Saturday, September 22, 2007
WITI is a Fox network owned-and-operated television station (O&O) located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its signal covers most of southeastern Wisconsin including the cities of Racine, Kenosha, Sheboygan and Waukesha. Its transmitter is located in Shorewood, Wisconsin. The station is the only major network O&O in the Milwaukee market. On June 13, 2007, Fox's parent company, News Corporation, announced its intention to sell the station, along with eight other owned and operated stations.
WITI, being a Fox O&O, airs a great deal of programming from Twentieth Television, including sitcoms (such as Malcolm in the Middle), court shows (like Divorce Court and Christina's Court), The Dr. Keith Ablow Show and reality programming (like COPS). WITI double-runs Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown in the afternoons, and Seinfeld before Fox prime time and in late night. The station airs many of Twentieth's series under test runs before they go into national syndication for non-Fox stations, including Texas Justice, A Current Affair, Good Day Live, Geraldo at Large, and currently Fox's mid-morning The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. The station also airs American Idol Rewind on weekends.
WITI has also aired episodes of M*A*S*H since the 1977 CBS/ABC affiliation switch, first within its CBS series run and then on into syndication WISN-TV channel 12 originally aired syndicated M*A*S*H reruns at 5 pm and 10:30 pm and then later at 11 PM along with other varied time periods when M*A*S*H originally sold in syndicated. WITI gained syndication rights to the show in the 1990s after a long and successful run on WISN. At the time when WITI was a ABC affiliate, in the early 1970s they pre-empted The Dick Cavett Show in favor of old movies, it was shown instead on WVTV-TV when it was a independent station at the time, also they pre-empted All My Children in favor of the noon news.
As was the case with many of the stations acquired from New World, WITI has never aired Fox's children's block in either the Fox Kids or the current 4Kids TV iterations. The block stayed with WCGV for ten years after WITI took the Fox affiliation and in September 2004 moved to independent station WMLW-CA channel 41.
The station celebrated 50 years on the air in 2006, with promotions showing the station's history throughout the year which started airing on New Year's Day, along with a 50th anniversary special during the May sweeps period. They also aired the December 21 NFL Network Packer/Viking game locally .
Since Channel 6 became a Fox O&O, the station has put more emphasis on its local newscasts, and currently runs at least forty hours of news a week. The station's newscasts usually place a strong third behind WTMJ and WISN (both of whom fight it out for first place), though the morning newscast (Fox 6 Wakeup News) is very competitive with the national network shows, and occasionally comes in first in the ratings because of the program's local focus. The station is also one of the few Fox O&O stations to have a newscast at 10pm in the Central and Mountain time zones, with KSAZ in Phoenix, KMSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul, WDAF in Kansas City, WBRC in Birmingham and KDFW in Dallas-Ft. Worth, with WFLD in Chicago recently inaugurating a 10pm show. WTVT in Tampa and WTTG in Washington, D.C. is experimenting with a newscast in the Eastern Time Zone equivalent timeslot of 11pm.
WITI also takes advantage of the fact that the audio for Channel 6 can be heard on an FM radio on 87.7 FM, mentioning often during their morning newscasts, station promotions and breaking news events that you can 'Listen to Fox 6 in your car'.
Mark Concannon (Weekdays on Wake-Up)
Katrina Cravy (Monday-Thursday at 6:00, 9:00; Sunday at 5:00, 9:00, 10:00)
Chris Goodman (Saturdays at 6:00, 9:00, 10:00)
Chrystina Head (Saturdays at 6:00, 9:00, 10:00)
Brad Hicks (Monday-Thursday at 6:00, 9:00; Friday at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00, 10:00)
Tami Hughes (Weekends on Wake-Up)
Nicole Koglin (Weekdays on Wake-Up)
Kim Murphy (Weekdays on Wake-Up)
Ted Perry (Monday-Thursday at 5:00, 10:00; Sunday at 5:00, 9:00, 10:00)
Beverly Taylor (Monday-Thursday at 5:00, 10:00; Friday at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00, 10:00)
Joanne Williams (Weekdays at Noon)
Justin Williams (Weekends on Wake-Up) Anchors
Mike Bartley (forced out in 2000, now at WQED Pittsburgh as host of OnQ)
Joyce Garbaciak (stepped down in 2005, now a features reporter/anchor at WISN (Channel 12))
Vince Gibbens (died in 1995)
Carl Zimmermann (1959-1986, retired)
Stu Armstrong (1956-1959) Past anchors
Vince Condella (Chief Meteorologist, Weekday Evenings)
Bart Adrian (Weekend Evenings)
Rob Haswell (Weekdays on Wake-Up and Noon) Meteorologists
Tom Skilling (Now at WGN-TV Chicago)
Scott Steele (Known for having his dog Spunky with him when he did the weather in the morning on Wake-Up. Now does the weather on weekends on Today's TMJ4 Milwaukee)
Eric Braate, now at KPRC-TV Past meteorologists
Tim Van Vooren Sports
Peter Linton Smith
Bob Moore (Also fills in for Meteorologists)
Katrina Cravy (Contact 6)
Julie Feldman (Health Center)
Gus Gnorski (The Gus Tour weekdays on Wake-Up [Visits various places in the Greater Milwaukee Area or Upcoming Fairs], station announcer, host of Saturday morning DIY show Ask Gus)
Bryan Polcyn (Investigative Reporter)
Jennifer Reyes (Helicopter Reporter)
Wendy Strong (Business Journal)
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