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WTAP-TV
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Parkersburg, West Virginia /
Marietta, Ohio
Branding WTAP (general)
WTAP News
Fox Parkersburg
(on DT2)
My 5 (on DT3)
Slogan Come Home
Channels Digital: 49 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
Subchannels 15.1 NBC
15.2 Fox
15.3 MyNetworkTV
Affiliations Jewelry Television (overnight on DT1
and DT2)
weather radar (overnight on DT3)
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, Inc.)
First air date October 8, 1953
Former channel number(s) 15 (UHF analog, 1953-2009)
Former affiliations ABC and CBS
both secondary
UPN (on DT3)
Transmitter Power 1,000 kW
Height 196 m
Facility ID 4685
Transmitter Coordinates 39°20′59″N 81°33′56″W / 39.34972°N 81.56556°W / 39.34972; -81.56556
Website wtap.com

WTAP-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for Parkersburg, West Virginia and Marietta, Ohio. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 49 from a transmitter in Constitution, Ohio. They can also be seen on Suddenlink channel 4 and CAS channel 7. Via digital cable, there is a high definition signal offered on Suddenlink channel 781 and CAS channel 283. Owned by Gray Television, WTAP has studios at Television Plaza in downtown Parkersburg. Syndicated programming on the station includes: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Seinfeld, and Oprah.

Contents

Digital programming

Their signal is multiplexed. It operates the area's Fox affiliate on a second digital subchannel. Known on-air as Fox Parkersburg, this can be seen on Suddenlink and CAS channel 14. On digital cable, there is a high definition signal of WTAP-DT2 on Suddenlink channel 784 and CAS channel 284. Syndicated programming on this channel includes: Extra, Access Hollywood, Judge Judy, and TMZ on TV.

The station also operates the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate on a third digital subchannel. Known on-air as My 5, it is offered on Suddenlink and CAS channel 5. Syndicated programming on WTAP-DT3 includes: Family Guy, Two and a Half Men, Andy Griffith, and Scrubs. Overnight, the main channel and WTAP-DT2 show Jewelry Television while WTAP-DT3 airs a local weather radar feed.

Virtual
channel
Physical
RF channel
Video Aspect Programming
15.1 49.1 1080i 16:9 main WTAP programming / NBC HD
15.2 49.2 480i 4:3 WTAP-DT2 "Fox Parkersburg"
15.3 49.3 480i 4:3 WTAP-DT3 "My 5"

History

The station launched on October 8, 1953 and early in its life also aired programming from ABC and CBS. Original plans called for WTAP to join with WDTV and WBOY-TV in Clarksburg (located seventy miles to the east) and turn north-central West Virginia into a single television market. Had this happened, it would have been one of the largest geographic markets in the country. However, Northern West Virginia is a very rugged dissected plateau and WTAP's UHF signal is not strong enough to make it across the terrain. As a result, it is the only commercial station based in Parkersburg.

The only other stations licensed to the city are outlying translators of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and TBN. As WTAP is the only commercial station in the market, cable systems in Washington County, Ohio (home to Marietta) supplement the area with stations from Columbus. Cable systems in Wood and Pleasants Counties in West Virginia supplement coverage with stations from the Huntington / Charleston market.

They were owned by Benedek Broadcasting from 1979 until 2002 when the company declared bankruptcy and sold most of its stations, including WTAP, to Gray Television. In late-2005, Gray purchased Huntington's NBC affiliate WSAZ-TV. A.C. Nielsen recently named WTAP as the highest-rated NBC affiliate in the country (even ahead of WSAZ). On April 10, 2006, WTAP began broadcasting a Fox affiliate on a new second digital subchannel as well as Charter and CAS channel 14. It also began to offer a UPN affiliate on a new third digital subchannel as well as Charter and CAS channel 5.

To make those stations possible, WTAP underwent a technical transformation. It carved two new control rooms from space that was previously used for storage and installed entirely digital production and master control rooms. On September 5, the UPN station became affiliated with Fox's new sister network, MyNetworkTV. The name changed from "Your UPN" to "My 5" named after the station's channel location on area cable systems. In February 2009, WTAP left channel 15 and moved to channel 49 when the analog to digital conversion was completed.

Newscasts

After Gray Television bought WSAZ, there were rumors that WTAP would scrap its news operation and simulcast newscasts from that station. WSAZ has long been available on cable in Parkersburg and its news programs, among the highest-rated in the country, have always covered Parkersburg events. However, Gray itself has never considered shuttering WTAP's news department. The station's newscasts pull in revenue almost as large as WSAZ's news operation. Its news broadcasts have more viewers than many stations in medium to large markets in the country that must share their audience with up to three other affiliates. WTAP-DT2 airs a weeknight 10 o'clock show known as Fox Parkersburg News at 10. In addition to their main studios, they operate a news bureau in Marietta. Unlike most NBC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, the station does not air local news weekday mornings at 5 or weeknights at 5:30. It also does not air a newscast on Sunday nights at 6.

Anchors

  • Abby Weppler - weekday mornings and Noon
    • weekday mornings and Noon meteorologist and reporter
  • Allison Rhea - weeknights at 5 and 10
    • reporter
  • Lauren Keeling - weeknights at 6 and 11
    • reporter and "Come Home" segment producer
  • Leslie Barrett - weekends and reporter
    • videographer

Meteorologists

  • Kirk Greenfield - Chief seen weeknights and "Surfin With Kirk" segment producer
  • Lauren Weppler - weekends and news reporter

Sports

  • Jim Wharton - Director seen weeknights at 6, 10, and 11
    • Football Frenzy host
  • Lauren Sisler - weekends and sports reporter

Reporters

  • Cathleen Moxley - Marietta Bureau
  • Brittany Sweeney - weekday morning reporter and producer
  • Erin Pulsanti - weeknights and weekends
  • Art Ginsburg - "Mr. Food" segment producer
  • Todd Baucher

News/Station Presentation

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Newscast Titles

  • WTAP News (2006-present)

Station Slogans

  • Come Home (2006-present)
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