To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

ATSC 3.0 station
WNYO-TV logo.svg
CityBuffalo, New York
BrandingMy TV Buffalo
Affiliations49.1: MyNetworkTV (2006–present)
49.2: Stadium
49.3: Comet
49.4: GetTV
FoundedFebruary 15, 1984 (1984-02-15)
First air date
September 11, 1987 (34 years ago) (1987-09-11)
Former call signs
WBKL-TV (1984)
WNYB-TV (1984–1996)
Former channel number(s)
49 (UHF, 1987–2009)
34 (UHF, 2004–2009)
49 (UHF, 2009–2020)
59 W59BV Rochester
Independent (1987–1989)
Fox (1989–1990)
TBN/TCT (1990–1996; secondary April–September 1996)
The WB (1996–2006)
Call sign meaning
Western New York/Ontario
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID67784
ERP575 kW
HAAT329 m (1,079 ft)
Transmitter coordinates43°1′32.2″N 78°55′42.1″W / 43.025611°N 78.928361°W / 43.025611; -78.928361
Public license information

WNYO-TV (channel 49) is a television station in Buffalo, New York, United States, affiliated with MyNetworkTV. It is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group alongside Fox affiliate WUTV (channel 29). Both stations share studios on Hertel Avenue near Military Road in Buffalo, while WNYO-TV's transmitter is located on Whitehaven Road (near I-190) in Grand Island, New York.

WNYO-TV can also be seen on cable television in parts of Canada; it is the MyNetworkTV affiliate on the digital tiers of cable providers in Canadian markets that carry stations from Buffalo, such as Toronto, and is also available in Kingston, Brockville, Cornwall, and Ottawa via a fiber optic line. However, neither WNYO-TV nor any other MyNetworkTV affiliate is available on cable in portions of Cattaraugus County, New York, which is served by Atlantic Broadband. This is due to financial demands as the must carry rule would normally apply in that area. In situations such as this, Atlantic usually picks up the station out of Erie, Pennsylvania, but that market has no MyNetworkTV affiliate of its own.


An early application for the Channel 49 license is on file for a WBBU-TV, which was granted a construction permit in 1966 but could not make it to air before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) purged the license from its database in 1970.

WNYB-TV signed on the air on September 11, 1987, and was founded by the TVX Broadcast Group. Prior to signing on, it was sold to the Seymour Knox-Robert Swados group, original owners of the Buffalo Sabres NHL franchise, who had intended it to serve as an outlet (owned by Aud Television, LLC) to telecast the team's hockey games to Buffalo, Rochester, and the Niagara Peninsula region of Southern Ontario. This was in the era before the rise of regional sports cable networks such as MSG Network and Empire Sports Network. Financing of the transmitter was facilitated by the prospect of potentially using the five million watt signal for a late-night encrypted adult subscription service, which was available in many television markets in the Northeastern United States in the 1980s. However, the station never pursued this option due to the rapid growth of cable.

It had intended to sign on in the summer of 1987, but because many of the programs it was to carry would not become available to them until the fall, it rescheduled its debut until September of that year. WNYB-TV had secured the rights to Star Trek: The Next Generation, a major first-run syndicated program which debuted that fall. Due to the uncertainty that the station was going to be on the air by the fall of 1987, Paramount, the syndicator of the program (and the later buyer of the TVX chain) opted out of the deal with channel 49 and instead the program premiered on WUTV. The station's original slogan was "Buffalo's Superstation". In 1989, WUTV was one of several Fox affiliates nationwide unhappy with the network's weak prime time programming offerings. Fox then signed an affiliation agreement with WNYB-TV to become its new Buffalo affiliate in the fall of that year, while WUTV reverted to being an independent station full-time.

WNYB-TV did not stay with Fox for long, however; that same year, the station's assets was sold to Norman Lear's Act III Broadcasting which also offered to buy WUTV from Citadel Communications, just ahead of WUTV disaffiliating from Fox, and wanted to merged the programming schedules together.[1] Citadel accepted the offer in 1989 and the sale was finalized in June 1990. Act III, meanwhile proceeded to get a duopoly waiver from rival WUHF in Rochester, a station Act III wanted, which sought for the waiver, granted by the FCC in order to pursue a waiver (FCC rules normally did not allow common ownership of two stations with overlapping coverage areas, and would not normally even consider granting a waiver until 2000).[2] Lear moved WNYB-TV's stronger programming, including its Fox affiliation, to WUTV. WNYB-TV was then sold to Tri-State Christian Television and began to carry religious programming full-time including programming from the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Grant Broadcasting acquired the dormant channel 26 license in Jamestown in 1995 and negotiated with Tri-State Christian Television to acquire WNYB-TV in exchange for channel 26 and cash, as well as a new broadcasting facility.

