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Matt Lauer on WEAU (1997)
Matt Lauer on WEAU (1997)
Published: 2017/10/03
Channel: WEAU 13 News
WEAU 13 NEWS - #‎ParkinsongChallenge‬
WEAU 13 NEWS - #‎ParkinsongChallenge‬
Published: 2015/08/17
Channel: WEAU 13 News
WEAU Workout Wednesday 1 7 2015
WEAU Workout Wednesday 1 7 2015
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: Benji Williford
50 Years with WEAU (2003) #TBT
50 Years with WEAU (2003) #TBT
Published: 2015/12/24
Channel: WEAU 13 News
WEAU-TV
WEAU-TV's Tower Fell
Published: 2011/03/28
Channel: KJ4HYD
The Tall Tower (2012) #TBT
The Tall Tower (2012) #TBT
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: WEAU 13 News
2012 WEAU Holiday Greetings
2012 WEAU Holiday Greetings
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: WEAU 13 News
2014 WEAU Holiday Greetings
2014 WEAU Holiday Greetings
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: WEAU 13 News
WEAU 13 News at 5pm open (5-10-17)
WEAU 13 News at 5pm open (5-10-17)
Published: 2017/06/04
Channel: Santa Fee
WEAU NewsCenter 13 Update - January 17, 1986
WEAU NewsCenter 13 Update - January 17, 1986
Published: 2015/08/29
Channel: Jamie Gee
Old WEAU Christmas Greeting
Old WEAU Christmas Greeting
Published: 2009/02/12
Channel: MantyTV
WEAU 13 News July 11 6pm
WEAU 13 News July 11 6pm
Published: 2013/01/30
Channel: Andrew Felix
2015 WEAU Holiday Greetings
2015 WEAU Holiday Greetings
Published: 2016/02/03
Channel: WEAU 13 News
WEAU NewsCenter 13 6PM Open (1997)
WEAU NewsCenter 13 6PM Open (1997)
Published: 2016/03/20
Channel: eastest566
1980s Commercials January 17, 1986 1/17/86 WEAU TV-13 Eau Claire, WI
1980s Commercials January 17, 1986 1/17/86 WEAU TV-13 Eau Claire, WI
Published: 2014/12/26
Channel: After These Messages ...
WEAU - Home - NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS   more to Eau Claire, La Crosse, and all of Western Wisconsin
WEAU - Home - NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS more to Eau Claire, La Crosse, and all of Western Wisconsin
Published: 2011/08/31
Channel: FranciscanSisters
2016 WEAU Holiday Greetings
2016 WEAU Holiday Greetings
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: WEAU 13 News
WEAU Production (1980) #TBT
WEAU Production (1980) #TBT
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: WEAU 13 News
Weau TV 13 / WAXX tower
Weau TV 13 / WAXX tower
Published: 2011/12/10
Channel: peggie busse
WEAU/WAXX Tower 2,000ft 8th tallest structure in the world/tallest structure east of the Mississippi
WEAU/WAXX Tower 2,000ft 8th tallest structure in the world/tallest structure east of the Mississippi
Published: 2014/10/04
Channel: TheMW2informer
"NewsCenter 13 at Five" Debuts (1981) #TBT
"NewsCenter 13 at Five" Debuts (1981) #TBT
Published: 2016/09/14
Channel: WEAU 13 News
Нова соцмережа - "WEAU"
Нова соцмережа - "WEAU"
Published: 2014/03/31
Channel: 5 канал
WEAU NewsCenter 13 10PM Open (1997)
WEAU NewsCenter 13 10PM Open (1997)
Published: 2016/03/20
Channel: eastest566
WEAU 10PM Topical ID - January 17, 1986
WEAU 10PM Topical ID - January 17, 1986
Published: 2015/08/29
Channel: Jamie Gee
WEAU 13 News of LaCrosse interview about the tour of the relics of Padre Pio
WEAU 13 News of LaCrosse interview about the tour of the relics of Padre Pio
Published: 2017/09/23
Channel: Saint Pio Foundation
1998 WEAU Holiday Greetings
1998 WEAU Holiday Greetings
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: WEAU 13 News
1999 WEAU Holiday Greetings
1999 WEAU Holiday Greetings
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: WEAU 13 News
WEAU TV13 Schools Going Social
WEAU TV13 Schools Going Social
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: SocialSchool4EDU
