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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">'''WFRV-TV''' is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS CBS]-affiliated [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_station television station] licensed to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Bay,_Wisconsin Green Bay, Wisconsin], and serving Green Bay, the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_River_(Wisconsin) Fox Valley], and Northeastern [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin Wisconsin]. The station broadcasts a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-definition_television high definition] digital signal on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UHF UHF] channel 39 ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSIP PSIP] channel 5.1) from a transmitter north of the[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_County,_Wisconsin Brown County] town of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrison,_Wisconsin Morrison]. The station is currently owned and operated by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Media Liberty Media], with a sale to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexstar_Broadcasting_Group Nexstar Broadcasting Group] pending.</p>
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! colspan="2" style="text-align: center;"|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Bay,_Wisconsin Green Bay, Wisconsin]
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Channel 5 News
 
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''(WFRV and WJMN Television Station, Inc.)''
 
''(WFRV and WJMN Television Station, Inc.)''
 
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'''R'''iver '''V'''alley
 
'''R'''iver '''V'''alley
 
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42 (UHF, 1955-1959)
 
42 (UHF, 1955-1959)
 
5 ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VHF VHF], 1959-2009)
 
5 ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VHF VHF], 1959-2009)
 
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC NBC] (1959–1983)
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC NBC] (1959–1983)
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuMont_Television_Network DuMont] (secondary, 1955)
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuMont_Television_Network DuMont] (secondary, 1955)
 
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WJMN-TV WJMN-TV] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escanaba,_Michigan Escanaba, Michigan] operates as a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semi-satellite semi-satellite] of WFRV serving as the CBS-affiliated television station for the Central [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Peninsula_of_Michigan Upper Peninsula] of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan Michigan]. This station broadcasts a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-definition_television high definition] digital signal on UHF channel 48 from a transmitter four miles south of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trenary,_Michigan Trenary, Michigan] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masonville_Township,_Michigan Masonville Township]. As WFRV/WJMN is Liberty's only broadcast operation, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_control master control] and all internal operations for both stations originate from WFRV's Green Bay facilities. WJMN however does maintain an advertising sales office in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquette,_Michigan Marquette] <sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_note-0 [1]]</sup>.
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">WFRV also operates [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semi-satellite semi-satellite] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WJMN-TV WJMN-TV] (UHF digital channel 48 or virtual channel 3), which is licensed to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escanaba,_Michigan Escanaba, Michigan] and covers the central [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Peninsula_of_Michigan Upper Peninsula of Michigan]. Because WFRV/WJMN is Liberty's only broadcast operation, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_control master control] and all internal operations for both stations originate from WFRV's Green Bay facilities; WJMN does maintain an engineering operation and an advertising sales office in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquette,_Michigan Marquette].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-0" style="line-height: 1em; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; ">[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_note-0 [1]]</sup> WJMN is also included in the pending WFRV sale from Liberty Media to Nexstar.</p>
   
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">Programming on WFRV and WJMN includes the full CBS lineup; syndicated programming including ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entertainment_Tonight Entertainment Tonight]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oprah_Winfrey_Show Oprah]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ellen_DeGeneres_Show Ellen]'', and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_with_Regis_and_Kelly Live with Regis and Kelly]''; and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Bay_Packers Green Bay Packers]-related programming (WFRV is the Packers' "official station" and carries Packers' pre-season broadcasts and the weekly ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_McCarren%27s_Locker_Room Larry McCarren's Locker Room]'' during the season).</p>
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==History==
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">The station began life on May 21, 1955 as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Broadcasting_Company ABC] affiliate '''WNAM-TV''', originally broadcasting on UHF channel 42 from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neenah,_Wisconsin Neenah] / [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menasha,_Wisconsin Menasha] and serving as sister to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WNAM the radio station with the same call sign]. By the late 1950s, the station moved their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_license city of license] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Bay,_Wisconsin Green Bay] and their studios to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Chute,_Wisconsin Little Chute]. The station would also change frequency (to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VHF VHF] channel 5), call sign (to WFRV), and, in 1959, network affiliation (to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC NBC]). (In 1958, the station was also part of the short-lived [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badger_Television_Network Badger Television Network] alongside [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee,_Wisconsin Milwaukee's] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WISN-TV WISN-TV] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison,_Wisconsin Madison's] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKOW WKOW-TV].)<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Golem2_1-0" style="line-height: 1em; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; ">[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_note-Golem2-1 [2]]</sup> WFRV's early claims to fame included being the first TV station in Northeastern Wisconsin to broadcast in color (doing so after joining NBC), the first station to cover a live [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_eclipse lunar eclipse] in 1959 (a studio camera was wheeled to the station parking lot and aimed at the moon), and Green Bay's first color local news broadcasts (beginning in 1965).</p>
   
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">In the mid-1960s, WFRV was acquired by the Norton Group, a company owned by the Norton family of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky Kentucky], who also owned [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisville,_Kentucky Louisville]'s[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAVE_(TV) WAVE]. (The Norton Group would change its name to Orion Broadcasting by 1969.) One of the Norton Group's early decisions was to move WFRV's transmitter: Other Green Bay stations had their transmitters on Scray's Hill in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ledgeview,_Wisconsin Ledgeview] section of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenmore,_Wisconsin the town of Glenmore], located just south of Green Bay and one of the highest geographical points in the area; WFRV's transmitter, however, was located further south (a legacy from its original days in Neenah/Menasha), so turning antennas southward to pick up WFRV inconvenienced viewers—and in turn put the station at a disadvantage. Accordingly, the Nortons gained permission from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Communications_Commission Federal Communications Commission] to move Channel 5's transmitter to Glenmore.</p>
   
