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Sinclair’s Rochester FOX Station to Swap Newscasts

wuhf_304Beginning January 1, viewers of Sinclair owned FOX affiliate WUHF will be watching a different newscast than the one they’ve watched for the last eight years.

Because of Sinclair’s purchase of ABC affiliate WHAM in December 2012 and the expiration of a shared services agreement between WUHF and CBS affiliate WROC viewers will see a WHAM produced newscast on the FOX affiliate instead of the one produced by Nexstar owned WROC.

Currently, WHAM produces a 10:00 p.m. news and a morning show for the Rochester digital CW affiliate. The plan is to have those shows move to FOX. The 10:00 p.m. news will be retitled, “13 WHAM News at 10 on FOX Rochester.” The morning show will be called “Good Day Rochester.”

“We have the No. 1 news broadcast news brand in the market … and we’re going to continue to do that brand on Fox,” WHAM general manager Chuck Samuels told Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle. “We’re not going to pretend we’re something else. Everyone’s going to know it’s 13 WHAM’s production.” Read more

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WHAM Re-Signs Anchor Don Alhart

Don Alhart has signed a multi-year contract extension at WHAM, the ABC affiliate in Rochester.

Alhart anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts and serves at the station’s associate news director. He has worked at WHAM for almost 50 years.

“When you think of news in Rochester, you think of Don Alhart,” WHAM general manager Chuck Samuels said in a statement. “The passion he has for his job and this community is evident every day. We are thrilled to let the viewers know that he will be behind the anchor desk for many years to come.”

Rochester Duopoly WHAM Plans to Launch 10 p.m. Newscast on Digital Subchannel, CW-Affiliate

WHAM in Rochester, NY announced on Monday that it will launch a new half-hour newscast beginning January 1.  The new 10 p.m. newscast will be broadcast on WHAM-DT2, the ABC-affiliate’s digital sub-channel and local CW-affiliate.

The newscast will include the usual mix of local news, weather, and sports and the Newport Television-owned duopoly plans to have it air seven days a week.

“We are extremely excited to expand our news product, and give the people of Rochester a convenient alternative to the late news,” said Chuck Samuels, WHAM’s vice president and general manager. “We have a commitment to this community to be the leaders in local news and weather.”

WHAM-DT2 was launched in 2000 as a cable-only WB-affiliate known as WRWB.  WHAM acquired the station from Time Warner  in 2006 following the launch of the CW network.