2,000ft WEAU-TV/WAXX-FM Tower from close up (Amazing)
2,000ft WEAU-TV/WAXX-FM Tower from close up (Amazing)
Published: 2014/10/04
Channel: TheMW2informer
Weau
Weau
Published: 2016/06/12
Channel: Katie Bilda
Abbie Hein Basketball - WEAU Athlete of the Week
Abbie Hein Basketball - WEAU Athlete of the Week
Published: 2012/11/27
Channel: John Hein
CAFES commercial on WEAU-TV Eau Claire
CAFES commercial on WEAU-TV Eau Claire
Published: 2012/07/16
Channel: CAFESatUWRF
WEAU anchor pursues new career
WEAU anchor pursues new career
Published: 2014/02/04
Channel: Inside Eau Claire
WEAU - Rep. Sean Duffy on Grassland Dairy
WEAU - Rep. Sean Duffy on Grassland Dairy
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: RepSeanDuffy
Here
Here's Looking at You #1 (1984) #TBT
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: WEAU 13 News
WEAU World Kindness Day! Eau Claire Wisconsin.
WEAU World Kindness Day! Eau Claire Wisconsin.
Published: 2014/11/14
Channel: Travis Dodge
WEAU TV-13 Interview Part II
WEAU TV-13 Interview Part II
Published: 2010/09/27
Channel: Laurie Boettcher
WEAU Mannequin Challenge (2016)
WEAU Mannequin Challenge (2016)
Published: 2016/11/08
Channel: WEAU 13 News
WEAU TV-13 Interview Part I
WEAU TV-13 Interview Part I
Published: 2010/09/27
Channel: Laurie Boettcher
2014 WEAU Holiday Greetings (Blooper Reel)
2014 WEAU Holiday Greetings (Blooper Reel)
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: WEAU 13 News
"Rake It Up" (Parody of Taylor Swift
"Rake It Up" (Parody of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off")
Published: 2014/11/13
Channel: WEAU 13 News
1993 WEAU Holiday Greetings
1993 WEAU Holiday Greetings
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: WEAU 13 News
GovDeals - WEAU.com - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
GovDeals - WEAU.com - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Published: 2014/03/19
Channel: govdealsinc
WEAU - Sean on AHCA CBO score
WEAU - Sean on AHCA CBO score
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: RepSeanDuffy
WEAU
WEAU
Published: 2017/10/29
Channel: Scott Lyons
Natural Touch - WEAU Spotlight
Natural Touch - WEAU Spotlight
Published: 2017/03/09
Channel: Natural Touch
2014 12 09 WEAU TV 1NBC Eau Claire, WI
2014 12 09 WEAU TV 1NBC Eau Claire, WI
Published: 2014/12/18
Channel: Green Oasis
WEAU TV Promo (Fired Up Pizza)
WEAU TV Promo (Fired Up Pizza)
Published: 2013/01/14
Channel: Jesse Hamble
WEAU: Duffy Discusses Barron County Job Fair
WEAU: Duffy Discusses Barron County Job Fair
Published: 2017/03/28
Channel: RepSeanDuffy
2016 WEAU Holiday Greetings (Blooper Reel)
2016 WEAU Holiday Greetings (Blooper Reel)
Published: 2016/12/18
Channel: WEAU 13 News
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WEAU
WEAU 13 logo.png
Eau Claire/La Crosse, Wisconsin
United States
City Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Branding WEAU 13 (general)
WEAU 13 News
Slogan Important To You
Channels Digital: 38 (UHF)
(to move to 17 (UHF))
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations NBC
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date December 17, 1953 (63 years ago) (1953-12-17)
Call letters' meaning We're EAU Claire
Sister station(s) Madison: WMTV
Wausau: WSAW, WZAW-LD
Cedar Rapids, IA: KCRG-TV
Former channel number(s) 13 (VHF analog, 1953–2009)
39 (UHF digital, 2002–2009)
13 (VHF digital, 2009–2011)
Former affiliations CBS/ABC/DuMont (1954–1956)
NTA (1956–1961)
all secondary [1]
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
700 kW (CP)
Height 607 m (1,991 ft)
615.5 m (2,019 ft) (CP)
Facility ID 7893
Transmitter coordinates 44°39′50″N 90°57′41″W / 44.66389°N 90.96139°W / 44.66389; -90.96139
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website weau.com

