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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-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
WDVM-TV Eyewitness News Promo (1979)
WDVM-TV Eyewitness News Promo (1979)
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: SkittlesMan
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 TV Bumpers {Early mid
WDVM TV Bumpers {Early mid '80s, 16:9 HD and Restorations}
Published: 2016/07/25
Channel: Infinite's Alt
WDVM-TV Promo (1977) #1
WDVM-TV Promo (1977) #1
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: DecadesMTS 2002 Video Vault
WDVM Call Switch, Image and News Promos 1978-79
WDVM Call Switch, Image and News Promos 1978-79
Published: 2008/08/06
Channel: eyeontv
Carol Randolph Show. WDVM-TV. May 13, 1986.
Carol Randolph Show. WDVM-TV. May 13, 1986.
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: Brad Curl
WDVM-TV promo (1977) #3
WDVM-TV promo (1977) #3
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: DecadesMTS 2002 Video Vault
WDVM-All We
WDVM-All We've Got Promos 1978
Published: 2017/07/26
Channel: eyeontv
WDVM Capital Edition Local TV News Wars 1985
WDVM Capital Edition Local TV News Wars 1985
Published: 2012/09/05
Channel: eyeontv
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
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 ...
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 ...
WTOP-TV 11pm News, June 9, 1978
WTOP-TV 11pm News, June 9, 1978
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: NewsActive3
WDVM-TV Promo (1977) #2
WDVM-TV Promo (1977) #2
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: DecadesMTS 2002 Video Vault
WDVM Eyewitness News Weather / Gordon Barnes Promo
WDVM Eyewitness News Weather / Gordon Barnes Promo
Published: 2008/12/06
Channel: nyQowl
WDVM-TV Bumpers 1981 in Khord {Collab Entry}
WDVM-TV Bumpers 1981 in Khord {Collab Entry}
Published: 2016/07/26
Channel: InfiniteVideoEffects135 HD
WUSA/WTOP/WDVM Call Letter Change 1978 Promo
WUSA/WTOP/WDVM Call Letter Change 1978 Promo
Published: 2007/08/07
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
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 ...
WUSA/WDVM Eyewitness News 1982 And 1987 Newscast Intros
WUSA/WDVM Eyewitness News 1982 And 1987 Newscast Intros
Published: 2007/08/08
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
WUSA/WDVM You Make Us The One 1979 Promo
WUSA/WDVM You Make Us The One 1979 Promo
Published: 2007/08/07
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
WDVM PM Magazine Behind the Scenes 1980
WDVM PM Magazine Behind the Scenes 1980
Published: 2009/04/03
Channel: eyeontv
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
WUSA Sign On 1988
WUSA Sign On 1988
Published: 2007/12/04
Channel: eyeontv
Klein& WDVM You Make Us The One Promos 1979
Klein& WDVM You Make Us The One Promos 1979
Published: 2012/05/12
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 ...
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 ...
1980s commercials February 25, 1981 2/25/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 02
1980s commercials February 25, 1981 2/25/81 WDVM TV-9 Washington, DC part 02
Published: 2015/10/10
Channel: After These Messages ...
WUSA news opens
WUSA news opens
Published: 2014/09/19
Channel: T.L. Hughes
WUSA/WDVM We
WUSA/WDVM We've Got The Touch 1983 Promo
Published: 2007/08/07
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
WUSA TV News9- Washington D.C.- June 1992
WUSA TV News9- Washington D.C.- June 1992
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: Doug Poppa
WHAG-TV (WDVM) News Remix
WHAG-TV (WDVM) News Remix
Published: 2013/09/02
Channel: ChrisHambyFilms
1980-81 Commercials:  A&S to WDVM
1980-81 Commercials: A&S to WDVM
Published: 2010/08/22
Channel: Genius
(March 10, 1984) WDVM "WUSA"-TV 9 CBS Washington Commercials
(March 10, 1984) WDVM "WUSA"-TV 9 CBS Washington Commercials
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: CraigS1996Backup Entertainment
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 ...
WUSA-TV  (now KARE-TV) 10pm News11 Opening from November 11, 1985 Channel 11 Minneapolis
WUSA-TV (now KARE-TV) 10pm News11 Opening from November 11, 1985 Channel 11 Minneapolis
Published: 2009/11/11
Channel: tcmedianow
WUSA/WDVM Looking Good 1979 Promo
WUSA/WDVM Looking Good 1979 Promo
Published: 2007/08/07
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
Feed Your Tiger on WUSA TV
Feed Your Tiger on WUSA TV
Published: 2007/12/13
Channel: Letha Hadady
Mark Leventhal - WUSA-TV Interview with Andrea Roane
Mark Leventhal - WUSA-TV Interview with Andrea Roane
Published: 2008/01/18
Channel: MarkRLeventhal
1980 Commercials:  JCPenney, WDVM, WTTG, McDade
1980 Commercials: JCPenney, WDVM, WTTG, McDade's, WKBW
Published: 2010/09/06
Channel: Genius
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 ...
WDVM-9 Ident {The One and Only, 1979, HD}
WDVM-9 Ident {The One and Only, 1979, HD}
Published: 2016/09/11
Channel: Infinite's Alt
WUSA 1988 Signoff
WUSA 1988 Signoff
Published: 2010/01/13
Channel: GateStudios
WHAG News at Six with Jeff Bowers and Amy Hudak
WHAG News at Six with Jeff Bowers and Amy Hudak
Published: 2015/05/15
Channel: WDVM
WUSA/WDVM We Give It All We
WUSA/WDVM We Give It All We've Got 1979 Promo #3
Published: 2007/08/07
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
WUSA/WDVM We Give It All We
WUSA/WDVM We Give It All We've Got 1979 Promo #2
Published: 2007/08/07
Channel: HollywoodDerek2
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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)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Subchannels 25.1 Independent/H&I
25.2 Escape
25.3 Grit
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date January 3, 1970; 47 years ago (1970-01-03)
Call letters' meaning West Virginia
District of Columbia
Virginia & PennsylVania
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
Height 376 m (1,234 ft)
Facility ID 25045
Transmitter coordinates 39°39′45″N 77°57′54″W / 39.66250°N 77.96500°W / 39.66250; -77.96500
Website www.localdvm.com

