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WRDC
Image:MyRDC.png
Durham - Raleigh -
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Branding My RDC
Slogan My Raleigh
My Durham
My Chapel Hill
Channels Analog: 28 (UHF)
Digital: 27 (UHF)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV
The Tube (DT2)
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
Founded November 4, 1968
Call letters meaning Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill
Former callsigns WNAO-TV (1953-59)
WRDU-TV (1968-1978)
WPTF-TV (1978-1991)
Former affiliations ABC (1953-1959)
NBC (1968-1995)
UPN (1995-2006)
Transmitter Power 5 MW visual/500 kW aural
Website http://www.myrdctv.com

WRDC, channel 28, is currently an affiliate station of MyNetworkTV in the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, North Carolina (commonly known as The Triangle) television market. The station is licensed to Durham, but its studios are in the Highwoods office park just outside downtown Raleigh. It is co-owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group along with CW affiliate WLFL-TV (channel 22). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: Location in North Carolina Country United States State North Carolina County Durham County Government  - Mayor Bill Bell Area  - City  94. ... For other uses of this name, see Raleigh. ... Cross Creek Linear Park Fayetteville is a city located in Cumberland County, North Carolina. ... A brand includes a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 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An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... MyNetworkTV (sometimes written My Network TV, and unofficially abbreviated MyNet, MyTV, MNT, or MNTV) is a television network in the United States, owned by News Corporation. ... The Tube Music Network is a music video network carried on select digital television subchannels and digital cable systems. ... The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) NASDAQ: SBGI is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the United States with a total of 59 stations across the country in 38 primarily small and medium markets, many of which are located in the South and the Midwest. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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For other uses of this name, see Raleigh. ... Nickname: Location in North Carolina Country United States State North Carolina County Durham County Government  - Mayor Bill Bell Area  - City  94. ... Cross Creek Linear Park Fayetteville is a city located in Cumberland County, North Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... The Triangle may mean: Research Triangle: A region in the piedmont of North Carolina in the United States The Triangle (newspaper): Drexel Universitys independent student newspaper. ... The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) NASDAQ: SBGI is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the United States with a total of 59 stations across the country in 38 primarily small and medium markets, many of which are located in the South and the Midwest. ... CW may stand for: The CW Television Network (colloquially The CW), a television network which launched in September 2006 as a merger of both the UPN and The WB networks. ... WLFL-TV, channel 22, is the WB Television Network affiliate for the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, North Carolina television market. ...


WRDC shows on cable channel 12 in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville and most of their suburbs, and channel 10 in Cary, Garner, Clayton, Smithfield, and Carrboro.

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History

WNAO-TV (1953-59)

In 1953, WNAO-TV signed on channel 28 as the Triangle's first television station (a few months before WTVD) and the state's first UHF station. It was owned by The News & Observer, which had only gotten into broadcasting six years earlier, when it began WNAO-AM and FM (now WRBZ-AM and WBBB-FM). However, television manufacturers weren't required to include UHF tuning capability on their sets at the time. Until the Federal Communications Commission required all-channel tuning in 1964, UHF stations were unviewable without a converter. Even with one, the picture was barely viewable. WNAO was also hampered by the fact that it was affiliated with the then-struggling ABC network. WNAO-TV struggled for viewership, but its fate was sealed when WRAL-TV (channel 5) signed on in 1956. Channel 28 went dark in 1959, as the fiscal loss for the News & Observer was so great that it decided to get out of broadcasting entirely. Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... WTVD, channel 11, is an owned-and-operated station of the Walt Disney Company-owned ABC television network, based in Durham, North Carolina. ... Ultra high frequency (UHF) designates a range (band) of electromagnetic waves whose frequency is between 300 MHz and 3. ... The News & Observer logo The front page of The News & Observer from January 26, 2005 The News & Observer is the regional daily newspaper of the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, USA. It is based in Raleigh and also covers Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill. ... WRBZ is a sports talk radio station based in Raleigh, North Carolina with a frequency of 850 AM. Owned by McClatchey Broadcasting, WRBZ goes by the handle 850 the Buzz and is currently affiliated with the Fox Sports Radio Network. ... The FCCs official seal. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... WRAL-TV is a broadcast television station based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As an NBC affiliate (1968-95)

Channel 28 stayed dark until November 4, 1968, when WRDU-TV, licensed to Durham and totally unrelated to the earlier station at channel 28, signed on as an NBC affiliate. NBC had not had a full-time affiliate in the Triangle since 1962, when WRAL-TV dropped NBC in favor of ABC. WTVD, a primary CBS affiliate, took on a secondary NBC affiliation at that point. The owners of WRDU, husband-and-wife lawyers Reuben and Kathrine Everett and their son Robinson (who was then a law professor at Duke University), thus had a tremendous opportunity on its hands, with an audience clamoring to see network shows they hadn't seen in six years. However, channel 28 not only squandered this opportunity, but over the next quarter-century proved to be a textbook example of how not to be a network affiliate. is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. ...


