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WGMB-TV
WGMB logo
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Branding WGMB Fox 44 Baton Rouge (general)
Fox 44 News/Fox News Baton Rouge (news)
Slogan So Fox 44
Channels Digital: 45 (UHF)
Subchannels 44.1 Fox - HD
44.2 The CW - SD
Affiliations Fox
Owner Communications Corporation of America
(Comcorp of Baton Rouge License Corporation)
First air date August 11, 1991
Call letters’ meaning GuMBo
Sister station(s) WBRL
Former channel number(s) Analog:
44 (UHF, 1991-2009)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 424 m
Facility ID 12520
Transmitter Coordinates 30°19′35.4″N 91°16′36.4″W / 30.3265°N 91.276778°W / 30.3265; -91.276778
Website www.fox44.com

WGMB-TV ("Fox 44") is the local Fox affiliate for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is owned by Communications Corporation of America, and is sister station to the area's The CW affiliate, WBRL-CA. WGMB also shares facilities and staff with WVLA (channel 33) and KZUP-CA (channel 19). WGMB's transmitter is located near Addis, Louisiana.

The stations transmits its analog signal on UHF channel 44, and its digital signal on UHF channel 45. The station is seen via satellite through DirecTV and Dish Network.

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History

The station first signed on August 11, 1991, making Baton Rouge the last of the Top 100 Nielsen Designated Market Areas to receive a Fox affiliate. For a short time before the station signed on the air, local NBC affiliate WVLA aired week-delayed episodes of Fox shows such as The Simpsons, Married with Children, and In Living Color.

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Name Programming
44.1 WGMB-DT WGMB Main Programming / Fox HD 720p
44.2 WGMB-DT2 WBRL Main Programming / The CW SD 480i
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Analog-to-digital conversion

WGMB shut down its analog signal on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition. It remained on its current pre-transition channel number, 45[1], using PSIP on digital television receivers to display WGMB's virtual channels as 44.

HD Programming

WGMB currently airs all of FOX network programming in High Definition and one of its syndicated programming such as Two and a Half Men in HD.

Newscast

Original Fox 44 News logo for WGMB

On March 12, 2007, WGMB debuted a local newscast entitled Fox News Louisiana airing weeknights at 9 p.m. In the summer of 2008, the newscast was rebranded as Fox News Baton Rouge. WGMB also produces and pre-records the 9 pm newscast for sister station KADN in Lafayette, and formerly did so for KMSS-TV in Shreveport. The KMSS-TV evening newscast is now handled by KFXK of Tyler, Texas.

On August 20, 2007, WGMB debuted Fox News Louisiana AM, a fast-paced, two-hour program airs from 7 to 9 a.m. and went head-to-head with national morning shows including NBC’s The Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America. Rachel Slavik and Lauren Unger anchored Fox News Louisiana AM, while meteorologist Jesse Gunkel presented weather segments eight times an hour.

On December 2, 2008, WGMB canceled its two-hour morning newscast, citing cost-cutting considerations in the face of the economic downturn. In connection with the changes, the station also laid off an undisclosed number of employees. WGMB’s sister station, NBC affiliate WVLA, will continue to air its 6 a.m. local newscast, which precedes the The Today Show.

On April 28, 2009, WGMB announced the discontinuation of all locally produced newscasts.[2] The 9pm newscast will originate from sister station KETK in Tyler, Texas.

WGMB also airs a 30-minute sports program called The Show on Sunday nights at 9pm. It is produced by KETK in Tyler, Texas, and is hosted by Tamara Jolee.

Fox News Baton Rouge (Weeknights 9 to 9:30 P.M.)

  • Anchor:
    • Crystal Kobza
  • Weather:
    • Jesse Gunkel
  • Sports:
    • Danny Elzner
  • Reporters:
    • Duke Carter
    • David D'Aquin
    • Tyler Gamble
    • Morgan Rose
    • Kelsey Scram
    • Rachel Slavik
    • Emily Turner

Former Staff

  • Jeff Beimfohr - news anchor and managing editor
  • Kiran Chawla - news reporter and interim morning forecaster,
  • Erin Cofiell - news reporter, now sports reporter at WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge
  • Jon Fairbanks - news reporter, now at WRNN-TV in Rye Brook, NY
  • Hilarie Courtney - news reporter
  • Brett Cummins - chief meteorologist
  • Jenny Heroman - news anchor and producer, now with EATEL Fiber Edge TV
  • Chris Mycoskie - sports director
  • Nelson Robinson - chief meteorologist

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Fox News Louisiana (general) / Fox News Louisiana A.M. (mornings; 2007-2008)
  • Fox 44 News / Fox News Baton Rouge (2008-present)

Station Slogans

  • Baton Rouge's Home for Sports and Entertainment (2006-2008)
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Movie Umbrella Titles

  • WGMB Movie

Bankruptcy

In June 2006, owner ComCorp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ComCorp said in a press release viewers and staff would see no changes at the station.[3][4][5][6]

References

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