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WYZZ Sign-On circa 1989
WYZZ Sign-On circa 1989
Published: 2013/03/21
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WYZZ TV FOX Transmitter Tower
WYZZ TV FOX Transmitter Tower
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Heat Wave Team Coverage on WYZZ TV
Heat Wave Team Coverage on WYZZ TV
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: Drew Doty
WYZZ TV Transmitter
WYZZ TV Transmitter
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Fox 43 WYZZ Legal ID - Peoria, IL 1997
Fox 43 WYZZ Legal ID - Peoria, IL 1997
Published: 2007/11/04
Channel: rverrver
Rusty Hammer WYZZ-TV FOX 43
Rusty Hammer WYZZ-TV FOX 43
Published: 2012/04/20
Channel: Mitch Robinson
NR Wyzz | Wyzz is a Wyzzard #2 by Sharkz [Leader]
NR Wyzz | Wyzz is a Wyzzard #2 by Sharkz [Leader]
Published: 2013/04/20
Channel: NoReturnFamily
Central Illinois Best Home Videos on WYZZ-TV FOX 43
Central Illinois Best Home Videos on WYZZ-TV FOX 43
Published: 2012/04/20
Channel: Mitch Robinson
6/22/2016 WMBD - WYZZ Pontiac Tornado Coverage
6/22/2016 WMBD - WYZZ Pontiac Tornado Coverage
Published: 2016/06/25
Channel: wxyates067
WYZZ FOX News - Weather
WYZZ FOX News - Weather
Published: 2012/12/07
Channel: Rick Moll
Severe Weather Alert Day Promo 06172017
Severe Weather Alert Day Promo 06172017
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: Lauren Rainson
WYZZ Re-Open
WYZZ Re-Open
Published: 2012/12/07
Channel: Rick Moll
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
Channel: SPCMorton2001/PeoriaAreaEAS
Pet of the Week With Mindi
Pet of the Week With Mindi
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Lauren Rainson
WYZZ Weather Intern Mekensie Schell on Good Day Central Illinois
WYZZ Weather Intern Mekensie Schell on Good Day Central Illinois
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Lauren Rainson IBA Weathercaster 2016
Lauren Rainson IBA Weathercaster 2016
Published: 2016/01/19
Channel: Lauren Rainson
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 Good Day Central Illinois Segment
WYZZ Good Day Central Illinois Segment
Published: 2016/05/10
Channel: Jj Mirabelli
R.I.P WYZZ #3
R.I.P WYZZ #3
Published: 2012/11/19
Channel: William Nguyen
Wyzz- Les filmes Bollywood
Wyzz- Les filmes Bollywood
Published: 2017/10/21
Channel: Fasee Heematally
R.I.P. wyzz maybe #2
R.I.P. wyzz maybe #2
Published: 2012/06/29
Channel: William Nguyen
Pet of the Week With Lexy
Pet of the Week With Lexy
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Meteorologist Lauren Rainson Weather Open 2016
Meteorologist Lauren Rainson Weather Open 2016
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Ifeoma Dike- WYZZ News at 9
Ifeoma Dike- WYZZ News at 9
Published: 2017/07/02
Channel: Ifeoma Dike
Lauren Rainson Live Weather Cut in at Dozer Park
Lauren Rainson Live Weather Cut in at Dozer Park
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: Lauren Rainson
TRICKSHOT ON (WYZZ HOUDINI)
TRICKSHOT ON (WYZZ HOUDINI)
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Beast Mode 184
LifeLine Pilots
LifeLine Pilots
Published: 2009/03/26
Channel: Dave Kalwishky
WYZZ FOX 9pm Broadcast 5 28 15 mpg
WYZZ FOX 9pm Broadcast 5 28 15 mpg
Published: 2015/05/29
Channel: seiuhealthcareilin
9 pm Sportscast: August 20, 2016
9 pm Sportscast: August 20, 2016
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: Dan Molloy
Super Star on WMBD 31 l WYZZ Fox 43
Super Star on WMBD 31 l WYZZ Fox 43
Published: 2012/09/27
Channel: Super Star
Pet of the Week With Kittens
Pet of the Week With Kittens
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Pet of the Week With "Buddy"
Pet of the Week With "Buddy"
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Wyzz chanel Intro
Wyzz chanel Intro
Published: 2017/05/30
Channel: Wyzz
EAS Tornado Warning on TV (WYZZ) (EAS 335)
EAS Tornado Warning on TV (WYZZ) (EAS 335)
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: SPCMorton2001/PeoriaAreaEAS
Lindsey Mills Anchor/Reporter June 2017
Lindsey Mills Anchor/Reporter June 2017
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: Lindsey Mills
WMBD Living Local
WMBD Living Local
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Tom Green Does the Weather
Tom Green Does the Weather
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Canton Explosion
Canton Explosion
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: Drew Doty
Max and the wyzz clan
Max and the wyzz clan
Published: 2011/12/26
Channel: Stephanie Flood
WYZZ 08 31 2015 MAP Grants 10pm
WYZZ 08 31 2015 MAP Grants 10pm
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Wyzz intro #3
Wyzz intro #3
Published: 2015/09/24
Channel: HovexDesign
Work Out Wednesday Interview
Work Out Wednesday Interview
Published: 2016/03/16
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Severe Weather Alert Days Promo
Severe Weather Alert Days Promo
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: Lauren Rainson
FOX 43 Kids Club Blooper
FOX 43 Kids Club Blooper
Published: 2012/04/19
Channel: Mitch Robinson
Work Out Wednesday With Justin Bolkema
Work Out Wednesday With Justin Bolkema
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Bark in the Park 2016
Bark in the Park 2016
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Central Illinois
Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Central Illinois
Published: 2016/03/01
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Central Illinois Wind Farm Development
Central Illinois Wind Farm Development
Published: 2016/07/22
Channel: Lauren Rainson
Wines and Polo on the Prairie Preview 2016
Wines and Polo on the Prairie Preview 2016
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: Lauren Rainson
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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 the Fox-affiliated television station for North-Central Illinois, United States that is licensed to Bloomington. 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, 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 (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.

In 2002, 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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