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WJHG-TV 6pm News, November 6, 2009
WJHG-TV 6pm News, November 6, 2009
Published: 2016/12/11
Channel: NewsActive3
Joe Moore - WJHG - Panama City, FL - November 25, 1987
Joe Moore - WJHG - Panama City, FL - November 25, 1987
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: Kirk Clyatt
Commercials And WJHG-TV "Miracle Strip Movie" Open - 1977
Commercials And WJHG-TV "Miracle Strip Movie" Open - 1977
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: radioman1968
WJHG-TV 6pm News, April 14, 1999
WJHG-TV 6pm News, April 14, 1999
Published: 2015/08/25
Channel: NewsActive3
WJHG-TV Field Reports - 1981
WJHG-TV Field Reports - 1981
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: radioman1968
Shepard Smith
Shepard Smith's 1st Newscast - 1988 - WJHG - Panama City, FL
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: Kirk Clyatt
WJHG-TV "Stan Pamfilis" Aircheck Clip - 1977
WJHG-TV "Stan Pamfilis" Aircheck Clip - 1977
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: radioman1968
WJHG - TV Newscast: WJHG NewsChannel 7
WJHG - TV Newscast: WJHG NewsChannel 7
Published: 2014/01/22
Channel: WJHG Promoguy
WJHG Station ID - 1977
WJHG Station ID - 1977
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: Jamie Gee
Tstorm at WJHG-TV
Tstorm at WJHG-TV
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: Jim Loznicka
WJHG TV annual picnic 1961
WJHG TV annual picnic 1961
Published: 2012/12/27
Channel: Ron Jones
Emerald Coast on WJHG-TV
Emerald Coast on WJHG-TV
Published: 2013/12/23
Channel: Florida's Emerald Coast
WJHG OGD 10PM
WJHG OGD 10PM
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Congressman Matt Gaetz
WJHG TV Ch. 7 (NBC) CITIZENS PETITION AGAINST BIG LICK HORSE SHOW AT PANAMA CITY BEACH
WJHG TV Ch. 7 (NBC) CITIZENS PETITION AGAINST BIG LICK HORSE SHOW AT PANAMA CITY BEACH
Published: 2016/02/16
Channel: Billy Go Boy
WJHG-TV NewsChannel 7 @ 5pm A-Block October 11th, 2015
WJHG-TV NewsChannel 7 @ 5pm A-Block October 11th, 2015
Published: 2015/10/18
Channel: Zak Dahlheimer
WJHG Video: Shooting at Bay District School Board meeting - 2010-12-16
WJHG Video: Shooting at Bay District School Board meeting - 2010-12-16
Published: 2015/07/30
Channel: Orange County Register
Dec. 22, 1989 - Snow - WJHG - Part 1
Dec. 22, 1989 - Snow - WJHG - Part 1
Published: 2009/12/11
Channel: Brent Callahan
News story about Destin Harbor from WJHG TV, Panama City, Florida. July 14th, 1987
News story about Destin Harbor from WJHG TV, Panama City, Florida. July 14th, 1987
Published: 2016/07/06
Channel: Bill Garrett
WJHG-TV June 9 6pm Weather Cast
WJHG-TV June 9 6pm Weather Cast
Published: 2009/06/11
Channel: Jason Kelley
Panama City Beach News Channel 7 WJHG Interview with BookIt.com® Lee Ann Leonard
Panama City Beach News Channel 7 WJHG Interview with BookIt.com® Lee Ann Leonard
Published: 2011/03/25
Channel: BookIt.com
WJHG Panama City Beach, FL - 5.14.14
WJHG Panama City Beach, FL - 5.14.14
Published: 2014/05/21
Channel: ShanesRibShack
WJHG TV Ch. 7 (NBC)  CITIZENS PETITION AGAINST BIG LICK HORSE SHOW AT PANAMA CITY  BEACH
WJHG TV Ch. 7 (NBC) CITIZENS PETITION AGAINST BIG LICK HORSE SHOW AT PANAMA CITY BEACH
Published: 2016/02/15
Channel: Billy Go Boy
Open Gaetz Day WJHG
Open Gaetz Day WJHG
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: Congressman Matt Gaetz
Erica
Erica's Last Show at WJHG
Published: 2012/03/26
Channel: Erica Rakow