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">On October 7, 1969, WFRV expanded into the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Peninsula_of_Michigan Upper Peninsula of Michigan] by signing on semi-satellite [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WJMN-TV WJMN-TV] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escanaba,_Michigan Escanaba]. WJMN's creation was the result of The Norton Group's earlier agreement with the FCC to move WFRV's tower, as the station had to address short-spacing issues with another Channel 5 station, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago,_Illinois Chicago's] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMAQ-TV WMAQ-TV] (every analog channel allocation in the Green Bay and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wausau,_Wisconsin Wausau] media markets were shared by a Chicago television station). As part of the agreement to transmit from Glenmore, Orion Broadcasting launched WJMN so that WFRV's service to the U.P. and far Northeastern Wisconsin could continue, and so that a 2nd station in central Upper Michigan could be added (before WJMN, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLUC-TV WLUC-TV] was the only commercial station serving the U.P.).</p>
==History==
 
The station began as '''WNAM-TV''' on UHF channel 42 in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neenah,_Wisconsin Neenah] / [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menasha,_Wisconsin Menasha] on May 21, 1955 as sister to the radio station with the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WNAM same calls]. In the late-1950s, they moved their license to Green Bay and studios to Little Chute. It also changed their frequency to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VHF VHF] channel 5 while adopting its present [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_letters call letters] '''WFRV-TV''' which stand for '''W'''isconsin's '''F'''ox '''R'''iver '''V'''alley. It started as an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Broadcasting_Company ABC] affiliate before switching to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC NBC] in 1959. As an NBC affiliate, it became the first station in Northeastern Wisconsin to broadcast in color. In 1958, WFRV became an affiliate of the short-lived local [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badger_Television_Network Badger Television Network], a three-station [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_network television network] in Wisconsin. The other two stations were [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WISN-TV WISN-TV] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee Milwaukee] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKOW-TV WKOW-TV] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison,_Wisconsin Madison]. The Badger Network was launched in January 1958 and ceased operations on August 8 of that year. <sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Golem2_1-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_note-Golem2-1 [2]]</sup>
 
   
This station's claims include the first to cover a live [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_eclipse lunar eclipse] in 1959 when a studio camera was wheeled into the parking lot and aimed at the moon. Local newscasts were broadcast in color starting in 1965. WFRV changed affiliations again in 1983 when it became an ABC affiliate for the second time with NBC going to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLUK-TV WLUK-TV]. Their original owners sold the station to the Norton family of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky Kentucky], owners of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisville,_Kentucky Louisville]'s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAVE_%28TV%29 WAVE], in the mid-1960s. In the days before cable and satellite distribution of terrestrial broadcast signals, the other Green Bay stations had their transmitters on Scray's Hill in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ledgeview,_Wisconsin Ledgeview] section of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenmore,_Wisconsin Glenmore] southwest of Green Bay. This is one of the highest points of land in the area. However, WFRV had its original transmitter further south from a legacy of its original days in Neenah. Since antennas had to be turned towards the less convenient direction of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outagamie_County,_Wisconsin Outagamie County] rather than the more central [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_County,_Wisconsin Brown County] to receive channel 5, this put the station at a severe disadvantage. Accordingly, the Mortons asked the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Communications_Commission Federal Communications Commission] (FCC) to relocate channel 5's transmitter to Glenmore.
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">Orion Broadcasting would merge with Cosmos Broadcasting (a subsidiary of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Liberty_Corporation The Liberty Corporation]) in 1981. Two years later, in April 1983, WFRV would affiliate with ABC for the second time (NBC would move to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLUK-TV WLUK-TV]). Later in the 1980s, WFRV was sold to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midwest_Radio_and_Television Midwest Radio and Television], owned by the Murphy and McNally families, who also owned the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCCO WCCO] stations in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis-St_Paul Minneapolis-St Paul]. The Murphys and McNallys would announce a sale of Midwest to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS CBS] in summer 1991; the sale was completed in early 1992, and on March 15 of that year, WFRV became become a CBS [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owned-and-operated_station owned-and-operated station] (ABC would move to Green Bay's longtime CBS affiliate, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WBAY-TV WBAY-TV]); this swap would make WFRV one of the few stations in the United States to be affiliated with all of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Three_television_networks Big Three television networks] (ABC, NBC, and CBS) during its lifetime.</p>
   
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">By 2001, WFRV would change its longtime Orion Broadcasting-era logo, used since the mid 1970s, for an earlier version of their current logo. One year later, in 2002, WFRV would become the first station in the Green Bay market to begin digital broadcasts. By 2003, WFRV would adopt the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS_Mandate mandate] CBS dictated for its stations, identifying themselves as "CBS 5" and adopting a green-and-gold logo to reflect their connection to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Bay_Packers Green Bay Packers] (WFRV would begin airing Packer pre-season broadcasts in 2003). The station's current blue-and-yellow logo and graphic scheme was unveiled on July 10, 2006, along with a new news set to coincide with the return to the station of former reporter/anchor Tammy Elliott.</p>
WJMN-TV began operations on October 7, 1969 and was the result of an agreement between the Nortons and the FCC. When WFRV wanted to move its transmitter to Glenmore, it had to address short-spacing issues from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMAQ-TV WMAQ-TV] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago Chicago]. This was because every channel allocation in the Green Bay and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wausau,_Wisconsin Wausau] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_market markets] in the analog age were shared by a Chicago television station. As part of the agreement to transmit from Glenmore, WFRV launched WJMN in Escanaba to serve Michigan's under served Upper Peninsula which at that time only had [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLUC-TV WLUC-TV] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquette,_Michigan Marquette] (then sister station to WLUK) as the only commercial station serving the area.
 
