WFXI

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WFXI/WYDO
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WFXI: Morehead City, North Carolina
WYDO: Greenville/Washington/New Bern/
Jacksonville, North Carolina
BrandingFox Eastern Carolina
SloganEarning Your Trust
ChannelsDigital:
WFXI: 8 (VHF)
WYDO: 47 (UHF)
Virtual:
WFXI: 8 (PSIP)
WYDO: 14 (PSIP)
Affiliations8.1/14.1 Fox
8.2/14.2 Bounce TV[1]
NetworkFox
OwnerEsteem Broadcasting, LLC
(operated through SSA
by Bonten Media Group)
FoundedWFXI: April 7, 1988
WYDO: October 2, 1989
Call letters' meaningWFXI: We're Fox Iner Banks
Sister station(s)WCTI-TV
Former channel number(s)WFXI:
8 (VHF analog, 1988-2009)
24 (UHF digital, 2007-2009)
WYDO:
14 (UHF analog, 1989-2009)
21 (UHF digital, 2007-2009)
Transmitter powerWFXI: 42 kW
WYDO: 200 kW
HeightWFXI: 247.4 m
WYDO: 542 m
ClassDT
Facility IDWFXI: 37982
WYDO: 35582
Transmitter coordinatesWFXI:
34°53′1.0″N 76°30′22.0″W / 34.883611°N 76.506111°W / 34.883611; -76.506111
WYDO:
35°06′15″N 77°20′12″W / 35.10417°N 77.33667°W / 35.10417; -77.33667 (WYDO)
 
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WFXI/WYDO
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Wfxi bounce.png
WFXI: Morehead City, North Carolina
WYDO: Greenville/Washington/New Bern/
Jacksonville, North Carolina
BrandingFox Eastern Carolina
SloganEarning Your Trust
ChannelsDigital:
WFXI: 8 (VHF)
WYDO: 47 (UHF)
Virtual:
WFXI: 8 (PSIP)
WYDO: 14 (PSIP)
Affiliations8.1/14.1 Fox
8.2/14.2 Bounce TV[1]
NetworkFox
OwnerEsteem Broadcasting, LLC
(operated through SSA
by Bonten Media Group)
FoundedWFXI: April 7, 1988
WYDO: October 2, 1989
Call letters' meaningWFXI: We're Fox Iner Banks
Sister station(s)WCTI-TV
Former channel number(s)WFXI:
8 (VHF analog, 1988-2009)
24 (UHF digital, 2007-2009)
WYDO:
14 (UHF analog, 1989-2009)
21 (UHF digital, 2007-2009)
Transmitter powerWFXI: 42 kW
WYDO: 200 kW
HeightWFXI: 247.4 m
WYDO: 542 m
ClassDT
Facility IDWFXI: 37982
WYDO: 35582
Transmitter coordinatesWFXI:
34°53′1.0″N 76°30′22.0″W / 34.883611°N 76.506111°W / 34.883611; -76.506111
WYDO:
35°06′15″N 77°20′12″W / 35.10417°N 77.33667°W / 35.10417; -77.33667 (WYDO)

WFXI is the Fox-affiliated television station for Eastern North Carolina's Inner Banks that is licensed to Morehead City. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 8 from a transmitter in unincorporated Davis, North Carolina along the South River's East Fork. The station can also be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 8 and Suddenlink channel 9. There is a high definition feed provided on Suddenlink digital channel 109 and Time Warner Cable digital channel 1125. WFXI can also be seen locally on Dish Network and DirecTV.

Owned by Esteem Broadcasting of North Carolina, the station is operated through a shared services agreement (SSA) by the Bonten Media Group. This makes it a sister outlet to ABC affiliate WCTI-TV and the two share studios on Glenburnie Drive in New Bern. Syndicated programming on WFXI includes America's Court with Judge Ross, Supreme Justice with Judge Karen, Justice for All with Judge Cristina Pérez, Bethenny, The Trisha Goddard Show, Maury, The Jerry Springer Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, Inside Edition, and Dish Nation, among others.

WYDO operates as a full-time satellite of WFXI although its over-the-air signal is technically more powerful. Licensed to Greenville, this station broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 47 (or virtual channel 14.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Trenton along NC 41. It can be also seen on Charter channel 2 and in high definition on digital channel 702. On satellite providers, DirecTV offers WYDO.

History[edit]

WFXI signed-on November 1, 1989 as the area's fourth commercial television station. It immediately assumed the Fox affiliation and aired an analog signal on VHF channel 8. The station had to operate at considerably lower power than the other stations in this large market in order to protect WXEX-TV (now WRIC-TV) in Petersburg, Virginia. This resulted in a broadcasting radius that only reached the southeastern portions of the market, namely Morehead City, Jacksonville and New Bern.

