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WJXT
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Jacksonville, Florida
Branding Channel 4 (general)
Channel 4 News (newscasts)
Slogan The Local Station
Channels Digital: 42 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels 4.2 WJXT SDTV
4.3 LATV
Owner Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc.
(Post-Newsweek Stations, Florida, Inc.)
First air date September 15, 1949
Call letters’ meaning JaXonville (sounds like Jacksonville) Television
Former callsigns WMBR-TV (1949-1958)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
4 (1949-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
CBS (1949-2002)
Secondary:
NBC (1949-1957)
ABC (1949-1966)
DuMont (1949-1955)
Transmitter Power 976 kW
Height 294 m
Facility ID 53116
Transmitter Coordinates 30°16′24″N 81°33′13″W / 30.27333°N 81.55361°W / 30.27333; -81.55361
Website www.news4jax.com

WJXT-TV and WJXT-DT, channel 4 (digital 42), is an independent television station serving Jacksonville, Florida, and surrounding communities. Its transmitter is in the Kilarney Shores section of Jacksonville, with the WTLV transmitter. The station broadcasts an analog signal on VHF channel 4 and a digital signal on UHF channel 42. Comcast cable carries the station on channel 3. U-Verse carries WJXT on channel 4 and an HD feed on channel 1004. The station is owned by Post-Newsweek Stations. Channel 4 broadcasts from studios at 4 Broadcast Place, on Jacksonville's southbank of the St. Johns River. WJXT airs syndicated programming, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, and reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond, The King Of Queens, and Monk.

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History

WJXT logo from 2002

WJXT signed on September 15, 1949, as WMBR-TV, the second television station in Florida and co-owned with WMBR-AM. In 1953, the Washington Post Company bought the stations. WMBR-AM was sold in 1958 and the television station was renamed WJXT-TV.

WJXT was a CBS affiliate for more than 50 years, though it carried secondary affiliations with DuMont through 1955 (when the network shut down), NBC until 1957 (when WFGA, now WTLV, signed on) and ABC until 1966 (when WJKS, now WCWJ, signed on). For much of that time, it was the only CBS station between Savannah, Georgia, and Orlando, Florida, and was thus carried on many cable systems between Jacksonville and Orlando.

The station had a virtual monopoly on television in north Florida until 1957, its only competition coming from a UHF station, WJHP-TV, which signed on in 1953 and went dark three years later. After negotiations over a new affiliation agreement with CBS fell through, WJXT became an independent station on July 15, 2002, with WTEV taking over CBS affiliation. WJXT now airs a combination of syndicated programs and locally produced news broadcasts. The station used the Eyewitness News name and format for its newscasts for many years; but, in 2005, the newscasts were retitled as "Channel 4 News: The Local Station". Even though it is a Post-Newsweek-owned station, WJXT, unlike WDIV and most of its sister stations, which follow Post-Newsweek's "Local Mandate" standardization, does not brand itself "Local4"; but "The Local Station" is a close enough under the standardization.

On April 23, 2009 George Winterling announced he will semi retire after nearly 47 years as chief meteorologist at WJXT. He will be used in severe weather and fill in situations only. On May 20, 2009, He stepped down from the 6 & 6:30pm newscasts.

A WJXT technician shutting down their analog transmitter live on WJXT's The Morning Show.

On June 12, 2009, at 8:55 a.m, WJXT ceased transmission of an analog broadcast. The button was pushed live on WJXT's morning program, The Morning Show. Channel 4 reporter Melanie Lawson reported live from WJXT's transmitter site in Kilarney Shores as a veteran WJXT technician pushed the "plate off" button in the building at the base of the transmitter. WJXT's analog transmission had been broadcast from that site for over two decades after their transmitter at the station failed. Their digital transmission is also broadcast from the same site, along with the transmission of WTLV and WJXX. According to on-camera talent, several monitors at Channel 4's southbank studios went out.

On January 14, 2009, WJXT became the first local television news operation in Jacksonville to broadcast local news in high definition. The upgrade saw an introduction of new opens, graphics, and music. The new opens were designed in house at Detroit, Michigan, sister station WDIV. The new graphics were designed at Miami sister station WPLG. The music used for the HD newscasts was an updated version of "The One and Only" with a "WJXT Signature" by Frank Gari.

