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WSPA-TV President Gerald Ford visit to Greenville & Anderson, SC 1975
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WSPA-TV 7, Spartanburg SC Sign-Off from Summer 1989
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Karen Ranzi on WSPA TV | Raw Food Benefits | Super Healthy Children
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บรรยากาศงาน หกขาหมาสนุก (WSPA) @TV Pool 24Nov13
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WSPA TV Promo from the 1980's - "We're the Team"
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WSPA-TV Channel 7, Spartanburg SC - Sign-off circa Spring 1979 (audio only)
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JEFF ROPER 5-29-13 Your Carolina WSPA-TV
JEFF ROPER 5-29-13 Your Carolina WSPA-TV
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WSPA TV advert 'Collars Not Cruelty' 90sec
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Road to No Where - WSPA TV - John George Reporting
Road to No Where - WSPA TV - John George Reporting
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WSPA TV 7 News - Spartanburg, SC 1975
WSPA TV 7 News - Spartanburg, SC 1975
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JEFF ROPER 5-29-13 WSPA-TV Your Carolina
JEFF ROPER 5-29-13 WSPA-TV Your Carolina
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แบมบี้ & ไก่ตุ๋น งานหกขาหมาสนุก (WSPA) @TV Pool 24Nov13
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WSPA tv spot baby dieren in nood
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Chris Cates & the Master Plan on WSPA TV's "Your Carolina"
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"Scaly Adventures TV Show Filmed in Upstate" -WSPA TV Scene On 7
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WSPA-TV Flat Rock Playhouse presents CATS
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WSPA-TV Channel 7, Spartanburg SC Sign-off from Summer 1989
WSPA-TV Channel 7, Spartanburg SC Sign-off from Summer 1989
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WSPA-TV 7 Spartanburg, SC Guiding Light -Rita, Eve, Justin Marler 1979 part 1.flv
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WSPA-TV 7 Spartanburg, SC  Guiding Light 1986 Alan Spaudling, Ed Bauer
WSPA-TV 7 Spartanburg, SC Guiding Light 1986 Alan Spaudling, Ed Bauer
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Christine Moore
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SC Treasurer
SC Treasurer's Office Unclaimed Property WSPA-TV Promo
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Cyberbullying Promo- WSPA TV - Jon Carter Voice Overs
Cyberbullying Promo- WSPA TV - Jon Carter Voice Overs
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Steve Holt on Your Carolina WSPA TV
Steve Holt on Your Carolina WSPA TV
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WSPA TV-7 TODD TAYLOR GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
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FUNNY Vintage 1980
FUNNY Vintage 1980's Video WSPA TV 7 Mike Lane vs. WYFF TV 4 Rod Whiting
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WSPA-TV 7.2 Spartanburg, SC Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. Clip # 1
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WSPA TV 7 - 7 On Your Side News Promo - Juvenile Intervention
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Clemson University and the 2012 Elections with WSPA TV
Clemson University and the 2012 Elections with WSPA TV
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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
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SC State Treasurer Curtis Loftis on WSPA-TV
SC State Treasurer Curtis Loftis on WSPA-TV
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WSPA TV Greenville SC interview of Fred Thompson 11-05-07
WSPA TV Greenville SC interview of Fred Thompson 11-05-07
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Jeff Roper Interview segment 5 29 13 Your Carolina WSPA-TV
Jeff Roper Interview segment 5 29 13 Your Carolina WSPA-TV
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"Your Carolina" WSPA TV Interview with Pipapelli
"Your Carolina" WSPA TV Interview with Pipapelli
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Langstreckentransporte - WSPA Filmmaterial bei Deutsche Welle TV
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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
Wspa logo 2011.png
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Spartanburg/Greenville/Anderson, South Carolina/Asheville, North Carolina
United States
Branding 7 On Your Side
Slogan On Your Side
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Subchannels 7.1 CBS
7.2 Me-TV
Translators (see article)
Affiliations CBS
Owner Media General
(Media General Communications Holdings, LLC)
First air date April 29, 1956 (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, –2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
The WB (1995–1997)
DT2: RTV (2009–2011)
Transmitter power 25.7 kW
Height 667 m
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 www.wspa.com/

WSPA-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is a CBS-affiliated television station located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. The station is owned by Media General, as part of a duopoly with CW affiliate WYCW (channel 62). The two stations share studio facilities located on International Drive in Spartanburg, which also serves as the master control hub for Media General's CBS-affiliated stations; WSPA maintains transmitter facilities located on Hogback Mountain in northeastern Greenville County (southwest of Tryon, North Carolina).

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on April 29, 1956. It was founded by Spartan Radiocasting (owned by broadcasting pioneer Walter J. Brown), owners of 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 WUGA-TV) 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.

Due to its transmitter location – just over 2,200 feet (670 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. WSPA used to be carried in the western Union County, North Carolina town of Weddington, long before it became a suburb of Charlotte. Prior to the March 2009 tower collapse, WSPA provided grade B coverage as far east as Charlotte itself. WSPA appeared in the television listings inserts in the Charlotte Observer well into the 1990s.

On March 1, 2009, the tower at Hogback Mountain in Spartanburg County (near the North Carolina/South Carolina border) that housed WSPA's analog and digital transmitters 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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
7.1 1080i 16:9 WSPA-HD Main WSPA-TV programming / CBS
7.2 480i 4:3 ME-TV Me-TV

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 Me-TV on September 26, 2011.[2]

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.[3]

Out-of-market cable carriage[edit]

In recent years, WSPA has been carried on cable systems within the Aiken and Columbia markets in South Carolina, the Charlotte market in North Carolina and South Carolina, and the Atlanta market in Georgia.[4]

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programs broadcast on WSPA-TV include Judge Judy, Dr. Phil, The Andy Griffith Show, Criminal Minds, White Collar and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.The station also produces the talk and lifestyle program Your Carolina With Jack & Megan, which airs weekdays at 10:00 a.m.

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 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 program'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 preempted 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]

Former 11 p.m. news open.

WSPA-TV presently broadcasts 31 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with five hours on weekdays and three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). In addition to the main studios in Spartanburg, WSPA operates news bureaus located on Villa Road in Greenville and on South Main Street/SC 28 in Anderson. Media General maintains a Capitol bureau in Columbia on Assembly Street/SC 48, covering state government issues for the company's South Carolina stations (WSPA, WBTW in Myrtle Beach and WCBD in Columbia).

In addition to its newscasts on channel 7, WSPA also produces daily newscasts for sister station WYCW for two hours from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. weekday mornings and one hour at 10:00 p.m. seven nights a week. The station operates a news helicopter that is maintained by U.S. Helicopters Inc. of Charlotte and is branded on-air as "Air 7"; it features a gyrostabilized camera system manufactured by Flir Systems International that is outfitted with a 72 power zoom lens and a motorized two power drop-in extender. WSPA's newscasts typically place at either first or second place in most timeslots; The station won a Regional News Emmy Award in 2010 for its breaking news coverage, and its 11:00 p.m. newscast was nominated that year in the "Best Newscast" category.

The station's newscasts were known as Eyewitness 7 News and later 7 Eyewitness News until 1994, when its news branding was changed to NewsChannel 7. 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; the WYCW newscasts were included in the upgrade, which introduced a graphics package similar to that used at the time by Media General flagship WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida.

Current on-air staff[edit]

  • Tom Crabtree - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also "Voice of the Viewer" feature reporter

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 permit 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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