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For the former shortwave radio station WNYW, see WNYW (shortwave); For its replacement, see WYFR
New York, New York
Branding Fox 5 New York (general)
Fox 5 News (newscasts)
Slogan The Most Powerful Name in Local News (news)
Experience the Magic (general)
Channels Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations Fox
Owner Fox Television Stations
(Fox Television Stations, Inc.)
First air date May 2, 1944
Call letters’ meaning disambiguation of former WNEW-TV callsign
Sister station(s) WWOR-TV
Former callsigns WABD (1944-1958)
WNEW-TV (1958-1986)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
4 (VHF, 1944-1945)
5 (VHF, 1946-2009)
Former affiliations DuMont (1944-1956)
Independent (1956-1986)
Transmitter Power
246 kW
Height 367 m (1,204 ft)
Facility ID 22206
Transmitter Coordinates 40°44′54.4″N 73°59′8.4″W / 40.748444°N 73.985667°W / 40.748444; -73.985667
Website www.myfoxny.com

WNYW, channel 5, is the flagship television station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, located in New York City. The station's transmitter is atop the Empire State Building and its studio facilities are located on Manhattan's Yorkville neighborhood. WNYW is a sister station to Secaucus, New Jersey-based WWOR-TV (channel 9), the New York area's MyNetworkTV flagship station.

In the few areas of the eastern United States where viewers cannot receive Fox network programs over-the-air, WNYW is available on satellite via DirecTV, which also provides coverage of the station to Latin American countries and on JetBlue's LiveTV inflight entertainment system. WNYW is also available on cable in the Caribbean. As of March 4, 2009, WNYW is once again available on Dish Network as part of All American Direct's distant network package.




The DuMont era

The station traces its history to 1938, when television set and equipment manufacturer Allen B. DuMont founded W2XVT (re-named as W2XWV in 1944), an experimental station. On May 2, 1944, the station received its commercial license — the third in New York City — on channel 4 as WABD after DuMont's initials. It was one of the few stations that continued broadcasting during World War II, making it the fourth-oldest continuously broadcasting commercial station in the United States. The station broadcast from 515 Madison Avenue and on December 15, 1945 WABD was reassigned from channel 4 to channel 5.

Soon after channel 5 received its commercial license, DuMont Laboratories began a series of experimental coaxial cable hookups between WABD and W3XWT, a DuMont-owned experimental station in Washington, D.C. (now WTTG). These hookups were the beginning of the DuMont Television Network, the world's first licensed commercial television network. DuMont began regular network service in 1946 with WABD as the flagship station. In 1954, WABD and DuMont moved into the $5 million DuMont Tele-Centre at 205 East 67th Street in the Yorkville section of Manhattan, inside the shell of the space formerly occupied by Jacob Ruppert's Central Opera House. A half-century later, channel 5 is still headquartered in the same building, which was later renamed the Metromedia Telecenter, and is known today as the Fox Television Center.

The Metromedia era

The Fox Television Center, 205 East 67th St. in New York City, was opened by DuMont in June 1954.

By February 1955, DuMont realized it could not continue in network television, and decided to shut down network operations and operate WABD and its Washington sister station, WTTG (also operating on channel 5), as independents. After DuMont aired its last network broadcast in August 1956, DuMont spun off WABD and WTTG as the "DuMont Broadcasting Corporation", which changed its name in early 1958 to Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation. In 1958, Washington-based investor John Kluge acquired controlling interest in Metropolitan Broadcasting and installed himself as the company's chairman. WABD's operations were merged with WNEW radio (1130 AM, now WBBR; and 102.7 FM, now WWFS), also owned by Kluge. Channel 5's call letters were changed on September 7, 1958 to WNEW-TV to match its new radio sisters. Metropolitan Broadcasting would change its corporate name to Metromedia in 1961; however, the Metropolitan Broadcasting name was retained for Metromedia's TV and radio properties until 1967.

In the 1960s, WNEW-TV ran on a low budget like the other two major New York independents, WOR-TV (now WWOR-TV) and WPIX. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, WNEW-TV's local programs included a daily public affairs show eventually hosted by Gabe Pressman, and later Midday Live, a similar program hosted by Bill Boggs. Children's shows included a local version of the Romper Room franchise (which moved to WOR-TV in 1966), The Sandy Becker Show, The Soupy Sales Show, The Chuck McCann Show, and The Sonny Fox Show, which later became Wonderama. Bob McAllister took over hosting Wonderama in 1967 and by 1970, Wonderama was a once-weekly, three-hour program syndicated to Metromedia's other stations. Channel 5 also originated the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in September 1966; it ran annually on the station until 1986.

