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WJAC-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Allegheny area of Pennsylvaniamarker that is licensed to Johnstownmarker. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 34 from a transmitter northwest of the city in Laurel Ridge State Parkmarker along the Cambriamarker and Westmorelandmarker County line. Owned by Cox Enterprises, the station has studios on Old Hickory Lane in Johnstown. Syndicated programming on the station includes: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Judge Judy, and Dr. Phil.

Digital television

The station's signal is multiplexed. On WJAC-DT2, Comcast digital channel 106, and Atlantic Broadband digital channel 110 is the Retro Television Network.

Virtual channel Physical channel Programming
6.1 34.1 main WJAC programming / NBC HD
6.2 34.2 WJAC-DT2 (RTV)
6.3 34.3 main WJAC programming / NBC SD


Digital Signal Repeaters

Callsign Physical channel Location Notes
WJAC-LD 22 Altoona, PA Set for construction.
26 DuBois, PA FCC application still pending for construction permit.
30 Bedford, PA FCC application still pending for construction permit.
W42DG-D 42 State College, PA


History

WJAC-TV first began its broadcasting operations on September 15, 1949 originally owned by the Johnstown Automotive Company along with WJAC radio (AM 1400 now WKGE at AM 850, and FM 95.5 now WFGI). At the time, it was the third smallest television station in the country market wise to be granted a commercial license on or before December 31 behind CBS affiliate WBNG-TVmarker in Binghamton, New Yorkmarker and fellow NBC affiliate WICU-TVmarker in Eriemarker. It originally broadcasted on VHF channel 13 before moving to VHF channel 6 in 1952. Upon their sign-on, it aired programming from all four networks of the time (NBC, CBS, ABC, and DuMont). CBS disappeared from WJAC's schedule when WARD-TV channel 56 (now Pittsburghmarker's CW affiliate WPCWmarker on channel 19) signed-on in 1953 followed by DuMont when it shut down network operations in 1955. However, the station continued to air a few ABC shows into the 1980s.

In the 1960s, Johnstown Automotive sold the WJAC stations to The Tribune-Democrat who held them until tightened FCC cross-ownership regulations forced the newspaper to spin-off its broadcasting properties in 1982. Two years later, the new owner of WJAC-TV sold off the radio stations. Channel 6 was subsequently sold to Sunrise Television in 1997 before being acquired by Cox in 2000 who also added Wheeling, West Virginiamarker / Steubenville, Ohiomarker NBC affiliate WTOVmarker in the same deal. The two stations and WPXImarker in Pittsburgh are now occasionally marketed together as a result. WJAC also gained a reputation for its locally-produced programs at the station throughout the years. Scholastic Quiz, a game show featuring local high school students, and Seniors Today (a public affairs program targeted to those 65 and older) would become mainstays of the station's programming and make host Ron Lorence (who would later build WADJ-AM, now WBHV, at 1330 AM and then buy WYSN-FM 101.7, now WCCL, south of Johnstown in Somerset Countymarker) a local household name.

In the 1950s and 1960s, WJAC's slogan was "Serving Millions From Atop the Alleghenies". This old slogan has been used recently in various ways in broadcasts and is now mixed with the station's most recent slogan "Coverage You Can Count On" to form "Coverage You Can Count On Across the Alleghenies". After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion that took place on June 12, 2009 , WJAC remained on its current pre-transition UHF channel number 34. However through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display the station's virtual channel as 6. The nearby mountain ridges had prevented most of Altoonamarker and all of State Collegemarker from receiving the analog signal. Because the audio portion of VHF channel 6 was broadcasted at 87.75 MHz, it was possible to listen to the television station on most standard FM car radios (or any standard FM radio for that matter). This was a feature frequently employed by area residents. However, this is no longer an option after the digital conversion. WJAC is carried on cable as far south as Petersburg, West Virginiamarker which is roughly 93 miles away.

News operation

Current WJAC-TV news open.


WJAC's weekday morning newscast began as a half-hour broadcast at 6:30 in 1985. In 1987, TCI Cable (now Comcast) in Centre County began producing a newscast, known as the Centre County Report, specifically targeted to that area. On November 28, 2007, The Tribune Democrat reported that the shared news department of FOX affiliate WWCP-TVmarker and ABC affiliate WATM-TVmarker was going to shut down. Under that operation, WWCP had produced an hour-long 10 P.M. news starting in 1992. However, according to a written statement, WWCP and WATM had been operating at a loss for years and the move was needed. The closure resulted in all reporters being released from their contracts. WJAC had on-air positions open but no personalities from those two stations were hired. Effective January 14, 2008, WJAC assumed production responsibility of the 10 o'clock broadcast (still known as FOX 8 News at 10) which was reduced to 35 minutes on weeknights and 30 minutes on weekends. The WJAC-produced news uses the same music package and some voice-overs seen during segment opens as the former operation had.

