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WAVY-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Hampton Roads area of Southeastern Virginia that is licensed to Portsmouth. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 31 from a transmitter in Suffolk. Owned by LIN TV Corporation, the station is sister to Fox affiliate WVBT and the two share studios with Ion Television owned-and-operated affiliate WPXV-TV on Wavy Street in Downtown Portsmouth. Syndicated programming on WAVY includes: The Insider, Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, and The Dr. Oz Show.


Newport News/Virginia Beach, Virginia

City of license Portsmouth
Branding WAVY TV 10 (general)

WAVY News 10(newscasts)

Slogan 10 On Your Side
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)

Virtual: 10 (PSIP)

Subchannels 10.1 NBC
Owner LIN TV Corporation

(WAVY Broadcasting, LLC)

First air date September 1, 1957
Call letters' meaning WAVY and logo are references to Atlantic Ocean or Chesapeake Bay and also sounds like "navy" [1]
Sister station(s) WVBT
Former channel number(s) 10 (VHF analog, 1957-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1957-1959)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 280 m
Facility ID 71127
Transmitter coordinates 36°49′14″N 76°30′41″W / 36.82056°N 76.51139°W / 36.82056; -76.51139

[edit] Translators

In addition to its main signal, it operates six translators.[2]

Call letters Channel City of license Transmitter location
WKTD-CD 17 Portsmouth
WITD-CA 23 Chesapeake
WCTX-CA 35 Virginia Beach
WPMC-CA 36 Mappsville center of community
WBTD-LP 52 Suffolk
WTTD-LP 53 Hampton

[edit] History

WAVY-TV, the Hampton Roads area's third-oldest VHF television station, began operations on September 1, 1957. It was originally owned by Tidewater Teleradio along with WAVY radio (1350 AM, now WGPL). The channel originally signed-on as an ABC affiliate but swapped with then-NBC affiliate WVEC-TV in 1959 due to its radio sister's long affiliation with NBC radio. In 1968, it became the second station owned by what was then known as LIN Broadcasting. WAND in Decatur, Illinois was the first owned by the company but was sold-off to a new owner in November 2007. As a result, WAVY-TV became the earliest station acquisition that is still owned by LIN TV through various ownership changes within the company along with one name change.

Shortly after WVBT became the area's WB affiliate in 1995, WAVY began operating that station though a local marketing agreement (LMA). LIN TV came to an affiliation agreement with Fox in November 1995 and WVBT became one of the company's affiliates with the network in August 1998. LIN TV purchased that station out-right in February 2002. WAVY was the first in the market to broadcast a digital signal in 2001. On June 12, 2009 at 9 in the morning, WAVY left channel 10 and continued to broadcast on channel 31 to complete the analog to digital conversion.[3]

[edit] News operation

[2][3]WAVY-TV's news open seen weeknights at 5.WAVY airs thirty hours of local news a week. It operates its own weather radar, called "Super Doppler 10", at it studios. It was the first in the area to air a local broadcast at 5:30 in the morning (beginning in 1992) and added weeknight 5:00 (in 1989) and 5:30 (in 1994) newscasts.[4] It is known for being the first Hampton Roads station to use a helicopter to cover local news after introducing "Chopper 10" in 1982. The current Bell 206 Longranger helicopter has been used since 2000.[5]

When WVBT made the switch to Fox in 1998, WAVY started producing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast on that station. It was not the market's first prime time show as CBS affiliate WTKR produced a short-lived newscast on WGNT from 1995 until 1997.[6] ABC affiliate WVEC-TV also produced a prime time show on WPEN-LP from 1995 until it started LNC 4 (now LNC 5) in 1997.[7] WVEC continued to produce a 10 o'clock news on that station until January 30, 2009. The 45-minute broadcast on WVBT is followed by the Fox 43 Sports Wrap with sports news and highlights.

