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WLOS, channel 13, is the ABC-affiliated television station for western North and South Carolina, licensed to Asheville, North Carolina. Its transmitter is located on Mount Pisgah. Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group also owns MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYA-TV, and the two stations share studios on Technology Drive in Asheville near I-26. Sydicated programming on WLOS includes: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Maury, and Martha Stewart. The station offers a simulcast of WMYA on its second digital subchannel.

WLOS
[1]
Asheville, North Carolina -

Greenville / Spartanburg / Anderson, South Carolina

Branding ABC 13 (general)

News 13 (newscasts)

Slogan Western North Carolina's

News Leader

Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Translators see article
Affiliations ABC

MNTV (on DT2)

Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group

(WLOS Licensee, LLC)

First air date September 18, 1954
Call letters' meaning Wonderful Land Of Sky
Sister station(s) WMYA-TV
Former callsigns WLOS-TV (1954-1984)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

13 (1954-2009) Digital: 56

Transmitter power 50 kW (digital)
Height 853 m (digital)
Facility ID 56537
Transmitter coordinates 35°25′32″N 82°45′25″W / 35.42556°N 82.75694°W / 35.42556; -82.75694
Website wlos.com

[edit] Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Programming
13.1 main WLOS programming / ABC HD
13.2 My Network TV (WMYA-TV)
13.3 WLOS Standard Definition Programming / ABC SD

[edit] Post-analog shutdown

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion to take place on June 12, 2009 [1][2], WLOS moved its digital broadcasts back to its former analog channel number, 13.[3]

After the DTV Delay Act postponed the date to June 12, WLOS intended to keep the original date on February 17, but on February 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said stations must justify using the early cutoff date, and on February 13, station general manager Jack Connors said the FCC said the station would also have to end analog broadcasts on its translators, leaving many in the mountainous area without a signal.[2]

[edit] Translators

In addition to its main signals, WLOS operates a network of 10 translator sites throughout the mountains of western North Carolina.

City of license Callsign Transmitter location
Tryon W05AC Tryon Peak
Cherokee W05AF Jenkins Mountain
Spruce Pine W06AD Woody's Knob
Bat Cave W06AQ Chimney Rock
Bryson City W08AN west of the town
Marion W10AP Mount Ida
Franklin W11AJ Winespring Bald
Waynesville W12AR Little Mountain
Black Mountain W12AQ Allen Mountain
Burnsville W12AU Phillips Knob.

[edit] History

The station began broadcasting on September 18, 1954. It was owned by the Skyway Broadcasting Company along with WLOS radio (1380 AM, now WKJV, and FM 99.9, now WKSF). The TV station has always been an ABC affiliate, and is the second-longest tenured primary ABC affiliate south of Washington, D.C. (behind Lynchburg's WSET-TV, coincidentally also on channel 13). During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[4]

Channel 13 signed on the air with studios and transmitter in west Asheville (the old 300-foot self-supporting TV tower with its analog batwing antenna that transmitted full analog power at 316,000 watts, is still standing), along with WLOS-AM and WLOS-FM. A few months later, the TV studios were moved to Battle House, a restored mansion on Macon Avenue northeast of downtown Asheville, next to the historic Grove Park Inn. At the same time, the transmitter was moved to much-higher Mount Pisgah, 35 air miles distant. Even with its power reduced to 178,000 watts because of the high location, the station still more than doubled its coverage area to include most of western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. Soon afterward, the FCC collapsed the western Carolinas into one giant market, with WLOS as the primary ABC affiliate.

With its move to Mount Pisgah, WLOS could now boast the second highest transmitter location east of the Mississippi River at 2,804 feet (855 m) above average terrain (the valley floor), and 6,056 feet (1,846 m) above sea level. At the time, first place belonged to WMTW-TV atop Mount Washington, New Hampshire) at 3,871 feet (1,180 m) above average terrain (the valley floor), and 6,374 feet (1,943 m) above sea level. This gave WLOS-TV bragging rights to one of the largest coverage areas in the nation. In addition to its primary coverage area of the western Carolinas, the station also had significant viewership in the Charlotte area, especially the western portion. It has appeared in the Charlotte Observer television listings for many years (though it was dropped from the weekly TV listings in the mid-1990s), and advertised its programs in Charlotte-area newspapers well into the 1970s. It is still available on many cable systems in the western portion of the Charlotte market.

