WUVG-DT

Summary

WUVG-DT
WUVG34.png
Athens/Atlanta, Georgia
United States
CityAthens, Georgia
ChannelsDigital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 34
BrandingUnivision 34 Atlanta (general)
Noticias 34 Atlanta (newscasts)
UniMás Atlanta (DT2)
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
OwnerUnivision Communications
(Univision Atlanta LLC)
History
First air date
April 18, 1989 (32 years ago) (1989-04-18)
Former call signs
  • WNGM-TV (1989–1999)
  • WHOT-TV (1999–2001)
  • WUVG (2001–2003)
  • WUVG-TV (2004–2009)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 34 (UHF, 1989–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 48 (UHF, until 2019)
Call sign meaning
Univision Georgia
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID48813
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT328 m (1,076 ft)
Transmitter coordinates33°48′26.4″N 84°20′21.5″W / 33.807333°N 84.339306°W / 33.807333; -84.339306Coordinates: 33°48′26.4″N 84°20′21.5″W / 33.807333°N 84.339306°W / 33.807333; -84.339306
Translator(s)35 (UHF) Athens
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.univision.com/local/atlanta-wuvg

WUVG-DT, virtual channel 34 (UHF digital channel 18), is a dual Univision/UniMás owned-and-operated television station licensed to Athens, Georgia, United States and serving the Atlanta television market. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications. WUVG-DT's studios are located on Peachtree Road NE in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, and its transmitter is located in North Druid Hills. Despite Athens being WUVG-DT's city of license, the station maintains no physical presence there.

WUVG-DT was established as WNGM-TV, a station serving the Athens area, in 1989. Its focus broadened to Atlanta in the 1990s as the station was sold several times, airing home shopping, music videos, and then an independent format. It switched to Univision in January 2002, making it the first Spanish-language station in the market.

History

WNGM-TV

The station went on air on April 18, 1989, as WNGM-TV,[2] with the call sign standing for "North Georgia Mountains".[3] Initially the station ran a general entertainment format with cartoons, classic and recent sitcoms, blocks of country music programming, old movies and syndicated first-run shows; it also aired a local newscast and magazine program focusing on north Georgia.[2]

WNGM-TV was owned by a company including the final two applicants for the channel: Georgia Mountain Corporation and Sunbelt Television, Inc., which merged their bids in 1985 and won the construction permit.[3] Its transmitter was located 60 miles (97 km) away from Atlanta, reaching Athens with a grade A signal while sending a very weak signal into eastern metro Atlanta. As a result, many syndicators sold the rights for shows that were already on the Atlanta stations to WNGM. The station provided an alternative to viewers in areas which had moderate VHF reception and poor UHF reception from Atlanta; Clarke County had a cable penetration rate of 83 percent, 30 points above the national average.[3]

NGM Television Partners, the licensee, sold the station for $10 million in 1996 to Whitehead Media, which the next year formalized a time brokerage agreement under which Paxson Communications Corporation began operating channel 34.[4] However, Paxson opted the next year to divest itself of extra stations in markets where it controlled more than one, such as Atlanta, where it owned WPXA-TV.[5] However, the $73.5 million sale by Paxson of the operating rights and by Whitehead of the licenses for WNGM-TV and WOAC in Canton, Ohio, to Global Broadcasting Systems, Inc.,[6] was terminated a month later when the buyer failed to post an escrow deposit.[7]

From 1996 until September 1, 1997, WNGM-TV aired Paxson's Infomall TV infomercial network, then switching to separate but similar home shopping programming, which was an issue at play in a major cable carriage dispute with MediaOne over whether it had to be placed on a series of major Atlanta cable systems.[8]

"Hotlanta 34"

In 1998, USA Broadcasting acquired WNGM for $50 million.[9] It was part of a larger deal between Paxson and USA that allowed Paxson-owned stations in New Orleans and Memphis to make early exits from affiliation contracts with the Home Shopping Network, gave Paxson a station serving Portland, Oregon, and put USA Broadcasting in every top 10 market but Detroit.[10] After the USA acquisition, the home shopping programming was dropped and replaced with music videos from The Box—which led the FCC to greenlight the station's push for must-carry in the Atlanta area that August.[8]

