WSEE-TV is the CBS-affiliated television
station for the Northwest Region of Pennsylvania that is licensed to Erie. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on
UHF channel 16 from a transmitter east of
Langdon in Greene Township.
Owned by Lilly Broadcasting, the station is
operated by SJL Broadcast Management Corporation through a local marketing agreement
it a sister station to NBC affiliate WICU-TV.
two share studios on State Street in downtown Erie. Syndicated
programming on WSEE
includes: Wheel of
station operates the area's CW affiliate on
its second digital
Known on-air as Northwest
Pennsylvania CW 3
, it can also be seen on Time Warner Cable
channel 3 (hence the
branding). This station gets all of its programming from The CW Plus
The station's signal is multiplexed.
||main WSEE programming / CBS HD
||WSEE-DT2 "Northwest Pennsylvania CW 3"
WSEE-TV began broadcasting on April 24, 1954 as a CBS affiliate.
shared by WSEE and WICU until WJET-TV
signed-on in 1966. UPN
content was aired on
weekends by WSEE from 1995 until 2006 when UPN and The WB
merged to become The CW. The area's WB
affiliate was cable-only
"WBEP" that existed from 1998 until 2006 and was operated by WSEE.
The CW is now narrowcasted
on cable and
simulcasted on WSEE's second digital subchannel. Since 2002, WSEE
has been operated by WICU under a local marketing agreement (LMA).
The station completed its digital transition on February 17, 2009
at Noon renaming on its pre-transitional channel, 16. In late-May 2009, WSEE
and its CW subchannel moved from its longtime home on Peach Street in downtown Erie to WICU's facilities on State
On May 14, Lilly Broadcasting advised all off-air staffers at WSEE
that their services would no longer be required. Most on-air personnel
have continued to work through the duration of their contracts
though at least one (WICU reporter Kelsie Smith) was moved to
sister station WENY-TV, two vacant
WICU meteorologist positions were eliminated, and another (WSEE
anchor Raychel Vendetti) was laid-off outright.
Their over-the-air digial broadcast signal covers Erie; Warren and Crawford counties in Pennsylvania; reaches east to Jamestown, New York, west to Ashtabula, Ohio, north to London and Hamilton in Ontario, and south to Clarion, Pennsylvania. The station can also be seen via satellite in North America and the Caribbean through C band. It is available in Costa Rica through one of the country's major cable providers, Cabletica, and in Puerto Rico on all three cable companies serving the island as well as part of the locals package on Dish Network.
has been part of the Primetime 24
lineup since November 1997 when it replaced Raleigh's WRAL-TV due to that station's regular pre-emptions of CBS
programming. The Primetime 24 service provides American network television service to C-Band and some cable
viewers in Latin America, the
Caribbean, and in rural parts of the United States where local signals are not available.
feed of WSEE varies from their local one where local commercials
are replaced with ads directed towards the Caribbean (especially
direct response ads). Also, the station's local newscasts are
replaced with infomercials although there is a taped Caribbean
weather forecast by WSEE's weather staff (often in tropical garb)
nightly at 11.
Coverage in Canada
carried on Rogers Cable in London,
Ontario until September 2005, when it was replaced by
also offered on many cable systems in the Hamilton, Niagara, and Grand River regions of Ontario.
station was dropped in these areas in the early-1990s. WSEE is
still available on some cable systems in Canada that serve
communities on Lake Erie.
Atlantic Broadband, the cable provider
that serves McKean County, Pennsylvania and portions of Cattaraugus
County, New York, announced that WSEE would replace Buffalo's
WIVB-TV in January 2009.
That station has had
several high-profile compensation disputes with that cable company.
Though an agreement was eventually reached with WIVB, WSEE was kept
on the Atlantic Broadband lineups. WENY-TV (also owned by Lilly
Broadcasting), also brought CBS service to the Elmira market in January 2009 (on a new second digital
subchannel) that included Steuben and Chemung Counties in New York
State. It is unclear if there will be any
coordination of the two CBS stations which will come within one
county of each other in coverage and would cover an area reaching
between Cleveland and Binghamton (not inclusive).
It has been noted that with
the recent WICU-WSEE merger, the newscast schedules of this station
and WENY-DT2 mirror each other. However, also in January 2009, Time Warner Cable announced it would
remove WSEE (along with WICU) from its cable lineups in Westfield and Dunkirk, New
York in favor of CFTO-TV from Toronto and the new YNN Buffalo
despite the fact that Westfield and Dunkirk are arguably within
WSEE's must carry territory.
