|City of license||York, Pennsylvania|
|Branding||Fox 43 (general)
Fox 43 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 43 (PSIP)
|First air date||December 21, 1952|
|Call letters' meaning||Pennsylvania Movie Time (showed many movies as Independent)|
|Former callsigns||WSBA-TV (1952–1983)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
43 (UHF, 1952–2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1952–1961)
The WB (secondary, 1995–2006)
|Transmitter power||933 kW|
WPMT, virtual channel 43 (UHF digital channel 47), is a FOX-affiliated television station serving Harrisburg, Lebanon and Lancaster, Pennsylvania that is licensed to York. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting division of the Tribune Company. WPMT maintains studios on Queen Street in Spring Garden Township (using a mailing address based in York), and its transmitter is located in Hallam.The station can also be seen on cable channel 5 and HD channel 804.
The station's signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming1|
|43.1||720p||16:9||WPMT-DT||Main WPMT programming / FOX|
|43.3||FOX24/7||FOX 43 News 24/7|
Beginning on January 1, 2011, WPMT digital subchannel 43.2 began carrying Antenna TV.
WPMT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 43, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 47.234 Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 43.
The station began broadcasting on December 21, 1952 as ABC affiliate WSBA-TV. It was owned by Susquehanna Radio Corporation, along with WSBA (910 AM). It was one of the first commercially-licensed UHF television stations in the United States, signing on the air just over three months after KPTV in Portland, Oregon, which originally broadcast on channel 27. However, that station moved to VHF channel 12 five years after taking to the air. This makes WPMT the second-oldest continuously broadcasting UHF station in the country, only behind WSBT-TV in South Bend, Indiana (although WSBT moved from its original channel 34 to channel 22 in the late 1950s, making WPMT the oldest UHF station that broadcasts continuously on the same virtual channel number to this day).
In 1961, the station switched its affiliation to CBS and joined the Keystone Network, which comprised WHP-TV (channel 21) in Harrisburg and WLYH-TV (channel 15) in Lebanon. The three stations provided a strong combined signal with about 55% overlap. Initially, WHP-TV, WLYH and WSBA aired the same programming. By the late 1960s, while all three stations ran most of the CBS programming schedule, WHP-TV ran different local programming during non-network hours, while WLYH and WSBA continued to simulcast nearly all the broadcast day. WHP ran CBS shows that WSBA and WLYH preempted. These two stations ran programming that WHP preempted. All three ran most of the CBS lineup, duplicating over 3/4 of the network's programs.
In May 1983, Susquehanna sold WSBA-TV to Idaho-based Mohawk Broadcasting, who changed its call letters to the current WPMT. The station signed off in August and returned to the air in September as the Susquehanna Valley's first independent station. It was a typical UHF independent airing cartoons, sitcoms, movies, dramas, sports, and westerns. On October 6, 1986 after Mohawk sold the station to Renaissance Broadcasting, it became one of the charter affiliates of the newly launched Fox network. From 1990 - 2004, WPMT featured original children's programming hosted by the station's mascot, a clown named Pete McTee (a play on the station's call letters). In 1997, Renaissance merged with Tribune Broadcasting.
The station's newscasts were seen in a fictional sense in the 2010 film Unstoppable, which is set in the station's market area.
WPMT presently broadcasts 32 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with seven hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output of any television station in the Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York market. They give news for Dauphin, Perry, Berks, Adams, Northumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Schuylkill, and Franklin counties. This represents about 300 square miles of area, with their base in York. They do not give news for Maryland, as WGAL-8 does.
As a CBS affiliate, WSBA-TV ran simulcasts of local newscasts from WLYH. This arrangement ended in 1983, when the station became WPMT. Local newscasts did not return to the station until the formation of WPMT's current news department in 1994, with the debut of an hour-long 10:00 p.m. newscast on weeknights. Eventually, the 10 p.m. newscast was expanded to weekend evenings, later followed by the addition of a weekday morning news program. The weeknight 10:00 broadcast competes with CW affiliate WLYH, which runs a primetime newscast produced by CBS-affiliated sister station WHP-TV. On September 4, 2009, WPMT began airing a local sports highlight program called High School Football Frenzy, that airs Friday nights at 6:00 during the high school football season. On September 21, 2009, the station debuted a half-hour weeknight newscast at 6:30, that competes against the national network newscasts on WHP, WGAL (channel 8) and WHTM-TV (channel 27).5 The 6 and 6:30PM newscasts were canceled and replaced by FOX43 First at 4 and FOX43 News at 5PM, as of August 2013.
