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WSPA celebrates 60 years in television
WSPA celebrates 60 years in television
Published: 2016/04/30
Channel: WSPA 7News
WSPA Spartanburg, SC News Fail.
WSPA Spartanburg, SC News Fail.
Published: 2012/11/05
Channel: James Edwards
WSPA Channel 7 Eyewitness News   1987
WSPA Channel 7 Eyewitness News 1987
Published: 2009/05/26
Channel: Daniel J. Stone
WSPA
WSPA's Professional Ballet Division
Published: 2015/10/02
Channel: Malu Rivera-Peoples
WSPA-TV 7, Spartanburg SC Sign-Off from Summer 1989
WSPA-TV 7, Spartanburg SC Sign-Off from Summer 1989
Published: 2011/04/14
Channel: SignOffsGuy
Duke
Duke's Mayonnaise is turning 100! WSPA-TV 10.13.17
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: SportsStrategies
WSPA 11pm News, August 2, 2007 (Part 1)
WSPA 11pm News, August 2, 2007 (Part 1)
Published: 2016/05/10
Channel: NewsActive3
WSPA TV 7 - 7 On Your Side News Promo - Juvenile Intervention
WSPA TV 7 - 7 On Your Side News Promo - Juvenile Intervention
Published: 2012/11/13
Channel: Jon Carter Voice
WSPA-TV Daybreak "Recycle" Promo
WSPA-TV Daybreak "Recycle" Promo
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: fredontvchannel
WSPA TV News Interviews Scaly Crew - Summer Snake Safety
WSPA TV News Interviews Scaly Crew - Summer Snake Safety
Published: 2015/01/29
Channel: ScalyAdventures
WSPA - Baby animals commercial
WSPA - Baby animals commercial
Published: 2009/12/10
Channel: World Animal Protection Canada
Santa WSPA TV7 Spartanburg, SC 1975
Santa WSPA TV7 Spartanburg, SC 1975
Published: 2009/02/20
Channel: Tim Smith
WSPA June 1996 Weekend 6pm Montage
WSPA June 1996 Weekend 6pm Montage
Published: 2009/03/11
Channel: ntropolis
WSPA 4 Local News and commercials from 1990s
WSPA 4 Local News and commercials from 1990s
Published: 2012/11/06
Channel: HPad
Cyberbullying Promo- WSPA TV - Jon Carter Voice Overs
Cyberbullying Promo- WSPA TV - Jon Carter Voice Overs
Published: 2013/11/19
Channel: Jon Carter Voice
WSPA  TV Promo from the 1980
WSPA TV Promo from the 1980's - "We're the Team"
Published: 2010/07/23
Channel: n8s2l8
WSPA tv spot baby dieren in nood
WSPA tv spot baby dieren in nood
Published: 2009/09/17
Channel: Marilyn Roding
WSPA 7 Station ID (1993)
WSPA 7 Station ID (1993)
Published: 2016/06/01
Channel: eastest566
WSPA 11pm Open (weekend) - 9/04/11 [HD]
WSPA 11pm Open (weekend) - 9/04/11 [HD]
Published: 2011/09/05
Channel: Chris Sullivan
Road to No Where - WSPA TV - John George Reporting
Road to No Where - WSPA TV - John George Reporting
Published: 2010/07/22
Channel: n8s2l8
October 14, 2009 Scene On 7 WSPA-TV Main Event With Jimmy Moore From LLVLC On YouTube
October 14, 2009 Scene On 7 WSPA-TV Main Event With Jimmy Moore From LLVLC On YouTube
Published: 2009/10/30
Channel: Jimmy Moore
WSPA-TV Channel 7, Spartanburg SC - Sign-off circa Spring 1979 (audio only)
WSPA-TV Channel 7, Spartanburg SC - Sign-off circa Spring 1979 (audio only)
Published: 2013/12/29
Channel: SignOffsGuy
FUNNY Vintage 1980
FUNNY Vintage 1980's Video WSPA TV 7 Mike Lane vs. WYFF TV 4 Rod Whiting
Published: 2010/07/23
Channel: n8s2l8
WSPA Live
WSPA Live
Published: 2015/05/15
Channel: flash001USA
WSPA-TV Channel 7, Spartanburg SC Sign-off from Summer 1989
WSPA-TV Channel 7, Spartanburg SC Sign-off from Summer 1989
Published: 2009/07/09
Channel: dansham3
Amy hosts Carolina Crusaders Moscow segment of documentary for WSPA TV
Amy hosts Carolina Crusaders Moscow segment of documentary for WSPA TV
