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WUTV-TV logo.jpg
Buffalo, New York
Branding Fox 29
Channel Digital: 14 (UHF)
Virtual: 29 (PSIP)
Affiliations Fox
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
(WUTV Licensee, LLC)
First air date December 21, 1970
Callsign meaning UlTraVision (former owner)
UHF TeleVision (reference to its broadcast frequency)
Sister station(s) WNYO-TV
Former channels 29 (UHF analog, 1970-2009)
Former affiliations independent (1970-1990)
UPN secondary (1995-1997)
Effective power 1,000 kW
Height 299.5 m
Facility ID 415
Antenna coordinates 43°1′34.9″N 78°55′39.6″W / 43.026361°N 78.927667°W / 43.026361; -78.927667

WUTV is a broadcast television station in Buffalo, New York, affiliated with the Fox network. It broadcasts on digital channel 14. WUTV is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which also owns WNYO-TV, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in the Buffalo market. Its transmitter is located on Grand Island, New York at 951 Whitehaven Road.

WUTV does not currently air a newscast (and has not done so for many years), making Buffalo the largest television market in the United States whose Fox affiliate does not offer news (though it will preempt programs through Fox News whenever necessary). Rather, they advertise the WGRZ-produced newscast of sister station WNYO on their station. WUTV heavily targets its Canadian audience in Toronto and Southern Ontario, whom the station assumes would rather watch syndicated entertainment programming, such as sitcom reruns, than Buffalo news.



WUTV began operation on December 21, 1970 as a general entertainment independent station, airing cartoons like Astro Boy and Yogi Bear cartoons, sitcoms such as Ozzie and Harriet and the Munsters, Sci Fi shows consisting of Lost in Space, Ultraman, Invaders and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, along with old movies, and drama shows. The station was owned by Ultravision Broadcasting Company, from which the "UTV" in the WUTV callsign originates. Ultravision was a company owned by Stan Jasinski, who also owned Buffalo's WMMJ (AM 1300) at the time; shortly thereafter, Jasinski spun off WMMJ to country musician Ramblin' Lou Schriver, who turned it into present-day WXRL. (The WUTV call sign was originally to be used for a station in Youngstown, Ohio with a construction permit on channel 21 that never aired; NBC affiliate WFMJ-TV purchased the permit and moved their station from channel 73 to their present-day channel 21 that the Youngstown WUTV permit originally was for.) Ultravision head and WUTV founder Stan Jasinski had first filed an application for the station's licence in 1963. WUTV was the only independent station in Buffalo for many years. The station was owned by Citadel Broadcasting by the early 1980s. In 1986, WUTV became an affiliate of the new Fox Broadcasting Company, but this only lasted until 1989, when the affiliation shifted to WNYB.

In 1989, Act III Broadcasting (which owned WNYB/49, now WNYO) offered to buy WUTV, and Citadel accepted. Act III then integrated WNYB's programming into WUTV's lineup, and sold WNYB to Tri-State Christian Television (Act III was known for such acquisition practices).

The sale was finalized in June 1990, and WUTV replaced WNYB to once again become the market's Fox affiliate. Abry became the owner of WUTV in 1994 following its purchase of the Act III group, and WUTV began to carry a secondary UPN affiliation in 1995 (the UPN affiliation subsequently moved to WNGS in 1997, then WNLO in 2003).

Sinclair became the owner of WUTV in 1997 following its purchase of Abry, and bought WNYO in 2001, making WUTV and WNYO sister stations under more relaxed station ownership rules.

After Sinclair came to a compensation agreement in February 2007 nationally with Time Warner Cable, WUTV and WNYO's HDTV signals are now carried by that cable provider locally.

Sinclair and Fox recently finalized a six-year affiliation contract extension for Sinclair's 19 Fox affiliates, including WUTV. WUTV's affiliation contract now expires in March 2012. [1]

As of February 2008, WUTV is also the Fox TV feed received on the Cayman Islands. It joined the Primetime 24 lineup in 2009, serving most of the Caribbean islands, thanks in large part to its international focus.[2]

WUTV completed its digital transition on February 17, 2009 at 11:59:59, making WUTV the first digital only television station in Buffalo.[1] The station maintained a "nightlight" service through March 3 before shutting off the analog service entirely. WUTV, along with PBS station WNED-TV were the only stations in Buffalo not terminating on the new June 12 date.

Canadian coverage

Up until 2003, Rogers Cable carried WUTV in the Ottawa and London regions; after this date, Rogers switched to WJBK Detroit as the Fox affiliate available in these markets. The reason for the switch in Ottawa was twofold. The main reason was that MCI, the company which microwaved U.S. network television signals to Ottawa from Rochester, New York, had decided to discontinue this service (until 2003, the ABC, NBC, and CBS stations available in Ottawa had originated from Rochester). Secondly, Rogers chose Detroit as the new source for U.S. television network signals because Canadian broadcasters were concerned about the increased Canadian advertising revenues Buffalo stations would attract were they to receive an expanded viewing audience across Ontario. Since Detroit is a much larger market than either Buffalo or Rochester, advertising prices would be much higher and thus it would not be economical for Canadian advertisers to purchase advertising time on such stations. Although WUTV was the Fox affiliate available in Ottawa, Rogers decided to switch to WJBK in order to ensure uniformity in the source cities for all U.S. network television signals. Rogers switched to WJBK in the London market because the signal for the CBS affiliate available in London, WSEE (Erie, Pennsylvania) was of lower quality than that of the Detroit CBS affiliate, WWJ. Hence, Rogers London switched from WSEE to WWJ and, as in Ottawa, decided to switch its Fox affiliate from WUTV to WJBK to ensure uniformity of the source city for all the U.S. network television signals.[2]

Unlike the other Buffalo channels, WUTV is not seen on Shaw Direct, opting instead for Rochester sister station WUHF in Standard Definition, and Detroit, Michigan's WJBK in High Definition. However, Shaw Direct would use WUTV as a temporary replacement if technical difficulties occur with either channel.

For many years, WUTV was carried on cable in Quebec as far east as Gaspe.

WUTV was once carried on Montreal cable up until 1997, when Vidéotron replaced WUTV with WFFF-TV Burlington, Vermont (the Fox station that signed on the air at the time). Originally, its WUHF sister in Rochester was carried on cable in the Western Montreal suburbs for 1995 only. Those stations were the first Fox stations to be carried on Montreal cable. It also returned temporarily when WFFF-TV was off the air for a brief time in the mid-2000s.

Station Presentation


Station slogans

  • 29 Good Times (Mid 1970s)
  • 29 Plays Favorites (late 1970s)
  • Get To Know Us (1980-1985)
  • The Great Entertainer (1985-1990)
  • It's On Fox 29! (early 1990s; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Gimme Fox (1995-1996)
  • Just One Buffalo... Just One Fox (1997-1998; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Only One Buffalo... Only One Fox... Fox 29 (1998-2000; local version of Fox ad campaign)
  • You Are Watching Fox 29, WUTV Buffalo, Serving Western New York and Southern Ontario


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