digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

WOWK-TV
WOWK-TV logo
Huntington/Charleston, West Virginia
United States
Branding WOWK 13 (general)
13 News (newscasts)
Slogan Working For You
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations CBS
Owner West Virginia Media Holdings
First air date October 2, 1955; 58 years ago (1955-10-02)
Call letters' meaning Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky
(states served by the station's signal)
Sister station(s) WTRF, WVNS, WBOY
Former callsigns WHTN-TV (1955-1975)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
13 (VHF, 1955-2009)
Digital:
47 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1955-1958 & 1962-1986)
CBS (1958-1962)
Transmitter power 12.5 kW
Height 414 m
Facility ID 23342
Transmitter coordinates 38°30′20″N 82°12′32″W / 38.50556°N 82.20889°W / 38.50556; -82.20889
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website wowktv.com


WOWK-TV, channel 13, is a television station licensed to Charleston, West Virginia, USA. Owned by West Virginia Media Holdings, WOWK is the CBS affiliate for the Huntington-Charleston television market, which also covers portions of southeastern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky. The station's studios are located in Charleston next to the Charleston Town Center,[1][2] on the first floor of the former Montgomery Ward location and its transmitter is based in Milton, West Virginia.

WOWK-TV is one of four West Virginia television stations owned by West Virginia Media Holdings; the other outlets are fellow CBS affiliates WVNS-TV in Lewisburg and WTRF-TV in Wheeling; and NBC-affiliated WBOY-TV in Clarksburg.

History[edit]

The station went on-air October 2, 1955 as WHTN-TV (for HunTingtoN) an ABC affiliate owned by the Greater Huntington Theater Corporation. After only a year, the station was bought by Cowles Communications (unrelated to the Spokane, Washington-based Cowles Publishing Company). WHTN swapped affiliations with WCHS-TV and became a CBS station for the first time in 1958. In 1960, Cowles sold Channel 13 to Reeves Telecom. It went back to ABC in 1962 and stayed with that network for 24 years. Reeves Telecom sold the station to Gateway Communications in 1974. A year later, it changed its call letters to the current WOWK-TV to reflect the three states it serves (Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky). In 1986, it changed affiliations again returning to CBS.

The station was headquartered at the Radio Center Building in Huntington from its inception until 1984 when WOWK moved to a location on Fifth Avenue. Gateway merged with SJL Broadcasting in 2000. SJL sold it to West Virginia Media Holdings in 2002. After the sale to West Virginia Media, it sold its Huntington building and moved to Charleston. However its transmitter is still located at the Milton location, closer to Huntington.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
13.1 1080i 16:9 WOWK-CBS Main WOWK-TV programming / CBS
13.2 WOWK-DT2 Weather Radar

High-definition programming[edit]

Syndicated Yes
Newscasts Yes

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WOWK-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, in early 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 47 to VHF channel 13.[4][5] On January 25, 2009, an ice storm destroyed the temporary UHF channel 47 digital transmitter. Rather than repair it for two more months of service, the station shut down its analog transmission early and brought its digital 13 transmitter on-line.

News operation[edit]

Nightly news open at 11.

WOWK-TV airs the market's only 7pm newscast. The station also airs a 5pm newscast. It provides all weather forecasts for WVNS-TV as well as weekend weather for WBOY-TV and WTRF-TV.

On May 16, 2011, WOWK expanded its morning newscast to a 4:30 A.M. start time. It is the first station in the market, as well as in the state, to do so. The morning news expansion is a growing trend across the United States.

The station announced on August 5, 2011 that 17 year veteran evening anchor Sandra Cole had decided not to renew her contract. Cole ended her tenure at the station on September 30, 2011. From October, 2011 until January, 2012, the station did not have an evening anchor. Kelly Brennan, Stacy Moniot, Dana Arquilla, and Scott Roberts filled the evening slots during the interim period. The station has since placed April Kaull, former WOWK news director, and Don Hammond into the evening news slots.

West Virginia Media produces a half-hour evening newscast that airs at 5:30pm. The newscast, titled West Virginia Tonight Live, is broadcast live from the Charleston studios in high definition on all 4 stations and is anchored by April Kaull.

The station's news ratings have generally been very poor. Rival WSAZ has the highest news rating of any top 100 market. Since the West Virginia Media takeover, and the move to Charleston, ratings have declined even more, as the station does not cover news from any part of its service area outside Charleston.

Newscast Titles[edit]

  • Newsroom (1958-1961)
  • The West Virginia Report (1961-1966)
  • 13 Color News (1966-1971)
  • Eyewitness News (1971-1975)
  • TV-13 Action News (1975-1990s)
  • 13 News (1990s-present)

Station Slogans[edit]

  • Be an Eyewitness (early 1970s)
  • Where The Action Is (mid 1970s)
  • Count on the Action News Team (late 1970s)
  • We're the One To Turn To (late 1970s)
  • 13 Believes in You (early 1990s-1997)
  • Live. Local. Latebreaking (1997-2003)
  • Your Town, Your State, Your Future (2003-2008)
  • Live and Local from Your Hometown (2008-2012)
  • Working For You (2012 to now)

Newscast themes[edit]

  • The Action News Theme by Unknown Composer (?)
  • Image News by Gari Media Group (1997–2003)
  • Finale by Stephen Arnold Music (2003–2012) was used on stations regular newscasts till April 2012 now only on weekly show "Decision Makers"
  • Aerial by Stephen Arnold Music (2012-present)

Local HD[edit]

West Virginia television has been seeing newscasts moving to high definition.

