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WJAR is the NBC-affiliated television station for the state of Rhode Islandmarker and Bristol County, Massachusettsmarker that is licensed to Providencemarker. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 51 from a transmitter in Rehoboth, Massachusettsmarker, and is one of the NBC stations with a higher channel allocation. Owned by Media General, the station shares studios on Kenney Drive in Cranstonmarker with ZGS Communications-owned Telemundo affiliate WRIW-CA and Ion Television O&O affiliate WPXQ-TVmarker. Syndicated programming on WJAR includes: Extra, Access Hollywood, Oprah, and Ellen.

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed.

Channel Name Programming Digital cable channels
51.1 WJAR-DT main WJAR programming / NBC HD Cox 700
Full Channel 10
Verizon FiOS 510
Comcast 810

51.2 WJAR-DT2 "RTN 10.2" (Retro Television Network) Cox 810
Full Channel 190
Verizon FIOS 460
Comcast 750


WJAR-TV signed on-air for the first time on July 10, 1949, broadcasting on channel 11. It was Rhode Island's first television station and the fourth in New Englandmarker. It was owned by The Outlet Company, a department store chain headquartered in Providence, along with WJAR radio (AM 920, now WHJJ; and FM 95.5, now WBRU). It moved to channel 10 in 1952. WJAR signed on as an affiliate of all four networks of the time (NBC, ABC, DuMont, and CBS), but has always been a primary NBC affiliate due to WJAR-AM's long affiliation with NBC Radio. It lost ABC in 1953 when WNET-TVmarker signed on, and lost CBS in 1955 when WPRO-TV (now WPRI-TVmarker) launched. When WNET-TV went dark in 1956, WJAR shared ABC programming with WPRO-TV until WTEV-TV (now WLNE-TVmarker) signed on in 1963. During the late 1950s, WJAR-TV was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network. In 1954, WJAR-TV received national attention for its coverage of Hurricane Carol.

In November 1980, the Outlet Company left the department store business to concentrate on broadcasting. The station kept its studios in the Outlet Building until 1979 when it moved to a three-story modern production facility next door. The department store remained standing until 1986, when it burned to the ground in a spectacular fire. WJAR cameras perched on the neighboring rooftop captured the most dramatic footage. In 1996, Outlet Communications merged with NBC. It was around this time that the station's studios were moved to their current location in an industrial area of Cranston just south of Providence.

In April 1997, WJAR began to operate primary WB and secondary UPN affiliate WLWCmarker (which was owned by Fant Broadcasting) under a local marketing agreement (LMA). Even by the time that station signed on, the future of the LMA was in doubt given the fact that NBC, which inherited the arrangement from Outlet, did not want to run stations outside their core owned-and-operated outlets. The network, during this time, pushed Fant to sell WLWC. In September 1997, NBC came up with a three-way swap in which Fant exchanged WLWC and sister station WWHOmarker in Columbus, Ohiomarker to Paramount / Viacom for that group's NBC affiliate in Hartford, Connecticutmarker, WVITmarker.

WJAR was one of four NBC O&Os in smaller markets that were put up for sale on January 9, 2006, along with stations in Columbus, Birmingham, Alabamamarker, and Raleigh, North Carolinamarker. Except for the Birmingham station, these were also once owned by Outlet. On April 6, 2006, NBC Universal and Media General announced that Media General would purchase WJAR as part of a $600 million dollar four station deal between the two companies. The deal was approved by the FCC on June 26. As a result, WJAR became Media General's first television station in New England. For all intents and purposes, this undid the NBC-Outlet merger a decade earlier. For several months after the owner switch, WJAR's website remained in the format of an NBC O&O station. WJAR's redesigned website, which launched in early-December 2006, now credits Media General in its copyright notice and is no longer powered by Internet Broadcasting.

During the April 2007 Nor'easter, WJAR's over-the-air digital transmitter was damaged. Both digital signals, WJAR-HD and WJAR-DT2, were knocked off-the-air. The outage did not affect digital cable or satellite services as they do not get the signal from the digital transmitter.

In its earliest days, WJAR's logo included a Rhode Island Red rooster, the state bird of Rhode Island. Prior to WJAR's purchase by NBC, it had included various versions of a different stylized "10" above the WJAR call letters. This had been in effect for the previous twenty years. The stylized "10" was initially retained after the purchase, but with the NBC peacock attached to the right-hand side and the call letters removed. This was dropped in 2002 in favor of its current logo, which was first used on former sister station WCAUmarker in Philadelphiamarker. A modified version, used on newscasts since 2007, is designed and arranged similarly to other Media General station logos.

In January 2009, WJAR began broadcasting the Retro Television Network on its second digital channel and digital cable systems. On weekdays, this channel also carries Oprah at 4 and Extra at 7pm. WJAR-DT2 had previously carried NBC Weather Plus.

