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WOAI-TV

History
Call sign meaningW orld O f A griculture I nformation (Taken from former sister station WOAI )
First air dateDecember 11, 1949 (70 years ago) ( 1949-12-11 )
Former affiliationsAll secondary:, DuMont (1949-1950), CBS (1949-1950), ABC (1949-1957), UPN (1998-2000)
Former call signsKMOL-TV (1974-2002)
Former channel number(s)Analog:, 4 ( VHF , 1949-2009), Digital:, 58 (UHF, 2000-2009), 48 (UHF, 2009-2019)
Links
Public license informationProfile LMS
Websitenews4sanantonio .com
Ownership
OwnerSinclair Broadcast Group (WOAI Licensee, LLC )
Sister stationsbroadcast: KABB , KMYS cable: Fox Sports Southwest
Programming
Affiliations4.1: NBC, 4.2: Antenna TV, 4.3: Charge! ( O&O )
San Antonio, Texas United States
BrandingNews 4 San Antonio
ChannelsDigital : 28 ( UHF ) Virtual : 4 ( PSIP )
SloganSharing the San Antonio Spirit (70th anniversary, 2019)
Technical information
ERP800 kW
Facility ID69618
HAAT457 m (1,499 ft)
Licensing authorityFCC
Transmitter coordinates291611.5N 981555.9W / 29.269861N 98.265528W / 29.269861; -98.265528 Coordinates : 291611.5N 981555.9W / 29.269861N 98.265528W / 29.269861; -98.265528

The station first sign on air on December 11 1949 as WOAI-TV. It was the first television station in the San Antonio market, owned by Southland Industries along with AM 1200 WOAI. WOAI-TV and WOAI Radio are among the few broadcast stations located west of the Mississippi River that have call signs beginning with W. In the early days of broadcasting, most Central Time Zone states were in W territory. In 1923, dividing line was changed to the Mississippi River. Since WOAI Radio was already on air, it kept its W call letters and when it put TV station on air, it shared that call sign. WOAI-TV has been an NBC affiliate since its sign-on, due to WOAI's longtime affiliation with NBC Red Network. But first, it also carries programming from three other major networks of Time: CBS, ABC and DuMont. WOAI lost CBS and DuMont affiliations to KEYL when that station signed on in February 1950. Two stations continued to share ABC programming until KONO-TV signed on in January 1957. In 1965, WOAI-AM-TV was bought by Crosley Broadcasting, which changed its name to Avco Broadcasting in 1968. Avco began to exit from broadcasting in 1974. WOAI-TV was one of the first Crosley-own television stations to end up being sell. In 1974, it was acquired by United Television. On December 11 1974, coinciding with the station's 25 anniversary, WOAI-TV changed its call letters to KMOL-TV. At that time, AM station, which retained WOAI call sign, became one of the founding stations of its current owner, iHeartMedia. Chris-Craft Industries gained majority ownership of unite in 1981, merging the group with BHC Communications. When KRRT dropped its affiliation with United Paramount Network to join WB in January 1998, KMOL began carrying UPN programming during overnight hours. At the time, Chris-Craft had a 50 % interest in UPN. UPN affiliation later moved to Fredericksburg-license KBEJ, which went on air in August 2000. On August 12 2000, Chris-Craft Industries sold its Television Stations to Fox Television Stations subsidiary of News Corporation for 5. 5 billion. The deal was finalized on July 31 2001. News Corporation then traded KMOL and sister station KTVX in Salt Lake City to Clear Channel in exchange for WFTC in Minneapolis. This tradeoff protects future sister station KABB from losing its Fox affiliation. Not only do purchase reunite KMOL-TV with WOAI Radio, but Channel 4 also become television flagship of the San Antonio-base conglomerate. Speculation immediately began that Clear Channel would restore the heritage WOAI-TV call sign to Channel 4. This officially occurred on September 1 2002. Although Clear Channel's San Antonio Radio cluster is located in Northwest San Antonio, off I-10, WOAI-TV remains based in its downtown studios on Navarro Street. On November 16 2006, after being bought by private equity firms, Clear Channel announced that it would sell all of its television stations.

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Digital television

WOAI-TV, virtual Channel 4, is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to San Antonio, Texas, United States. Station is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, as part of a duopoly with Fox affiliate KABB; Sinclair also operates Kerrville-license CW affiliate KMYS through joint sales and share services agreements with owner Deerfield Media. Three stations share studios between Babcock Road and Sovereign Drive in Northwest San Antonio; WOAI-TV's transmitter is located off of Route 181 in Northwest Wilson County. On cable, station is available on Charter Spectrum Channel 3, and Grande Communications and AT & T U-verse Channel 4.