Because of its high transmitting location, WLOS also enjoyed at least secondary coverage in portions of eastern Tennessee, southwestern Virginia and southeastern Kentucky. It provided city-grade coverage to nearly all of the Tri-Cities market and Grade B coverage of most of the Knoxville market. Before WKPT-TV (channel 19) signed on to serve the Tri-Cities, WLOS claimed the Tri-Cities as part of its primary coverage area. Even after WKPT-TV signed on, WLOS was available on cable in the Tri-Cities well into the 1980s. Channel 13 could also be seen in portions of Georgia under the right conditions. Before the mid to late-1960s, no other ABC affiliate put a clear signal into much of this area. Indeed, many viewers in the Tri-Cities and the eastern part of the Knoxville market received a better over-the-air signal from WLOS than Knoxville's WTVK (channel 26, now CBS affiliate WVLT-TV on channel 8) and WKPT, both of which were on UHF and didn't get much penetration in their largely mountainous coverage areas. UHF stations, then as now, don't get good reception in rugged terrain. As mentioned above, WLOS now owns and operates 10 translators, that rebroadcast its digital signal. Up until the 1990s, channel 13 was carried on several separately-owned municipal translator stations in eastern Kentucky.

WLOS' only ABC competition came from WAIM-TV in Anderson which also carried a few CBS programs. WAIM-TV had been the default ABC affiliate for the Upstate until WLOS' massive power boost. Unfortunately, channel 40 only provided a reliable signal to Anderson itself and nearby Pickens County. However, it still continued to air some ABC programming. Channel 13 pressured ABC to drop its programming from channel 40 from the 1960s onward, finally succeeding in 1979. Channel 40 in Anderson, now MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYA, is also now operated and effectively owned by Sinclair.

Wometco Enterprises bought WLOS in 1958, sold the AM station, and operated both TV and FM stations as Wometco-Skyway Broadcasting until 1984, when the company was sold to the investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., also known as KKR. The FM station was also sold at this time, and its antenna remained co-located on Channel 13's Mount Pisgah tower. The station was later sold to Anchor Media which in turn was later sold to River City Broadcasting. That company merged with the Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1996. On January 5, 2007, Mediacom dropped all Sinclair-controlled stations, including WLOS and WMYA, from its systems because of a dispute over compensation. [5] Mediacom is the cable provider for much of western North Carolina (though not Asheville itself), leaving much of WLOS' viewing area without ABC until the dispute was resolved a month later. Additionally, Charter briefly dropped WLOS-DT because of compensation disputes. [6] .WLOS aired its digital signal at 834.7 kW on UHF Channel 56. However, the high UHF band (channels 52 to 69) was dropped from broadcast use after the June 12, 2009 cutoff date for analog broadcasting. As a result, WLOS returned to Channel 13 when the digital transition was complete.

In 2000, WLOS completed its much-anticipated move to new studios at Technology Drive, about 10 miles south of downtown Asheville. Station personnel could now brag about the much-shorter driving distance for sales calls and news team coverage to Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

[edit] Out of market cable coverage

Having the second highest transmitter location in the eastern United States, has been good for the WLOS signal, broadcast from Mt. Pisgah. The signal is received in many counties outside the Asheville/Greeneville/Spartanburg Designated Market Area (DMA).

In North Carolina, WLOS can be seen in Murphy in the far western end of the state. Murphy and all of Cherokee County are part of the Chattanooga, Tennessee DMA.

In South Carolina, WLOS can be seen on McCormick Valley Cablevision in McCormick County. That county is part of the Augusta, Georgia DMA.

In Tennessee, WLOS can be seen in Greeneville and Comcast Cable of Hamblen & Hawkins County (Bulls Gap). Bulls Gap and all of Hawkins County are part of the Tri-Cities, Tennessee/Virginia DMA, and Hamblen County is part of the Knoxville, Tennessee DMA.

In Virginia, WLOS can be seen in Saint Charles.

In Georgia and Kentucky, WLOS is now no longer seen on cable.

[edit] Programming

Despite being an ABC affiliate, WLOS has pre-empted a fair amount of network programming over the years. The station has been the home of popular syndicated game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! since 1985. Prior to that, WYFF aired both programs. The station also produced a local children's show called Mr. Bill and Bumbo starring now retired weathermen Bill Norwood and Bob Caldwell (who celebrated his 40th anniversary on the air at WLOS in June 2006). Another popular program on WLOS was Shock Theater, a Saturday afternoon series of black-and-white science-fiction movies from the Warner Brothers-Columbia Pictures-Universal Studios collections of the 1950s. This show was also hosted by Bill Norwood, dressed as a Dracula-type character, similar to the "Doctor Shock" character at WTVC-TV in Chattanooga of the same era. WLOS began broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in late 2005 to early 2006, having previously signed off on early Saturday mornings from 5 to 6 a.m. after the late movie. It may still put up color bars for a few minutes if the movie ends early but otherwise airs paid programming.