On May 28, 2009, WSEE aired its final newscast from their Peach
Street studios. After going without news for nearly four days,
local news returned to the air at 6 p.m. Since the studios are
unable to broadcast two live shows at the same time, all of WSEE's
newscasts are now taped in advance except weekdays at noon since
WICU does not air a newscast at that hour. Unlike most CBS
affiliates in the Eastern Time
, WSEE does not air local news weeknights at 5 or 5:30.
There are no weekend newscasts either except for a sports highlight
show and evening weather updates. Eventually, as contracts expire,
the news teams of WSEE and WICU will merge so that they produce
newscasts for all three stations.
- WSEE News (1954-1968)
- Eyewitness News
- News 35 (1976-1984)
- Newswatch 35
- WSEE Newswatch (Summer 2005-present)
- News Where You Live (1975-1979)
- Erie's Number One Source For News (1979-1982)
- In Touch With Erie (1982-1985)
- We're Looking Out For You! (1985-1988)
- Keeping Us Strong (1988-1993)
- Accurate. Fair. Dependable.
- People You Can Count On (1997-2002)
- The Team You Trust (2002-2006)
- Watching Out For You (2006-present)
WSEE Newswatch Storm Team Meteorologists
- Stephanie Schelkun - weekday mornings and reporter
- Scott Bremner - weekdays at noon and 6
- Jacqueline Policastro - weeknights at 6 and 10
- Kristin Kane - fill-in (shared with WICU)
- Joey Stevens - Chief seen weeknights
- Ray Petelin (AMS
and NWA Seals of
Approval) - weekday mornings and noon
- Cheryl Scott - weekends and reporter (shared with WICU)
- Gary Drapcho - Director seen weeknights and Sportswatch
- K.C. Kantz - weekends and sports reporter
- Phil Fatica - Anchor, (1986-1990), currently serving as Erie
- Scott Baker - anchor/reporter (1988-1993), later with WTAE in
Pittsburgh, now with breitbart.tv
- Jennifer Boresz - reporter (2005-2006), now
a reporter/ fill-in anchor at WTOL-TV Toledo, Ohio
Boyar - sports (1978-1985), now at WGRZ-TV Buffalo, NY
Curran - meteorologist/reporter (2005-2007), now a
meteorologist/reporter at WICS-TV Springfield, IL
- Heidi Deja-reporter (1988-1990) now a media relations manager
- Jim Dewart - weathercaster (1974-1984), died in 1994
- Micah Johnson -
reporter, anchor (1984-1985) now CEO of Entegy Group MediaStars
- Tim Earl - meteorologist (1981-1995)Currently lives in Dallas,
TX staffing IT and Telecommunication Projects
- Dana Elderkin - anchor (1974), now a college professor in North
Feinstein - reporter (1995-2000), now an anchor at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, California
- Barry Finn - Chief Meteorologist (1983-1984)
- T.J. Marshall - weather anchor (summer, 1999), now in seminary
preparing for priesthood.
Meyer - sports (2004-2005), now a sports reporter at WTAE-TV Pittsburg, PA
- Jennifer Mobilia - Anchor/Reporter (2007-2009), laid off as a
result of WSEE-WICU merger
- Kym Morey - reporter (1990-1991), died in 1991
- Lloyd Newell - Primary anchor
(1984-1986), now a professor at Brigham Young University and the
host of Music and the
- Carol Pella - reporter (1974-2002), retired
- Dave Price - reporter (1997), now
serves as weather anchor for The Early
Show on CBS
Schubert - meteorologist (1995-2004), now at WTOV in
Steubenville, Ohio/Wheeling, W.Va.; was one of the first
meteorologists on air at The Weather
- Don Shriver - anchor (1999-2004), retired
- John Stehr -
anchor/reporter (1980), now primary anchor at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Mark Strzepek - meteorologist (1996-1998) - now senior
meteorologist for Direct Energy in Houston, TX. Has previously
worked at AccuWeather, KBMT in Beaumont, TX, KXXV in Waco, TX.
Sugars - anchor (1994-1998) - now anchor at KCOY in Santa Maria,
- Nerissa Sugars - anchor (1994-1998) - now
lead anchor at KCOY in Santa Maria,
- Kim Thomas - reporter (2005-2006), now a reporter at WJET-TV Erie
- Tony Victor-anchor/reporter (1998-2000), now working as
director of major gifts for Gannon University.
- Pat Van Zandt - anchor (2001-2008), working in the non-profit
- Raychel Vendetti - anchor (2003-2009), laid off as a result of
the WICU-WSEE merger
- Carol Wilson - reporter (1992-2007), retired
- Pete Yaksick - anchor/reporter (2001-2003), now a professor of
Criminology at Mercyhurst College
- Rudy Yovich - sports (1989-1993), now Assistant Athletic
Director at IPFW
- Lisa Zompa - anchor/reporter (1988-2005), now working as
director of development for Erie City Mission