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Encyclopedia > WZTV
WZTV
Image:WZTV_logo.jpg
Nashville, Tennessee
Channels Analog: 17 (UHF)
Digital: 15 (UHF)
Affiliations FOX (1990-Present)
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
Founded August 5, 1968[citation needed]; March 6, 1976
Call letters meaning Zenith TV
Former callsigns WMCV (1968-1971)
Former affiliations Independent (1968-1971, 1976-1990)
Website www.fox17.com/

WZTV channel 17 is the FOX affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee. It's owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group as sister stations to My Network TV affiliate WUXP-TV channel 30 and The CW affiliate WNAB channel 58. It is currently branded as "FOX17". Its transmitter is located in Whites Creek, Tennessee, northwest of Nashville. Image File history File links WZTV_logo. ... “Nashville” redirects here. ... In broadcasting, a channel is a range of frequencies (or, equivalently, wavelengths) assigned by a government for the operation of a particular broadcast station. ... Analog television (or analogue television) encodes television and transports the picture and sound information as an analog signal, that is, by varying the amplitude and/or frequencies of the broadcast signal. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... 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. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... 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. ... 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 217th day of the year (218th 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. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian 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. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... 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. ... “Nashville” redirects here. ... 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. ... My Network TV (sometimes written MyNetworkTV, and unofficially abbreviated MNT or MNTV) is an upcoming television network in the United States, owned by News Corporation, which is scheduled to launch on September 5, 2006. ... WUXP-TV/DT, channel 30, is the UPN affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The Crimson White, known colloquially as The CW, is the student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama. ... WNAB channel 58 is The CW affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee. ...

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History

The station originally began broadcasting on August 5, 1968[citation needed] as WMCV and operated until March 10, 1971 from a small studio in west Nashville. It was Nashville's first UHF TV station as well as its first independent (in fact Tennessee's first), without a network affiliation. Not surprisingly, with three strong, well-established network affiliates in the market, WMCV did not attract many advertisers and relied mainly on old movies, cartoons, religion, and syndicated fare; many area households probably did not have sets capable of receiving the station's signal anyway. This was very typical of UHF start-ups in the late 1960s and early 1970s. is the 217th day of the year (218th 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. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Ultra high frequency (UHF) designates a range (band) of electromagnetic waves whose frequency is between 300 MHz and 3. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... 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. ...


After a false start ended hopes for a 1974 return for channel 17, new owners Reel Broadcasting brought the station back as WZTV on March 6, 1976, initially branding it as "ZTV" and later "Z-17". WZTV's first several years showed far more promise in the programming lineup than WMCV ever did, with coverage of college basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball supplementing the usual independent syndicated program assortment such as cartoons, classic sitcoms, old movies, westerns, and reruns of old network dramas. Even though the station took out ads in TV Guide in 1979 and 1980 offering assistance to Middle Tennessee viewers who had problems receiving its UHF signal, by the late 1980s the problem became mostly a moot one as many households now could view the station clearly via cable. is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ...


In the early 1980s, WZTV was sold to Multimedia Broadcasting, which owned several NBC and CBS affiliates around the country. Multimedia continued to run the independent format on WZTV, even after competitors came in the form of a Murfreesboro-based station, WFYZ channel 39, in 1983, and a TVX-owned station, WCAY-TV channel 30, in 1984. However, WZTV was the only one that was profitable, so by 1985, it became clear that Nashville could not support three independent stations, a large number for that time in only a medium-sized market. TVX owned many other stations that were profitable and high-rated, while the Murfreesboro TV Corporation, owners of WFYZ, lacked the resources to grow. With this scenario, Channel 39 opted to broadcast only music videos, ala MTV; later that year, the Christian Television Network bought the station and switched it to an all-religious format and changed its calls to WHTN. This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Nickname: Motto: Location in Rutherford County and the state of Tennessee. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...


WZTV then acquired most of WFYZ's former shows, being the stronger of the two remaining independents. In 1988, Multimedia sold WZTV to Act III Broadcasting, who had a reputation of buying medium-market independent stations and the programming from its competitors, combine assets to make a stronger station and have the other stations switch to religion or shopping full-time. Act III wanted to do this in Nashville, but TVX would not allow it. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Act III Broadcasting was a company that owned several television stations that started as independents, and later became Fox affiliates. ...