WLOS also signed off every weeknight until 1992 with the introduction of ABC News overnight World News Now. Later on, the station signed off late Friday night/early Saturday morning and late Saturday night/ early Sunday morning until the early-2000s. According to a particular sign-off clip from 1988, the sign offs back then included the national anthem played by the Madison County High School Band while the color bars afterwards said "Good Morning, 13 WLOS-TV, Asheville, NC". After that, the sign-offs included Sandi Patty's rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner with a video of different people saluting the flag followed by shots of newspaper presses and people voting with ballots. These years used a color version of the Indian-head test pattern and in the center said "13 WLOS Asheville-Greenville-Spartanburg". ABC programming that has been preempted on WLOS includes:

WLOS now runs the entire ABC schedule with no pre-emptions, except for the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon which takes place every Labor Day.

[edit] News operation

[2][3]The station's nightly 11 o'clock news open.WLOS is one of only a few stations owned by Sinclair with a full news operation. Most of the others were abandoned in 2005 when the company shut down News Central. In addition to its main studios in Asheville, the station operates three news bureaus. One is located on Verdae Boulevard in Greenville, South Carolina. There are also two bureaus in North Carolina located in Rutherford and Haywood Counties. On weeknights, WLOS produces two half-hour newscasts on WMYA at 6:30 and 10 p.m. At the Southeast Regional Emmy Awards on June 21, 2008, WLOS received seven awards. On September 17, 2008, WLOS and WMYA began broadcasting newscasts in high definition. They were the second pair of stations in the market to do so after CBS affiliate WSPA-TV and CW affiliate WYCW. Two of WLOS's competitors, WYFF and WHNS, have not yet switched to high definition newscasts although the former now broadcasts newscasts in upconverted 16:9 widescreen standard definition. Historically, WLOS's newscasts tend to focus more on the North Carolina side of its sprawling market.

[edit] News/station presentation

[edit] Newscast titles

  • Your Esso Reporter (1953-1957)
  • The Night Report (1957-late 1960s)
  • NewsScope (late 1960s-1970s)
  • Your World Today / Tonight (1970s)
  • The Carolinas Today / News '75 (or '76) (1975-1976)
  • Dateline 13 News (1970s-1984)
  • News 13 (1984-present)

[edit] Station slogans

  • 13 Country and You (1970s)
  • The News People (1977-1979)
  • Count on 13 (1984-1988 and 1988-1993)
  • Turn to 13 Together (1988; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Turn To News")
  • Western North Carolina's News Leader (1998-present)

[4] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.==[edit] News team== Anchors

  • Larry Blunt - weeknights at 6 and 11
  • Russ Bowen - weeknights anchor at 10 on WMYA News at 10:00 p.m. and reporter
  • Victoria Dunkle - weekday mornings and noon, also anchor from 7-8 a.m. on My 40 This Morning on WMYA Ch-40
  • Frank Fraboni - weeknights at 5:30 and 6:30
  • Frank Kracher - weekend anchor and 3 days reporting (returned 7/3/10)
  • Darcel Grimes - weeknights at 5, 6, and 11, also anchor on WMYA News 10:00 p.m. Ch-40
  • Holly Headrick - News 13 Early Edition 5:00-7:00 a.m.
  • Jay Siltzer - News 13 Early Edition from 5:00-7:00 a.m., then 7:00-8:00 a.m. on My 40 This Morning on WMYA Ch-40 & health reporter
  • Tammy Watford - weeknights at 5, 5:30, and 6:30, and
    • "Never Stop Learning" segment producer

Sky Watch Weather

  • Jason Boyer (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist/weeknights
  • Julie Wunder (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - weekday mornings and noon, and
    • "One Day Wunders" segment producer
  • Karen Wynne (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - weekends and environmental reporter
  • Jay Siltzer (AMS Seal of Approval) - fill-in meteorologist

Sports

  • Stan Pamfilis - Sports Director seen weeknights 6, 6:30, 10, and 11
  • Adam Kohler - weekends

