WVNC-LD
NBC Watertown.PNG
Channels
BrandingNBC Watertown
Antenna TV Watertown (LD2)
Programming
Affiliations45.1: NBC
45.2: Antenna TV/MyNetworkTV
45.3: Grit
45.4: Bounce TV
45.5: Court TV
45.6: QVC
45.7: HSN
Ownership
Owner
History
FoundedMarch 24, 2015
First air date
December 1, 2016 (5 years ago) (2016-12-01)
Former call signs
W45EI-D (2015–2016)
Former channel number(s)
Digital:
45 (UHF, 2016–2020)
Call sign meaning
Watertown Television North Country
Technical information
Facility ID188838
ClassLD
ERP15 kW
HAAT107.2 m (352 ft)
Transmitter coordinates43°58′4.6″N 75°48′21.2″W / 43.967944°N 75.805889°W / 43.967944; -75.805889Coordinates: 43°58′4.6″N 75°48′21.2″W / 43.967944°N 75.805889°W / 43.967944; -75.805889
Links
Websitewww.nbcwatertown.com

WVNC-LD (channel 45) is a low-power television station in Watertown, New York, United States, affiliated with NBC and owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting. The station's studios are located at Public Square in downtown Watertown, and its transmitter is located along NY 126/State Street on Champion Hill.[1][2]

Due to WVNC-LD's low-power status, its broadcast radius only covers the immediate Watertown area. Therefore, it must rely on cable and satellite to reach the entire market.

History

Although the channel 45 frequency had never been used in Watertown prior to 2015, the adjacent channel 46 was the home of WLOT-LP, Watertown's UPN affiliate, until its owner died in 2005 and the station went dark (its frequency has never been reactivated and would eventually be taken out of service in the late-2010s spectrum reallocation).

On August 28, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the transfer of control of a low-power digital television license in Watertown, W45EI-D, from Sunrise, Florida-based DTV America Corporation to SagamoreHill Broadcasting.[3] The new owners promptly renamed the station WVNC-LD and signed it to an affiliation deal with NBC, giving the Watertown area its first locally-based full-time NBC affiliate. The new station signed on December 1, 2016. Prior to WVNC-LD's sign-on, North Country cable systems received either WSTM-TV in Syracuse or WPTZ in Plattsburgh, depending on the location. WWNY-TV previously had a secondary affiliation with the network until 1995.[4] WPTZ and WSTM-TV are still available on cable along with WVNC-LD.

Former WVNC-LD as both an Antenna TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate.
Former WVNC-LD as both an Antenna TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate.

Programming

WVNC-LD's main channel clears the entire NBC schedule, including The More You Know, NBC's E/I-compliant block which, as a low-power station, it is not required to clear. Syndicated programming on WVNC-LD includes Family Feud, Access Hollywood, and The Kelly Clarkson Show.[5]

In addition to NBC programming, WVNC-LD operates the Watertown market's Antenna TV affiliate on its LD2 subchannel. On weeknights, WVNC-LD2 also carries programs from the MyNetworkTV programming service, filling in programming for all time slots outside of the MyNetworkTV programming schedule with the Antenna TV schedule.[6][7]

News operation

WVNC-LD currently does not air any local news programming; station officials stated at its launch that planning was underway to open a news department by early 2018. As of September 2022, there is still no local news available on WVNC-LD.

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming [8]
45.1 1080i 16:9 WVNCNBC Main WVNC-LD programming / NBC
45.2 480i Antenna Antenna TV / MyNetworkTV
45.3 GritTv Grit
45.4 Bounce Bounce TV
45.5 CourtTv Court TV
45.6 QVC QVC
45.7 HSN HSN

References

  1. ^ "Facility Details « Licensing and Management System Admin « FCC".
  2. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".
  3. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/1731564.pdf[dead link]
  4. ^ Dwyer, Brian. "NBC will Soon be Local in Watertown; News Department in 2018". Time Warner Cable News. Time Warner Cable News. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  5. ^ "The Kelly Clarkson Show - Where to Watch Page".
  6. ^ "Interactive Affiliate Map". AntennaTV.com. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  7. ^ www.nbcwatertown.com
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WVNC-LD