WSAZ Huntington

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WSAZ launched on Nov 15, 1949 is a West Virginia, United States station affiliated with NBC and operating in Huntington-Charleston market. It the second largest TV operating in east of Mississippi River. The coverage area is not less than 61 counties in central West Virginia, southeastern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. WSAZ airs on a HD signal on UHF Ch 23 from a transmitter installed near Milton, West Virginia. Owned by Gray Television, it shares duopoly with Ohio-based WQCW. The two sisters are located under one roof on 5th Avenue in Huntington. An additional studio facility and newsroom is maintained on Columbia Avenue in Charleston. W16CE is a translator of the station in Kanawha Valley that operated until Dec 15, 2017 on Ch 16 in Charleston.

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Sub-channels: WSAZ-HD

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Sisters: WYMT, WKYT, WQCW, WTAP, WDTV

Website: www.wsaz.com

 

History

The oldest service in West Virginia went on air on Nov 15, 1949 and was assigned VHF Ch 5. Huntington Herald-Dispatch which also owned WSAZ 930 AM was the owner of the service. It carried content form all the Big Four however, was primary affiliated with NBC mainly because of its long-maintained linkage with NBC Radio. WCHS took over the CBS affiliation while both WCHS and WSAZ would lose the ABC affiliation when WHTN (later WOWK) signed on air a year later. DuMont was also removed when it terminated its operations in 1955. WSAZ is the only commercial outlet in the market that has never changed its primary affiliation.

Herald-Dispatch released long-held WSAZ-AM-TV to Goodwill Stations which owned WJR Radio and WJRT in Detroit and Flint, Michigan in 1961. Goodwill and Capital Cities Communications got unified in 1964. Capital in turn released the radio sibling to Stoner Broadcasting while Ch 3 was acquired by Lee Enterprises. Emmis Communications acquired the service in 2000 but sold it to Gray Television in 2005; it would then join Parkersburg-based WTAP-TV as sister.  The LP translator opened in 1995 in Kanawha Valley is no silent. The first studio branch was inaugurated in 1956 in Charleston. It acquired a construction permit for a new digital signal on Ch 27 on Aug 16, 2018 after the expiration of an unused permit in Aug 2015.

Local West Virginia news, weather and sports update, High School Scores, Traffic reports, closings, contests, featured videos and more can be have online. Follow WSAZ on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website: https://www.wsaz.com/