GATV WJHG TV Promo
GATV WJHG TV Promo
Published: 2012/09/17
Channel: GuitarAsylumTV
WJHG AP Awards 2016
WJHG AP Awards 2016
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: WJHG Promoguy
WJHG-Gov. Scott Discusses Local Impact of VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida
WJHG-Gov. Scott Discusses Local Impact of VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: GovernorRickScott
John Carlson talking sharks on WJHG TV 3/26/15
John Carlson talking sharks on WJHG TV 3/26/15
Published: 2015/03/27
Channel: NOAA Fish Southeast
ICYMI - WJHG: Gov. Scott Recognizes Eastern Shipbuilding for Major Coast Guard Contract
ICYMI - WJHG: Gov. Scott Recognizes Eastern Shipbuilding for Major Coast Guard Contract
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: GovernorRickScott
WJHG-7 Panama City, FL  Apr 15, 1988
WJHG-7 Panama City, FL Apr 15, 1988
Published: 2010/01/21
Channel: wa5iyx
WJHG Covers Dr. Smith treatment of Nascar Drivers
WJHG Covers Dr. Smith treatment of Nascar Drivers
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: Waterside Chiropractic
WJHG -  Weather Reporting: Weather Watchers
WJHG - Weather Reporting: Weather Watchers
Published: 2014/01/23
Channel: WJHG Promoguy
WJHG News Channel 7 Faces and Places featuring me Joseph Mandeville
WJHG News Channel 7 Faces and Places featuring me Joseph Mandeville
Published: 2015/02/27
Channel: SandyScenes
WJHG Sportscast - Why I Didn
WJHG Sportscast - Why I Didn't Last
Published: 2009/09/22
Channel: hochstapler
Jeanette Andrews on NBC-Affiliate WJHG - 2014
Jeanette Andrews on NBC-Affiliate WJHG - 2014
Published: 2014/09/09
Channel: JeanetteAndrewsMagic
WJHG - Vipir HD 3D
WJHG - Vipir HD 3D
Published: 2010/02/19
Channel: Brent Callahan
WJHG OGD 6PM
WJHG OGD 6PM
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Congressman Matt Gaetz
WJHG Ice Storm POP
WJHG Ice Storm POP
Published: 2014/01/30
Channel: WJHG Promoguy
WJHG Making Strides
WJHG Making Strides
Published: 2012/10/04
Channel: nuvobranding
WJHG Holidays 10D
WJHG Holidays 10D
Published: 2016/12/13
Channel: WJHG Promoguy
WJHG - Light Feature: Soldier Surprise
WJHG - Light Feature: Soldier Surprise
Published: 2014/01/20
Channel: WJHG Promoguy
Operation Write Home on Panama City WJHG TV
Operation Write Home on Panama City WJHG TV
Published: 2010/03/04
Channel: Sandy Allnock
WJHG/WECP Aug 3-4
WJHG/WECP Aug 3-4
Published: 2016/07/07
Channel: MomsEveryday
WJHG Resume Tape
WJHG Resume Tape
Published: 2009/09/18
Channel: hochstapler
ICYMI: WJHG- Gov. Scott Signs
ICYMI: WJHG- Gov. Scott Signs 'Gulf Coast Triumph Bill'
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: GovernorRickScott
WJHG-TV June 8 5pm Weather Cast
WJHG-TV June 8 5pm Weather Cast
Published: 2009/06/11
Channel: Jason Kelley
WJHG Bay Families with Dogs Memorial Day
WJHG Bay Families with Dogs Memorial Day
Published: 2007/06/08
Channel: bayfwd
WJHG Breaking News AP REV2
WJHG Breaking News AP REV2
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: WJHG Promoguy
GATV WJHG TV Spot :15
GATV WJHG TV Spot :15
Published: 2012/09/17
Channel: GuitarAsylumTV
260802 WJHG Holiday Greetings3
260802 WJHG Holiday Greetings3
Published: 2014/12/18
Channel: WJHG Promoguy
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WJHG-TV
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Panama City, Florida
United States
Branding NewsChannel 7
Panama City CW (DT2)
WECP-TV (DT3)
Slogan What Matters to You
Matters to Us!

