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WROC TV fun story
WROC TV fun story
Published: 2007/10/17
Channel: Dave LaBarge
WROC-TV 6PM Newscast Montage (January 2013)
WROC-TV 6PM Newscast Montage (January 2013)
Published: 2013/01/08
Channel: UpstateNYTV
WROC-TV 11pm News, February 21, 2008
WROC-TV 11pm News, February 21, 2008
Published: 2016/08/28
Channel: NewsActive3
WROC-TV 4PM Close (January 2016)
WROC-TV 4PM Close (January 2016)
Published: 2016/01/12
Channel: UpstateNYTV
WROC-TV 8 Rochester ID 1988
WROC-TV 8 Rochester ID 1988
Published: 2010/02/12
Channel: Retrontario
WROC News 8 at Sunrise bumper & talent bump (3-10-17)
WROC News 8 at Sunrise bumper & talent bump (3-10-17)
Published: 2017/03/11
Channel: Santa Fee
WROC-TV analog shutoff 6/12/09 - live from Pinnacle Hill, Rochester, NY
WROC-TV analog shutoff 6/12/09 - live from Pinnacle Hill, Rochester, NY
Published: 2009/06/18
Channel: Tim Peterson
WROC News 8 Nightbeat open circa 1987
WROC News 8 Nightbeat open circa 1987
Published: 2012/06/06
Channel: TV News Capsule
WROC TV Christmas greetings 1981
WROC TV Christmas greetings 1981
Published: 2009/12/09
Channel: robatsea2009
WROC-TV 11PM Open (November 2012)
WROC-TV 11PM Open (November 2012)
Published: 2012/11/24
Channel: UpstateNYTV
WROC News 8 at Sunrise open (3-10-17)
WROC News 8 at Sunrise open (3-10-17)
Published: 2017/03/11
Channel: Santa Fee
WROC-TV 11pm Open (January 2011)
WROC-TV 11pm Open (January 2011)
Published: 2011/01/11
Channel: UpstateNYTV
WROC-TV 8 Eyewitness News (1990)
WROC-TV 8 Eyewitness News (1990)
Published: 2015/11/23
Channel: rnyndotcom
Kevin Flynn WROC-TV appearance. 10/15/2007
Kevin Flynn WROC-TV appearance. 10/15/2007
Published: 2007/10/19
Channel: Martino Flynn LLC
WROC EBS test, 1989
WROC EBS test, 1989
Published: 2016/06/05
Channel: Chuck D's All-New Classic TV Clubhouse
Kaupa WROC tv
Kaupa WROC tv
Published: 2016/03/17
Channel: mikekaupa
WROC-TV 11pm Close (April 2014)
WROC-TV 11pm Close (April 2014)
Published: 2014/04/20
Channel: UpstateNYTV
WROC-TV 11PM Tease and Talent (November 2012)
WROC-TV 11PM Tease and Talent (November 2012)
Published: 2012/11/24
Channel: UpstateNYTV
Kevin Doran
Kevin Doran's last day at WROC-TV
Published: 2015/06/17
Channel: rnyndotcom
WROC-TV News Open (2004)
WROC-TV News Open (2004)
Published: 2013/03/16
Channel: rnyndotcom
WROC-TV Open ReSynch (January 2012)
WROC-TV Open ReSynch (January 2012)
Published: 2012/01/12
Channel: UpstateNYTV
WROC-TV Promos 1991
WROC-TV Promos 1991
Published: 2011/02/24
Channel: rnyndotcom
wroc TV test
wroc TV test
Published: 2014/01/23
Channel: John Kucko
WROC TV - Breast Cancer Awareness Month
WROC TV - Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: Rochester Regional Health
Mike Latella - WROC-TV Rochester - Show Open
Mike Latella - WROC-TV Rochester - Show Open
Published: 2015/12/30
Channel: Michael Latella
WROC-TV 6PM Talent Bumper (November 2011)
WROC-TV 6PM Talent Bumper (November 2011)
Published: 2011/11/29
Channel: UpstateNYTV
WROC-TV 11pm Closing (January 2011)
WROC-TV 11pm Closing (January 2011)
Published: 2011/01/09
Channel: UpstateNYTV
WROC TV-Mitraclip
WROC TV-Mitraclip
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: Rochester Regional Health
WROC Overall Excellence 2017
WROC Overall Excellence 2017
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: Jim Tortora
Rochester NY on YouTube by News 8 Maureen McGuire WROC TV
Rochester NY on YouTube by News 8 Maureen McGuire WROC TV
Published: 2007/08/16
Channel: RocPic.Com
Pam Sherman, Suburban Outlaw - WROC TV
Pam Sherman, Suburban Outlaw - WROC TV
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Pam Sherman
RIT on TV: RIT remembers Kettavong on WROC
