WFMJ-TV

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WFMJ-TV
WFMJ logo.png
Youngstown, Ohio
SloganMore Local News
ChannelsDigital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 21 (PSIP)
Subchannels21.1 NBC
21.2 The CW
OwnerVindicator Printing Company
(WFMJ Television, Inc.)
First air dateMarch 8, 1953
Call letters' meaningWilliam F. Maag, Jr.
(founder)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
73 (UHF; 1953-1954)
21 (UHF; 1954-2009)
Transmitter power460 kW (digital)
Height295 m (digital)
Facility ID72062
Transmitter coordinates41°4′48″N 80°38′25″W / 41.08°N 80.64028°W / 41.08; -80.64028
Websitewww.wfmj.com/
 
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WFMJ-TV
WFMJ logo.png
Youngstown, Ohio
SloganMore Local News
ChannelsDigital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 21 (PSIP)
Subchannels21.1 NBC
21.2 The CW
OwnerVindicator Printing Company
(WFMJ Television, Inc.)
First air dateMarch 8, 1953
Call letters' meaningWilliam F. Maag, Jr.
(founder)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
73 (UHF; 1953-1954)
21 (UHF; 1954-2009)
Transmitter power460 kW (digital)
Height295 m (digital)
Facility ID72062
Transmitter coordinates41°4′48″N 80°38′25″W / 41.08°N 80.64028°W / 41.08; -80.64028
Websitewww.wfmj.com/

WFMJ-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station serving the Mahoning Valley of Northeastern Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Licensed to Youngstown, Ohio, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 20 (or virtual channel 21.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter located on Mabel Street in Youngstown. Owned by the Maag family (under the holding company Vindicator Printing Company), WFMJ is under the same ownership as The Vindicator daily local newspaper, and the station maintains studios located on West Boardman Street in downtown Youngstown.

The station can also be seen on Time Warner Cable/Youngstown channel 3, Armstrong Cable channel 2, Time Warner Cable/Warren channel 4 and Comcast Xfinity channel 7 in the Western Pennsylvania towns of New Castle and Bessemer. There is a high definition feed offered on Time Warner Cable/Youngstown channel 1003, Time Warner Cable/Warren channel 1004, Armstrong digital channel 102, Comcast Xfinity/New Castle and Bessemer digital channel 721 in. Syndicated programming featured on the station includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Inside Edition, Judge Judy and Live with Kelly. It also carries select Youngstown State University football away games, along with the school's sports highlight program Penguin Gameday and YSU coaches' shows for both football and basketball.

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History

The station was founded by William F. Maag, Jr., publisher of the Vindicator, and went on the air on channel 73 on January 15, 1953 as an NBC affiliate. It was owned alongside and WFMJ radio (AM 1390, now WNIO, and FM 105.1, now WQXK). The Maags then purchased the construction permit issued for channel 21 (originally granted to WUTV) and moved to that frequency on August 7, 1954.

WFMJ is the only locally owned and operated station in the market, and, in fact, one of the few stations left in the country that is still locally owned and operated. The station points it out very often in advertisements, as the "Only Locally-Owned Station in Youngstown", compared with rivals WKBN-TV (owned by New Vision Television, which also owns low-power Fox affiliate WYFX-LD) and WYTV (owned by Parkin Broadcasting, which also owns the MyNetworkTV-affiliated digital subchannel MY-YTV, but operated under a local marketing agreement with WKBN parent New Vision). As a result, WFMJ has been a strong ratings force in Youngstown for several years.

WFMJ is one of the few stations in the country that can boast airing Live with Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Anderson (TV series) and (Dr. Phil, on the same station. WFMJ's morning show (WFMJ Today), Today, and Live with Regis and Kelly ratings are among the highest in the country. WFMJ is also the Youngstown market's carrier station for the Ohio Lottery and its weekly game show, Cash Explosion Double Play. In October 2010, WFMJ began carrying syndicated programs, and commercials in high definition whenever available in the format. In April 2011, the station started broadcasting the Ohio Lottery's weekly game show Cash Explosion in HD.

In addition to its main service area of extreme northeastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania, WFMJ can be seen as far as the eastern and southern suburbs of Cleveland with a good antenna.

On July 6, 2012, Dish Network subscribers within the Youngstown market lost access to WFMJ-TV, the result of a breakdown between the satellite provider and owner Vindicator Printing Company during retransmission consent negotiations to renew the station's carriage agreement with Dish.[1]

Digital television

WFMJ-DT broadcasts on digital channel 20.

Virtual
channel
Physical
channel
NameVideoAspectProgramming
21.120.11080i16:9WFMJ-HDMain WFMJ-TV programming / NBC
21.220.2480i4:3WBCB"The Valley's CW"

WFMJ operates the market's CW affiliate on a second digital subchannel. Branded as The Valley's CW and using the fictional callsign "WBCB", this can also be seen on Time Warner Cable/Youngstown and DirecTV channel 14, and Armstrong Cable channel 16. "WBCB" debuted in November 2004 as an affiliate of The WB television network, before affiliating with The CW in September 2006. Syndicated programming featured on this station includes Seinfeld, TMZ on TV, Everybody Loves Raymond, Access Hollywood, Friends and Frasier. This channel formerly signed off on weekend early mornings from around 2:30 to 4:30 a.m. until 2011, when it began operating on a 24-hour schedule with paid programming filled the former downtime; though color bars were placed on the over-the-air digital signal while "WBCB" continued to broadcast syndicated programming and infomercials during periods where WFMJ signs off the air. WFMJ-TV was the last station in the Youngstown market to sign off on a regular basis (WYTV, which signed off on a nightly basis starting in 1997, ended the practice with the September 2006 launch of "MY-YTV").

News operation

WFMJ newscast title card, seen nightly at 11.

WFMJ's newscasts typically garner higher ratings than its competitors combined in the morning, 6 and 11 p.m. timeslots. The station founded the market's first Friday night high school football program with The Overtime Report in the 1990s. On October 29, 2009, beginning with the 6 p.m. newscast, the station upgraded its weather graphics to Weather Central's 3D:LIVE system.

- WFMJ, unlike most other local news stations in the eastern time zone, does not air news on weekend mornings or weekday evenings at 5-6PM, or weekday mornings at 4:25AM (early today instead airs at 4:30 rather than 4am)

On May 6, 2010, rivals WKBN, WYTV, and WYFX upgraded their newscasts to high-definition. However, as of October 2012 WFMJ's newscast are still broadcast in 4:3 pillarboxed SD; but on October 2, 2012 a photo was posted on the WFMJ facebook page showing their new High Definition control room. In that post, it was announced that WFMJ plans on going HD in the near future. Currently, however, severe weather and Ohio Lottery crawls and some of WFMJ Today's graphics are already shown in the 16:9 format.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

Station slogans

News team

Anchors

Storm Tracker 21

21 Sports

Reporters

References

External links