gene Lavanchy - sports anchor (1993–2003, now at WFXT)
  • Mike Lawrence - reporter (1982–1998)
  • Mike Leavitt - reporter; Southern MA bureau chief (c. 1977-1982)
  • Roy Leonard - anchor (1958–1967)
  • Harvey Leonard - longtime chief meteorologist (1977–2002, now at WCVB-TV)
  • Peter A. Leone - assistant news director (1965–1972)
  • Maurice Lewis - anchor (1972–1979)
  • Phil Lipof - anchor/reporter (2001–2006; now at WABC-TV in New York)
  • Kate Lurie - weekend anchor/reporter (1998–2000; now a Public Relations consultant)
  • Mike Macklin - reporter (1994–2007)
  • John Marler - weeknight anchor (1995–1998; part of husband & wife anchor team with Cathy Marshall)
  • Mark Margarit - meteorologist (2008-2010)
  • Cathy Marshall - anchor (1995–1999; part of wife & husband anchor news team with John Marler)
  • Chris May - anchor (until 2006; now at KYW-TV in Philadelphia)
  • Darlene McCarthy - noon anchor (1992–1997; later at WLVI-TV)
  • Mish Michaels - meteorologist (1992–1999; now at WBZ-TV)
  • Charlene Mitchell - reporter (1980–1983)
  • Shirley McInerney - reporter (1981–1984)
  • Mark Nichols - reporter (1980–1982)
  • Wendi Nix - weekend sports anchor (2002–2006; now at ESPN, occasional guest on Sports Extra)
  • Miles O'Brien - reporter (1987–1989; now at CNN)
  • Ted O'Brien - anchor (1974–1981)
  • Bill O'Connell - sports anchor (1982–1984)
  • Bill O'Reilly - weekend anchor (1982–1983; now at Fox News Channel)
  • Ryan Owens - reporter (2001–2006; now with ABC News, former co-host of World News Now, currently a network correspondent)
  • Joe Pellegrino - sports anchor
  • Randy Price - anchor (1997–2009; now at WCVB-TV)
  • Lauren Przybyl - reporter/anchor (2004–2009; now at KDFW in Dallas-Ft. Worth)
  • Paul Reece - reporter (circa 1977-82)
  • Scot Reese - former co-host of RTG: Ready To Go
  • Margie Reedy - anchor (1990–1993; recently at NECN)
  • Mary Richardson - anchor (1978–1980; now at WCVB-TV)
  • Angela Rippon - arts & entertainment (1984–1985; returned to the BBC in England)
  • Dave Rodman - reporter (1970–1977)
  • Brandon Rudat - weekend anchor (2007–2009; now at KTLA in Los Angeles)
  • R.D. Sahl - anchor (1983–1994; now at NECN)
  • Ron Sanders - reporter (1979–1998; now at WBZ-TV)
  • Chuck Scarborough - anchor (1972–1974; now at WNBC in New York)
  • David Shelby - reporter (1979–1982)
  • Steve Sheppard - reporter (1971–1978; later at ABC News)
  • Samantha Stevenson - anchor/reporter (1971–1973)
  • Lester Strong - anchor/Urban Update host (1984–2000)
  • Kate Sullivan - anchor (1984–1990)
  • Mike Taibbi - investigative reporter (1977–1983; now at NBC News)
  • Edye Tarbox - anchor/reporter (1990–1992; now E.D. Hill at Fox News Channel)
  • Garvin Thomas - reporter (1997–2002; now at KNTV in San Francisco/San Jose, CA)
  • Jilda Unruh - investigative reporter (1994–1997)
  • Lyn Vaughn - anchor/reporter (1979–1983)
  • Dr. Fred Ward - weather (1971–1979)
  • Ken Wayne - reporter (1971–1979)
  • Mark Wile - Weekend anchor/reporter (1985–1989)
  • Diana Williams - anchor (1987–1990; now at WABC-TV in New York)
  • Diane Willis - anchor (1983–1986; now in Missouri)
  • Chikage Windler - meteorologist (2000–2006; now at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  • Dave Wright - anchor (1986–1988; later at CTV Atlantic in Atlantic Canada, now retired)
  • Robin Young - anchor (1982–1987; now at WBUR-FM)
  • Jay Scott - anchor (1978)
  • Stuart Soroka - weather (1972–1979; deceased)
  • Craig Stevens - weekend anchor/reporter (1997–1999; now anchor at sister station WSVN in Miami)
  • Cynthia Vega - freelance reporter (1998–1999; now at WFAA-TV in Dallas)
  • Paula Zahn - anchor/reporter (1983–1985)

Out-of-market coverage

WHDH is one of six local Boston television stations seen in Canada on the Bell TV satellite provider. It is also carried via the Anik F1 satellite to several Canadian cable companies, particularly in Atlantic Canada. Other cable systems also carry WHDH, such as Citizens Cable Television in the Thousand Islands region of New York State and Bermuda CableVision.

References

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  21. ^ FCC DTV status report for WHDH
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