   
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">The week of April 16-18, 2007, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Media Liberty Media] (a media company unrelated to The Liberty Corporation) completed an exchange transaction with CBS Corporation pursuant to which Liberty Media exchanged 7.6 million shares of CBS Class B common stock valued at $239 million dollars for a subsidiary of CBS that held WFRV and approximately $170 million in cash.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2" style="line-height: 1em; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; ">[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_note-2 [3]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-3" style="line-height: 1em; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; ">[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_note-3 [4]]</sup> WFRV and WJMN would then become owned-and-operated stations of Liberty Media, the only over-the-air TV properties they have owned. In May 2007, operations of the stations' websites would move from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS_Television_Stations CBS Television Stations] Digital Media Group to a redesigned site powered by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inergize_Digital_Media Inergize Digital Media] (then a subsidiary of[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_Channel_Communications Clear Channel Communications] now a division of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport_Television Newport Television]). By Summer 2007, WFRV would drop the CBS Mandate, slowly transitioning from "CBS 5" to simply "Channel 5," their identifier before 2003.</p>
Orion Broadcasting, the Nortons' company, merged with Cosmos Broadcasting (a subsidiary of The Liberty Corporation) in 1981. A few years later, WFRV was sold to the Murphy and McNally families owners of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCCO_%28AM%29 WCCO-AM]-[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCCO-TV TV] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis-St._Paul Minneapolis-St. Paul], however Channel 5 would continue to use the Norton-era "5" logo in the font style seen on other Norton stations until 2001. CBS then acquired the stations in 1992 when the families sold them. By that time, new FCC rules had allowed networks to own more stations, so CBS decided to keep WFRV and convert it a CBS station, which in 2005, was in the 69th market nationally. With this move, it swapped affiliations with the area's longtime affiliate [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WBAY-TV WBAY-TV]. The move also made WFRV among the few stations in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States United States] to have been an affiliate of all of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Three_television_networks big three] television networks.
 
   
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">In September 2008, WFRV became the first station in Green Bay to upgrade their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_control master control] for pre-recorded network and syndicated high definition programming; ''Oprah'', ''Ellen'', and ''Entertainment Tonight'' are currently aired in HD on WFRV, while a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_generator character generator] allows the station to place [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16:9 16:9] bulletin crawls for weather and news over the programming.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-4" style="line-height: 1em; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; ">[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_note-4 [5]]</sup> WFRV would transition to digital-only broadcasting at midnight on February 17, 2009 (during a ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_Late_Show_with_Craig_Ferguson Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson]'' commercial break); it would air a lop of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-term_Analog_Flash_and_Emergency_Readiness_Act nightlight] programming until March 3, when their analog service was completely discontinued. As of October 2009, WFRV now has the capability to create and air 16:9 advertising, promotions, and news graphics. Although WFRV still uses [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_definition standard definition] cameras for the time being, their graphics now display in the 16:9 format with weather conditions filling the left and right [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillarbox pillarbox] spaces during [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4:3 4:3]-formatted newscasts. In April 2010, WFRV/WJMN redesigned its Web site through Broadcast Interactive Media.</p>
The station no longer follows the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS_Mandate CBS Mandate] branding since being sold from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS_Corporation CBS Corporation] although their graphics remain the same. Previously, the one used on their newscasts were green and gold as a connection to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Bay_Packers Green Bay Packers]. In 2002, the station became the first in the Green Bay market to broadcast digitally. On July 10, 2006, they unveiled a blue and yellow graphic scheme as well as new set to coincide with the return of former anchor Tammy Elliott. On April 16, 2007, Liberty Media completed an exchange transaction with CBS Corporation pursuant to which Liberty Media exchanged 7.6 million shares of CBS Class B common stock valued at $239 million dollars for a subsidiary of CBS that held WFRV and approximately $170 million in cash. <sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_note-2 [3]]</sup>
 
   
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">On April 7, 2011, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexstar_Broadcasting_Group Nexstar Broadcasting Group] announced it will acquire WFRV and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WJMN-TV WJMN-TV] from Liberty Media. The $20 million deal, subject to FCC approval, is expected to close during the 3rd quarter of 2011.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-5" style="line-height: 1em; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; ">[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_note-5 [6]]</sup> The Web site URL and operations of WFRV and WJMN will be changed to Nexstar's in-house format after the sale is complete.</p>
The sale was completed on April 18 <sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_note-3 [4]]</sup> however their website continued to be maintained by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS_Television_Stations CBS Television Stations] Digital Media Group until May 14 when Liberty launched a redesigned site for the stations powered by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inergize_Digital_Media Inergize Digital Media] (then a subsidiary of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_Channel_Communications Clear Channel Communications] now a division of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport_Television Newport Television]). In Summer 2007, the station slowly transitioned from branding as "CBS 5" and began to go back to identifying themselves as "Channel 5" as they had done previously before in 2003.
 
