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WTOV-TV
WTOV9.jpg
Steubenville, Ohio/
Wheeling, West Virginia
Branding WTOV 9 (general)
News 9 (newscasts)
Slogan WTOV (or News) 9 Is Everywhere.
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Subchannels 9.1 NBC
9.2 RTV
Owner Cox Enterprises, Inc.
(WTOV, Inc.)
First air date December 24, 1953
Call letters’ meaning We're
Television for the
Ohio
Valley
Former callsigns WSTV-TV (1953-1979)
Former channel number(s) 9 (VHF analog, 1953-2009)
57 (UHF digital, 1992-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
CBS (1953-1980)
Secondary:
ABC (1953-2000)
Transmitter Power 23 kW
Height 282 m
Facility ID 74122
Transmitter Coordinates 40°20′33″N 80°37′14″W / 40.3425°N 80.62056°W / 40.3425; -80.62056
Website www.wtov9.com

WTOV-TV, channel 9, is the NBC affiliate for the Wheeling, West Virginia/Steubenville, Ohio television market. It is licensed to Steubenville, and also operates a bureau in Wheeling. WTOV's transmitter is located in Mingo Junction, Ohio. The station's signal can be reached as far north as Sharon, Pennsylvania, as far west as Coshocton, as far east as Greensburg, Pennsylvania and as far south as Sistersville, West Virginia. Although the area is much better served by sister station WPXI, WTOV's signal can easily be picked up in higher-elevated areas of the city of Pittsburgh with only a "rabbit-ear" antenna. WTOV is also carried on many cable systems that fall outside of its broadcast signal in Northern and North Central West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.

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History

The station went on air as WSTV-TV (for STeubenVille) on December 24, 1953. It was owned by Rust Craft Broadcasting along with WSTV radio (AM 1340 and FM 103.5, now WOGH). When the FCC opened bidding for the channel 9 license, Rust Craft and CBS emerged as the favorites. CBS planned to move the station's license to Pittsburgh in order to get its own station in what was then the sixth-largest market. However, the FCC turned CBS' bid down. The major cities in the Upper Ohio Valley are so close together that they must share the VHF band, and the FCC had opted not to issue any more VHF construction permits to Pittsburgh in order to give Wheeling/Steubenville and the other smaller markets in the area a chance to get on the air.

Channel 9 was originally a CBS affiliate, but also carried a secondary affiliation with ABC, sharing that network's programming with NBC affiliate WTRF-TV. It changed its call letters to WTOV (standing for "We're Television for the Ohio Valley") in 1978 after Rust Craft merged with Ziff Davis. On January 7, 1980, WTOV swapped affiliations with WTRF and became an NBC affiliate. The station began phasing out ABC in the 1970s, but continued to carry a few ABC programs in off-hours for many years. Channel 9 had little need to air many ABC shows, however, as Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV was widely available on cable.

In 1983, Ziff Davis sold WTOV, along with then-sister stations WEYI-TV in Saginaw, Michigan, WRDW-TV in Augusta, Georgia and WROC-TV in Rochester, New York, to Television Station Partners, L.P. WTOV, along with WEYI and WROC, were sold to Smith Broadcast Group in 1996. In 2000, Cox Enterprises acquired WTOV, along with fellow NBC affiliate WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on the other side of the Pittsburgh market, from Sunrise/STC Broadcasting (one of several subsidiaries of Smith Broadcasting). The station dropped the remaining ABC shows from its schedule soon after Cox took over. It also updated its logo to resemble that of sister station WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, and along with WJAC, the three were occasionally marketed together as a result until WPXI revamped their news graphics and music package.

The station airs tape-delayed high school football games of the week including numerous playoff games of local teams. WTOV aired many college football/basketball games from ABC and ESPN Plus. One of the station's slogans is WTOV9 Is Everywhere.

WTOV has recently become the first station in the market to broadcast their news in high definition.

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Satellite Availability

Because of the availability of only two stations in the Wheeling/Steubenville market, neither WTOV nor WTRF-TV are available on either DirecTV nor Dish Network. Residents living in Harrison County, Jefferson County, Tuscarawas County, and the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia can get Pittsburgh locals on those systems, while Belmont County and Monroe County qualify to get the New York City and Los Angeles locals available on those systems in areas that can't get an over-the-air signal in and lives in a market too small to have a complete set of stations.

However, some believe that the unavailability actually comes from waivers that must be signed for the providers to carry the stations, which WTRF's owner, Brad Cray, has refused to sign to allow carriage of the signal to any of the West Virginia Media Holdings-owned stations. This other action may be driving DirecTV and Dish to not carry any stations in these markets, and thus, may have had an indirect impact on the possibility of WTOV being carried (WTOV has been discussed as being willing to sign waivers to allow the station to be carried on satellite TV services despite being in a smaller market). Because of this, WTOV is forced to also decline customers a waiver to allow customers that live in Belmont & Monroe Counties to receive WNBC and KNBC from their respective markets, even though some live in areas where satellite TV is a necessity due to the market sitting on a dissected plateau, making over-the-air signals almost impossible in the immediate area despite its reach to farther-away areas and cable TV service being inconsistent outside the major cities in the market...

Digital TV

The station's digital signal is multiplexed. Despite the other four networks under affiliation from WTRF-TV, WTOV does not carry any other network affiliations, such as The CW on a digital subchannel. That network is carried by cable only WBWO, which gets all of its programs from The CW Plus or can be seen in certain arts of the market via antenna from Pittsburgh's WPCW, whose digital channel coverage has significantly improved due to being on VHF (11)and moved closer to Pittsburgh. However, the station does carry the Retro Television Network, which broadcasts shows from the 60's, 70's and 80's.

