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WAVY TV Logo.png
Portsmouth / Norfolk /
Newport News / Virginia Beach, Virginia
Branding WAVY-TV 10 (general)
WAVY News 10 (newscasts)
Slogan 10 On Your Side
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Subchannels 10.1 NBC
Owner LIN TV Corporation
(WAVY Broadcasting, LLC)
First air date September 1, 1957
Call letters’ meaning WAVY and logo are references to Atlantic Ocean or Chesapeake Bay. Also sounds like Navy[1]
Sister station(s) WVBT
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1957-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1957-1959)
Transmitter Power 1,000 kW
Height 280 m
Facility ID 71127
Transmitter Coordinates 36°49′14″N 76°30′41″W / 36.82056°N 76.51139°W / 36.82056; -76.51139

WAVY-TV, channel 10, is a television station licensed to Portsmouth, Virginia, serving as the NBC affiliate for the Hampton Roads area (comprising the cities of Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Newport News). WAVY is owned by LIN Television Corporation, and is a sister station to Fox affiliate WVBT (channel 43). The two stations share studios and offices in Portsmouth, and WAVY-TV broadcasts from a transmitter in located in Suffolk, Virginia.



WAVY-TV, the Hampton Roads area's third-oldest VHF television station, began operations on September 1, 1957. It was originally owned by Tidewater Teleradio along with WAVY radio (1350 AM, now WGPL). The channel originally signed-on as an ABC affiliate but swapped with then-NBC affiliate WVEC-TV in 1959 due to its radio sister's long affiliation with NBC radio. In 1968, they became the second station owned by LIN TV. WAND in Decatur, Illinois was the very first owned by the company but was sold-off to a new owner in November 2007. Shortly after WVBT became the area's WB affiliate in 1995, WAVY began operating that station though a local marketing agreement (a.k.a. LMA). LIN TV came to an affiliation agreement with Fox in November 1995 and WVBT became one of the company's affiliates with the network in August 1998. LIN TV purchased that station out-right in February 2002. WAVY was the first in the market to broadcast a digital signal in 2001. On June 12, 2009 at 9 in the morning, WAVY left channel 10 and continued to broadcast on channel 31 to complete the analog to digital conversion. [2]

News operation

Their weeknight 5 o'clock news open.

WAVY airs thirty hours of local news a week. They operate their own weather radar, called "Super Doppler 10", at their studios. It was the first in the area to air a local broadcast at 5:30 in the morning (beginning in 1992) and added weeknight 5 (in 1989) and 5:30 o'clock (in 1994) newscasts. [3] They are known for being the first Hampton Roads station to use a helicopter to cover local news after introducing "Chopper 10" in 1982. The current Bell 206 Longranger helicopter has been used since 2000. [4]

When WVBT made the switch to Fox in 1998, WAVY started producing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast on that station. It was not the market's first prime time show as CBS affiliate WTKR produced a short-lived newscast on WGNT from 1995 until 1997. [5] ABC affiliate WVEC-TV also produced a prime time show on WPEN-LP from 1995 until they started LNC 4 (now LNC 5) in 1997. [6] WVEC continued to produce a 10 o'clock news on that station until January 30, 2009. The 45-minute broadcast on WVBT is followed by the Fox 43 Sports Wrap with sports news and highlights.

On July 21, 2008 at Noon, WAVY and WVBT became the first stations in the market and their station group company to produce local newscasts in high definition. This is in contrast to rival WVEC's news being produced in 16:9 digital widescreen which is not true high definition but matches the ratio of HD television screens. [7] WVBT added an hour-long extension of WAVY's weekday morning news on February 2, 2009. The show airs in an entertainment and lifestyle program format.

Until January 2007, WVBT operated a 24-hour local weather channel on its second digital subchannel. Known on-air as the "WAVY Weather Station" it is now cable exclusive to address E/I requirement concerns although listings on continue to show it as airing over-the-air. [8] It can be found on Mediacom channel 9, Charter channel 22, and Cox digital channel 227. There are live current conditions, updated forecasts, and a sweep of "Super Doppler 10". According to television listings on WVBT's website, it airs the "Fox AccuWeather Channel" on their second digital subchannel which contradicts and removal of the "WAVY Weather Station". [9]


News / station presentation

Newscast title Years used Slogan
WAVY News 1957-1969
WAVY 10 / Area 10 Eyewitness News 1969-1982 "Where You Belong" (mid-late 1970s)
The Daily News 1982-1989 "We've Got You Covered" / "You're Covered" (1980s-1989)
"We're TV-10, Just Watch Us Now" (1982-1983; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
"Come Home to the Best, Only on TV-10" (1988-1989; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
WAVY News 10 (used First News at Five for 5 o'clock show between 1989 and 1993) 1989-present "Virginia's Leading News Channel" (1989-1994)

"10 On Your Side" (1993-present, was solely the name of the station's consumer reporting unit from 1989-1993)

