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WCJB-TV
WCJB logo

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Gainesville, Florida
Branding WCJB-TV 20
TV 20 News
Gainesville CW 10
(on DT2)
Slogan Your Home Team For
North Central Florida
Channels Digital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 ((PSIP)
Subchannels 20.1 ABC
20.2 The CW
Owner Diversified Communications
(Diversified Broadcasting Inc.)
First air date April 7, 1971
Call letters’ meaning Casey, Jean, and Bill Minshall (original owners)
Sister station(s) WABI-TV
Former channel number(s) 20 (UHF analog, 1971-2009)
Former affiliations NBC (1971-1973)
Transmitter Power 343.6 kW
Height 254.4 m
Facility ID 16993
Transmitter Coordinates 29°32′11.5″N 82°24′0″W / 29.536528°N 82.4°W / 29.536528; -82.4
Website wcjb.com

WCJB-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station in Gainesville, Florida. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 16 from a transmitter in Wacahoota. Owned by Diversified Communications, the station has studios on Northwest 43rd Street in Gainesville. Syndicated programming on WCJB includes: Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Oprah, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. Their coverage area includes Lake City (within the Jacksonville market), Ocala (in the Orlando DMA) and most of North Central Florida. It is also the sole ABC affiliate on cable systems in Live Oak and Jasper (both within the Tallahassee area).

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Digital programming

Their signal is multiplexed. On WCJB-DT2, CommuniComm Services channel 6, and Cox channel 10 is the area's CW affiliate. Known on-air as Gainesville CW 10, the channel gets all its programming from The CW Plus.

Channel Programming
16.1 main WCJB programming / ABC HD
16.2 WCJB-DT2 "Gainesville CW 10"

History

WCJB signed-on April 7, 1971 as an NBC affiliate owned by William E. "Bill" Minshall. Originally broadcasting an analog signal on UHF channel 20, its call sign bears the first initials of his family members: Casey (daughter), JoAnn (wife), and himself, "Bill". In 1973, just two years after its first broadcast, the station switched its affiliation to ABC. In 1977, it was sold to current owner Diversified Communications. In 2001, WCJB began airing its digital signal on UHF channel 16.

On January 24, 2006, UPN and The WB announced that they would cease broadcasting and merge. The new combined network would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of its corporate parents, CBS (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner. On September 18, WCJB launched a new second digital subchannel to be the area's affiliate as part of the national CW Plus service.

Until July 2006, WCJB was the only ABC affiliate seen on Cox systems in Ocala. Even though that city is part of the Orlando market, this station had exclusivity on that system for ABC programming. This kept Orlando's affiliate, Cox-owned WFTV, off the system for several years. In that month, the cable company received the green light to pick up WFTV's standard and high definition feeds in Ocala. The standard signal is on channel 9 and the high definition feed is on digital channel 729. WFTV and WCJB are also both seen on Bright House systems in Belleview and unincorporated Marion County.

On February 17, 2009, the main channel turned-off its analog signal forever. WCJB said that they did not want to wait until the June 12 deadline because they wanted to free up emergency airspace. With this change, Fox affiliate WOGX and PBS affiliate WUFT continued broadcasting in analog until the new transition date. WCJB continues digital broadcasts on its pre-transition channel number, 16. Receivers display the signal as channel 20 through the use of PSIP.

Newscasts

Their weeknight 10 o'clock news open.

WCJB is the only station to originate local news from Gainesville. As a semi-satellite of Orlando's WOFL, WOGX simulcasts local news from that station and all of the coverage is from that city. At some point in time, NBC affiliate WNBW will start up a news department in order to keep their network affiliation and try to compete with WCJB. On April 19, 2009, this station debuted their new set complete with updated graphics and music which has not changed in almost ten years. The graphics are yellow and orange instead of blue and white. Their updated logo now includes ABC in it unlike their last two.

Like all CW Plus affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, WCJB-DT2 airs the nationally syndicated show The Daily Buzz on weekday mornings from 6 to 9. There is also a weeknight prime time broadcast seen on that channel called TV 20 News at 10 on Gainesville CW. In addition to their main studios, WCJB operates a Marion County Bureau in Ocala on Northeast 1st Avenue. Unlike most ABC affiliates, the station does not air local news weekday mornings at 5 or weeknights at 5. WCJB began to broadcast their news in high definition on January 9, 2010.

Anchors

  • Amanda Decker - weekday mornings and Noon
  • David Snyder - weeknights at 5:30, 6, and 11
  • Paige Beck - weeknights at 5:30, 6, and 11
    • "Cold Case Files" segment producer
  • Josh Rosenthal - weeknights at 10
  • Jordan Smith - weekends and reporter

Storm Track 20 Meteorologists

  • Bill Quinlan (NWA and AMS Seals of Approval) - weeknights
  • Mike Potter - weekday mornings and Noon
    • weekday morning cut-ins during The Daily Buzz on WCJB-DT2
  • Aaron Boll - weekends and news reporter

Sports

  • Hank Astengo - Director seen weeknights at 6, 10, and 11
  • Chris Price - weekends at 6 & 11
  • Hubert Mizell - "Mizell Minute" segment producer

Reporters

  • Alexandra Marie - music and entertainment seen Mondays at 10
    • heard on WTMG-FM 101.3
  • Emily Gagnon - news, sports, and entertainment
    • producer
  • Robert Bradfield
  • Jamel Laneé
  • Crispin Lopez
  • Shani Muhammad
  • Erica Rodriguez

Station slogans

  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (1998-2004)
  • "North Central Florida's News Leader" (2004-2009)
  • "Your Home Team for North Central Florida" (2009-present)

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