WFSB channel 3 is a CBS-affiliated television station in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, owned by the Meredith Corporation. WFSB's studios and offices are located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut and its broadcast transmitter is based in Avon, Connecticut near Talcott Mountain.

Hartford/New Haven, Connecticut
Branding Channel 3 (general)

Channel 3 Eyewitness News CBS 3 Springfield (on DT2)

Slogan Eyewitness News is Everywhere
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
Subchannels 3.1 CBS (WFSB)3.2 Court TV Mystery3.3 Laff3.4 "WFSB Fairfield County"
Network CBS (1958-Present)
Owner Meredith Corporation
First air date September 21, 1957
Call letters' meaning Frederick S. Beebe(former president of former owner Post-Newsweek Stations)
Sister station(s) WSHM-LP
Former callsigns WTIC-TV (1957-1974)
Former channel number(s) 3 (VHF analog, 1957-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1957-1958)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 288.8 metres (948 ft)
Facility ID 53115
Transmitter coordinates 41°46′30.1″N 72°48′18.7″W / 41.775028°N 72.805194°W / 41.775028; -72.805194

Digital programming

The station's signal is multiplexed as follows:

Virtual Channel Video Aspect Programming
3.1 1080i 16:9 Main WFSB programming / CBS
3.2 480i 16:9 Court TV Mystery
3.3 480i 16:9 Laff
3.4 480i 16.9 "WFSB Fairfield County"


[2][3]Logo for "Channel 3 Eyewitness News Now".Connecticut's second analog VHF station debuted on September 21, 1957 as WTIC-TV, an independent station owned by the Hartford-based Travelers Insurance Company along with WTIC radio (1080 AM and 96.5 FM). It was one of the most powerful stations in New England, not only covering the entire state but a large chunk of western Massachusetts and providing secondary coverage to much of southern New Hampshire.

By 1958, CBS was looking to sell its owned-and-operated station in Hartford, WHCT-TV (now WUVN). The network's ratings had been alarmingly low in the market because television manufacturers were not required to have UHF tuners at the time. CBS decided that it was better to have its programming on a VHF station even if it was only an affiliate as opposed to an owned-and-operated station. The new WTIC-TV was selected as the network's Connecticut affiliate in part due to the station's strong signal and joined the network in early 1958. Ironically, its radio sister had been an NBC Radio affiliate for over 30 years. Within a short time, the station rose to the top spot in the ratings, and has been there more or less ever since. In 1962, WTIC-AM-FM-TV moved to Broadcast House, a state-of-the-art facility in the Constitution Plaza development in downtown Hartford.

In late 1972, Travelers Insurance decided to exit broadcasting, and the firm sold channel 3 to the Washington Post Company in March 1973. On January 21, 1974, the Post's broadcasting division, Post-Newsweek Stations, changed the calls to the current WFSB, in honor of broadcasting division president Frederick S. Beebe. The WTIC-TV call letters returned to Connecticut in 1984 when Arch Communications, the then-owners of WTIC radio, signed on as part-owners of a new television station. In the late-1980s, Post-Newsweek moved its corporate offices from Washington, D.C. to space located alongside Broadcast House, making channel 3 the company's flagship. This was part of a move by the Post to give its various sub-corporations their own independent identities, a strategy which worked well at first. By the mid-1990s, however, WFSB found itself in a shrinking market without any significant growth opportunities. In June 1997, Post-Newsweek swapped WFSB to the Meredith Corporation for WCPX-TV (now WKMG-TV) in Orlando, Florida. The sale closed that October although the Post-Newsweek group maintained its base in Hartford until 2000 when the company relocated to its then-largest station, WDIV in Detroit.

In 2006, WFSB announced plans to move to a new facility in Rocky Hill. On May 25, 2007, the Constitution Plaza facility was flooded by a water main break. This damaged two of the station's cameras and its telephone system. The flooding caused the power to be turned off which in turn caused WFSB to go dark. The master control facilities of WSHM was also affected. On June 27, WFSB's master control was switched to the new facility, and on July 10, the remaining parts (mostly the news side) of the station's operation were moved to Rocky Hill as well. The main desk and anchors for the news would be in a second studio temporarily until the main set was ready. WFSB unveiled part of their new set in early-October 2007. The final set was unveiled in early-February 2008. In June 2006, the station's website was redesigned along with those of four of Meredith Corporation's other stations. The old website was operated by the Local Media Network division of World Now. It is currently operated by Internet Broadcasting.

