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WBBH-TV
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Cape Coral / Fort Myers /
Naples, Florida
City of license Fort Myers
Branding NBC 2 (general)
NBC 2 News (newscasts)
Slogan Count On Us in
High-definition
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Subchannels 20.1 NBC
20.2 Local News
Owner Waterman Broadcasting Corporation
First air date December 18, 1968
Call letters’ meaning We're the Best of Broadcasting History
Sister station(s) WZVN-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
20 (UHF, 1968-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (secondary, 1968-1974)
NBC Weather Plus (on DT2, 2006-2008)
Transmitter Power 1,000 kW
Height 453.9 m
Facility ID 71085
Transmitter Coordinates 26°49′31″N 81°45′54.3″W / 26.82528°N 81.765083°W / 26.82528; -81.765083
Website nbc-2.com

WBBH-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for Southwest Florida that is licensed to Fort Myers. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 15 from a transmitter located north of Fort Myers Shores near the Lee and Charlotte County line. The station can also be seen on Comcast channel 2 (hence the NBC 2 branding) and in high definition on digital channel 232. Owned by Waterman Broadcasting Corporation, WBBH operates ABC affiliate WZVN-TV (which is owned by Montclaire Communications) through a local marketing agreement (a.k.a. LMA). The two share studios on Central Avenue in Fort Myers. Syndicated programming on WBBH includes: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Rachael Ray, Ellen, and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

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History

WBBH-TV was the second television station in Southwest Florida signing-on as the area's NBC affiliate on December 18, 1968. Started by local businessmen, the station originally used a 1,000 foot tower in Lehigh Acres which increased to 1,500 feet in 1983. It broadcasted an analog signal on UHF channel 20. Waterman Broadcasting purchased the station in 1978 and the -TV suffix was removed from the call letters on October 16 of that year (they were later bought back). In 1994, ABC affiliate WEVU changed its calls to WZVN and entered into a local marketing agreement with WBBH. That station then moved into WBBH's facilities.

At that time, both stations began identifying by their cable channels. They began broadcasting high definition signals on October 31, 2002 becoming the first two stations in the market to offer network programming in HD. WBBH began offering NBC Weather Plus on a new its second digital subchannel in September 2006. It was also seen on Comcast digital channel 247. In December 2008 after Weather Plus folded, WBBH-DT2 switched formats and became a 24-hour local news channel known as "NBC 2 News Now". It can still be seen on digital cable. On February 17, 2009 at Noon the station went all-digital.

News operation

WBBH's nightly 6 o'clock news open.

In 1994, when WBBH and WZVN begin their partnership reporters would appear on either station. The combined forces of the two stations were billed as the Eyewitness News Network. However, each station used its own primary personalities, news set, and on-air style. Today this continues with Darrel Adams as the Executive News Director and Manager of Promotions for both stations. Although the two have separate on-air identities, it is not unusual for news personnel to share video since WZVN has a smaller news department. WBBH tends to cover more news from Charlotte County while WZVN has a slight Collier County focus.

Compared with WBBH, that station's newscasts tend to air in a fast-paced format with on-air promotions referring to the airing of more news in 30 minutes. There are also fewer live shots done out in the field. WBBH is the primary competitor with CBS affiliate WINK-TV which has been and continues to be the market leader. This station's best known former personality is Harry Horn who was also a veteran of WZVN and WINK-TV. He lost his battle with ALS in August 2005. During major hurricanes, recently Charley and Wilma, the news teams of WBBH and WZVN join together to put on 24-hour coverage. There is a simulcast on both stations and a common live video stream on both of their websites. During previous years, WBBH's anchor desk was used along with both station's weather centers. As of the 2007 season, WZVN's high definition set will be used in the event of a hurricane as it provides the best protection against damaging winds. Commercial breaks are dropped for several hours preceding and following landfall. Since March 2007, WBBH's website has been offering live streaming video of its weekday Noon and 4 P.M. newscasts. In June, the station added local news segments to its NBC Weather Plus subchannel. In early-February 2008 following the lead of WZVN, WBBH upgraded to enhanced digital definition.

On July 19, the two stations started broadcasting their local newscasts in high definition becoming the second and third stations respectively in Fort Myers to do so (WZVN upgraded five hours after WBBH). On October 26, several changes occurred with WZVN dropping the first hour of its weekday morning news as well as their 10 A.M. broadcast. WBBH debuted a new 11 A.M. newscast while keeping its Noon broadcast. In addition to their main studios, WBBH operates two news bureaus. The Collier County Bureau is located on Tamiami Trail North (a.k.a. U.S. 41) in Naples. The Charlotte County Bureau is located in Punta Gorda. The two stations own and share a Baron weather radar. It is located at their studios and is known on WBBH as "First Alert Power Doppler HD". The radar has a range of 300 miles and can survey approaching storms in three dimensions. Starting on February 23, 2009, WAVV-FM 101.1 began simulcasting WBBH weekday mornings from 6 to 7. On September 8, WZVN began airing a weeknight broadcast at 7 known as The 7 O'Clock News which competes with WINK-TV's prime time show. Both news departments of WBBH and WZVN contribute to this program.