By the 1970s, channel 5 benefited from Metromedia's continued aggressiveness in acquiring movies, cartoons and first-run syndicated shows, some of which were produced by Metromedia. For most of that decade WNEW-TV was the highest-rated independent in New York, and one of the top independents in the country. From the early 1970s to the late 1980s, channel 5 was also a regional superstation, available in large portions of the Northeast, including most of upstate New York, and portions of eastern Pennsylvania and southern New England.


In 1986 Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, who had recently bought controlling interest in the 20th Century Fox film studio, purchased the Metromedia television stations including WNEW-TV. The station's call letters were changed on March 7, 1986 to WNYW and it and the other Metromedia stations formed the cornerstone of the Fox network, with WNYW as the flagship station. Initially, WNYW's schedule changed little, as Fox only aired network programming on weekends. Channel 5 initially continued its format of cartoons and sitcoms into the late 1980s.

Murdoch had one local obstacle to overcome before his purchase of channel 5 could become final. The News Corporation had been publishing the New York Post since 1976, and Federal Communications Commission rules of the time did not allow common ownership of newspapers and broadcast licenses in the same city. Murdoch was granted a temporary waiver of this prohibition in order to complete the Metromedia television purchase. The News Corporation would sell the Post in 1988, but reacquired the paper five years later with a permanent waiver of the cross-ownership rules.

The Fox era

Starting in the late summer of 1986, WNYW produced the nightly newsmagazine A Current Affair, one of the first shows to be labeled under the tag "tabloid television". Originally a local program, it was first anchored by Maury Povich, formerly of WTTG (and who would later do double-duty, albeit briefly on WNYW's newscasts as an anchor). Within months of its launch, A Current Affair was on the other Fox-owned stations and in 1988 the series went into national syndication, where it remained until its cancellation in 1996.

On August 2, 1988, the station dropped the morning cartoons in favor of a morning newscast called Good Day New York. WNYW became the first Fox-owned station with a weekday morning newscast, and within five years of its launch it became the top-rated morning show in the New York market. Today it remains a viable competitor to the network morning shows, and the success of Good Day New York led to other Fox-owned stations launching morning shows of their own, notably Fox Morning News on WTTG, Fox News in the Morning on WFLD-TV in Chicago and Good Day L.A. on KTTV in Los Angeles.

As Fox continued to expand its primetime hours to an eventual seven nights by 1992, WNYW's schedule continued to feature children's programs from Fox Kids during afternoons, and sitcoms in early evenings. As the decade progressed, the station added talk shows and court shows during middays. From 1999 to 2001, WNYW was the broadcast home of the New York Yankees, displacing long-time incumbent WPIX.

In 2001, Fox bought most of the television interests of Chris-Craft Industries, including WNYW's former rival, WWOR-TV. In the fall of 2001, WNYW dropped the Fox Kids weekday block and moved it to WWOR-TV, where it ran for a few more months before being cancelled at the end of the year. Some office functions have been merged, but most of the stations' operations remain separate. Fox announced plans to merge the two stations' operations in 2004, with WWOR-TV moving from its studios in Secaucus to the Fox Television Center. However, it backed off later in the year under pressure from New Jersey's congressional delegation.

On September 11, 2001, the transmitter facilities of WNYW as well as eight other local television stations and several radio stations were destroyed when two hijacked airplanes crashed into and destroyed the World Trade Center towers. Since then, WNYW has been transmitting its signal from the Empire State Building. The station had previously transmitted from the Empire State Building until moving to the World Trade Center in the 1970s.

On September 16, 2009 during the 10 p.m. newscast, anchor Ernie Anastos cursed live on air while engaging in banter with chief meteorologist Nick Gregory.[1] The video in which Anastos said to Gregory, "I guess it takes a tough man to make a tender forecast" and then added, "keep fucking that chicken", gained some notoriety when it and multiple other videos of the on-air gaffe were uploaded on YouTube[2], and made him and WNYW the subject of a joke on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. Anastos apologized for the incident the following night's 10 p.m. newscast, saying "I misspoke during last night's broadcast, I apologize for my remarks to anyone who may have been offended."[3]

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Name Video Aspect Programming
5.1 WNYW 720p 16:9 Main WNYW/Fox programming in HD
5.2 WWOR-TV 480i 4:3 WWOR-TV simulcast SD

Analog-to-Digital Conversion

WNYW ended programming on its analog signal, on VHF channel 5, on June 12, 2009 [4], as part of the DTV transition in the United States. WNYW remained on its pre-transition digital assignment, channel 44,[5] using PSIP to display WNYW's virtual channel as 5.

