call_letters = WSMH
city = Flint
station_branding = Fox 66
analog = 66 (UHF)
digital = 16 (UHF)
affiliations = Fox
location = Flint / Saginaw /
Bay City, Michigan
callsign_meaning = We Show More Hits
Sinclair Broadcast Group
licensee = WSMH Licensee, LLC
former_affiliations = Independent (1985-1986)
The Tube (on DT2, until 2007)
effective_radiated_power = 1,170 kW (analog)
19.3 kW (digital)
HAAT = 287 m (analog)
348.1 m (digital)
facility_id = 21737
coordinates = coord|43|13|15.2|N|84|3|12.1|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.wsmh.com/ wsmh.com]
WSMH (known on the air as FOX 66), is the Fox-affiliated
television stationfor Mid- Michigan. Its transmitter is located near Chesaning. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station has studios on West Pierson Road in Mount Morris Township. Syndicated programming on the station includes: " The Simpsons", " Two and a Half Men", " Everybody Loves Raymond", and " Seinfeld".
WSMH went on the air in
Marchof 1985as an independent station. In 1987, it became a charter Fox affiliate. The station took its call letters from the fact that it airs syndicated reruns of more hit series than most stations that eventually joined WSMH's current network. The call letters stand for the slogan "We Show More Hits" and not for anyone in the Smith family whose Sinclair Broadcast Group bought the station in 1996. To this day, reruns of Fox affiliate programs, as well as those normally not shown on most other Fox affiliates (including those aired on many UPNaffiliates as well as Tribune Broadcasting's CW affiliates), are part of WSMH's schedule. In addition, WSMH also carries a few first-run syndicated programs seen on Fox affiliates and several first-run syndicated shows not carried by those same stations.
Septemberof 2006, shortly after WSMH's digital signal was activated on UHFchannel 16, the station added The Tube (a 24-hour music video channel) on its second digital subchannel. However, this channel was removed sometime between Februaryand Marchof 2007. At first, WSMH only broadcasted their own programming on DT1 (DT2 was not used). However, they added a standard definitiondigital signal on DT2 in recent times. WSMH and WXMIin Grand Rapids are the longest serving Fox affiliates in the state because WKBDin Detroitjoined UPN. Oddly, WKBD was available in Mid-Michigan cable systems while still a Fox affiliate and would serve as the region's UPN affiliate for that network's existence. WJBKis currently Detroit's Fox affiliate. Sinclair and Fox cut a six year affiliation contract extension for Sinclair's 19 Fox affiliates. As a result, Fox will remain on WSMH through at least March of 2012.
inclair dispute with Comcast
The retransmission agreement between the Sinclair Broadcast Group and
Comcastwas set to expire on February 5, 2007. An extension was granted two times so the two sides could negotiate. During the talks, Comcast stated that they would not pay cash for retransmission rights but were willing to give free commercial time to WSMH in exchange for retransmission rights. On March 9, Sinclair and Comcast signed a new deal to extend retransmission rights for four years to expire on March 1, 2011.
October 28, 2002, WSMH began airing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast known as "Fox 66 News at 10" (powered by " News Central"). It was the first Sinclair-owned station to use the "News Central" service and marked the first time the station had ventured into the news market. As a result of the newscast airing at 10 o'clock, ratings were hard to determine amongst competitors in the region. In Januaryof 2006, the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced plans to end its "News Central" broadcast due to low ratings and expense. Other Sinclair owned stations in Buffalo, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Tampa were also notified of the decision and had their newscasts either outsourced to other stations or dropped all together. On April 10, 2006, Sinclair announced that CBSaffiliate WNEM-TVwould begin producing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast on WSMH known as "TV 5 News at 10 on Fox 66". The WNEM-produced newscasts began airing on April 24. The productions would feature WNEM's current news team. After the final "News Central" broadcast on April 21, some WSMH news employees were laid off.
It had been expected that some former WNEM personalities on WSMH's "News Central" team would join the newscast in the future according to a press release. This was the case for former WSMH reporter David Custer who joined the WNEM news team on
May 3. Custer has since left the broadcasting field and taken an executive position at an internationally renowned gourmet food distributor. Another WSMH "News Central" member, Jim Kiertzner, joined Detroit's NBCaffiliate WDIV-TV. Even after WSMH shut down its news operation, Mark E. Hyman's "The Point" editorials continued to air on the station following the end of the WNEM-produced newscasts. Hyman ended his commentaries on November 30. The final "News Central" broadcast featured, in its last few minutes, clips from past shows. At the end, the studio was darkened, and Kiertzner and his boss left for the last time. The time slot for the weekend newscasts before the first WNEM-production aired was filled with infomercials. On Monday nights during the 10 o'clock broadcast, the "Fugitive Files" segment airs.
"TV 5 News at 10 on Fox 66" "(10 to 11 P.M.)"
"WSMH features additional news personnel from WNEM. See WNEM-TV News Team for a complete listing."
*Jennifer Bauer - weeknight anchor
*Jim Kiertzner - weeknight anchor and investigative reporter
*Dawn Sterling - weekend anchor and reporter
*Jennifer Gladstone - national news
*Morris Jones - national news
*Vytas Reid - Chief Meteorologist seen on weeknights
*Chuck Bell - meteorologist
*Megan Glaros - meteorologist
*Elizabeth Hart - meteorologist
*Scott Padgett - meteorologist
*Jonas Schwartz - Sports Director seen on weeknights
*Mark Armstrong - weekend sports
*Mark Hyman - "The Point with Mark Hyman" segment producer
*Katie McClelland - reporter
*Tara Edwards - reporter
*Nicole Hunter - reporter
*David Custer - reporter
After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on February 17, 2009 [http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf] , WSMH will remain on its current pre-transition channel number, 16. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display WSMH's
virtual channelas 66.
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