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WMUR-TV

Manchester, New Hampshire United States
ChannelsDigital : 9 ( VHF ) Virtual : 9 ( PSIP )
BrandingWMUR ABC 9 (general) WMUR News 9 (newscasts)
SloganNo One Covers New Hampshire Like We Do
Programming
Affiliations9.1: ABC 9.2: MeTV
Ownership
OwnerHearst Television (Hearst Properties Inc.)
Sister stationsWCVB-TV , WMTW , WPXT , WPTZ , WNNE
History
First air dateMarch 28, 1954 (66 years ago) ( 1954-03-28 )
Former channel number(s)Analog: 9 (VHF, 1954-2009) Digital: 59 ( UHF , 1998-2009)
Former affiliationsFox (1994-2001, secondary on main channel, primary on two repeaters)
Call sign meaningGovernor Francis P. MUR phy (founder)
Technical information
Licensing authorityFCC
Facility ID73292
ERP6.5 kW 7.35 kW (application)
HAAT314 m (1,030 ft) 312.4 m (1,025 ft) (application)
Transmitter coordinates42591.3N 713523.2W / 42.983694N 71.589778W / 42.983694; -71.589778 Coordinates : 42591.3N 713523.2W / 42.983694N 71.589778W / 42.983694; -71.589778
Translator(s)W27BL 27 Berlin WMUR-LP 29 Littleton W38CB 38 Littleton
Links
Public license informationProfile LMS
Websitewww .wmur .com
Twitter@wmur9
Facebookwmur9

Manchester is about 45 miles north from Boston while Concord is about 60 miles. Boston's VHF stations have Grade signals in Manchester and Grade B signals in Concord, while UHF stations have Grade B signals in Manchester but spotty signals in Concord. On paper, southern New Hampshire is large enough to be a market in its own right. If it were ever to break off from Boston, it would rank in the top 100 of all US media markets. However, cbs' ownership of WBZ-TV makes this unlikely as it would result in dilution of that station's advertising revenue, along with viewer upheaval at the loss of newscasts from the Boston area. This has been seen when Providence's stations in the southern portion of the Boston market attempt to claim market exclusivity, resulting in some complaints from area cable customers. In the early 1990s, that station operated a news bureau in Manchester, which was re-establish on Elm Street in November 2006. Prior to 1988, sub-market was served by WMUR and PBS member station WENH-TV. On February 1 1988, WNHT, independent station based in Concord, became southern New Hampshire's first CBS affiliate and began to produce local newscasts. WNHT lost affiliation and ceased operations on March 31 1989, due to insufficient viewership. There has not been a CBS affiliate in the state since then. The situation with WMUR and sister station WCVB is not unlike that of WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland, which operate as an NBC affiliate until 2016 even though it is part of the Washington, DC, market and competes with that City's NBC own-and-operate station, WRC-TV. Except for WRLH out of Lebanon, which operated from 1966 to 1976, there has never been an NBC station based in the state. WRLH returned to air in 1978 as WNNE, now based at White River Junction, Vermont. WNNE broadcast NBC programming in parts of western New Hampshire from then until it moved to Montpelier, Vermont, in 2018. Much of this area is considered part of the Burlington-Plattsburgh market, although WMUR is still available. The rest of the state receives NBC from that network's affiliates in either Boston or Portland. On January 1 2017, Merrimack-license Telemundo own-and-operate station WNEU began simulcasting NBC programming via its New Boston O & O WBTS-LD on its second digital subchannel; however, new station, known on-air as NBC Boston, focuses on Boston and eastern Massachusetts rather than New Hampshire. NBC also operates WBTS-CD, license to serve Nashua; however, it broadcasts over Needham, Massachusetts, transmitter of Boston-base WGBX-TV under a channel sharing agreement. There were no WB or UPN affiliates in the state during the existence of those networks; likewise, CW does not have any affiliates in New Hampshire, and the state receives Fox from the network's affiliates in Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, or Burlington, Vermont.

