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WNCT-DT is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Inner Banks area of Eastern North Carolina that is licensed to Greenvillemarker. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter east of Griftonmarker along NC 118. Owned by Media General, the station has studios on South Evans Street in Greenville. Syndicated programming on WNCT includes: Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Dr. Phil, and The Doctors.

The station operates the area's CW affiliate on its secondmarker digital subchannel. Known on-air as Eastern North Carolina CW, it is also offered on Suddenlink channel 6 and Mediacom channel 8. WNCT-DT2 gets all of its programming from The CW Plus. It is available in standard definition digital on DirecTV and Dish Network satellite. The main WNCT signal is available in SD and high definition digital on both systems.

History

WNCT signed on-the-air on December 22, 1953. It is the fourth-oldest continuously operating television station in North Carolinamarker (behind Charlottemarker's WBTVmarker, Greensboromarker's WFMY-TVmarker, and Winston-Salemmarker's WXII-TVmarker) and the oldest station in the eastern part of the state. It was co-owned by Roy H. Park along with the The Daily Reflector and WNCT radio (1070 AMmarker and 107.9 FMmarker). The station has always been a CBS affiliate but also carried some ABC shows until WNBE-TV (now WCTI-TVmarker) signed-on from New Bernmarker in 1963. From 1959 until 1998, they aired a morning talk show known as Carolina Today. WNCT was the first station in the area to broadcast in color. The station remained the flagship of Park Communications until it merged with Media General in 1997. After WJKA-TV (now WSFX-TVmarker) in Wilmingtonmarker dropped CBS in 1994 programming from the network was seen in that area on WNCT, Raleighmarker's WRAL-TVmarker, and Myrtle Beachmarker's WBTWmarker. It had previously been picked up by several cable companies in that area from the 1970s to the early-1980s. This was the case until low-powered WILM-LP (now WILM-LDmarker) affiliated with the network in 2000.

However, WNCT still serves some parts of the Wilmington market that cannot get WILM's signal over-the-air or on cable. On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced that they would end broadcasting and merge. The new combined network would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of its corporate parents, CBS (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner. WCTI offered UPN on its third digital subchannel while The WB aired on cable-only "WGWB". On September 18, WNCT changed its second digital subchannel to become part of the new network. It had been serving as a non-audio feed of their weather radar, "Live VIPIR 9". Its CBS high definition signal was picked up by DirecTV on January 7, 2009 and it is also carried on Dish Network. On June 12, 2009, WNCT's digital signal remained on channel 10 when the analog to digital conversion was completed. On that date at 6:30, WNCT shut off its analog transmitter.

Digital programming

The station's signal is multiplexed.

Virtual
channel
Physical
RF channel
Video Aspect Programming
9.1 10.1 1080i 16:9 main WNCT programming / CBS HD
9.2 10.2 480i 4:3 WNCT-DT2 "Eastern North Carolina CW"


Newscasts

WNCT's nightly 11 o'clock news open.


Generally, WNCT and NBC affiliate WITN-TVmarker trade the ratings crown. As of July 2008, however, it is the ratings leader in the market after taking first place weeknights at 6 and 11. Its newscasts are branded under the Eyewitness News label. Unlike most CBS affiliates, WNCT does not air local news weeknights at 5 and 5:30 or a full two-hour long weekday morning show. WNCT-DT2 airs the nationally syndicated morning show, The Daily Buzz, on weekday mornings from 6 to 9. Since January 1, 2008, that station has also been airing a weeknight 10 o'clock newscast known as Eyewitness News 9 Nightside on The CW. During weather segments, WNCT uses a live NOAA National Weather Service weather radar that originates from the Local Forecast Office in Newportmarker. On-air, this is known as "Live VIPIR 9".

Current personalities

Anchors
  • Carley Wegner - weekday mornings and Noon
    • "A Place to Call Home" segment producer
  • Allan Hoffman - weeknights
  • Jim Niedelman - weekends and reporter


Storm Team 9 Meteorologists
  • David Sawyer - Chief seen weeknights
  • Gannon Medwick - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Von Gaskin - weekends


Sports
  • Brian Bailey - Director seen weeknights
  • Jenna Stauffer - weekends and reporter


Reporters

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • 9 Alive News (1970s-1980s)
  • NewsCenter 9 (1980s-1998)
  • Eyewitness News 9 (1998-present)


Station Slogans

  • Turn to 9 (early 1990s)
  • First in News (early 1990s-1998)
  • On Your Side (1998-present)


References

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