Traffic

  • George Sheldon - traffic reporter - mornings 6-8:30 a.m. & afternoons 5-6 p.m.
  • Merritt Youngdeer - fill-in traffic reporter

Reporters

[edit] Former on-air staff

  • Leigh Ann Long, weekday morning anchor for News 13, left WLOS May 28, 2010
  • Mike Cuevas, chief meteorologist, left WLOS TV September 29, 2009
  • Mike Bettes, chief meteorologist, Now with The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA
  • Brenda Burch, a.m. anchor
  • Richard Elliot, Greenville Bureau (now at WSB-TV, Atlanta)
  • Courtney Brennan, now at (WPXI-TV CH-11) as its Westmoreland County Bureau Chief in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Ken Bostic, evening weather anchor
  • Michelle Boudin, reporter (2001-2006) (now at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, NC)
  • Meghan McCorkell - Washington, D.C. correspondent (now reporter at WSYX in Columbus, Ohio)
  • Jeremy Butterfield, reporter
  • Bob Caldwell, meteorologist (1966-2007) (now retired, doing local TV commercials)
  • Bob Child, meteorologist (now at Time Warner Cable's News 14 Carolina in the Raleigh, NC area)
  • Heather Childers, weekend anchor (now at Time Warner Cable's News 14 Carolina in the Raleigh, NC area)
  • Karen Coulon, left in 1991 after being indicted on arson charges (later acquitted) [7]
  • Amy Davis, reporter (now at KPRC-TV in Houston, TX)
  • Craig Demchak, Washington, D.C. correspondent
  • Jenny Dunn, weekend sports anchor/reporter (most recently at WFTV in Orlando, FL)
  • Monty DuPuy, meteorologist (came from rival WFBC-TV in the late 1970s, now retired from television)
  • Donna Foreman, weekend anchor/reporter
  • Terrie Foster, reporter/fill-in anchor
  • Carol Gable, reporter special projects/assistant news director (now producer, Dateline NBC, NBC News)
  • Jon Greiner, anchor/reporter (now at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Hoyt Harris, co-anchor (now anchor at KATC-TV in Lafayette, LA)
  • Larry Hawley, sports anchor/reporter
  • Charlie Hicks, sports anchor/reporter (1967-68)
  • Suzanne Hudson, anchor/reporter
  • Mike Hydeck, anchor/reporter (now with WFSB-TV in Hartford, CT)
  • Sherrie Johnson, reporter (now with WMAR-TV in Baltimore, MD)
  • Morgan King, weekend meteorologist (served on-air for a little over a month in 2003)
  • Morris Jones, Washington D.C. correspondent
  • Candice Little, weekend anchor–reporter (most recently at WCCB Ch. 18/Fox affilliate in Charlotte, NC) TV spots for the Hunter Group shown regionally
  • Susan Munday, reporter/anchor weekdays
  • Bill Norwood ("Mr. Bill"), meteorologist, host (now retired)
  • Mimi Paige, morning anchor (deceased - killed in automobile collision while on her way to host the morning news show)
  • Mark Pompilio, anchor
  • Deborah Potter, anchor/reporter (most recently served as press secretary to U.S. Congressman Charles H. Taylor. Presently Public Relations Manager at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa)
  • Kassandra Pride, reporter
  • Carolyn Ryan, news reporter/fill-in anchor
  • Pat Simon, anchor/reporter (now at KSLA 12 in Shreveport, LA)
  • Gary Stephenson, chief meteorologist/weekend meteorologist (now chief meteorologist at Time Warner Cable's News 14 in the Raleigh and Wilmington area)
  • Scott Wickersham, anchor/reporter (now at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC)

[edit] Logos

[edit] References

  1. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
  2. ^ a b Tony Kiss, "Switch to All-Digital TV Continues to Hit Roadblocks," Citizen-Times, February 14, 2009.
  3. ^ CDBS Print
  4. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films" ([dead link]), Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956, http://issuu.com/boxoffice/docs/boxoffice_111056-1
  5. ^ http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=us/0-0&fp=45a406de0d166546&ei=JXGkRaTANZHwowLInbm7DA&url=http%3A//www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article%3FAID%3D200770106002&cid=1112411522 Asheville Citizen Times
  6. ^ Sinclair Media Watch
  7. ^ http://www.mountainx.com/news/2000/0517motive.php Mountain Xpress: Trial by Fire - March 17, 2000.

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