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WAVY-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Hampton Roadsmarker area of southeastern Virginiamarker that is licensed to Portsmouthmarker. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 31 from a transmitter in Suffolkmarker. Owned by the LIN TV Corporation, the station is sister to Fox affiliate WVBTmarker. The two share studios with Ion Television owned-and-operated affiliate WPXV-TVmarker on Wavy Street in Portsmouth. Syndicated programming on WAVY includes: The Insider, Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, and The Dr. Oz Show.


They began operations on September 1, 1957 and aired an analog signal on VHF channel 10. It was owned by Tidewater Teleradio along with WAVY radio (AM 1350 now WGPLmarker). The channel originally signed-on as an ABC affiliate but swapped with then-NBC affiliate WVEC-TVmarker in 1959 due to its radio sister's long affiliation with NBC radio. In 1968, they became the second station owned by LIN TV. WANDmarker in Decatur, Illinoismarker was the very first owned by the company but was sold-off to a new owner in November 2007. Shortly after WVBT became the area's WB affiliate in 1995, WAVY began operating that station though a local marketing agreement (a.k.a. LMA). LIN TV came to an affiliation agreement with Fox in November 1995 and WVBT became one of the company's affiliates with the network in August 1998. LIN TV purchased that station out-right in February 2002. WAVY was the first in the market to broadcast a digital signal in 2001. On June 12, 2009 at 9 in the morning, WAVY left channel 10 and continued to broadcast on channel 31 to complete the analog to digital conversion.

News operation

Their weeknight 5 o'clock news open.

WAVY airs thirty hours of local news a week. They operate their own weather radar, called "Live Super Doppler 10 HD", at their studios. It was the first in the area to air a local broadcast at 5:30 in the morning (beginning in 1992) and added weeknight 5 (in 1989) and 5:30 o'clock (in 1994) newscasts. They are known for being the first Hampton Roads station to use a helicopter to cover local news after introducing "Chopper 10" in 1982. The current Bell 206 Longranger helicopter has been used since 2000.

When WVBT made the switch to Fox in 1998, WAVY started producing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast on that station. It was not the market's first prime time show as CBS affiliate WTKRmarker produced a short-lived newscast on WGNTmarker from 1995 until 1997. ABC affiliate WVEC-TVmarker also produced a prime time show on WPEN-LP from 1995 until they started LNC 4 (now LNC 5) in 1997. WVEC continued to produce a 10 o'clock news on that station until January 30, 2009. The 45-minute broadcast on WVBT is followed by the Fox 43 Sports Wrap with sports news and highlights.

On July 21, 2008 starting at Noon, WAVY and WVBT became the first stations in the market and their company to produce local newscasts in high definition. This is in contrast to rival WVEC's news being produced in 16:9 digital widescreen which is not true high definition but matches the ratio of HD television screens. WVBT added an hour-long extension of WAVY's weekday morning news on February 2, 2009. The show airs in an entertainment and lifestyle program format.

Until January 2007, WVBT operated a 24-hour local weather channel on its second digital subchannel. Known on-air as the "WAVY Weather Station" it is now cable exclusive to address E/I requirement concerns although listings on continue to show it as airing over-the-air. It can be found on Mediacom channel 9, Charter channel 22, and Cox digital channel 227. There are live current conditions, updated forecasts, and a sweep of "Live Super Doppler 10 HD". According to television listings on WVBT's website, it airs the "Fox AccuWeather Channel" on their second digital subchannel which contradicts and removal of the "WAVY Weather Station".

News / station presentation

Newscast title Years used Slogan
WAVY News 1957-1969
WAVY 10 / Area 10 Eyewitness News 1969-1982 "Where You Belong" (mid-late 1970s)
The Daily News 1982-1989 "We've Got You Covered" / "You're Covered" (1980s-1989)
WAVY News 10 (used First News at Five for 5 o'clock show between 1989 and 1993) 1989-present "Virginia's Leading News Channel" (1989-1994)

"10 On Your Side" (1993-present, was solely the name of the station's consumer reporting unit from 1989-1993)

