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WBTW is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Pee Dee and Grand Strand areas of
that is licensed to Florence. It broadcasts a high definition digital
signal on VHF
channel 13 from a transmitter southeast of Dillon on Pee Dee Church Road.
Owned by Media
General, the station has studios on McDonald Court in the
Stalvey section of Myrtle Beach. Syndicated programming on WBTW includes:
Dr. Phil, Ellen, Inside
Edition, and Wheel
They operate the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate on a second digital
subchannel known as My TV. This can also
be seen in most areas on Time Warner digital channel 811, on
HTC Cablevision channel 99
in Conway, and in Brunswick County, North
Carolina on ATMC channel 13. During the daytime, the
channel airs the Retro Television Network
(a.k.a. RTV). Media General also owns several area newspapers
including: The Morning
News, Lake City News and Post,
Marion Star and Mullins Enterprise, and
the Hemingway Observer. A
purchase agreement is also in the works with a Hartsville-based paper
called The Messenger.
Their signal is multiplexed.
||main WBTW programming / CBS HD
||WBTW-DT2 "My TV"
The station went on-the-air October 18, 1954 on VHF channel 8
from a transmitter at their original studios on TV Road in the Back
Swamp section of Florence. It was owned by Jefferson Standard Life
Insurance Company (later becoming Jefferson-Pilot now Lincoln Financial Group). It was Jefferson
Standard's second television station behind WBTV in Charlotte. It received the
call sign WBTW ("W" being the next letter in the
alphabet after "V" although the station was not a satellite of
WBTV). In 1963, they moved to VHF channel 13 and their previous
location was re-allocated to High Point, North Carolina.
In 1968, the station was sold to the Shott family of Bluefield, West Virginia
(publishers of the Bluefield Daily
WBTW's current tower was built in rural Dillon County east of SC
57 in 1979. This more than doubled its coverage area giving it at
least secondary coverage as far north as Fayetteville, Raeford and Pinehurst; as far west as Polkton and Pageland; as far south as Georgetown and Summerton and as far east as
Leland and Elizabethtown. Only
Fayetteville and Pinehurst do not currently carry WBTW but did
until the 1980s and early-1990s. For many years, it was the only
commercial television station located between Wilmington and Charleston. This was because
of a quirk in the FCC's allocation of VHF channels. Only one
VHF license was allocated to the area because it was sandwiched
between the Wilmington and Charleston markets.
The station has always been a CBS affiliate but carried some ABC shows until WPDE-TV signed-on in 1980. The
Shotts sold off most of their media holdings in 1984 with its two
television stations, WBTW and KIMT
in Mason City,
Iowa to Spartan Radiocasting Corporation (later Spartan
Communications) of Spartanburg. In the
late-1980s and early-1990s, they branded themselves on-air as the
"Best of Two Worlds" playing off the "BTW" in its call letters. In
2000, Spartan merged with current owner Media General.
From 1995 to 2000, WBTW served as the de-facto CBS affiliate for
parts of the Wilmington market due to former affiliate WJKA-TV
switching to Fox and becoming WSFX-TV. That market got
another CBS affiliate in 2000 when WILM-LP (now WILM-LD) picked up the affiliation. However,
WBTW still serves some parts of the Wilmington area that does not
receive the low-powered WILM signal over-the-air or on cable. After
being known as "TV 13" for most of its history, this station
re-branded itself as "News 13" in 2002. On June 12, 2009, WBTW left
channel 56 and flash-cut its analog channel 13 to digital when the
conversion was completed.
Historically, WBTW has been a ratings blowtorch in their area
dominating its competition in both raw household ratings and key
demographics. This is in part because it essentially had the market
to itself for over a quarter-century with its only real competition
being Grade B signals from WECT in
Wilmington and WIS in Columbia. In 2004, WBTW
established a news share agreement with Fox affiliate WFXB. It then began producing a
weeknight 10 o'clock newscast for that station known as Fox 43
News at 10. In 2006, the title switched to Fox News at
During Summer 2007, WBTW moved the majority of its operations to
new studios in Myrtle Beach. A smaller facility at that same site
had been serving as a news bureau since 1989 and was demolished in
2007. The station continued to operate some news and operations at
its old facilities in Florence. A physical Lumberton Bureau closed in
2007. In March 2008, WBTW converted its news operation to
all-digital. The revamp included new graphics, news set, robotic
studio cameras, and newscasts in 16:9 standard definition widescreen. This is not
full high definition unlike NBC
affiliate WMBF-TV which has
been airing its local newscasts in HD since that station's
In early-2009, Media General issued mandated furlough days as
the company saw its stock values drop and the economy weaken.
