Radio-TV Broadcast History

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WPTV-TV, channel 5 (digital 12), is the NBC-affiliated television station for West Palm Beach, Florida. Its transmitter is located southeast of Wellington along U.S. 441 and FL 7. Owned by the E.W. Scripps Company, the station has studios on South Australian Avenue in downtown West Palm Beach (the mailing address is Banyan Boulevard, however). Syndicated programming on WPTV includes: Ellen, Dr. Oz, Oprah, and Rachael Ray, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

West Palm Beach, Florida
Branding WPTV NewsChannel 5
Slogan Local Coverage You Can Count On
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)

Virtual: 5 (PSIP)

Subchannels 5.1 NBC

5.2 Local Weather

Owner E. W. Scripps Company

(Scripps Media, Inc.)

First air date August 22, 1954
Call letters' meaning West Palm Beach TeleVision
Former callsigns WJNO-TV (1954-1956)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

5 (VHF, 1954-2009)

Former affiliations NBC Weather Plus

(on DT2, 2004-2008)

Transmitter power 50 kW
Height 386.3 m
Facility ID 59443
Transmitter coordinates 26°35′20″N 80°12′44″W / 26.58889°N 80.21222°W / 26.58889; -80.21222 (WPTV-TV)

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Digital television[]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed.

Channel Programming
5.1 main WPTV programming / NBC HD
5.2 WPTV-DT2 "Live VIPIR Plus" (24-hour local weather channel)


[2][3]WPTV's original logo, used from 1954-1970, in an ad in the Palm Beach Post.WPTV began broadcasting on August 22, 1954 as the primary NBC affiliate for all of south Florida with the call letters WJNO-TV. At sign-on, the first words heard on-air were from control room director Vern Crawford: "The power has just been turned on for WJNO-TV channel 5 by Frank M. Folsom, President of The Radio Corporation of America." Crawford later became a fishing reporter for the station. At that time, it was owned by William Cook and Theodore Granick and there were only 32 employees working at the station. WJNO was later purchased by the Phipps Family in 1956 and they changed the call letters to the current WPTV. Then, in 1961, a man named Mort Watters purchased the station for Scripps Howard. Under Scripps Howard ownership, the station began expanding. WPTV's current 1,000-foot (305 m) transmitter tower was built along with new transmission facilities. The station's West Palm Beach studios were rebuilt and expanded.

In May 1971, Scripps Howard built new studios for the station on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. In 1976, WPTV began operating the market’s first live mobile news van. In 1999, WPTV added a new Harris analog transmitter to improve its signal. The station also built a new 1,325-foot (404 m) transmitter tower. This upgrade came several years after Miami's NBC owned station WTVJ moved from channel 4 at a transmitter on the Broward/Miami-Dade County line to channel 6 from a transmitter in southern Miami-Dade. This also gave WPTV a city-grade signal the northern half of Broward County including Fort Lauderdale. Its signal in most of Broward County is Grade B, not city grade. On March 16, 2001, the station moved from its facilities on Flagler Drive to a larger, newer, and advanced complex at 1100 Banyan Boulevard on the city's west side approaching Clear Lake. The building's exteriors portray the exteriors of the fictional television studio seen during the second season of the NBC sitcom Good Morning, Miami. WPTV's "Circle 5" logo is a variation of the one used for many years by its Cleveland, Ohio sister station, WEWS-TV (it resurrected the logo in January 2007, albeit in a slightly different form). WPTV shut off its analog transmitter at 5:45 am, on June 12, 2009, making the conversion to digital-only broadcasting. After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion [1], WPTV moved its digital broadcasts to channel 12.[2] However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WPTV's virtual channel as 5.

News operation[]

[4][5]The station's nightly 11 o'clock open used until October 2009.The station regularly beats WPEC and WPBF combined in household ratings during local newscasts. Following the May 2009 sweeps period, WPTV retained its title as the most-watched television station in the state of Florida based on sign-on to sign-off household ratings in metered markets. On August 4, 2007, it became the first television station in South Florida to air its local news in high definition. This upgrade resulted in the debut of a new graphics package and weather set with advanced HD weather equipment. In addition to its main studios in downtown West Palm Beach, the station operates two news bureaus north of the station on the Treasure Coast. The Stuart Bureau in Martin County is located in the Scripps-owned newspaper building on South Federal Highway.