News team

  • Kerri Furey - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Don Roberts - weekday mornings and Noon
    • Bottom Line host
  • Cheryl Tan - weekday mornings at 7 and weekday morning traffic
  • Nicole Livas - weeknights at 5, 5:30, and 10
    • "Friday Night Flights" segment producer
  • Tom Schaad - weeknights at 5, 6, and 11
  • Stephanie Harris - weeknights at 5:30 and Battle of the Brains host
  • Alveta Ewell - weeknights at 6 and 11
  • Eric Harryman - weeknights at 10
  • Andy Fox - Saturday mornings
  • Melanie Woodrow - Sunday mornings and military reporter
    • political reporter
  • Lori Crouch - weekend evenings

Live Super Doppler 10 HD Meteorologists
  • Don Slater - Chief seen weeknights
  • Jon Cash (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Jeremy Wheeler - weekend mornings
  • Cheryl Nelson (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekend evenings and "Pet of the Week" segment producer

  • Bruce Rader - Director seen weeknights at 6, 10:45, and 11
  • Ahmed Fareed - weekend evenings at 10:45 and reporter
  • Chris Reckling - weekend evenings at 6 and 11 and reporter

  • Allyson Blair
  • Katie Collett
  • David Culver - web reporter
  • Ava Hurdle
  • Art Kohn - photojournalist
  • Oren Liebermann
  • Mary Kay Mallonee
  • John Massey - "Chopper 10"
  • Jason Marks
  • Derrick Rose
  • Kay Young

