Bay News 9

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Bay News 9
BayNews9.png
LaunchedSeptember 24, 1997
Owned byBright House Networks LLC
(Advance Publications Inc.)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganNews. Weather. Now.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaTampa/St. Petersburg, Florida
HeadquartersSt. Petersburg, Florida
Websitewww.baynews9.com
Availability
Cable
Bright House Networks
(Tampa Bay)
Channel 9 (SD)
Channel 1009 (HD)
 
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Bay News 9
BayNews9.png
LaunchedSeptember 24, 1997
Owned byBright House Networks LLC
(Advance Publications Inc.)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganNews. Weather. Now.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaTampa/St. Petersburg, Florida
HeadquartersSt. Petersburg, Florida
Websitewww.baynews9.com
Availability
Cable
Bright House Networks
(Tampa Bay)
Channel 9 (SD)
Channel 1009 (HD)

Bay News 9 is a cable news television network located in St Petersburg, Florida. It currently serves the Tampa Bay Area including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties. The station, which is exclusive to Bright House Networks customers, broadcasts news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of some special programming, including a weekly political program, Political Connections.

The station was originally created for cable service operator Time Warner Cable, which managed the system at the time and now is the main content provider for Bright House Networks, to make local news available continuously throughout this fast-growing region. Bay News 9's logo, designed by J.C. Burns of Atlanta, has remained the same since 1997.

History[edit]

The station began operating on September 24, 1997 and gives weather updates every 10 minutes "on the nines" and more frequently during serious weather conditions.

In 2002, Bay News 9 was the first TV station in the area to provide a VIPIR Doppler radar system. In 2007, Bay News 9 became the first station in Florida, and one of a handful of stations to provide a Dual-Pole Doppler Radar system. On Monday, January 5, 2009, Bay News 9 launched its upgraded doppler radar system called Klystron 9. This new system is capable of seeing weather features in greater detail than other Doppler radar systems. [5]

Klystron 9 combines, for the first time in history, a dual Polarimetry radar, Klystron tube, Pulse compression technology and a 1.25-million watt transmitter. That combination of technology makes Klystron 9 the most powerful television radar in the world. Klystron 9 has the ability to see storms other radars can't see and see deeper into those storms. The Klystron 9's dual-pol technology even tells meteorologists the sizes and shape of raindrops and makes the distinction between rain and ice.

Three original anchors remain with the station: Al Ruechel, Mike Clay, and Alan Winfield. Winfield only works during hurricanes after leaving the station full-time in 2006 to join a religious ministry.

Bay News 9 was originally seen on channel 9 on all systems, except for Pasco County, where it was seen on channel 6. On August 7, 2013, Bright House Networks moved Bay News 9 to channel 9 in Pasco County, making Bay News 9 available on all of Bright House's cable systems in the Tampa Bay area. The newscasts (with the exception of Your Morning News segments) are recorded for repeat broadcasts with breaking news and weather forecasts inserted almost hourly.

Programming information[edit]

Newscasts and segments[edit]

Bay News 9 provides the following newscasts and segments as part of its 24-hour news cycle:

"Extras"[edit]

These have long since been a staple of Bay News 9. They are primarily geared towards an array of lifestyle topics.

Current Extras[edit]

Multi-day reports

Weekly reports

Note: ##/hour means :## past the hour. Example: :42/hour means :42 past the hour.

In March 2008, Bay News 9 revamped its news cycle, eliminating the "Beyond the Bay" segment at :42 past the hour and replacing it with the EXTRA segment from :23 past the hour. The segment at :23 past the hour is now local news coverage. In recent years, weekend traffic reports were also eliminated to expand local news coverage. The format returns to the "original" news cycle, with EXTRAS appearing at :23 and :53 past the hour during the primetime and overnight newscasts.

Other programs[edit]

In addition, Bay News 9 provides one content-exclusive program, which airs regularly:

Past programs[edit]

"The David Logan Scholarship"[edit]

Local partnerships[edit]

Bay News 9 has partnerships with various local newspapers and radio stations, including:

Studio[edit]

Main studio[edit]

In June 2005, Bay News 9 moved from its original studios in Pinellas Park to a larger facility at the Carillon Office Complex in St. Petersburg (where Bright House Networks has its main St. Petersburg offices.) The new studio houses the latest in broadcasting technology, including large display screens in the main newsroom that show the latest breaking news headlines from various sources at one time (similar to CNN's The Situation Room.) The facility also houses four studios, a web center, and a large master control room, complemented by two smaller control rooms. The newsroom also features a large faux balcony wall with images of the Tampa area on it.