The Port St. Lucie Bureau in St. Lucie County is located in the Scripps Treasure Coast newspaper printing facility. The station also contracts with Capitol News Service in Tallahassee to maintain two reporters and photographers in a bureau near the state capitol. WPTV owns a 1-million-watt weather radar called "VIPIR 5" at its transmitter site and also operates a helicopter called "Chopper 5". In addition to NBC News, WPTV is also a CNN affiliate. The station programs local weather forecasts and local radar on its second digital subchannel (5.2) and Comcast digital cable channel 216. The news department has been recognized with three regional Edward R. Murrow awards in the past seven years.

In 2001, the station won for its continuing coverage of the 2000 presidential vote controversy in Palm Beach County. In 2003, WPTV was recognized in the news documentary category for a story on the desperate conditions in Haiti. In April 2008, the station was recognized for excellence again in the documentary category for its hour-long prime-time special on Medicare fraud produced by its "Contact 5" investigative unit. WPTV is one of ten television stations that air consumer reports from John Matarese of ABC affiliate (and sister station) WCPO in Cincinnati.

On January 11, 2010, WPTV expanded its weekday morning newscasts to begin at 4:30 a.m., with the new 30-minute block being known as "Today on 5 First at 4:30".

News/station presentation[]

Newscast titles[]

  • TV-5 Action News (1974-early 1980s)
  • Action 5 News (early 1980s–1993)
  • NewsChannel 5 (1993–present)

Station slogans[]

  • Part of Your Life (late 1970s)
  • Action 5 News: The Recognized Authorities (early 1980s)
  • We're Looking Out For You! (1984–1989)
  • Your News Leader (1980s-early 1990s)
  • The 24-Hour News Channel (early 1990s)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1993–2008)
  • Local Coverage You Can Count On (2008–present)

News team[]

Current on-air staff[]


Storm Team 5

  • Steve Weagle (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) seen weekdays at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm
  • Glenn Glazer (AMS Seal of Approval) seen weekdays 4:30am-7am and noon
  • James Wieland (AMS Seal of Approval) seen weekends 6pm and 11pm
  • vacant seen weekends 6am-8am


  • Evan Cohen - Sports wrap-up Monday-Thursday at 11pm and host of "5 Sports Live" Sundays at 11:20pm (Also afternoon drive-time host on ESPN Radio 760)
  • Jason Pugh - Sports wrap-up Fridays at 11pm, Saturdays at 6pm and 11pm, Sundays at 6pm and weekday sports reporter


  • Sean Balewski
  • Kristyn Cadell
  • Bryan Garner]] - Treasure Coast Bureau Chief
  • Marci Gonzalez
  • Thalia Hayden]]
  • Katie LaGrone
  • John Matarese - Consumer Reporter (based out of WCPO in Cincinnati)
  • Vince Norman
  • Liz Nunez
  • Rochelle Ritchie
  • Angela Sachitano
  • Carolyn Scofield - Treasure Coast Reporter
  • Jon Shainman - Treasure Coast Reporter
  • Captain Julie Stevens - Chopper 5 pilot and traffic reporter
  • Mollie Reynolds - (social media segments)

Former staff[]

  • Cheryll Jones
  • Kent Ehrhardt
  • Tim Malloy
  • Chandra Bill
  • Nichelle King
  • Paige Kornblue
  • Bill Foster
  • Rob Lopicola
  • Ted White (now at WPBF)
  • Scott Babler
  • Cynthia Demos (now at WFOR-TV, Miami, FL)
  • Larry Smith
  • Dan Hellie
  • John Clark
  • Tom Dunn
  • Jay Richard (Worsham)
  • Don Wright
  • Orly Greenberg
  • Bob Lorenz
  • Pat Murphy (now at WPEC)
  • Ben Becker (now at WPEC)
  • Rick Leventhal
  • Tiffany Kenney
  • Derrol Nail
  • Steve Barrett
  • Rachele Scholes
  • Jim Brosemer
  • Dean Tendrich
  • Laurel Sauer
  • Pam Saulsby (now at WRAL-TV in Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, NC)
  • Robyn Scola
  • Jim Wicks
  • Miranda Khan
  • Lori Delgado
  • Christine Cristofek (now at WPEC)
  • Cari Champion
  • Barry Judge
  • Chris Zelman
  • Danielle Dubetz
  • Patrick Nolan (now with WFTX-TV in Fort Myers/Naples, FL)
  • Eric Glasser
  • Keenan Smith (now at WXYZ in Detroit)


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