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WJET-TV
WJET logo.png
Erie, Pennsylvania
Branding JET-TV 24 (general)
Action News 24 (newscasts)
Slogan On Your Side
Channel Digital: 24 (UHF)
Subchannels 24.1 ABC
Affiliations American Broadcasting Company
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group
First air date April 2, 1966
Callsign meaning JET Broadcasting
(former owners)
Sister station(s) WFXP
Former channels Analog:
24 (1966-2009)
Digital: 58
Effective power 523 kW
Height 304 m
Website yourerie.com

WJET-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station for the Northwest Region of Pennsylvania that is licensed to Erie. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 24 from a transmitter near its studios on Peach Street (a.k.a. U.S. 19) in Summit Township southeast of I-90. Owned by the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, the station operates FOX affiliate WFXP (that is owned by Mission Broadcasting) through a joint sales agreement a.k.a. JSA. Syndicated programming on WJET includes: Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Judge Judy, and Judge Joe Brown.

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History

WJET-TV signed on-the-air during the 6 P.M. hour on April 2, 1966 with a 24-hour movie marathon called WJET 24-Hour Marathon. In January 1998, the Nexstar Broadcasting Group acquired WJET. Later in the year as was standard for most Nexstar stations, it began performing non-programming functions for Mission Broadcasting-owned WFXP. On April 3, 2006, WJET celebrated its 40th anniversary. In 2009, the station returned to channel 24 when the analog to digital conversion completed. It is carried on cable in London, St. Thomas, and other communities in Ontario, Canada near Lake Erie. In recent years, the station has been bumped to high dial positions on cable systems in those locations.

WJET was once available on cable systems in the Hamilton, Niagara, and Grand River regions but was dropped in the early-1990s. Unlike most ABC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, it does not air local news weekday mornings at 5. On Friday nights at 11:15 during the high school football season, WJET airs a local sports highlight show called Friday Night Lights. The operation agreement with WFXP also included taking on the production of that station's nightly 10 o'clock newscast. Prior to that, it was produced by NBC affiliate WICU-TV (which currently produces a competing 10:00 news on WSEE-DT2). A weekday morning newscast is also produced for WFXP, airing for an hour at 8. It is the only local newscast airing in the area in this time slot.

News team

Current personalities

Anchors

  • Cassandra Garrison - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Sean Lafferty - weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11pm
  • Selena Wiles - weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6, and 11pm
  • David Belmondo - weekends

JET-TV Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists

  • Tom Atkins - Chief seen weeknights
  • Tom DiVecchio - weekday mornings and Noon

Sports

  • Luke Simons - Director seen weeknights at 6, 10, and 11pm
  • Craig Smylie - weekends and reporter

Reporters

  • Jeremy Beecher
  • Chris Cerenelli
  • Brian Sheridan
  • Kim Thomas
  • John Treanor

Former personalities

  • Jennifer Antkowiak - reporter (1989-1992), also worked at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh
  • Sarah Arbogast - reporter (2006 to May 2008), currently a reporter at WPMT-TV in York, PA
  • Kevin Benson - meteorologist, now at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh
  • Doug Buchanan - reporter (1999-2002), at WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., until mid-2007
  • Abby Cahill - reporter/weekend anchor (1998-2002), now teaching communications at East High School in Erie
  • Dave Call - meteorologist (1998-2003), now an Assistant Professor at Ball State University
  • Jim Connors - Fill-in weatherman & WJET-AM drive host in the late 1960s and early 1970s. One of WJET's original "Good Guys".
  • Steve Drexler -- reporter/news director 1977-1990, now a partner in the law firm of Ainsman, Levine & Drexler, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Brian Duffy - sports (1987 to 1999) now a news reporter at WOIO-TV and WUAB-TV Cleveland, OH
  • John Evans- sports director/anchor/reporter (1979-2000); current member, PA House of Representatives
  • Laura Gray - reporter (2004-2006), currently a reporter with WKBW-TV in Buffalo, NY
  • Kelly Gaughan - anchor (1995-2004); now part-time host with WSEE-TV in Erie
  • Erika Howland - reporter (April 2005 to April 2007) Currently with the city of Erie
  • Eric Johnson - News Director/assignment editor/reporter (1981-1997), currently working as a communications operator with Pennsylvania State Police
  • Dave Jones - reporter (1998-1999), now off-air reporter/field producer for Fox News
  • Craig Layne - reporter/fill-in anchor, May 2007-June 2009, moved to WPMT Fox 43 Harrisburg
  • Diana Moon - reporter, now an anchor at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD
  • Tim Miller - anchor/weekend anchor (1994 to 2003), now at WTOL-TV in Toledo, OH
  • Karla Mullenax - anchor (1999 to July 2008), now at Gannon University
  • Jamie Murphy - weekend sports anchor/reporter (1994-2004)
  • Brian Neudorff - weekend meteorologist (January 2003 to December 2007), now at WROC-TV Rochester NY
  • Trina Orlando - morning/noon anchor (January 2006 to July 2008), now a reporter at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Cyndy Patton - reporter/anchor (1980-1999), now working for Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie
  • Don Shriver - reporter/anchor (1979-1999), now retired
  • Torri Silver - reporter (May 2006 to May 2007)
  • John Stehr - anchor/reporter (1979-1980), now primary anchor at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis
  • Joey Stevens - weatherman (1978-1998), now working for WSEE-TV in Erie
  • Bill Toth - weekend sports anchor (September 2006 to July 2007), now sports anchor/reporter at WPMT-TV in York PA
  • Tony Victor - weekend weather anchor/feature reporter (1984-1987), now Director of Major Gifts at Gannon University, Erie, PA.
  • Dan Wells - reporter/anchor (November 2004 to May 2008), currently a reporter at WXIX-TV in Cincinnati OH
  • Scott Wludyga - sports director (1996-2006), now teaching a multimedia class at Pymatuning Valley High School in Andover, OH, contributes to "Friday Night Lights" during fall sports months
  • Amelia Segal - meteorologist (March 2008-February 2010), now a meteorologist at WIVB-TV in Buffalo NY [1]

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Action News & Sports, Jet-Star News, TV-24 News (1966-1979)
  • Action News 24 (1979-present)

Station Slogans

  • Northwestern Pennsylvania's #1 News Station (1990-1999)
  • 24 Stands for News (mid 1990s)
  • On Your Side (1999-present)
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