In 1987, TVX affiliated all of its stations with the newly-launched Fox Broadcasting Company. WCAY, then branded "Fox 30," however did not get a substantial ratings boost. TVX bought 5 general entertainment stations from Taft Broadcasting later in 1987 - two of these stations were Fox affiliates, while the other 3 were independent. TVX acquired massive debt as well, so they sold some of their underperforming medium-market stations. WCAY and sister station WMKW in Memphis were sold to MT Communications, which was headed by -- and named after -- Michael Thompson. After the sale was complete, WCAY changed its callsign to WXMT. The deal between Fox and TVX, of course, had one catch: if one of TVX's underperforming stations -- like WCAY/WXMT -- was sold, that station could lose its Fox affiliation. As a result, in 1990, Fox pulled its affiliation from WXMT and moved it to WZTV. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... 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. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ...


Act III was not done yet: it approached Thompson about buying WXMT's programming and moving it to WZTV, while making WXMT all religion and home shopping. Thompson initially agreed, but backed out of the deal a few days later. But Thompson came up with another idea: WXMT would sell only its expensive programming to WZTV: which included mostly sitcoms, drama shows, and movies; and WXMT would keep barter shows and cartoons. In mid-February, the deal was complete, and WZTV became a Fox affiliate with a strong schedule, changing its on-air branding to "Fox 17." WXMT's schedule now looked like this: home shopping 15 hours a day, religion 2 hours, cartoons 4 hours, and syndicated shows 2 hours.


Over the years, WZTV began going torwards more first-run talk, court, and reality shows, and WXMT began to add more sitcoms and cartoons as a result, allowing WXMT to return to full-time general entertainment by 1994. Around that time, Act III sold its stations to Abry. WXMT became a UPN affiliate in 1995, and one year later Sinclair bought most of Abry's stations, including WZTV. Sinclair then entered into a local marketing agreement with channel 30, now called WUXP, and most of WZTV's sitcoms and cartoons moved to WUXP, with Sinclair buying WUXP outright in 2001. UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


On July 7, 1997, WZTV began its 9 p.m. newscast, after Fox demanded that all its affiliates air local news, and WZTV was one of the few Fox affiliates in the top 50 markets that did not air local news before that. is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


Fox ended the weekday cartoon block in 2002, allowing their affiliates to add even more first-run syndicated shows. Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Today, WZTV offers Fox programming, first-run reality/talk/court shows, recent sitcoms and news, although WZTV remains one of the few top 50 Fox affiliates lacking a traditional weekday morning newscast. It does, however, produce a magazine show entitled "TN Mornings," which includes minimal news content.


In 2006, all Sinclair-owned Fox affiliates, including WZTV, extended their affiliation contracts until at least March 2012. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2012 (MMXII) will be a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Since early 2007, the station has let go several of its news personalities. Main news anchor Ashley Webster and weekend weathercaster Cindy Tremblay have been dismissed from the station, with their contracts not renewed. Meanwhile, chief meteorologist Joe Case left to pursue his ministry, and weekend sports anchor Amy Fadool left the station to become sports anchor for the Fox station in Baltimore. Former WTVF anchor/reporter Scott Couch took Webster's position as lead anchor. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Baltimore redirects here. ...


WZTV will be leaving analog channel 17 and will occupy digital channel 15 after the analog shutdown on February 17, 2009.[1] 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


News Operations

Initially, Nashville's ABC affiliate, WKRN-TV channel 2, produced the newscast on WZTV, which was then 30 minutes long and aired only Sunday through Friday. Three years later on July 6, 2000, WZTV began producing its own newscast, which by then was expanded to a full hour and aired seven days a week. In 2004, WZTV launched the FOX17 News: Late Edition at 10pm, a half-hour show featuring local news and weather combined with national segments from Sinclair's "News Central" operation. On April 3, 2006 WZTV reformatted "Fox 17 News: Late Edition" into "FOX 17 News at Ten" and eliminated the Sinclair segments, while adding local sports and expanding its local news and weather segments. "FOX 17 News at Ten" airs against late night newscasts from Nashville's "Big 3" stations. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... WKRN-TV channel 2 is the ABC affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee. ... is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


News Personalities

  • Laura Faber, Lead News Anchor/ Reporter
  • Scott Couch, Lead News Anchor/ Reporter
  • Paul Jones, Sports Director
  • Arch Kennedy, Chief Meteorologist (AMS Seal of Approval)
  • Sarah Bishop, Weekend News Anchor
  • Dave Foster, Weekend Sports Anchor
  • Flint Adam, Reporter / Weekend Weather
  • Erika Lathon, Reporter
  • Sky Arnold, Reporter
  • John Dunn, Reporter
  • DeShaunta Bullock, Reporter
  • Miranda Cohen, Reporter
  • Dan Phillips, Reporter/Sports Photographer
  • Charlie Chase, Tennessee Mornings Host
  • Kelly Sutton, Tennessee Mornings Host
  • Brooke Austin, Tennessee Mornings News
  • David Park, Tennessee Mornings Traffic
  • Rachael Bernard, Live Commercial Coordinator

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