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|Branding||Fox 6 (general)
Fox 6 News
|Slogan||People You Know,
News You Can Trust
|Channels||Digital: WGGB-DT 40.2 (UHF)|
|Owner||Gormally Broadcasting, LLC
(Gormally Broadcasting Licenses, LLC))
|Call letters' meaning||see WGGB|
|Former affiliations||The Tube|
|Transmitter power||460 kW (digital)|
|Height||324 m (digital)|
|Facility ID||25682 (digital)|
WGGB-DT2 is the primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Western Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley. The station is a second digital subchannel of ABC affiliate WGGB-TV owned by Gormally Broadcasting. Over-the-air, it broadcasts a 720p high definition digital signal on UHF channel 40.2 from a transmitter on Mount Tom in Holyoke. A standard definition version can also be seen on Comcast channel 6 (with HD on digital channel 861) and Charter channel 10 (with HD on digital channel 786). Its parent station has studios on Liberty Street in Springfield. Syndicated programming on WGGB-DT2 includes: 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and America's Funniest Home Videos.
WGGB-DT2 first became active under Sinclair Broadcast Group ownership as part of The Tube, a 24-hour digital music channel. At the end of 2006, the channel became vacant when the network folded due to lack of advertising. Before the second launch of WGGB-DT2, the Springfield/Holyoke television market was the largest DMA to not have a Fox affiliate of its own. Previously, WTIC-TV in Hartford had served as the market's default Fox affiliate, even identifying as "Hartford/New Haven/Springfield" for a time. Some cable systems also piped in WFXT in Boston.
On November 16, 2007 the Springfield Republican reported WGGB would launch a Fox affiliate on this second digital subchannel. It was expected to begin broadcasting by the end of the year but was delayed until March 31, 2008. When it re-launched, WGGB-DT2 took WTIC's cable channel location on Comcast systems. The latter moved to the digital tier on channel 292.
Charter followed suit as well placing WTIC on digital channel 261. When the station relaunched on March 31, it also started to show MyNetworkTV programming as a secondary affiliate. On weeknights, programming from the network is delayed until 11:30. The layout for its separate website was the same as Fox stations that are owned-and-operated by the network but has since been abandoned.
It was announced with the start up of WGGB-DT2, a new weeknight prime time newscast would be added to the lineup. This began airing on September 8, 2008 (known as Fox 6 News at 10) and has since expanded to weekends. Back on August 18, low-powered CBS affiliate WSHM-LD launched the market's first 10 o'clock broadcast on its 24-hour local weather channel that aired seven nights a week. For an unknown reason, that has since been dropped. WGGB-DT2 also simulcasts the 5 to 7 a.m. portion of the main channel's weekday morning show and then replays it from 7 until 9.
- Nathan O'Leary - weekday morning news and "Students of Character" segment producer
- Julia Dunn - weekday morning news and medical reporter)
- Shannon Hegy - weeknight news
- Tricia Taskey - weekend news and weeknight reporter (also "Crime Files" segment producer)
- Ed Carroll - Chief Meteorologist seen weeknights
- Dan Brown - weekday morning meteorologist and heard on WARE-AM 1250
- Rick Sluben - weekend meteorologist
- Mike Leslie - Sports Director seen Tuesday through Sunday nights and "Athlete of the Week" segment producer
- Maggie Pereiras - simply living host
- Neil Carroll - sports
- Bob Hastings - Chief Photographer
- Ray Hershel - Chief Political and fill-in news anchor
- Mike LaCrosse - weeknights
- Brian Lees - political analyst
- Dave Madsen - Managing Editor and "Making A Difference" segment producer
- Brendon Monahan
- Gordon Shear - weekday morning traffic
- Carrie Taylor - "Living Well, Eating Smart" segment producer