The station changed hands in the spring of 1996 and became the market's original WB affiliate, with Kids' WB programming airing late in the afternoons. TBN and other Christian programming continued to air outside of late afternoon and prime time hours until September 1996. At that point, TBN programming continued to air from 9 a.m. to noon, from midnight to 7 a.m. on weekdays, and until 3 p.m. on Sundays. The station also changed its call sign to the current WNYO-TV on October 24.[3] Because channel 26 was still not operable, the Christian WNYB intellectual unit was unable to move there in 1996. Finally in January 1997, the Christian programming moved to channel 26, along with the WNYB call letters. Sinclair Broadcast Group purchased WNYO-TV in 2001, creating a duopoly with WUTV, which it had already owned since 1997.

As seen in June 2022, WNYO shares this studio building in North Buffalo with sister station WUTV.
As seen in June 2022, WNYO shares this studio building in North Buffalo with sister station WUTV.

On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner announced that The WB and UPN would be shut down. The two companies decided to replace both The WB and UPN with The CW (the name representing the first initial of its corporate parents), a new network that combined select programs from those networks with newer series.[4][5]

On February 22, News Corporation announced that it would start up another new network called MyNetworkTV.[6][7] This new service, which would be a sister to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created in order to give UPN and WB stations that were not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates another option besides becoming an independent station, and to compete against The CW. WNYO-TV became an affiliate of the network when MyNetworkTV launched on September 5, 2006.


On August 16, 2004, WNYO-TV established a news department and began airing an hour-long weeknight prime time newscast at 10 p.m. in an attempt to compete with the nightly WIVB-TV-produced news broadcast on WNLO. Known as WB 49 News at 10, it was part of Sinclair's centralized News Central operation based at the company's headquarters in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Although national news, weather forecasts, and some sports segments originated from News Central, local news and sports segments were based at WNYO-TV's studios. It also aired The Point, a one-minute conservative political commentary, as did all Sinclair-owned stations with newscasts.

The company ultimately chose to develop a news department for WNYO-TV as opposed to sister station WUTV, despite the fact that Fox requested its affiliates to air local news in the early 1990s to strengthen programming on the young fourth network. This was due to the fact that the ratings of the syndicated sitcom reruns at 10 p.m. on WUTV were especially high in southern Ontario. Ironically, WUTV was far more popular in Canada than it was its own home market, at times even beating Hamilton, Ontario independent CHCH-TV.

Roughly twelve months after the inaugural newscast on WNYO-TV, the national News Central operation officially folded at the end of March 2006, which effectively also forced the end of the WNYO-TV newscast. The newscast had shown some signs of growth, but never seriously challenged WNLO's 10:00 newscast, in part due to the lack of locally produced weather segments (Western New York has always placed a high priority on its local meteorologists, mainly due to the mesoscale influences of Lake Erie) and a general lack of investment. Prior to the News Central shutdown, WNYO-TV had the smallest local news staff of any of the four television newsrooms in Buffalo, even smaller than that of radio station WBEN.

On April 13 of that year, Sinclair announced that Gannett-owned NBC affiliate WGRZ (channel 2) would begin producing a new weeknight prime time newscast at 10 p.m. for WNYO-TV through a news share agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, and in contrast to WNYO-TV's previous newscast, Sinclair was contractually forbidden from having any editorial control over the newscasts.[8] This was WGRZ's second attempt at a 10 p.m. newscast, after producing one for Pax TV (now Ion) owned-and-operated station WPXJ-TV (channel 51) from 2001 to 2003. Originally to be called 2 On NYO 10 at 10, the WNYO-TV newscast premiered on April 20 as 2 News on 49, 10 at 10; the newscast was later retitled as Channel 2 News at 10. It originated from WGRZ's studios on Delaware Avenue/NY 384 in Downtown Buffalo. The newscast originally aired ten minutes of news and weather with a sports program, called The Sports Zone, completing the half-hour. However, due to low ratings, The Sports Zone was cut to only a 6–8 minute segment. It consistently lagged behind the WIVB-TV-produced newscast on WNLO in the ratings for numerous reasons. In 2011, the newscast was again reformatted to "10 at 10," which counts up the top news stories of the day in ascending order, from the tenth-most at the beginning of the newscast to the most important story near the middle. Although seemingly counterintuitive, the move did draw viewers who had already caught the top stories on WNLO and wanted to catch WNYO-TV's top stories.

On February 17, 2010, WGRZ became the first Buffalo station to offer its newscasts in widescreen enhanced definition. However, all of the video was still produced entirely in 4:3 standard definition, which was then cropped to a 16:9 aspect ratio and upconverted to 1080i in the control room for broadcast. The WGRZ newscast on WNYO-TV remained in pillarboxed 4:3 standard definition as the station lacked a modern master control at its separate facility in order to receive the newscast in widescreen. WGRZ upgraded to full HD on October 29, 2011.

