WSVN
Overview
 
WSVN, channel 7, is a television station
Television station
A television station is a business, organisation or other such as an amateur television operator that transmits content over terrestrial television. A television transmission can be by analog television signals or, more recently, by digital television. Broadcast television systems standards are...

 located in Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625...

, USA
United States
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. WSVN is owned by Sunbeam Television
Sunbeam Television
Sunbeam Television Corporation is a broadcasting company based in Miami, Florida, and owns three television stations in the United States.-History:...

, and is an affiliate of the Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

. The station has its studio facilities located in North Bay Village
North Bay Village, Florida
North Bay Village is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,733. As of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 7,137.North Bay Village is located at ....

 and transmitter based in north Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade County, Florida
Miami-Dade County is a county located in the southeastern part of the state of Florida. As of 2010 U.S. Census, the county had a population of 2,496,435, making it the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States...

.

WSVN operates a Key West
Key West, Florida
Key West is a city in Monroe County, Florida, United States. The city encompasses the island of Key West, the part of Stock Island north of U.S. 1 , Sigsbee Park , Fleming Key , and Sunset Key...

 repeater, WKIZ-LP, on channel 49. WKIZ's calls are a play on the Florida Keys since the translator serves Key West.

It is a television station in the South Florida metropolitan area
South Florida metropolitan area
The South Florida metropolitan area, also known as the Miami metropolitan area, and designated the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area by the U.S...

 (also known as the Miami metropolitan area) market in the three counties: Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County.


On June 12, 2009, WSVN remained on channel 7 when the analog to digital conversion was completed.
Encyclopedia
WSVN, channel 7, is a television station
Television station
A television station is a business, organisation or other such as an amateur television operator that transmits content over terrestrial television. A television transmission can be by analog television signals or, more recently, by digital television. Broadcast television systems standards are...

 located in Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. WSVN is owned by Sunbeam Television
Sunbeam Television
Sunbeam Television Corporation is a broadcasting company based in Miami, Florida, and owns three television stations in the United States.-History:...

, and is an affiliate of the Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

. The station has its studio facilities located in North Bay Village
North Bay Village, Florida
North Bay Village is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,733. As of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 7,137.North Bay Village is located at ....

 and transmitter based in north Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade County, Florida
Miami-Dade County is a county located in the southeastern part of the state of Florida. As of 2010 U.S. Census, the county had a population of 2,496,435, making it the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States...

.

WSVN operates a Key West
Key West, Florida
Key West is a city in Monroe County, Florida, United States. The city encompasses the island of Key West, the part of Stock Island north of U.S. 1 , Sigsbee Park , Fleming Key , and Sunset Key...

 repeater, WKIZ-LP, on channel 49. WKIZ's calls are a play on the Florida Keys since the translator serves Key West.

It is a television station in the South Florida metropolitan area
South Florida metropolitan area
The South Florida metropolitan area, also known as the Miami metropolitan area, and designated the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area by the U.S...

 (also known as the Miami metropolitan area) market in the three counties: Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County.

Digital television

Channel Video Aspect
Aspect ratio
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Programming
7.1 720p
720p
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16:9
16:9
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Main WSVN programming / FOX
7.2 480i
480i
480i is the shorthand name for a video mode, namely the US NTSC television system or digital television systems with the same characteristics. The i, which is sometimes uppercase, stands for interlaced, the 480 for a vertical frame resolution of 480 lines containing picture information; while NTSC...

 
4:3  Estrella TV
Estrella TV
Estrella TV is a Spanish-language television network owned by Liberman Broadcasting. The network launched September 14, 2009.-Affiliates:-Former Affiliates:-Controversy:...



On June 12, 2009, WSVN remained on channel 7 when the analog to digital conversion was completed. The station was one of four VHF
Very high frequency
Very high frequency is the radio frequency range from 30 MHz to 300 MHz. Frequencies immediately below VHF are denoted High frequency , and the next higher frequencies are known as Ultra high frequency...

 digital stations granted a power increase later that month after stations experienced signal problems on VHF that did not occur with UHF
Ultra high frequency
Ultra-High Frequency designates the ITU Radio frequency range of electromagnetic waves between 300 MHz and 3 GHz , also known as the decimetre band or decimetre wave as the wavelengths range from one to ten decimetres...

.

