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WDVM-TV 9 (now WUSA) Sign-Off 1980
WDVM-TV 9 (now WUSA) Sign-Off 1980
Published: 2008/08/13
Channel: SignOffsGuy
WDVM-All We
WDVM-All We've Got Promos 1978
Published: 2017/07/26
Channel: eyeontv
WDVM-TV Bumpers (1979-86)
WDVM-TV Bumpers (1979-86)
Published: 2010/07/04
Channel: eastest566
WDVM TV-9 (CBS) February 25th 1981 Commercial Breaks
WDVM TV-9 (CBS) February 25th 1981 Commercial Breaks
Published: 2017/03/21
Channel: ThePreviewsGuy VHSOpenings
I-270 News on WDVM-TV
I-270 News on WDVM-TV
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: WDVM
WTOP-WDVM Call Letter Change 6.27.78
WTOP-WDVM Call Letter Change 6.27.78
Published: 2011/07/06
Channel: eyeontv
Be a WDVM Kidscaster!
Be a WDVM Kidscaster!
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: WDVM
Nova News on WDVM-TV
Nova News on WDVM-TV
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: WDVM
West Virginia
West Virginia's Local News on WDVM
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: WDVM
WDVM-TV Promo (1977) #1
WDVM-TV Promo (1977) #1
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: DecadesMTS 2002 Video Vault
WDVM Newsbreak and 11PM Open 12.5.78
WDVM Newsbreak and 11PM Open 12.5.78
Published: 2007/09/03
Channel: eyeontv
WHAG-TV (WDVM) News Remix
WHAG-TV (WDVM) News Remix
Published: 2013/09/02
Channel: ChrisHambyFilms
1980s commercials December 5, 1981 12/05/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 01
1980s commercials December 5, 1981 12/05/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 01
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: After These Messages ...
WDVM TV Washington DC We
WDVM TV Washington DC We've Got The Touch
Published: 2007/12/21
Channel: localstationbreak
WDVM The One to Watch Promo (1983)
WDVM The One to Watch Promo (1983)
Published: 2013/02/03
Channel: eastest566
WDVM Klein& Eyewitness News Service Promos 1979
WDVM Klein& Eyewitness News Service Promos 1979
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: eyeontv
WDVM Call Switch, Image and News Promos 1978-79
WDVM Call Switch, Image and News Promos 1978-79
Published: 2008/08/06
Channel: eyeontv
WDVM-TV Eyewitness News Promo (1979)
WDVM-TV Eyewitness News Promo (1979)
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: SkittlesMan
WDVM News Opens 1982
WDVM News Opens 1982
Published: 2007/08/20
Channel: eyeontv
WDVM PM Magazine Behind the Scenes 1980
WDVM PM Magazine Behind the Scenes 1980
Published: 2009/04/03
Channel: eyeontv
WTOP-TV 11pm News, June 9, 1978
WTOP-TV 11pm News, June 9, 1978
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: NewsActive3
1980s commercials December 5, 1981 12/05/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 03
1980s commercials December 5, 1981 12/05/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 03
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: After These Messages ...
WDVM One to Watch Promos 1984
WDVM One to Watch Promos 1984
Published: 2007/12/25
Channel: eyeontv
WDVM TV-9 (CBS) March 10th 1984 Commercial Breaks
WDVM TV-9 (CBS) March 10th 1984 Commercial Breaks
Published: 2017/03/21
Channel: ThePreviewsGuy VHSOpenings
WDVM Capital Edition Local TV News Wars 1985
WDVM Capital Edition Local TV News Wars 1985
Published: 2012/09/05
Channel: eyeontv
WUSA/WDVM Ours To Share 1982 Promo
WUSA/WDVM Ours To Share 1982 Promo
Published: 2007/08/08
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
1980s commercials December 5, 1981 12/05/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 04
1980s commercials December 5, 1981 12/05/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 04
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: After These Messages ...
Klein& WDVM You Make Us The One Promos 1979
Klein& WDVM You Make Us The One Promos 1979
Published: 2012/05/12
Channel: eyeontv
WDVM-TV News: Hood College Digital Media Alums/TV Studio Dedication (Oct. 19, 2017)
WDVM-TV News: Hood College Digital Media Alums/TV Studio Dedication (Oct. 19, 2017)
Published: 2017/10/21
Channel: ChrisHambyFilms
WDVM Remarkable Mouth-The Offbeat
WDVM Remarkable Mouth-The Offbeat
Published: 2015/07/14
Channel: eyeontv
WDVM One Good Thing Promos 1980
WDVM One Good Thing Promos 1980
Published: 2007/09/03
Channel: eyeontv
WUSA/WDVM Looking Good 1979 Promo
