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WYZZ TV Transmitter
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WYZZ TV FOX Transmitter Tower
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Central Illinois Best Home Videos on WYZZ-TV FOX 43
Central Illinois Best Home Videos on WYZZ-TV FOX 43
Published: 2012/04/20
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Heat Wave Team Coverage on WYZZ TV
Heat Wave Team Coverage on WYZZ TV
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: Drew Doty
Rusty Hammer WYZZ-TV FOX 43
Rusty Hammer WYZZ-TV FOX 43
Published: 2012/04/20
Channel: Mitch Robinson
WYZZ 43 Collection 1988
WYZZ 43 Collection 1988
Published: 2017/11/04
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WYZZ Weather Intern Mekensie Schell on Good Day Central Illinois
WYZZ Weather Intern Mekensie Schell on Good Day Central Illinois
Published: 2016/07/28
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WYZZ Good Day Central Illinois Segment
WYZZ Good Day Central Illinois Segment
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6/22/2016 WMBD - WYZZ Pontiac Tornado Coverage
6/22/2016 WMBD - WYZZ Pontiac Tornado Coverage
Published: 2016/06/25
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Community Children s Theatre:  Bugsy Malone on WYZZ-TV
Community Children s Theatre: Bugsy Malone on WYZZ-TV
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: Clay Gordon
WYZZ 43 collection 2016
WYZZ 43 collection 2016
Published: 2017/12/01
Channel: Daniel Cole
WYZZ FOX News - Weather
WYZZ FOX News - Weather
Published: 2012/12/07
Channel: Rick Moll
WYZZ 43 collection 1995
WYZZ 43 collection 1995
Published: 2018/01/06
Channel: Daniel Cole
Best Places to View Solar Eclipse
Best Places to View Solar Eclipse
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Fox 43 WYZZ Legal ID - Peoria, IL 1997
Fox 43 WYZZ Legal ID - Peoria, IL 1997
Published: 2007/11/04
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WYZZ Re-Open
WYZZ Re-Open
Published: 2012/12/07
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WYZZ 43 collection 1997
WYZZ 43 collection 1997
Published: 2018/01/17
Channel: Daniel Cole
WYZZ 43 collection 1987 pt2
WYZZ 43 collection 1987 pt2
Published: 2018/01/17
Channel: Daniel Cole
Super Star on WMBD 31 l WYZZ Fox 43
Super Star on WMBD 31 l WYZZ Fox 43
Published: 2012/09/27
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WYZZ FOX 43 News at 9
WYZZ FOX 43 News at 9
Published: 2012/12/07
Channel: Rick Moll
WYZZ goes off the air during Bears Game!
WYZZ goes off the air during Bears Game!
Published: 2017/08/11
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EAS Tornado Warning on TV (WYZZ) (EAS 335)
EAS Tornado Warning on TV (WYZZ) (EAS 335)
Published: 2017/03/07
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WYZZ FOX 9pm Broadcast 5 28 15 mpg
WYZZ FOX 9pm Broadcast 5 28 15 mpg
Published: 2015/05/29
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Dancehall local... Pon di wyzz Greg,blakk lion Karl maron. (Lyrics)..
Dancehall local... Pon di wyzz Greg,blakk lion Karl maron. (Lyrics)..
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: Gino Medard
Pansé Wyzz Greg blakk lion ki la
Pansé Wyzz Greg blakk lion ki la
Published: 2015/10/07
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Canton Explosion
Canton Explosion
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: Drew Doty
Meteorologist Lauren Rainson Weather Open 2016
Meteorologist Lauren Rainson Weather Open 2016
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Brett Erickson Gives Forecast With Lauren Rainson
