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For the first incarnation of WHDH-TV on channel 5 in Boston (1957-1972), see WHDH-TV (defunct).
WHDH-TV
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Boston, Massachusetts
Branding 7 NBC (general)
7 News (newscasts)
Slogan Your Newscast
Channels Digital: 42 (UHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Subchannels 7.1 NBC
7.2 This TV
Affiliations NBC
Owner Sunbeam Television
(WHDH-TV)
First air date June 21, 1948
Call letters’ meaning Unknown; callsign taken from former sister station WHDH (AM)
Sister station(s) WLVI-TV
Former callsigns WNAC-TV (1948-1982)
WNEV-TV (1982-1990)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1948-2009)
Digital:
7 (VHF, 2009)
Former affiliations CBS (1948-1961, 1972-1995)
ABC (secondary 1948-1957, full-time 1961-1972)
DuMont (secondary, 1948-1956)
NBC Weather Plus (DT2)(2006-2008)
Transmitter Power 948 kw
Height 288 m
Facility ID 72145
Transmitter Coordinates 42°18′41″N 71°13′0″W / 42.31139°N 71.216667°W / 42.31139; -71.216667
Website whdh.com

WHDH-TV, digital channel 42 (virtual channel 7), is an NBC-affiliated television station located in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the largest NBC station not owned by the network. Owned by Sunbeam Television, WHDH is a sister station to CW affiliate WLVI-TV. The two stations share studios located at Bulfinch Place (near Government Center) in downtown Boston, and WHDH-TV's transmitter is located in Newton, Massachusetts.

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History

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Origins

Channel 7 first went on the air on June 21, 1948 as WNAC-TV, the second television station in Boston (twelve days after WBZ-TV). It was owned by General Tire along with WNAC radio (680 AM, now WRKO), flagship of the Yankee Network, a New England regional radio network. General Tire had purchased the Yankee Network in 1943. WNAC first broadcast from studios at 21 Brookline Avenue (which had also been home to WNAC radio and the Yankee Network) before moving to its current facilities at 7 Bullfinch Place near Government Center in 1968.

In 1950, General Tire bought the West Coast regional Don Lee Broadcasting System. Two years later, it bought the Bamberger Broadcasting Service (WOR-AM-FM-TV in New York City) and merged its broadcasting interests into a new division, General Teleradio. General Tire bought RKO Radio Pictures in 1955 after General Tire found RKO's film library would be a perfect programming source for WNAC and its other television stations. The studio was merged into General Teleradio to become RKO Teleradio; after the film studio was dissolved, the business was renamed RKO General in 1959.

WNAC-TV was originally a CBS affiliate, but shared ABC programming with WBZ-TV until 1957 when (the original) WHDH-TV signed on channel 5. WNAC-TV also had a secondary affiliation with the Paramount Television Network; in fact it was one of that that company's strongest affiliates, carrying Paramount programs such as Time For Beany,[1] Dixie Showboat,[2] Hollywood Reel,[3] and Armchair Detective.[4]

WNAC-TV switched affiliations with WHDH in 1961 and joined ABC. [1] It stayed with ABC until 1972, when channel 5 lost its license. The owners of the station that replaced it, WCVB-TV, planned to air more local programming than any other station in the country, heavily preempting CBS programming in the process. CBS was not pleased at the prospect of massive preemptions on what would have been its second-largest affiliate and largest affiliate on the East Coast. It immediately moved back to WNAC, leaving WCVB to affiliate with ABC. However, WNAC utilized the version of the circle 7 logo it had adopted in 1973 until 1977, when ABC complained it was infringing on its trademark, and it began using a Times-Serif-Italic "7". In 1980, a stylish, strip-layered "7" was introduced, which ended up being the last logo redesign under RKO General ownership.