WUSA/WDVM Looking Good 1979 Promo
Published: 2007/08/07
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
WDVM Eyewitness News Weather / Gordon Barnes Promo
WDVM Eyewitness News Weather / Gordon Barnes Promo
Published: 2008/12/06
Channel: nyQowl
WDVM station ID & CBS promos 1979
WDVM station ID & CBS promos 1979
Published: 2009/08/17
Channel: robatsea2009
Carol Randolph Show. WDVM-TV. May 13, 1986.
Carol Randolph Show. WDVM-TV. May 13, 1986.
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: Brad Curl
1980s commercials December 5, 1981 12/05/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 05
1980s commercials December 5, 1981 12/05/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 05
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: After These Messages ...
1980s commercials December 5, 1981 12/05/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 02
1980s commercials December 5, 1981 12/05/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 02
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: After These Messages ...
WUSA/WDVM We Give It All We
WUSA/WDVM We Give It All We've Got 1979 Promo #1
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: Assassination Classroom
WUSA/WDVM We Give It All We
WUSA/WDVM We Give It All We've Got 1979 Promo #1
Published: 2007/08/07
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
1980s commercials February 25, 1981 2/25/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 01
1980s commercials February 25, 1981 2/25/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 01
Published: 2015/10/10
Channel: After These Messages ...
1980 Commercials:  JCPenney, WDVM, WTTG, McDade
1980 Commercials: JCPenney, WDVM, WTTG, McDade's, WKBW
Published: 2010/09/06
Channel: Comercial Channel
1980s commercials February 25, 1981 2/25/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 04
1980s commercials February 25, 1981 2/25/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 04
Published: 2015/10/10
Channel: After These Messages ...
WDVM 11 PM News- April 1, 1984 (partial)
WDVM 11 PM News- April 1, 1984 (partial)
Published: 2017/02/07
Channel: Pannoni 9
WDVM One Good Thing Promos 1981
WDVM One Good Thing Promos 1981
Published: 2007/09/13
Channel: eyeontv
1980s commercials February 25, 1981 2/25/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 03
1980s commercials February 25, 1981 2/25/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 03
Published: 2015/10/10
Channel: After These Messages ...
WDVM-EWN Behind the Scenes 1980
WDVM-EWN Behind the Scenes 1980
Published: 2016/03/17
Channel: eyeontv
WDVM-TV Bumpers 1981 in Khord {Collab Entry}
WDVM-TV Bumpers 1981 in Khord {Collab Entry}
Published: 2016/07/26
Channel: InfiniteMediaChronologies135
WDVM (Formerly WHAG) News Promo w/KNOE 1998 - 2002 Theme
WDVM (Formerly WHAG) News Promo w/KNOE 1998 - 2002 Theme
Published: 2017/08/27
Channel: Jordan Genesis
WUSA/WDVM Eyewitness News 1982 And 1987 Newscast Intros
WUSA/WDVM Eyewitness News 1982 And 1987 Newscast Intros
Published: 2007/08/08
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
Gandhi Brigade on Local WDVM News
Gandhi Brigade on Local WDVM News
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: gandhibrigade
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WDVM-TV
WDVM25.jpg
Hagerstown, Maryland/
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania/
Martinsburg, West Virginia/
Winchester, Virginia
United States
City Hagerstown, Maryland
Branding WDVM (general)
WDVM News (newscasts)
Slogan Your Local News Leader
Channels Digital: 26 (UHF)
(to move to 23 (UHF))
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Subchannels 25.1 Independent/H&I
25.2 Escape
25.3 Grit
25.4 Laff
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date January 3, 1970 (48 years ago) (1970-01-03)
Call letters' meaning District of Columbia
Virginia
Maryland
(former callsign of WUSA)
Former callsigns WHAG-TV (1970–2017)
Former channel number(s) Analog: 25 (UHF, 1970–2009)
Digital: 55 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliations NBC (1970–2016)
Transmitter power 575 kW
577 kW (CP)
Height 376 m (1,234 ft)
376.9 m (1,237 ft) (CP)
Facility ID 25045
Transmitter coordinates 39°39′45″N 77°57′53″W / 39.66250°N 77.96472°W / 39.66250; -77.96472
Website www.localdvm.com