Since the HD transition, Channel 4 now uses all robotic and computer-operated cameras. A new automated control room system using Miranda Vertigo and Ignite technology was developed as well for newscasts.

  • Channel 4 Newscasts in HD:
    • Channel 4 News @ Noon (started in HD on January 14, 2009)
    • Channel 4 News @ 5 (started in HD on January 16, 2009)
    • Channel 4 News @ 5:30 (started in HD on January 16, 2009)
    • Channel 4 News @ 6 (started in HD on January 16, 2009)
    • Channel 4 News @ 6:30 (started in HD on January 16, 2009)
    • Channel 4 Weekend Newscasts (started in HD on January 17, 2009)
    • Channel 4's The Morning Show [Currently in HD Unknown start date]
    • The 10 O'Clock News (started in HD on January 28, 2009)
    • Channel 4 News @ 11 (started in HD on January 28, 2009)
WJXT's new look.

Digital television

The station's digital channel, UHF 42, is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Virtual
Channel
Video Aspect Programming
4.1 720p 16:9 WJXT programming / independent HD
4.2 480i 4:3 WJXT programming / independent SD
4.3 480i 4:3 LATV

WJXT's broadcasts became digital-only on June 12, 2009.[1][2]

Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as 4.

News Team

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Current personalities

News Anchors

  • The Morning Show (5:00–9:00am)
    • Bruce Hamilton — anchors all 4 hours
    • Melanie Lawson — anchors 5:00am hour
    • Casey Black — anchors 6:00am hour (also anchors Noon news)
    • Staci Spanos — anchors 7:00am & 8:00am hours
  • Evenings
    • Tom Wills — anchors 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 10:00pm
    • Mary Baer — anchors 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 10:00pm
    • Rob Sweeting — anchors 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 11:00pm
    • Jennifer Waugh — anchors 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 11:00pm
  • Weekends
    • Adam Landau — anchors all newscasts (morning and evening)

Meteorologists

  • Chief Meteorologist John Gaughan — 5-7pm,10:00pm, 11:00pm weekdays
  • Meteorologist Richard Nunn — The Morning Show 5–9AM weekdays, noon
  • Meteorologist Rebecca Barry — weekends 7–9am, 6–6:30pm, 10–11pm
  • Meteorologist George Winterling — Hurricane/severe weather expert, fill-in meteorologist
    • Held the title of chief meteorologist for decades until his semi-retirement in 2009.

Sports team

  • Sam Kouvaris — Sports director, weeknights
  • Jason Law — Weekend sports anchor
  • Nick Giovanni - Fill-In Sports reporter

Reporters

  • Jennifer Bauer — general assignment reporter
  • Diane Cho — general assignment reporter
  • Steve Douglas — Morning Show reporter
  • Nick Giovanni — general assignment reporter
  • Scott Johnson — general assignment reporter
  • Adam Landau — general assignment reporter
  • Jason Law — general assignment reporter
  • Laura Mazzeo — general assignment reporter
  • Dan Leveton — general assignment reporter
  • Vickie Pierre — general assignment reporter
  • Jim Piggott — investigative reporter
  • Nikki Kimbleton — Morning Show reporter
  • Ayesha Faines — Morning Show traffic reporter, general assignment reporter

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • WMBR-TV Telenews (1949–1958)
  • NewsNight (1958–1963)
  • The Six O'Clock News/The Eleven O'Clock News (1963–1967)
  • Eyewitness News (1967–2005; from 1997 until the station became independent in 2001, WJXT used NewsChannel 4 as its general branding, while Eyewitness News continued to be used as the newscast branding)
  • Channel 4 News (2005–present)

Station Slogans

  • Channel 4, Your Eyewitness News Station in Color (1967–1970)
  • We're the Eyewitnesses! (late 1970s)
  • We'll Take You There (mid 1980s)
  • Your Good Friends (late 1980s)
  • First in News Around the Clock (late 1980s–1991)
  • The One and Only Channel 4 (1991–2005)
  • The Local Station (2005–present)

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