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Goldsboro/Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
Branding NBC 17 (general)
NBC 17 News (newscasts)
MyNC.com (website)
Slogan Accurate, Balanced, to the Point
Channels Digital: 17 (UHF)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations NBC on 17.1
Universal Sports on 17.2
NBC Weather Plus on 17.3
Owner Media General, Inc.
(Media General Communications Holdings, LLC)
First air date April 11, 1988
Call letters’ meaning North Carolina's NBC
(or North Carolina's News, from before NBC acquisition)
Former callsigns WYED (1988-1994)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
17 (UHF, 1988-2009)
55 (UHF)
Former affiliations independent (1988-1995)
The WB (January-September 1995)
Transmitter Power 291 kW
Height 611 m
Facility ID 50782
Transmitter Coordinates 35°40′29″N 78°31′40″W / 35.67472°N 78.52778°W / 35.67472; -78.52778
Website www.nbc17.comand www.MyNC.com

WNCN is the NBC affiliate in the Triangle region of North Carolina (the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville DMA), broadcasting on digital channel 17. It is licensed to Goldsboro, but its studios are just outside of downtown Raleigh. The station is carried on cable channel 6 in Raleigh, cable channel 2 in Durham and Chapel Hill, channel 10 in Fayetteville and Southern Pines, channel 13 in Goldsboro, channel 9 in Carrboro, and cable channel 7 in most other places, including Cary. WNCN's transmitter is located in Auburn, North Carolina.



WNCN began life on April 11, 1988 as WYED-TV, a small station airing some children's programming during the morning such as Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and the Home Shopping Network the rest of the day. WYED was the first (and only) television station of Beasley Broadcasting Group, which was owned by George Beasley who got his start in 1961 by signing on radio station WPYB radio in nearby Benson, North Carolina. Studios were located in Clayton, along with a 1,550-foot (470 m) tower nearby broadcast 2.6 million watts of power. In 1992, WYED added some barter cartoons and some low budget barter syndicated shows such as talk/reality and game shows. While the station could be seen clearly in Raleigh and Durham, it couldn't be seen as clearly in the far western and northern reaches of the Triangle.

In 1994, Outlet Communications of Providence, Rhode Island bought the station, and on January 1, 1995, changed its call letters to WNCN (North Carolina's News). The new WNCN increased its signal to 5 million watts, boosting its coverage area to the entire Triangle. The station also added more sitcoms and first-run syndicated shows. It began to carry programming from the WB network in January 1995.

A month later, NBC signed a long-term affiliation deal with Outlet. Outlet had very good relations with NBC; it owned two of NBC's strongest affiliates, WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island and WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio. Channel 17 immediately began to run NBC programming pre-empted by the network's existing affiliate, WRDC-TV, which had been one of NBC's lowest-rated affiliates for several years. NBC had been looking for a way to get on another station for some time, especially since WRDC frequently preempted its programming. WNCN completely replaced WRDC as the Triangle's NBC station in September after WRDC's affiliation contract ran out, sending the WB affiliation to WRAZ-TV. At that time, WNCN launched newscasts at 6am, 7pm and 11pm. It also moved into WLFL's former studios in North Raleigh.

NBC merged with Outlet in 1996. Of note, this resulted in NBC's first UHF O&O since the 1950s, when the network briefly owned WBUF-TV (which, coincidentally, also broadcast on channel 17) in Buffalo, New York and the then-WNBC-TV channel 30 in New Britain, Connecticut (which it reacquired in 1997 as WVIT).

In 2000, WNCN abandoned its 1,550-foot (470 m) tower in Clayton for a 2,000-foot (610 m) perch on an arm of Capitol Broadcasting Company's new digital candelabra tower eight miles (13 km) closer to Raleigh. WNCN-DT signed on at UHF channel 55 at the same time. The station had to get a waiver from the FCC to do this, as FCC rules require a station's transmitter to be no further than 15 miles (24 km) from its city of license.

WNCN is the fourth station in the Triangle to affiliate with NBC. NBC had first aired on WTVD-TV from 1954 to 1956, then WRAL-TV from 1956 to 1962. After WRAL became a full-time ABC affiliate in 1962, WTVD shoehorned CBS and NBC onto its schedule until 1968, when WRDU-TV signed on channel 28 that year. Channel 28 changed its calls to WPTF-TV in 1978 and WRDC in 1991. When WNCN became a full NBC affiliate, it marked the first time that network's full schedule had aired in the Triangle since WRAL added ABC part-time in 1959.

In the last decade, WNCN's newscasts have never gotten out of third place in the Nielsen ratings. However, they have been far more competitive than WPTF's efforts at local news programs ever had been (channel 28 dropped newscasts July 31, 1991, before becoming WRDC later that fall).

Since becoming an NBC station, WNCN has almost never used its call letters on-air, except during legal IDs.

NBC17 recently launched a new hour-long local newscast at 7 p.m. Monday - Friday. The station aired a half-hour 7 p.m. newscast when it launched as an NBC affiliate in 1995, but the newscast was canceled due to low ratings.

On January 9, 2006, NBC Universal announced it was putting WNCN up for sale[1] along with WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Alabama and the other two former Outlet stations, WJAR and WCMH. On April 6, 2006, it was announced that Media General would acquire these stations.[2] This made WNCN a sister station to WNCT-TV in Greenville. The sale was finalized on June 26, 2006. [1] For the time being, no new changes for the station are expected.