Employees were forced to take ten unpaid days through the first two
quarters of the year and dozens of staffers at WBTW were laid-off.
The station now utilizes a majority of "one-man-band" reporter
crews and cut its news photography staff to three. The station
trimmed several news positions during the early-2009 cuts and
placed the engineering and production departments under supervision
of the News Director. WBTW operates a sub-par weather radar of
its own along U.S. 501 in Marion. It also uses live, NOAA National Weather Service radar
data from several regional sites. On-air in weather segments, these
two sources are known together as "Storm Tracker 13 Titan".
- Your Esso Reporter (1954-1961)
- The Six O'Clock News / The Eleven O'Clock
- Eyewitness News (1967-1976)
- NewsWatch 13 (1976-1983)
- Channel 13 News (1983-1991)
- 13 Eyewitness News (1991-1997)
- TV 13 News (1997-2002)
- News 13 (2002-present)
- "The Best of Two Worlds" (a play on its call letters,
- "Your 24 Hour News Source" (early 1990s)
- "13 Eyewitness News When Everything Depends On It" (early
- "The Carolinas' News Station" (1990s-2000)
- "Coverage You Can Count On" (2000-present)
- Rusty Ray - weekday mornings & Reporter
- Nicole Boone - weekdays at Noon, 5, and 6/health reporter
- Bob Juback - weeknights at 6 and 11
- Michelle Carolla - weeknights at 10 and consumer reporter
- Thema Ponton - weekends and reporter
Storm Tracker 13 Meteorologists
- Frank Johnson - Chief seen weeknights
- Chris Still (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) -
weekday mornings and Noon
- Lindsay Milbourn - weekends and weather reporter
- Matt Lincoln - Director seen weeknights at 6, 10, and 11
- Conan Gasque - weekends and digital journalist
- Patricia Burkett - Pee Dee and fill-in news anchor
- Aisha Khan - Grand Strand
- Landon Sears - Grand Strand
- Ben Greene - photographer
- Curtis Graham - photographer
- Marshall Staton - photographer
- Mason Snyder - Grand Strand
- Sammantha Shephard - Pee Dee
- Jody Barr, WBTW crime, court reporter from
2006-2009. Currently working as an investigative reporter with WIS
in Columbia, SC.
- Jason Becknell, WBTW Producer 2004-2007.
Currently a producer at WXIA in Atlanta.
- Bill Burr, Anchor/Reporter who made two tours
of duty with WBTW. Currently morning anchor at WCSC in Charleston, SC.
- Bridget Cannata, Reporter 2002-2005. Most
recently a reporter at CBS3 in Sacramento, California. She has left
- Ken Daily, Morning Meteorologist 1995-1996.
Currently out of the media business.
- Mitch Davis, Weekend Anchor, Reporter, More
For Your Money Reporter 1999-2003. Executive Producer, Myrtle Beach
Bureau Chief and fill-in anchor/reporter 2003-2006. Now Daybreak
Executive Producer for WSOC-TV in Charlotte.
- Alison Rhinehart de Castro, Primary Myrtle
Beach co-anchor from 2000-2004. Now known as Alison de Castro
co-hosting The Morning Blend on
WTMJ in Milwaukee.
- Shea Ann DeJarnette, Lumberton Bureau Reporter
1992-2002. She has been working as a coordinator for a "4-H" youth
program in Lumberton since 2002 after being released from the
- Debra DeShong Reed,News Reporter and Myrtle
Beach News Supervisor 1994-1996. Left to pursue political
communications serving as political advisor to Kerry/Edwards
presidential campaign. Currently co-founder and principal with
Point Blank Public Affairs in Washington DC.
- Kip Diggs, News Reporter, mid-1990's.