While WSVN includes Estrella TV as part of the lineup, the station pre-empts one of their talk shows, Jose Luis Sin Censura, due to inappropriate and offending language and content, after receiving complaints from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

History

The station began broadcasting on July 29, 1956. It had the call letters WCKT and was a NBC
NBC
The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network and former radio network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center with additional major offices near Los Angeles and in Chicago...

 affiliate owned by Biscayne Television Corporation. The station was a partnership of the Cox
Cox Enterprises
Cox Enterprises is the successor to the publishing company founded in Dayton, Ohio, United States, by James Middleton Cox, who began with the Dayton Daily News. He was the Democratic candidate for the President of the United States in the election of 1920...

 and Knight publishing families who owned Miami's two major newspapers: the Miami News
The Miami News
The Miami News was the dominant evening newspaper in Miami, Florida for most of the 20th century, its chief concurrent competitor being the morning-edition of The Miami Herald. The paper started publishing in May 1896 as a weekly called The Miami Metropolis. The Metropolis had become a daily paper...

and Miami Herald
The Miami Herald
The Miami Herald is a daily newspaper owned by The McClatchy Company headquartered on Biscayne Bay in the Omni district of Downtown Miami, Florida, United States...

, respectively. The same partnership also owned WCKR radio (610 AM, now WIOD
WIOD
WIOD is a news/talk formatted radio station in Miami, Florida. For over 80 years, it has been a major information station in South Florida...

) and WCKR-FM (97.3, now WFLC
WFLC
WFLC is an Adult Contemporary music formatted radio station in Miami, Florida. The station is owned by Cox Radio. It plays music from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, except on weekends, when it plays only 1980s music as part of the "Totally 80s Weekends"...

). Before WCKT signed on, NBC had been carried on WFTL-TV (channel 23) in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, on the Atlantic coast. It is the county seat of Broward County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 165,521. It is a principal city of the South Florida metropolitan area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010...

 (later known as WGBS-TV after it had been acquired by Storer Broadcasting
Storer Broadcasting
Storer Broadcasting, Inc. was an American company which owned several television and radio stations in the northeast United States. It was incorporated in Ohio in 1927, and sold its broadcasting properties in 1983.-1920s—1940s:...

) along with some DuMont
DuMont Television Network
The DuMont Television Network, also known as the DuMont Network, DuMont, Du Mont, or Dumont was one of the world's pioneer commercial television networks, rivalling NBC for the distinction of being first overall. It began operation in the United States in 1946. It was owned by DuMont...

 programming. However, WFTL struggled because television sets were not required to have UHF tuning capability. When the Cox/Knight partnership won a construction permit and license for channel 7, NBC quickly agreed to move its affiliation to that channel since WCKR had long been the NBC Radio affiliate in Miami. Channel 23 became an independent station and eventually went dark, and later came back to the air in 1967 as WAJA-TV, eventually becoming Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

-owned WLTV.

WCKT and Biscayne Television lose license

In 1962, the Cox/Knight partnership was stripped of both of its broadcast licenses because it violated Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency of the United States government, created, Congressional statute , and with the majority of its commissioners appointed by the current President. The FCC works towards six goals in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the...

 (FCC) licensing rules and because of ethics violations. In hearings that began back in June 1960, it was found that some of the principals of Biscayne Television, as well as some of James M. Cox
James M. Cox
James Middleton Cox was the 46th and 48th Governor of Ohio, U.S. Representative from Ohio and Democratic candidate for President of the United States in the election of 1920....

's personal friends, had made improper contact with FCC commissioner Richard Mack in order to influence the award of the construction permit and licenses. Biscayne was competing for the license with East Coast Television and South Florida TV. Mack had also been found guilty of taking payoffs and was forced to resign by President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States, from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army...

, as well as the rest of the FCC commissioners.

Biscayne Television originally planned to appeal its license revocation but was advised that it would be turned down due to the gravity of the situation. Mack had also been found guilty of taking payoffs in the licensing process of another Miami station, WPST-TV (channel 10, now WPLG
WPLG
WPLG, channel 10, is an ABC network affiliated television station located in Miami, Florida. WPLG is owned and operated by Post-Newsweek Stations, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company. The station's studios are located in Pembroke Park, and its transmitter is located at the massive broadcast...

), to the broadcasting subsidiary of National Airlines
National Airlines (NA)
National Airlines was an airline founded in 1934 and was headquartered on the grounds of Miami International Airport in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States near Miami.- History :...

. WPST had its license revoked and Biscayne then opted to put WCKT on the market. The owners of WPST were forced to sell the station only after they had to cease broadcasting.

Shortly afterward a new company called Sunbeam Television Corporation bought the station for $3.4 million and assumed ownership on December 19, 1962. Upon the change in ownership, Sunbeam retained the WCKT call letters and claimed the Cox/Knight station's history as its own. Sunbeam Television was a partnership between Sydney Ansin, a Miami Beach
Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach is a coastal resort city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, incorporated on March 26, 1915. The municipality is located on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, the latter which separates the Beach from Miami city proper...