Published: 2010/11/15
Channel: Amy Wood
Amazon Prime Day w/ Lindsay Sakraida on CBS Greenville (WSPA-TV)
Amazon Prime Day w/ Lindsay Sakraida on CBS Greenville (WSPA-TV)
Published: 2015/07/16
Channel: DealNews Videos
Karen Ranzi on WSPA TV | Raw Food Benefits | Super Healthy Children
Karen Ranzi on WSPA TV | Raw Food Benefits | Super Healthy Children
Published: 2011/09/18
Channel: SuperHealthyChildren
WSPA TV Blooper Gordon Dill Amy Wood
WSPA TV Blooper Gordon Dill Amy Wood
Published: 2017/10/12
Channel: emaglott
WSPA-TV package
WSPA-TV package
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: olivia garrison
High School Friday Night is on Facebook this year WSPA TV News Channel 7
High School Friday Night is on Facebook this year WSPA TV News Channel 7
Published: 2009/08/27
Channel: Amy Wood
WSPA 7 doing anything for a buck
WSPA 7 doing anything for a buck
Published: 2016/08/18
Channel: Donut Operator
WSPA 7 News at 7pm close with Nexstar Media Group endtag January 18, 2017
WSPA 7 News at 7pm close with Nexstar Media Group endtag January 18, 2017
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: KLMO-TV Channel 4
WSPA: 7 News At 11pm Open--12/19/17
WSPA: 7 News At 11pm Open--12/19/17
Published: 2017/12/20
Channel: KLMO-TV Channel 4.2
Election Live stream WSPA TV
Election Live stream WSPA TV
Published: 2016/07/01
Channel: Amy Wood
GOP Debate 7 News special - WSPA TV
GOP Debate 7 News special - WSPA TV
Published: 2016/06/01
Channel: Amy Wood
Komets beat Greenville 4-1 on 1/9/15 - courtesy: WSPA-TV
Komets beat Greenville 4-1 on 1/9/15 - courtesy: WSPA-TV
Published: 2015/01/10
Channel: WANE NewsChannel 15
WSPA: 7 News At 11pm Open--12/19/16
WSPA: 7 News At 11pm Open--12/19/16
Published: 2016/12/20
Channel: KLMO-TV Channel 4
Awareness • WSPA • 1982 • Spartanburg
Awareness • WSPA • 1982 • Spartanburg
Published: 2007/05/04
Channel: Brian Kuhens
Final Bow - Rehearsal WSPA 2016
Final Bow - Rehearsal WSPA 2016
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: Ammie Sarte
Storm Team 7 Promo for WSPA 7 TV
Storm Team 7 Promo for WSPA 7 TV
Published: 2012/01/19
Channel: Jon Carter Voice
SC Treasurer
SC Treasurer's Office Unclaimed Property WSPA-TV Promo
Published: 2014/02/20
Channel: Curtis Loftis
WSPA-TV Emerald Benefit Services NC
WSPA-TV Emerald Benefit Services NC
Published: 2011/02/25
Channel: greenvillelowermy
WSPA TV GREENVILLE NC
WSPA TV GREENVILLE NC
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: MEDIA 10
WSPA Classifieds TV Commercial
WSPA Classifieds TV Commercial
Published: 2007/09/28
Channel: hjayne2
Storm Team 7 - WSPA and WYCW TV - Jon Carter Voice Overs
Storm Team 7 - WSPA and WYCW TV - Jon Carter Voice Overs
Published: 2012/10/01
Channel: Jon Carter Voice
WSPA TV advert
WSPA TV advert 'Baby' 90sec
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: World Animal Protection UK
WSPA - An Animal
WSPA - An Animal's Eyes
Published: 2007/06/26
Channel: World Animal Protection Canada
Brian Gratz interview 7/7/15 - courtesy: WSPA-TV
Brian Gratz interview 7/7/15 - courtesy: WSPA-TV
Published: 2015/07/07
Channel: WANE NewsChannel 15
Ron Paul Supporters Local TV Coverage WSPA CBS7 Greenville, South Carolina
Ron Paul Supporters Local TV Coverage WSPA CBS7 Greenville, South Carolina
Published: 2012/01/16
Channel: Ron Paul U.S.A.
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Coordinates: 34°58′17″N 82°00′18″W / 34.9714°N 82.0049°W / 34.9714; -82.0049