Although the analog television shutdown originally scheduled for February 17, 2009 was postponed to June 12, WJAR received FCC consent to transition on February 17. This allowed ShopNBC station WWDPmarker to begin operation of its permanent digital facility on channel 10.

News operation

WJAR-DT2's weeknight 10 o'clock news open.

For most of its history, WJAR has led in the market in terms of local newscast ratings. More recently, WPRI has mounted a challenge for viewership, beating WJAR in some timeslots beginning in 2007. Since early 2009, WJAR has been slipping in the ratings with WPRI winning the weeknight 5 and 11 o'clock time slots due to channel 10's massive layoffs and budget cuts, which included Gary Ley, chief metorologist for over 25 years. Ley returned to the station in September 2009 to co-host the station's Weekend Sunrise news program

In April 1997, WJAR launched a 10 P.M. newscast on WLWC known as TV 28 News at 10, in competition to the WPRI-produced 10 o'clock news on FOX affiliate WNAC-TVmarker. It was dropped that September when the LMA with WLWC ended.

WJAR is notable for having employed both current hosts of The Today Show, Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira. Vieira started out as a reporter on the station in the late-1970s, while Lauer was co-host of WJAR's version of PM Magazine in the early-1980s. Other notable alumni include CNN chief international correspondent Christiana Amanpour and ESPN anchor Steve Berthiaume.

On October 1, 2007, the station began producing a weeknight 10 o'clock newscast on its NBC Weather Plus subchannel. Known as NBC 10 News 10 at 10, it was a live 10 minute production consisting of top stories of the day and an updated weather forecast. When WJAR-DT2 switched to RTN in 2009, the 10 P.M. news was expanded to a half-hour and renamed NBC 10 News 10 at 10 on RTN.

In 2008, WJAR was awarded the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence for a small-market television station.

In addition to their main studios, WJAR operates three news bureaus. The Southeastern Massachusetts Bureau is located in The Standard Times newsroom in New Bedfordmarker. The South County Bureau is located in The Westerly Sun newsroom in Westerlymarker. The Downcity Bureau is located on Dorrance Street in downtown Providence.

The station uses live, NOAA National Weather Service radar data that originates from their Local Forecast Office in Taunton, Massachusettsmarker. In weather segments, this data is presented in a forecasting system known as "Storm Team 10 VIPIR".

WJAR offers a live video stream of their weekday Noon, 5, 5:30, 6, 10, and 11 o'clock newscasts on its website. Its nightly 6 o'clock news is simulcasted on WPRO-AM 630, WEAN-FM 99.7, and WSAR-AM 1480.

News/Station Presentation

Newscast titles

  • Your Esso Reporter (1949-1954)
  • Tele News Daily (1954-1962)
  • The 6 O'Clock Report / The 11 O'Clock Report (1962-1970)
  • 10 Extra Effort News (1970-1974)
  • NewsWatch 10 (1974-1994)
  • NewsChannel 10 (1994-2005)
  • NBC 10 News (2005-present)

Station Slogans

  • Channel 10, Proud as a Peacock! (1979-1981; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 10, Our Pride is Showing (1981-1982; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Southern New England's Leading News Station (1982-1990)
  • Come on Home to 'JAR, Channel 10 (1987-1988; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 10, is The Place to Be! (1990-1991; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Turn to 10 (1994-2006)
  • The Team You Trust (2006-present)

News team

  • Frank Coletta - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Dan Jaehnig - weeknights at 5 and reporter
  • Patrice Wood - weeknights at 5, 6, and 11
  • Gene Valicenti - weeknights at 5:30, 6, 10, and 11
  • Barbara Morse Silva - Saturday nights and health reporter
  • Mario Hilario - weekend mornings and reporter

Storm Team 10 Meteorologists
  • R.J. Heim - American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval - Weekend evenings
    • Environmental & Features Reporter.
  • Mark Searles (AMS Seal of Approval) - weeknights
  • Kelly Bates (NWA Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Gary Ley - weekend mornings

  • Frank Carpano - Director seen weeknights at 6, 10, and 11
    • Sunday night news anchor
  • Joe Kayata - weekend evenings and reporter
  • Harry Cicma - reporter and producer

  • Bill Rappleye - politics
  • Jim Taricani - investigative
  • Brian Crandall - Southeastern Massachusetts Bureau

  • Chef Frank Terranova - "Cooking With Class" segment producer
  • Paul Giacobbe - ombudsman
  • Tom Stewart - weekday morning traffic
  • Marion Gold - plant pro
  • Bruce Morris - home pro

