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WVIT, virtual channel 30, is the NBC owned-and-operated station for the state of Connecticutmarker, licensed to New Britainmarker. WVIT has its offices and studios located in West Hartfordmarker, and transmitter based in Farmington, Connecticutmarker.

History

WVIT signed on for the first time on February 13, 1953 as WKNB-TV, a sister station to WKNB radio (840 AM, now WRYM). The calls stood for Kensingtonmarker-New Britain. It is Connecticut's second-oldest television station, and the first on the UHF band. It is also the only station in Connecticut to have never changed its original affiliation.

In 1954, only a year after channel 30 signed on, Hartford and New Havenmarker were collapsed into a single television market. However, WKNB's signal was not strong enough to cover southern Connecticut at the time--a problem that would hamper channel 30 for almost a quarter-century. NBC continued to air some programming on New Haven's WNHC-TV (channel 8, now WTNHmarker) for another year due to this shortfall in channel 30's coverage.

NBC itself purchased the station in 1957 and renamed it WNBC-TV (for New Britain, Connecticut). It planned to boost the station's signal to cover all of the market, but these plans never materialized. In its first stint as an NBC-owned station, channel 30 failed to gain much headway in the ratings, largely because television manufacturers were not required to include UHF tuning capability until 1964. Viewers had to buy an expensive converter to watch WNBC-TV, and even with one the picture was barely viewable. Nonetheless, NBC bought channel 30 as part of an experiment to determine whether UHF could be competitive with VHF.

In September 1957, the Travelers Insurance Company signed on independent WTIC-TV (channel 3, now WFSBmarker), Hartford's first and only VHF station. Within a year of its debut (and despite its radio sistermarker having been an NBC radio affiliate for over thirty years) WTIC-TV became Connecticut's CBS affiliate, replacing its owned-and-operated station, WHCT-TV (channel 18, now WUVNmarker). NBC then realized its UHF experiment would end up as a lost cause and sold WNBC-TV to Transcontinental Properties in 1959. In 1960, the calls changed again -- this time to WHNB-TV (for Hartford-New Britain); NBC then moved the previous callsign to its flagship radio and televisionmarker combination in New York Citymarker.

In 1966 WHNB became, once again, one of two NBC affiliates in Connecticut: the network signed with WATR-TV (channel 20) in Waterburymarker in order to get its programming into New Haven. Channel 30 itself made up for the shortfall in its market coverage by operating two low-power translators (starting in 1971): W79AI in Torringtonmarker on channel 79 [162678], and later in the 1980s, on channel 59 in New Haven.

WHNB was sold to Viacom in 1978, and changed its call letters to WVIT (for "Viacom International Television") to reflect its new ownership. Viacom immediately announced plans to boost WVIT's signal. In 1980, channel 30 signed on with a new transmitter that more than doubled its coverage area, giving it a clear signal to New Haven for the first time. Viacom also beefed up WVIT's news operation, which had long been an also-ran behind WFSB and WTNH due to its weak signal in New Haven. After the signal boost, however, it became a factor in the ratings for the first time in decades. WVIT became the market's exclusive provider of NBC programming in March 1982, when WATR-TV's affiliation contract with NBC ended and the station became independent WTXXmarker. The Torrington translator was turned off in 1987, and the New Haven repeater was shut down in the middle 1990s to allow full-powered WTVU (now WCTXmarker) to begin operations.

Viacom purchased Paramount Pictures in 1994. Within the next year, following the launch of the United Paramount Network venture it co-owned with Chris-Craft Industries, Paramount/Viacom began to sell off its non-UPN affiliated stations. WVIT, which was Viacom's first station purchase in 1978, ended up being the last non-UPN outlet sold in 1997. As part of a three-way deal, which closed on December 8 of that year, WVIT was sold to former owner NBC, while Paramount/Viacom ended up with WLWCmarker in Providence, Rhode Islandmarker and WWHOmarker in Columbus, Ohiomarker, two stations owned by Fant Broadcasting which NBC operated by way of local marketing agreements.

WVIT's NBC30 logo used from 2005 until July 2009.


With NBC's second acquisition of the station came a greater investment into and expansion of the news department, and by the start of the new millennium WVIT was regularly trading the number-two position in the market with WTNH.

In August 2007, the station finalized plans to begin the construction of a new studio facility to replace the station's first building, which dates back to WVIT's inagural 1953 broadcasts. The new building has been erected in the lot that formerly was the parking lot for the station. Ground was broken in October 2007. The station began broadcasting HD at 11:00am July 16, 2009 when WVIT rebranded to NBC Connecticut HD.

Digital television

The station's digital signal, UHF 35, is multiplexed:

Virtual
Channel
Video Aspect Programming
30.1 1080i 16:9 Main WVIT programming / NBC HD
30.2 480i 4:3 NBC Plus
30.3 480i 4:3 Universal Sports


30.2 carried NBC Weather Plus; national network operations for that service ended in December 2008. Currently NBC Plus airs on that channel. This utilizes the same graphics as Weather Plus, with a new 'NBC Plus' logo and without the on camera meteorologist segments.

In June of 2009, WVIT left channel 30 and moved to channel 35 when the analog to digital conversion completed.The station switched to full HD news with the opening of the NBC Connecticut Digital Media Center on July 16, 2009.

Current personalities

Anchors
  • Brad Drazen - NBC Connecticut Today & 11 AM
  • Yvonne Nava - NBC Connecticut Today & 11 AM
  • Lisa Carberg - NBC Connecticut News @ 5 & 6 PM
  • Keisha Grant - NBC Connecticut News @ 5, 5:30 & 11 PM
  • Gerry Brooks - NBC Connecticut News @ 5:30, 6 & 11 PM
  • Anjuli Porter - NBC Connecticut News - Weekend Mornings
  • Lauren Petty - NBC Connecticut News - Weekend Evenings


Weather Center Meteorologists
  • Brad Field - chief/weeknight meteorologist
  • Bob Maxon - morning meteorologist
  • Ryan Hanrahan - weekend evenings
  • Darren Sweeney - weekend mornings
  • Jeremy Schmidt - freelance meteorologist


Sports
  • Joe D'Ambrosio - sports reporter/substitute anchor
  • Kevin Nathan - sports director/weeknight anchor
  • Mike Ratte - weekend anchor


Traffic
  • Kayla James


Reporters
  • Debra Alfarone
  • Monica Buchanan
  • Debra Bogstie
  • Susan Goodman
  • Doug Greene
  • Ryan Hanrahan - Meteorologist/Reporter
  • Tom Monahan - Chief political correspondent
  • Amy Parmenter
  • Diana Perez - New Haven Bureau Reporter
  • Andrew Pergam - Managing Editor NBCConnecticut.com
  • Lauren Petty - Anchor/Reporter
  • Anjuli Porter - Anchor/Reporter
  • Amanda Raus
  • Ben Sosenko
  • Jeff Stoecker


News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • 30 News (1983-1987)
  • Connecticut News (1987-1992)
  • Unknown (1992-1994)
  • Connecticut News 30 (1994-1998)
  • Connecticut News (1998-2000)
  • NBC 30 Connecticut News (2000-2005)
  • NBC 30 News (2005-2009)
  • NBC Connecticut News (2009-present)


Station Slogans

  • An Hour's News in Half The Time/Catch 30 (1983-1987)
  • Live. Local. Late-Breaking. (1998-2005)
  • Connecticut's News Leader (2005-present)
  • Connecticut's Only Local News in High Definition. (2009-present)


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