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==News Operations==
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[[File:220px-WFRV_Green_Bay_Studios_2009.jpg|thumb|WFRV's primary studios and weather radar in Green Bay.]]Ratings
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[[File:220px-WFRVFoxCitiesStudio.jpg|thumb|Their Fox Valley Bureau and weather radar.]]WFRV's 5PM and 6PM newscasts have audio simulcasts on radio stations in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fond_du_Lac,_Wisconsin Fond du Lac]-[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oshkosh,_Wisconsin Oshkosh] areas (on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WRPN_(AM) WRPN 1600 AM]) as well as in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marinette,_Wisconsin Marinette]-[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menominee,_Michigan Menominee] area (on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHYB WHYB 103.7 FM]). All WFRV newscasts are simulcast live on WJMN, which apart from occasional on-location reports from the Upper Peninsula currently has no separate news programming for the U.P.; when Nexstar completes its purchase of the stations, it plans for separate U.P. newscasts on WJMN.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-6" style="line-height: 1em; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; ">[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_note-6 [7]]</sup>In addition to their main studios on East Mason Street in Green Bay, WFRV also has a Fox Valley bureau in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Chute,_Wisconsin Little Chute], located on Patroit Drive near [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_41_in_Wisconsin US 41 freeway]. The Valley bureau also has a second [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_radar Doppler weather radar] tower to provide extended radar coverage for the station's weather operation.</p>
   
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">For most of its history, WFRV-TV's newscasts have been competitive with longtime leader WBAY-TV in most time slots. However, since the sale from CBS to Liberty Media, WFRV's newscast ratings have plummeted to a distant second overall (and occasionally third behind [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Broadcasting_Company Fox] affiliate[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLUK-TV WLUK-TV]).</p>
In September 2008, WFRV became the first to upgrade their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_control master control] to allow it to air and record high definition programming from the network and syndication. ''Oprah'', ''Ellen'', and ''Entertainment Tonight'' are currently aired in HD and a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_generator character generator] allows the station to place [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16:9 16:9] weather and news crawls over the programming. <sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-4">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_note-4 [5]]</sup> It transitioned to digital-only broadcasting during a ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_Late_Show_with_Craig_Ferguson Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson]'' commercial break around Midnight on February 17, 2009 then aired a loop of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-term_Analog_Flash_and_Emergency_Readiness_Act nightlight] programming until March 3 when their analog service was completely discontinued. As of October 2009, WFRV now has the capability to create and air 16:9 advertising, promotions, and news graphics. Although the station still uses [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_definition standard definition] cameras for the time being, their graphics now display in the 16:9 format with weather conditions filling the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillarbox pillarbox] space during newscasts currently. In April 2010, WFRV/WJMN redesigned its Web site through Broadcast Interactive Media.
 
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===News Staff===
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">'''Anchors'''</p>
   
In addition to their main studios on East Mason Street in Green Bay, the station also has a Fox Valley bureau on Patriot Drive near the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_41_in_Wisconsin US 41 freeway] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Chute,_Wisconsin Little Chute] which also has a second [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_radar Doppler weather radar] tower to provide extended radar coverage for the station's weather operation.
 
==News team==
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WFRV_Green_Bay_Studios_2009.JPG ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WFRV_Green_Bay_Studios_2009.JPG ]WFRV's primary studios and weather radar in Green Bay.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WFRVFoxCitiesStudio.jpg ][http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WFRVFoxCitiesStudio.jpg ]Their Fox Valley Bureau and weather radar.'''Anchors'''
 
 
*Wendy Kuschel - Sunday through Thursday mornings
 
*Wendy Kuschel - Sunday through Thursday mornings
 
*Erin Davisson - weekdays at Noon and 6
 
*Erin Davisson - weekdays at Noon and 6
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*Tom Zalaski - weeknights at 6 and 10
 
*Tom Zalaski - weeknights at 6 and 10
 
*Chelly Boutott - Friday mornings, weekends and reporter
 
*Chelly Boutott - Friday mornings, weekends and reporter
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'''''Storm Team 5 Meteorologists'''''
 
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">'''''Storm Team 5 Meteorologists'''''</p>
  +
 
*Tom Mahoney ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Meteorological_Society AMS] Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights at 5 and 6
 
*Tom Mahoney ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Meteorological_Society AMS] Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights at 5 and 6
 
*Dave Miller (AMS Seal of Approval) - weeknights at 10
 
*Dave Miller (AMS Seal of Approval) - weeknights at 10
 
*Justin Steinbrinck (AMS Seal of Approval) - Sunday through Thursday mornings
 
*Justin Steinbrinck (AMS Seal of Approval) - Sunday through Thursday mornings
 
*Dana Tyler (AMS Seal of Approval) - Friday mornings, weekends
 
*Dana Tyler (AMS Seal of Approval) - Friday mornings, weekends
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'''Sports'''
 
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">'''Sports'''</p>
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_McCarren Larry McCarren] - weeknights at 6 and 10
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_McCarren Larry McCarren] - weeknights at 6 and 10
**''Inside [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambeau_Field Lambeau]'' co-host and ''Larry McCarren's Locker Room'' host
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**''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_McCarren%27s_Locker_Room Larry McCarren's Locker Room]'' host
 
*Burke Griffin - weekend evenings and ''Inside Lambeau'' co-host
 
*Burke Griffin - weekend evenings and ''Inside Lambeau'' co-host
**''High School Sports Xtra'' host
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**''Inside Lambeau'' Co-Host and ''High School Sports Xtra'' host
 
*Ryan Popkey - reporter and photographer
 
*Ryan Popkey - reporter and photographer
 
**producer and fill-in anchor
 
**producer and fill-in anchor
 
*Nick Goddard - reporter
 
*Nick Goddard - reporter
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'''Reporters'''
 
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">'''Reporters'''</p>
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*Mike Austin - Agriculture
 
