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Binghamton, New York
United States
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 40
BrandingFox 40 (general)
Fox 40 News
My 8 (on DT2)
Affiliations40.1: Fox (secondary, 1995–1996)
40.2: MyNetworkTV
40.3: Ion Television
OwnerCox Media Group[1][2]
(Stainless Broadcasting, L.P.)
First air date
November 1, 1957 (63 years ago) (1957-11-01)
Former call signs
WINR-TV (1957–1971)
Former channel number(s)
40 (UHF, 1957–2009)
8 (VHF, until 2020)
NBC (1957–1996)
ABC (1957–1962)
UPN (c.1999–2000)
Call sign meaning
Henry GuzeWICZ (former owner)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID62210
ERP28 kW
HAAT372.9 m (1,223 ft)
Transmitter coordinates42°3′22″N 75°56′38″W / 42.05611°N 75.94389°W / 42.05611; -75.94389
Public license information

WICZ-TV, virtual channel 40 (VHF digital channel 7), is a dual Fox/MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Binghamton, New York, United States, serving the Eastern Twin Tiers of Southern Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Atlanta-based Cox Media Group. WICZ-TV's studios are located on Vestal Parkway East (NY 434) in Vestal, and its transmitter is located on Ingraham Hill Road in the town of Binghamton. On cable, the station is available on Charter Spectrum channel 3 in both standard and high definition.


The station signed on November 1, 1957 as WINR-TV, the area's second television station, and aired an analog signal on UHF channel 40. The station was originally owned by the then-Rochester-based Gannett Company, which purchased the station's construction permit along with NBC Radio Network affiliate WINR (680 AM) in January of that year.[3][4][5][6][7] The WINR stations were part of a newspaper-broadcast combination owned by Gannett in Binghamton, operating alongside the Binghamton Press. Upon its purchase of WINR, the Press went to work towards completing the construction of channel 40, and used its pages to educate readers on how to receive the new UHF signal.[8][9][10] At its sign-on WINR-TV was primarily an NBC television affiliate, though it also carried some ABC programming before WBJA-TV (channel 34, now WIVT) went on the air in 1962.[11]

Gannett announced on July 30, 1970, that it would sell its Binghamton broadcasting interests, while retaining the Binghamton Press. Broadcast tower manufacturer Stainless, Inc. acquired WINR-TV as part of this divestiure.[12][13] Upon receiving approval of the sale, the station changed its call letters to the current WICZ-TV (for company owner Henry Guzewicz) on April 7, 1971.[14][15][16][17] That fall, the station moved to an 870-foot (270 m) tower on Ingraham Hill;[18] it had previously shared a transmitter location with WINR radio.[17]

In November 1995, WICZ-TV announced it would be dropping its NBC affiliation and switching to Fox; the station stated that the switch would allow it to expand its news programming.[19] WICZ already had a secondary affiliation with Fox to carry Fox Kids,[19] which resulted in the station beginning to preempt much of NBC's programming (especially its daytime soap operas). Prior to the station's affiliation with Fox, the network's two closest over-the-air affiliates were Syracuse affiliate WSYT and Scranton affiliate WOLF-TV, neither of which had a strong signal to cover the city of Binghamton proper owing to the area's rugged terrain. The majority of Fox's programming was only available on cable via Foxnet, WOLF-TV, or New York City owned-and-operated station WNYW, depending on the location.[19] The affiliation change took place April 4, 1996, after WICZ's contract with NBC expired.[19] NBC programming was then seen on cable via a localized version of Elmira's WETM-TV;[20] the network regained an over-the-air affiliate in Binghamton a year later when WETM's owners, Smith Broadcasting, purchased WBGH-LP (channel 8, now WBGH-CD channel 20) and made it a semi-satellite of WETM.[21]

Stainless, whose holdings by this point included its tower manufacturing business, WICZ-TV, and KTVZ in Bend, Oregon, was sold to Northwest Broadcasting for $17 million in 1997.[22][23] Though Northwest would sell the Stainless tower company to SpectraSite Holdings in 1999,[24] it still owns WICZ under the Stainless Broadcasting name to this day. During the late 1990s, WICZ added a secondary affiliation with UPN;[25] in 2000, Northwest bought W10CO (channel 10), changed its call letters to WBPN-LP, and moved UPN programming there.[26]

On September 16, 2013, it was announced that Mission Broadcasting would acquire WICZ-TV and WBPN-LP from Stainless Broadcasting. Upon the deal's completion, the stations' operations would have been taken over by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, making them sister stations to WIVT and WBGH-CA.[27] Stainless withdrew the license assignment application on March 18, 2015, following the deal's cancellation.[28]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[29]
40.1 720p 16:9 WICZ-HD Main WICZ-TV programming / Fox
40.2 WBPN-DT WICZ-DT2 / MyNetworkTV
40.3 480i ION Ion Television

Analog-to-digital conversion

WICZ-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 40, on April 16, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 8.[30] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 40.


Syndicated programming on WICZ-TV includes The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and The People's Court among others.

News operation

News logo from August 2012 to December 2017.
News logo from August 2012 to December 2017.

Since switching networks, WICZ has consistently maintained lower viewership than rival CBS outlet WBNG-TV and remains ranked at second, but that gap has closed slightly in recent years. The big three affiliate has always been a ratings powerhouse in Binghamton. For the most part, WIVT has always been a non-factor in the local newscast race. The ABC outlet has spent most of its history as the third station in what was originally a two-station market (since WIVT did not sign-on until November 1962) and virtually gained no benefit when WICZ joined Fox.

On Memorial Day in 2009, in an attempt to increase its presence against WBNG, WICZ added a thirty-minute newscast weeknights at 6 joining their flagship nightly prime time broadcast at 10. WBNG already established a weeknight newscast in the prime time slot airing on its CW second digital subchannel. The prime time newscast on WBNG-DT2 would eventually be expanded to weekends at some point in time.

On June 5, 2009, there was an increase in viewership on WICZ (and to a larger extent on WBNG) when WIVT announced its plans to consolidate news operations with WETM-TV in Elmira. WIVT eventually began simulcasting some of WETM's newscasts featuring regional weather coverage but not a full news focus of the Eastern Twin Tiers region. A separate, taped newscast specifically covering the Binghamton area was subsequently brought back to WIVT on June 28. On August 19, 2012, WICZ became the market's first television station to upgrade local news production to high definition level. The transition included a new on-air look with state-of-the-art graphics and updated set design.


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