- Darby Mullany
Dunn, Anchor, 1993-1997. Currently a reporter at CNBC. After leaving WBTW she went on
- Ellen Dunn, Morning Anchor 1998-2003.
- Jake Dunne, Weekend Meteorologist, 1998-2000.
Currently AM and Noon Meteorologist at WLNS in Lansing, MI.
- Lisa Edge, Reporter 2004-2008. Currently works
for US Airways Hub in Charlotte, NC.
- Chris Fischer, Weekend Sports Anchor
- Allyson Floyd, Medical Reporter 1991-1996.
Currently she is at WPDE ABC 15 as the Anchor and Assistant News
Director since 1996.
- Brian Formica, Reporter 2007-2008. Currently
Sports Director at WFMY Greensboro (The Triad), NC.
- Vernon Fraley, Reporter 1992-1998. He spent
nearly six years at WFMY, a CBS affiliate, as an anchor and
reporter in Greensboro, NC. Former main Weekday Evening Anchor for
News 14 Carolina in Raleigh studio. Named EMBARQ Media Relations
Manager in June 2008 in Wake Forest, NC.
- Ric Garni, Sports Director 2004-2007. Left
WBTW to be WWE staff writer in Connecticut. Currently he is the
General Manager of Regus in Indianapolis, IN.
- Kimberly Gill, Morning/ Noon Anchor &
Producer 2004-2007, Weekend Anchor 2002-2003. Now Morning Anchor at
WEWS 5 in Cleveland,
- Kelly Gillespie, Reporter 2004-2009.
- Ryan Gunn, Weekend Sports Anchor 2005-2007.
Left to become General Manager of Regus for eight months. After 5
months off, as of March 2008 he is a Search Consultant with
Management Recruiters of West Palm Beach, Florida.
- Deyna Martin (Hardison), Morning/Noon Anchor
1993-1998. Left to go back home to a New York station. Currently a
membership director at a YMCA branch in Delaware.
- Trish Hamel, Weekend Anchor mid
- Vanessa Hill Anchor 1984-1992. Left for WCIV in Charleston, SC to anchor
there from 1992-2002. Currently works with the Medical University
of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.
- Melissa Hoeman, Weekend Meteorologist from
2007-2009. Now at KETV in Omaha,
- Chris Huffman, Reporter in the Pee Dee Region
from 2004-2006. Currently a reporter at KOAT in Albuquerque, NM.
- Martha Hunn, Anchor 2004-2009. Currently
director news and public affairs at Coastal Carolina
- Fred Hunter, Morning Meteorologist, 1993-1995.
Currently weekend meteorologist at WBRC in Birmingham, AL since 1997.
- Will Jones, Reporter 1994-1998.
- Robert Kittle, Columbia reporter
- Jeff Kirk, Morning Meteorologist, 1996-2000.
Currently at WJCL in Savannah, GA as chief meteorologist since June
- Josh Klaff, Weekend Sports Anchor 2000-2004.
Left for the Greensboro, NC market. He left the station in
Greensboro in late 2007.
- Beth Kulle, Morning/Noon Anchor
- Brian Levitan, Sports Reporter/Fill Sports
Anchor 2002-2005. Currently at KNDO/KNDU Yakima/Kennewick,
- Julie Loncich, Reporter mid 2000's-2008.
Currently at Fox 59, Indianapolis.
- Elaine Lucadano, anchor/reporter, 1989-1993.
Later worked at WTSP in Tampa.
- Don Luehrs, Morning/Chief/Morning
Meteorologist, 1988-2007. He was morning weathercaster until Mark
Mathis left in early 1993, then he was chief until the last 6
months before retiring June 2007. Now sells real estate at RE/MAX under Ron Moore in
- Tad Maguire, Weekend Meteorologist, 1986-1991.
Now senior meteorologist at WSI Corporation.
- Lyra Manning, Morning/Noon Anchor, 2007-2009.
Currently Weekend Anchor (Friday/Saturday) 10pm News at WCCB in Charlotte, NC.
- Laura Martin, Reporter 1993-1995. After TV13,
it was off to Waco, Texas, as the 6 and 10 pm anchor (1995-1999).
Then, in 2000, Laura moved to Dallas to report for WFAA-TV.
- Mark Mathis, Chief Meteorologist, 1987-1993.