*Mike Austin - Agriculture
 
*Olga Halaburda
 
*Olga Halaburda
 
*Terry Kovarik
 
*Terry Kovarik
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*Bret Lemoine
 
*Donald Robinson
 
*Donald Robinson
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*Caroline Rowland
*Jenna Sachs
 
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*Heather Sawaski
 
*Millaine Wells
 
*Millaine Wells
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'''Photojournalists'''
 
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em; ">'''Photojournalists'''</p>
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*Justin Dubois
 
*Justin Dubois
 
*Scott Giese
 
*Scott Giese
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*Jason Roemaat
 
*Jason Roemaat
 
*Mike Vandersnick
 
*Mike Vandersnick
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*Don Roznowski
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*Dave Duchan
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===Past on-air staff===
 
===Past on-air staff===
 
*Lance Allan - now Sports Director at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTMJ-TV WTMJ-TV]
 
*Lance Allan - now Sports Director at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTMJ-TV WTMJ-TV]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_W._Johnson Jay Johnson] - anchor 1982–1987 (went to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLUK-TV WLUK-TV] until 1996)
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_W._Johnson Jay Johnson] - anchor 1982–1987; served as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLUK-TV WLUK-TV] anchor from 1988 to 1996, and later represented [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin%27s_8th_congressional_district Wisconsin's 8th congressional district] (1997-1999) and served as director of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Mint US Mint] in 2000-2001. Deceased October 17, 2009.
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*Glen Lloyd - consumer affairs reporter; also worked for WLUK and later served as spokesman for the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin#Agriculture Wisconsin Department of Agriculture]Trade and Consumer Protection until his 2009 retirement
**elected to represent the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin%27s_8th_congressional_district 8th District] in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives U.S. Housef] rom 1997-1999 and was [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Mint US Mint] Director from2000-2001. Deceased October 17, 2009
 
*Glen Lloyd -worked for WLUK and then as a spokesman for the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin#Agriculture Wisconsin Department of Agriculture] Trade and Consumer Protection until his 2009 retirement
 
 
*Tom Milbourn - became anchor at WLUK
 
*Tom Milbourn - became anchor at WLUK
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*Don Noe - meteorologist late-1970s (originator of animated weather maps); later retired from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WPLG WPLG] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami Miami, Florida]<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-7" style="line-height: 1em; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; ">[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_note-7 [8]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-8" style="line-height: 1em; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; ">[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_note-8 [9]]</sup>
*Don Noe - meteorologist late-1970s (originator of animated weather maps)
 
**recently retired from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WPLG WPLG] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami Miami, Florida]) <sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-5">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_note-5 [6]]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-6">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_note-6 [7]]</sup>
 
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Stafford Rob Stafford] - later at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dateline_NBC Dateline NBC] and now weekend anchor at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMAQ-TV WMAQ-TV]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Stafford Rob Stafford] - later at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dateline_NBC Dateline NBC] and now weekend anchor at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMAQ-TV WMAQ-TV]
 
*Kris Schuller - became WisDOT spokesperson
 
*Kris Schuller - became WisDOT spokesperson
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*Jack Boston
 
*Jack Boston
 
*Paul Youngblood
 
*Paul Youngblood
*Tim Blotz - currently weekend evening anchor at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KMSP KMSP] Minneapolis-St, Paul, MN.
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*Tim Blotz - currently weekend evening anchor at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KMSP-TV KMSP] Minneapolis-St, Paul, MN.
 
*Fred Wagner
 
*Fred Wagner
 
*Don Sidney
 
*Don Sidney
 
*Lisa Malak - went to work in health care public relations.
 
*Lisa Malak - went to work in health care public relations.
*Rebecca Schuld - now at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WBAY-TV WBAY-TV].
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*Hilary Golston - now at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WVTM-TV WVTM-TV] in Birmingham, Alabama.
===[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&action=edit&section=4 edit]] News/station presentation===
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*Jenna Sachs - now at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WITI_(TV) WITI-TV] in Milwaukee.
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====[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&action=edit&section=5 edit]] Newscast titles====
 
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===News/station presentation===
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====Newscast titles====
 
*''The World Today'' and ''The World Tonight'' (mid-1960s)
 
*''The World Today'' and ''The World Tonight'' (mid-1960s)
 
*''Report to Wisconsin'' (1967-1971)
 
*''Report to Wisconsin'' (1967-1971)
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*''CBS 5 News'' (2003-2007)
 
*''CBS 5 News'' (2003-2007)
 
*''Channel 5 News'' (2007-present)
 
*''Channel 5 News'' (2007-present)
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====[[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&action=edit&section=6 edit]] Station slogans====
 
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====Station slogans====
*"5 Country Is Your Country" (1970s)
 
*"Channel Five Proud As A Peacock" (1979-1981)
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*''Channel 5, Proud as a Peacock!'' (1979-1981; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
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*''Channel 5, Our Pride is Showing'' (1981-1982; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
*"The Best News Of All" (mid 1980s)
 
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*''We're Channel 5, Just Watch Us Now'' (1982-1983; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
*"The Look of a Leader!" (mid 1990s)
 
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*''That Special Feeling on Channel 5'' (1983-1984; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
*"Your News Source" (2001-2003)
 
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*''We're With You on Channel 5'' (1984-1985; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
*"Working for You" (2003-2007)
 
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*''You'll Love It on Channel 5'' (1985-1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
*"Where The News Starts With You" (2007-present)
 
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*''Together on Channel 5'' (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
===References===
 
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*''Something's Happening on Channel 5'' (1987-1990; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_ref-0 ^]''' http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Wj.M.N.TV.3.Business.Office.906-226-3023
 
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*''Northeast Wisconsin's Watching Channel 5'' (1990-1992; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_ref-Golem2_1-0 ^]''' Golembiewski, Dick (2008). ''Milwaukee TelevisionHistory: The Analog Years''. Marquette University Press. pp. 213–270. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Standard_Book_Number ISBN] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0-87462-055-4 0-87462-055-4].
 
