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WPPA-TV
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Branding WPPA 11 (general)
Channel 11 News (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On (general)
LIVE, Local, Late-Breaking (newscasts open)
Channels

Digital: 11 (VHF)

Subchannels 11.1 WPPA 11 HD
11.2 Channel 11 News NOW
Affiliations Independent
Owner WMFL Corporation
Licensee WMFL Television
First air date June 1st, 1951
Call letters' meaning Pittsburgh, PA
Sister stations(s) WPPA-AM 1020, 93.7 WPPA-FM & PNC

WPPA-TV is a TV station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania broadcasting as a Independent station on DT ch. 11. It's transmitter is located @ the top of the U.S. Steel Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh. The station is currently owned by WMFL Corporation

HistoryEdit

WPPA-TV signed on June 1st, 1951. It was Pittsburgh's 1st TV station. WPPA-TV signed on as a Independent station & still runs as a Independent station, today. WPPA-TV was owned by WMFL Corporation & still owns the station today. WPPA-TV is 1 of several properties in Pittsburgh, that is owned by WMFL Corporation, which also owns radio stations WPPA (1020 kHz) + WPPA-FM (93.7 MHz) & publishes the Pittsburgh Herald. WMFL Corporation also O&O Pittsburgh's NewsChannel (PNC) <see below>, which shares resources from both WPPA-TV & the Pittsburgh Herald.

On October 2nd 2004, WPPA-TV became the 1st station in Pittsburgh to broadcast news in HD. With the switch to HD came a new set & new HD graphics

Newscast HistoryEdit

WPPA-TV occasionally pre-empts programming to report BREAKING NEWS. Typically, WPPA-TV offers 10 hours of LIVE newscasts on WPPA 11, each weekday & 5 3/4th's of LIVE newscasts on weekends w/ a sports wrap-up show at 11:45 PM. Previous brandings for newscasts include WPPA-TV News, 11 NewsWatch, 11 Eyewitness NewsCenter & News 11

WeekdaysEdit

WPPA-TV was the 1st channel to offer a 5:30 PM newscast in Pittsburgh beginning in 1986. The newscast was named Channel 11 News 1st Edition. They were also the 1st station to offer a 5:00 newscast in the early 1990s. The newscast was named Channel 11 News First at 5:00 & was later renamed in 1997, after WPPA-TV became the 1st station to offer a 4:00 newscast called Channel 11 News at 4:00

WeekendsEdit

WPPA-TV was the 1st station to offer Weekend Newscasts in 1989, by offering a 5:00, 6:00 & 10:00 newscasts. WPPA-TV offers the Steel City's only 4 hours of News on Weekend Mornings from 7:00-11:00 AM

Pittsburgh's NewsChannelEdit

The station went into cable TV on January 1st 1990, with the launch of PNC: Pittsburgh's NewsChannel.

PNC re-airs a newscast from WPPA 11: "Channel 11 News' 11 at 11:00", which can be seen weeknights at 11:00 PM on WPPA 11, is re-aired at Midnight on PNC

Edit

WPPA-TV currently uses the number 11 drawn into a circle, which debuted in 1986. The 11 symbol is colored gold, while the box around it's dark blue. WPPA-TV's current look uses the circle 11 logo with stylized "WPPA" below it

MusicEdit

WPPA-TV is known to commission it's own theme music from companies, although it has previously used the famous Move Closer to Your World theme

PresentEdit

  • Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon
  • Pittsburgh Pirates baseball (since 1951)

DTVEdit

Digital channels
Virtual
Channel
Video Aspect Programming
11.1 1080i 16:9 WPPA 11 HD
11.2 1080i 16:9 Channel 11 News NOW

WPPA-TV was the 1st channel in Pittsburgh to make use of additional programming on it's DT channels.