In November 1999, WNGM was the third of four USAB stations after Miami's WAMI-TV to convert to USAB's new "CityVision" general entertainment format and became "Hotlanta 34" under new WHOT-TV call letters. The centerpiece of the plan was a three-year contract for the rights to telecast Atlanta Hawks basketball.[11] The move was made after WATL (channel 36) opted not to renew its deal because of the expanding program offerings of The WB.[12] However, after the format failed to take off where it was introduced and the company registered operating losses of $62 million in 2000, Diller opted to sell the stations to Univision in 2001.[13]

Univision Georgia

While some of the stations were used to start Telefutura, a second network, the purchase gave Univision its first ever broadcast outlet in Atlanta, where the Latino population had grown by 362 percent during the 1990s.[14] Under new WUVG call letters, channel 34 changed to Spanish-language programming on January 14, 2002.[15] While local news was not immediately added, WUVG began producing a public affairs program in Spanish, Nuestra Georgia (Our Georgia), the first such program on Atlanta television since 1997.[15]

News operation

WUVG launched its news department in April 2011, with two daily half-hour evening newscasts at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.—branded as Noticias 34 Atlanta (News 34 Atlanta)—anchored by Amanda Ramirez (now at WLII-DT) and Gianncarlo Cifuentes.[16] The station also maintains a partnership with WGCL-TV for news coverage.[17]

The station's other local program is a weekend newsmagazine, Conexión Fin de Semana.[18]

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
34.1 720p 16:9 WUVG-DT Main WUVG-DT programming / Univision
34.2 WUVGDT2 UniMás
34.3 480i 4:3 GetTV GetTV
34.4 16:9 MYSTERY Court TV Mystery
34.5 DIGI-TV Digi-TV

Translator

WUVG-DT maintains a digital replacement translator, which supplements channel 34's coverage in the city of license, Athens.

City of license Call sign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Athens WUVG-DT (DRT) 35 13.5 kW 111.3 m (365 ft) 48813 33°59′35.9″N 83°24′55.9″W / 33.993306°N 83.415528°W / 33.993306; -83.415528 (WUVG-DT (DRT))

Analog-to-digital conversion

WUVG shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 34, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[19] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48; it was later repacked to channel 18.

References

  1. ^ a b "Digital TV Market Listing for WUVG-DT". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Batts, Mollie (April 19, 1989). "Athens television hits the airwaves". The Red and Black. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Goldberg, Steve (February 14, 1989). "Hometown TV coming to Athens". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. pp. 1D, 9D. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  4. ^ "Paxson to buy TV station in N. Carolina". Miami Herald. May 1, 1996. p. 7B.
  5. ^ Waresh, Julie (April 3, 1997). "Paxson selling 2 stations". p. 1D, 7D. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  6. ^ "Paxson sales bring $150 million". Palm Beach Post. April 4, 1997. p. 1D. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  7. ^ "Paxson terminates pact with Global". Miami Herald. May 17, 1997. p. 1C. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Memorandum Opinion & Order (DA 98-1654)". Federal Communications Commission. August 18, 1998. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  9. ^ "Paxson planning to buy Oregon TV station". Palm Beach Post. March 13, 1998. p. 2D. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  10. ^ Paxman, Andrew (March 12, 1998). "Paxson, Diller shop & swap TV outlets". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  11. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (September 16, 1999). "Diller will Hawk WHOT in Atlanta". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  12. ^ Rogers, Prentis (September 16, 1999). "WHOT to carry Hawks". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. G6. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  13. ^ McClellan, Steve (December 11, 2000). "Univision speaks Barry's lingo: $1.1B" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. pp. 18–19. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  14. ^ Druckenmiller, John (May 17, 2001). "Atlanta TV station to switch to all-Spanish". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. pp. A1, A19. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  15. ^ a b Rodriguez, Yolanda (January 14, 2002). "International Atlanta: Spanish TV station is now live on metro dial". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. pp. B1, B5.
  16. ^ Brown Rodríguez, Alberto (April 14, 2011). "Univision 34 Atlanta lanza noticiero diario" [Univision 34 Atlanta launches daily newscast]. MundoHispánico. p. A30. ProQuest 865391146 – via ProQuest.
  17. ^ Miller, Mark K. (August 31, 2017). "WGCL, WUVG Form News Sharing Partnership". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  18. ^ Malone, Michael (December 9, 2019). "Traffic at the Top in Atlanta Ratings Race". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  19. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

External links

  • Official website
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database — Information on WUVG-DT