Two legendary Boston TV personalities had shows on WNAC: Louise Morgan, who hosted a talk show and was known as "New England's First Lady of Radio and Television", and Ed McDonnell, who as the costumed (as an astronaut) character "Major Mudd", hosted a popular children's show in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Fight for survival and transition

By 1965, RKO General faced numerous investigations into its business and financial practices. Though the Federal Communications Commission renewed WNAC's license in 1969, RKO General lost the license in 1981 after General Tire admitted to a stunning litany of corporate misconduct as part of a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Among other things, General Tire admitted that it had committed financial fraud over illegal political contributions and bribes. However, in the FCC hearings, RKO General had withheld evidence of General Tire's misconduct, and had also failed to disclose evidence of accounting errors on its own part. In light of RKO's dishonesty, the FCC stripped RKO of the Boston license and the licenses for WOR-TV in New York and KHJ-TV in Los Angeles. The FCC had previously conditioned renewal of the latter two stations' licenses on WNAC's renewal. An appeals court partially reversed the ruling, finding that RKO's dishonesty alone merited having the WNAC license removed. However, it held that the FCC had overreached in tying the other two license renewals to WNAC's renewal, and ordered new hearings.

RKO appealed this decision, but after almost two years of legal action agreed to a settlement in 1982. It agreed to sell channel 7 to New England Television, a merger of two of the original rivals to the station's license controlled by Boston grocery magnate David Mugar. The transfer took effect on May 22, 1982. At that time, the station's call letters were changed to WNEV-TV, and the "7" logo was dropped in favor of a new SE7EN logo. This logo would change to one of a number 7 made up of seven dots in 1987.

In 1990, Mugar bought WHDH (850 AM, frequency now occupied by WEEI) and renamed the TV station WHDH-TV. Those call letters had previously been used by what is now WCVB from 1957 until 1972. In fact, the call letter change took place on March 12, 1990 - almost exactly 18 years after they had last been used on channel 5. In June 1993, WHDH-TV was sold to the Miami-based Sunbeam Television Corporation -- a company led by Worcester native Edmund ("Ed") Ansin. [5] Shortly afterward, it adopted its present circle 7 logo, the same one also used by sister station WSVN.

Over the years, channel 7 as WNAC had preempted little network programming. As WNEV, the station prempted programming in moderation, in favor of more locally-produced shows. The preempted programs often aired on WHLL (now WUNI). From 1989 to 1990, the station delayed CBS This Morning in favor of a children's show called Ready To Go. In February 1994, CBS This Morning was dropped and picked up by WABU (now WBPX-TV). WHDH then began an expanded morning local newscast.

WNEV/WHDH also had exclusive rights to Lottery Live, broadcasting the state lottery games six nights a week from the fall of 1987 to February 1994. Originally hosted on WNEV by Andi Waugh, she was replaced within a year and a half by Dawn Hayes, who began her long run as host during this era. For the majority of its time (or heyday) on channel 7, both drawings of the evening were played during the last two commercial breaks of Jeopardy!. The daily Numbers Game drawing would always air at 7:52 (following the conclusion of "Double Jeopardy!") , while the specialty game of the evening (e.g., Mass Ca$h) would air at 7:58. Weekend hosts for this era included Linda Ward, Linda Frantangela, and Jill Stark (who sometimes filled in for Hayes on weekdays from 1993 to 1994). After the sale to Sunbeam, the games were subsequently moved over to WCVB.

WHDH stayed with CBS until January 2, 1995, when WBZ-TV took over the CBS affiliation as part of a group deal between CBS and WBZ's owner, Group W. Fox considered an affiliation deal with WHDH, but since Fox already owned WFXT, WHDH took over the NBC affiliation, ending WBZ-TV's 47-year affiliation with NBC. Since joining NBC, channel 7 has cleared the entire NBC lineup.

Between 1996 and 1997, WHDH also produced a mid-morning weekday newsmagazine for the NBC network called Real Life. [2]

In May 2006, WHDH began offering NBC Weather Plus, which aired on digital subchannel 7.2 until NBC discontinued the channel at the end of 2008. WHDH would add This TV to the subchannel in 2009.

On September 14, 2006, it was announced that Tribune Broadcasting would sell WLVI-TV, Boston's The CW affiliate, to Sunbeam Television for $117.3 million, after much speculation that Sunbeam would buy WLVI.[6] The sale was approved by the FCC in late-November giving Boston its second television duopoly (the other one being WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV). WLVI moved from its Dorchester studios to WHDH's facilities in downtown Boston.