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History

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CallsignChannelCity of licenseNotes
W27BL27Berlinpart of Portland market first on-air in 1994
WMUR-LP29Littletontower shared with W38CB on Cannon Mountain formerly W16BC and (briefly) W29CM
W38CB38Littletontower shared with WMUR-LP on Cannon Mountain always aired ABC programming

Manchester is about 45 miles north from Boston while Concord is about 60 miles. Boston's VHF stations have Grade signals in Manchester and Grade B signals in Concord, while UHF stations have Grade B signals in Manchester but spotty signals in Concord. It was once thought that southern New Hampshire could break away from Boston and become its own market. If sub-market were to break away from Boston, it would rank in the top 100 of all US DMAs. However, CBS ' ownership of WBZ-TV makes this unlikely as it could dilute that station's ad revenue. In the early-1990s, that station operated a news bureau in Manchester, which was re-establish on Elm Street in November 2006. At the start of 1988, sub-market had WMUR and PBS member station WENH-TV. On February 1 1988, WNHT, independent station based in Concord, became southern New Hampshire's first CBS affiliate and began to produce local newscasts. WNHT lost affiliation and stopped broadcasting on March 31 1989 as result of low viewership and ratings. There has not been an affiliate network based in the state since then. When WNHT sign-off, WMUR and WENH remained the only network affiliate stations in the state until the creation of MyNetworkTV on September 5 2006. On that date, WZMY-TV, another independent station based in Derry, became the southern New Hampshire and Boston affiliate for MyNetworkTV. Except for WRLH out of Lebanon, which operated from 1966 until 1976, there has never been an NBC station based in the state. However, since 1978, WNNE has broadcasted programming from that network into parts of western New Hampshire from across the state line in Vermont. Much of this area is considered part of the Burlington / Plattsburgh market, although WMUR is still available. The rest of the state receives NBC feed from that network's affiliates in either Boston or Portland. There were no WB and UPN affiliates when those networks were active; likewise, CW does not presently have any affiliates in New Hampshire. WMUR has always promoted the fact that it is the only major network affiliate and consistent local news source in the state. The station's current slogan reflects this.

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Repeaters

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CallsignChannelCity of licenseNotes
W27BL27BerlinPart of Portland market First on-air on August 22, 1994
WMUR-LP29LittletonPart of Burlington-Plattsburgh market Tower shared with W38CB on Cannon Mountain Formerly W16BC and (briefly) W29CM First on-air on June 5, 1995

WMUR Location Manchester, NH Branding WMUR ABC 9 WMUR News 9 slogan No One covers New Hampshire Like We Do Channel Number 9 Subchannels 9. 1: WMUR-HD 9. 2: MeTV Affiliation ABC First Air Date March 28 1954 Call Letter Meaning governor Francis P. MURphy former Affiliation Fox former Channel Number 9 59 owner Hearst Television WMUR-TV, virtual Channel and VHF digital Channel 9, is an ABC-affiliated Television station located in Manchester, New Hampshire, United States. The station is owned by Hearst Television subsidiary of Hearst Corporation. WMUR maintains studio facilities located on South Commercial Street in downtown Manchester, and its transmitter is located on the south peak of Mount Uncanoonuc in Goffstown. Manchester is part of the larger Boston Television market; that city's ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV, is also owned by Hearst. As a result, WMUR is the only New Hampshire-base Television station with a news operation. In addition to WCVB-TV, WMUR-TV shares common coverage areas with four sister stations, Portland, Maine duopoly of ABC affiliate WMTW-TV and CW / MyNetworkTV affiliate WPXT; and Burlington, Vermont duopoly of CW affiliate WNNE in Montpelier, Vermont and Plattsburgh, New York-base NBC affiliate WPTZ.

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TV Stations in Greater Boston and southern New Hampshire

English stationsSpanish stationsNew Hampshire
WGBH 2 (PBS)WUTF 27 (UMas)WMUR 9 (ABC)
WHDT-LD 3 (Ind)WCEA-LD 58 (Ind)WENH 11 (PBS)
WBZ 4 (CBS)WUNI 66 (UNI)WYCN-CD 15 (NBC)
WCVB 5 (ABC)WPXG 21 (Ion Life)
WHDH 7 (Ind)WLEK-LD 22 (DrTV)
WBTS-LD 8 (NBC)WWJE 50 (Justice)
WFXZ-CD 24 (Biz TV)WEKW 52 (PBS)
WFXT 25 (Fox)WNEU 60 (TLM)
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Programming