Former personalities

  • Doug Aronson, reporter during the 1990s, later moved to WVEC.
  • Betty Ann Bowser, reporter, co-anchor in the 1960s. Later worked for WTAR-TVmarker during the 1960s and early 1970s, then worked as a correspondent for CBS News (1973-86) as well as PBS's NewsHour (1986-present)
  • Monique Braxton, reporter 1989-1995. Now at WCAUmarker in Philadelphia.
  • Rich Brenner, sports anchor in the 1970s.
  • Christy Carlo, morning co-anchor from 1996 until 2000. formerly at Imus in the Morning and MSNBC under birth name Christy Musumeci.
  • Carolyn Castleberry (née Anderson), was a reporter/morning anchor and later noon/5/5:30 co-anchor at WAVY from 1990 until 2004; now a co-host of the CBN produced series, "Living the Life".
  • John Castleberry, Carolyn's husband; was a weekend sports anchor during the 1980s until 1993. Later worked at WTKR. Most recently hosted a daily radio show on 102.1 The Game WXTG-FMmarker.
  • Barbara Ciara, weekend co-anchor from 1983 until 1988, when she left for WVECmarker. Now working at WTKRmarker. as well as President of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Patty Culhane, military reporter from 2000 until 2006. Now at NBC News.
  • Mike Deeson, weekend anchor, political reporter and talk show host in the 1970s and early 80s. Now the senior reporter for WTSP-TV in Tampa, where he has worked since 1982.
  • Don DeIulio, morning traffic reporter from 1989 until 2007.
  • Lloyd Dobyns, news co-anchor in the 1960s with Vern Jones. Later a correspondent and anchor with NBC News (1969-1986) where he hosted the news magazine Weekend from 1974-1979. Winner of a Peabody Award.
  • Chris Francis, sportscaster from 2000 to 2004. Now at WDJT-TVmarker in Milwaukee.
  • Rhonda Glenn, weather reporter, talk show host and anchor in the 1960s and 70s. Golf commentator for ABC (1978- ). 1st full-time national TV network female sportscaster (ESPN, February 6, 1981). Amateur golfer and author of dozens of magazine articles and books on the sport. Manager of Communications for the USGA.
  • Bob Grip, weekday evening anchor during the early 1980s, now at WALAmarker in Mobile.
  • Shelley Harrell, also known as Shelley Roupas; anchor/reporter 1996-99. Also, anchor/reporter with KFMB in San Diego 2000-2002.
  • Carol Hoffman, was a reporter/morning anchor from 1985 until leaving for WVECmarker in 1996.
  • Hillary Howard, former weekend meteorologist during the late 1980s, now a talk show host for WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C.
  • Vern Jones, news co-anchor with Lloyd Dobyns in the 1960s.
  • Lisa Joyner, formerly at The Best Damn Sports Show Period, currently host of TV Guide Channel's inFANity.
  • Bud Kaatz, sports anchor in the 1960s and 70s. Now with AmerUs Life Insurance Company in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Sandra Kelly, anchor during the late 1970s before moving to WTKR. Now associate rector at Tampa's St. John Episcopal Church.
  • Tina Kim, reporter from 2006-2007. Now living in Boston.
  • Dick Lamb, Hampton Roads radio personality; was at WAVY during the 1970s.
  • Jim Lawrence, fill-in meteorologist from 1991 until 1995, weekend evening meteorologist from 1995 until 2007, was Chief Meteorologist at WNKYmarker in Bowling Green, Kentuckymarker.
  • Bill Logan, consumer reporter until 1990. Now at WFTS-TVmarker in Tampa.
  • Mindy Lentz, reporter/weekend anchor from 2001 to 2003.
  • Irene Maher, weathercaster and health reporter until 1985. Left for WFLA-TVmarker in Tampa.
  • Mac McManus, "Poop Deck Pappy" during the 1950s and 1960s, later was a weekday morning anchor on weekday morning news/entertainment program "Tidewater Today" until 1989 (died in 2001)
  • Lowell Melser, reporter until 2004. Now reporter at WBAL-TVmarker in Baltimore.
  • Krystle Meachem, reporter/weekend anchor from 1998 to 2001.
  • Starr Merritt, anchor in the 1960s. Later reported for WVEC.
  • Pete Michaud, weekend/fill-in sports anchor in the late 1980's and early 1990s. Also called play-by-play for the Hampton Roads Admirals.
  • Cathy Midkiff Lewis, anchor until 1987. Now host of "HearSay with Cathy Lewis" on WHRV-FM and What Matters on WHROmarker.
  • Diana Morgan, anchor-turned-actress, seen in series such as JAG, The Bold and the Beautiful, Babylon 5 and The West Wing and films such as Titanic.
  • David Nelson, anchor from 2003-2007. Now co-anchor of KWQCmarker's "Quad Cities Today" morning newscast .
  • Adam Owens, reporter from 2004-2007. Now reporter at WRAL-TVmarker in Raleigh.
  • Charles Pugh, anchor/reporter in the 1990s. Now weekend anchor at WJBK-TVmarker in Detroit.
  • Leanne Rains, co-anchor until 1993, later went to WTKRmarker. Now running LeAnne Rains & Co. Media Services.
  • Thomas Roberts, consumer reporter/weekday afternoon co-anchor during late 1990s, former anchor at CNN Headline News, now a correspondent for The Insider.
  • Joel Rubin, anchor and political reporter from 1976 to 1991, later hosted WVECmarker's "On the Record" until 2008.
  • Jim Smith, meteorologist until the early 1980s (preceded Don Slater). Died in 1995.
  • Les Smith, weekend co-anchor from 1985 until 1992. 5pm co-anchor from 1992 until 1993 and 5:30, 6pm, and 11pm co-anchor from 1993 until resignation in 2007. Later anchor at WTKRmarker.. Now a reporter for News 12 New Jersey.
  • Cynthia Smoot, anchor/reporter in the 1980s. Now at WTVTmarker in Tampa.
  • Marny Stanier, weekend meteorologist. Left for The Weather Channel in April 1987.
  • Greg Starddard, weekend anchor, 5pm anchor, reporter, 1995-1997, left for WBFFmarker FOX-45 Baltimore, now at AAA Mid-Atlantic as a Public and Government Affairs Specialist [181732]
  • Ed Tillett, weather reporter in the late 80's/eary 90's.
  • Stan Verrett, now an anchor at ESPN and ESPNEWS, also worked for WVEC.
  • Rona Williams, reporter from 2000-2005. Now working in Pharmaceutical Sales.
  • John Wilson, anchor in the 1970s. Now anchor at WTVT in Tampa.
  • Kelly Wright, now at Fox News Channel.
  • Fred Yco, meteorologist from 1998-2003. Was dropped from the WAVY lineup while in the midst of personal legal problems.
  • Terry Zahn, joined as reporter and weekend anchor in 1981, became lead anchor in 1984, left in 1993 and joined WVECmarker in 1994, where he served as lead anchor until his death in 2000.


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