WDVM-TV, virtual channel 25 (UHF digital channel 26), is an independent television station licensed to Hagerstown, Maryland, United States and serving the western portion of the Washington, D.C. television market. The station is owned by the Nexstar Media Group. WDVM-TV's studio facilities are located in the Alexander House Hotel on East Washington Street in downtown Hagerstown, and its transmitter is located in Fairview Mountain, west of Clear Spring.

Logo used from 1998 until February 12, 2010.
Logo from February 12, 2010 until October 20, 2013.
Last logo as an NBC affiliate.
Last logo as WHAG-TV.

History[edit]

The station signed on the air as WHAG-TV on January 3, 1970. It was originally owned by Warren Adler along with WHAG radio in Halfway (AM 1410 and FM 96.7, now WDLD). WHAG-TV's original analog transmitter was to be on top of the Hagerstown Motor Inn (now the Alexander House) but was rejected due to structural incompatibility. A site on Fairview Mountain would become the location of the analog signal on UHF channel 25. The station was an NBC affiliate; network anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley welcomed the station to the NBC television network during their newscast that night.[1] Adler Communications sold WHAG-TV to Sheldon and Samuel Magazine of Washington, D.C. in 1973. The Magazine Brothers then sold it to local aviation pioneer Richard Henson in 1977. Henson then sold the station to Great Trails Broadcasting in 1981. Great Trails then exited broadcasting and sold WHAG along with 2 of its stations—WFFT-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana and KSVI in Billings, Montana to Quorum Broadcasting in 1998 for $65 million.[1][2]

On September 8, 2003, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it would acquire Quorum Broadcasting and its stations (including WHAG-TV) for $230 million.[3][4] The sale was completed on December 31, 2003.[5]

WHAG's broadcasts became digital-only, effective June 12, 2009.[6][7]

Loss of NBC affiliation[edit]

NBC confirmed to The Herald-Mail that it was declining to renew its affiliation with WHAG on February 19, 2016, with the station officially ceasing to broadcast the network's programming "in the summer"; it was later announced that the affiliation would end on July 1, 2016. A factor in this decision was perceived competition with network-owned WRC-TV. Since 2014, NBC has removed its programming from several affiliates, including WHAG-TV, WMGM-TV, and KENV-DT, that functioned as secondary NBC stations serving outlying areas of their larger markets.[8] In addition to expanding local news, WHAG-TV also added programs from Heroes & Icons at the time.[9]

On July 1, 2017, the station rebranded itself and adopted the call sign WDVM-TV, the former callsign of CBS affiliate WUSA. The change came after the station expanded its coverage area by 1.2 million households, with news director Mark Kraham stating that "we wanted to make it clear that we’re not just a Hagerstown station."[10]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [11]
25.1 1080i 16:9 WDVM-DT Independent & H&I
25.2 480i Escape Escape
25.3 4:3 Grit Grit
25.4 Laff Laff

News operation[edit]

Right from the start[when?], WHAG began offering local newscasts with The Valley News which aired weeknights at 6, 7, and 11. The original anchors were Bob Witt with news, Glenn Presgraves with sports, and Bill Wolfinger forecasting the weather. Bill Wolfinger also did a Saturday night horror movie show where he would be in costume similar to Lon Chaney. The news department expanded in 1972 to include weekend evening broadcasts at 11 that totaled six hours of local news per week. By the year 2000, news content increased to over 22 hours of broadcasts per week. In 1997, WHAG added a microwave truck allowing the transmitting of live breaking news from the viewing area.[1] On February 12, 2010, WHAG dropped the "NBC 25" branding for "WHAG" and switched its news branding from NBC 25 News to WHAG News.

Outside of a few senior staffers, the station's news department mainly acts as a "farm team" operation that features new journalists and behind the scenes staff who have graduated from their schools looking for experience at a small-market television station and serve as "one man band" personnel that shoot, write, and edit their own stories, and eventually move on to further opportunities in larger markets. The station operates a bureau on East Patrick Street (MD 144) in Frederick.

On August 30, 2010, WHAG added a half hour to its weekday noon and 5 p.m. newscasts. Until this point unlike most NBC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, the station had not aired a broadcast weeknights at 5:30. It still does not offer a full two-hour weekday morning show. There is now a half hour broadcast seen Monday through Saturday nights at 7. On weekends, an hour-long morning show at 6 as well as a half hour Sunday morning broadcast at 9 were added. In addition, a Northern Virginia Bureau covering Leesburg, Berryville, and Winchester was opened. Although not a full news department, this is now the second local news operation established in those areas after TV3 Winchester launched back on March 5, 2007. All of the preceding changes required the expansion of WHAG's personnel.[12][13] On October 21, 2013, WHAG began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.

On February 19, 2016, concurrent with the announcement that WHAG would lose its NBC affiliation, Nexstar announced plans for a major expansion of the station's news operation that launched on July 1, 2016 (the same day WHAG lost its NBC affiliation), promising 20 hours of additional news programming per-week, including Maryland and Northern Virginia-specific coverage and "West Virginia's only available state-wide local news" (Nexstar had previously announced its purchase of the West Virginia Media Holdings chain).[14][15][16]

Cable and satellite carriage[edit]

Recently, it has been added to the Dish Network lineup of local offerings and is available to subscribers that currently receive the Washington D.C. market locals. WHAG had also been seen on Dish as the default NBC affiliate for the Salisbury television market, as that market did not have an NBC affiliate of its own until June 2014, when WRDE-LD in nearby Rehoboth Beach, Delaware switched its affiliation to NBC. It is also viewed in widescreen standard definition on Verizon FiOS in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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