On April 2, 2009, it was announced that WHDH would not air NBC's new primetime talk show The Jay Leno Show, when it debuted in September 2009 [7], electing to replace it with a simulcast of WLVI's 10pm newscast (which is produced by WHDH) in order to better compete with Fox-owned WFXT. The network quickly dismissed any move of Leno to any other timeslot other than 10pm[8][9], stating that WHDH's plan was a "flagrant" violation of the station's contract with the network and that it would consider moving NBC affiliation to another station in the market, either through an "existing broadcast license" in the market owned by NBC (to create an O&O station) or through inquiries from other stations in the market interested in acquiring the affiliation.[10][11][12] The next day, WHDH began removing all references to the proposed 10PM newscast from its website,[12], and on April 13 the station announced that it had decided to comply and air The Jay Leno Show instead of the newscast.[13] The fears would become well-realized, as WHDH's 11pm newscast plunged to third place in the November 2009 sweeps period, down 20 percent from November 2008. Other 'first-to-third' drops among NBC affiliates at 11pm forced NBC on January 10, 2010 to pull Leno from 10pm starting after the 2010 Winter Olympics and move the show to late night in a shake-up of their late night schedule.[14]

Digital television

Channel Programming
7.1 NBC
7.2 This TV

Digital subchannel 7.2 carried NBC Weather Plus; most national feeds for this service ended December 2008. As of February 2, 2009, 7.2 carries This TV.[15]

Via digital cable, channel 7.2 is offered on Comcast channel 297 and Verizon FiOS channel 460.

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion on June 12, 2009,[16] WHDH moved its digital broadcasts from channel 42 to channel 7, the frequency previously used for its analog broadcast.[17] Because of a large number of complaints regarding inability of viewers to receive over the air programming on channel 7, WHDH requested and received temporary authority from the FCC on June 16, 2009 to simulcast their programming on channel 42 (UHF) in addition to channel 7 (VHF).[18]

Although stations in other major markets have similar problems, WHDH is the only station in the Boston area market which changed their digital channel due to the June 2009 transition, requiring a channel map rescan to receive the station. WHDH was also one of three stations besides WMUR-TV and WWDP in the area to broadcast in VHF post-transition, requiring either a traditional rabbit ears antenna within Boston proper, or in outer areas at minimum an outdoor antenna.[19] [20]

On September 15, 2009, the FCC issued a Report & Order, approving WHDH's move from channel 7 to channel 42.[21] After the station filed their minor change application for a construction permit, stating the channel move,[22] on November 9, 2009, WHDH terminated operations on VHF channel 7 and now operate solely and permanently on channel 42. The equipment for the channel 7 digital transmitter has since been shipped down to Miami for use by sister station WSVN, which continues to be on VHF 7 with few complaints due to South Florida's less-varied terrain.

News operation

In the early years of heritage WNAC-TV, Shawmut Bank Corp. sponsored daily newscasts on the station, under the title Shawmut Bank Newsteller. The title had a double meaning; that of an anchor who told the news, and that of the program being compared to a bank teller making a withdrawal of news and information from a "news bank", at the public's request. This format lasted from WNAC's launch on June 21, 1948 until the early 1950s, when the branding changed to reflect RKO's Yankee Network and its personnel, which also handled news on RKO's radio side. WNAC-TV's duality with WNAC-AM was also touted more starting at this time. From then on through the mid-1960s, the newscasts were known as Yankee Network News.

By 1965, with most of WNAC's in-house productions, including news and public affairs, turning to color broadcasts, and WNAC-AM changing its callsign to WRKO, the newscasts changed their name to New England Today (for morning and noon newscasts) and New England Tonight (for the 6 and 11pm). Reporter John Henning emerged as a star lead anchor during this time. In 1970, the station was the first to promote their newscasts with a jingle called Move Closer to Your World. Two years later, WNAC's news director moved to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia and took the theme music with him, where it became famous. Also during this era, a young news personality by the name of Chuck Scarborough assumed the role of co-lead anchor, with Ted O'Brien, at the WNAC news department. After serving in the role from 1970-72, Scarborough would later move on to WNBC in New York, where he remains today, and be prominently featured on NBC's national news.

The New England Today/Tonight format lasted until mid-1972, just months after WNAC-TV underwent a reversal of its 1961 network affiliation switch (back to CBS from ABC). RKO General then revised its on-air image once again to now include the moniker "Boston 7". The Boston 7 Newsroom title ran from 1972 until 1974, when the title was shortened to Newsroom 7.