WFSB ended programming on its analog signal on VHF channel 3 on June 12, 2009 [1][2] as part of the DTV transition in the United States and continued to broadcast on its pre-transition digital channel 33.[3] Through the use of PSIP, WFSB's virtual channel is displayed as 3. WFSB is the only Connecticut station that participated in the "Analog Nightlight" program and did so through June 26.[4] WFSB airs a repeat of the evening's Entertainment Tonight after Late Show with David Letterman putting The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on a thirty-minute tape delay. This results in The Late Late Show being broadcast on WFSB in 4:3 standard definition and not its native 16:9 high definition broadcast.

News operation

[4][5]Current news open.Channel 3 has used the Eyewitness News title and format for its newscasts since Post-Newsweek took control of the station in 1974. It has been rated number one in nearly all time slots for the past thirty years. On February 5, 2007, the station began operating a 24-hour local news and weather channel on a third digital subchannel. Known as "Channel 3 Eyewitness News Now", it can also be viewed live on WFSB's website and on digital cable. Its weather radar is known as "Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler" and is located on top of the passenger terminal at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.

On January 7, 2008, WFSB began airing The Early Show in its entirety as CBS now requires all of its affiliates to do so. The Early Show has been reformatted and the network hopes the program can better compete against its rivals, Today and Good Morning America. Before this change, WFSB preempted the first hour of the broadcast in favor of a third hour of local news.

In addition to its main studios, WFSB operates three news bureaus in the state. This includes Shaws Cove in New London, Chapel Street in New Haven, and at the new Connecticut Science Center on Columbus Boulevard in Downtown Hartford. The Connecticut Science Center is the current home of WFSB's lifestyle and entertainment program, Better Connecticut, that airs weekday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. In 2009, Better Connecticut began broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen standard definition. The Eyewitness News newscasts continue to air in 4:3 standard-definition, making it one of two Meredith station properties that have yet to upgrade to either widescreen or high-definition newscasts (the other is Greenville, South Carolina's Fox affiliate WHNS).

On September 9, 2019, WFSB launched its 4:30 p.m. weekday newscast, by having Better Connecticut moved to 4 p.m.

Newscast Titles

  • WTIC News ( -1974)
  • Channel 3 Eyewitness News (1974-present)

Station slogans

  • "Discover the Land of the 3" (1976–1980)
  • "Your News is Our News" (1980–1984; news slogan)
  • "Great Moments on TV-3" (1982-1983, localized version of CBS' "Great Moments" ad campaign)
  • "The One and Only TV-3" (1983–1997)"
  • "You And Channel 3, We've Got The Touch" (1984-1985, localized version of CBS' "We've Got The Touch" ad campaign)
  • "Stay in Touch with Channel 3" (1985–1986, localized version of CBS' "We've Got the Touch" ad campaign)
  • "Share the Spirit on Channel 3" (1986-1987, localized version of CBS' "Share the Spirit" ad campaign)
  • "Channel 3 Spirit Oh Yes" (1987-1988, localized version of CBS' "CBSpirit" ad campaign")
  • "Get Ready for Channel 3" (1989-1991; localized version of CBS' "Get Ready" ad campaign")
  • "Coverage You Can Trust" (1995-1997; news slogan)
  • "Connecticut's News Station" (1997–2004; news slogan)
  • "Eyewitness News is Everywhere" (2004–2019; news slogan)
  • "Connecticut's #1 Local News" (2012-present; news slogan)
  • "Everywhere in Connecticut" (2019-present; news slogan)

News team

  • Irene O'Connor - weekday mornings and reporter
  • Eric Parker - weekday mornings and I-Team reporter
  • Kara Sundlun - weekdays at Noon and Better Connecticut host
  • Denise D'Ascenzo - weeknights at 5, 5:30, and 6
  • Erin Connolly - weekdays at 4:30pm; weeknights at 11pm
  • Dennis House - weeknights at 5 and 6
    • Face The State host
  • Kevin Hogan - weekend evenings; also New London bureau chief
  • Caitlin Nuclo - weekend mornings and weekday reporter
  • Mark Zinni - weekdays at 4:30pm; weeknights at 5:30pm and 11pm

Channel 3 Early Warning Pinpoint Meteorologists

  • Bruce DePrest (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights at 5, 6 and 11
  • Scot Haney - weekday mornings and Better Connecticut host
    • "Connecticut's Everyday Heroes" segment producer
  • Mark Dixon (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekdays at Noon, 4:30 and 5:30
  • Melissa Cole - fill-in and Better Connecticut "It Mom" segment producer
  • Mike Cameron

