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WGNT
Portsmouth, Virginia
Branding CW 27
Channels 27 (UHF) analog,
50 (UHF) digital
Affiliations The CW
Owner CBS Corporation
Founded December 6, 1953 (original incarnation)
October 1961 (current incarnation)
Call letters meaning W Greater Norfolk Televsion, as in Hampton Roads
Former callsigns WTOV-TV (1953-56)
WYAH-TV (1961-88)
Former affiliations DuMont (1953-1956)[1],
Religious (1961-67)
Independent (1967-95)
UPN (1995-2006)
Website cw27.com

WGNT, channel 27, is the CW-affiliated station for the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Virginia (known collectively as Hampton Roads) market. The station is licensed to Portsmouth, and its transmitter is located in Suffolk, Virginia. WGNT is owned by the CBS Corporation, which owns a 50-percent share of the CW. Prior to the launch of the CW, WGNT was affiliated with UPN. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Map Political Statistics Founded 1752 County Independent city Mayor Dr. James W. Holley III Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 120. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing A brand is a collection of images and ideas representing an economic producer; more specifically, it refers to the concrete symbols such as a name, logo, slogan, and design scheme. ... In broadcasting, a channel is a range of frequencies (or, equivalently, wavelengths) assigned by a government for the operation of a particular broadcast station. ... Ultra high frequency (UHF) designates a range (band) of electromagnetic waves whose frequency is between 300 MHz and 3. ... Analog television (or analogue television) encodes television picture and sound information as an analog signal, that is, by varying the amplitude and/or frequencies of the broadcast signal. ... Ultra high frequency (UHF) designates a range (band) of electromagnetic waves whose frequency is between 300 MHz and 3. ... Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV or DTT) is an implementation of digital technology to provide a greater number of channels and/or better quality of picture and sound using aerial broadcasts to a conventional antenna (or aerial) instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... “The CW” redirects here. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Look up October in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... The DuMont Television Network was the worlds first commercial television network, beginning operation in the United States in 1946. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... The Crimson White, known colloquially as The CW, is the student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama. ... Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... Map Political Statistics Founded 1752 County Independent city Mayor Dr. James W. Holley III Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 120. ... Location in the State of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent city Incorporated 1896  - Mayor Joe Frank Area    - City  119. ... This view from space in July 1996 shows portions of each of the Seven Cities of Hampton Roads which generally surround the harbor area of Hampton Roads, which framed by the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel visible to the east (right), the Virginia Peninsula subregion to the north (top), and the... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1742 Mayor Linda T. Johnson Area    - City 1,111. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ...

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History

WGNT is one of the oldest surviving UHF licenses in the country. It first appeared on December 6, 1953 as WTOV-TV, a commercial independent owned by Commonwealth Broadcasting. It was the third television station in the Hampton Roads area, and the second on UHF (WVEC-TV signed on at channel 15 three months earlier). WTOV later became an affiliate of the DuMont network. Channel 27 was on the air for limited hours, and had very limited viewership because it was impossible at the time to watch UHF stations without buying an expensive converter. Even with a converter, WTOV's picture wasn't very clear. With low viewership, poor advertising revenues, and the impending loss of DuMont programming, WTOV went dark in 1956. Ultra high frequency (UHF) designates a range (band) of electromagnetic waves whose frequency is between 300 MHz and 3. ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... WVEC-TV is the ABC affiliate for the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, which includes Norfolk-Portsmouth, Newport News, and the surrounding area. ... Look up September in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The DuMont Television Network was the worlds first commercial television network, beginning operation in the United States in 1946. ...


The CBN Years

In 1961, M.G. "Pat" Robertson, an attorney and Southern Baptist minister (though with a strong pentecostal tinge) purchased the license for channel 27. Under the ownership of Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, the station returned to the air as WYAH-TV in October, with "YAH" standing for "Yahweh" according to some sources and "You are Holy" according to others. At first it was on the air eight hours a day with televangelists such as Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell, and Billy Graham, local church services, and a locally produced program which was the ancestor of what would become The 700 Club. The early 700 Club featured faith healing, preaching, Christian music, prayers, and testimonies, with Robertson as the primary host. Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker produced a children's program. WYAH was one of the first Christian television stations in the United States. It was a viewer-supported noncommercial station, though it sold blocks of time to ministries. Marion Gordon Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is a televangelist from the United States. ... The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a United States cooperative ministry agency serving missionary Baptist churches around the world. ... The Pentecostal movement within Protestant Christianity places special emphasis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. ... The Christian Broadcasting Network, or CBN, is, as its name implies, a Christian television broadcasting network in the United States. ... Granville Oral Roberts (born January 24, 1918) is an American neo-Pentecostal televangelist. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jerry Lamon Falwell (born August 11, 1933, in Lynchburg, Virginia) is an evangelical pastor and televangelist from the United States. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The on-air personalities of The 700 Club The 700 Club is the flagship news talk show of the Christian Broadcasting Network, airing on cables ABC Family and in syndication throughout the United States and Canada. ... James Orsen Bakker (born January 2, 1940, in Muskegon, Michigan) is an American televangelist, a former Assemblies of God minister, and a former host (with his then-wife Tammy Faye Bakker) of The PTL Club, a popular evangelical Christian television program. ... Tammy Faye Bakker Messner (born March 7, 1942) is the former wife of televangelist and later convicted felon Jim Bakker. ...