RIT on TV: RIT remembers Kettavong on WROC
Published: 2014/09/25
Channel: Rochester Institute of Technology
WROC-TV: Milman Gives Technology Gift Tips
WROC-TV: Milman Gives Technology Gift Tips
Published: 2008/01/18
Channel: atrescuecom
WROC News 8 Now 6pm Open
WROC News 8 Now 6pm Open
Published: 2007/10/07
Channel: TV News Capsule
WROC TV - Action for a Better Community CNA Training at St. Mary
WROC TV - Action for a Better Community CNA Training at St. Mary's
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: Rochester Regional Health
CCADP featured on WROC-TV 8 Rochester, NY
CCADP featured on WROC-TV 8 Rochester, NY
Published: 2010/03/03
Channel: Canadian Coalition Against The Death Penalty
Parental Abduction Survivor Scott Berne Speaks with WROC-TV
Parental Abduction Survivor Scott Berne Speaks with WROC-TV
Published: 2013/02/16
Channel: Jill Zabinski-Berne
Christmas Greetings from WROC-TV (Rochester, NY)
Christmas Greetings from WROC-TV (Rochester, NY)
Published: 2008/11/29
Channel: David Rerecich
WROC-TV Night Program Schedule ID
WROC-TV Night Program Schedule ID
Published: 2010/07/12
Channel: UpstateNYTV
WROC TV Interviews " Shared Genes " JULY 31 2015
WROC TV Interviews " Shared Genes " JULY 31 2015
Published: 2015/08/05
Channel: Shared Genes
1989 WROC TV Show Reel
1989 WROC TV Show Reel
Published: 2012/02/26
Channel: honk2x4
WROC-TV Drowsy Driving
WROC-TV Drowsy Driving
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: Rochester Regional Health
WROC: News 8 At 11pm Close--09/22/16
WROC: News 8 At 11pm Close--09/22/16
Published: 2016/09/23
Channel: KLMO-TV Channel 4
RIT on TV: Sustainable company works with RIT Venture Creations - WROC
RIT on TV: Sustainable company works with RIT Venture Creations - WROC
Published: 2016/02/05
Channel: Rochester Institute of Technology
News 8 - First at 4 (WROC-TV)
News 8 - First at 4 (WROC-TV)
Published: 2010/09/17
Channel: rnyndotcom
THE AGE OF LOVE, WROC-TV Interview with director Steven Loring
THE AGE OF LOVE, WROC-TV Interview with director Steven Loring
Published: 2014/10/26
Channel: S. Loring
WROC TV 8 - Fisker Story - Katrina Irwin
WROC TV 8 - Fisker Story - Katrina Irwin
Published: 2011/12/23
Channel: Dorschel Automotive Group
CountryMax WROC TV Commercial
CountryMax WROC TV Commercial
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: CountryMax Stores
Institute for Innovative Transition – June 5, 2008 – WROC-TV
Institute for Innovative Transition – June 5, 2008 – WROC-TV
Published: 2016/10/20
Channel: GolisanoFoundation
Contractor Scam Package (WROC-TV)
Contractor Scam Package (WROC-TV)
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: Caitlin Murphy
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WROC-TV
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Rochester, New York
United States
Branding News 8
Slogan The Team You Can Trust
Channels Digital: 45 (UHF)
(to move to 21 (UHF))
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels 8.1 CBS
8.2 Bounce TV
8.3 Laff
8.4 Escape
Affiliations CBS (1989–present)
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date June 11, 1949; 68 years ago (1949-06-11)
Call letters' meaning ROChester
Former callsigns WHAM-TV (1949–1956)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1949–1954)
5 (VHF, 1954–1962)
8 (VHF, 1962–2009)
Former affiliations NBC (1949–1989)
DuMont (secondary, 1949–1956) [1]
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
686 kW (CP)
Height 122.3 m (401 ft)
123.2 m (404 ft) (CP)
Class DT
Facility ID 73964
Transmitter coordinates 43°8′7″N 77°35′2″W / 43.13528°N 77.58389°W / 43.13528; -77.58389
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.rochesterfirst.com

