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Article: Informations about WHIO-TV

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WHIO-TV, virtual channel 7, is the CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Dayton, Ohio, serving that state's Miami Valley area. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 41 from its transmitter on Germantown Street in western Dayton.The station is owned by Cox Media Group and its studios are co-located with sister properties the Dayton Daily News and Cox\'s Miami Valley radio stations in the Cox Media Center building near downtown Dayton. Syndicated shows on WHIO-TV include Live! with Kelly and Michael, Dr. Phil, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Wheel of Fortune, and Entertainment Tonight.

Station history

WHIO-TV signed on February 23, 1949, on channel 13. It was the first television station in Dayton to begin broadcasting, although WLWD (channel 2, now WDTN) was the first to have its license granted.The station has been owned by the Cox publishing family and their related companies since its inception; Cox also publishes the Dayton Daily News, the first newspaper ever purchasedwww.daytondailynews.com/history/content/service/info/history/cox.html by Cox Enterprises founder James M. Cox. In fact, WHIO-TV is only the second of three television stations built by Cox from the ground up, merely five months after its sister property WSB-TV in Atlanta, where Cox Media Group is headquartered now. WHIO-TV's licensee, Miami Valley Broadcasting, was originally used as the official name for Cox Media's television arm for decades.WHIO-TV has been a CBS affiliate from the very beginning, and is the only station in Dayton never to have changed its primary affiliation; it did air some programming from the long-defunct DuMont Television Network during its first three years on the air.The station moved to channel 7 in 1952 following the release of the Federal Communications Commission's Sixth Report and Order, which reorganized VHF channel assignments throughout much of Ohio and the Midwest.WHIO-TV also served as the default CBS affiliate for most of the Lima, Ohio . (The station reaches most of the Lima DMA with a Grade B signal). This was especially the case before a low-powered CBS affiliate, WLMO-LP, went on the air in Lima. WHIO-TV also remains on Time Warner's Lima cable systems, along with Columbus CBS affiliate WBNS-TV.On December 15, 2009, Cox Media Group announced that it would move WHIO-TV (as well as Cox Radio stations WHIO, WHIO-FM, WHKO and WZLR) from its home since the 1950s on Wilmington Avenue in Dayton (at the Kettering city line), to the Cox Media Center building (also the current home of the Daily News) on South Main Street in Dayton, by December 2010. WHIO-TV began broadcasting from the new facility at 2:35 a.m. on December 12, 2010.www.facebook.com/whiotv/posts/176967002322933WHIO-TV's newscasts, known as NewsCenter 7 since the mid-1970s, have been in first place in the Nielsen ratings for many years, and that trend continues to this day. ==Digital television

Digital channels
=Analog-to-digital conversion===WHIO-DT began transmitting its digital signal on channel 41 in October 2001.www.whiotv.com/station/1908515/detail.html WHIO-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate.www.whiotv.com/station/18708864/detail.html The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 41.
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Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 7.

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

* TV-7 News (1963-1972)
* Total News (1972-1976)
* NewsCenter 7 (1976–2007)web.archive.org/web/20070319211206/www.whiotv.com/index.htmlweb.archive.org/web/20070329120040/www.whiotv.com/index.html
* News Center 7 (2007–present)web.archive.org/web/20070405082413/www.whiotv.com/index.html

Station slogans

* All Eyes Are On 7 (late 1960s-1970)
* The Leader (1976–1990)
* The Miami Valley News Leader (1990–1993)
* ''The Miami Valley's 24-Hour News Source (1990–1993; secondary slogan)
Coverage You Can Count On (1993–2013)
Live. Local. Latebreaking. (1995–2013; used alongside "Coverage You Can Count On")
News Coverage You Can Count On'' (2013–present)


Throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s, WHIO-TV's logo was the numeral "7" with the station's call letters and city of license inside a perforated circle. By the early 1970s the logo was streamlined, with the "7" now broken at the point where the two lines in the "7" meet; by this time the "7" was by itself inside a solid unbroken circle (usually with the call letters nearby), drawing comparisons with the " Circle 7 logo" used by New York's WABC-TV and other ABC-owned stations. A graphics package used around 1996 also was used, with modifications, at three other Cox-owned stations: WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC, WFTV in Orlando, FL, and KIRO-TV in Seattle, WA. Aside from some slight changes, this logo remained until early 2007, when the break was removed. Even after the change, the "broken 7" logo remained on the anchor desk until the move to the Cox Media Center building in December 2010.www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=23844&id=107837429247830#!/photo.php?fbid=167421679956071&set=a.167420916622814.34398.107837429247830The station debuted its new "button 7" logo on March 30, 2013, which sports a simple white "7" on a blue circular background.


Storm Center 7

WHIO-TV currently calls its team of meteorologists the "Storm Center 7 weather team". The team is led by Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson and also features meteorologists Rich Wirdzek, and McCall Vrydaghs. WHIO-TV bills its radar (which is powered by Baron Services) as "Live Doppler 7".WHIO-TV did not use its own professional meteorologists until 1993, with the hiring of Penn State meteorology graduate Heidi Sonen.weatherworld.psu.edu/alumni.htm Weather World Alumniwww2009.ems.psu.edu/WeatherWorld/people/sonen.html Weather World Alumni - Heidi Sonen The station dropped the AccuWeather service it had previously featured and hired other meteorologists to fill out the staff, including former Weather Channel meteorologist Fred Barnhill. USAF meteorologist Warren Madden was hired from nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; he went to The Weather Channel in December, 1996.After Sonen's retirement in 1997, the station hired more Penn State graduates for the role of Chief Meteorologist, including Brian Orzel and Jamie Simpson.In December, 2004, the station introduced StormCenter 7, which is a weather center created by FX Group that doubles as a set where weather reports can be done.

