WBAY-TV 2 launched on March 17, 1953 is an ABC affiliate stations operating in Green Bay area of Wisconsin. Gray Television is the owner of the service stationed on South Jefferson Street in downtown Green Bay; the transmitter of the channel is installed in Ledgeview which also hosts the transmitters of WPT radio and television duo WPNE. WZAW-LD WEAU, WMTV, WSAW-TV and WLUC-TV are the siblings of the service.
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WBAY-TV 2 hit the waves on March 17, 1953 as Wisconsin’s second station after Milwaukee-based WTMJ. Norbertine Orders of Priests was the original owner of the service; the priests also administered St. Norbert College in De Pere and run WBAY 1360 AM (later renamed WTAQ) in Green Bay and Appleton-based WHBY. It akin to WTJM at the start broadcasted programming of all the four major networks including NBC, Dumnt, ABC and CBS (primary). NBC in 1954 signed an agreement with WMBV (later WLUK), ABC turned to WNAM and with the closure of DuMont in 1956, WBAY turned into an exclusive CBS affiliate. It until 1959 was the only station licensed to Green Bay, this was changed when WLUK got its licensing. It started colored broadcasts for CBS content and upgraded its transmitter in 1959. Colored version of locally produced programming was brought in 1966.
The Channel 2 was acquired by Nationwide Communications in 1974 which in 1993 released it to Young Broadcasting. Following the merger of Young with Media General the channel was shifted under the umbrella of Media General on Nov 12, 2013. It after the approval of Federal Communications Commission on Nov 8, 2013 became Media General’s first station in state of Wisconsin.
Upon the unification of Media General and LIN Media in March 2014, Media General decided to retain WBAY while releasing WCWF and WLUK to Sinclair Broadcast Group on Aug 20, 2014 to comply with the regulations of Federal Communications Commission. Media General then got merged with Nexstar Broadcasting Group on Jan 27, 2016 leaving WBAY and WFRV under the new ownership. Nexstar on June 3, 2016 revealed its plans to trade WBAY to Gray Television while opting to keep WFRV; the deal consummated on Jan 17, 2017. Gray on March 3, 2017 took the formal control over the official website and mobile applications of the service.
Syndicated programs cleared by Channel 2 include Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, The Wendy Williams Show, Family Feud, and Inside Edition. WBAY has the record of longest running telethon under its belt; the Cerebral Palsy Telethon is up on the station since 1954. The telethon airs for 22 hours in the first weekend of March. It also broadcasts Sunday Mass on Sunday mornings as it is available on the lineups since the ownership of Norbertine Fathers. The news operations at present include 31 hours of local news-bulletins. Green Bay News, Weather and Sports programming, features, podcasts, Skycams, Closings & Delays, videos and contests and more is available online. You can follow the station on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Here is the website: https://www.wbay.com/
|ABC World News Now||General Hospital||America This Morning||Action 2 News at Noon|
|Entertainment Tonight||Good Morning America||Strahan and Sara||The View|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live||Pawn Stars||ABC World News Tonight with David Muir||–|
115 S. Jefferson St.Green Bay, WI 54301
Tel: 920 432 3331