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WLIO
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Lima, Ohio
Branding NBC Lima (general)
Your News Now (newscasts)
Fox Lima
(on DT2)
Slogan Your Hometown Lima Stations
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Subchannels 8.1 NBC
8.2 Fox (primary)
MyNetworkTV (secondary)
Owner Block Communications
(Lima Communications Corporation)
First air date April 18, 1953
Call letters' meaning LIma, Ohio
Sister station(s) WOHL-CD, WLQP-LP, WLMO-LP
Former callsigns WLOK-TV (1953-1955)
WIMA-TV (1955-1972)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
73 (UHF, 1953-1955)
35 (UHF, 1955-2009)
Former affiliations DuMont (1953-1956)
CBS (1953-1972)
ABC (1953-1982)
all secondary[1]
The CW (on DT2, 2006-2008
via The CW Plus)
Transmitter power 27.5 kW
Height 148 m
Facility ID 37503
Transmitter coordinates 40°44′51.6″N 84°7′53.9″W / 40.747667°N 84.131639°W / 40.747667; -84.131639
Website www.hometownstations.com

WLIO is the NBC-affiliated television station for Northwest Ohio licensed to Lima. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 8 from a transmitter at its studios on Rice Avenue in the city. The station can also be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 5 and in high definition on digital channel 1005. Owned by Block Communications, WLIO shares its studios with its sister station, Class A ABC affiliate WOHL-CD. Syndicated programming on this station includes Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Entertainment Tonight, and Inside Edition among others.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
8.1 720p 16:9 WLIO-D1 Main WLIO programming / NBC
8.2 WLIO-D2 WLIO-DT2 / Fox / MyNetworkTV

History[edit]

The station signed-on April 18, 1953 with the calls WLOK-TV. It aired an analog signal on UHF channel 73. The station was owned by WLOK, Inc., a company that had former Ohio State football great Lloyd A. Pixley as its president. The station was co-owned with WLOK radio (1240 AM and 103.3 FM). WLOK-TV carried programming from all four networks of the Golden Age of television (NBC, CBS, ABC, and DuMont).[1] It would eventually lose secondary affiliations with DuMont in 1956, CBS in 1972, and ABC in 1982.

In 1952, Federal Communications Commission files show two television construction permits for Lima. In addition to WLOK-TV on channel 73, Northwestern Ohio Broadcasting Corporation, owner of WIMA radio (1150 AM and 102.1 FM, now WIMT) and controlled by George E. Hamilton and Robert W. Mack, had applied for channel 35. After the death of Lloyd Pixley, WIMA bought the WLOK stations on April 24, 1955 to obtain WLOK-TV. Because FCC rules at that time forbade licensees from owning multiple AM or FM stations in the same market, the WLOK radio licenses were offered to Ohio Northern University, but the university declined due to the costs of operating them, and the licenses were surrendered to the FCC for cancellation. Northwestern Ohio Broadcasting Corporation then filed to modify WLOK-TV's license to specify operation on channel 35, supplanting its earlier construction permit, and changed its call letters to WIMA-TV to match its new radio sisters.[2]

The WIMA stations were split up in 1971, with the radio stations going to Lima Broadcasting Corporation, while WIMA-TV went to Lima Communications Corporation (despite the similarity in names, the two companies were unrelated), owned by the Toledo Blade newspaper and Midwestern Broadcasting of Toledo. As the radio stations kept the WIMA call sign, channel 35 was renamed WLIO. The new owners assumed control on February 1, 1972. In October 1982, Blade Communications (now Block Communications) bought out Midwestern Broadcasting and became sole owner of the station. WLIO's digital signal on VHF channel 8 signed-on November 18, 2002.

From late-1998 until September 18, 2006, WLIO operated cable-only WB affiliate "WBOH" in partnership with WB 100+. Specifically, this station performed sales and promotional duties for the cable-exclusive affiliate. After The WB and UPN merged in September 2006 to create The CW, "WBOH" became part of the new network as part of The CW Plus. WLIO launched a new second digital subchannel in order to offer non-cable subscribers access to the new network. On September 17, 2008, WLIO dropped The CW from its second digital subchannel and began transmitting NBC Weather Plus. The CW network reverted to cable-exclusive status in Lima. The cable channel slot was eventually taken over by WBDT from Dayton as the network's de facto affiliate.