For many years, WNAC-TV was a distant third behind WBZ-TV and WCVB. However, due to the presence of O'Brien, Scarborough, and those of other up-and-coming journalists, the station had begun to be fairly competitive with WCVB and WBZ in the early 1970s. For a brief period in 1974, WNAC's 6pm newscast actually catapulted from third place to first, thanks in part to its new hit lead-in, Candlepins For Cash, a local bowling show which had premiered the previous year. However, WNAC's news operation wasn't able to maintain this momentum for long; the RKO fiscal and licensing fiasco that would ensue in the next few years caused a sharp drop in the ratings. Ted O'Brien remained as lead anchor until 1977, when he was replaced by WHDH/WCVB newsman John Henning, who had previously been lead anchor for WNAC-TV in the mid-1960s.

Henning, who was joined by station standbys Eddie Andelman and Dr. Fred Ward, continued to maintain the credibility RKO General had built for itself in news over the past 30 years, even in the eye of further faltering ratings. In 1980, Brad Holbrook was added as Henning's new co-anchor, but by then, budgets were getting extremely tight at RKO due to the company's legal and financial troubles, and Henning, disgruntled by his employers, left the station in June 1981 after his four-year anchoring contract was up. In the year leading up to WNAC-TV's removal from the air, the station finally hired its first female lead anchor in young Susan Burke, who held the reins with Brad Holbrook (both remained in the same roles during the first three months of successor station WNEV).

By the time New England Television bought the station, a massive attempt to bring channel 7 as WNEV out of the ratings basement occurred with the infamous "dream team" headed by Tom Ellis and Robin Young. Ellis had previously maintained WBZ's dominance in the news market and then helped WCVB reach number one during his tenure there (1978-82). Young, on the other hand, had no hard news experience but was well-known to Boston viewers as former co-host of Evening Magazine. Despite a massive influx of capital and marketing (including the launch campaign "There's A New Day Dawning", and later, a highly-financed promotional campaign employing the refrain "Feel Good About That"), the "dream team" failed to take the market by storm.

What would follow for WNEV's news in the next few years was more shakeups, both in talent and identity due to ongoing sagging ratings, starting with the axing of Robin Young from the news in late 1983 (she would remain on the station as the host of specials and events through 1987). Tom Ellis would remain on with a more suitable co-anchor replacement, Diane Willis, but by 1986, Willis left and Ellis was demoted from anchoring to a smaller role. At that time, WNEV then promoted a shining talent from other dayparts, Kate Sullivan, and newcomer Dave Wright, to become the new lead duo. Ellis, meanwhile, left the station altogether at the end of that year. In September 1987, numerous changes occurred when R.D. Sahl, another existing noon and weekend anchor, joined Kate Sullivan as her new partner on weeknights. That same month, WNEV became the first Boston TV station to launch a 5pm newscast, which was anchored by Dave Wright and Diana Williams (who moved to her current job at WABC-TV in 1990). Although WNEV/WHDH would spend the rest of its years under Mugar in the ratings basement, Sahl became regarded as the strongest figure the station had going for it, at first with Sullivan and then her early 1990s replacement, Margie Reedy. In addition, channel 7's news identity constantly changed under Mugar, changing from NEWSE7EN (1982-1984) to The New England News (1984-1988) to News 7 New England (1988-1990) to News 7 (1990-1994).

Amid all the local prominent journalists who attempted to leverage WNEV's news, a few future national talents had brief stints at the station in the 1980s. Bill O'Reilly, long before his national exposure on Inside Edition and Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, co-anchored NEWSE7EN Weekend in 1982-83. Soon after, O'Reilly also became the host of the station's weekday afternoon talk/lifestyle program, New England Afternoon (which replaced the ill-fated two-hour magazine show Look, canceled after its first season). His successor on the weekend newscast was Paula Zahn, now a well-renowned newswoman of many TV networks, who co-anchored with Lester Strong from 1983-85. Later, for six months during 1988, future Today host Matt Lauer hosted WNEV's mid-morning talk show Talk of the Town. Then in the early 90s, two more would later hit the big time: Edye Tarbox, who was an anchor/reporter at WHDH from 1990-92, now goes by the name E.D. Hill and has been at Fox News Channel since 1999. Rehema Ellis, who anchored and reported at WHDH in the same period, is now with NBC News.