Most notably, the station was able to transition to the new facility without going off the air, thanks to the studio's new technologies. The final newscast in the old studio aired on the morning of June 27, 2005. The new facility became fully operational at 3:00pm the same day, with the airing of its first afternoon newscast.

In April 2006, Bay News 9 received a Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award in the category of station automation for its streamlined newscasts and the technology that makes those newscasts possible.

County bureaus[edit]

Channel presentation[edit]

Slogans[edit]

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[3][edit]

Anchors


Weather Experts


Traffic


Reporters

Affiliated channels[edit]

Bay News 9 offers an HD channel and several content-exclusive and On Demand channels available only to cable subscribers.

Bay News 9 HD (Channel 1009-1209)[edit]

The 1080i HD counterpart of the 24-hour news channel rolled out in spring 2006, along with a round of graphics changes. However, despite the channel launch, the news broadcast aren't taped or aired in HD. Instead it is a 4:3 480i broadcast up-scaled to 1080i with stylized pillarboxing. This lack of HD programming ended on October 20, 2011, when Bay News 9 and Spanish language InfoMás began broadcasting their newscasts in 16:9 high-definition. Along with the new wide screen format, Bay News 9 introduced a slightly different graphics package.[4]

Bay News 9 en Español / InfoMás (Channel 900)[edit]

A 24-hour Spanish news channel was launched in 2002. Unlike its English counterpart, the station reports on exclusive stories that meet the needs of Tampa's Spanish-speaking population. Bay News 9 en Español is notable in that it is the first of its kind 24-hour local news channel in the nation [5]. First airing on channel 139, it was later moved to channel 900. In 2010, the channel began airing Major League Baseball and NBA games in Spanish.

In March 2011, Bright House Networks announced the merging of the Spanish-language news channels of Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13 into a new channel, InfoMás.[5] The regional network launched on July 12, 2011.[6]

Bright House Networks Travel Weather Now (Channel 109)[edit]

The 24-hour weather network was originally conceived as "Bay News 9 Weather Now", and only provided a 24-hour local forecast after its initial launch in 1999. The network was revamped in 2004 and re-launched as "Bay News 9 Travel Weather Now", a 24-hour weather network geared primarily towards business travelers.

In October 2009, Bright House Networks renamed "Bay News 9 Travel Weather Now" to "Bright House Networks Travel Weather Now" also stating that it is provided by Bay News 9.

Tampa Bay on Demand (Channel 340)[edit]

This on-demand channel offers local entertainment programming. It features reporter Virginia Johnson who features the people and places in the Tampa Bay entertainment scene. The channel also provides cooking segments with Roy DeJesus, restaurant reviews, wine reviews, celebrity interviews, and holiday features. There is a second channel, Bay News 9 on Demand, which features long-form news material like press conferences.

The wine review program, Vino Vino, was nominated for "Best Video on Demand Program" in the fifth annual Cable FAX Awards, an awards ceremony presented by Cable FAX, an industry trade publication in August 2012.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Bay News 9 in the community[edit]

Project Weather consists of Science Kits which are distributed to all 6th grade public school teachers in the 7-county viewing area and Project Weather Activity Books for pre-school and elementary aged children. Bay News 9 has an interactive exhibit called WeatherQuest at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, a news and weather exhibit in Lakeland at the Explorations V Children's Museum and a Project Weather Classroom at the Science Center in Pinellas County. Additionally meteorologists go to hurricane expos and schools to education about weather.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/politics/connections/analyst-ana-cruz.html
  2. ^ http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/politics/connections/analyst-chris-ingram.html
  3. ^ Our People
  4. ^ [1] Bay News 9 & InfoMás go high-def…
  5. ^ St. Petersburg Times: "Bright House Networks to merge Tampa Bay and Orlando Spanish language newschannels into InfoMás, March 11, 2011.
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Per Zap2it, zip code 32809.
  8. ^ [3] CNN Veteran Terry Dolan joins Bay News 9
  9. ^ *[4] Bay News 9 Names Veteran Newsman As New General Manager
  10. ^ "Winter the Dolphin Goes Hollywood". Baynews9.com. Bay News 9. 24 December 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bay News 9 newsroom becomes backdrop for 'Dolphin Tale'". Baynews9.com. Bay News 9. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 

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Tallahassee bureau articles[edit]

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