He left WBTW for WCIV in Charleston, SC, other stations in Dallas,
Austin,TX, San Diego, San Antonio, Charlotte, and most recently KREX in Grand Junction, CO
where he served as chief meteorologist for 4 years. He is back at
WCCB in Charlotte, as co-host of
FOX News Rising as of May 2008.
- Jim McGee, Anchor, mid 1980s-early 1990s
alongside Vanessa Hill. Currently Republican Representative for
District no. 63 Florence County, SC.
- Brad Means, Anchor/Reporter 1989-1994. After
WBTW, it was off to Huntsville, Alabama, and Columbus, Georgia.
Currently he is an anchor and Assistant News Director. He anchors
the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts on WJBF News
Channel 6 since 1998.
- Dan Michaels, Reporter 1992-1994.
- Monte Montello, Weekend Meteorologist,
2003-2005/ Fox 43 Meteorologist 2005-2007. He is currently a
meteorologist at News 14 Carolina in Charlotte.
- Jimmy Moore, Chief Photographer/Fill-in
Reporter (Briefly), 2003-2009. Currently at WYFF in Greenville, SC
as of November 2009.
- Elise Olson, Reporter 2007-2009.
- Tasha Oxendine, Lumberton Bureau
Chief/Reporter, 1992-2005. Currently works as Marketing Director
for UNC-Pembroke's Gibbons Performing Arts Center.
- Frank Paone, Reporter 2008-2008.
- Tyler Pearson,
Reporter/Fill-in Anchor 2001-2006. Currently he is the Morning and
Noon Anchor at WMAZ in Macon, Georgia since 2006.
- Kim Prozzi, Reporter 1991-1993. Currently in
- Keith Reid, Noon/5pm/Sunday Morning Anchor
1993-1998. Died on July 31, 2006.
- Dey Romo, Anchor/Reporter Early 1990s. Later
worked at WECT-TV's Fayetteville, NC bureau.
- Marci Rubin, General Assignment Reporter
2001-2004. Currently anchor/reporter with News 12
Networks in New York City area.
- Kim Schumacher, General Assignment Reporter -
Grand Strand, 1998-2004. Currently reporter for WRIC in Richmond, VA.
- Newy Scruggs, Weekend Sports Anchor,
1992-1993. Currently Sports Director at KXAS in Dallas since April 2000.
- Stephanie Snowden, Reporter 2001-2004. Left
for WIS-TV NBC 10 in Columbia, SC. Currently is the solo Host of
Richland Reveal which comes on Sunday Mornings in Columbia,
- Mike Stevens, Anchor/Reporter, 1987-1989. Went
on to anchor and report at stations in Philadelphia, Columbus Ohio,
Sacramento, Atlanta and New York. Currently Evening Anchor at WEYI, Flint Michigan.
- Rob Stewart, Morning Anchor, 1995-1998.
Currently weeknight main anchor of Delaware Tonight airing
in the Philadelphia TV market on WHYY.
- Allen Strum, Weekend Meteorologist, 1996-1998.
Currently the chief meteorologist at WEAR in Pensacola, Florida since 2001.
- Traci Jones Sumter, Strand Reporter
- Mackenzie Taylor, Reporter 2004-2009.
- Slyvia Thomas, Noon/5pm Anchor 1993-1997.
- Greg Toland, Sports Reporter/Director,
1984-1998. Now with Comcast SportsNet
- Randy Warren, Weekend Anchor 1989-1992. Left
for South Florida.
- Michael White, Weekend Sports Anchor
- James Wieland, Morning Meteorologist,
2000-2003. Currently meteorologist at WPTV in West Palm Beach,
FL since April 2007.
- Dave Williams, Morning Meteorologist, December
2003-November 2006. Now morning meteorologist at WCIV in
- Jon Wofford, Sports Director 2000-2004. After
WBTW he left to be the Sports Director at WHBF-TV in Rock Island,
Illinois. Currently he is the Sports Director at KLKN-TV Channel 8
in Lincoln, Nebraska.
- Pete Yanity, Sports Director Early
1980's-1984/Weekend Sports Anchor 1990. Left for 13's sister
station WSPA in Spartanburg,
SC where he has been the Sports Director since 1990.
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