Brett Erickson Gives Forecast With Lauren Rainson
Published: 2017/11/03
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Good Day Central Illinois Talent Rejoin
Good Day Central Illinois Talent Rejoin
Published: 2016/01/04
Channel: Lauren Rainson
POn di wyzz Greg ft blakk lion.
POn di wyzz Greg ft blakk lion.
Published: 2015/12/28
Channel: Gino Medard
Lauren Rainson IBA Weathercaster 2016
Lauren Rainson IBA Weathercaster 2016
Published: 2016/01/19
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Max and the wyzz clan
Max and the wyzz clan
Published: 2011/12/26
Channel: Stephanie Flood
Heywood Banks Does the Weather With Lauren Rainson
Heywood Banks Does the Weather With Lauren Rainson
Published: 2016/01/24
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Ifeoma Dike- WYZZ News at 9
Ifeoma Dike- WYZZ News at 9
Published: 2017/07/02
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Tom Green Does the Weather
Tom Green Does the Weather
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Lauren Rainson
FOX 43 Holiday Tape 1991
FOX 43 Holiday Tape 1991
Published: 2012/04/18
Channel: Mitch Robinson
Wyzz intro #3
Wyzz intro #3
Published: 2015/09/24
Channel: HovexDesign
Lauren Rainson
Lauren Rainson's Elf Dance
Published: 2016/12/23
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Severe Weather Alert Days Promo
Severe Weather Alert Days Promo
Published: 2016/12/08
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PredicT-Wyzz -Clip 2
PredicT-Wyzz -Clip 2
Published: 2013/03/02
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Pet of the Week With Mindi
Pet of the Week With Mindi
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Lauren Rainson
R.I.P. wyzz maybe #2
R.I.P. wyzz maybe #2
Published: 2012/06/29
Channel: William Nguyen
Severe Weather Alert Day Promo 06172017
Severe Weather Alert Day Promo 06172017
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: Lauren Rainson
WMBD Living Local
WMBD Living Local
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: Lauren Rainson
TRICKSHOT ON (WYZZ HOUDINI)
TRICKSHOT ON (WYZZ HOUDINI)
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Beast Mode 184
Lauren Rainson Live Weather Cut in at Dozer Park
Lauren Rainson Live Weather Cut in at Dozer Park
Published: 2016/07/15
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Lauren Rainson Drives in Morton Parade
Lauren Rainson Drives in Morton Parade
Published: 2016/09/17
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5K Obstacle Race
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: Lauren Rainson
FOX 43 Kids Club Blooper
FOX 43 Kids Club Blooper
Published: 2012/04/19
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WYZZ-TV
WYZZ43.png
BloomingtonNormal/Peoria, Illinois
United States
City Bloomington, Illinois
Branding WYZZ (general)
WYZZ News (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 43 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations Fox
Owner Cunningham Broadcasting
(Peoria (WYZZ-TV) Licensee, Inc.)
Operator Nexstar Media Group
First air date October 18, 1982 (35 years ago) (1982-10-18)
Sister station(s) WMBD-TV, WHOI
Former callsigns WBLN (1982–1985)
Former channel number(s) 43 (UHF analog, 1982–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1982–1986)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 293 m (961 ft)
Class DT
Facility ID 5875
Transmitter coordinates 40°38′40.5″N 89°10′45.9″W / 40.644583°N 89.179417°W / 40.644583; -89.179417
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.centralillinoisproud.com