However, there were abrupt changes when Sunbeam bought the station in 1993. New station owner Ed Ansin brought Joel Cheatwood, the creator of WSVN in Miami's fast-paced news format, to Boston. Most of the station's prominent newscasters, including R.D. Sahl, wanted nothing to do with Cheatwood and promptly resigned. Cheatwood introduced a considerably watered-down version of the WSVN format. However, it was still shocking by Boston standards.

Nevertheless, the new format soon rejuvenated WHDH's ratings, especially after switching to NBC. For most of the last decade, WHDH has waged a spirited battle for first behind long-dominant WCVB. In 2002, WHDH was noted as having the best newscast in the U.S. in a study published by the Columbia Journalism Review. In previous studies, the station was deemed as having one of the worst newscasts.

The station, in partnership with MetroNetworks, launched the TrafficTracker truck during the Democratic National Convention held in Boston in 2004. With traffic reporter Marshall Hook behind the wheel of one of the station's live vehicles, WHDH became the only station in the market to produce live traffic reports from the road. They continue to launch the TrafficTracker during snowstorms, including the December 13, 2007 storm that resulted in paralyzing commutes that, in some cases, exceeded seven hours.

As of August 2006, WHDH airs the Boston area's only weekday 4 and 4:30 o'clock news. Before this point, WBZ-TV also broadcasted news at this time.

As of December 19, 2006, WHDH has been producing WLVI's nightly 10 o'clock news under the name 7 News at 10 on CW 56.

WHDH shares its resources with WJAR, the NBC affiliate for the state of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts, for news coverage of southeastern Massachusetts. WWLP, the NBC affiliate for Springfield, shares its resources with WHDH for news coverage of western areas of the state.

The station operates a Bell LongRanger 206L news helicopter entitled "Sky 7". The station's weather radar is presented on-air as "Storm Scan Doppler" with a signal coming from the radar at the National Weather Service local forecast office in Taunton.

On February 29, 2008, it was reported that the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike caused a significant loss in viewers during the late news. WHDH-TV finished at 11pm, with an average of 166,100 total viewers, down from 199,900 viewers in 2007.[23]

On May 23, 2008, the station preempted an appearance of Alan Alda on the daytime show Live With Regis and Kelly to report a minor news event. Because the news event posed no immediate public threat, the station was criticized for censorship via preemption.[citation needed]

On July 29, 2008, WHDH began doing broadcasts in high definition. It is the second station in Boston to broadcast in high definition, with WCVB-TV being the first. On that day, revised graphics, music, and newsplex also made their debut. During the transition, 7 News was done in front of a green screen showing the former newsplex while the renovations were being done. As of January 11, 2009, sister station WSVN is also broadcasting a high definition newscast.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Shawmut Bank Newsteller (1948-1953)
  • Yankee News Service (1953-1959)
  • Television 7 News/TV-7 News (1959-1964)
  • The Boston 7 Report (1964-1970)
  • New England Today/New England Tonight (1970-1972)
  • Boston 7 Newsroom (1972-1974)
  • Newsroom 7 (1974-1982)
  • NEWSE7EN (1982-1984)
  • New England News (1984-1988)
  • News 7 New England (1988-1990)
  • News 7 (1990-1994)
  • 7 News (1994-present)

Station slogans

  • Feel Good About That (1980s)
  • Get Ready for Channel 7 (1989-1991; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The News Station (1994-2009)
  • Your Newscast (2009-present)
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News team

Current personalities

Anchors

  • Anne Allred - Weekday Mornings and Noon
  • Adam Williams - Weekday Mornings and Noon
  • Matt Lorch - Weeknights at 4, 4:30 and 5:30 (also reporter)
  • Christa Delcamp - Weeknights at 4, 4:30 and 5:30 (also reporter)
  • Kim Khazei - Weeknights 5, 6, 10 and 11
  • Frances Rivera - Weeknights 5, 6, 10 and 11
  • Amanda Grace - Weekend Mornings (also reporter)
  • Sorboni Banerjee - Weekend Evenings (also reporter)
  • Dave Kartunen - Weekend Evenings (also reporter)