-based real estate developer, and his son Edmund ("Ed") Ansin. The younger Ansin succeeded his father as president of Sunbeam Television in 1971. On June 7, 1983, the station's call letters were changed to the current WSVN, after those call letters were purchased from a PBS
Public Broadcasting Service
The Public Broadcasting Service is an American non-profit public broadcasting television network with 354 member TV stations in the United States which hold collective ownership. Its headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia....

 station in Norton, Virginia
Norton, Virginia
Norton is an independent city within the confines of Wise County in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 Census, the city population was 3,958, making it the smallest city in the state by population...

. The station has used its own version of the circle 7 logo since the mid-1970s.

Sunbeam Television ownership

As an NBC station, WCKT/WSVN aired a newscast in place of whatever NBC aired weekdays at Noon. It also, at some times of the year, preempted shows during the 10 or 11 a.m. hour (but ran at least one of these hours) and preempted an occasional primetime show. While NBC was traditionally far less tolerant of pre-emptions than the other networks, it did not mind this at first provided that NBC was able to contact alternate independent stations in the Miami area to air whatever programs that WSVN did not air. In addition, NBC programs that WSVN didn't air were cleared by WPTV (channel 5) in West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach, is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and is the most populous city in and county seat of Palm Beach County, the third most populous county in Florida with a 2010 population of 1,320,134. The city is also the oldest incorporated municipality in South Florida...

. WPTV's signal provides city-grade coverage of Fort Lauderdale and was available on nearly every cable system in the area. However, in the early 1980s, WPTV fell off a few Miami cable systems to make room for new channels. Largely due to those preemptions, WCKT/WSVN was one of NBC's weaker affiliates. Though the independent stations NBC contacted continued to air programs not shown on WSVN, NBC preferred that their whole schedule aired on one station and eventually concluded that they needed to own their own outlet in the growing Miami/Ft. Lauderdale market.

Network affiliation switch

NBC got its chance in the late 1980s when CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

 affiliate WTVJ
WTVJ
WTVJ, virtual channel 6 , is an owned-and-operated television station of the NBC television network, located in Broward County. WTVJ shares its TV studio and office facility with co-owned Telemundo station WSCV in Miramar, Florida, and its transmitter is located near Sun Life Stadium in north...

 (then on channel 4, now on channel 6), Florida's oldest television station, went on the market. NBC's corporate parent General Electric
General Electric
General Electric Company , or GE, is an American multinational conglomerate corporation incorporated in Schenectady, New York and headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States...

 purchased that station in 1987, but WTVJ's affiliation contract with CBS did not run out until the end of 1988. CBS was willing to let WTVJ out of its affiliation contract a year early. Conversely, Ed Ansin was not interested in letting NBC out of its pact with WSVN, which also expired at the same time; Ansin even made an unsuccessful petition to the Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency of the United States government, created, Congressional statute , and with the majority of its commissioners appointed by the current President. The FCC works towards six goals in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the...

 to stop NBC's purchase of WTVJ. He wanted channel 7 to air NBC's strong fall 1988 lineup, which included the Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

 World Series
1988 World Series
-Game 1:Saturday, October 15, 1988 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBecause of using ace Orel Hershiser in Game 7 of the NLCS, the Dodgers had to open with rookie Tim Belcher in Game 1. Meanwhile, Oakland sent a well-rested Dave Stewart to the mound. Both pitchers, however, would have...

 and the Summer Olympics
1988 Summer Olympics
The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were an all international multi-sport events celebrated from September 17 to October 2, 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. They were the second summer Olympic Games to be held in Asia and the first since the 1964 Summer Olympics...

. As a result, NBC was forced to run WTVJ as a CBS affiliate for more than a year, with all of the NBC shows preempted by WSVN airing to WTVJ (a situation that did not sit well with either network). When Ansin made an offer to take the CBS affiliation, CBS turned the offer down. Instead, CBS bought Miami's original Fox affiliate, WCIX (channel 6, now WFOR-TV
WFOR-TV
WFOR-TV, virtual channel 4.1 , is the CBS owned-and-operated station in Miami, Florida. WFOR shares its TV studio facilities with sister station WBFS-TV in Doral, near Miami International Airport, and its transmitter is located in Miramar.WFOR-TV also previously had two translator stations in the...

 on channel 4), even though that station had an inadequate signal in Broward County. In May 1988, Ed Ansin filed an antitrust lawsuit against NBC, CBS and General Electric
General Electric
General Electric Company , or GE, is an American multinational conglomerate corporation incorporated in Schenectady, New York and headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States...

, a week after he had claimed that CBS backed out of negotiations to affiliate with WSVN.