News team

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Current personalities

+ denotes personnel also seen on WZVN

Anchors

  • Clay Miller - weekday mornings
  • Heather Turco - weekday mornings
  • Michelle Burdo - weekdays at 11:30 A.M. and Noon
  • Craig Wolf - weekdays at 11:30, Noon, 5, 5:30, and 6
  • Paul LaGrone - weeknights at 4, 4:30, and 11
    • investigate reporter
  • + Jamie Yuccas - weeknights at 4, 4:30, 7, and 11
  • Kellie Burns - weeknights at 5, 5:30, and 6
  • +Kelly Imrick - weekend mornings
  • +Brandon Gunnoe - weekend mornings and evenings

NBC 2 First Alert Storm Team

Sports

  • Brian Colleran - Director seen weeknights at 6 and 11
  • Rishi Barran - weekends
  • +Brad Shellgren - sports reporter

Reporters

  • Marisa Brahney
  • Kelly Creswell
  • + Stacey Deffenbaugh
  • Derek Dellinger
  • Travell Eiland - investigative
  • Adam Freeman - Collier County Bureau
  • Paul Gessler
  • Lindsey Kruger - Collier County Bureau
  • Katie LaGrone
  • Sarah Hollenbeck
  • Jennifer Mobilia - Charlotte County Bureau
  • Christina Mora
  • Kevin Ozebeck
  • Jason Pawloski - weekday morning traffic
  • Andy Pierrotti - investigative
  • Danielle Rotolo
  • Meaghan Smith

Former personalities

  • Anne Imanuel- Reporter 2008-2010 (now at WTXL)
  • Mike Mason - Investigative Reporter
  • Elizabeth Tardy-morning anchor
  • Laura Arroyo
  • Bob Austin - anchor
  • Chere Avery (now VP Communications for Qualcomm in San Diego)
  • Leslie Bohl - anchor
  • Grant Boxleitner-Charlotte County Reporter (now at SNN 6) (2006-2009)
  • Trent Butler - morning anchor (now at WAGT) (1995-2006)
  • Jonathan Carlson - reporter (left for KTXL-TV in Sacramento, Now at WSPA-TV in South Carolina)
  • Jim Clarke - meteorologist (now at sister station WZVN-TV)
  • Meghan Danahey - meteorologist (now at WFAA-TV in Dallas)
  • Josh Davidsburg - transportation reporter
  • Jorma Duran - reporter (2003-2007) (now at The Weather Channel)
  • Jim Farrell - chief forecaster (now at WINK-TV)
  • Hunter Finnell - sports
  • Patrick Flanary- reporter (2005-2008) Moved with his wife to Tampa.
  • Richard Frohlich - weekend anchor
  • Marlene Galan - anchor
  • Bob Goldberger - anchor
  • Sharon Gregory - anchor (was moved to anchor on sister station WZVN, now at WVIR-TV)
  • Sloane Heffernan - reporter and weekend anchor (now at WRAL-TV) (2001-2006)
  • Beth Hobbs - anchor
  • Harry Horn - anchor
  • Tom James - sports anchor
  • Eileen Javora - meteorologist (now at KCRA)
  • Phil Jean - weekend sports anchor
  • Todd Jurkowski - reporter (moved to WKMG-TV), Currently Press Secretary for Rep. Alan Grayson (D)-FL
  • Mary Johnson
  • Cara Jones - reporter
  • Cara Sapida - reporter (now at WPXI-TV)
  • Glenn Jones - weekend anchor/ reporter
  • Jason Kadah - weather (now at KREM-TV in Spokane, WA)
  • David Karsh - reporter (now at FOX News Radio Miami affiliate WIOD)
  • Gene Lavanchy - (now at WFXT)
  • Chris Naille - Meteorologist (Now at WJLA-TV; NewsChannel8 WTOP) Washington, DC
  • Maggie Newland - investigative reporter (now at KSTP-TV)
  • Amy Oshier - reporter
  • Melissa Painter - anchor/reporter (now at WGHP)
  • Danielle Pepe - weekend anchor
  • Mike Potter - forecaster
  • Noah Pransky- Reporter 2005-2009 (now at WTSP)
  • Tom Rector - senior meteorologist (1980-2006)
  • Jessica Ritter
  • Andrew Resnik - reporter, Fired from KUSA-TV After drug arrest.
  • Jay Severson
  • Dan Sheldon - sports anchor (now at KUTV)
  • Shepard Smith - weekend anchor (now at FOX News Channel)
  • Chad Sokal
  • Beverly Stevens - anchor
  • David Sutta - crime reporter (now at WFOR-TV) (2003-2007)
  • Jessica Stillwell- Resigned after husband convicted on real estate fraud (1995-2009)
  • Jim Syoen - forecaster - (now at WFTX) (1995-2007)
  • Brandon Todd - reporter (now at KDFW)
  • Stephanie Tsoflias
  • Ukee Washington - sports anchor (now at KYW-TV)
  • Stephanie Watson - morning anchor (now at KDKA-TV) (2003-2006)
  • Warren Wright
  • Leisa Zigman - weekend anchor (now at KSDK)
  • Dan Haggerty - weekday reporter (now at WEWS)
  • Max Turnier - reporter (now at WINK-TV)
  • Jillian Windham - weeknight traffic
  • Jeff Yastine - reporter (now at PBS' Nightly Business Report)
  • Eric Salna - meteorologist (early 1990s)
  • Rhonda Bently - weather (early 1990s)

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • WBBH TV-20 Eyewitness News (1984-1994)
  • Channel 2 News (1994-1996)
  • News 2 (1996-1997)
  • NBC 2 News (1997-present)

Station slogans

  • 20, Proud as a Peacock! (1979-1981, localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Southwest Florida's News Channel (1988-1996)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1996-1997)
  • Count On Us! (1997-present)
  • Count On Us in High Definition (2007-present)
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