Live Doppler 7

On June 29, 2007, WHIO-TV debuted its new doppler weather radar, initially billed as "New Live Doppler 7", currently called "Live Doppler 7 HD". The radar is available anytime on the station's website.

7 Weather Now

On December 15, 2006, WHIO-TV launched 7 Weather Now, programmed 24 hours a day, with frequently updated forecasts. Live coverage of developing severe weather can be found on 7 Weather Now, as well as the latest watches and warnings. Weekday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m., the final hour of News Center 7 Daybreak airs exclusively on the channel. 7 Weather Now can be found on digital channel 7.2, channel 23 on Time Warner cable, and on Time Warner's digital tier at channel 372. A live stream of 7 Weather Now can be accessed on the WHIO-TV website at

Widescreen and high definition news

WHIO-TV began broadcasting its newscasts in a
16: 9 widescreen standard definition format on April 1, 2007; it was the first Ohio station outside of Cleveland to switch to this new format.In the station's December 12, 2010 move to the Cox Media Center, all of its cameras, graphics and equipment were replaced with full high definition equipment. Beginning with that day's late-night newscast (which was delayed to 11:26 p.m. due to an overrun of CBS network programming), WHIO-TV began broadcasting all locally-shot portions of its newscasts — studio segments and live field reports — in high definition.www.facebook.com/whiotv/posts/174443889244688WHIO-TV remained the only station in the Dayton area that broadcast local newscasts in high definition or 16:9 widescreen until July 21, 2012, when WDTN made the upgrade to HD. WKEF followed suit during a move to a new facility. Local commercials on WHIO-TV, however, continue to be stretched from their original 4:3 standard definition to widescreen dimensions.

News Staff

Retrieved December 1, 2013.

* Cheryl McHenry (1981–present) - weeknights at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.
* James Brown (2002–present) - weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
* Letitia Perry (2001–present) - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 on WHIO and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on WHIO-DT2)
* John Paul (2008–present) - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 on WHIO and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on WHIO-DT2) and weekdays at noon
* Gabrielle Enright (1997–present) - weekday mornings (4:30-5:00 a.m.)
* Kate Bartley (2010-present) - weekend evenings
* John Bedell (2011-present) - weekend morningsReporters
* Steve Baker (1980–present)
* Mike Campbell (1986–present)
* Clint Davis (2013-present)
* Caryn Golden (1997–present)
* Becky Grimes (1978–present)
* Jessica Heffner (2012–present)
* Natalie Jovonovich (2013-present)
* Yuna Lee (2011–present)
* Layron Livingston (2011–present)
* Jim Otte (1988–present)
* Andy Sedlak (2012–present)
* Amanda Seitz (2013-present)
* Drew Simon (2012–present)
* Lot Tan (2013-present)Storm Center 7 Meteorologists
* Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson (1999–present) - weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
* Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs (2012–present) - weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. and holidays
* Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek (2006–present) - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 on WHIO and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on WHIO-DT2) and weekdays at noon
* Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini (2013–present) - weekend mornings and noon
* Weather Specialist Traci Hale Brown (2004–2006, 2009–present)7 Sports anchors
* Sports Director - Mike Hartsock (1979–present)Washington bureau
* Kyla Campbell (2012–present)
* Justin Gray (2013–present)Entertainment reporter
* Bryan Erdy (2008–present)

Notable WHIO-TV former employees

* Jim Baldridge, co-anchor 1972-1988, lead anchor 1988-2009, now retired
* Mark Bruce, Saturday morning anchor/reporter 2008–2013
* Erica Collura, weekend morning and noon meteorologist, 2010-2013, now at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati
* Jenna Deery, weekend anchor/reporter, February 2011-September 2013, to sister WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina
* Jill Del Greco, 2006-2012, now public information officer for Ohio Attorney General
* Phil Donahue, co-anchor during the 1960s, left for WLWD in 1967
* Ed Krahling, longtime lead anchor, retired in 1993, died in 1998
* Tracie Savage, anchor/reporter 1986-91
* Bob Shreve, overnight host of "Night People Theater", a Friday night/Saturday morning movie program...similar to his Saturday night program in Cincinnati (died in 1990)
* Sallie Taylor, anchor/reporter 1988-2007, now a host on WDTN’s Living Dayton
* Vanessa Tyler, anchor/reporter 1991-1997
* Don Wayne (born Wesley Wayne Bouslog), WHIO radio 1942-1949, WHIO-TV 1949-1988, lead anchor 1951-1988, died in 1997
* Gil Whitney, reporter, anchor and weather specialist (died in 1982)
* Natasha Williams, morning anchor and reporter, 1993-2012, now at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati

See also

* Miami Valley Channel (cable channel operated by WHIO-TV from September 1994 through the end of 2006; served as UPN affiliate from October 1998 to September 2006)

External links

WHIO.com - Official Website


Category: Television stations in Dayton, Ohio
Category: Television stations in Ohio
Category: CBS network affiliates
Category: Cox Television
Category: Channel 41 digital TV stations in the United States
Category: Channel 7 virtual TV stations in the United States
Category: Television channels and stations established in 1949
Category: Local AccuWeather Channel affiliates

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