In September 1967 WYAH expanded its broadcast day and went commercial with old westerns, public domain movies, and classic cartoons except on Sundays. By the early 1970s WYAH had expanded its broadcast day to 19 hours and was a traditional independent station running cartoons, off-network sitcoms, and religious programming, including thrice-daily airings of the 700 Club. Sundays were devoted entirely to religious programs. About this time, the Bakkers left for the California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network before going on their own in 1975. Hampton Roads was one of the smallest markets with a commercial independent station. However, in keeping with Robertson's fundamentalist views, it had a very conservative programming policy. Hampton Roads viewers had other choices, though, as WTTG and WDCA-TV from Washington, D.C. were available on cable. Template:A year The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, is the largest Christian (and largest religious) television network in the world. ... WTTG, FOX5 DC is an owned and operated TV station of the Fox Broadcasting Company. ... WDCA, channel 20 (digital channel 35), is the Washington, D.C. areas MyNetworkTV owned and operated station, with transmitter facilities located in Bethesda, Maryland. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D...


In June 1971, CBN signed on WHAE-TV (now WGCL-TV) in Atlanta, followed with the January 1973 purchase of KBFI-TV (now KDAF) in Dallas. CBN later changed the calls of that station to KXTX-TV and, in April 1973, merged it with KDTV (the current KXTX-TV). CBN's fourth station, WXNE-TV (now WFXT) in Boston was signed-on in October 1977. These stations formed the Continental Broadcasting Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Christian Broadcasting Network, and of which WYAH was the flagship station. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... WGCL-TV is the CBS television station serving the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... KDAF, channel 33, is the CW affiliate for the Dallas-Fort Worth designated market area. ... Dallas redirects here. ... KXTX-TV, Channel 39, is the Telemundo affiliate in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. ... WFXT, channel 25, is an owned-and-operated station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


In 1980 WYAH, along with the rest of the Continental stations, began eight hours of general entertainment programming on Sundays, mostly extending the non-religious programming to syndicated theatrical shorts from Warner Bros., MGM, and Paramount and a pair of weekly "theaters" dedicated to Shirley Temple movies and Blondie and Dagwood movies, and added more off-network reruns to the schedule during the early 1980s. Because of CBN's fundamentalist bent, profanity that was permitted on broadcast television was often muted for family viewing. However, it lost some ground to WTVZ, which signed on in 1979 and aired programming that was too racy for Robertson's liking--mostly uncensored off-network programming and syndicated fare. Warner Bros. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23,1928) later known as Shirley Temple Black, is an American diplomat, and a former child actress. ... This article is about the comic strip. ... The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ... WTVZ is the The WB affiliate serving the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA television market (Designated Market Area). ...


In the late 1980s, Robertson began selling off the over-the-air stations that he owned. In 1989 WYAH was sold to Centennial Broadcasting. The new owners renamed the station WGNT, which calls stand for Greater Norfolk Television.


After CBN: WGNT Today

WGNT began showing far racier programming after Centennial purchased the network, leading to talk that its call letters stood for God's Not Here. It also ended its decades-long practice of censoring profanity from off-network syndicated programming. As the 1990s began, WGNT began showing controversial talk shows like Rush Limbaugh, The Ricki Lake Show and The Jerry Springer Show and syndicated fare like the Universal Action Pack and Baywatch, and dropped the 11 p.m. repeat of the 700 Club in 1991. By 2003, the series was completely off the air on WGNT, though it aired on numerous outlets in the area in the years since. (The 700 Club currently airs on four stations in the area: NBC affiliate WAVY-TV in the mornings, Fox station WVBT-TV in the afternoons, independent WSKY-TV in primetime, and TBN affiliate WHRE.) For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio talk show host. ... Ricki Lake is a daytime talk show hosted by U.S. actress Ricki Lake. ... The Jerry Springer Show (first aired September 20, 1991) is an internationally known television tabloid talk show, hosted by Jerry Springer, a former politician. ... Baywatch was a popular American television series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County, California. ... NBC (an acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... WAVY-TV is the NBC affiliate serving the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Virginia television market (DMA). ... For the animal, see Fox. ... WVBT-TV is the Fox Network affiliate serving the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA television market (Designated Market Area). ... WSKY-TV, which launched around fall 2001, is an independent station serving the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA television market (DMA) and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. ... The Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, is the largest Christian (and largest religious) television network in the world. ... WHRE is a religious television station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, broadcasting locally on channel 21 as an affiliate of TBN. It is owned by Copeland Channel 21, LLC, and operated by TBN. External links TBN Official site Query the FCCs TV station database for WHRE Categories: | | ...


