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WGME-TV
Wgme 2008.png
Portland, Maine
Branding WGME 13 (general)
News 13 (newscasts)
Slogan Breaking News.
Breaking Weather.
Breaking Stories.
Channels Digital: 38 (UHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
Affiliations 13.1 CBS HD
13.2 CBS SD
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(WGME Licensee, LLC)
First air date May 16, 1954
Call letters’ meaning We're Gannett of MainE
(for former owner Guy Gannett)
Former callsigns WGAN-TV (1954-1983)
Former channel number(s) 13 (VHF analog, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations The Tube (on DT2, 2006-2007)
Transmitter Power 1,000 kW
Height 465 m
Facility ID 25683
Transmitter Coordinates 43°55′28.5″N 70°29′26.7″W / 43.924583°N 70.49075°W / 43.924583; -70.49075
Website wgme.com

WGME-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station for Southern Maine and Northern New Hampshire that is licensed to Portland. The station broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 38 from a transmitter on Brown Hill west of Raymond. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station has studios on the corner of Washington Avenue and Northport Drive in the North Deering section of Portland. Syndicated programming on WGME includes: Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Oprah, and Judge Judy.

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Digital programming

Their digital signal is multiplexed.

Channel Video Aspect Programming
13.1 1080i 16:9 CBS HD
13.2 480i 4:3 CBS SD (to be replaced by theCoolTV)

History

Their first broadcast was on May 16, 1954 under the call sign of WGAN-TV. It was owned by Guy Gannett Communications along with WGAN-AM 560 and the Portland Press-Herald. When the radio station was sold in 1984, the WGAN call letters went with them. WGAN-TV then changed its call sign to the current WGME-TV. It remained the flagship station of Guy Gannett Communications until the company sold most of their television stations, including WGME, to the Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1998. The 493.5-meter (1,619 foot) tall transmission tower of WGME, situated in Raymond, was built in 1959. It was, according to the 1999 Guinness Book of World Records, the world's tallest architectural structure in those days. It was surpassed by KFVS-TV's tower in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1960. However, it remained the tallest structure in Maine until the erection of WMTW's tower in 2002. This station ceased airing analog on February 17, 2009 and broadcasts digitally-only on channel 38.

News operation

Their news open with the CBS "eye".

During the final years of Guy Gannett ownership in the 1990s, WGME launched weekend morning news that featured many live shots and in-studio interviews. The effort was abandoned due to poor ratings. Its newscasts dominated the ratings in Portland for many years but from the late-1980s until November 2007, WCSH overtook the station. Today's ratings show a resurgence in favor of this station in the weeknight 5, 5:30, and 11 o'clock time slots. Sinclair's investment in the latest technology and state of the art weather system was instrumental in improving their ratings.

Starting February 5, 2007, WGME began producing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast on Fox affiliate WPFO after establishing a news share agreement. Known on-air as News 13 on Fox, it is currently the only prime time broadcast in the market. Originally, the show had competed with the 10 o'clock news that aired on CW affiliate WPXT (co-produced by WCSH and WLBZ). From September 2, 2008 until January 2, 2009, WGME aired a weeknight 7 o'clock newscast. Known as News 13 at 7: The Political Edge, it focused on the 2008 Presidential election and issues of public interest. The Associated Press awarded this channel as "Station of the Year" in 2009. Starting April 5, 2010, WGME will expand the weeknight 10 o'clock broadcast to an hour and launch a two-hour long morning show on WPFO called Good Day Maine. [1] [2]

The station has entered into a news partnership with Maine Today Media who owns the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel, and Maine Sunday Telegram. In addition to their main studios, WGME operates a Lewiston / Auburn Bureau on Main Street (across the street from WCSH's bureau). A second bureau is in Augusta near the Maine State House. Although WGME (or any of the other Portland television stations) do not own or operate a weather radar of their own, this station uses live NOAA National Weather Service radar data from several regional sites. This data is presented in a forecasting system on-air that is known as "Storm Team 13 Doppler HD".

Newscast titles

Station slogans

  • "The Tall-Tower Station" (1959-?)
  • "13 Country" (1970s-early 1980s)
  • "Hello Maine, Channel 13 Loves You" (early-mid 1980s, used during period station used Frank Gari's "Hello News")
  • "This is Your News" (1999-2004, used during period station used Frank Gari's "This is Your News")
  • "Breaking News. Breaking Weather. Breaking Stories." (2004-present)

News team

Anchors

  • Erin Ovalle - weekday mornings and reporter
    • "Ask The Expert" segment producer
  • Jeff Peterson - weekday mornings, 5, and 5:30
    • reporter weeknights at 6
  • Doug Ray - weekday mornings (on WPFO) and Noon
    • reporter
  • Kim Block - weekdays at Noon, 5, and 6
    • medical / health reporter
  • Kiley Bennett - weeknights at 5:30, 10, and 11
    • reporter
  • Gregg Lagerquist - weeknights at 6 and 11
  • Catherine Parrotta - weekends and reporter

Storm Team 13 Meteorologists

  • Charlie Lopresti (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights
  • Sarah Long (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and Monday through Wednesday at Noon
    • "Thursday's Child" segment producer
  • Craig Miller - Thursday and Friday at Noon
    • weekends