The WGRZ-produced newscast moved to sister station WUTV on April 8, 2013, trading places with the reruns of Seinfeld that had aired in that time slot on WUTV since the mid-1990s. WNYO-TV continued to air news programming, as a rebroadcast of the 6 a.m. hour of WGRZ's morning newscast aired weekdays at 7 a.m. on WNYO-TV, which began on April 8; plans called for this rebroadcast to also move to WUTV at some point in the future.[9] The 7 a.m. repeat moved to WUTV on July 1, 2017, with the introduction of KidsClick programming on WNYO-TV.

WNYO-TV continued to carry WGRZ 10 p.m. newscasts when WUTV carried Fox Sports live events that spilled over into the 10 p.m. time slot, until WUTV ended its relationship with WGRZ in July 2021.[10] The station currently airs the morning and evening editions of Sinclair's national news program The National Desk.

Technical information


The station's ATSC 1.0 channels are carried on the multiplexed digital signals of other Buffalo television stations:

Subchannels provided by WNYO-TV (ATSC 1.0)[11][12][13][14]
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming ATSC 1.0 host
49.1 720p 16:9 MyTV Main WNYO-TV programming / MyNetworkTV WUTV
49.2 480i Stadium Stadium WKBW-TV
49.3 Comet Comet TV WGRZ
49.4 4:3 GetTV GetTV WIVB-TV

WNYO-TV carried TheCoolTV on digital subchannel 49.2 until September 2012, when the network was removed nationwide on all Sinclair stations carrying the network due to contractual issues. Stadium is now on that subchannel.

Analog-to-digital conversion

WNYO-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 49, 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 relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 34 to channel 49. (Channel 34 was reallocated to WVTT-CD.)[15] WNYO-TV's pre-transition digital transmitter was located on the northeastern side of Grand Island; it moved to Bennington post-transition. In 2019, WNYO-TV's transmitter was moved back to Grand Island,[16] co-located with WUTV, also owned by Sinclair. The Bennington transmission tower is now utilized by WPXJ-TV.

ATSC 3.0 lighthouse

Subchannels of WNYO-TV (ATSC 3.0)[17]
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
2.1 1080p 16:9 WGRZ ATSC 3.0 simulcast of WGRZ / NBC
4.1 WIVB ATSC 3.0 simulcast of WIVB-TV / CBS
7.1 720p WKBW ATSC 3.0 simulcast of WKBW-TV / ABC
29.1 WUTV ATSC 3.0 simulcast of WUTV / Fox
49.1 WNYO Main WNYO programming / MyNetworkTV

On March 18, 2021, WNYO-TV converted to ATSC 3.0.[18] Under a partnership with Nexstar Media Group, Tegna Inc. and the E. W. Scripps Company, WNYO's ATSC 3.0 signal carries Nexstar's WIVB, Tegna's WGRZ and Scripps' WKBW on its subchannels; in exchange, WGRZ, WKBW and WIVB host station WNLO will each carry one of the three ATSC 1.0 subchannels WNYO-TV had carried before the changeover, with those subchannels continuing to display as virtual channels of WNYO-TV. The agreement is scheduled to last until 2026.[19]


  1. ^ Pergament, Alan. "LEAR HEADS GROUP BUYING CHANNEL 29". The Buffalo News. Retrieved December 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Duopoly question in Buffalo" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 6, 1989. p. 80. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  3. ^ "FCCInfo Results".
  4. ^ 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September,, January 24, 2006.
  5. ^ UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
  6. ^ "News Corp. to launch new mini-network for UPN stations". USA Today. February 22, 2006. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  7. ^ News Corp. Unveils MyNetworkTV, Broadcasting & Cable, February 22, 2006.
  8. ^ Pergament, Alan (April 12, 2018). "Sinclair controversy makes brief stop in Buffalo but is less relevant here". The Buffalo News. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Pergament, Alan (March 27, 2013). Ch. 2's 10 p.m. newscast headed to WUTV. The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  10. ^ Pergament, Alan. WUTV's new newscast will rely on news, weather and sports anchors outside of Buffalo. The Buffalo News. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  11. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WUTV
  12. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WKBW
  13. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WGRZ
  14. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WIVB
  15. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  16. ^ "Facility Details « Licensing and Management System Admin « FCC". Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  17. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for WNYO". RabbitEars. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  18. ^ "WNYO rescan for ATSC 3.0 conversion". February 16, 2021.
  19. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 22, 2021). "ATSC3 Hits Buffalo Airwaves". NorthEast Radio Watch.

External links

This page was last edited on 14 June 2022, at 01:54
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.