Finally, on January 1, 1989, South Florida's first network affiliation switch occurred, with NBC moving to WTVJ full-time and WSVN receiving the Fox affiliation, which had previously been carried by WCIX. WSVN had far less programming to pre-empt as a result, as Fox only programmed weekends at the time; thus, WSVN originally considered themselves an independent station and before the network's expansion into weeknights in the early 1990s, had aired a film in primetime every weeknight at 8 p.m. The station also took on a news-intensive format after the affiliation switch, expanding its newscasts to eight hours on weekdays. WSVN's affiliation with Fox could also be seen as a major coup for the fledgling network, as WSVN had been the area's longtime NBC affiliate and Fox was pleased to gain affiliation with a station which had been with a "Big Three" network for years. The combination of WSVN not following a similar pattern to other Fox affiliates at the time and WCIX becoming a "Big Three" affiliate also led then-struggling independent WDZL (channel 39, now CW
The CW Television Network
The CW Television Network is a television network in the United States launched at the beginning of the 2006–2007 television season. It is a joint venture between CBS Corporation, the former owners of United Paramount Network , and Time Warner's Warner Bros., former majority owner of The WB...

 affiliate WSFL-TV
WSFL-TV
WSFL-TV, channel 39, is a The CW Television Network-affiliated television station located in Miami. Owned by the Tribune Company, the station shares studios with co-owned newspaper the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, and has its transmitter based in Miramar, Florida.It is a television station in...

) to rise to prominence, as WDZL picked up many shows once on WCIX.

Fox affiliation

Instead of buying a lot of off-network sitcoms and running cartoons, WSVN opted to move to a news-intensive format and poured most of its resources into its news department. Because of this, the station had a higher local newscast output than the rest of Fox's stations did at the time of the switch; when WSVN became a Fox affiliate, only a small number of Fox stations ran local news, which were limited to late primetime slots (as of 2010, only about one-quarter of Fox's affiliates carry newscasts in either the midday, 4, 5 or 6 p.m. time periods, in addition to morning and/or primetime newscasts). It began to air a lot of first-run syndicated
Television syndication
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 talk shows, court shows, off-network dramas, and eight hours of news a day; in its early years with the Fox network, local news on WSVN ran on weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m., 12 to 1 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m., and 10 to 11 p.m.

It also ran some cartoons on weekends as well; it originally aired Fox Kids
Fox Kids
Fox Kids was the Fox Broadcasting Company's American children's programming division and brand name from September 8, 1990 until September 7, 2002. It was owned by Fox Television Entertainment airing programming on Monday–Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.Depending on the show, the...

 programming in 1990, but by 1993 it moved to WDZL. WBFS-TV
WBFS-TV
WBFS-TV is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for South Florida that is licensed to Miami. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 32 from a transmitter in Miramar. Owned by the CBS Corporation, the station is sister to CBS affiliate WFOR-TV and the two share...

 (channel 33) aired the 4Kids TV
4Kids TV
4Kids TV was a Saturday morning television programming block on the Fox Broadcasting Company. The block was part of the Fox Network schedule...

 block until the block ended on December 28, 2008. In 1994, when New World Communications
New World Communications
New World Pictures was an independent motion picture and television production company, and later television station owner in the United States from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s...

 switched most of its stations' to Fox, the programming on them was very similar in format to WSVN except that their news format may have aimed at an older audience than WSVN. Also, many stations owned by New World passed on Fox Kids just as WSVN.

As a Fox affiliate, the station is branded "WSVN 7", rather than "Fox 7" under Fox's station standardization rule (Boston
Boston
Boston is the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region. The city proper had...

 sister station WHDH does brand itself with its network name as "7 NBC", though NBC is not as strict with branding as Fox). However, Fox News Channel
Fox News Channel
Fox News Channel , often called Fox News, is a cable and satellite television news channel owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of News Corporation...

 refers to the station as "Fox 7" when carrying WSVN's coverage of news from South Florida during breaking news emergencies. Also until a revamp of the website in late 2009, the Fox logo occasionally appeared in a rolling marquee on the top left hand corner of the website.

WSVN today

WSVN tends to run a lot of lower budget first run syndicated shows that other stations pass on. Fox supplies the station with a primetime lineup and plenty of weekend sports. Even though other stations outbid WSVN for the best programming, the station has far higher ratings than WSFL and WBFS and often beats the other network affiliates in ratings, considering Fox's growing ratings, especially when Fox finished the 2007/2008 season as the #1 network in the nation for the first time in its 22-year history. In May 2006, WSVN was the market's highest-rated English-language station from sign-on to sign-off. WFOR has since surpassed WSVN as the number one English-language station in Miami, though WSVN has been a solid runner up and has tied with WPLG. Today, the station has expanded its news programming and added other local programs such as Deco Drive.