For one thing, it had to deal with longer-established NBC affiliates in nearby Winston-Salem (WSJS-TV, now WXII), Washington (WITN-TV) and Wilmington (WECT) being available over the air with strong VHF signals in much of the surrounding area. Also, WRDU's main competitors, WTVD and WRAL, were two of the strongest performers for their respective networks, having built up followings over the previous dozen years or so on VHF channels--the same problem that derailed WNAO-TV essentially remained unchanged. Even taking those impediments into consideration, its worst fault was of its own making: WRDU also frequently pre-empted NBC programming in favor of local or syndicated shows, probably disappointing many viewers who had high hopes that channel 28 would show all or most of the network's schedule. Many of those shows, ironically enough, ended up on WTVD until 1971. The low ratings, perversely enough, fed a cycle of further reliance on non-network offerings, rather than rectifying the problem. Nickname: Motto: Youre Something Special in Winston-Salem Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Forsyth County Founded Incorporated 1766 (Salem) 1849 (Winston) 1913 Government  - Mayor Allen Joines (D) Area  - City  132. ... WXII-TV, channel 12(Analog)/31(Digital), is the NBC television station licensed for the Greensboro–High Point–Winston-Salem, North Carolina designated market area. ... Washington is a city in Beaufort County, North Carolina, United States. ... WITN-TV is the NBC affiliate licensed to Washington, North Carolina. ... Wilmington is a city in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. ... WECT is the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, North Carolina. ... Very high frequency (VHF) is the radio frequency range from 30 MHz to 300 MHz. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ...


The Durham Life Insurance Company, which owned the Triangle's oldest radio station, WPTF-AM, bought WRDU-TV in May 1977 and changed its callsign to match a year later. This was Durham Life's second attempt to get into television, which had previously bid for the channel 5 allotment in 1956 before the FCC awarded the license to the much smaller Capitol Broadcasting as WRAL-TV. Durham Life invested a large amount of money into its new purchase, including a news department. However, largely because of the network and audience-loyalty problems it inherited from channel 28's previous owners, experienced little success over time. Its news department had no luck whatsoever competing against WRAL and WTVD. This was in marked contrast to its radio sister, one of the most respected radio news operations in North Carolina. WRAL and WTVD switched affiliations in 1985 after WTVD's owner, Capital Cities Communications, bought ABC, but WPTF saw little windfall from the switch. At one point in the 1980s, even with NBC's powerful primetime lineup, WPTF-TV was dead last in the Triangle television ratings. It even trailed WLFL, an independent station (and later, a Fox affiliate) that had only been on the air since 1981. WPTF, News-Talk 680, is a general talk radio station serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Capital Cities Communications was an American media company best known for its surprise purchase of the much larger ABC in 1985. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


Understandably enough, by the summer of 1991, Durham Life wanted out of broadcasting entirely. Durham Life broke up its entire broadcasting unit and sold off individual stations to various owners. WPTF-TV went to the Communications Corporation of America (ComCorp), who changed the callsign to WRDC-TV. The new owners made the station profitable almost immediately. However, in a cost-cutting move, on July 31, 1991 ComCorp fired the entire news department (save for one anchor/reporter who was kept for newsbreaks) and most of the production crew. One disgruntled ex-employee, in a bitter joke, suggested that the station's new callsign really stood for "We Really Don't Care." WRDC lost a good deal of credibility as a result and never recovered. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


As a UPN affiliate (1995-2006)

The former "UPN 28" logo

By the mid-1990s, NBC, obviously embarrassed and angry about its poor performance in one of the country's fastest-growing markets, had finally had enough with WRDC and was looking to move its programming to another station. It got its chance in 1995 after WNCN (channel 17, formerly WYED-TV), based in Goldsboro, boosted its signal to 5 million watts to provide greater coverage to the Triangle market. WNCN's owner, Outlet Communications, also owned WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island and WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio, which were two of NBC's strongest and longest-standing affiliates. Although WNCN had just affiliated with the WB Television Network, NBC quickly cut a deal with Outlet to move its Triangle affiliation to WNCN. However, NBC's contract with WRDC didn't run out until September 1995. Starting in January 1995, WNCN began airing all of the NBC programming that WRDC turned down. When NBC's contract with WRDC ran out in September, WRDC became a UPN affiliate. It had already been airing UPN programming out of pattern since January. As such, WRDC no longer had a decent amount of programming to pre-empt, with UPN providing far fewer hours of network fare per week than any of the major networks. WRDC also picked up several syndicated shows that WNCN no longer had time to air. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... WNCN (NBC17) is the NBC affiliate in the Triangle region of North Carolina (the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville DMA), broadcasting on analog channel 17 and digital channel 55. ... Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Founded / Incorporated 1787 / 1847 Government  - Mayor Alfonzo Al King Area  - City 64. ... The Outlet Company was a corporation based in Providence, Rhode Island which owned holdings in both retail and broadcasting. ... WJAR (NBC 10) is the NBC owned and operated television station in Rhode Island. ... “Providence” redirects here. ... WCMH-TV, channel four, is the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... 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. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ...