WEAU is the NBC-affiliated television station for Western Wisconsin, United States including the Chippewa Valley. Licensed to Eau Claire, it broadcasts a high definition digital on UHF channel 38 (or virtual channel 13 via PSIP) from a transmitter, north of Fairchild, along the Eau ClaireClark county line. Owned by Gray Television, the station has studios on South Hastings Way/U.S. 53 Business in Altoona (with an Eau Claire postal address).

Western Wisconsin is one of the few markets in the United States to receive NBC programming from multiple over-the-air affiliates as La Crosse is also served by W50DR-D (channel 50), a repeater of KTTC (channel 10) from Rochester, Minnesota. This low-powered station airs from a transmitter in La Crescent, Minnesota and provides over-the-air service of NBC to viewers in La Crosse unable to receive WEAU due to area topography. However, WEAU is considered the primary NBC affiliate for that area and is the only affiliate available on cable and satellite television providers.

History[edit]

WEAU-TV signed-on December 17, 1953 under the ownership of Central Broadcasting Company. This ownership group was led by a predecessor to Morgan Murphy Media and also included the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram along with WEAU radio (790 AM now WEAQ at 1150 AM, and 94.1 FM now WIAL).[2] It has always been a primary NBC affiliate but initially carried programs from CBS, ABC, and DuMont. During the late-1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[3] One of the first well-known personalities on WEAU was "Sheriff Bob" Dawson who hosted a children's show during the 1950s and 1960s.

The station initially broadcast from a tower immediately behind the WEAU studios on South Hastings Way in Eau Claire. A new tower, approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) tall, was built in the same location in 1956 44°39′50″N 90°57′41″W / 44.66389°N 90.96139°W / 44.66389; -90.96139 before an approximately 2,000-foot (610 m) tower was constructed near Fairchild in 1966. The tower in Eau Claire is now topped by the digital transmitter of rival ABC affiliate WQOW.

Morgan Murphy sold off WEAU radio in 1959; in 1962, it sold WEAU-TV to The Post Corporation of Appleton (Morgan Murphy would later purchase rival WKBT). WEAU's departure from radio proved short-lived as The Post Corporation purchased Chippewa Falls radio station WAXX (1150 AM) in 1963,[4] and two years later, established a new WEAU-FM at 100.7 (moving to 104.5 when the Fairchild tower was built) which largely simulcasted WAXX's country music format. WEAU-FM's call letters were switched to WAXX-FM in 1977,[5] and in 1978, the country format was moved exclusively to WAXX-FM with the AM station becoming WAYY (which later moved to 790 AM in a swap with WEAQ).

In 1984, George N. Gillett Jr. purchased the Post Corporation stations including WEAU-TV. WAXX and WAYY were spun off to Central Communications at the same time, and in 1985, the two radio stations moved out of the WEAU building to a new facility behind its parking lot. Despite being under separate ownership, WEAU continued to provide weather forecasting services for WAXX and WAYY as well as other stations purchased by Central Communications (which included WEAU's original radio properties, WEAQ and WIAL, in addition to WECL and WDRK) until December 31, 2001. WEAU resumed providing weather services to those same six stations, now under the ownership of Maverick Media, on September 11, 2006.