In order to remain associated with Fox, full-time satellite WYDO was launched a few years later in the early 1990s. This station aired an analog signal on UHF channel 14 from a transmitter southeast of Ayden that covered Greenville, Washington and the northwestern parts of the Inner Banks region. In addition to resolving reception issues for WFXI, WYDO also provided an additional opportunity for local advertising. WFXI's primary studios were originally based in Morehead City on Arendell Street/U.S. 70 while WYDO operated a sales office on Old Tar Road in Winterville to primarily serve Greenville and Washington.

On April 18, 2006, a preliminary announcement was made public stating WFXI/WYDO would add new second digital subchannels in order to affiliate with MyNetworkTV, a new broadcast network and sister operation to Fox. However, officials later changed their mind, and on August 11, moved the pending affiliation to a secondary arrangement through Ion Television owned-and-operated affiliate WEPX-TV and its full-time satellite, WPXU-TV. MyNetworkTV is currently seen in the market on a second subchannel of NBC outlet WITN-TV that includes an association with Me-TV. For a time, WFXI shared its call sign with a now defunct Class A repeater of Fox affiliate WYFX-LP in Youngstown, Ohio. Although both stations were owned by Piedmont Television until 2007, the two were otherwise unrelated.

On November 6, 2007, it was announced the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the sale of certain WFXI/WYDO assets from Piedmont Television to the Bonten Media Group (owner of WCTI), with the license being sold to Esteem Broadcasting. As part of the deal, WFXI moved from its longtime home to WCTI's facility in New Bern while WYDO closed its sales office. In January 2008 after Bonten took over operation of the two stations through an SSA, they were co-branded together as "Fox Eastern Carolina" and a new logo was released. The outlets had previously been known on-air as "Fox 8/Fox 14" for many years. The web address remained in that branding until August 2010 when it was integrated into a section of WCTI's website.

WFXI/WYDO made local headlines with difficulties transmitting Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008. The outage left several thousand viewers unable to watch. A high definition feed of WYDO was launched on DirecTV on January 7, 2009 while Dish Network did the same for WFXI at the end of February. At midnight on June 13, both stations went all digital as part of the DTV transition.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

ChannelNameVideoAspectProgramming
8.1
14.1
WFXI-HD
WYDO-HD
720p16:9Main WFXI/WYDO programming / Fox
8.2
14.2
Bounce480i4:3Bounce TV

Newscasts[edit]

News open.

For several years in the 2000s through a news share agreement, WFXI/WYDO aired the market's original prime time newscast that was produced by CBS affiliate WNCT-TV (owned by Media General). Known on-air as Fox News at 10, the broadcast could be seen every night for thirty minutes. It originated from the big three outlet's studios on South Evans Street in Greenville and featured most of WNCT's news team. The outsourcing arrangement was terminated in December 2007 after WCTI became a sister station to WFXI/WYDO through their management by the Bonten Media Group. Initially in January 2008, the ABC station began repeating its nightly 6 o'clock show later in the evening at 10 on WFXI/WYDO.

It would not be until the month's end when a new live nightly prime time newscast, produced by WCTI, debuted on this station. Now known as Fox Eastern Carolina News at 10, the show was expanded to an hour on weeknights while remaining a half-hour on weekends. WFXI/WYDO also introduced an updated graphics package and news music theme that is licensed from News Corporation Digital Media and modified from original use on Fox owned-and-operated stations. Meanwhile, WNCT moved its 10 p.m. show to its CW-affiliated second digital subchannel and dropped the weekend edition. This thirty minute broadcast would eventually be expanded back to a seven night operation but retain the same time length.

On June 27, 2010, WCTI became the area's first television outlet to upgrade its local news production to high definition level. Fox Eastern Carolina News at 10 was included in the change at that point. In addition to the main studios in New Bern, there are bureaus in Jacksonville (on Johnson Boulevard), Winterville (on Old Tar Road covering Greenville and previous location of WYDO's sales office), and Morehead City (on Arendell Street/U.S. 70 at previous location of WFXI's facility). During weather forecast segments, the station features a live NOAA National Weather Service Doppler weather radar that is based at the agency's Local Forecast Office on Roberts Road in Newport. At some point in 2013, WCTI will add newscasts to WFXI in other times outside the prime time 10 o'clock slot. This could indicate that some sort of weekday morning local program at 7 a.m. is in the works for WFXI.[2]

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