WDVM-TV, virtual channel 25 (UHF digital channel 26), is an independent television station licensed to Hagerstown, Maryland, United States. 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 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 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. The two stations are technically in the same market, a situation which also caused the Philadelphia/Atlantic City market's WMGM-TV to lose its affiliation in 2015 in favor of network-owned WCAU. WHAG-TV will continue to produce local programming, including local newscasts, with the expansion of the station's local news department.[8] WHAG-TV also carries programs from Heroes & Icons.[9]

On July 1, 2017, the station rebranded itself and adopted the call sign WDVM-TV. 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

Market status[edit]

WDVM-TV is located in the Washington, D.C. market, however, the station is operated like a small market station focusing on areas west of Montgomery County. It serves the 4-state area of Chambersburg, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Frederick, MD, Martinsburg, WV, and Winchester, VA with a more local perspective.[3][12][13]

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.[14][15] 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).[16][17][18]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Contact Us - Your4State.com – via Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. November 16, 1998. p. 65. 
  3. ^ a b WHAG - Nexstar Broadcasting
  4. ^ Nexstar to acquire Quorum Broadcasting - Dallas Business Journal
  5. ^ "Nexstar completes $230M buy of Quorum Broadcast". Dallas Business Journal. December 31, 2003. 
  6. ^ "Analog Service Termination Notiification". Federal Communications Commission. March 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ "DTV Transition Status Report". Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Official: NBC affiliation ending with WHAG-TV". The Herald-Mail. February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=print_station&facility_id=25045
  10. ^ Fogle, Hans (June 29, 2017). "WHAG to become WDVM". 1340 WEPM. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  11. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=WHAG#station
  12. ^ Hagerstown TV eludes political file requirement - Radio & Television Business Report
  13. ^ WHAG welcomes New Residents, Revenue - TVNewscheck.com
  14. ^ "WHAG to Expand Coverage and Newscasts on Monday". Your4state.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  15. ^ "WHAG Schedule 2010" (PDF). Your4state.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Nexstar Buys 4 W.Va. TVs For $130M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  17. ^ Brown, Andrew (November 17, 2015). "WV Media Holdings selling 4 TV stations to Texas company". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ "WHAG Announces $1M Local News Expansion". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 

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