WCMH-TV, channel 4, is a television station in Columbus, Ohio, affiliated with the NBC television network and owned by Media General. The station's studios and transmitter are located in Columbus. NBC-4 currently broadcasts partly from a studio in downtown Columbus, a remote studio that is located at the corner of High and Broad Streets and is called "NBC 4 on the Square". It includes a large window behind the anchor desk that allows the camera to capture the activity of the downtown workday.[1] It primarily broadcasts from its studio and office complex near the Ohio State University on Olentangy River Road.

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Columbus, Ohio
Branding NBC 4
Slogan Here For You
Channels Digital: 14 (UHF)Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels 4.1 NBC4.2 RTV
Owner Media General

(Media General Communications Holdings, LLC)

First air date April 3, 1949
Call letters' meanin iki/Port_Columbus_International_Airport ColumbusMunicipal

Hangar] (CMH = Columbus's IATA airport code)

Former callsigns WLWC (1949-1976)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

3 (VHF, 1949-1952) {C 4 (VHF, 1952-2009)

Transmitter power 902 kW
Height 264 m
Facility ID 50781
Transmitter coordinates 39°58′15.5″N83°1′39.2″W
Website www.nbc4i.com


Columbus' first television station began operations on April 3, 1949 as WLWC on channel 3. The station's original owner was the Cincinnati-based Crosley Broadcasting Corporation, a division of the Avco Company. Crosley also owned WLW radio and WLWT television in Cincinnati, as well as WLWD television (now WDTN) in Dayton. Together these stations comprised the "WLW Network", and they emphasized their connection to each other within their on-air branding: the Columbus station was known as WLW-C.

Like all of the WLW television stations in Ohio, WLWC was an NBC affiliate, though it carried some programming from the DuMont network until WTVN-TV (now WSYX) took the DuMont affiliation when that station launched in August 1949. In 1952, following the release of the FCC's Sixth Report and Order, a VHF frequency realignment forced WLWC to move channel 4, trading channels with NBC-owned WNBK (now WKYC-TV) in Cleveland.

The Crosley TV station group, which would later grow to include WLWI (now WTHR) in Indianapolis, WOAI-TV in San Antonio, and WLWA (now WXIA-TV) in Atlanta, adopted the Avco name during the middle 1960s. Along with NBC programming, the Crosley/Avco stations in Ohio and Indianapolis also aired common programming, including The Paul Dixon Show, Midwestern Hayride, The Ruth Lyons 50-50 Club (later to become The Bob Braun Show), The Phil Donahue Show, and telecasts of Cincinnati Reds baseball.

In 1970, the common ownership of WLWC, WLWT, and WLWD, was given protection through a "grandfather clause" from a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that which prohibited media companies from owning two or more television stations with overlapping signals. In 1975, Avco announced the sale of its broadcasting outlets, and WLWC was sold in April 1976 to the Providence, Rhode Island-based Outlet Company, who changed the station's call letters to the current WCMH-TV.

The old WCMH TV "Chopper 4" landed at Wellston HeliportBase while covering a breaking news story as, GrantLifeflight II 's BK 117 N4493X sits on the pad. It was later replaced by the helicopter pictured below in the early 2000's.

WCMH-TV was placed up for sale by NBC-Universal on January 9, 2006, along with sister stations WJAR-TV in Providence,WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, and WNCN-TV in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Media General, the Richmond, Virginia-based company which already owned five NBC affiliates in the southeastern United States, announced it would purchase the four stations on April 6, 2006; the sale was finalized on June 26, 2006.[2] As a result, channel 4 became Media General's first station in the Great Lakes region.Outlet sold its broadcast interests to NBC in 1996, and channel 4 became an NBC owned-and-operated station, spending much of the next decade as one of two stations in the market to hold such status; the other was UPN's WWHO (owned by that network from 1997 to 2005; it has since been sold to LIN TV).

WCMH's current helicopter

For several months after the sale closed, WCMH's website and those of the other three stations remained in the format used by the websites of NBC-owned stations. In December 2006, WNCN and WJAR launched redesigned websites, which are no longer powered by Internet Broadcasting. On December 11, 2006, WVTM's website followed suit, followed by WCMH on December 14. Media General has since located the master control for all Media General NBC affiliates at its Columbus studios.[3]

Digital programming

The station's digital channel, UHF 14, is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Virtual Channel Digital Channel Programming
4.1 14.1 main WCMH-TV programming / NBC HD
4.2 14.2 WCMH Retro Television

Analog-to-digital conversion

WCMH-TV shut down its analog signal on June 12, 2009 as part of the DTV transition,[4] it remained on channel 14 [5] usingPSIP to display WCMH-TV's virtual channel as 4 on digital television receivers.

