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WWSI
CityMount Laurel, New Jersey
Channels
BrandingTelemundo 62; Noticiero Telemundo 62
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
History
FoundedSeptember 9, 1987
First air date
January 17, 2001; 23 years ago (2001-01-17) (in Atlantic City, New Jersey; license moved to Mount Laurel in 2018[1])
Former call signs
  • WDKZ (1987–1989)
  • WACI (1989–2000)
  • WPHA (2000–2001)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 62 (UHF, 2001–2009)
  • Digital: 49 (UHF, 2002–2018), 34 (UHF, 2018–2019)
Call sign meaning
"Sí" is Spanish for "yes"
Technical information[2]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID23142
ERP745 kW
HAAT399.8 m (1,311.7 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°2′30.1″N 75°14′10.1″W / 40.041694°N 75.236139°W / 40.041694; -75.236139
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.telemundo62.com

WWSI (channel 62) is a television station licensed to Mount Laurel, New Jersey, United States, serving as the Philadelphia-area outlet for the Spanish-language network Telemundo. It is owned and operated by NBCUniversal's Telemundo Station Group alongside NBC outlet WCAU (channel 10); it is also sister to regional sports network NBC Sports Philadelphia.

WWSI and WCAU share studios within the Comcast Technology Center on Arch Street in Center City, with some operations remaining at their former main studio at the corner of City Avenue and Monument Road in Bala Cynwyd, along the PhiladelphiaMontgomery county line. Through a channel sharing agreement, the two stations transmit using WCAU's spectrum from a tower in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.

History

The former WWSI logo used from 2004 to 2012

Prior to the station's formal sign-on, channel 62's original owners held a construction permit under the WDKZ call letters beginning on September 9, 1987, which subsequently changed to WACI that same year. In 2000, the callsign on the license was changed to WPHA. The station formally signed on the air as WWSI on January 17, 2001, originally licensed to Atlantic City, New Jersey, with transmitter in Waterford Township.[3] It acquired the Telemundo affiliation for the Philadelphia market (originally seen on Wilmington, Delaware-based WTGI—channel 61, now Ion Television owned-and-operated station WPPX-TV—until 1998, then WTVE—channel 51—in Reading, Pennsylvania, from 1998 to 2000). WWSI launched its website in 2007.

In January 2008, Hispanic Broadcasters Corporation agreed to sell WWSI to ZGS Communications for $10 million.[4] The sale to ZGS was finalized on March 11 of that year.

On March 21, 2013, NBCUniversal entered into an agreement to acquire WWSI from ZGS Communications for $20 million. Prior to the sale agreement, WWSI had been the largest station (in terms of market size) aligned with Telemundo that was not an owned-and-operated station of the network. The deal created a duopoly with NBC-owned Philadelphia station WCAU.[5] The sale was completed on July 2.[6]

News operation

Following the acquisition of WWSI, NBCUniversal announced plans to develop a news department for the station, with plans to debut half-hour newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. starting January 6, 2014.[7]

The newscasts, titled Noticiero Telemundo 62 began on January 13, 2014, one week from the original planned start date. WWSI maintains its own control room, which then runs through WCAU's main Digital Operations Center.[8]

The station hired 15 staff members for its news operation (including journalists, reporters, producers, anchors and photographers).[9] On October 21, 2013, WWSI announced the hirings of Claribel Collazo (previously with Orlando Telemundo affiliate WTMO) as its assistant news director and Ramón Luis Zayas, former news anchor of Telemundo's morning program Un Nuevo Día, as anchor of the evening newscasts.[10] On November 3, 2014, the 14 Telemundo O&O's, including WWSI, launched a 5:30 p.m. newscast. This makes WWSI the first Spanish-language station in Philadelphia to have an hour-long evening newscast.

The station launched additional 6 a.m. and noon newscasts to lead into Telemundo's national morning and mid-day news programs on April 2, 2018.[11]

On October 21, 2018, Telemundo 62 debuted its new studio in the new Comcast Technology Center, the same day that NBC 10 debuted its new studio.[12]

Technical information

Subchannels

Subchannels of WCAU and WWSI[13]
License Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
WCAU 10.1 1080i 16:9 WCAU-TV NBC
10.2 480i COZI-TV Cozi TV
10.3 NBCLX NBC LX Home
10.4 OXYGEN Oxygen
WWSI 62.1 1080i WWSI-DT Telemundo
62.2 480i T-Xitos TeleXitos[14]

Analog-to-digital conversion

WWSI discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 62, on June 12, 2009, the official date on which 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 49,[15] using virtual channel 62, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition. Until 2018, 49.3 (virtual 10.3) was utilized as a simulcast of WCAU. The subchannel was signed on in order to keep NBC programming available in areas channel 10's main signal does not reach over the air after the network terminated their affiliation with Wildwood-licensed WMGM-TV.

Spectrum reallocation

On April 13, 2017, it was revealed that WWSI's over-the-air spectrum had been sold in the FCC's spectrum reallocation auction, fetching $125.9 million. WWSI did not sign off, but is sharing broadcast spectrum with sister station WCAU.[16] NBC stated that WCAU had a better signal than that of WWSI.[17] Because WCAU's signal does not sufficiently cover Atlantic City proper, WWSI changed its city of license from Atlantic City to Mount Laurel.

References

  1. ^ Section 307(b) Showing for New COL of Mount Laurel, NJ
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WWSI". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ "Local Spanish TV channel on air". Courier-Post. February 2, 2001. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved January 24, 2008.
  5. ^ NBCUniversal doubles in Philadelphia with Telemundo outlet, Radio & Television Business Report, March 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Telemundo Closes On Purchase of WWSI TVNewsCheck, July 2, 2013
  7. ^ "Telemundo's WWSI Gets Ready To Make News". TVNewsCheck. December 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Inquirer.com: Philadelphia local news, sports, jobs, cars, homes".
  9. ^ "WWSI Philly Hiring 15 To Launch Local News". TVNewsCheck. September 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "Zayas to anchor upcoming Telemundo Philly newscast". Media Moves. October 21, 2013.
  11. ^ Miller, Mark (March 12, 2018). "Telemundo's WWSI Adding Two Newscasts". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "With 4K and IP, NBC 10 and Telemundo 62 Philadelphia debut upgrade".
  13. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for WCAU". RabbitEars.info. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  14. ^ Malone, Michael (December 2014). "Telemundo Station Group Launches Telexitos Multicast Net". www.broadcastingcable.com. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  15. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  16. ^ All Purpose Exhibit for WWSI CP Application to Channel Share
  17. ^ "NBC Makes Over $480 Million From Auction". TVNewsCheck. April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.