On July 21, 2008 at noon, WAVY and WVBT became the first stations in the market and their station group company to produce local newscasts in high definition. This is in contrast to rival WVEC's news being produced in 16:9 digital widescreen which is not true high definition but matches the ratio of HD television screens.[8] WVBT added an hour-long extension of WAVY's weekday morning news on February 2, 2009. The show airs in an entertainment and lifestyle program format.

Until January 2007, WVBT operated a 24-hour local weather channel on its second digital subchannel. Known on-air as the "WAVY Weather Station", it is now cable exclusive to address E/I requirement concerns although listings on continue to show it as airing over-the-air.[9] It can be found on Mediacom channel 9, Charter channel 22, and Cox digital channel 227. There are live current conditions, updated forecasts, and a sweep of "Super Doppler 10". According to television listings on WVBT's website, it airs the "Fox AccuWeather Channel" on its second digital subchannel which contradicts and removal of the "WAVY Weather Station".[10]

[edit] News/station presentation

Newscast title Years used Slogan
WAVY News 1957–1969
WAVY 10 / Area 10 Eyewitness News 1969–1982 "Where You Belong" (mid-late 1970s)
The Daily News 1982–1989 "We've Got You Covered" / "You're Covered" (1980s-1989)
WAVY News 10 (used First News at Five for 5 o'clock show between 1989 and 1993) 1989–present "Virginia's Leading News Channel" (1989–1994)

"10 On Your Side" (1994–present, was solely the name of the station's consumer reporting unit from 1989–1994)

[edit] News team

Position Year Joined
Lori Crouch Weekend evenings 2005
Alveta Ewell Weeknights at 6 and 11 1989
Kerri Furey Weekday mornings, noon & The Hampton Roads Show 1997
Stephanie Harris Weeknights at 5:30 and Battle of the Brains host 2000
Eric Harryman Weeknights at 10 2008
Nicole Livas Weeknights at 5, 5:30, and 10 2001
Don Roberts Weekday mornings, noon & The Bottom Line 1989
Tom Schaad Weeknights at 5, 6, and 11 2007
Melanie Woodrow Sunday mornings 2007
Year Joined
Katie Collett 2007
Lori Crouch 2005
David Culver Weekday mornings 2008, on-air 2010
Andy Fox Investigative 1986
Ava Hurdle 1977
Art Kohn Photojournalist
Mary Kay Mallonee Investigative 1999
John Massey "Chopper 10" 2000
Jason Marks General assignment 2006
Cheryl Tan Weekday morning traffic and The Hampton Roads Show host 2003
Melanie Woodrow Military and politics 2007
Kay Young General assignment 2000
Super Doppler 10 Meteorologists
Position Year Joined
Don Slater Chief meteorologist; weeknights 1981
Jeremy Wheeler Weekend mornings 2004
Sagay Galindo Weekend evenings 2010
Position Year Joined
Bruce Rader Sports Director; weeknights at 6, 10:45, and 11 1979
Ahmed Fareed Reporter, weekend anchor at 10:45 2006
Chris Reckling Reporter, weekend anchor at 6 and 11 1993