News team


  • Kerri Furey - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Don Roberts - weekday mornings and Noon
    • Bottom Line host
  • Nicole Livas - weeknights at 5 and 5:30
  • Tom Schaad - weeknights at 5, 6, and 11
  • Stephanie Harris - weeknights at 5:30 and Battle of the Brains host
  • Alveta Ewell - weeknights at 6 and 11
  • Andy Fox - Saturday mornings
  • Melanie Woodrow - Sunday mornings and military reporter
    • political reporter
  • Lori Crouch - weekend evenings

Super Doppler 10 Meteorologists

  • Don Slater - Chief seen weeknights
  • Jon Cash (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Jeremy Wheeler - weekend mornings
  • Sagay Galindo - weekend nights


  • Bruce Rader - Director seen weeknights at 6, 10:45, and 11
  • Ahmed Fareed - weekend evenings at 10:45 and reporter
  • Chris Reckling - weekend evenings at 6 and 11 and reporter


  • Katie Collett
  • David Culver
  • Ava Hurdle
  • Art Kohn - photojournalist
  • Oren Liebermann
  • Mary Kay Mallonee
  • John Massey - "Chopper 10"
  • Jason Marks
  • Cheryl Tan - weekday morning traffic
  • Kay Young

Former personalities

  • Doug Aronson, reporter during the 1990s, later moved to WVEC.
  • Betty Ann Bowser, reporter, co-anchor in the 1960s. Later worked for WTAR-TV during the 1960s and early 1970s, then worked as a correspondent for CBS News (1973-86) as well as PBS's NewsHour (1986-present)
  • Monique Braxton, reporter 1989-1995. Now at WCAU in Philadelphia.
  • Rich Brenner, sports anchor in the 1970s.
  • Christy Carlo, morning co-anchor from 1996 until 2000. formerly at Imus in the Morning and MSNBC under birth name Christy Musumeci.
  • Carolyn Castleberry (née Anderson), was a reporter/morning anchor and later noon/5/5:30 co-anchor at WAVY from 1990 until 2004; now a co-host of the CBN produced series, "Living the Life".[10]
  • John Castleberry, Carolyn's husband; was a weekend sports anchor during the 1980s until 1993. Later worked at WTKR. Most recently hosted a daily radio show on 102.1 The Game WXTG-FM.[11]
  • Barbara Ciara, weekend co-anchor from 1983 until 1988, when she left for WVEC. Now working at WTKR.[12] as well as President of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Patty Culhane, military reporter from 2000 until 2006. Now at NBC News.
  • Mike Deeson, weekend anchor, political reporter and talk show host in the 1970s and early 80s. Now the senior reporter for WTSP-TV in Tampa, where he has worked since 1982.[13]
  • Don DeIulio, morning traffic reporter from 1989 until 2007.
  • Lloyd Dobyns, news co-anchor in the 1960s with Vern Jones. Later a correspondent and anchor with NBC News (1969-1986) where he hosted the news magazine Weekend from 1974-1979. Winner of a Peabody Award.[14]
  • Chris Francis, sportscaster from 2000 to 2004. Now at WDJT-TV in Milwaukee.
  • Rhonda Glenn, weather reporter, talk show host and anchor in the 1960s and 70s. Golf commentator for ABC (1978- ). 1st full-time national TV network female sportscaster (ESPN, February 6, 1981). Amateur golfer and author of dozens of magazine articles and books on the sport. Manager of Communications for the USGA.
  • Bob Grip, weekday evening anchor during the early 1980s, now at WALA in Mobile.
  • Shelley Harrell, also known as Shelley Roupas; anchor/reporter 1996-99. Also, anchor/reporter with KFMB in San Diego 2000-2002.
  • Carol Hoffman, was a reporter/morning anchor from 1985 until leaving for WVEC in 1996.
  • Hillary Howard, former weekend meteorologist during the late 1980s, now a talk show host for WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C.
  • Vern Jones, news co-anchor with Lloyd Dobyns in the 1960s.
  • Lisa Joyner, formerly at The Best Damn Sports Show Period, currently host of TV Guide Channel's inFANity. [15]
  • Bud Kaatz, sports anchor in the 1960s and 70s. Now with AmerUs Life Insurance Company in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Sandra Kelly, anchor during the late 1970s before moving to WTKR. Now associate rector at Tampa's St. John Episcopal Church.[16]
  • Tina Kim, reporter from 2006-2007. Now living in Boston.
  • Dick Lamb, Hampton Roads radio personality; was at WAVY during the 1970s.
  • Jim Lawrence, fill-in meteorologist from 1991 until 1995, weekend evening meteorologist from 1995 until 2007, was Chief Meteorologist at WNKY in Bowling Green, Kentucky.[17]
  • Bill Logan, consumer reporter 1989-1990. Now at WFTS-TV in Tampa.
  • Mindy Lentz, reporter/weekend anchor from 2001 to 2003.
  • Irene Maher, weathercaster and health reporter until 1985. Left for WFLA-TV in Tampa.
  • Mac McManus, "Poop Deck Pappy" during the 1950s and 1960s, later was a weekday morning anchor on weekday morning news/entertainment program "Tidewater Today" until 1989 (died in 2001)
  • Lowell Melser, reporter until 2004. Now reporter at WBAL-TV in Baltimore.[18]
  • Krystle Meachem, reporter/weekend anchor from 1998 to 2001.
  • Starr Merritt, anchor in the 1960s. Later reported for WVEC.
  • Pete Michaud, weekend/fill-in sports anchor in the late 1980's and early 1990s. Also called play-by-play for the Hampton Roads Admirals.
  • Cathy Midkiff Lewis, anchor until 1987. Now host of "HearSay with Cathy Lewis" on WHRV-FM and What Matters on WHRO.
  • Diana Morgan, anchor-turned-actress, seen in series such as JAG, The Bold and the Beautiful, Babylon 5 and The West Wing and films such as Titanic.
  • Cheryl Nelson, weekend meteorologist from 2007-2010.
  • David Nelson, anchor from 2003-2007. Now co-anchor of KWQC's "Quad Cities Today" morning newscast [19].
  • Adam Owens, reporter from 2004-2007. Now reporter at WRAL-TV in Raleigh.
  • Charles Pugh, anchor/reporter in the 1990s. Served as a weekend anchor and reporter at WJBK-TV in Detroit from 1999 - 2009[20]. Currently president of the Detroit City Council[21].
  • Leanne Rains, co-anchor until 1993, later went to WTKR. Now running LeAnne Rains & Co. Media Services.
  • Thomas Roberts, consumer reporter/weekday afternoon co-anchor during late 1990s, former anchor at CNN Headline News, now a correspondent for The Insider.
  • Derrick Rose, general assignment reporter until 2010, now at WBTV in Charlotte, NC
  • Joel Rubin, anchor and political reporter from 1976 to 1991, later hosted WVEC's "On the Record" until 2008.[22]
  • Jim Smith, meteorologist until the early 1980s (preceded Don Slater). Died in 1995.
  • Les Smith, weekend co-anchor from 1985 until 1992. 5pm co-anchor from 1992 until 1993 and 5:30, 6pm, and 11pm co-anchor from 1993 until resignation in 2007. Later anchor at WTKR.[23]. Now a reporter for News 12 New Jersey. [24]
  • Cynthia Smoot, anchor/reporter in the 1980s. Now at WTVT in Tampa.
  • Marny Stanier, weekend meteorologist. Left for The Weather Channel in April 1987.
  • Greg Starddard, weekend anchor, 5pm anchor, reporter, 1995-1997, left for WBFF FOX-45 Baltimore, now at AAA Mid-Atlantic as a Public and Government Affairs Specialist [2]
  • Ed Tillett, weather reporter in the late 80's/eary 90's.
  • Terry Zahn, joined as reporter and weekend anchor in 1981, became lead anchor in 1984, left in 1993 and joined WVEC in 1994, where he served as lead anchor until his death in 2000.
  • Rona Williams, reporter from 2000-2005. Now working in Pharmaceutical Sales.
  • John Wilson, anchor in the 1970s. Now anchor at WTVT in Tampa.[25]
  • Kelly Wright, now at Fox News Channel.
  • Fred Yco, meteorologist from 1998-2003. Was dropped from the WAVY lineup while in the midst of personal legal problems. [26]
  • Stan Verrett, now an anchor at ESPN and ESPNEWS, also worked for WVEC.