WROC-TV, virtual channel 8 (UHF digital channel 45, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Rochester, New York, United States. Owned by the Nexstar Media Group, WROC-TV has studios on Humboldt Street in downtown Rochester, and its transmitter is located on Pinnacle Hill in Brighton, New York.

History[edit]

WROC-TV is Rochester's oldest television station, signing on June 11, 1949, as WHAM-TV, an NBC affiliate on channel 6. It was owned originally by Stromberg-Carlson, a telephone equipment manufacturer, along with WHAM radio. The station was also affiliated with the now-defunct DuMont Television Network. ([3])

WHAM-TV moved to channel 5 on July 24, 1954, as part of a revision of upstate New York's VHF allotments resulting from the Federal Communications Commission's Sixth Report and Order of 1952. However, WHAM-TV on channel 5 dealt with interference issues from CBLT, a CBC Television station from Toronto, after that station moved from its original channel 9 allocation to channel 6 in 1956. CBLT was replaced on channel 9 by CFTO-TV in 1960, and that channel relocation would later play an indirect role in the station's second frequency shift, eight years later.

Stromberg-Carlson merged with General Dynamics in 1955. General Dynamics was not interested in owning broadcast outlets, and put the WHAM-TV outlets on the market. In 1956, WHAM-TV was sold to Transcontinent Broadcasting, which owned WGR radio and WGR-TV in Buffalo. The new owners changed the call letters to the current WROC-TV. In 1961, Transcontinent sold the station to Veterans Broadcasting Company, which subsequently sold its half of what is today WHEC-TV (channel 10) to the Gannett Company, then based in Rochester.[2] (The WHAM-TV callsign is now used on Rochester's ABC affiliate, channel 13, previously known as WOKR. Other than the shared callsign, that station is unrelated to the earlier WHAM-TV.)

Under Veterans' ownership, WROC-TV moved to channel 8 on September 8, 1962, as part of another channel allocation change, this one being a switch involving Rochester and Syracuse.[3] The FCC moved WROC-TV's former channel 5 east to Syracuse, and it was taken by Meredith Corporation-owned WHEN-TV (now WTVH), which was previously on channel 8. The move also allowed a new station on channel 9 to enter the Syracuse market; it signed-on as WNYS-TV (later WIXT-TV and now WSYR-TV) the following day.

Veterans Broadcasting merged with Rust Craft Broadcasting in 1964. Rust Craft became a subsidiary of Ziff Davis in 1979. Rust Craft then sold WROC-TV and sister stations in Saginaw, Michigan, Augusta, Georgia and Steubenville, Ohio to Television Station Partners LP in 1983. Television Station Partners sold WROC-TV, along with the WEYI-TV and WTOV-TV, to Smith Broadcasting in 1996. Nexstar purchased WROC-TV in 1999.

Headquarters on Humboldt Street in Rochester, New York

Under the stewardship of Television Station Partners, WROC-TV made another switch: On July 1, 1989, after 40 years with NBC, channel 8 swapped network affiliations with WHEC-TV and became a CBS station. This move was the result of the station's poor performance and constant pre-emptions of NBC network programming (NBC was very intolerant of pre-emptions at this time, and was the #1 network at the time, adding to NBC's aggravation with channel 8).[4]

For many years, WROC-TV was one of three Rochester area stations offered on cable in the OttawaGatineau and Eastern Ontario regions. The Rochester area stations were replaced with Detroit stations when the microwave relay system that provided these signals was discontinued. Until January 2009, WROC-TV was also available in many Central Ontario communities such as Belleville, Cobourg, and Lindsay.