WSPA-TV

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Spartanburg/Greenville/
Anderson, South Carolina/
Asheville, North Carolina
United States
City Spartanburg, South Carolina
Branding 7 News
Slogan Carolina's Family
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
(to move to 11 (VHF))
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Translators (see article)
Affiliations CBS
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date April 29, 1956; 61 years ago (1956-04-29)
Call letters' meaning We're in SPArtanburg, South Carolina
Sister station(s) WYCW
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1956–2009)
Digital:
53 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
The WB (1995–1997)
Transmitter power 25.7 kW
Height 667 m (2,188 ft)
Facility ID 66391
Transmitter coordinates 35°10′12″N 82°17′27″W / 35.17000°N 82.29083°W / 35.17000; -82.29083
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website wspa.com

WSPA-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is the CBS-affiliated television station for Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina that is licensed to Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, as part of a duopoly with Asheville, North Carolina-licensed CW affiliate WYCW (channel 62). The two stations share studio facilities located on International Drive (next to the I-26 and I-85 Business/Veterans Parkway interchange) in Spartanburg; WSPA maintains transmitter facilities located on Hogback Mountain in northeastern Greenville County (southwest of Tryon, North Carolina).

WSPA-TV is the only station in the market that is headquartered in Spartanburg, and in turn tends to focus its local news stories on that city, with a secondary emphasis on Greenville and Asheville.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on April 29, 1956. It was founded by broadcasting pioneer Walter J. Brown and his company, Spartan Radiocasting, alongside WSPA radio (950 AM, now WOLI at 910 AM; and 98.9 FM). The station has been a CBS affiliate since its sign-on. Spartan Radiocasting bought several other radio and television stations over the years, and was renamed Spartan Communications in 1995. WSPA began broadcasting a 24-hour schedule in July of that same year, after previously having signed off during the overnight hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

The WSPA radio stations were sold off in 1998, but WSPA-TV remained the flagship of the company until it merged with Media General in 2000. Prior to this, channel 7 was the last remaining locally owned television station in the market.

The station shared some resources with WNEG-TV (now WGTA) in Toccoa, Georgia while that station was co-owned with WSPA beginning in 1995; this included that station receiving the CBS affiliation for northeast Georgia. This arrangement was terminated after WNEG was sold to the University of Georgia in 2008.

WSPA logo, used from 2000 to September 2007.
WSPA Logo, used from September 2007 to February 16, 2016.

Due to its transmitter location—at 2,188 feet (667 m) above average terrain—WSPA has one of the largest signal coverage areas on the East Coast. WSPA's over-the-air signal can be received as far north as Blowing Rock, North Carolina, which has line-of-sight to Hogback Mountain despite being approximately 75 miles (121 km) away. However, WSPA is not carried on cable providers in that area.

On March 1, 2009, WSPA's original tower on Hogback Mountain collapsed due to a combination of heavy icing and high winds, hitting the main auxiliary tower as it fell. WSPA's digital signal was restored using a digital subchannel of sister station WYCW (channel 62); while the station received a replacement antenna on March 4, it was without its analog signal for one week after the accident. A new tower was activated in September 2009.