Meteorologists

  • Pete Bouchard (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist seen Weeknights
  • Dylan Dreyer (AMS Seal of Approval) - Weekday Mornings and Noon
  • Jeremy Reiner (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) - Weekend Evenings
  • Mark Margarit - Freelance Meteorologist

Sports

  • Joe Amorosino - Sport's Director seen Sunday thru Thursday (also Host of BMW Sports Xtra)
  • Larry Ridley - Friday and Saturday Nights
  • Rhett Lewis - Fill-in and Sports Reporter

Reporters

  • Byron Barnett - also host of Urban Update, Sundays 11:30 a.m.-Noon
  • Victoria Block
  • Steve Cooper
  • Linda Ergas
  • Amanda Grace
  • Jonathan Hall - investigative reporter, "7 News Investigates with Jon Hall"
  • Dan Hausle
  • Andy Hiller - political reporter, "The Hiller Instinct"
  • Nicole Oliverio
  • Michelle Relerford
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan, investigative reporter, "Hank Investigates" & "Help Me Hank"
  • Ryan Schulteis
  • Victoria Warren
  • Janet Wu

Traffic

  • Karen Kiley - Today in New England
  • Marshall Hook - Afternoons
  • Jim Ryan - Afternoon Fill-in
  • Victoria Provo - TINE Fill-in