In 1995, WGNT became a charter UPN affiliate and branded itself as "UPN 27". In 1997, Paramount Stations Group bought WGNT, making it a UPN owned-and-operated station. Viacom, Paramount's owner, later bought CBS as well. When Viacom spun off its broadcasting properties into CBS Corporation at the end of 2005, WGNT and the other UPN O&Os became part of the new company. Viacom (pronounced with a long i as in eye) began life as CBS Films, the television syndication division of CBS. In 1971, the division was renamed VIACOM (Video & Audio Communications), and in 1973 it was spun off, amid new FCC rules forbidding television networks from owning syndication companies (the rules... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ...


On January 24, 2006, the UPN and WB networks announced they would merge. The newly combined network would be called The CW, the letters representing the first initial of its corporate parents CBS and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner. WGNT became the Hampton Roads area's CW affiliate on September 18, 2006. January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The WB Television Network, casually referred to as The WB, or sometimes as The Frog (referring to the networks former mascot, the animated character Michigan J. Frog), is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ... Warner Bros. ... Time Warner Inc. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ...


In the near future, WGNT will begin handling the master control operations of WTOG in St. Petersburg, Florida and WUPA in Atlanta, Georgia. WTOG is the CW owned-and-operated affiliate for Tampa Bay, Florida. ... Nickname: Floridas Sunshine City Location of the city proper in the state of Florida Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Pinellas County Founded 1876 Incorporated February 29, 1892  - Mayor Rick Baker Area    - City  133. ... WUPA is a television station in Atlanta, Georgia, broadcasting locally on channel 69 as a UPN owned-and-operated station. ... Nickname: Hotlanta, The Big Peach, The ATL, A-Town Location in Fulton and DeKalb Counties in the state of Georgia Coordinates: Country United States State Georgia Counties Fulton, DeKalb Government  - Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area  - City  132. ...


Local programming

In 1995, WTKR produced "NewsChannel 3 News at 10 on UPN 27," the area's first 10 PM newscast [2]. The newscast was short-lived and cancelled in late 1997. Since then, the time period has been used for off-network repeats such as Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin, Becker, Good Times, The Cosby Show, One On One, Girlfriends, What's Happening Now!!, A Different World, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Bernie Mac Show and Living Single. WTKR is the CBS affiliate serving the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, officially known as the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News DMA. The station is licensed to Norfolk and broadcasts on channel 3. ... Spoiler warning: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a television sitcom which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996. ... Martin is a common given and family name in most European languages. ... Becker may refer to one of the following: // Albrecht Becker (1906–2002), German production designer, photographer, actor, imprisoned by Nazis for homosexuality Barbara Becker (born 1966), wife of Boris Becker Benjamin Becker (born 1981), German tennis player (not related to Boris Becker, below) Boris Becker (born 1967), German tennis star... Good Times was an American sitcom that was originally broadcast from February 1, 1974 until August 1, 1979 on the CBS television network. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992. ... One on One can refer to: One on One, an American television series One on One, a video game One on One, an album by Cheap Trick One on One, a 1977 movie This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share... Girlfriends is a popular American sitcom centered on the lives of successful African American women living in Los Angeles, California. ... Whats Happening Now!! was an American sitcom which ran in syndication from 1985 to 1988. ... A Different World was an American television sitcom. ... The Jamie Foxx Show was an American television sitcom-comedy that aired on the WB Network from August 28, 1996 to January 14, 2001. ... The Bernie Mac Show was a half-hour American sitcom featuring the comedic antics of comedian Bernie Mac. ... Living Single was an American television sitcom which aired for five seasons on the FOX television network from August 1993 until January 1998. ...


Currently WGNT airs the syndicated weekday morning program, The Daily Buzz. The station also produces a public affairs program, called Here and Now on The CW, airs every week on Sunday at 7 AM. Kafi Rouse, the program's host, is also the marketing and public affairs Director for the channel 27. The program covers topics including community affairs, politics, government, social issues, and business that affects the Hampton Roads area. The Daily Buzz is a nationally syndicated morning news program produced in Orlando, Florida by ACME Communications and Emmis Communications. ...


Trivia

Preceded by
WYAH-TV
WGNT-TV
1989-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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WGNT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1084 words)
WGNT is currently the owned-and-operated UPN station for the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, officially known as the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News DMA.
WGNT is one of the oldest surviving UHF stations in the country.
WGNT began showing edgier programming in the years after Centennial purchased the network and ended its decades-long practice of censoring profanity from off-network syndicated programming.
UPN 27 - WGNT Channel 27 Television (78 words)
WGNT is a television station in Portsmouth, VA that serves the Norfolk - Portsmouth - Newport News television market.
WGNT is a full-power television station that operates with 2340 kw of power and is owned by CBS Corporation.
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