Gillett began defaulting on some of his purchases in the late-1980s culminating in 1990 when he sold WEAU to Busse Broadcasting, owner of KOLN in Lincoln, Nebraska and KGIN in Grand Island, Nebraska (and at one point also owned WWMT in Kalamazoo, Michigan and KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City). In 1998, Gray Communications Systems (which was subsequently renamed Gray Television) and Cosmos Broadcasting (the broadcasting division of The Liberty Corporation which has since been merged into Raycom Media) teamed up to purchase the Busse stations with WEAU going to Cosmos and KOLN/KGIN going to Gray. Cosmos then traded WEAU back to Gray in exchange for WALB (Gray's original flagship station) in Albany, Georgia. Technology was the highlight of the following decade as WEAU-DT, which originally transmitted on channel 39, signed-on April 30, 2002 with the digital transmitter located at the top of the tower in Fairchild.

The station turned off its analog transmitter at 12:30 p.m. on February 16, 2009. At around 1 o'clock, WEAU's digital signal relocated from channel 39 to channel 13. On October 1, 2012, WEAU dropped the -TV suffix from its call sign.[6] The transmission tower 44°39′49.5″N 90°57′41.3″W / 44.663750°N 90.961472°W / 44.663750; -90.961472 for WEAU was the tallest structure in the state of Wisconsin topping out at 2,000 feet (610 m), or over 500 feet (150 m) taller than the Empire State Building. The tower was shared with former sister radio station WAXX. On March 22, 2011, this tower collapsed during an intense winter storm that brought a mixture of terrible weather conditions.[7] A replacement tower was completed by December 15, 2011 and broadcasts resumed on UHF channel 38 in late-December.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [8]
13.1 1080i 16:9 WEAU-DT Main WEAU programming / NBC
13.2 480i Antenna Antenna TV [9]
13.3 H&I Heroes & Icons
13.4 Movies! Movies!

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programing on WEAU includes Wheel of Fortune, Inside Edition, Jeopardy!, Steve and Mr. Food Test Kitchen among others.

News operation[edit]

WEAU constructed its own Doppler weather radar in 1979, becoming the first television station in the market to have its own device and no longer rely on delayed data from the National Weather Service. It premiered a 5 o'clock weeknight newscast on September 14, 1981. A satellite truck to provide live remote broadcasts came into use by 1983. The station was met with tragedy in September 1991 when weeknight news anchor Cindy Schott died unexpectedly. Her death was later the subject of a story on Real Life with Jane Pauley and Dateline NBC. WEAU resorted to a solo anchor format for the 6 and 10 p.m. news (John Froyd) following Schott's death but returned to a co-anchor format for their weeknight 10 o'clock program (Pat Kreitlow and Judy Clark) in August 1998 upon Froyd's retirement.

On August 28, 2006, WEAU entered into a news share agreement with Fox affiliates WLAX/WEUX (then owned by Grant Broadcasting System II). The arrangement resulted in those stations airing a weeknight prime time newscast produced by this NBC outlet. Known as Fox 25/48 News at 9, the half-hour broadcast would eventually be expanded to weekends starting January 20, 2007.

WLAX/WEUX features a majority of WEAU's on-air team except for maintaining a separate weeknight meteorologist and weekend news anchor (although they can fill-in on the NBC outlet when needed). Fox 25/48 News at 9 originates from a secondary set at WEAU's studios and is fed to the WLAX/WEUX facility through a fiber-optic link. On August 5, 2011, WEAU upgraded its newscasts to high definition level. However, the WLAX/WEUX newscasts were not included in the change because they were produced from a secondary set that lacked HD cameras. As of fall 2015, Fox 25/48 News is broadcast in High Definition.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ellwanger.tv/collect/tvg/eds/old/nw.html
  2. ^ Telecasting Yearbook-Marketbook 1954 (PDF). 1954. p. 319. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956 
  4. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 21, 1963. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 26, 1977. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "WEAU 13 tower collapses in Fairchild". WEAU-TV. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=WEAU#station
  9. ^ Antenna TV Affiliate Map

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