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News operation

Anchors on San Antonio Stations WOAI and KABB, along with dozens of newscasters at other Sinclair Broadcast Group-own TV stations across the country, are voicing what being seen as media-bashing promos that seem to support President Donald Trump's views on the Media and the response has been mostly negative. Mandate for all local stations owned by Sinclair, countrys largest broadcaster and one increasingly being seen as having a conservative bias, message has been recited by WOAI anchor Randy Beamer, one of San Antonios most prominent newscasters, and his 5 pm co-anchor, Delaine Mathieu. It also been voiced by KABBs main anchor team, Jessica Headley and Ryan Wolf. Headleys voice, in fact, is the first one heard in a video that went viral on social media that was created by Timothy Burke of website Deadspin. The video warns viewers of promos, showing a great number of news anchors repeating virtually the same message in unison, and was subsequently shared in articles by New York Times, CNN, USA Today and other media outlets. In version read by Beamer and Mathieu, which appears on 10 pm News insert toward the end of Broadcast Friday, anchors decry the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-side news stories plaguing our country before warning that this is extremely dangerous to our democracy. Scripts also take swipe at social media. Sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media, Beamer said in the promo. Mathieu then emphasizes that what is more alarming is that some media outlets publish these same fake stories. Without checking the facts first. Toward end of the promo, anchors assure viewers that their station is different from other media and is much more reliable. At News 4 San Antonio, it is our responsibility to report and pursue the truth, Mathieu say. And we understand the truth is neither politically leave nor right. Our commitment to factual reporting is the foundation of our credibility, now more than ever, Beamer add. At no point do anchors state that they were reading from a corporate script and not expressing their own views. While the message contains grains of truth, Washington Post Media and politics reporter Callum Borchers wrote in an analysis piece Monday, it could leave the false impression that many reporters are fabricators idea Trump likes to promote because it grants voters permission to disbelieve whatever information they wish was untrue. Tim England, journalism and mass Communications professor at Texas State University, calls Sinclair script readings a dark day in Broadcast journalism. To have local newscasters all speaking from the same script to disparage journalism is sickening, appalling and disgusting, he said in an email. I have to believe that those who participate on air felt they had no choice if they were to keep their jobs. Sinclair is pressing for centralized authority over what should be local news-gathering operations, and I think that is not a healthy direction, England say.

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WOAI-TV (first era)

Jim Forsyth began his career working in Radio and TV newsrooms across the Midwest after graduating from Indiana University. In 1985, under his leadership as NEWS Director of WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia, Jim and his four-person newsroom won the top Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence from the Radio Television NEWS Directors Association, still the smallest staff newsroom ever to win that nationwide honor. In 1987, Jim packed up and headed south to begin his tenure with NewsRadio 1200 WOAI as NEWS Director. Over the course of the last 30 years in SAN ANTONIO Forsyth has covered most of the major events and stories that have shaped the State. Jim spent 51 days living in Ford Bronco outside Branch Davidian compound outside of Waco. In 1993, Forsyth was on air reporting from a helicopter as ten children were being washed away by a horrible flood on the Guadalupe River in 1987. He has splashed through swamps of East Texas after Shuttle Columbia go down in 2003. Immigration has been a topic Jim has covered over years, including speaking one-on-one with immigrants after they illegally entered the US from Mexico. He even got 'George W. Bush nickname' from former Governor and President. Jim covers high profile dignitaries visiting SAN ANTONIO, including Pope John Paul II, as well as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. Countless interviews over the years include Presidents of the United States from Ronald Reagan through Donald Trump. Jim has also written for various magazines, is a former correspondent for United Press International and current reporter for Reuters NEWS Service. As the digital era rolled around, Jim became and still is one of the largest content contributors for iHeartMedia Digital NEWS Network and has content regularly featured on websites across the Network, regardless of format. His news stories have also been heard around the country on CBS, Fox NEWS Radio, Texas State NEWS Network and ABC Radio along with guest appearances on Fox NEWS Channel and CNN. Perhaps one of Jim's biggest accomplishments is co-founding SAN ANTONIO's Communications Arts High School, public magnet High School in Northside ISD.

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WOAI-TV (second era)

ABC affiliate KSAT-TV, traditional news frontrunner here, skate once again to No. 1 ranking in most news slots: morning, noon, 5 pm, 6 pm and for the flagship 10 pm hour, anchored by Isis Romero and Steve Spriester. Box score At 10 pm: KSAT with 10. 3 rating; KENS-TV with 7. 9; WOAI with 6. 2 ratings points equals approximately 9 062 SAN ANTONIO homes. We're up in the morning, up at noon, up at 5, 6 and 10 pm since last February, Phil Lane, KSAT's General Manager, said in an email Thursday. KSAT also pulled off a solid two-point lead at 10 pm without much help from ABC's prime-time lineup, which finished fourth in SAN ANTONIO behind Fox and CBS. KENS General Manager Bob McGann was ecstatic that his station took prime-time silver honors, despite cbs' airing of mostly rerun against fresh Olympics programming. Prime-time box score: WOAI with 7. 8 rating; KENS with 6. 2; KABB with 5. The only exception to KSAT's news domination was the 4 pm race. Kens' afternoon half-hour, anchored by veteran Deborah Knapp, capture gold once again, putting even MORE distance between it and KSAT's Ursula Pari-anchor 4 pm broadcast. Box score At 4 pm: KENS with 5. 6 rating; KSAT with 3. 9 for most of its newscasts, though at noon, 5 pm, 6 pm and 10 pm KENS take silver. WOAI, however, edged out KENS in the morning for the second consecutive ratings book, claiming its only second-place news ranking. Box score from 5 to 7 am: KSAT with 4. 9 rating; WOAI with 2. 9; KENS with 2. 5 it's work in progress, McGann said of Kens' early news block, co-anchor by Sarah Forgany and Mat Garcia. We intend to get back and be competitive with KSAT in the mornings. Blaise Labbe, director of NEWS for Sinclair sister stations WOAI and KABB, calls this a strong sweeps period for both. We're very excited, he say. For two books in a row, WOAI has finished second in mornings in household numbers, he say. People recognize what we're doing, and they like the team.

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