News operation

WNYW broadcasts a total of 41 hours of local news a week (seven-and a-half hours on weekdays, an hour-and-a-half on Saturdays and two hours on Sundays), more than any other television station in New York City and New York state; however as is standard with Fox stations that carry early evening weekend newscasts, WNYW's Saturday and Sunday 6PM newscasts are subject to delay or preemption due to sports coverage.

The station is home to one of America's longest-running primetime local newscasts. The 10 O’Clock News (now Fox 5 News at Ten) premiered on March 13, 1967, as New York's first primetime newscast. Each night, The 10 O'Clock News was preceded by the simple, but now-famous announcement: "It's 10:00 p.m. ... Do you know where your children are?". While its exact origins are unknown,[6] staff announcer Tom Gregory was one of the first people to say this famous line that WNEW pioneered. Other television stations in the country have adopted this for their own 10 p.m. (or 11 p.m.) slots (which may depend on the start of the local youth curfew in each market). Celebrities were often used in the 1980s to read the slogan, and for a time in the late 1970s, the station added a warmer announcement earlier in the day: "It's 6:00 p.m. ... Have you hugged your child today?"

Another popular segment on The 10 O'Clock News, starting in 1975 and continuing to 1985, were nightly op-ed debates which pitted conservative Dr. Martin Abend against liberal Professor Sidney Offit. The debates were often shrill and frequently descended into acrimonious personal invective. In their tone, they were spoofed most famously on Saturday Night Live in the "Point/Counterpoint" sketches of Weekend Update, with Dan Aykroyd in the Dr. Abend-type role and Jane Curtin as the equivalent of Professor Offit.

WNYW also aired a 7:00 p.m. newscast from 1987 to 1993, known as Fox News at Seven. In August 1988, WNYW launched Good Day New York, a program comparable to the Today Show, Good Morning America or The Early Show. In 1991 a new and eventually very popular music package was composed for the show by Edd Kalehoff, a New York composer who is best known for composing the themes and music cues for several game shows, notably The Price is Right.

Since the Fox takeover, WNYW's newscasts have become more tabloid in style and has been fodder for jokes, even to the point of being parodied on Saturday Night Live, and the consumer reporting segment The Problem Solvers receiving the same treatment on The Daily Show.

In 2002, WNYW added a 90-minute block of newscasts from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, giving the station just under 40 hours of local news per week, which is the most of any television station in New York City. In 2004, two events occurred involving the WNYW news department. Longtime anchor John Roland, a 35-year veteran of channel 5, retired from the station on June 4, 2004. Len Cannon, a former NBC News correspondent who had joined WNYW as a reporter and anchor some time earlier, was initially named as Roland's replacement. Then, several months later, veteran New York City anchorman Ernie Anastos signed a multi-year contract with WNYW, despite the fact that he was at the time anchoring at WCBS-TV. The signing would displace Cannon as lead anchor, and shortly after it was announced, he asked for, and was granted, a release from contractual obligations with the station. Anastos joined WNYW in July 2005, and Cannon joined KHOU-TV in Houston as its lead anchor in the spring of 2006.

In areas of New Jersey where the New York and Philadelphia markets overlap, both WNYW and sister station WWOR-TV share resources with Philadelphia sister station WTXF-TV. The stations share reporters for stories occurring in New Jersey counties served by both markets.

On April 3, 2006, WNYW revamped their entire on-air appearance with a new set, new music, new graphics, and a new logo. The new graphics and logo package was later standardized for all of News Corp.'s Fox stations. Channel 5 is also one of the first Fox owned-and-operated stations to launch a MyFox powered website, which features video, more detailed news, and new community features such as blogs and picture galleries.

WNYW's HD open as of November 2008

On November 9, 2008, WNYW began broadcasting their newscasts in high-definition, becoming the fifth New York City television station to do so.

On July 13, 2009, a 9:00 a.m. hour of Good Day New York was added. In exchange for the hour, the midday newscast was dropped. In the fall of 2009, WNYW began sharing its news helicopter with NBC owned-and-operated WNBC. The SkyFox HD helicopter operated by WNYW on-air is now been renamed "Chopper 5", However, as of 2010, the SkyFox Name Has Been Reinstated.