On July 9, 2012, WROC-TV replaced Louisville's WLKY on Time Warner Cable systems in that station's region, when WLKY's owners, Hearst Television, pulled its stations off Time Warner Cable's systems in a retransmission dispute.[5] However, Nexstar complained that Time Warner Cable has used their signals outside their markets without permission, while Time Warner Cable was within its rights to use their signals as replacements until a deal with Hearst is reached.[6] WROC-TV, for its part, made the best of its predicament, naming the administrator of a Facebook group of tongue-in-cheek Louisvillean WROC-TV fans its fan of the week and making a handful of other shout-outs to its emerging Louisville fanbase.[7] The substitution of WROC-TV in place of WLKY lasted until July 19, 2012, when a deal was reached between Hearst and Time Warner.[8]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
8.1 1080i 16:9 WROC-HD Main WROC-TV programming / CBS
8.2 480i 4:3 Bounce Bounce TV
8.3 Laff Laff
8.4 Escape Escape

On June 15, 2016, Nexstar announced that it has entered into an affiliation agreement with Katz Broadcasting for the Escape, Laff, Grit, and Bounce TV networks, bringing one or more of the four networks to 81 stations owned and/or operated by Nexstar, including WROC-TV. As a result, WROC-TV added two additional subchannels carrying Escape and Laff on August 20, 2016 (At the time of the agreement, Grit was available in Rochester on WHAM-DT3).[10]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WROC-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, at 11:35 p.m. on June 12, 2009 (following the late newscast), 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 45.[11] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 8.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on WROC-TV includes: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Inside Edition, and The Dr. Oz Show. All are distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

News operation[edit]

In August 1957, WROC-TV began airing the area's first 11 o'clock broadcast called Eleventh Hour News. Regular sports segments were added to the show on April 7, 1958. WROC-TV enjoyed ratings dominance with popular anchorman Tom Decker and weatherman Bob Mills. Anne Keefe, another well-known talent who split time between WROC radio and TV, contributed to the station's success in the 1960s and 1970s. However, by the mid-1970s, Decker, Mills and Keefe left. The loss of these popular veteran broadcasters and the station's failure to keep up with changing technology lead to a ratings slump that lasted more than three decades.

From the mid-1970s through the early 2000s, WROC-TV's newscasts struggled in the Nielsen ratings, usually placing a distant third behind WOKR/WHAM-TV and WHEC-TV. Even with the strong NBC prime-time line-up in the mid-to-late 1980s (the last few years of WROC-TV's affiliation contract with NBC) and the CBS line-up during the early 2000s, its newscasts remained stubbornly in third place. However, after finally establishing some stability with its anchor team, market share has been growing over the course of the past decade. In the November 2008 ratings period, WROC-TV's 11 p.m. newscast finished ahead of slumping WHEC-TV for the first time in many years.

After becoming operated by Nexstar, WUHF's separate news department was shut down. Two anchors, a producer, and a photographer were added to WROC-TV's news staff. The remainder of its personnel was laid-off in this move. On September 1, 2005, a nightly half-hour prime time broadcast (produced by WROC-TV) called Fox First at 10 began airing on WUHF. Originating from a secondary set at this station's facilities, the show eventually expanded to 45 minutes followed by a fifteen-minute sports highlight program known as Sports Extra. On September 13, 2010, this station began airing a weekday 4 p.m. newscast for a half-hour (an area first).[12] As of 2011, WROC-TV's newscasts remain in third place overall. On September 4, 2012, WROC-TV became the second Rochester area TV station to have upgraded its local newscasts to high definition. The 10 p.m. newscast on WUHF was included in the upgrade. WROC's relationship with WUHF ended in December 2013 due to Sinclair's purchase of the assets of ABC affiliate WHAM-TV (along with the sale of its license to an affiliated company), and the re-location of WUHF to its facilities. WUHF's 10 p.m. newscast was replaced by a WHAM-produced version on January 1, 2014.[13]

Notable current on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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