News operation

When the station gained the Fox affiliation, it became the second Fox affiliate to have a weekday morning newscast and was the first with weeknight 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.

The station currently has an 11 p.m. newscast, in addition to its 10 p.m. newscast. The 11 p.m. newscast began in 1995 as a 15-minute O.J. Simpson murder case wrap-up, and did not expand to weekend evenings until September 26, 2009, (an 11 p.m. newscast previously existed before the 1989 switch to Fox). A half-hour 4 p.m. newscast was added to the schedule on September 11, 2006, which later expanded to an hour in 2007. On July 11, 2010 WSVN expanded its Saturday and Sunday 6 p.m. newscasts to one hour with the addition of half-hour newscasts at 6:30 p.m.

WSVN broadcasts 63 hours of local news each week, the most of any local television station in the United States, and the second most of any local television station in North America (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton is a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Conceived by George Hamilton when he purchased the Durand farm shortly after the War of 1812, Hamilton has become the centre of a densely populated and industrialized region at the west end of Lake Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe...

 independent station CHCH-TV
CHCH-TV
CHCH-DT, channel 11, is a television station originating in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with transmitters located throughout Ontario. CHCH currently operates as an independent station, having previously served as a CBC Television affiliate, and more recently as the flagship station of the...

 broadcasts a total of 69 hours per week). The station currently airs 10½ hours of news on weekdays (5-10 a.m., noon-1 p.m., 4-7 p.m., 10-11:30 p.m.), and typically about four hours on weekends, not counting entertainment programming or breaking news coverage; unlike other news-intensive Fox stations, WSVN carries weekend evening newscasts at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays (others either air early evening weekend newscasts at different times on Saturdays and Sundays (i.e., Saturdays at 6 and Sundays at 5 p.m.), air them either at only 5 or 6 p.m. on both nights or do not carry early evening weekend newscasts at all); however as is standard with Fox stations that carry early evening weekend newscasts, WSVN's weekend 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts are subject to preemption and/or delay due to network sports coverage.

The station's weather radar
Weather radar
Weather radar, also called weather surveillance radar and Doppler weather radar, is a type of radar used to locate precipitation, calculate its motion, estimate its type . Modern weather radars are mostly pulse-Doppler radars, capable of detecting the motion of rain droplets in addition to the...

 is called "Storm Tracker 7". All newscasts, including entertainment show Deco Drive, can be viewed live on WSVN's website. On January 11, 2009, starting with their 5 p.m. newscast, WSVN became the second station in Miami (behind WTVJ) to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition
High-definition television
High-definition television is video that has resolution substantially higher than that of traditional television systems . HDTV has one or two million pixels per frame, roughly five times that of SD...

. With the switch to HD came a new updated newsplex that premiered on December 29, 2008 and new HD graphics. On August 22, 2011, WSVN expanded Today in Florida, with the addition of a fifth hour from 9-10 a.m.; this increased WSVN's weekly news output to 63 hours a week, surpassing KRON-TV
KRON-TV
KRON-TV, virtual channel 4 , is a television station in San Francisco, California, serving as the Bay Area affiliate of the MyNetworkTV programming service; the station is owned by Young Broadcasting...

 in San Francisco as the station with the highest local news output in the United States, and the second highest news output of any North American television station.

Newscast titles

  • WCKT-TV News (1956–1962)
  • The World Today / The World Tonight (1962–1973; later used by WTVJ
    WTVJ
    WTVJ, virtual channel 6 , is an owned-and-operated television station of the NBC television network, located in Broward County. WTVJ shares its TV studio and office facility with co-owned Telemundo station WSCV in Miramar, Florida, and its transmitter is located near Sun Life Stadium in north...

    )
  • TV-7 News (1973–1975, presented on air simply as News)
  • Channel 7 News (1975–1980 and 1988–1993; presented on air as 7 News, which is currently used)
  • NewsCenter 7 (1980–1988)
  • Today in Florida (morning newscast, 1988–present; WTVJ previously used similar title, Today in South Florida for its morning newscast until 2011, based on WSVN's former and WTVJ's current morning lead-in, Today)
  • 7 News (1993–present)

Station slogans

  • Bringing It Home to You (1975–1979; slogan which jingle was the base for The News Image, music package used by WSVN from 1979 to 1984)
  • The Team to Watch (1982–1984; news slogan)
  • WSVN, the New Channel 7 (1983; provisional slogan to promote its new call sign)
  • The Hometown Station (1984–1988; one version included a promo sung by Gloria Estefan
    Gloria Estefan
    Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan; known professionally as Gloria Estefan is a Cuban-born American singer, songwriter, and actress. Known as the "Queen Of Latin Pop", she is in the top 100 best selling music artists with over 100 million albums sold worldwide, 31.5 million of those...