Sports

  • Dave Eid - Director seen weeknights at 6, 10, and 11
  • Evans Boston - weekends and sports reporter

Reporters

  • Doug Rafferty - fill-in news anchor and "Doug's Discovery" segment producer
  • Bob Marley - weekday morning commentator
  • Kate Barker - fill-in news anchor
  • Diana Ichton - fill-in news anchor
  • Jim Cyr
  • Giovanna Bechard

Past personalities

  • Steve Adamson: Former Weeknight Meteorologist, now Weekend Meteorologist at WXIA in Atlanta, GA
  • Emily Apel: former reporter, now anchor/reporter KION-TV in Salinas, CA
  • Jeff Barnd: former co-anchor, to WLVI Boston, now anchor WBFF Baltimore. He also hosted "American Crossroads", a now-defunct news magazine shown Sunday nights on Sinclair-owned stations including WGME.
  • Barbara Barr: former weekend sports anchor/reporter (1998-2004), now reporter at WGAL, Harrisburg, PA
  • Vivian Bean: former weekday morning co-anchor, now in marketing and public relations at Mercy Hospital in Portland, ME
  • Kiley Bennett: former weeknight co-anchor and reporter.
  • Bruce Berlinger: former Chief Co-Anchor 1978-1989, also did kids interest features
  • Julene Britt: former general assignment and sports reporter, late 1990s/early 2000s
  • Crystal Canney: former reporter, now Spokeswoman for Maine Governor John Baldacci
  • Tom Caron: former sports anchor/reporter, to NESN
  • Tom Chisolm: former metorologist, now Chief Meteorologist at WMTW
  • Lucas Colavecchio: former reporter, now reporter at WPBF
  • Lisa Colbert: former weathercaster, now weathercaster at WSYX
  • Doug Cook: former reporter, later an anchor & reporter at WMTW, and currently director of communications at Bowdoin College
  • Paul Cousins: meteorologist, now director AtmosForecast Portland and provides recorded forecasts for several radio & television outlets throughout Maine.
  • Kathy Curran: former investigative reporter late 1990s, now a reporter at WBZ (1999-)
  • Brad Day: weekend meteorologist, late 1990s
  • Paul Dellegatto: former meteorologist, 1985-86, now chief meteorologist at WTVT in Tampa
  • Frank Fixaris: former sports anchor 1967-1992, was a sports radio talk co-host; deceased 2006.
  • Dianna Fletcher: former Daybreak anchor/reporter, now media/p.r. consultant Fletcher Media.
  • Chris Francis: former sports anchor/reporter (1996-1998)
  • Lisa Gilbert: former sports anchor/reporter (1993-1996)
  • Thom Hallock: former reporter, now an anchor at WPTZ in Plattsburgh, NY
  • Gordie Hershiser: former sports director, mid 1990s
  • John Hopperstad - weekdays at Noon and 7, now working in Seattle
  • Felicia Knight: former Anchor, worked at WABI-TV (Bangor, ME) during the 1980s, now director of communications for the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Marnie MacLean: former anchor & reporter, now a reporter at WMTW
  • Thom McGair: former reporter/substitute anchor was last at WLVI-TV Boston
  • Jennifer Miller: former Weekend/Fill-in anchor & reporter, now reporter for CBS News.
  • Sayoko Murase: former Daybreak anchor, now with ShawTV, Vancouver, BC
  • Bob O'Wril: former weatherman & longtime host of the MDA telethon. Deceased
  • Adam Pellerin: former weekend sports anchor/reporter, now a reporter at WFXT in Boston.
  • Barbara Quill: former reporter & anchor (1973-1984)
  • Max Riseman: former weekend meteorologist (2005-2007), now providing radio forecasts on WHOM and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
  • Mark Rosenthal: former chief meteorologist (2005-2006)
  • Josh Judge: former weekend meteorologist, now meteorologist for WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.
  • Jennifer Sabih: former reporter/weekend anchor, now a reporter for KCAL & KCBS in Los Angeles.
  • Steve Schwaid: former news director, now Sr. V.P. news & programming NBC Universal Stations NY.
  • Dave Silverbrand: former anchor & "Dave's People" reporter, now living in Eureka, CA
  • Amy Sinclair—former reporter who mainly did light feature and interest stories (1995-05/24/2007); now at New England Cable News
  • Mindi Ramsey: former anchor/reporter, now weekday morning/noon anchor for WNEP in Scranton, PA.
  • Jeremy Reiner: former meteorologist, now a meteorologist at WHDH in Boston.
  • Dave Santoro: former weekend/Daybreak meteorologist who became Chief Meteorologist in 1999, now a math teacher in the Portland, ME, public school system
  • Joe Venuti: former meteorologist, now part-time meteorologist at WCVB in Boston.
  • Ron Wolfe: former news director,
  • Matt Zidle: former Daybreak & Noon meteorologist, now at WMTW in a similar capacity

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Records
Preceded by
KOBR-TV Tower
World's tallest structure

1,619 ft (493.5 m)
1959-1960

Succeeded by
KFVS TV Mast

Simple English

WGME-13 is a local television station from Portland, Maine. CBS is shown on it. Also has local news. Kiley Bennett and Kim Block are two of the news team. Sarah Long and Charlie Lopresti do the weather.


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