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WTOG
Image:Wtog442006.png
St. Petersburg / Tampa, Florida
Branding CW44
Slogan Tampa Bay's #1 Entertainment Station
Channels 44 (UHF) analog,
59 (UHF) digital
Translators W23CN (23, UHF) Sebring, Florida
W61AK (61, UHF) Inverness, Florida
Affiliations The CW
Owner CBS Corporation
Founded 1968
Former affiliations Independent (1968-86, 1988-93);
Fox (1986-88) PTEN (1993-1995) UPN (1995-2006)
Website CW44.com

WTOG is the CW owned-and-operated affiliate for Tampa Bay, Florida. It is licensed to St. Petersburg. It broadcasts its analog signal on UHF channel 44, and its digital signal on UHF channel 59. Its transmitter is located in Riverview, Florida. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 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. ... Nickname: Cigar City, The Big Guava Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. ... 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. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 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. ... In broadcasting, a translator is an FM radio station or a TV station which acts as a full-duplex repeater. ... Sebring is a city located in Highlands County, Florida. ... Inverness is a city located in Citrus County, Florida. ... 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. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... For the animal, see Fox. ... The Prime Time Entertainment Network (also known as PTEN) was a television network launched in 1993 by the Prime Time Consortium, a joint venture between Warner Bros. ... 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. ... The Tampa Bay area is a metropolitan area on the Gulf coast of west-central Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. While this has become far less meaningful over the decades, stations are still required to post their public file somewhere within the... 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. ... Ultra high frequency (UHF) designates a range (band) of electromagnetic waves whose frequency is between 300 MHz and 3. ... Riverview is the name of three places in the State of Florida in the United States of America: Riverview, Duval County, Florida Riverview, Escambia County, Florida Riverview, Hillsborough County, Florida This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

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History

The station began operation in 1968 as general entertainment independent station, airing cartoons, sitcoms, movies, sports, dramas, and a 10pm newscast. It was originally owned by the Minnesota-based Hubbard Broadcasting Corporation, which owns KSTP-AM-FM-TV in the Twin Cities. In the station's early days, its slogan was: "WTOG...as far as the eye can see", which was made famous by a 1970s station identification package. WTOG was successful early on, it was so successful that it forced competitor WSUN-TV (now WTTA) off the air in 1970. For the rest of the 1970s and early into the 1980s, WTOG was the only independent station in the Tampa Bay area. This distinction finally ended in 1981, when WFTS-TV, then owned by Family Group Broadcasting, signed on. The station continued to compete head to head with WFTS. In the early 1980s, the station's slogan was "We're 44...we show you the good life". 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... An independent station is a television station that is not affiliated with any network. ... Hubbard Broadcasting Corporation is a broadcasting company based in St. ... Entrance to the KSTP studios on University Avenue in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... KSTP-FM is a radio station with studios in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... KSTP-TV Channel 5 (50 digital) is the ABC affiliate for the Twin Cities. ... WTTA is the My Network TV affiliate in Tampa, Florida. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WFTS-TV (ABC Action News) is the ABC affiliate for the Tampa-St. ...


During the 1970s and 1980s, WTOG was seen on many cable systems in central and southwestern Florida. In the 1980s, WTOG also had a network of low-powered repeaters, with repeaters in Sebring, Arcadia (in the Ft. Myers market), Ocala (Orlando market) and Okeechobee (West Palm Beach market). They billed themselves as "Florida's Super Station", which "Covered Florida Like The Sun". There was also some consideration to put WTOG on cable in Tallahassee, but that never came to fruition. Sebring is a city located in Highlands County, Florida. ... Arcadia is a city in DeSoto County, Florida, United States. ... Nickname: Horse Capital of the World, Lightning Capital of the World Location of Ocala, Florida Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Marion County Area    - City 100. ... Okeechobee is a city located in Okeechobee County, Florida. ...


WTOG was one of the most profitable independent television stations in the country. In fact, during the late 1970s, a man named Ted Turner called the station to ask how it was that WTOG could be so profitable. It is believed that WTBS in Atlanta was modeled after WTOG. Robert Edward Turner III (born November 19, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American media mogul and philanthropist. ... WTBS is a American TV station, broadcast on channel 17 (DTV channel 20) in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area. ...