     and the Miami Sound Machine)
  • South Florida's News Station (1988–1998)
  • The News Station (1998–present)

News team

Current anchors
  • Blake Burman - weekends at 5, 6, 6:30, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Christine Cruz - weekday mornings Today in Florida (5-10 a.m.) and noon
  • Diana Diaz - weekday mornings Today in Florida (5-10 a.m.) and noon; also health reporter
  • Richard Lemus - weekday mornings Today in Florida (5-10 a.m.); also health reporter
  • Lynn Martinez - weekdays at 4 and 4:30, and weeknights at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Mike Marza - weekdays at 4 and 4:30, and weeknights at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Belkys Nerey - weeknights at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Robbin Simmons - weekends at 5, 6, 6:30, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • LuAnne Sorrell - Saturday mornings Today in Florida
  • Craig Stevens - weeknights at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.


7 Weather
  • Phil Ferro (AMS
    American Meteorological Society
    The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. Founded in 1919, the American Meteorological Society has a membership...

     and NWA
    National Weather Association
    The National Weather Association is an American professional association with a mission to support and promote excellence in operational meteorology and related activities...

     Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4 and 4:30, and weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Brent Cameron (NWA Member) - meteorologist; weekends at 5, 6, 6:30, 10 and 11 p.m., also weeknight fill-in
  • Julie Durda
    Julie Durda
    Julie Durda is a former cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers, contestant on "The Bachelor", and current Miami weather anchor for WSVN. Before Julie joined the San Francisco 49ers, she was a featured member of the Comedy Central television show "BattleBots" and as a model for the EA Sports Tiger...

     (AMS Seal of Approval; NWA Member) - meteorologist; weekday mornings Today in Florida (5-10 a.m.) and noon
  • Vivian Gonzalez (AMS Seal of Approval; NWA Member) - meteorologist; Saturday mornings Today in Florida


Sports team (entire team is seen on Sunday Sports Xtra)
  • Steve Shapiro - sports director; weeknights at 6, 6:30, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Mike DiPasquale - sports anchor; weekends at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.; also sports reporter
  • Donovan Campbell - sports reporter


Traffic
  • Stephen J. Grey - weekday mornings Today in Florida (5-10 a.m.); also "7 Skyforce" photographer
  • Laura Lane - weekday mornings Today in Florida (5-10 a.m.)
  • Tony Mareano - weekdays at 4 and 4:30 p.m.


Reporters
  • Blake Burman - general assignment reporter
  • Carmel Cafiero - investigative reporter
  • Dianne Fernandez - general assignment reporter
  • Howard Finkelstein - legal analyst
  • Patrick Fraser - investigative and political reporter
  • Don Guevara - general assignment reporter
  • Derek Hayward - general assignment reporter
  • Andre Hepkins - general assignment reporter
  • Richard Jordan - general assignment reporter
  • Jeff Lennox - general assignment reporter
  • Nicole Linsalata - general assignment reporter
  • Rosh Lowe - general assignment reporter
  • René Marsh - general assignment reporter
  • Vanessa Medina - general assignment reporter
  • Ralph Rayburn - "7 Skyforce" photographer


Deco Drive
  • Louis Aguirre
    Louis Aguirre
    Louis Aguirre is an Emmy Award winning American television anchor for WSVN in Miami, FL. Aguirre is the co-anchor for the weeknight entertainment show, Deco Drive.- Career :...

     - co-host; also entertainment reporter
  • Lynn Martinez - co-host
  • Ellie Rodriguez
    Ellie Rodriguez (journalist)
    Ellie Rodriguez is a Cuban-American journalist and television personality.-Early life:Rodriguez was born to Cuban parents. She graduated with honors from the University of Miami in 2003 as a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Theatre Arts.-Career:...

     - Deco Drive and entertainment reporter
  • Shireen Sandoval - Deco Drive and entertainment reporter

Station alumni

  • Jessica Aguirre
    Jessica Aguirre
    Jessica D. Aguirre is a Cuban-American television journalist.-Biography:Jessica Aguirre is a first generation Cuban-American, the daughter of immigrants she grew up in Florida...