On May 29, 2011, WTAP in the Parkersburg market launched the first HD newscast in the state. On June 26, 2011, WTAP sister-station WSAZ launched the first HD broadcast in the Huntington-Charleston market. WOWK has moved into their new facilities, and on Saturday May 5, 2012 WOWK launched high definition newscasts. Sister station WTRF on December 29, 2011 at 12 PM Launched the first true High Definition newscast in the Wheeling/Steubenville market. WTRF was the first station in the West Virginia Media Holdings Group to have a local High Definition newscast.

News team[edit]

Anchors

  • Jack Kane - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
  • Merrily McAuliffe - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
  • Don Hammond - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • April Kaull - weeknights at 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Tim Carrico - weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. & Fridays at 5, 6, 7, & 11 p.m. (main fill-in anchor)

StormTracker 13 Meteorologists

  • Spencer Adkins (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Bryan Hughes - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
  • Kristin Ketchell - meteorologist; weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also weekday fill-in
  • James Hopkins - (WVNS-TV) weekday morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) (WOWK-TV) meteorologist fill-in

Sports

  • Brandon Smith - sports reporter

Reporters

  • Bray Cary - West Virginia Media Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer
    • Decision Makers host
  • Randy McKinney - Chief Photographer
  • Elbert Mosley - Senior Photojournalist
  • Chris Holtzaphel - Huntington photojournalist
  • John Haulotte - photojournalist
  • Gary Mills - photojournalist
  • Kerry McClannahan - photojournalist
  • Drew Adams - Huntington photojournalist
  • Nicky Walters
  • Jessie Shafer
  • Hillary Hall
  • Brandon Smith
  • Randy Yohe
  • Ben Nandy
  • Christina Fan
  • Ariel Rothfield
  • Rachael Ousley - reporter/weekend producer


News Department

  • Ellen Miller - News Director
  • Chad Hypes - Assistant News Director
  • Steve Seminick - Executive Producer
  • Jamie Smith - Assignment Editor
  • Tiffney Henson - Huntington Assignment Editor
  • Patti Nieto - Assignment Desk Manager
  • Lucas Hannon - Assignment Desk
  • Jeffrey Spradlin - Assignment Desk
  • Stephen Boyle - Producer weeknights 6/11 p.m.
  • Amelia Ferrell - Producer weeknights 5/7 p.m.
  • Alex Belfori - Producer weekdays noon/5:30 p.m.
  • Brandon Millman - Producer weekdays 13News This Morning
  • Veronica Goad - Producer weekdays 13News This Morning
  • Branford Marks - Associate Producer
  • Will Vance - Associate Producer

References[edit]

External links[edit]


Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOWK-TV — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
6020 videos foundNext > 

WOWK-TV Huntington, W. Va., reports on a fire at its transmitter site (1984)

The fire occurred on Jan. 12, 1984.

WOWK-TV 13 News This Morning - March 14, 2014

The complete 6 AM newscast from WOWK 13 News.

WOWK-TV News: 2010 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award Recipients

This news story is courtesy of CBS affiliate WOWK-TV and features the 2010 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin...

WOWK-TV News: 2011 Arch Coal Teacher Awards, Mine Academy Contribution

This news story is courtesy of CBS affiliate WOWK-TV and features the 2011 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray To...

WOWK-TV 13 News at 5 - December 4, 2012

The complete newscast from WOWK 13 News.

WOWK-TV 13 News Water Crisis Special - January 11, 2014

One hour special produced as part of continuing water crisis coverage.

WOWK-TV News: 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award Recipients

This news story is courtesy of CBS affiliate WOWK-TV and features the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients for 2012 in West Virginia. Governor Earl...

Trisha on WOWK TV 13 News

May 19th, 2011 @ 7:00 Interviewed for her 'Extreme' couponing skills.

WOWK-TV 13 News This Morning - April 16, 2013

The complete 6 AM newscast from WOWK 13 News.

WOWK-TV 13 News at 5 - March 13, 2013

The complete newscast from WOWK 13 News.

6020 videos foundNext > 

2777 news items

 
WOWK
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:18:45 -0700

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life. An appeal filed Wednesday in the case of Rene Lima ...
 
WOWK
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:03:45 -0700

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Jurors saw a forlorn email former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, telling her she was his "soulmate." McDonnell testified extensively about his troubled marriage Thursday at his ...
 
WOWK
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0700

ATLANTA (AP) - Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with ...
 
WOWK
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0700

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Nixon announced what he ...
 
WOWK
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:18:45 -0700

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is receiving more than $560,000 in health and safety training grants from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration. The funding is part of $8.3 million in grants for 47 states and the ...
 
WOWK
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:07:30 -0700

(AP Photo/Felicia Leija). This undated photo provided by Felicia Leija shows Jose Banda, 20, with his newborn daughter Alisa. (AP Photo/Barajas Family). This undated photo provided by the Barajas family shows Caleb Barajas. (AP Photo/Barajas Family).
 
WOWK
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:41:15 -0700

The Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office dropped felony charges against the son of a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice. The Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office dropped felony charges against the son of a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice.
 
WOWK
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:26:15 -0700

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is telling jurors that his time in public office took a toll on his marriage. McDonnell went back on the witness stand Thursday as his public corruption trial resumed in federal court in Richmond.
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About WOWK-TV

You can talk about WOWK-TV with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!