WORA-TV


Mayagüez/Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
CityMayagüez, Puerto Rico
ChannelsDigital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
BrandingWORA 5 / ABC Puerto Rico (general)
ABC News Extra (newscasts)
Inter Online TV (on DT2)
VIVE Televisión (on DT3)
Telecinco (on DT4)
Mega TV (on DT5)
SloganWORA TV es ABC Puerto Rico (general)
Impulsa tus Metas (on DT2)
Vive diferente (on DT3)
La Mega se Pega (on DT5)
Programming
Affiliations5.1: ABC
5.2: Inter Online TV
5.3: 24h
5.4: Telecinco
18.1: Mega TV
Ownership
OwnerTelecinco, Inc.
WRFB
History
Founded1955; 66 years ago (1955)
First air date
October 12, 1955 (65 years ago) (1955-10-12)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
5 (VHF, 1955–2009)
Analog/DT1:
Independent (1955–1969)
Repeater for WRIK-TV (1969–1979)
Repeater for WAPA-TV (1980–1985)
Repeater for WKAQ-TV (1985–1994, 2015–2019)
Repeater for WLII(-DT) (1995–2014)
DT2:
Independent (2009–2014)
ABC (2014–2019)
24H (2019–2020)
DT3/DT10:
Independent (2014–2016)
TVE (2016–2019)
24H (2019)
Call sign meaning
Named after former sister station WORA (AM)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID64865
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT634.2 m (2,081 ft)
Transmitter coordinates18°8′56″N 66°59′20″W / 18.14889°N 66.98889°W / 18.14889; -66.98889
Translator(s)W05CY-D 5.5 Mayagüez
W10BG-D 10.1 Mayagüez
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.woratv.com
www.abc.pr
www.mega.tv

WORA-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 29), branded on-air as ABC Puerto Rico, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. The station is owned by Telecinco, Inc. WORA-TV's studios are located on Ponce de León Avenue in Santurce, with additional studios at the Guanajibo Building in Mayagüez. The station's transmitter is located at Monte del Estado in Maricao.

WRFB (virtual channel 5, UHF digital channel 30) in Carolina operates as a full-time satellite of WORA-TV, serving San Juan and eastern Puerto Rico.

History

Former WORA-TV logo from 1998 to 2011.
Former WORA-TV logo from 1998 to 2011.

Founded by Alfredo Ramírez de Arellano y Bártoli in 1955, WORA-TV was the first television station on Puerto Rico's west coast and the third station islandwide after WKAQ-TV and WAPA-TV (established one year earlier).[1] The station was named for then-sister station WORA radio (760 AM), which one year later was joined by WORA-FM (97.5 FM, now WIOB), the first FM broadcaster on the west coast.[1] During its early years, the station produced its own programming, but its schedule eventually shifted toward infomercials, possibly due to the lack of interest from local businesses in advertising on television. In 1969, WORA-TV became a repeater station for WRIK-TV, airing their programming on the west coast of the island.

In 1979, WORA-TV entered into an affiliation agreement with San Juan-based WAPA-TV, ending its run as a locally-run independent station. After that, most television stations on the island's western coast followed suit. By joining with economically stronger stations from the San Juan market, market divisions on the island ended.

In 1985, WORA-TV changed its affiliation agreement to WKAQ-TV, and on January 1, 1995, it began a new affiliation agreement with WLII.

On September 19, 2014, it was announced that WORA would become an ABC affiliate on November 1, 2014, replacing low-power station WPRU-LP, carrying the network on a subchannel branded as ABC 5.[2]

On January 1, 2015, WORA-TV again become a semi-satellite of WKAQ-TV on channel 5.1. Univision programming moved to WOLE-DT channel 12, on the same date. On March 9, 2015, WORA's third digital subchannel added VIVE, which broadcasts series from Televisión Española.

On June 27, 2019, WORA-TV announced that will end an affiliation agreement with WKAQ-TV by December 31, leaving Telemundo without a western affiliate after more than four years. Later, Hemisphere Media Group, the owners of WAPA-TV, announced that Telemundo would air on a subchannel of WNJX-TV by January 1, 2020. On December 18, WORA-TV announced that it will move ABC programming to the station's primary channel on January 1.[3]

On July 1, 2019, VIVE switched to a simulcast of the 24H news channel from TVE.

On December 1, 2020, WORA-TV, WRFB and its translator stations launched as Telecinco, a new independent station combining news programming from RT and horse racing from Hipodromo Camarero. Telecinco is seen over-the-air on the station's fourth digital subchannel.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Virtual channels for WORA-TV
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
5.1 720p 16:9 WORA-TV Main WORA-TV programming / ABC
5.2 UIA-TV Inter Online TV
5.3 480i VIVE VIVE Television / 24h
5.4 720p Tele5.4 Telecinco
18.1 MEGA-TV Simulcast of WTCV / Mega TV
Virtual channels for W05CY-D (digital channel 5)
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
5.5 720p 16:9 ABC-PR Simulcast of WORA-DT1 / ABC
5.6 UIA-TV Simulcast of WORA-DT2 / Inter Online TV
5.7 480i VIVE Simulcast of WORA-DT3 / VIVE Televisión / 24h
5.8 720p Tele5.4 Simulcast of WORA-DT4 / Telecinco
Virtual channels for W10BG-D (digital channel 10)
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
10.1 720p 16:9 ABC-PR Simulcast of WORA-DT1 / ABC
10.2 UIA-TV Simulcast of WORA-DT2 / Inter Online TV
10.3 480i VIVE Simulcast of WORA-DT3 / VIVE Televisión / 24h
10.4 720p Tele5.4 Simulcast of WORA-DT4 / Telecinco

Analog-to-digital conversion

WORA-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, on June 12, 2009, the official date when full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 29.[5] Through the use of Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP), digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5.

Translator stations

WORA-TV can be seen across Puerto Rico on the following stations:

City of license Callsign Channel
Carolina WRFB 5.1
Fajardo W05DA-D 5.1
Mayagüez W05CY-D 5.4
Mayagüez W10BG-D 10.1
Ponce W05DB-D 5.1
San Lorenzo W29EE-D 5.1

Programming

In addition to ABC network programming, WORA-TV airs some local shows, mostly on Sunday afternoons.

News operation

WORA-TV had a small news division branded as WORA-TV Noticias, which aired during WKAQ-TV's Telenoticias news broadcasts on WORA-DT1. These 15 to 30 minute news segments focus on events happening in and around Mayagüez and Puerto Rico's west coast. On June 28, 2019, WORA-TV laid off 19 employees. This caused the closing of the entire news department and the newscasts have been canceled.

Currently, WORA-TV (which is affiliated with ABC), airs a simulcast of WABC-TV's Eyewitness News. The station does not air local newscasts in English. The local programs, Punto Final (anchored and produced by Carmen Jovet), Primetime (hosted by Victor Santiago, Kimberly Santiago, Nicole Marie Colón and Ana Isabelle) and Más con Milly (hosted by Milly Méndez) broadcast in the evening.

On April 14, 2021, after nearly two years without a regional news operation, WORA-TV announces its return to news programming, with the launch of ABC News Extra, a local newscast headed by female journalists. The locally-produced newscast airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m.

Local programs produced by WORA-TV

References

  1. ^ a b "Muere el pionero de la radio y la televisión mayagüezana: el filántropo Alfredo Ramírez de Arellano Bártoli". Mayagüez sabe a Mangó (in Spanish). Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "ABC Switching Puerto Rico Affiliation". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Telemundo to stop airing signal via WORA-TV in Mayaguez by year's end". News is My Business. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c RabbitEars TV Query for WORA
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2014.