Posts Tagged ‘WJHG’

WECP goes on the air next week, WTVY dumped…

(from – Bay County’s first CBS affiliate since the 1960s will be “flipping the switch” Monday, company officials said.

The new station, WECP, will be available over the air — that is, using rabbit ears — on channel 18 at mid-morning. Viewers will need to rescan their TVs to pick up the signal, said Curt Molander, general manager for WJHG, the sister station of WECP and WTVY in Dothan, Ala., which has served as the Panama City market’s CBS affiliate since the early 1960s.

The WECP studios will be located on Front Beach Road with WJHG. Both stations, along with WTVY, are owned by Atlanta-based Gray Television.

WECP’s broadcast towers will be located in Youngstown, so the addition will not affect viewers’ reception of CBS, Molander said. CBS is the “network of record” for Southeastern Conference football and will carry March Madness and the Super Bowl….Cont….


09 2012

Burch named as News Director at WJHG…

Our friends at report that Jamie Burch will be the new News Director at Panama City’s WJHG. Burch comes from WKRG in Mobile, where he was an executive producer.

Burch replaces Gavin Maliska, who left WJHG this past June to become News Director at WGXA-TV in Macon, GA. Burch will now be the third News Director for WJHG in just a few years. Stay tuned for any further changes.


08 2012

Will WECP bring WJHG down…?

Last week, Florida News Center reported that Gray Television had licensed a new television station, finally bringing a CBS affiliate to the Panama City market. The new station, WECP-LD (a low powered/range station) will be contained in the Panama City studios of Gray owned WJHG-TV. Along with studio space, WECP will share tower and transmitter space with WJHG, creating Panama City’s first duopoly.

While this sounds like a boon for Gray, WJHG and Panama City, WECP comes with a plethora of issues. Sources in the panhandle tell Florida News Center that the weak powered WECP signal, will be a drain on its sister, WJHG. Since the two stations will both share the same transmitter and power, estimates demonstrate that WECP will degrade the WJHG signal by almost 49%.

Of course most viewers in this day and age do not use the actual television signals anymore, opting for cable or satellite instead. However, sources point out that Comcast (the primary cable provider for Panama City) does not have fiber optic links to its local affiliates. Comcast retransmits its local affiliates by receiving the over-the-air signal and then using that to feed to its customers. So, the question is; will the 49% signal degradation by WECP, then effect the Comcast signal as well?

Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any developing changes.

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07 2012

FL NBC affiliates are showing their Ölympic gold!

With less than a week until the 2012 Ölympics (in London this year, for those who might be in a coma) begin, Florida NBC affiliates have dusted off and polished their own gold. Check out the NBC Ölympic custom affiliate logos below.

 WFLA – Tampa WTVJ – Miami  WESH – Orlando
 WPTV – West Palm Beach  WTLV – Jacksonville  WPMI – Pensacola
WBBH – Fort Myers WJHG – Panama City WNBW – Gainesville
WTWC – Tallahassee


 ***This post is for educational, informational and archival purposes only. Florida News Center does not intend to infringe on any copyrights claimed by the International Olympic Committee, NBCUniversal/Comcast or NBC affiliates. This post is for educational, informational an archival purposes only.***


07 2012

Panama City to get a CBS affiliate, a duopoly forms…

(from – Panama City is getting a new television station and with it comes the market’s first exclusive CBS television affiliate.

Gray Television, Inc, owners of WJHG-TV in Panama City, confirm the new station will be on Channel 18 and the call letters are WECP. It will be on the air, on all area cable TV systems and satellite programming suppliers.

The new station has been in the works for months and construction of the transmitter facility is nearly complete and is located at the WJHG-TV NewsChannel 7 transmitter location on State Road 20 and US 231 in Youngstown, Green Hills in northern Bay County.

WECP studios will be co-located with NewsChannel 7, WJHG at 8195 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach….Cont….

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07 2012

Gray up in 2Q…

(from – Gray Television released preliminary figures for the second quarter showing revenues will be up about 6%, stripping out dollars from political spending and retransmission consent. Total revenues are projected to increase 24% to $95 million.

The company was helped by about $13 million in political spending as its three Wisconsin stations benefited from special recall elections in the state.

The political dollars sucking up inventory did lead to lesser increases in both local (1%) and national (7%) ad dollars than expected….Cont….

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07 2012

N/D Gavin Maliska is leaving WJHG…

Sources tell Florida News Center that WJHG news director Gavin Maliska announced yesterday that he is leaving the Panama City station. He is headed to an unnamed station in Macon, GA. While unconfirmed, we are guessing that Maliska will replace George Jobin, who left as news director at Macon’s WGXA Fox 24 just two weeks ago (H/T to

Maliska has been at WJHG for just under a year. He joined WJHG in July 2011, replacing then news director Mark Wildman, who was abruptly let go from the station in March 2011.

So far there is no word on who will replace Maliska as news director. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for further details.


06 2012

The 1Q revenue numbers are in…

UPDATE: A settlement has been reached…

10/26/11 – UPDATE – WJHG-TV officials have contacted Florida News Center to set us straight on our story below. Apparently the rumors swirling around the panhandle about a $600k settlement, were (as we reported and expected) just rumors.

Officials tell Florida News Center “that the station settled the case for $40,000, all of which will go to Ms. Craven’s attorneys to cover a portion of their fees and expenses.” However, no further information was given on the allegations contained in the sexual harassment suit.


10/9/11 – Florida News Center has learned that a settlement has been reached in the sexual harassment suit filed by meteorologist Stacey Sawyer (Craven) against her former employer, Panama City’s WJHG-TV and its owner Gray Television. While official court papers, filed back in August, do not disclose the official settlement amount, rumors swirling around the panhandle say that the settlement number is upwards of $600,000 plus (refer to 10/26/11 update above).

As Florida News Center reported back in February 2011, former WJHG morning/noon meteorologist Stacey Sawyer (Craven) alleged that former Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelley (right) sent a full-frontal nude photograph of himself and made multiple suggestive, verbal and physical sexual advances towards her over a two year time period. Legal documentation stated that Sawyer (Craven) complied with Gray’s sexual harassment policy and reported Kelley’s advances multiple times to WJHG-TV management (including  then News Director Tom Lewis, GM Kurt Molander and WCTV-TV GM Nick Waller). The lawsuit further alleged that WJHG-TV/Gray Television subjected her to “unlawful sexual harassment, retaliated against her, and discriminated against her based on her pregnancy,” in the lawsuit submitted to United States District Court.


Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any further details.


the station settled the case for $40,000, all of which will go to Ms. Craven’s attorneys to cover a portion of their fees and expenses.


10 2011

Gray says it will be up in 2Q…

(from – Gray Television Inc (owners of Tallahassee’s WCTV and Panama City’s WJHG). today announced preliminary results for the three-month period ended June 30 that exceeded the company’s estimates made in May. It will release its actual numbers on Aug. 8.

On a preliminary basis, total revenue is expected to increase $600,000, or 1%, to $76.2 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to the second quarter of 2010 due primarily to increased local and Internet advertising and retransmission consent revenue, partially offset by decreased national and political advertising revenue….Cont….


08 2011