WPTZ Burlington

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WPTZ owned by Hearst Television is an Upstate New York station that was launched on Dec 8, 1954. It shares duopoly with WNNE, a Montpelier-based CW linked channel which shares studio space with WPTZ on Community Drive in South Burlington. The secondary studios of the channel are located in town of Plattsburgh. Both WNNE and WPTZ share transmitter site on Mount Mansfield.

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Slogan: Covering the Champlain Valley and Beyond

Sisters: WCVB-TV, WMTW, WPXT, WCVB, WMUR-TV

Website: www.mynbc5.com/

 

History

WPTZ originally licensed to hamlet of North Pole, NY was launched on Dec 8, 1954 as WIRI. The channel was owned by Great Northern Broadcasting Company which also had ownership over WIRY 1340 AM. Its original studios were located on Cornelia Street while transmitter was installed on Terry Mountain in Peru, NY. The channel originally wanted to take WIRY-TV calls that were denied by FCC. In 1956, the station was renamed as WPTZ. Heritage Media acquired WPTZ in 1987 followed by WNNE in 1990. Under Heritage the latter became the semi-satellite of former in the Vermont market. The master control and other operations of WNNE were relocated to WPTZ in 2000.

Heritage all of its media assets including WPTZ to Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1997 to eventually merge with News Corporation. It then applied for the community of license change for WPTZ on June 23, 1999 which Federal Communications Commission approved on Jan 5, 2011; following the change it became a Plattsburgh service. It joined Nexstar Broadcasting after a dispute with Hearst Television on July 9, 2012. The channel changed its logo ahead of Rio Olympics on Aug 2, 2016. In July 2019 WPTZ shifted to a news broadcasting facility in South Burlington, Vermont. On Feb 17, 2009, it dropped its analog transmission and started airing on digital signal.

Programs

The programs (syndicated) broadcasted by the channel include Dr. Phil. Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Jeanne Moos and Chris Ortloff are among the notable former on-air personalities. NBC station is available online with latest local and national news, weather updates, sports stories, entertainment stuff, contests, editorials and more. Follow WPTZ on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Here is the website: https://www.mynbc5.com/