In 1986, WTOG became a charter affiliate of the new Fox Broadcasting Company. However, this relationship lasted only 2 years, as WTOG dropped the affiliation in 1988, sending it to WFTS, now owned by the E.W. Scripps Company. Of course though, the station was still effectively independent during its time as a Fox affiliate, as Fox programming only comprised a small part of its schedule. For the animal, see Fox. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is a media conglomerate founded by Edward W. Scripps on November 2, 1878, originally known as the Cleveland Penny Press. ...


WTOG was largely unaffected by the affiliation swaps of 1994, which saw longtime CBS affiliate WTVT switch to Fox, WFTS going to ABC and longtime ABC affiliate WTSP go to CBS, but WTOG did become a charter UPN affiliate, aligning itself with the network at its launch in 1995. As with its days as a Fox affiliate, WTOG continued to program a traditional independent format during the day, with UPN programming shown during prime time. Paramount Stations Group, a subsidiary of Viacom purchased the station in the Spring of 1996 (swapping NBC affiliates WNYT in Albany, New York and WHEC in Rochester, New York to Hubbard in the process), and it changed its on-air branding to "UPN44". CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... WTVT is a television station in Tampa, Florida. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... WTSP, Tampa Bays 10 is a CBS-affiliate television station on the west coast of Florida (Tampa–St. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... NBC (an acronym for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... WNYT is the NBC television affiliate for New York states Capital District (Albany-Schenectady-Troy). ... Location in Albany County and the State of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York County Albany Founded 1614 Incorporated 1686 Government  - Mayor Gerald D. Jennings Area  - City  21. ... WHEC is a television station in Rochester, New York. ... Nickname: The Flour City, The Flower City, The Worlds Image Center Motto: Rochester: Made for Living Location of Rochester in New York State Country United States State New York County Monroe  - Mayor Robert Duffy Area    - City  37. ...


WTOG's newscasts prior to 1982 was mainly at sign-on and sign-off, with the announcer reading the day's headlines over a slide. In the late-1970s and early-1980s, it featured a newsreader on camera reading the news during its morning discussion, Florida Daybreak. WTOG started using the Eyewitness News moniker in the late-1970s, though its news was still a rather staid, low-key affair, until they established a regular 10PM newscast in 1982. At first, WTOG continued to use the Eyewitness News name, with Barbara Callahan (former co-host of WTOG's PM Magazine) and John Nicholson (formerly an anchor at WTVT) as co-anchors. In the early-1990s, it was renamed 44 News at Ten. By 1996, following Viacom's acquisition of WTOG, it became "UPN44 10 O'Clock News" (with the slogan "Live, Local, Late Breaking"), co-anchored by Callahan and Patrick Emory. WTOG's news department was discontinued in 1999 due to financial reasons and competition from WTVT. Eyewitness News is a local television newscast format, widely used in different markets across the United States. ... The Evening/PM Magazine format was created as a locally-produced light news, entertainment, and informational show, and was syndicated to local stations throughout the United States. ... WTVT is a television station in Tampa, Florida. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... WTVT is a television station in Tampa, Florida. ...


The station stopped airing cartoons when UPN cancelled UPN Kids in 2003. Today, CW44 runs syndicated shows such as off-network sitcoms, reality shows, talk shows, court shows, dramas, and UPN programming. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


There were rumors that The E. W. Scripps Company would buy WTOG-TV from CBS Corporation (recently spun off from Viacom), thus creating a duopoly with ABC affiliate WFTS (who ironically had taken the FOX affiliation from WTOG in 1988). As of 2005, this has not occurred. Scripps Center, the corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... A true duopoly is a form of oligopoly where only two producers exist in a market. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... WFTS (ABC Action News) has been the ABC affiliate for Tampa, Florida since May 22, 1994. ...