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*''This is CBS, on Channel 5'' (1992-1993; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_ref-2 ^]''' http://biz.yahoo.com/e/090227/lcapa10-k.html
 
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*''The Best News and More'' (1980s)
#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_ref-3 ^]''' http://www.cbscorporation.com/news/prdetails.php?id=2043
 
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*''The Look of a Leader!'' (mid 1990s)
#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_ref-4 ^]''' http://www.foxcitiestv.com/node/1069
 
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*''Your News Source'' (2001-2003)
#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_ref-5 ^]''' http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071119/GPG07/711190499/1261/GPGent
 
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*''Working for You'' (2003-2007)
#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFRV-TV#cite_ref-6 ^]''' http://www.miamiherald.com/548/story/292924.html
 
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*''Where The News Starts With You'' (2007-present)
[http://web.archive.org/web/20051112152649/http://www.wisinfo.com/newschronicle/gbnclocal/283341425406556.shtml "Channel 5 hits Big 5-0"]. ''Green Bay News-Chroniclearticle''. http://web.archive.org/web/20051112152649/http://www.wisinfo.com/newschronicle/gbnclocal/283341425406556.shtml. Retrieved November 12, 2005.
 
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==Logos==
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<gallery captionalign="left">
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WFRV_1990s.gif|WFRV CBS 5 logo from 1996-2001
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WFRV_2001.png|2001 This short-lived logo was the last to incorporate the old-style "5" logo used starting in 1975.
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WFRV_2002.png|2001-2003
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WFRV_2003.jpg|2003-2006
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</gallery>
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==References==
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#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_ref-0 ^]''' http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Wj.M.N.TV.3.Business.Office.906-226-3023
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#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_ref-Golem2_1-0 ^]''' Golembiewski, Dick (2008). ''Milwaukee TelevisionHistory: The Analog Years''. Marquette University Press. pp. 213–270. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Standard_Book_Number ISBN] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0-87462-055-4 0-87462-055-4].
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#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_ref-2 ^]''' http://biz.yahoo.com/e/090227/lcapa10-k.html
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#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_ref-3 ^]''' http://www.cbscorporation.com/news/prdetails.php?id=2043
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#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_ref-4 ^]''' http://www.foxcitiestv.com/node/1069
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#'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WFRV-TV&diff=425917695&oldid=425917630#cite_ref-5 ^]''' [http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/466440-Nexstar_to_Acquire_CBS_Affiliates_WFRV_WJMN_For_20_Mil.php "Nexstar to Acquire CBS Affiliates WFRV, WJMN for $20 Mil,"] from ''Broadcasting & Cable'', 4/7/2011
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==External links==
 
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*[http://www.wfrv.com/ WFRV-TV "Channel 5"]
 
*[http://www.wfrv.com/ WFRV-TV "Channel 5"]

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WFRV-TV is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and serving Green Bay, the Fox Valley, and Northeastern Wisconsin. The station broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 39 (PSIP channel 5.1) from a transmitter north of theBrown County town of Morrison. The station is currently owned and operated by Liberty Media, with a sale to Nexstar Broadcasting Group pending.

WFRV-TV
150px-CBS 5 WFRV-TV Logo.png
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Branding Channel 5 (general)

Channel 5 News

Slogan Where The News

Starts With You

Channels Digital: 39 (UHF)
Subchannels 5.1 CBS
Owner Liberty Media Corporation

(WFRV and WJMN Television Station, Inc.)

First air date May 21, 1955
Call letters' meaning Wisconsin's Fox

River Valley

Sister station(s) WJMN-TV
Former callsigns WNAM-TV (1955-1959)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

42 (UHF, 1955-1959) 5 (VHF, 1959-2009)

Former affiliations ABC (1955–1959 and 1983-1992)

NBC (1959–1983) DuMont (secondary, 1955)

Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 364 m
Facility ID 9635
Transmitter coordinates 44°20′1″N87°58′56″W
Website wfrv.com

WFRV also operates semi-satellite WJMN-TV (UHF digital channel 48 or virtual channel 3), which is licensed to Escanaba, Michigan and covers the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Because WFRV/WJMN is Liberty's only broadcast operation, master control and all internal operations for both stations originate from WFRV's Green Bay facilities; WJMN does maintain an engineering operation and an advertising sales office in Marquette.[1] WJMN is also included in the pending WFRV sale from Liberty Media to Nexstar.

Programming on WFRV and WJMN includes the full CBS lineup; syndicated programming including Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, Ellen, and Live with Regis and Kelly; and Green Bay Packers-related programming (WFRV is the Packers' "official station" and carries Packers' pre-season broadcasts and the weekly Larry McCarren's Locker Room during the season).

History

The station began life on May 21, 1955 as ABC affiliate WNAM-TV, originally broadcasting on UHF channel 42 from Neenah / Menasha and serving as sister to the radio station with the same call sign. By the late 1950s, the station moved their city of license to Green Bay and their studios to Little Chute. The station would also change frequency (to VHF channel 5), call sign (to WFRV), and, in 1959, network affiliation (to NBC). (In 1958, the station was also part of the short-lived Badger Television Network alongside Milwaukee's WISN-TV and Madison's WKOW-TV.)[2] WFRV's early claims to fame included being the first TV station in Northeastern Wisconsin to broadcast in color (doing so after joining NBC), the first station to cover a live lunar eclipse in 1959 (a studio camera was wheeled to the station parking lot and aimed at the moon), and Green Bay's first color local news broadcasts (beginning in 1965).