TV Now (DT2)
Channels Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Subchannels 7.1 NBC
7.2 CW
7.3 CBS
Affiliations NBC (since 1982, also from 1953–1972)
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date December 1, 1953; 63 years ago (1953-12-01)
Call letters' meaning James Harrison Gray
(founder of Gray Television)
Sister station(s) WECP-LD, WRGX-LD, WCTV/WSWG, WCJB-TV
Former callsigns WJDM-TV (1953–1960)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Digital:
8 (VHF, until 2009)
7 (VHF, 2009–2015)
Former affiliations Independent (1953)
ABC (1953–1982; secondary until 1972)
DuMont (secondary 1953–1955)
CBS (secondary 1953–1961)
Transmitter power 67 kW
Height 261.8 m
Class DT
Facility ID 73136
Transmitter coordinates 30°26′0″N 85°24′51″W / 30.43333°N 85.41417°W / 30.43333; -85.41417
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website wjhg.com

WJHG-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station in Panama City, Florida. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 18 (or virtual channel 7.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter on SR 20 in unincorporated Youngstown. Owned by Gray Television, the station is sister to low-powered CBS affiliate WECP-LD and the two outlets share studios on Front Beach Road/SR 30 in Panama City Beach.

History[edit]

WJHG was founded on December 1, 1953 as WJDM-TV as was owned by local businessman J.D. Manley. It became known by many people as "Wait Just A Darn Minute" (a play on its call letters) because it would frequently go off-the-air with technical problems.[citation needed]

At first, the station aired local programming such as church services and wrestling and went as an Independent outlet for a short period of time before securing a primary affiliation with NBC and secondary affiliations with CBS and ABC. Mel Wheeler purchased the station in 1957, and in 1960, James Harrison Gray (the founder of Gray Communications) bought the station and changed the call letters to the current WJHG-TV after his initials.

WJHG dropped CBS in the 1960s after WTVY in Dothan, Alabama became the default CBS affiliate for Panama City as well. That station's transmitter (in Bethlehem, Florida) is technically located in the Panama City market even though its primary coverage area is the Wiregrass Region of Southeastern Alabama. On August 1, 1972, WJHG, along with then-sister station KTVE in El Dorado, Arkansas switched its primary affiliation to ABC, leaving the area without a primary NBC affiliate until WDTB (now WMBB) signed-on in 1973 as the NBC affiliate.[1] In 1982, WMBB and WJHG switched networks with this station going back to NBC.

In 1998, WJHG was almost sold when the Phipps family sold WCTV in Tallahassee to Gray Communications. This would have violated the FCC's pre-1996 ownership rules because WJHG's grade B signal covers the extreme western parts of the Tallahassee market. The 1996 Telecommunications Act allowed for overlapping fringe signals so Gray kept WJHG. Instead, Gray ended up selling its flagship station (WALB-TV in Albany, Georgia) because its city-grade signal overlapped that of WCTV's in the Southwestern Georgia portion of the Tallahassee market which was still protected under FCC rules.

In 2002, Gray bought most of Benedek Broadcasting's stations (including WTVY) whose transmitter provides a signal that covers all the way from Fort Walton Beach, Florida to Troy, Alabama. By this time, signal contours were no longer an issue and Gray could keep both stations.

Since both stations had traditionally been available on cable in both the Dothan and Panama City area, WJHG has run WTVY stories that take place in those parts of northwestern Florida that are in northern part of the Panama City market. Meanwhile, WTVY has run WJHG stories focusing on Panama City and the coast.

Sometimes, WTVY will run its own stories on Panama City but WJHG did not cover Dothan at all (Southeastern Alabama's default NBC affiliate was WSFA from Montgomery). Gray launched low-powered WRGX-LD as a Dothan-based NBC affiliate on June 1, 2013 ending WJHG's availability in the Dothan market.[2] On June 28, 2010, WJHG began broadcasting their newscasts in 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming for WJHG includes: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Rachael Ray, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. All except for the latter are distributed by CBS Domestic Television.

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The station used the "Circle 7" logo as far back as the 1950s without objection from ABC. At some point, however, the network trademarked the logo for exclusive use by its owned-and -operated stations that shared the channel 7 dial position in several major television markets across the nation. In 1982, when Gray Communications switched WJHG's network affiliation to NBC, ABC ordered WJHG to cease using the logo. Station manager Ray H. Holloway produced archival film and still photographs that showed the local station had been using the "Circle 7" logo longer than the network.

In order to bring the matter to a quick and satisfactory end, the station elected to modify the logo. The modification was minor (the bottom of the circle was left open) but enough to pacify executives at ABC in New York City who were upset over the station's decision to "defect" to NBC. However, there are non-ABC stations still using designs similar to the Circle 7 logo including two of Sunbeam Television's stations (independent station WHDH in Boston and Fox affiliate WSVN in Miami).

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
7.1 1080i 16:9 WJHG-HD Main WJHG-TV programming / NBC
7.2 720p WJHG-CW Panama City CW
7.3 480i 4:3 CBS SD Simulcast of WECP-LD

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WJHG-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 8 to channel 7.[4] On December 19, 2012, WJHG received a construction permit to move from VHF channel 7 to UHF channel 18 (previously occupied by Panama City sister station WECP).[5] WJHG's move to digital channel 18 (retaining virtual 7) and WECP's to channel 29 (virtual 18) took place on May 21, 2015, with the FCC issuing the station's license on June 5, 2015.

Notable former personalities[edit]

  • Jake Bell - Sports Anchor/Reporter, Feature Reporter (2000–2002)
  • Kristen Berset - Anchor/Producer (now at WUSA-TV in Washington)
  • Earl Hutto - News/Sports Anchor (1960s/70s; retired U.S. Congressman)[6]
  • Shepard Smith - Anchor/Reporter (now at FOX News)
  • David Steele - Sports Anchor (mid 1970s; now with Sun Sports and the NBA's Orlando Magic)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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