Digital Channel Programming
9.1 Main WTOV-TV programming / NBC HD
9.2 Retro Television Network

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • News 9 (1991–present)

Station Slogans

  • Follow The Leader (mid-late 1980s)
  • The Ohio Valley's News Station (1991–1994)
  • Your 24-Hour News Station (1994–1998)
  • Your 24-Hour News and Weather Station (1998–2001)
  • WTOV (or News) 9 Is Everywhere. (2001–present)
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News Department

Current personalities

Anchors

  • Jeff Bowers- Weekday Morning Anchor/Reporter/Fill-in anchor at Noon
  • Jackie Cain - 6 and 11 PM Anchor/Evening Reporter/Fill-in anchor at 5 PM
  • Allison Latos - Noon and 5 PM Anchor/Reporter/Fill-in anchor at 6 PM
  • Eric Minor - Evening Anchor (5, 6 & 11)/Producer/Reporter
  • Natalie Herbick - Weekday Morning Anchor/Reporter/Fill-in anchor at Noon
  • Maggie Ruper- Weekend Anchor/Producer/Weekday Reporter

Reporters

  • Kelly Camarote- Weekend Anchor/Weekday Reporter
  • Jasmine Lo - Wheeling Newsroom Reporter

Weather

  • Kevin Carter - Chief Meteorologist (5, 6 and 11) (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist)
  • Jeff Oechslein - Morning/Noon Meteorologist
  • Kristin Walls - Weekend Meteorologist/Weekday Reporter

Sports

  • Don Sloan - Sports Director (6 and 11)
  • Rob Metzger - Weekend Sports Anchor (6 and 11)/ Reporter

Notable WTOV Alumni

  • Charles "Red" Donley - Longtime News/Sports Reporter and later director until his retirement in 1988. The station's location is named after him in his honor.
  • Stan Scott - News Anchor - Became a nationally known evangelist who was host of his own religious show titled A Spiritual Awakening. He died on May 7, 2004.
  • Sherrie McChutchen - Evening Anchor (now works for WKKX 1600AM in Wheeling)
  • Jim Forbes - Evening Anchor (now works for competitor WTRF)
  • Pete Yaksick - Reporter - now Professor of Criminology at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA
  • Joe Murgo - Former Morning Meteorologist (currently works at WTAJ in Altoona, PA)
  • Bill Phillips - former sports director (currently works for sister Pittsburgh station WPXI)
  • Mark Zinni - Former Weekend Anchor/Reporter (currently a Reporter at WJW in Cleveland, OH)
  • Lisa Kick - Former Anchor/Reporter (currently works at WBNS-TV in Columbus, OH)
  • Jim Hanchett - Reporter (now news director at WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, VA)
  • Dave Bloomquist - Sports anchor (now with WWVA in Wheeling)
  • Deena Centofani - Anchor (now anchor at WJBK-TV in Detroit)
  • Liz Habib - now anchor at KTTV-TV in Los Angeles
  • Holly Morris - Anchor (now at WTTG-TV in Washington, DC)
  • Bill Burr - Reporter (now at WCSC-TV in Charleston, SC)
  • Natalie Pasquarella - Former 11 PM Anchor/Evening Reporter, now at WSOC-TV
  • Bruce Pompeani - News Anchor - Became a longtime news anchor at KDKA in Pittsburgh.
  • Michelle Esteban - Reporter/Anchor (now at KOMO 4, Seattle)
  • Ryan Recker - Sports Anchor (now at KVOA 4 in Tucson, Arizona)
  • Shelby Zarotney - Former Anchor/Reporter/Producer
  • Karin Janiszewski - Former Anchor/Reporter
  • George Kellas - Former Sports Commentator Now Deceased
  • Kym "Kobasko" Gable - Former Anchor/Reporter
  • Kelly Townsend - Former Anchor/Reporter (now out of the business)
  • Sandra Bennett - Former Weekend Anchor (now at WPMT in York, PA)
  • Ashlea Kosikowski - Is a reporter at WSOC-TV, a Cox TV station in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Rick Terry - Former Reporter
  • Kelli Olexia - News Anchor - Became a news anchor at KDKA until 2005 and is now president of Lex Multimedia.
  • Julie Grant - Former Anchor/Reporter (left WTOV to pursue a legal career).
  • Chandi Lowry - Reporter (now a weekend anchor/reporter for the NBC news affiliate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina WMBF.)
  • John Paul - morning & noon News Anchor WHIO-TV, in Dayton, Ohio
  • Amy Post - Former Reporter went to sister station WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and has since left the news business.
  • Jill DelGreco - Former Reporter from 2003-2006 joined sister station WHIO in Dayton, Ohio. She is the crime and courts reporter and fill-in anchor.
  • Danielle Frizzi - Former Anchor/Reporter from 2000-2006 Joined Fox8 News in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Kelly Bryan - Former Reporter. She relocated with her husband to Fort. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Norm Jones - Left for WNEP in 2002.
  • Lisa Montgomery - Former Weekend Meteorologist
  • Dave Williams - Former Weekend Meteorologist Now at WCIV-TV ABC Affiliate in Charleston South Carolina
  • Dino Orsatti - Former Anchor/Reporter from 1995–2009
  • Cindy Hsu - Former Reporter 1989-1991 Now at WCBS-TV in New York City
  • Angee Shaker - Former Producer/Anchor/Reporter Currently 6 & 11PM Anchor at WYTV-TV33 in Youngstown, Ohio.
  • Al Owens - Former Reporter 1974-1975 Reporter/Anchor Entertainment Tonight from 1984–1987

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