In the mid-1960s, WFRV was acquired by the Norton Group, a company owned by the Norton family of Kentucky, who also owned Louisville'sWAVE. (The Norton Group would change its name to Orion Broadcasting by 1969.) One of the Norton Group's early decisions was to move WFRV's transmitter: Other Green Bay stations had their transmitters on Scray's Hill in the Ledgeview section of the town of Glenmore, located just south of Green Bay and one of the highest geographical points in the area; WFRV's transmitter, however, was located further south (a legacy from its original days in Neenah/Menasha), so turning antennas southward to pick up WFRV inconvenienced viewers—and in turn put the station at a disadvantage. Accordingly, the Nortons gained permission from the Federal Communications Commission to move Channel 5's transmitter to Glenmore.

On October 7, 1969, WFRV expanded into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by signing on semi-satellite WJMN-TV in Escanaba. WJMN's creation was the result of The Norton Group's earlier agreement with the FCC to move WFRV's tower, as the station had to address short-spacing issues with another Channel 5 station, Chicago's WMAQ-TV (every analog channel allocation in the Green Bay and Wausau media markets were shared by a Chicago television station). As part of the agreement to transmit from Glenmore, Orion Broadcasting launched WJMN so that WFRV's service to the U.P. and far Northeastern Wisconsin could continue, and so that a 2nd station in central Upper Michigan could be added (before WJMN, WLUC-TV was the only commercial station serving the U.P.).

Orion Broadcasting would merge with Cosmos Broadcasting (a subsidiary of The Liberty Corporation) in 1981. Two years later, in April 1983, WFRV would affiliate with ABC for the second time (NBC would move to WLUK-TV). Later in the 1980s, WFRV was sold to Midwest Radio and Television, owned by the Murphy and McNally families, who also owned the WCCO stations in Minneapolis-St Paul. The Murphys and McNallys would announce a sale of Midwest to CBS in summer 1991; the sale was completed in early 1992, and on March 15 of that year, WFRV became become a CBS owned-and-operated station (ABC would move to Green Bay's longtime CBS affiliate, WBAY-TV); this swap would make WFRV one of the few stations in the United States to be affiliated with all of the Big Three television networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS) during its lifetime.

By 2001, WFRV would change its longtime Orion Broadcasting-era logo, used since the mid 1970s, for an earlier version of their current logo. One year later, in 2002, WFRV would become the first station in the Green Bay market to begin digital broadcasts. By 2003, WFRV would adopt the mandate CBS dictated for its stations, identifying themselves as "CBS 5" and adopting a green-and-gold logo to reflect their connection to the Green Bay Packers (WFRV would begin airing Packer pre-season broadcasts in 2003). The station's current blue-and-yellow logo and graphic scheme was unveiled on July 10, 2006, along with a new news set to coincide with the return to the station of former reporter/anchor Tammy Elliott.

The week of April 16-18, 2007, Liberty Media (a media company unrelated to The Liberty Corporation) completed an exchange transaction with CBS Corporation pursuant to which Liberty Media exchanged 7.6 million shares of CBS Class B common stock valued at $239 million dollars for a subsidiary of CBS that held WFRV and approximately $170 million in cash.[3][4] WFRV and WJMN would then become owned-and-operated stations of Liberty Media, the only over-the-air TV properties they have owned. In May 2007, operations of the stations' websites would move from CBS Television Stations Digital Media Group to a redesigned site powered by Inergize Digital Media (then a subsidiary ofClear Channel Communications now a division of Newport Television). By Summer 2007, WFRV would drop the CBS Mandate, slowly transitioning from "CBS 5" to simply "Channel 5," their identifier before 2003.

In September 2008, WFRV became the first station in Green Bay to upgrade their master control for pre-recorded network and syndicated high definition programming; Oprah, Ellen, and Entertainment Tonight are currently aired in HD on WFRV, while a character generator allows the station to place 16:9 bulletin crawls for weather and news over the programming.[5] WFRV would transition to digital-only broadcasting at midnight on February 17, 2009 (during a Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson commercial break); it would air a lop of nightlight programming until March 3, when their analog service was completely discontinued. As of October 2009, WFRV now has the capability to create and air 16:9 advertising, promotions, and news graphics. Although WFRV still uses standard definition cameras for the time being, their graphics now display in the 16:9 format with weather conditions filling the left and right pillarbox spaces during 4:3-formatted newscasts. In April 2010, WFRV/WJMN redesigned its Web site through Broadcast Interactive Media.

On April 7, 2011, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced it will acquire WFRV and WJMN-TV from Liberty Media. The $20 million deal, subject to FCC approval, is expected to close during the 3rd quarter of 2011.[6] The Web site URL and operations of WFRV and WJMN will be changed to Nexstar's in-house format after the sale is complete.

News Operations

WFRV's primary studios and weather radar in Green Bay.

Ratings

Their Fox Valley Bureau and weather radar.