News operation

WCMH-TV studio in downtown Columbus

On May 27, 2008, with the opening of NBC 4 on the Square, WCMH became the last major Columbus station to begin broadcasting local newscasts in high definition. Like most other stations with high-definition newscasts, WCMH relies mostly on upconverted 16:9 widescreen standard definition footage for its remote field reports. The 1990s brought changes to the normally stable WCMH-TV. In 1990, Mona Scott decided to leave channel 4, and was replaced by Angela Pace. Pace would leave for WBNS-TV in 1992, and Doug Adair and Jimmy Crum both retired in 1994. Pace's and Adair's replacements, respectively, were Colleen Marshall and Cabot Rea, and the pair have helmed WCMH-TV's evening newscasts since then. The changes resulted in an earlier audience fall-off, but channel 4 once again passed WBNS-TV for the overall lead for a time in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and often won 11 o'clock news ratings over WBNS (due to NBC winning prime time and late night ratings over CBS during those years). For a few years, from 2000 until 2003 WCMH also won the morning news race with the combined anchor team of Tylar Bacome, Anietra Hamper, Bob Nunally and Beth Dalponte/Kellie Hanna covering traffic. WCMH is currently the #2 station in the market in all other time slots except at noon when it trails both WBNS and WSYX. WCMH and WSYX have also been trading second and third place at 5 p.m.For most of its history, WLWC/WCMH-TV has been second in the Columbus ratings, except for the station's 11:00 p.m. news, which occasionally beats market leader WBNS-TV. For nearly 20 years, Hugh DeMoss anchored channel 4's evening newscast, called The DeMoss Report. By the late 1970s into the early 1980s, however, the NBC affiliate languished in third place. In 1983, the station brought in veteran news anchor Doug Adair and his then-wife, reporter Mona Scott, from WKYC-TV in Cleveland as the station's main anchoring team. They brought a "happy talk" format to the market for the first time, as well as launching the 5:30 p.m. newscast. WCMH began a slow rise that would result in the station overcoming WBNS to reach number-one in the market, and in the process, the mid-1980s NewsWatch 4 team of Adair, Scott, meteorologist Jym Ganahl, and sportscaster Jimmy Crum (who joined the station shortly after its 1949 debut) became the most popular anchor team in Columbus television history. This also coincided with NBC's becoming the number one network during that time.

In January 2011, the station debuted a new rounded logo and new image promos emphasizing its long time personalities and community involvement.

News team

Current on-air staff

  • Mindy Drayer - "NBC 4 Today Weekends"
  • Mikaela Hunt - "NBC 4 Today Weekdays"
  • Mike Jackson - "NBC 4 Today" & "NBC 4 Midday"
  • Candice Lee - Weekends at Six & 11pm
  • Colleen Marshall - Weeknights At Five (Newsroom Anchor), At Six & 11 (also, an attorney with the Columbus based law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris, and Arthur, LLP)
  • Marshall McPeek - "NBC 4 Today Weekends"
  • Ellie Merrit- Weeknights At Five"
  • Cabot Rea - Weeknights At Five, Six & 11 Weekdays" Newsroom Anchor
  • Jym Ganahl - chief/weeknight meteorologist (since January 15, 1979)
  • Ben Gelber - weekend evening meteorologist (since 1980)
  • Marshall McPeek - weekend morning meteorologist
  • Bob Nunnally - morning/midday meteorologist
  • Jerod Smalley - sports director/weeknights
  • Matt Barnes - weekend sports anchor
  • Monica Day (traffic)
  • Mikaela Hunt
  • Tom Brockman
  • Tom McNutt (garden expert)
  • Patrick Preston (investigative)
  • Rick Reitzel
  • Marcus Thorpe (also fill-in anchor)
  • Steve Wainfor

Notable former staff

  • Doug Adair (retired in 1994)
  • Dari Alexander (moved to Dallas, then Fox News, currently with WNYW-TV, the local Fox affiliate in NYC)
  • Ron Allen weekend sports anchor, later worked for ESPN
  • Bret Atkins
  • Tylar Bacome (left for WGCL in Atlanta)
  • Melissa Barrington (now at The Weather Channel)
  • Leon Bibb (now at WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Diann Burns
  • Jimmy Crum (died January 5, 2009 [2])
  • Hugh DeMoss
  • Larrilyn Edwards
  • Michelle Gailiun
  • Duarte Geraldino
  • Gail Hogan
  • Tanya Hutchins (left for Washington, DC)
  • Barry Katz
  • John Ivanic (now does PR for the Columbus City Council)
  • Terry Jessup
  • Margot Kim
  • Monique Ming Laven (now at KIRO-TV, Seattle)
  • Doug Lessells
  • Dave Maetzold
  • Robin Meade (now morning anchor with CNN Headline News)
  • Larry Mendte (KYW-TVCBS 3 in Philadelphia; now at WPIX in New York City)
  • André Moreau (now an anchor at WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
  • Katrina Owens
  • Angela Pace (moved to WBNS-TV circa 1993; now retired)
  • Clark Powell (co-owns MediaSource)
  • Jerry Rasor
  • Marty Reid (now with ESPN)
  • Larry Roberts
  • Bill Safos
  • Dennis Schreefer
  • Jim Schroeder
  • Tom Shrout
  • Mona Scott
  • Paula Toti
  • Dave Trygar
  • Mike Valpredo
  • Joe Weasel
  • Jessika Wolf
  • Mike Bowersock (died March 2016)

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • WLWC Newsreel (1949–1957)
  • Hugh DeMoss and the News (1957–?)
  • TV-4 News (1967–19??)
  • The DeMoss Report (19??–1976)
  • NewsWatch 4 (1976–1992)
  • News 4 (1992–1997)
  • NewsChannel 4 (1997–2004)
  • NBC 4 News (2004–present)

Station slogans

  • Columbus is Our Home Town (late 1960s-early 1970s)
  • 4 Country (early-mid 1970s)
  • Proud of the Difference (1979-1981; custom version of NBC's "Proud as a Peacock" campaign)
  • That's What Friends Are 4 (early 1980s)
  • Sharing It All Together (late 1980s-1992)
  • WCMH, The Place To Be! (1990-1992; localized version of NBC's "The Place to Be" campaign)
  • News 4: The NewsChannel (1992–1994)
  • Working 4 You (1994–1997 and 2002–2007)
  • Where News Comes First (24 Hours a Day) (1997–2002)
  • Where Accuracy Matters (2007–2011)
  • Here For You (2011-Present)



  1. ^ "NBC 4 On the Square". NBC 4. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Media General Mid-Year Media Review". Media General. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  4. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
  5. ^ CDBS Print

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