A new graphics package slightly different from WJAC and new logos similar to the WWCP promo logo introduced in 2007 were created specifically for the prime time broadcast. Because WJAC has prior commitments with news and weather cut-ins during Today, WATM still produces its own Good Morning America news and weather cut-ins that are seen Tuesday through Saturday. Former WWCP co-anchor Sherry Stalley, who was still under contract when the news department shut down, hosts the updates. The cut-ins use news video from the previous day's WJAC-produced WWCP broadcast and the same graphics package. On Mondays, the cut-ins are filled by WATM promos. WJAC's nightly 11 o'clock newscast is simulcasted on that station. On August 8, 2008, WJAC unveiled a new set designed by FX Group in Orlando, Floridamarker. The station also unveiled a new graphics package and changed their on-air branding from its long standing "Channel 6" to "WJAC-TV" as different cable companies now carry the station on different channels. In addition to their main studios, the station operates bureaus in State Collegemarker, Altoonamarker and DuBoismarker.

Newscast titles

  • Your Esso Reporter (1949-1953)
  • DuBois News (1953-1961)
  • The Big News (1961-1966)
  • 24 Hours (1966-1974)
  • NewsCenter 6 (1974-2001)
  • Channel 6 News (2001-2008)
  • WJAC-TV News (2008-present)


Station slogans

  • We're TV 6 (early 1970s)
  • WJAC, As Far as the Eye Can See (mid 1970s)
  • NewsCenter 6, The News People (late 1970s)
  • Channel 6, Proud as a Peacock! /JAC, Proud as a Peacock!(1980; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 6, Our Pride is Showing/JAC, Our Pride is Showing(1981-1982; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • We're Channel 6, Just Watch Us Now"/"WJAC, Just Watch Us Now" (1982-1983; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • JAC There, Be There (1983-1984; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • WJAC, Let's All Be There! (1984-1986; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home to Channel 6 / Come Home to 'JAC (1986-1987; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home to the Best, Only on Channel 6 (1988-1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 6, the Place to Be! (1990-1991; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Your 24-Hour News Source (early 1990s)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (2003-2008)
  • Coverage You Can Count On Across the Alleghenies (2008-present)


News team

Current personalities

Anchors
  • Lauren Melvin - weekday mornings and reporter
  • Bill Brown - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Jen Johnson - weeknights at 5, 5:30, and 6
  • Marty Radovanic - Managing Editor seen Monday through Thursday at 6 and 11
  • Katie Sabatino - weeknights at 10 and Friday at 11; also a reporter
  • Nick Ruffner - Saturdays; also Clearfield Countymarker reporter
    • Marty Radovanic is on leave from WJAC following an accident. Bill Brown has been his primary replacement at 6 and 11.


Severe Weather Team 6 Meteorologists
  • Jim Burton - Chief seen weekday mornings and noon
  • Tony Martin (AMS Seal of Approval) - weeknights
  • Tim Tender (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekends


Sports
  • Tim Rigby - Director and Executive Producer seen weeknights at 6, 10, and 11
  • Matt Maisel - weekends and reporter


Reporters
  • Gary Sinderson - State College / Centre Countymarker Bureau Chief and producer
    • Centre County Report and Johnstownmarker producer
  • Janel Knight - Johnstown
  • Melissa Matthews - producer
  • Lisa Stofko - features and "Success by 6" segment producer
  • Abbie Tang - Blairmarker / Huntingdonmarker / Bedfordmarker Counties
  • Alison Burns - Washington Bureau
  • Carol Han - Washington Bureau
  • Megan Hughes - Washington Bureau
  • Scott MacFarlane - Washington Bureau


Former personalities

  • Jarod Latch - weekend sports anchor until 2007 (now at WSOC-TVmarker)
  • Katie Collett - weekday morning anchor and reporter until 2007 (now at WAVY-TVmarker)
  • Dave Roush - now at News 12 Bronx
  • Jon Meyer - weekend anchor until 2002 (now at WNEP-TVmarker)
  • MaryEllen Locher - anchor and reporter until 1983 (later worked in Steubenvillemarker and Chattanoogamarker, lost battle with cancer on June 9, 2005)
  • Jeff Levkulich - Bedfordmarker / Altoonamarker Bureau Chief 1998–2001 (now weekday morning and noon anchor at WKBN-TVmarker)
  • Dave Jones - Blair County reporter 1999–2000 (now Sinclair Broadcast Group Washington Bureau Chief)
  • Jay Patrick (Holcomb) - former weather caster now out of broadcasting due to legal troubles (arrested on March 5, 2009 by U.S. Marshals in Kiev, Ukrainemarker after fleeing United Statesmarker due to several outstanding warrants )
  • Kyla Campbell - weekday morning anchor and Centre County reporter until 2008 (now at WBRE-TVmarker)
  • John Patrick (no relation to Jay Patrick) - Weekend Evening meteorologist from 1997-1998 and again from 2001-2003 (now at WZVN-TVmarker)


60 Years

On September 15th, 2009, WJAC-TV celebrated its 60th year of broadcasting. During the month of September, WJAC-TV aired several commercials advertising it's 60th year of broadcasting. One commercial used a variation of the "Serving Millions from Atop the Alleghenies" slogan, creating "Serving Millions Across the Alleghenies".

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