On November 29, 2008, it was announced Metro Video Productions would sell its stations (WLQP-LP, WLMO-LP, and WOHL-CA in Lima, as well as WFND-LP in Findlay) to a Block Communications subsidiary, West Central Ohio Broadcasting.[3] While Block assumed control of those station's operations after the sale's completion on February 5, 2009, it was initially stated the company would not close the WLQP/WLMO/WOHL facilities on South Central Avenue and consolidate them with WLIO.[4] It has since been stated some consolidation would take place with the stations moving to WLIO's studios on Rice Avenue.[5]

WLIO became digital-exclusive on June 12, 2009 after shutting down its analog signal on UHF channel 35. This cleared the way for WOHL-CA (channel 25) to change to digital on channel 35. The call letters were changed to WOHL-CD. On July 13, 2009, WLIO-DT2 became a primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV affiliate essentially becoming a second outlet in Lima for the two networks. WOHL-CA shut down its analog signal July 31, 2009. On September 28, 2009, WLQP terminated its analog operations and ABC programming was shifted to WOHL.[6][7] Primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV programming seen on that station continued to be aired on WLIO-DT2 and cable.

Previously, WLIO-DT used Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP) to display its virtual channel as 35. However, when WOHL moved to digital channel 35 in late-2009, the virtual channel assignment was displaced since that station opted to use the same channel number as its actual frequency.[citation needed][dubious ] As a result, Lima is one of the few markets where two of the largest stations are currently using not only the same virtual channel numbers as their actual RF channels, but also virtual channel numbers different from their former analog channel number assignments.

News operation[edit]

Nightly news open at 11.

Adrian Cronauer was a staff announcer and personality at WIMA from 1965 until 1967. Before coming to Lima, his tour of duty in Vietnam and being a disk jockey on an armed forces radio station in Saigon later served as the inspiration for the 1987 Touchstone Pictures-released film Good Morning, Vietnam in which Cronauer was portrayed by Robin Williams. Unlike most NBC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, WLIO does not air a full two-hour weekday morning show and/or newscast weeknights at 5:30.

The one hour morning broadcast at 6 is simulcasted on WOHL. Weeknights at 5 and 10, WLIO produces two thirty minute newscasts for its Fox/MyNetworkTV second digital subchannel. WOHL-CD and its CBS second digital subchannel simulcast WLIO's news weeknights at 6 and 11. Weekend evening broadcasts seen at 6 and 11 on this station are not simulcasted on the other services.

Newscast titles[edit]

  • News Journal (?-2004)
  • Your News Now (2004–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Your West Central Ohio News Leader" (2002-2004)
  • "Your West Central Ohio Leader" (2004-2009)
  • "Your Hometown Lima Stations" (2009–present)

News Team[edit]

Anchors

  • Jeff Gunter & Julian Teekaram - weekday mornings (6:00-7:00 a.m.)
  • Jeff Fitzgerald - weeknights at 6:00 p.m.; and senior reporter
  • Holly Geaman - weekdays at noon; also producer
  • Chris Cerenelli - weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. (both on WLIO-DT2)
  • Giacomo Luca - weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Stuart Hall - weeknights at 11:00, also 6:00 p.m. producer
  • Fallon Glick - weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Your News Now Storm Authority

  • Kyle Adams (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00 (WLIO-DT2), 6:00, 10:00 (WLIO-DT2) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Elise Dolinar - weekday mornings/noon
  • Allison Peters - weekends at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Sports team

  • Jayson Geiser - sports director; weeknights at 6:00, 10:00 (WLIO-DT2) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Adam Solomon - sports anchor and reporter; weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Eddie Kilroy - sports reporter and videographer

Reporters

  • Tricia Bell - multimedia journalist
  • Sam Shriver - multimedia journalist
  • Ty Batemon - multimedia journalist
  • Branden Ferguson - multimedia journalist

Videoographers

  • Joe Miles - videographer
  • Phil Thomas - Chief Videographer

Contributing Specialists

  • Jeff Rex - opinion
  • Brent Stocksdale - opinion
  • David Adams - movie critic

Administration

  • Todd Cummins - Assignment Editor
  • Jeff Fitzgerald - News Director
  • Kevin Creamer - Vice President and General Manager

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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