Channel 3 Eyewitness Sports

  • Joe Zone - Director seen weeknights at 6 and 11
    • host of Eyewitness News Sports Sunday and Friday Night Football
  • John Holt - weekend evenings and sports reporter
    • seen on Friday Night Football


  • Len Besthoff - Hartford Bureau Chief
  • Robert Goulston - New Haven Bureau Chief
  • Kevin Hogan - New London Bureau Chief
  • Tina Martin - "Tina Around Town" segment producer
  • Matt McFarland
  • Susan Raff
  • Ray Villeda
  • Jill Konopka

Notable former staff

  • Hena Daniels, now at CBS News
  • Darren Sweeney, weekend morning meteorologist@ NBC Connecticut HD
  • Nancy Aborn
  • Mike Adams
  • Barbara Allen - weather person/news anchor 1960s- 1986 (deceased)
  • Ron Allen - NBC network reporter
  • Erika Arias, 11pm anchor on WTIC-TV
  • Phil Andrews
  • Dominique Avery - Dir. Programing - CTN - ([2])
  • Sarah Barr
  • Charlie Bagley (deceased)
  • Adrianne Baughns
  • Polly Bell
  • Dick Bertel
  • Julie Bidwell (Banderas) - anchor, Fox News Channel
  • Nina Bradley
  • Mika Brzezinski - host, MSNBC 'Morning Joe'
  • Gerry Brooks - anchor - NBC Connecticut News
  • Jill Brown
  • Newton (N.J.) Burkett - now at WABC-TV in New York City
  • Ann Butler
  • Heather Cabot (now an author)
  • Lucille Caliendo
  • Jon Camp
  • Virginia Cha
  • Pei Sze Cheng ([3]) (now at WNBC in New York City)
  • Mary Civiello ([4])
  • Eric Clemons
  • Les Coleman - CBS 
  • Kerry Connolly
  • Bertha Coombs - CNBC
  • Bob Cox - WTIC Weather
  • Greg Coy
  • John Daly
  • Brad Davis
  • Patrick Driscoll
  • George Ehrlich
  • Kim Fettig ([5])
  • Jim Forbes ([6])
  • Joe Furey - now at WTNH
  • Brian Garnett (deceased)
  • Chris Gordon - now at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
  • Dee Griffin
  • Andria Hall (deceased)
  • Jim Hanley
  • Dawn Hasbrouck ([7])
  • Andre Hepkins
  • Rich Hoffman (now at News 12 Long Island)
  • Ellie Pai Hong
  • Tasha Jamerson
  • Hilton Kaderli (retired)
  • Dan Kain (now retired)
  • Brendan Keefe
  • Deborah Kent
  • Gayle King (now at CBS News)
  • Don Lark
  • Ted Leitner
  • Rachel Lutzker [8]
  • Lou Martinez
  • Ray Daudani
  • John Metaxas
  • Jon Morroney
  • Miles Muzio ([9])
  • Christine Negroni
  • David Nelson
  • Dave Nemeth (retired)
  • Belkys Nerey (now at WSVN in Miami)
  • Bob Neumeier
  • Mary Ollie Newman
  • Don O. Noel
  • Bill O'Reilly (later at Fox News Channel)
  • Saida Pagan 
  • Bill Patrick
  • Glen Pearson
  • Janet Peckinpaugh - TV Commercials
  • Randall Pinkston
  • Barbara Pinto
  • Mike Randall (now at WKBW-TV in Buffalo)
  • Lonnie Reed - CT ST Rep. 102nd Assembly Dist., President Lonnie Reed Productions
  • Diana Rocco ([10]) (now at WABC-TV in New York City)
  • Emily Rooney
  • David Ropeik
  • Jamie Roth ([11]) (now at WNBC in New York City)
  • Annie Rourke - WTNH
  • R.D. Sahl
  • Jessica Schneider
  • Marlene Schneider
  • Pat Sheehan (retired)
  • Harvey Smilovitz
  • Dave Smith
  • Bob Steele
  • Al Terzi
  • Joe Tessitore (now at ESPN)
  • Howard Thompson ([12]) (later at WPIX in New York City)
  • Gerry Tony
  • David Ushery (now at WNBC in New York City)
  • Jim Vicevich - Radio Talk show host (Jim Vicevich)

News Videographers

  • Wallace Branch
  • Gregory Geiger - ([13])
  • Frank Loftus -
  • Dick Heintz
  • Alister MacDonald


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