Past personalities

  • Katy Abel - parenting beat reporter (1992-1999)
  • Teri Adler - reporter (1997-2005, now working in real estate) [3])
  • Eddie Andelman - sports critic at large (1974-1979)
  • Garry Armstrong - reporter (1971-2002)
  • Juli Auclair - reporter (2002-2006)
  • Caterina Bandini - anchor (1995-2006)
  • Susan Banks - anchor (1981-1982, last at WKBW Buffalo, now retired)
  • Amalia Barreda - reporter (1982-1992, now at WCVB)
  • Linda Blackman - reporter (1975-1977, now a motivational speaker [4])
  • Barbara Borin - sports (1975-1977)
  • Dave Briggs (journalist) - sports reporter (2004-2008, now at Fox News Channel)
  • David Brudnoy - commentator (1973-1983, deceased)
  • Susan Burke - anchor/reporter (1981-1983)(with WCVB-TV 1983-1994)
  • Liz Callaway - Former co-host of RTG: Ready To Go
  • Terry Casey - Fill-in and Senior Weather Producer (1994-2007) Now at WCVB
  • Kim Carrigan - anchor (1994-2001, now at WFXT)
  • Christine Caswell - reporter (1994-2000) (now at NECN)
  • Tom Chisholm - weather (1987-1995) now at WMTW Portland, ME.
  • Liz Claman - weekend anchor/reporter (1994-2000, now at Fox Business News)
  • Eric Clemons - sports anchor/reporter (1991-1994)
  • Jack Cole - anchor (1975-1981, deceased)
  • Stephen James Coppersmith - vice president and general manager (1965-1977)
  • John Corcoran - arts & entertainment reporter (1985-1989)
  • Joe Day - longtime political editor (1982-1993)
  • John Dennis - longtime sports anchor (1977-1997, now at WEEI-AM)
  • Jeffrey Dederian - Reporter (1996-2001), later worked in Rhode Island; sentenced for role in The Station nightclub fire
  • Julie Donaldson - Sports Reporter (2008), Resigned from WHDH on December 11
  • Lovell Dyett - reporter (1980-1983)
  • Jack Edwards - sports reporter/anchor (1988-1991, now at NESN)
  • Sara Edwards - arts & entertainment reporter (1991-2003, now at CN8)
  • Rehema Ellis - weekend anchor/reporter/Urban Update host (1985-1993, now at NBC News)
  • Tom Ellis - anchor (1982-1986)
  • Debbie Enblom - entertainment reporter (1989-1991) now at PR frim.
  • Bob Faw - reporter (1970, now at NBC News)
  • Carmen Fields - reporter/host of Higher Ground (1979-1986, now working in public relations for KeySpan)
  • Bob Gamere - Sports anchor and host of Candlepins for Cash (1975-1982)
  • Gary Gillis - sports anchor/reporter (1983-2004, son of legendary Boston sportscaster Don Gillis)
  • Jeff Glor - anchor/reporter (2003-2007, now national correspondent for The Early Show on CBS)
  • Gerry Grant - anchor (1993-94)
  • Grant Greenberg - reporter (2006-2009)
  • Todd Gross - chief meteorologist (1984-2005, now at KTVX-TV)
  • Delores Handy- anchor/reporter (1982-1989)now at WBUR in Boston
  • Jan Harrison - reporter (1980-1982)
  • Shane Hollett - reporter (1981-1983)
  • Peter Henderson - reporter (1987-1994)
  • Sean Hennessey - reporter/anchor (1996-2007) Now at WCBS-TV
  • John Henning - anchor (1964-1968, 1977-1981)
  • Brad Holbrook - anchor/reporter (1980-1982)
  • Melvin Kampmann - news director (1965-1972)
  • Tanya Kaye - reporter (circa 1977-82)
  • Kristy Kim - morning anchor/reporter (1997-2001, now Kristy Lee at NECN)
  • Nichelle King - weekend anchor/reporter (2005-2007) Now at WPTV
  • Janet Langhart - special features reporter ("Janet Langhart's Special People" on NEWSE7EN, 1982-1983)
  • Matt Lauer - Talk of the Town host (1988, now the co-host of Today on NBC)
  • Gene Lavanchy - sports anchor (1993-2003, now at WFXT)
  • Mike Lawrence - reporter (1982-1998)
  • Mike Leavitt - reporter; Southern MA bureau chief (circa 1977-82)
  • Roy Leonard - anchor (1958-1967)
  • Harvey Leonard - longtime chief meteorologist (1977-2002, now at WCVB)
  • Peter A. Leone - assistant news director (1965-1972)
  • Maurice Lewis - anchor (1972-1979)
  • Phil Lipof - anchor/reporter (2001-2006, now at WABC-TV)
  • Kate Lurie - weekend anchor/reporter (1998-2000) PR consultant
  • Mike Macklin - reporter (1994-2007)
  • John Marler - Anchor 5,6,11 (1995-1998) husband & wife anchor team
  • Cathy Marshall - anchor (1995-1999) wife & husband anchor news team
  • Chris May - anchor until 2006 now at KYW-TV
  • Darlene McCarthy - noon anchor (1992-1997) later at WLVI-TV 1997-2001
  • Mish Michaels - meteorologist (1992-1999, now at WBZ-TV)
  • Charlene Mitchell - reporter (1980-1983)
  • Shirley McInerney - reporter (1981-1984)
  • Mark Nichols - reporter(1980-1982)
  • Wendi Nix - Weekend Sports Anchor (2002-2006), now at ESPN, occasional guest on Sports Extra
  • Miles O'Brien - reporter (1987-1989); now at CNN
  • Ted O'Brien - anchor (1974-1981)
  • Bill O'Connell - Sports Anchor (1982-1984)
  • Bill O'Reilly - weekend anchor (1982-1983); now at Fox News Channel
  • Ryan Owens - reporter (2001-2006) works for ABC, former co-host of World News Now, currently a network correspondent.
  • Randy Price - anchor (1997-2009, now at WCVB-TV)
  • Lauren Przybyl - reporter/anchor (2004-2009, now at KDFW)
  • Paul Reece - reporter (circa 1977-82)
  • Scot Reese - former co-host of RTG: Ready To Go
  • Margie Reedy - anchor (1990-1993) recently at NECN
  • Mary Richardson - anchor (1978-1980, now at WCVB)
  • Angela Rippon - Arts & Entertainment (1984-1985) returned to the BBC in England.
  • Dave Rodman - reporter (1970-1977)
  • Brandon Rudat - weekend anchor (2007-2009; now at KTLA).
  • R.D. Sahl - anchor (1983-1994, now at NECN)
  • Ron Sanders - reporter (1979-1998, now at WBZ-TV)
  • Chuck Scarborough - anchor (1972-1974); now at WNBC in New York
  • David Shelby - reporter (1979-1982)
  • Steve Sheppard - reporter (1971-1978) with ABC News (1978-1982)
  • Samantha Stevenson - anchor/reporter (1971-1973)
  • Lester Strong - anchor/Urban Update host (1984-2000)
  • Kate Sullivan - anchor (1984-1990)
  • Mike Taibbi - investigative reporter (1977-1983, now at NBC News)
  • Edye Tarbox - anchor/reporter (1990-1992, now E.D. Hill at Fox News Channel)
  • Garvin Thomas - reporter (1997-2002, now at KNTV in San Francisco/San Jose, CA)
  • Jilda Unruh - investigative reporter (1994-1997)
  • Lyn Vaughn - anchor/reporter (1979-1983)
  • Dr. Fred Ward - weather (1971-1979)
  • Ken Wayne - reporter (1971-1979)
  • Mark Wile - Weekend anchor/reporter (1985-1989)
  • Diana Williams - anchor (1987-1990, now at WABC-TV in New York)
  • Diane Willis - anchor (1983-1986) now in Missouri
  • Chikage Windler - meteorologist (2000-2006, now at KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities)
  • Dave Wright - anchor (1986-1988) later at CTV Atlantic in Atlantic Canada, now retired
  • Robin Young - anchor (1982-1987, now at WBUR-FM)
  • Jay Scott - anchor (1978)
  • Stuart Soroka - weather (1972-1979) deceased
  • Craig Stevens - weekend anchor/reporter (1997-1999) now anchor at sister-station WSVN-TV Miami
  • Cynthia Vega - freelance reporter (1998-1999) now at WFAA-TV Dallas
  • Paula Zahn - anchor/reporter (1983-1985)