Former staff

  • Doug Aronson, reporter from 1991–97, later moved to WVEC.[11]
  • Betty Ann Bowser, reporter, co-anchor in the 1960s. Later worked for WTAR-TV during the 1960s and early 1970s, then worked as a correspondent for CBS News (1973–86) as well as PBS's NewsHour (1986–present)
  • Monique Braxton, reporter 1989-1995. Now at WCAU in Philadelphia.
  • Rich Brenner, sports anchor in the 1970s.
  • Christy Carlo, morning co-anchor from 1996 until 2000. Formerly at Imus in the Morning and MSNBC under birth name Christy Musumeci.
  • Carolyn Castleberry (née Anderson), was a reporter/morning anchor and later noon/5/5:30 co-anchor at WAVY from 1990 until 2004; now a financial reporter at CBN.[12]
  • John Castleberry, Carolyn's husband; was a weekend sports anchor during the 1980s until 1993. Later worked at WTKR. Most recently hosted a daily radio show on 102.1 The Game WXTG-FM.[13]
  • Barbara Ciara, weekend co-anchor from 1983 until 1988, when she left for WVEC. Now working at WTKR.[14] Also President of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Patty Culhane, military reporter from 2000 until 2006. Now at Al Jazeera English.
  • Mike Deeson, weekend anchor, political reporter and talk show host in the 1970s and early '80s. Now the senior reporter for WTSP-TV in Tampa, where he has worked since 1982.[15]
  • Don DeIulio, morning traffic reporter from 1989 until 2007.
  • Lloyd Dobyns, news co-anchor in the 1960s with Vern Jones. Later a correspondent and anchor with NBC News (1969–1986) where he hosted the news magazine Weekend from 1974-1979. Winner of a Peabody Award.[16]
  • Chris Francis, sportscaster from 2000 to 2004. Now at WDJT-TV in Milwaukee.
  • Rhonda Glenn, weather reporter, talk show host and anchor in the 1960s and 1970s. Golf commentator for ABC (1978- ). First full-time national TV network female sportscaster (ESPN, February 6, 1981). Amateur golfer and author of dozens of magazine articles and books on the sport. Manager of Communications for the USGA.
  • Bob Grip, weekday evening anchor from 1981–84, now at WALA in Mobile.[17]
  • Shelley Harrell, also known as Shelley Roupas; anchor/reporter 1996-99. Also, anchor/reporter with KFMB in San Diego 2000-2002.
  • Carol Hoffman, was a reporter/morning anchor from 1985 until leaving for WVEC in 1996.
  • Hillary Howard, former weekend meteorologist during the late 1980s, now a talk show host for WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C.
  • Vern Jones, news co-anchor with Lloyd Dobyns in the 1960s.
  • Lisa Joyner, formerly at The Best Damn Sports Show Period, currently host of TV Guide Channel's inFANity.[18]
  • Bud Kaatz, sports anchor in the 1960s and 1970s. Now with AmerUs Life Insurance Company in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Sandra Kelly, anchor during the late 1970s before moving to WTKR. Now associate rector at Tampa's St. John Episcopal Church.[19]
  • Tina Kim, reporter from 2006-2007. Now living in Boston.
  • Dick Lamb, Hampton Roads radio personality; was at WAVY from 1967-70[20].
  • Jim Lawrence, fill-in meteorologist from 1991 until 1995, weekend evening meteorologist from 1995 until 2007, was Chief Meteorologist at WNKY in Bowling Green, Kentucky.[21]. Now serving as a fill-in weekend meteorologist for WVEC.
  • Bill Logan, consumer reporter 1989-1990. Now at WFTS-TV in Tampa.
  • Mindy Lentz, reporter/weekend anchor from 2001 to 2003.
  • Irene Maher, weathercaster and health reporter until 1985. Left for WFLA-TV in Tampa.
  • Mac McManus, "Poop Deck Pappy" during the 1950s and 1960s, later was a weekday morning anchor on weekday morning news/entertainment program "Tidewater Today" until 1989 (died in 2001)
  • Lowell Melser, reporter until 2004. Now reporter at WBAL-TV in Baltimore.[22]
  • Krystle Meachem, reporter/weekend anchor from 1998 to 2001.
  • Starr Merritt, anchor in the 1960s. Later reported for WVEC.
  • Pete Michaud, weekend/fill-in sports anchor in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Also called play-by-play for the Hampton Roads Admirals.