ProgrammingEdit

Syndicated Programming on WPPA 11Edit

  • LIVE with Regis & Kelly Weekdays at 10:00 AM
  • Ellen Weekdays at 11:00 AM
  • Dr. Oz Weekdays at 1:00 PM
  • The Doctors Weekdays at 2:00 PM
  • The Nate Berkus Show Weekdays at 3:00 PM
  • Wheel of Fortune Weeknights at 7:00 PM
  • Jeopardy! Weeknights at 7:30 PM
  • The Roland Ortega Show Weeknights at 8:00 PM (Syndicated to most WMFL Corporation-owned TV Stations from WMFL-TV 6 in Miami)
  • The Simpsons (2 episodes) Every Night at 12:00 AM
  • Family Guy (2 episodes) Every Night at 1:00 AM

Newscast Repeats on WPPA 11Edit

  • Channel 11 News at 10:00 Every Night at 2:00 AM
  • Channel 11 News' 11 at 11:00 Every Night at 3:00 AM
  • Channel 11's PGH Sports-Wrap Weekends at 3:45 AM

NewscastsEdit

Unlike other stations in Pittsburgh, WPPA-TV airs newscasts, all day. As a Independent station, WPPA-TV airs the news at 10:00 PM & their morning newscast from 4:00-10:00 AM & also airs newscasts at Noon, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 & 11:00 PM. On October 2nd 2004, WPPA 11 became the 1st station in Pittsburgh to broadcast news in HD. Channel 11 News shares it's news content w/ PNC for videos & some news reports. On April 18th 2011, WPPA 11 expanded their This Morning Weekday newscast by a 1/2-hour, starting it earlier at 4:00 AM. On October 15th 2011, WPPA 11 added a weekend half-hour newscast at Noon. On October 29th 2011, WPPA 11 expanded their This Morning Weekend newscast by an hour, starting it earlier at 6:00 AM

  • Weekdays:
    • Channel 11 News This Morning Weekdays from 4:00-10:00 AM
    • Channel 11 News at Noon Weekdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
    • Channel 11 News at 4:00 Weekdays from 4:00-5:00 PM
    • Channel 11 News at 5:00 Weekdays from 5:00-6:00 PM
    • Channel 11 News at 6:00 Weekdays from 6:00-7:00 PM
    • Channel 11 News at 10:00 Weekdays from 10:00-11:00 PM
    • Channel 11 News' 11 at 11:00 Weekdays from 11:00 PM-12:00 AM
  • Weekends:
    • Channel 11 News This Morning Weekends from 6:00-11:00 AM
    • Channel 11 News at Noon Weekends from 12:00-12:30 PM
    • Channel 11 News at 5:00 Weekends from 5:00-6:00 PM
    • Channel 11 News at 6:00 Weekends from 6:00-7:00 PM
    • Channel 11 News at 10:00 Weekends from 10:00-11:00 PM
    • Channel 11 News' 11 at 11:00 Weekends from 11:00-11:45 PM
    • Channel 11's PGH Sports-Wrap Weekends from 11:45 PM-12:00 AM

News/Station PresentationEdit

Newscast titlesEdit

  • WPPA-TV News (1951-1970)
  • 11 NewsWatch (1970-1975)
  • Eyewitness NewsCenter 11 (1975-1979)
  • News 11 (1980-1982)
  • Channel 11 News (1982-present)

Station SlogansEdit

  • More News, More Often (1990-1994)
  • Your 24-Hour News Source (1990-1996)
  • LIVE, Local, Late-Breaking News (1996-1998)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1998-present; primary)
  • LIVE, Local, Late-Breaking (2007-Present; secondary)

News MusicEdit

  • WPPA 1951 News Theme (1951-1957)
  • WPPA 1957 News Theme (1957-1965)
  • WMFL 1965 News Theme (1965-1969)
  • WPPA 1969 News Theme (1969-1975)
  • Move Closer To Your World (1975-1981) (Mayoham Music)
  • WPXI 1981 News Theme (1981-1986)
  • Move Closer To Your World (1986-1994) (Mayoham Music)
  • WPXI 1993 News Theme (1993-1994)
  • Move Closer To Your World-esque Theme (1994-1998) (Cliff Schwarz)
  • Total Coverage (1998-2004) (615 Music)
  • WGN News Theme (2004-2007) (Non-Stop Music)
  • Chicago's Very Own (2007-Present) (615 Music)

TriviaEdit

  • Since the program's start, Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy! have aired on WPPA-TV. They air at 7:00 PM & 7:30 PM, respectively. WPPA-TV is also the ONLY WMFL Corporation-owned TV station to air both programs

External linksEdit

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