     (now at KNTV
    KNTV
    KNTV, channel 11, is the NBC owned-and-operated television station in the Bay Area market. It is licensed to San Jose, with its transmitter located on San Bruno Mountain, just south of San Francisco. It shares facilities in San Jose with NBC Universal sister station KSTS and CNBC's Silicon...

     in San Francisco)
  • Brian Andrews - weekend anchor/reporter (now at RCN TV
    RCN TV
    RCN Televisión , is a Colombian private television network. It started as a production company in 1967...

     in Bogota, Colombia)
  • Ann Bishop
    Ann Bishop
    Ann Bishop was a broadcast journalist in Rochester, New York, Baltimore, Maryland, and South Florida.-Career:...

     - script writer (moved to WPLG
    WPLG
    WPLG, channel 10, is an ABC network affiliated television station located in Miami, Florida. WPLG is owned and operated by Post-Newsweek Stations, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company. The station's studios are located in Pembroke Park, and its transmitter is located at the massive broadcast...

     and became a legendary anchor, died November 14, 1997)
  • Penny Daniels
    Penny Daniels
    Penny Daniels is a communications consultant and trainer and a former American television news anchor who once hosted the TV show A Current Affair.- Early life and education :...

     (retired)
  • Donna Hanover
    Donna Hanover
    Donna Hanover is an American journalist, radio and television personality, television producer, and actress, who appears on WOR radio in New York City and the Food Network. From 1994 through 2001 she was First Lady of New York City, as the then-wife of Rudy Giuliani...

     (ex-wife of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani
    Rudy Giuliani
    Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani KBE is an American lawyer, businessman, and politician from New York. He served as Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001....

    )
  • Jackie Johnson
    Jackie Johnson
    Jacqueline "Jackie" Johnson is an American weather forecaster and television personality for KCBS-TV news at 5, 6 and 11 PM in Los Angeles, California.-Early life:...

     - now at KCBS-TV
    KCBS-TV
    KCBS-TV, channel 2, is an owned-and-operated television station of the CBS Television Network, located in Los Angeles, California. KCBS-TV shares its offices and studio facilities with sister station KCAL-TV inside CBS Studio Center in the Studio City section of Los Angeles, and its transmitter...

     in Los Angeles
    Los Ángeles
    Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

  • Clennon King - reporter (later at WTLV-TV in Jacksonville, a freelance field producer at NBC News
    NBC News
    NBC News is the news division of American television network NBC. It first started broadcasting in February 21, 1940. NBC Nightly News has aired from Studio 3B, located on floors 3 of the NBC Studios is the headquarters of the GE Building forms the centerpiece of 30th Rockefeller Center it is...

     and ABC News
    ABC News
    ABC News is the news gathering and broadcasting division of American broadcast television network ABC, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company...

    , now a fundraiser in Vermont)
  • Alycia Lane
    Alycia Lane
    Alycia Lane is an American television journalist. She serves as weekday morning anchor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Until January 2008, she was co-anchor of the weekday evening newscasts on KYW-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...

     (later at KYW-TV
    KYW-TV
    KYW-TV, virtual channel 3, is an owned and operated television station of the CBS Television Network, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. KYW-TV shares a studio facility with its sister station, CW flagship WPSG just north of Center City Philadelphia...

     in Philadelphia, now morning anchor with KNBC-TV in Los Angeles)
  • Rick Leventhal
    Rick Leventhal
    Richard Gary Leventhal , known professionally as Rick Leventhal, is an American reporter. He is a senior correspondent for Fox News Channel since June 1997. Before joining FNC he spent 10 years in local news, reporting and anchoring in markets including Columbia and Spartanburg, West Palm Beach and...

     (now at Fox News Channel
    Fox News Channel
    Fox News Channel , often called Fox News, is a cable and satellite television news channel owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of News Corporation...

    )
  • Elita Loresca
    Elita Loresca
    Elita A. Loresca , is a Filipino-American newscaster, has worked for KGET-TV, the NBC affiliate in Bakersfield, CA and WSVN 7 in Miami, FL...

     (now at KNBC
    KNBC
    KNBC, channel 4, is an owned-and-operated television station of the NBC Television Network, licensed to Los Angeles, California, USA. KNBC's studios and offices are located within the NBC Studios complex in Burbank, California, and its transmitter is located on Mount Wilson...

     in Los Angeles
    Los Ángeles
    Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

    )
  • Robin Meade (now at HLN)
  • Charles Perez
    Charles Perez
    Charles Perez Rinehard is a former American television news reporter, anchor and former talk show host.-Career:Before entering the news business, Perez was best known as host of the nationally syndicated The Charles Perez Show...

     (later at WABC-TV
    WABC-TV
    WABC-TV, channel 7, is the flagship station of the Disney-owned American Broadcasting Company located in New York City. The station's studios and offices are located on the Upper West Side section of Manhattan, adjacent to ABC's corporate headquarters, and its transmitter is atop the Empire State...

     in New York City, then at WPLG
    WPLG
    WPLG, channel 10, is an ABC network affiliated television station located in Miami, Florida. WPLG is owned and operated by Post-Newsweek Stations, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company. The station's studios are located in Pembroke Park, and its transmitter is located at the massive broadcast...