  • Cathy Midkiff Lewis, anchor/reporter from 1981 until 1987. Now host of "HearSay with Cathy Lewis" on WHRV-FM and What Matters on WHRO[23].
  • Diana Morgan, anchor-turned-actress, seen in series such as JAG, The Bold and the Beautiful, Babylon 5 and The West Wing and films such as Titanic.
  • Cheryl Nelson, weekend meteorologist from 2007-2010.
  • David Nelson, anchor from 2003-2007. Now co-anchor of KWQC's "Quad Cities Today" morning newscast [24].
  • Adam Owens, reporter from 2004-2007. Now reporter at WRAL-TV in Raleigh.
  • Lisa Parker, reporter and weekend anchor until 1996. Now consumer reporter for WMAQ-TV in Chicago [25]
  • Charles Pugh, anchor/reporter in the 1990s. Served as a weekend anchor and reporter at WJBK-TV in Detroit from 1999 - 2009[26]. Currently president of the Detroit City Council[27].
  • Leanne Rains, co-anchor from 1989 until 1993, later went to WTKR. Now running LeAnne Rains & Co. Media Services.
  • Thomas Roberts, consumer reporter/weekday afternoon co-anchor during late 1990s, former anchor at CNN Headline News, most recently a correspondent for The Insider.
  • Derrick Rose, general assignment reporter until 2010, now at WBTV in Charlotte, NC
  • Joel Rubin, anchor and political reporter from 1976 to 1991, later hosted WVEC's "On the Record" until 2008.[28]
  • Jim Smith, meteorologist until the early 1980s (preceded Don Slater). Died in 1995.
  • Les Smith, weekend co-anchor from 1985 until 1992. 5pm co-anchor from 1992 until 1993 and 5:30, 6pm, and 11pm co-anchor from 1993 until resignation in 2007. Later anchor at WTKR.[29]. Now a reporter for News 12 New Jersey.[24]
  • Cynthia Smoot, anchor/reporter in the 1980s. Now at WTVT in Tampa.
  • Marny Stanier, weekend meteorologist. Left for The Weather Channel in April 1987.
  • Greg Starddard, weekend anchor, 5pm anchor, reporter, 1995–1997, left for WBFF FOX-45 Baltimore, now at AAA Mid-Atlantic as a Public and Government Affairs Specialist [2]
  • David Sullivan, Sports anchor, 1972-1976. Left for WXIA Atlanta, later WPXI Pittsburgh,ESPN and WDRB Louisville.
  • Ed Tillett, weather reporter in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
  • Stan Verrett, now an anchor at ESPN and ESPNEWS, also worked for WVEC.
  • Rona Williams, reporter from 2000-2005. Now working in Pharmaceutical Sales.
  • John Wilson, anchor in the 1970s. Now anchor at WTVT in Tampa.[30]
  • Kelly Wright, now at Fox News Channel.
  • Fred Yco, meteorologist from 1998-2003. Was dropped from the WAVY lineup while in the midst of personal legal problems.[31]
  • Terry Zahn, joined as reporter and weekend anchor in 1981, became lead anchor in 1984, left in 1993 and joined WVEC in 1994, where he served as lead anchor until his death in 2000.


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  4. ^ WAVY TV 10 - News, Weather, Traffic, Sports for Hampton Roads, Virginia - North Eastern North Carolina - Our Apologies
  5. ^ WAVY TV 10 - News, Weather, Traffic, Sports for Hampton Roads, Virginia - North Eastern North Carolina - Chopper 10
  6. ^ Same Stuff On Wtkr News And Wgnt
  7. ^ Wvec, Wpen Team Up On Prime-Time Programming
  8. ^ 13News takes a wider look at life | TOP STORIES | | News for Hampton Roads, Virginia
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  13. ^ John Castleberry
  14. ^ WTKR NewsChannel 3: News, Weather and Traffic in Hampton Roads and North Carolina | Barbara Ciara
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  16. ^ VCU School of Mass Communications
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  18. ^ Lisa Joyner Biography |
  19. ^ | News Archives - May & June 2004
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  21. ^ Jim Lawrence | Your Local News Link Bowling Green, KY | Weather Team
  22. ^ Lowell Melser - WBAL-TV News Team Story - WBAL Baltimore
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  31. ^ ", News Archives - May & June 2002". Virginia Radio & TV. 2002-06-20. Retrieved 2007-09-05.

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