TV Stations in Greater Boston and southern New Hampshire

English stationsSpanish stationsNew Hampshire
WGBH 2 (PBS)WUTF 27 (UMas)WMUR 9 (ABC)
WHDT-LD 3 (Ind)WCEA-LD 58 (Ind)WENH 11 (PBS)
WBZ 4 (CBS)WUNI 66 (UNI)WYCN-CD 15 (NBC)
WCVB 5 (ABC)WPXG 21 (Ion Life)
WHDH 7 (Ind)WLEK-LD 22 (DrTV)
WBTS-LD 8 (NBC)WWJE 50 (Justice)
WFXZ-CD 24 (Biz TV)WEKW 52 (PBS)
WFXT 25 (Fox)WNEU 60 (TLM)

Syndicate programming seen on WMUR includes Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Clarkson Show, Tamron Hall, Ellen DeGeneres Show, and 25 Words or Less. Many of these programs are also seen on sister station WCVB-TV, though as of 2019 two stations air most of these programs in different time slots. WMUR was one of the longest-serving affiliates of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's love Network, having carried Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon and its successors annually on Labor Day and / or night before since the late 1960s. MDA moved Telethon from syndication to ABC in 2013 as MDA Show of Strength; As a result, WMUR will continue to broadcast program for two more years until Telethon ends in 2014. During the 1960s and 1970s, one of the station's well-know local programs was the weekday children's program known as Uncle Gus Show. Unlike Boston's astronaut Major Mudd or widely franchised Bozo, host Uncle Gus Bernier wears no costume except an angler's hat. For many years, WMUR's nighttime sign-off was accompanied by New Hampshire Naturally by Shaw Brothers. Music was synchronized to bucolic scenes of fly fisherman casting his line into the mountain stream, covered bridge, Old Man of Mountain, flowers, fall foliage and other images. This theme was replaced at some point by Star-spangle Banner.

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News operation

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CallsignChannelCity of licenseNotes
W27BL27Berlinpart of Portland market first on-air in 1994
WMUR-LP29Littletontower shared with W38CB on Cannon Mountain formerly W16BC and (briefly) W29CM
W38CB38Littletontower shared with WMUR-LP on Cannon Mountain always aired ABC programming

WMUR-TV broadcasts 30 hours of locally produced newscasts each week. In addition, WMUR produces New Hampshire Chronicle, regional version of Chronicle newsmagazine series that originates on Boston sister station WCVB-TV, which airs weeknights at 7: 00 pm; and the political talk program Close Up, which airs on Sunday mornings at 10: 00 AM during election seasons, WMUR is well known for organizing and producing candidate debates for ABC News, as well as CNN, before first United States presidential primary; debates have been hold at Saint Anselm College. In addition to its main studios, WMUR operates two news bureaus in New Hampshire. The Station's Lakes Region Bureau is based at the Inn at Bay Point in Meredith, and the Seacoast Bureau is based at Harbor Place in Portsmouth. In addition, WMUR and WCVB share news footage for stories occurring within other station's coverage area; WCVB also operates a live truck for news gathering that is based at WMUR's studios in Manchester. Audio simulcasts of WMUR's newscasts are broadcast on WTPL in Hillsborough and WTSL in Hanover, WTSN in Dover, WASR in Wolfeboro and WEEY in Keene in lieu of its own Weather radar, WMUR uses live radar data from several regional sites operated by the National Weather Service. During weather segments, radar system used by WMUR that utilize this data is presented on-screen as Storm Watch 9 Storm Tracker, which is provided through graphics system by Weather Services International. A live video feed of this radar is offered on WMUR's website. During instances of severe weather year-round, station may extend local newscasts to provide coverage; this coverage is sometimes streamed live on website. On August 2 2011, WMUR began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition and introduced a new set and graphics package, which are style differently from those of WCVB to avert any confusion between the two stations. WMUR began producing a half-hour weeknight 10: 00 pm newscast for its MeTV subchannel on March 5 2012, which competes with the 10: 00 pm newscast on WBIN-TV until early 2017, when that station goes off air as result of the FCC's spectrum auction. On November 5 2018, WMUR introduced another new graphics package, this time for full 16: 9 widescreen presentation, but like the previous version, they are styled differently from those of WCVB to avert any confusion between two stations.

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