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  3. ^ WAVY TV 10 - News, Weather, Traffic, Sports for Hampton Roads, Virginia - North Eastern North Carolina - Our Apologies
  4. ^ WAVY TV 10 - News, Weather, Traffic, Sports for Hampton Roads, Virginia - North Eastern North Carolina - Chopper 10
  5. ^ Same Stuff On Wtkr News And Wgnt
  6. ^ Wvec, Wpen Team Up On Prime-Time Programming
  7. ^ 13News takes a wider look at life | TOP STORIES | | News for Hampton Roads, Virginia
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  11. ^ John Castleberry
  12. ^ WTKR NewsChannel 3: News, Weather and Traffic in Hampton Roads and North Carolina | Barbara Ciara
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  14. ^ VCU School of Mass Communications
  15. ^ Lisa Joyner Biography |
  16. ^ | News Archives - May & June 2004
  17. ^ Jim Lawrence | Your Local News Link Bowling Green, KY | Weather Team
  18. ^ Lowell Melser - WBAL-TV News Team Story - WBAL Baltimore
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  21. ^ Can Detroit's First Openly Gay Pol Save the City?
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  23. ^ Les Smith returning as television news anchor, on WTKR | | from April-June 2008
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  26. ^ ", News Archives - May & June 2002". Virginia Radio & TV. 2002-06-20. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 

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