On October 26, 2009, WPMT launched a 24-hour news channel, known as "FOX43 News 24/7", which is available on its second digital subchannel, and on Blue Ridge Communications digital channel 126 and Comcast digital channel 244. Programming consists of simulcasts and rebroadcasts of local news programming from the station's main channel.6 The station launched a weeknight 11:00 p.m. newscast on January 11, 2010.7 The station has canceled the 11PM news, August, 2013.
On January 15, 2011, WPMT became the first station in Central Pennsylvania and the last Tribune-owned FOX affiliate to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition (rival station WGAL, had become the first station in the market to offer local newscasts in 16:9 not HD, enhanced definition widescreen in mid-December 2010; although not truly high definition, the broadcasts were matched to the wider aspect ratio of HD television screens; WGAL switched to full HD on August 29, 2011).8 On January 9, 2012, WPMT expanded its early evening newscast to one hour with the addition of a half-hour at 6:00 p.m.9 They allow Chris Garret to give afternoon traffic reports, but it is unknown how he is able to provide any reports if he is present at the station from 4 - 9 AM. Courtney Laydon, a morning news anchor, left on September 20, so there has needed to be much filling in. Michael Hyland, Melanie Orlins, and Trang Do each all filled in for at least one week. Ashley Palutis, however, has been filling in on many weeks from 4:00 to 9:00 AM. Sometimes she switches from being a morning news anchor to being a reporter later the same day. Andrea Michaels has also filled in as a reporter, doing the job Ashley Palutis would be doing if she wasn't doing the news in the mornings from 4:00 - 9:00 AM. The reporters have proved to be versatile.
On February 13, 2013, WPMT expanded its weekday morning newscast to five hours, with its start time moving one hour early to 4:00 a.m., becoming the first and only station in the market, and the fifth Tribune-owned station to begin its morning newscast at 4:00 a.m. (WGAL and WHTM start their morning newscasts at 4:30, while WHP's continues to start at 5:00 a.m.)10 On August 5, 2013, WPMT FOX43 debuted 2 hour-long weekday newscasts called FOX43 First at 4 and FOX43 News at 5PM. These newscasts replaced the 6:00, 6:30PM newscasts. The following month on September 6, the station's 11:00 p.m. newscast was discontinued and replaced on September 9 by the second incarnation of The Arsenio Hall Show at 11:00 p.m.).1112
- Newswatch 43 (1973–1980)
- TeleJournal News (1980–1983)
- TV News 43 (1983–?)
- FOX43 News (1994–present)13
- "The Early Advantage" (1994–1999)
- "At 10:00, It's News. At 11:00, It's History." (1999–2007)
- "Central Pennsylvania's FOX Station" (2010–2013)
- Evan Forrester - weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Amy Lutz - weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Jaime Garland - weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Heather Warner - weekday mornings (4:00-9:00 a.m.)
FOX43 Weather Team
- MaryEllen Pann (member, NWA; associate member, AMS) - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Jeff Jumper (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval, NWA Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (4:00-9:00 a.m.)
- Andrea Michaels - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Todd Sadowski - sports director; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Bill Toth - sports anchor; weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Trang Do - multimedia journalist
- Chris Garrett - weekday traffic reporter
- Michael Hyland - multimedia journalist
- Fran Marion - part-time traffic reporter
- Melissa Nardo - multimedia journalist
- Katie Kyros - multimedia journalist
- Eanes Yates - multimedia journalist
- Melanie Orlins - multimedia journalist
- Ashley Palutis - multimedia journalist
- Rebecca Solomon - multimedia journalist
- RabbitEars TV Query for WPMT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- FCC document: "APPENDIX B: ALL FULL-POWER TELEVISION STATIONS BY DMA, INDICATING THOSE TERMINATING ANALOG SERVICE BEFORE ON OR FEBRUARY 17, 2009."
- CDBS Print
- WPMT York, Pa., Adding 6:30 P.M. News, TVNewsCheck, August 12, 2009.
- WPMT Launching Local 24-Hour News Ch., TVNewsCheck, October 16, 2009.
- WPMT, WGAL newscasts getting an upgrade, Lancaster New Era, January 2, 2011.
- WPMT Harrisburg Adds 6 p.m. Newscast, TVNewsCheck, December 6, 2011.
- WPMT Morning News Expands to 5 Hours, TVNewsCheck, February 11, 2013.
- WPMT FOX 43 to start two new hours of News this August FOX43.com, May 14, 2013.
- WPMT To Expand Evening News Lineup TVNewsCheck.com, May 14, 2013.
- WPMT Fox 43 News at 10 Open