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KOLN Anchor John Fortney Returning to WTAP

John Fortney, the evening anchor at KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln, is returning to Parkersburg, WV to be the anchor and news director at WTAP.

Fortney began his television career at WTAP as the weeknight weatherman in 1998. He was named primary anchor at the NBC-affiliate in 1994, a post he held for two years before leaving in 1996 to join Ohio News Network.

“We are very pleased that John is coming back to WTAP,” Roger Sheppard, station vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “He worked very hard when he was here and did some great reporting. In the past 15 years, he has gained a breadth of experience which he brings back to help make our station even better.” Read more

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Gray’s WTAP Set to Become First Station in West Virginia to Broadcast News in HD

WTAP, a NBC-affiliate serving Parkersburg, WV and Marietta, OH, is set to become the first station in West Virginia to broadcast its local newscasts in HD.

The Gray Television-owned station plans to air its 11 p.m. newscast in high definition for the first time on May 29th.

“Our NBC station will now be virtually HD all day long, from sign on to sign off,” said WTAP vice president and general manager Roger Sheppard.

As part of the transition to HD, WTAP is introducing a new on-air graphics system and plans to erect a new 120-foot broadcast tower adjacent to its studios.

“We are Gray’s smallest, free-standing television station,” Sheppard says. “But Gray believes in West Virginia and believes in this community. So, it made the additional, sizeable investment necessary to take us the last few steps to full HD.”