Out-of-market coverage

WHDH-TV is one of six local Boston television stations seen in Canada on the Bell TV satellite provider. It is also carried via the Anik F1 satellite to several Canadian cable companies, particularly in Atlantic Canada. Other cable systems also carry WHDH, such as Citizens Cable Television in the Thousand Islands region of New York State and Bermuda CableVision.

References

  1. ^ "TV High Spots". Lowell Sun (Lowell, MA): pp. 54. 1951-07-29. 
  2. ^ "Weekend Television Programs". Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, NH): pp. 9. 1951-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Television Programs". Portland Press Herald (Portland, ME): pp. 9. 1951-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Daily Guide: Radio & Television". Fitchburg Sentiel (Fitchburg, MA): pp. 19. 1949-09-21. 
  5. ^ http://www.bostonmagazine.com/articles/boston_magazine_breaking_news_1/
  6. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-14-2006/0004433235&EDATE=
  7. ^ http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO109339/
  8. ^ http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/04/lenos_hometown_station_whdh_pu.php
  9. ^ http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/2009_04_02_NBC_threatens_WHDH_s_network_affiliation/srvc=home&position=4
  10. ^ Diaz, Johnny (April 2, 2009). "Channel 7 says no to Leno". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2009/04/channel_7_no_le.html. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  11. ^ http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/191207-WHDH_Says_It_Won_t_Run_Leno_.php?rssid=20065
  12. ^ a b Schneider, Michael (April 3, 2009). "Is WHDH reconsidering Jay Leno?". Variety.com. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118002125.html?categoryid=3577&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  13. ^ Heslam, Jessica (April 13, 2009). "Channel 7 to broadcast Jay Leno show this fall". Boston Herald. http://news.bostonherald.com/business/media/view/2009_04_13_Channel_7_to_broadcast_Jay_Leno_show_this_fall/srvc=home&position=recent. Retrieved April 13, 2009. 
  14. ^ http://news.bostonherald.com/jobfind/news/media/view/20100109jay_leno_lead-in_a_joke_whdh_ratings_sink_with_funny_guys_show/srvc=home&position=also
  15. ^ Krukowski, Andrew (January 26, 2009). "THIS TV Cleared in 60% of U.S.". TelevisionWeek. http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/01/this_tv_cleared_in_60_of_us.php. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  16. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
  17. ^ FCC DTV status report for WHDH
  18. ^ http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/dtvconversion/BO116478/
  19. ^ http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2009/06/channel_7_has_a.html Channel 7 has a rocky transition
  20. ^ http://www.hmtech.info/av/dtv-channels.php Tentative Digital Television (DTV) Channel assignment
  21. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2057A1.pdf
  22. ^ https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101334941&formid=301&fac_num=72145
  23. ^ http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2008/02/29/strike_took_viewers_from_late_local_news/

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