For several months after Media General acquired the stations from NBC Universal, WNCN's website and those of the other three stations remained in the format used by the websites of NBC O&O stations. In early December 2006, WNCN's website, as well as that of sister station WJAR, were redesigned; they now credit Media General in their copyright notices, and are no longer operated by Internet Broadcasting. WVTM's website followed suit on December 11, 2006, with WCMH's redesigned website launching on December 14.

WNCN alterate on-air logo and on microphone flags

NBC17 launched a brand-new graphics package at the beginning of 2008, getting rid of the old NBC O&O-style supers and opens, and the studios were renovated at the beginning of 2008, featuring a new weather center and a sports video wall. NBC17 has tentative plans to begin broadcasting its news broadcasts in high-definition by early next year.[3] NBC's top rivals in the market, WTVD and WRAL-TV already broadcast their news programs in HD.

In March 2008, NBC 17 launched MyNC.com as a network of local news websites for more than twenty of the cities and counties that make up the Triangle area of North Carolina. These news and information websites not only carry content from NBC 17, but they also aggregate content from many of the Triangle's other media outlets and blogs. Additionally, the web site also has the capability for the general public to upload their own stories, photographs, and videos.

On December 9, 2008, it was announced that economic strains led to WNCN releasing six employees, including main-anchor Bill Fitzgerald.[4]

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

RF Channel
Video Aspect Programming
17.1 17.1 1080i 16:9 main WNCN/NBC programming in HDTV
17.2 17.2 480i 4:3 Universal Sports
17.3 17.3 480i 4:3 NBC Weather Plus

On June 12, 2009 at 12:30 PM, WNCN moved its digital broadcast from channel 55 to channel 17 and turned off its analog transmitter.


  • When WNCN was owned by NBC Universal, it was one of three network-owned stations on the UHF dial alongside KNSD in San Diego and WVIT in Hartford.
  • Under the network's ownership at the time, WNCN was the other owned and operated station of any network in the Raleigh-Durham market alongside ABC-owned WTVD.
  • The call sign WNCN originally belonged to a classical music radio station (104.3 FM) in New York City (now WAXQ). An enthusiast's webpage on the radio station can be found at [2] .
  • NBC Weather Plus is offered on WNCN's digital feed by the name "NBC 17 WeatherPlus".

News Team


Current personalities


  • Penn Holderness - NBC17 Today
  • Sharon Tazwell - NBC17 Today
  • Donald Jones - NBC17 News @ 6pm, 7pm, and 11pm(Weeknights)
  • Melanie Sanders - NBC17 News @ 6pm, 7pm, and 11pm(Weeknights)
  • Laura Barron - NBC17 News @ 6pm, 7pm, and 11pm(Weekends) Also reporter
  • Kim Genardo - NBC17 News @ 6pm, 7pm, and 11pm(Weekends) Also reporter


  • Jaclyn Asztalos - Cary/Apex Reporter
  • Chris Cowperthwaite - Cary Reporter
  • Kerry Hall - Wake Forest/Rolesville Reporter
  • Lauren Hills - Orange County reporter
  • Shirley Min - Reporter/Fill-in anchor
  • Steve Sbraccia - Reporter
  • Josh Green - Reporter
  • Justin Moss - Reporter


  • Wes Hohenstein - Chief Meteorologist, NBC17 News @ 6pm, 7pm, and 11pm (Weeknights)
  • Bill Reh - Meteorologist, NBC17 Today, also fill-in on all shifts
  • Peter Kunisch - Weather Anchor, NBC17 News @ 6pm, 7pm, and 11pm (weekends), also fill-in on all shifts
  • Chris Thompson - Meteorologist, Fill-in
  • Melissa Sander - Meteorologist, Fill-in

WNCN does not have a local sports department at the time, although NBC Sports broadcasts continue to air.

Former Personalities

  • Verna Collins - Weekend Morning Anchor (?-2007, whereabouts currently unknown)
  • Art Edwards - Weeknight Anchor (now at KOIN-TV in Portland, OR)
  • Bill Fitzgerald - Weeknight Anchor (2006-2008, now weeknight anchor at WTVR-TV in Richmond, VA)
  • Bill Gaines - Weeknight Anchor (?-2006, last seen at WGCL in Atlanta, GA)
  • Frank Graff - Reporter
  • Ann Halloran - Weeknight Anchor
  • Janice Jones - Chief Meteorologist (2001-2006, now a stay at home mom)
  • Lisa Spencer - Chief Meteorologist (1995-1999, now at WSMV-TV in Nashville)
  • Steve Stewart - Weekend Meteorologist (?-2006, now weekend morning meteorologist at rival station WTVD)
  • Chris Stout - Sports Director (?-2006, now Sports Director at WKRN in Nashville, TN)
  • Julie Henry - Health and Fitness Reporter

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • WYED-TV News (1988-1995)
  • NCN News (1995-1996)
  • NBC 17 News (1996-present)

Station Slogans

  • A New Generation of News (1995)
  • The One to Watch (late 1990s)
  • Accurate, Balanced, to the Point (2007-present)
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MyNC.com Communities

Durham County

Johnston County

Orange County

Wake County

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