WTOG had handled master control operations for its sister station, KEYE in Austin, Texas, until WTOG's master control, along with that of Atlanta's WUPA, were moved to sister CW affiliate WGNT in Norfolk, Virginia; Twenty employees were laid off from WTOG ([1]), even though CBS had previously denied that such would happen ([2]). KEYE is currently in the process of being sold to Cerberus Capital Management. KEYE-TV 42 (K-EYE or The Eye, after the CBS logo) is the CBS owned & operated television station in Austin, Texas, USA. It began operations in 1982 as KBVO. In 1987, became affiliated with the upstart Fox network. ... Nickname: Live Music Capital of the World Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas County Travis County Government  - Mayor Will Wynn Area  - City  258. ... 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. The station is licensed to Portsmouth on channel 27, and is one of UPNs strongest stations. ... Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... Cerberus Capital Management LP is one of the largest private equity investment firm in USA. The firm is based in New York, N.Y., and run by 45-year-old financier Steve Feinberg. ...


On cable, WTOG can be seen throughout the Tampa Bay area on Bright House and Verizon FiOS channel 4, and on Comcast channel 9 in the Sarasota and Venice headends. WTOG also has a repeater in Sebring (W23CN channel 23). As for the other repeaters, the Arcadia and Sebring facilities have shut down while the Ocala station (W29AB) has since become a repeater for Orlando's WKMG-TV. The Bright House Networks logo. ... FiOS is a fiber to the premises (FTTP) telecommunications service offered in the United States by Verizon. ... a:This page describes the American media company. ... WKMG-TV, channel six, is the CBS network affiliate serving the entire Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Florida metropolitan area. ...


In May 1999, after WTOG's news department closed, WTOG housed WFLA-TV one day, when WFLA had a power outage at their main studios in Downtown Tampa. WFLA-TV is the NBC affiliate television station on the west coast of the U.S. state of Florida, serving the Tampa-St. ...


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10 O'Clock News Anchors

  • Patrick Emory, anchor (1994-1999).
  • Barbara Callahan, PM Magazine co-host (1980-1982); anchor (1982-1986; 1993-1999).
  • John Nicholson, anchor (1980s)
  • Sandra Cole, anchor (1988-1989)
  • J.P. Peterson, sports (-1999, now at WFLA-TV)
  • Wendy Ross, weather (now at WWSB)
  • Justin Kiefer, weather (1997-1999, now at WMBB-TV)
  • Kathryn Bursch, reporter (1980s-90s)
  • Julie Brannon, anchor
  • Jane Akre, anchor (1996)
  • John Summer, anchor (1987-1994)
  • Beasley Reece, sports (1980s, 1997-1998, now at KYW-TV).
  • Bob Alvarez, sports (early/mid 1990s)
  • John Peterson, sports (1998-1999)
  • Rob Stone, sports (late 1990s)
  • Diane Roberts, anchor (1989-1993)
  • Carmen Roberts, reporter (1980s)
  • Ken Suarez, reporter (1988-1998)
  • Stan Rhoads, Cinema 44 Cash Call
  • Harry Hairston, reporter (1980s, now at WCAU-TV)
  • Jack Harris, various spots (1970s-1983)

The Evening/PM Magazine format was created as a locally-produced light news, entertainment, and informational show, and was syndicated to local stations throughout the United States. ... WFLA-TV is the NBC affiliate television station on the west coast of the U.S. state of Florida, serving the Tampa-St. ... WWSB, Channel 40 (Cable Channel 7), is the ABC affiliate for Sarasota, Florida. ... WMBB News13 is a full power television station -- as an ABC network affiliate, it serves the entire Panama City, Florida metropolitan area. ... Beasley Reece (born March 18, 1954) was a defensive back with a 9 year NFL career from 1976 to 1984. ... KYW-TV, channel 3, is the CBS owned-and-operated television station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Dialing for Dollars was a segment on local television shows especially popular in the 1960s and 1970s though still seen in some markets. ...

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WTOG switched over to The CW network in September 2006, after UPN and The WB networks merged.
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WTOG was largely unaffected by the affiliation swaps of 1994, which saw longtime CBS affiliate WTVT switch to Fox, WFTS going to ABC and longtime ABC affiliate WTSP go to CBS, but WTOG did become a charter UPN affiliate, aligning itself with the network at its launch in 1995.
WTOG started using the Eyewitness News moniker in the late-1970s, though its news was still a rather staid, low-key affair, until they established a regular 10PM newscast in 1982.
WTOG's news department was discontinued in 1999 due to financial reasons.
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