Prior to the March 2009 tower collapse, WSPA provided grade B coverage as far east as Charlotte. It appeared in the television listings inserts in the Charlotte Observer well into the 1990s. Before the arrival of the Carolina Panthers, WSPA was known to air a different NFL game than what aired on Charlotte's WBTV, giving Charlotte-area viewers a second option for NFL games. This was especially true when the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins played at the same time.

On September 8, 2015, Media General announced that it would acquire the Meredith Corporation, owner of WHNS, for $2.4 billion to form Meredith Media General. Since WSPA and WHNS were among the four highest-rated stations in the Upstate in total day viewership, the merged company would have been required to sell either WSPA or WHNS to comply with FCC ownership rules as well as recent changes to those rules regarding same-market television stations that restrict sharing agreements. WYCW was the only one of the three stations affected by the merger that could have been legally acquired by Meredith Media General either by maintaining the existing duopoly with WSPA or by forming a new duopoly with WHNS, as its total day viewership ranks below the top-four ratings threshold.[1][2] That sale was canceled on January 27, 2016, in favor of a sale of Media General to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, and WSPA and WYCW became part of "Nexstar Media Group."[3] The deal was approved by the FCC on January 11, 2017, and it was completed on January 17.[4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
7.1 1080i 16:9 WSPA-HD Main WSPA-TV programming / CBS
7.2 480i Me TV MeTV
7.3 ION Ion Television

WSPA previously carried a 24-hour local weather channel on its second digital subchannel, which was branded as "Storm Team 24/7". In 2009, that subchannel became an affiliate of the Retro Television Network. It was replaced with MeTV on September 26, 2011.[6]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WSPA-TV discontinued regular programming on 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 UHF channel 53, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era VHF channel 7.[7]

Out-of-market cable carriage[edit]

In North Carolina, WSPA is carried on numerous cable outlets in the western portion of the Charlotte market including Hickory, Lenoir and Morganton. Before the tower collapse, it provided grade B coverage as far east as Charlotte itself. It appeared in the Charlotte Observer television listings well into the 1990s. WSPA used to be carried in the western Union County town of Weddington.

On cable in South Carolina, WSPA is carried outside the market in McCormick and Newberry. McCormick is part of the Augusta, Georgia market while Newberry is part of the Columbia market. In January 2009, it was dropped from cable carriage in Rock Hill, which is part of the Charlotte market.

On cable in Georgia, WSPA is carried outside the market in most of Rabun County, which is part of the Atlanta market. WSPA was picked up in the 1990s after Atlanta's longtime CBS affiliate, WAGA-TV, became a Fox owned-and-operated station. The replacement CBS affiliate, WGCL-TV (formerly WGNX-TV), does not have nearly as strong a signal in the more mountainous areas of the Atlanta market.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programs broadcast on WSPA-TV include Judge Judy, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Andy Griffith Show. The station also produces the talk and lifestyle program Your Carolina With Jack & Megan.

WSPA carries the entire CBS network schedule, however it carries only the first half-hour of Face the Nation on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. due to its carriage of televised church services from First Baptist Church of Spartanburg at 11:00 a.m., the second half-hour is seen instead on WYCW; it also splits the CBS Dream Team lineup into two blocks: the final two hours of the block air on a one-hour delay on Saturdays (due to its weekend morning newscast and the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning) and the first hour airs on a day-behind basis after its Sunday morning newscast. It is also one of a handful of CBS affiliates that airs Let's Make a Deal at 9:00 a.m. instead of the game show's recommended 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. timeslot in the Eastern Time Zone.

Pre-empted programming[edit]

From the 1960s through the 1990s, WSPA had pre-empted several CBS programs; among them were children's programs within the network's Saturday morning lineup including the CBS Children's Film Festival, Muppet Babies (which was pre-empted by Jack Roper's Kidsizzle from 1991 to 1993), the final season of Pee-Wee's Playhouse and the animated series Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures.