Glencairn Ltd. bought WRDC in 1995, and the station entered into a local marketing agreement with WLFL-TV. Glencairn was owned by Edwin Edwards, a former executive with WLFL's owner, Sinclair. The Smith family, founders and owners of Sinclair, held 97 percent of Glencairn's stock, so in effect Sinclair owned both stations. Sinclair had LMAs with the other eight Glencairn stations, leading to allegations that Glencairn was really a corporate shell that Sinclair used to make an end-run around the FCC's regulations of that time prohibiting ownership of more than one station in a market. The FCC eventually fined Sinclair $40,000 for its illegal control of Glencairn. The station briefly dropped its UPN affiliation in the spring of 1998, as a result of a dispute between UPN and Sinclair (which had been controlling the station's programming by this point), before reinstating the affiliation several months later. Sinclair purchased WRDC outright in 2001. This was possible because WNCN had by this time passed WRDC as the fourth-rated station in the Triangle. The FCC's duopoly rules do not allow one person to own two of the four largest stations in a single market. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS PENIS... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... A true duopoly is a form of oligopoly where only two producers exist in a market. ...


As a MyNetworkTV affiliate (2006-present)

In January 2006, The WB and UPN (which has only used its initials as its official name since 2000) announced that they would merge into a new network, The CW. The news of the merger resulted in Sinclair announcing, two months later, that WRDC would join MyNetworkTV, a new service formed by the News Corporation, who also owns the Fox network. Sister station WLFL, which had been a WB affiliate since 1998, took the CW affiliation, giving North Carolina two My Network TV/CW duopolies (the other being WMYT/WJZY in Charlotte). Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The WB Television Network is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The CW Television Network, or more casually The CW, is a new television network in the United States set to launch for the 2006-07 television season. ... MyNetworkTV (sometimes written My Network TV, and unofficially abbreviated MyNet, MyTV, MNT, or MNTV) is a television network in the United States, owned by News Corporation. ... 1211 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), where News Corporation is based News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... WMYT-TV Channel 55 (known on-air as My TV 12, a reference to its cable channel location) is The WB affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... WJZY Channel 46 is the UPN affiliate in Charlotte. ... Charlotte (also known as candle stick) is a figure skating grace move - one of the spirals, where the skater is bended and glides on its one leg with the other one lifted to the air. ...


Select Charlotte Bobcats games are aired on My RDC The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ...


TV Tower

In 1986, WPTF erected a 2,000 foot tower near Garner, North Carolina, in an attempt to increase its signal coverage to include Fayetteville and other cities located south and east of Raleigh. That same tower collapsed in December 1989 during an early morning winter ice storm that also claimed the nearby tower of WRAL-TV. WPTF managed to get back on the air several hours later by rebroadcasting its signal on both WYED-TV (now WNCN) for the Raleigh-Durham area and WFCT-TV (channel 62, now WFPX) for the Fayetteville area. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Garner is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... WRAL-TV is a broadcast television station based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... WNCN (NBC17) is the NBC affiliate in the Triangle region of North Carolina (the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville DMA), broadcasting on analog channel 17 and digital channel 55. ... WFPX is one of two i affiliates for the Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina television market, licensed to nearby Fayetteville. ...


A month following the WYED/WFCT simulcast, WPTF reactivated its old tower near Apex, North Carolina, which it had used from 1978 to 1986, allowing the station to resume its broadcasts on Channel 28 as usual. That same tower was dismantled several years later and then donated to classical radio station WCPE-FM, who reassembled it at a spot near its studios in Wake Forest, North Carolina in 1993. WPTF would eventually return to the newly-built broadcast tower completed in early 1991 near Garner, which also included the transmission signal for WRAL-TV, as well as WRAL-FM, WQDR-FM, and a couple of low-power TV stations in the area. Apex is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... WCPE-FM website is a private classical music radio station broadcasting in the United States out of studios near Wake Forest, North Carolina. ... Wake Forest is a town located in Wake County, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... WRAL-FM Mix 101. ... WQDR-FM is a country music station located at 94. ...


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