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Cw-wham

WHAM-DT2
City of license Rochester
Branding Rochester CW
13 WHAM News
Slogan TV Now (general)
Your Breaking News and Weather Authority (news)
Channels Digital: WHAM-DT 13.2 (VHF)
Affiliations The CW
Owner Deerfield Media
(operated under a LMA by
Sinclair Broadcast Group)

(Deerfield Media (Rochester) License, LLC)
Founded 2000
Sister station(s) WUHF
Former callsigns "WRWB" (2000-2006)
Former affiliations The WB (2000-2006)
Transmitter power 10.5 kW (digital)
Height 152 m (digital)
Facility ID 73371 (digital)
Transmitter coordinates

43°8′7″N 77°35′3″W / 43.13528°N 77.58417°W / 43.13528; -77.58417 (digital)

Website www.cwrochester.com

WHAM-DT2 is the CW-affiliated television station for Rochester, New York. The station is a second digital subchannel of ABC affiliate WHAM-TV, owned by Deerfield Media and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group.[1] Over-the-air, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 13.2 from a transmitter on Pinnacle Hill on the border between Rochester and Brighton. This can also be seen in standard definition on Time Warner Cable channel 16 and in high definition on digital channel 1016. It is also available on DirecTV channel 14 in the Rochester area. Although the digital cable feed is transmitted in 1080i, it is converted to 720p for transmission over the air to preserve bandwidth for WHAM's main channel.

History

What is now WHAM-DT2 was launched in 2000 as a cable-only station with fictional call letters "WRWB", which replaced "XWBT", branded as WB26, on cable channel 26, which launched in the mid-1990s. It was an affiliate of The WB. The station was operated by Time Warner Cable (at that time a subsidiary of WB co-owner Time Warner). On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced that they would end broadcasting and merge to form The CW, and on March 7 it was announced that WRWB would be the new network's Rochester affiliate. After the switch on September 18, the station's on-air identity changed from "Rochester's WB 16" to "Rochester's CW" (with a "TV 16" logo used to denote its cable channel) and the fictional WRWB calls were laid aside.

On November 13, 2006, Clear Channel Communications took over the operation of "Rochester's CW" from Time Warner. It renamed the service "CW WHAM" and began to simulcast on a new second digital subchannel of WHAM to offer over-the-air viewers access to CW programming. It moved operations from the Time Warner offices on Mount Hope Avenue in downtown into WHAM's facilities on West Henrietta Road. However, the station continues to air on Time Warner channel 16 and in high definition on digital channel 1016. On October 1, 2010, WHAM-DT2 began airing Pier 6 Wrestling SHAKEDOWN, a popular wrestling program filmed and produced locally for the Rochester audience.

Newscasts


On January 15, 2007, WHAM expanded its weekday morning show to include two hours (7 until 9) seen exclusively on this second subchannel (known as 13 WHAM News This Morning on Rochester CW) while the former airs Good Morning America. Originally, WHAM-DT2 also simulcasted the 5 to 7 portion of the broadcast but it was eventually dropped.

On September 13, 2010, WHAM became the first station in Rochester to upgrade newscasts to high definition. The weekday morning show on WHAM-DT2 was included in the change.[2][3][4] Initially, it was only seen in HD on Time Warner Cable digital channel 1016 since this station only aired in pillarboxed 4:3 standard definition. At some point thereafter, this subchannel's signal was upgraded to 720p HD. As a result, the subchannel now airs the WHAM newscasts in HD. On January 1, 2011, WHAM-DT2 began airing a nightly half-hour prime time newscast called 13 WHAM News at 10 on Rochester CW. This competes with Fox affiliate WUHF which has a nightly 45 minute broadcast produced by CBS affiliate WROC-TV.[5] On October 8, 2013, it was announced that WUHF's newscasts will be produced by WHAM on January 1, 2014, with WUHF moving to WHAM's studios in Henrietta; as a result, WHAM-DT2's newscasts (including the morning newscast, which will become Good Day Rochester) will in effect be relocated to WUHF and replaced on channel 13.2 by syndicated programming.[6]

Newscast Schedule

Weekdays
  • 13 WHAM News This Morning on Rochester's CW - 7:00-9:00 a.m. (ends after December 31st)
  • 13 WHAM News at 10:00 on Rochester's CW - 10:00-10:30 p.m. (ends after December 31st)
Weekends
  • 13 WHAM News at 10:00 on Rochester's CW - 10:00-10:30 p.m. (ends after December 31st)

Anchors

  • Norma Holland - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.; moves to WUHF starting January 1st)
  • Evan Dawson - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.; moves to WUHF starting January 1st); also reporter
  • Doug Emblidge - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.; moves to WUHF starting January 1st); also reporter (also heard on WQBW 95.1 FM)
  • Ginny Ryan - weeknights at 10:00 p.m. (moves to WUHF starting January 1st); also reporter
  • Adam Chodak - weekends at 10:00 p.m. (moves to WUHF starting January 1st); also reporter

13 WHAM News Weather Authority

  • Glenn Johnson (NWA and AMS Seals of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights at 10:00 p.m. (moves to WUHF starting January 1st)
  • Marty Snyder (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.; moves to WUHF starting January 1st)); also heard on WHAM 1180 AM]
  • Mark McLean (AMS Seal of Approval) - Director of Weather Services seen weekends at 10:00 p.m. (moves to WUHF starting January 1st)
  • Jeff Najder - fill-in

Sports

  • Mike Catalana - Director seen weeknights at 10:00 p.m. (moves to WUHF starting January 1st); also heard on WHAM 1180 AM and WHTK 1280 AM
  • Chuck Wade - weekends at 10:00 p.m. (moves to WUHF starting January 1st); also sports reporter
  • Toby Motyka - sports reporter and photographer (also fill-in sports anchor)

Reporters

  • Jennifer Johnson - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.; moves to WUHF starting January 1st)
  • Angela Hong - video journalist
  • Patrice Walsh
  • Alexis Arnold
  • Sean Carroll
  • Jane Flasch
  • Evan White

References

External links

  • CWRochester.com - Official CW Rochester Website
  • 13WHAM.com - Official WHAM-TV Website
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