WFRV's 5PM and 6PM newscasts have audio simulcasts on radio stations in the Fond du Lac-Oshkosh areas (on WRPN 1600 AM) as well as in the Marinette-Menominee area (on WHYB 103.7 FM). All WFRV newscasts are simulcast live on WJMN, which apart from occasional on-location reports from the Upper Peninsula currently has no separate news programming for the U.P.; when Nexstar completes its purchase of the stations, it plans for separate U.P. newscasts on WJMN.[7]In addition to their main studios on East Mason Street in Green Bay, WFRV also has a Fox Valley bureau in Little Chute, located on Patroit Drive near US 41 freeway. The Valley bureau also has a second Doppler weather radar tower to provide extended radar coverage for the station's weather operation.

For most of its history, WFRV-TV's newscasts have been competitive with longtime leader WBAY-TV in most time slots. However, since the sale from CBS to Liberty Media, WFRV's newscast ratings have plummeted to a distant second overall (and occasionally third behind Fox affiliateWLUK-TV).

News Staff

Anchors

  • Wendy Kuschel - Sunday through Thursday mornings
  • Erin Davisson - weekdays at Noon and 6
  • Tammy Elliott - weeknights at 5 and 10
  • Tom Zalaski - weeknights at 6 and 10
  • Chelly Boutott - Friday mornings, weekends and reporter


Storm Team 5 Meteorologists

  • Tom Mahoney (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights at 5 and 6
  • Dave Miller (AMS Seal of Approval) - weeknights at 10
  • Justin Steinbrinck (AMS Seal of Approval) - Sunday through Thursday mornings
  • Dana Tyler (AMS Seal of Approval) - Friday mornings, weekends


Sports

  • Larry McCarren - weeknights at 6 and 10
  • Burke Griffin - weekend evenings and Inside Lambeau co-host
    • Inside Lambeau Co-Host and High School Sports Xtra host
  • Ryan Popkey - reporter and photographer
    • producer and fill-in anchor
  • Nick Goddard - reporter


Reporters

  • Mike Austin - Agriculture
  • Olga Halaburda
  • Terry Kovarik
  • Bret Lemoine
  • Donald Robinson
  • Caroline Rowland
  • Heather Sawaski
  • Millaine Wells


Photojournalists

  • Justin Dubois
  • Scott Giese
  • Mark Phinney
  • Jason Roemaat
  • Mike Vandersnick
  • Don Roznowski
  • Dave Duchan

Past on-air staff

  • Lance Allan - now Sports Director at WTMJ-TV
  • Jay Johnson - anchor 1982–1987; served as WLUK-TV anchor from 1988 to 1996, and later represented Wisconsin's 8th congressional district (1997-1999) and served as director of US Mint in 2000-2001. Deceased October 17, 2009.
  • Glen Lloyd - consumer affairs reporter; also worked for WLUK and later served as spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of AgricultureTrade and Consumer Protection until his 2009 retirement
  • Tom Milbourn - became anchor at WLUK
  • Don Noe - meteorologist late-1970s (originator of animated weather maps); later retired from WPLG in Miami, Florida[8][9]
  • Rob Stafford - later at Dateline NBC and now weekend anchor at WMAQ-TV
  • Kris Schuller - became WisDOT spokesperson
  • Mary Smits - later went to WBAY, where she became anchor; now retired
  • Paul Evansen
  • Jim Cline
  • Lois Thome
  • Jack Boston
  • Paul Youngblood
  • Tim Blotz - currently weekend evening anchor at KMSP Minneapolis-St, Paul, MN.
  • Fred Wagner
  • Don Sidney
  • Lisa Malak - went to work in health care public relations.
  • Hilary Golston - now at WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Jenna Sachs - now at WITI-TV in Milwaukee.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • The World Today and The World Tonight (mid-1960s)
  • Report to Wisconsin (1967-1971)
  • Channel 5 Eyewitness News (1971-2001)
  • NewsChannel 5 (2001-2003)
  • CBS 5 News (2003-2007)
  • Channel 5 News (2007-present)

Station slogans

  • Channel 5, Proud as a Peacock! (1979-1981; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 5, Our Pride is Showing (1981-1982; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • We're Channel 5, Just Watch Us Now (1982-1983; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • That Special Feeling on Channel 5 (1983-1984; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We're With You on Channel 5 (1984-1985; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You'll Love It on Channel 5 (1985-1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Together on Channel 5 (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Something's Happening on Channel 5 (1987-1990; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Northeast Wisconsin's Watching Channel 5 (1990-1992; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • This is CBS, on Channel 5 (1992-1993; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Best News and More (1980s)
  • The Look of a Leader! (mid 1990s)
  • Your News Source (2001-2003)
  • Working for You (2003-2007)
  • Where The News Starts With You (2007-present)

Logos

References

  1. ^ http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Wj.M.N.TV.3.Business.Office.906-226-3023
  2. ^ Golembiewski, Dick (2008). Milwaukee TelevisionHistory: The Analog Years. Marquette University Press. pp. 213–270. ISBN 0-87462-055-4.
  3. ^ http://biz.yahoo.com/e/090227/lcapa10-k.html
  4. ^ http://www.cbscorporation.com/news/prdetails.php?id=2043
  5. ^ http://www.foxcitiestv.com/node/1069
  6. ^ "Nexstar to Acquire CBS Affiliates WFRV, WJMN for $20 Mil," from Broadcasting & Cable, 4/7/2011
  7. ^ "Nexstar Plans Local News for Marquette CBS," from Broadcasting & Cable, 4/7/2011
  8. ^ http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071119/GPG07/711190499/1261/GPGent
  9. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/548/story/292924.html

"Channel 5 hits Big 5-0". Green Bay News-Chroniclearticle. Archived from the original on November 12, 2005. Retrieved November 12, 2005.

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