Past personalities

  • Christiane Amanpour - electronic graphics designer (1980s), now chief international correspondent for CNN
  • Mark Annick - reporter (1987-1994)
  • Caterina Bandini - reporter (1991-1996), former WHDH-TVmarker anchor
  • Ken Bell - sports (1977-1979), now at WLNE-TVmarker
  • Steve Berthiaume - sports (1990s), now at ESPN
  • Alison Bolonga - reporter (?-2006), now at WFXT-TVmarker
  • Steve Bousquet- News reporter (1970s), columnist Miami Herald
  • Andrea Brody - weekend anchor (1996-1998), now at George Michael Sports Machine
  • Michelle Brown - reporter (2003-2009)
  • Bob Cain - anchor (1960s), former CNN anchor
  • Tim Carr - reporter (1982-1989)
  • Ginger Casey - anchor (1992-1997)
  • Chris Clark - sports director (1970-1983)(d)
  • George Colajezzi- News reporter (1970s)
  • Clay Cole - (see Al Rucker, below)
  • Tony Conigliaro - Sports (1970s), former Boston Red Sox outfielder. (deceased)
  • Ted Daniel - reporter (2004-2005), now at WFXT-TVmarker
  • Dylan Dryer - weather (2004-2006), now at WHDH-TVmarker
  • Jack Edwards - sports (1983-1985)
  • Stephen Frazier - anchor (1970s), now at CNN Headline News
  • Vince Gibbens - anchor (1975-1978) (deceased)
  • John Ghiorse- weather, (1968-1983, 1998-2009), retired
  • Bill Gile - weather (1997-2004)
  • Tim Gray - sports (1999-2004)
  • Ann Halloran - weekend anchor (1992-1996)
  • Carrie Jackson- News anchor/reporter (1979-1982)
  • Jack Kavanaugh - weekend anchor/ reporter (1973-1980)
  • Tom Kierein - Meteorologist (1978-1983) Now at WRC-TVmarker
  • Ted Knight - Children's Theater, his five­day­a­week show (1955)
  • Dyanna Koelsch- political reporter (1982-2001)
  • Tom Kole- political reporter (1980-1988)
  • Art Lake- WJAR radio host (1944-1949) initially anchor, then weather (1949-2003) first birthdays announcer (2003-2005); died on November 22, 2009
  • Matt Lauer- PM Magazine host (1981-1985), now co-host of NBC's Today show
  • Franz Laubert- anchor (1960s)
  • Mike Lawrence- Reporter (1973-1977) Subsequently worked at WTHR-TVmarker and WHDH-TVmarker
  • Dave Layman - anchor (1973-1976)
  • Greg Liggins - anchor (1993-1995)
  • Nicole Livas - anchor (1997-2001), now at WAVY-TVmarker
  • Kelly McGee - anchor, education reporter (1996-2009)
  • Mary Maguire - consumer reporter (1980s and 1990s)
  • Ken Malloy- anchor (1990-1992), now at KGPEmarker
  • Pat Mastors - anchor (1982-1989)
  • Paul McGonagle - Mass. Bureau reporter/assistant news director (1995-2004) now at WFXT-TVmarker
  • Martin Morenz- reporter (1989-1994), now at WFXTmarker
  • Bill Northup- Reporter (1970s)
  • Margie O' Brien - reporter Now at WFXT-TVmarker
  • Cathy Ray - anchor/ medical reporter (1983-1992),
  • Karin Reed - anchor/reporter (1993-2004)
  • Rhondella Richardson - reporter (1992-1994), now at WCVBmarker
  • Joe Rocco - sports (1984-1996)
  • John Rooke - sports (1992-1996), also play-by-play man for Providence Collegemarker basketball on WEEI-FMmarker
  • Al Rucker - Al Rucker & the Seven Teens (1958 - 59), Al became Clay Cole on New York City television stations (1959-1968)
  • Keith Russell - sports (1996-1999), now at WPVImarker
  • Stacy Sager - reporter (1990s)
  • Frank Sommerville - anchor (1987-1991), now at KTVU-TVmarker in San Franciscomarker
  • Maria Stephanous - reporter (1990s), now WFXT-TVmarker
  • John Sweeney - anchor (1970-1981), worked at CNN deceased
  • Kathryn Tappen - sports (2004-2006), now at NESN
  • Meredith Vieira - anchor/reporter (1976-1979), now co-host of NBC's Today show and the syndicated game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
  • Bob Ward- reporter/anchor (1988-1996), now at WFXT-TVmarker
  • Doug White - anchor (1978-2005), died on August 15, 2006
  • Dick Wood - anchor (1970-1973)
  • Sara Wye- anchor (1971-1987) first Female Anchor in Providence
  • Tony Zarrella- sports (1988-1989) Now at WOIO-TVmarker
  • Joe Zone- Sports (1979-1981) Now at WFSB-TV


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