WYZZ-TV is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Bloomington, Illinois, United States and serving Peoria and the North-Central Illinois television market. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 28 (or virtual channel 43 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Congerville, a village of Montgomery Township, Woodford County. The station is owned by Cunningham Broadcasting; Nexstar Media Group, which owns Peoria-licensed CBS affiliate WMBD-TV (channel 31), operates WYZZ under a local marketing agreement. The two stations share studio facilities on North University Street in Peoria. Although WYZZ is sister to Comet owned-and-operated station WHOI (channel 19, owned by Cunningham's partner company, the Sinclair Broadcast Group), that outlet is managed outright by Sinclair.

History[edit]

The station signed on the air on October 18, 1982 as WBLN (standing for what We BeLieve iN) and aired an analog signal on UHF channel 43. It was founded by members of Peoria's Grace Presbyterian Church. Except for the call sign, it was unrelated to the old WBLN that broadcast on UHF channel 15 in the 1950s. The station first broadcast from studios located on East Empire Street/Illinois Route 9 in Bloomington. The station was a religious and general entertainment independent and first new outlet to sign-on since future sister WMBD hit the airwaves 24 years earlier. Grace Communications sold the station to Midwest Television Associates in 1983. It initially signed on at 9 a.m. running religious shows until noon and low budget and barter shows from noon to midnight. This would be a mix of cartoons, public domain movies, some drama shows, westerns, news from CNN, and exercise shows.

In 1984, the station began signing on at 7 a.m. and began running a block of cartoons from 7 to 9 weekday mornings. Midwest then sold WBLN to local businessman G.J. Robinson in 1985 which changed its call letters to the current WYZZ-TV. The station slightly cut back the religious shows but also began running stronger programming such as more of-network sitcoms, both older and recent. On October 6, 1986, the station joined Fox as a charter affiliate. WYZZ later relocated its operations to a new facility located on East Lincoln Street in Bloomington. The station would eventually be sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1996.

On December 1, 2001, Sinclair and the Nexstar Broadcasting Group (owner of WMBD) entered into a local marketing agreement (LMA) in which WMBD would take over WYZZ's operations. As part of the deal, WYZZ moved from its longtime studios on East Lincoln Street in Bloomington into WMBD's facility in Peoria. In August 2005, a similar agreement would be established between Sinclair's WUHF and Nexstar's WROC-TV in Rochester, New York.

WYZZ broadcasts digitally on UHF channel 28 and (like most Sinclair-owned stations) has been digital-only since February 17, 2009.[1] According to a post on The Peoria Chronicle website, WYZZ and WMBD were planning on terminating the LMA between the two effective April 1, 2010. This move was ultimately not followed through with.[2] On May 15, 2012, Sinclair and Fox agreed to a five-year extension to the network's affiliation agreement with Sinclair's nineteen Fox stations, including WYZZ, allowing them to continue carrying the network's programming until 2017.[3]

Sinclair announced the acquisition of Barrington Broadcasting's stations, including WHOI, on February 28, 2013. On that date, Sinclair made public that it would transfer the WYZZ license (along with that of then-sister station WSYT in Syracuse, New York; it would later be dropped from the plan and sold separately) to its sidecar operation Cunningham Broadcasting because the WHOI purchase would violate Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations on duopoly ownership.[4] However, nearly all of Cunningham Broadcasting's stock is controlled by trusts in the names of the principal owners of Sinclair so, in effect, Sinclair will continue to own WYZZ.

Even with the ownership change (the transaction was finalized on November 22), WMBD will continue to operate WYZZ for the time being. WEEK-TV's joint sales and shared services agreements with WHOI were originally set to expire in March 2017.[5] However, Sinclair announced that it would terminate the JSA/SSA with WEEK-TV within nine months after the consummation of its sale from Granite Broadcasting to Quincy Newspapers.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[6]
43.1 720p 16:9 WYZZ-DT Main WYZZ-TV programming / Fox
43.3 480i 4:3 GetTV GetTV

Newscasts[edit]

In April 2002, a news share agreement was established with WMBD which resulted in that station launching a prime time newscast on WYZZ.[7] Known as Fox 43 News at 9, the thirty-minute broadcast was originally seen every night before being dropped from weekends at some point in time. The show did not have any competition in the time slot until June 5, 2006 when WEEK-TV added its own half-hour newscast at 9 on MyNetworkTV affiliate WAOE (that was also seen solely on weeknights until the end of 2014). On May 7, 2015, WMBD became the first outlet in the market to produce local news in full high definition. On the same date, WYZZ's weeknight 9 o'clock show was included in the change and became known as WYZZ News at 9. In addition to its primary studios, it operates a Twin Cities Bureau on East Lincoln Street in Bloomington (in the same building as WYZZ's original, separate studios).

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