It also pre-empted several of the network's game shows including Tattletales (from January to April 1982 with reruns of Carter Country, and then by The Beverly Hillbillies until September 1982; and again from September 1983 onward, after which it was replaced with the hour-long Breakaway), Body Language (which aired on WSPA from September 1984 to January 1985; but was preempted by Breakaway from June to September 1984; The $100,000 Name That Tune from January to September 1985; and Tic Tac Dough from September 1985 to January 1986), Press Your Luck (which was picked up by the station in 1984 shortly after contestant Michael Larson's record $110,237 win; and dropped in January 1986 after Card Sharks took over the 10:30 a.m. slot and replaced Body Language on the schedule; it was replaced with Tic Tac Dough and then by Love Connection from April to September 1986), Card Sharks (which aired on WSPA from 1986 until September 1988, when it was preempted by Wipeout; it returned to the station on March 6, 1989 where it remained until the end of its run), Now You See It (which was preempted by Love Connection from April to July 1989) and the final few months of Family Feud Challenge. The station also pre-empted Late Show with David Letterman for one week in the summer of 1998.

News operation[edit]

WSPA-TV presently broadcasts 33.5 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with five and a half hours on weekdays and three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). In addition to its newscasts on channel 7, WSPA-TV also produces an additional 16 hours of newscasts each week on sister station WYCW, two hours from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. each weekday morning and one hour at 10:00 p.m. each weeknight, and a half-hour each weekend night.

In addition to the main studios in Spartanburg, in January 2017, WSPA/WYCW opened a street front studio in downtown Greenville. Known as “7 On Main”, the facility is located at the corner of Main Street and Falls Park Drive. The stations also operate a news bureau on Main Street/SC 28 in Anderson. Nexstar maintains a Capitol bureau in Columbia, covering state government issues for the company's South Carolina stations (WSPA, WBTW in Myrtle Beach and WCBD in Charleston).

WSPA-TV has won a number of Southeast Regional Emmy Awards in recent years. In 2016, the station won Emmys for Best Morning and Evening Newscasts (Markets 26-75) and repeated with an Emmy for Best Evening Newscast in 2017.

The station's newscasts have been known over the years as Eyewitness 7 News, 7 Eyewitness News, NewsChannel 7, 7 On Your Side and since January 2016 as 7 News. Among the notable former members of the station's news staff were Leeza Gibbons, Jane Robelot and former CBS anchor Susan McGinnis. In 1977, WSPA hired Annette Estes as anchor of its evening newscasts, becoming the station's first female news anchor; Estes left the station in 1987 to become the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. co-anchor (alongside Carl Clark) at WYFF.

In September 1996, WSPA-TV began to produce a nightly half-hour newscast at 10:00 p.m. for WHNS through a news share agreement with the stations' then-owner Pappas Telecasting Companies; the news share agreement was terminated in 1999 (two years after WHNS was sold to the Meredith Corporation), when channel 21 launched its own news department that fall. On September 16, 2007, WSPA became the first television station in the Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville market to begin broadcasting its newscasts to high-definition.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

Translators[edit]

In addition to its main signal, WSPA operates a network of 13 translators throughout the mountainous areas of North Carolina. Some translators have applications and/or construction permits to flash-cut from analog to digital, in which they would remain on their existing VHF channel.

City of license Callsign Transmitter location
Brevard W02AG-D Rich Mountain
Mars Hill W02AH Middle Mountain
Beaver Dam, NC W08BP-D Busbee Mountain
Canton W08AO-D Chambers Mountain
Cherokee W08AT-D Jenkins Mountain
Marshall W08AX Roberts Mountain
Spruce Pine W08BF-D Woody's Knob
Sylva W09AF-D Kings Mountain
Franklin W09AG-D Winespring Bald
Weaverville W09AR-D Baird Mountain
Black Mountain W10AD-D Allen Mountain
Greenville W10AJ Paris Mountain
Bryson City W11AN-D Fry Mountain

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