  • Dick Brennan - political correspondent
  • Julie Chang - entertainment reporter
  • Katherine Craeg - general assignment reporter
  • Anne Craig - feature reporter
  • Chris Cristi - SkyFox HD pilot reporter
  • Andrea Day - investigative reporter
  • Arnold Diaz - senior investigative correspondent
  • John Deutzman - field reporter
  • Lisa Evers - field reporter
  • Brett Larson - technology and environmental reporter
  • Charles Leaf - general assignment reporter
  • Rob Malcolm - general assignment reporter
  • Lisa Murphy - business reporter
  • Dr. Sapna Parikh - health reporter
  • Carla Quinn - traffic reporter; weeknights at 5PM
  • Ines Rosales - traffic reporter; weekday mornings "Good Day New York"
  • Linda Schmidt - general assignment reporter
  • Kai Simonsen - SkyFox HD reporter

FOX5 NY Weather Authority

  • Nick Gregory (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Craig Allen (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekends at 6 and 10PM
  • Mike Woods (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "Good Day New York"

Sports Team

  • Russ Salzberg - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10PM
  • Andy Adler - Sports Anchor; weekends at 6 and 10PM (also sports reporter)
  • Duke Castiglione - Sports Anchor; weekday mornings "Good Day New York" (also Sports Extra host)


Branding and station identity

The station is also known for starting the trend of American stations using their network and channel number (or cable channel number) as their on-air name. After Fox bought the station, it began calling itself Fox Television Channel 5 New York. Soon after the Fox network premiered, the station shortened its on-air name to Fox Channel 5 and later shortened that to the current Fox 5. However, this practice dated in another form to its days as WNEW-TV. For much of the time from at least the 1970s until the Fox takeover, its main ID was "WNEW-TV, channel 5, Metromedia New York." Since the Fox purchase, station announcers have almost never used its call letters on-air.

In the early days after Fox took control, WNYW reporters would end their reports by saying "I'm (name) Fox News, Channel 5". This sign off would later be shortened to Fox News, then later it became Fox 5 News, as to avoid confusion with the Fox News Channel. Ironically, recent changes made to WNYW's logo and newscasts (effective April 2006) bear a close stylistic resemblance to the Fox News Channel.

Successful branding campaigns for WNEW-TV include the long-running "Choice" campaign. Well-known station jingles in the late 1970s and early 1980s included "Take Five!", "The Choice is Channel 5, Metromedia New York 5" and later, "Your Choice is 5."

Channel 5's public service announcements were also a key part of its image for decades. The phrase, It's 10:00 PM...Do you know where your children are? was coined in 1969 (though another source mentioned that it was Buffalo, New York's ABC affiliate WKBW that coined that phrase), and variations of the phrase would spread to television stations nationwide. In addition, WNEW-TV, used PSAs during the 1970s and 1980s that aired during different day parts, such as "Have you done your homework yet?"; "Have you hugged your child today?"; and "It's 6 PM. Do you know where your children are?", using a simple slide and staff voiceover.

In 2001, the slogan was "What New Yorkers Watch" derived from the call letters and was used until the logo was changed in early 2006.

News/Station Presentation

Newscast titles

  • Late Night News (1944-1945)
  • TV5 Late Report (1945-1962)
  • TV5 24 Hours (1962-1967)
  • The 10 O'Clock News (March 13, 1967-2001)
  • Channel 5 News (1980s)
  • Fox Channel 5 News (1987-1996)
  • Fox 5 News (1996-present)

Station Slogans

  • Take Five! (late 1970s)
  • Turn to 5 for a Change (1976)
  • The Choice is Channel 5, Metromedia New York 5 (1977-1978)
  • We Give You a Choice (1978-1979)
  • Your Choice is 5 (mid 1980s)
  • Forty Years of Fine Tuning (1984-1985)
  • Don't Let 5 Weekend Pass You By (1987-1988; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • This is 5 (1988-1990; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • It's on 5 (1990-1992; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • You're Watching 5 (1992-1993; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • 5, You're Watching It (1993-1994; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • It Could Only Happen on 5 (January-September 1994; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • The Spirit of 5 / We're Gonna Keep it on 5 (1994-1995; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Non-Stop 5 (January-October 1996; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Just One 5 (1997-2002; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • What New Yorkers Watch (2001-2006)
  • 5 NOW (2002-2006)
  • The Most Powerful Name in Local News (2006-2008)
  • Experience the Magic (2009-present)
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News Music Packages

  • WNEW 1967 News
  • WNEW 1977 News
  • Black News
  • Metromedia News Theme
  • FOX O&O News Theme
  • Good Day
  • WNYW 1992 News
  • KRIV 1991 News
  • WNYW 1994 News
  • Top 10
  • Ten O'Clock News
  • WNYW News
  • FOX 5 News
  • FOX Affiliate News Theme

In popular culture

  • WNYW was portrayed in an episode of the Fox animated comedy Futurama, titled "When Aliens Attack", in which the station was accidentally knocked off the air by Philip J. Fry in 1999. That resulted in angry Omicronians invading Earth in the year 3000 (having received the broadcast signal 1000 years later being 1000 light-years away) and demanding to see the end of a program which had been cut off for them.

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Preceded by
Channel 11
Broadcast Home of the
New York Yankees
Succeeded by
Channel 2


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