    ; retired)
  • Jillian Warry (Reynolds) (now at KTTV
    KTTV
    KTTV, channel 11, is an owned-and-operated television station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, located in Los Angeles, California. Serving the vast Los Angeles metropolitan area, KTTV is a sister station to KCOP , Los Angeles' MyNetworkTV station...

     and Fox NFL Sunday
    FOX NFL Sunday
    Fox NFL Sunday is the pregame show for the TV show NFL on Fox. The program is broadcast on Fox television affiliates nationwide. The audio portion of the show is broadcast over the Fox Sports Radio network, distributed by Premiere Radio Networks...

    )
  • Shaun Robinson
    Shaun Robinson
    Shaun Robinson is weekend anchor and correspondent for the show Access Hollywood, the daily entertainment newsmagazine show...

     (now weekend anchor/correspondent for syndicated entertainment newsmagazine Access Hollywood
    Access Hollywood
    Access Hollywood is a weekday television entertainment news program covering events and celebrities in the entertainment industry. It was created by former Entertainment Tonight executive producer Jim Van Messel, and is currently directed by Robert Silverstein. In previous years, Doug Dougherty and...

    )
  • Ducis Rodgers
    Ducis Rodgers
    Ducis Rodgers is currently the sports anchor for ESPNews. Rodgers was the sports director, lead sports anchor, and sports reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City, the flagship station of CBS Television Network, before leaving the station on January 29, 2009, after the station slashed the sports...

     - sports anchor (left for WCBS-TV
    WCBS-TV
    WCBS-TV, channel 2, is the flagship station of the CBS television network, located in New York City. The station's studios are located within the CBS Broadcast Center and its transmitter is atop the Empire State Building, both in Midtown Manhattan....

     in New York, now at ESPNews
    ESPNEWS
    ESPNEWS , launched on November 1, 1996, is a 24-hour-a-day sports news television channel...

    )
  • Rick Sanchez
    Rick Sanchez
    Ricardo León "Rick" Sánchez de Reinaldo , known professionally as Rick Sanchez, is a Cuban-American journalist, author and former TV news anchor...

     (later at MSNBC
    MSNBC
    MSNBC is a cable news channel based in the United States available in the US, Germany , South Africa, the Middle East and Canada...

     and then CNN
    CNN
    Cable News Network is a U.S. cable news channel founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. Upon its launch, CNN was the first channel to provide 24-hour television news coverage, and the first all-news television channel in the United States...

    ; was fired from CNN in 2010 for anti-Semitic
    Anti-Semitism
    Antisemitism is suspicion of, hatred toward, or discrimination against Jews for reasons connected to their Jewish heritage. According to a 2005 U.S...

     remarks)
  • Shepard Smith
    Shepard Smith
    David Shepard Smith, Jr. , known better as Shepard Smith, is an American television news anchor. He is host of Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Studio B weekdays on Fox News Channel. In addition, he anchors the 5:00 p.m...

     (now at Fox News Channel
    Fox News Channel
    Fox News Channel , often called Fox News, is a cable and satellite television news channel owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of News Corporation...

    )
  • Linda Stouffer
    Linda Stouffer
    Cinnamon Linda Stouffer is an American television news correspondent. She was a weekday and later a weekend anchor for CNN Headline News. She had been with the network since 1997, but was among several laid off in December 2008, her last day being December 14, 2008...

     - now at CNN Headline News (went by Cinnamon Stouffer during her stint at WSVN)
  • Michelle Tuzee
    Michelle Tuzee
    Michelle Tuzee is an American newscaster who co-anchors KABC‘s Eyewitness News at 5 pm and 11 pm with Marc Brown.- Biography :Michelle Tuzee is an anchor for ABC Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV....

     (now anchor at KABC-TV
    KABC-TV
    KABC-TV, channel 7, is an owned-and-operated television station of the Walt Disney Company-owned American Broadcasting Company, licensed to Los Angeles, California. KABC-TV's studios are located in Glendale, California...

     in Los Angeles
    Los Ángeles
    Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

    )
  • Lee Webb
    Lee Webb (newscaster)
    Lee Webb is the anchor of The 700 Club, the flagship program of The Christian Broadcasting Network , and Newswatch, a half-hour daily news program also on CBN. He was born in Pompano Beach, Florida.-Career:...

     - sports anchor (late 1970s, now news anchor for The 700 Club
    The 700 Club
    The 700 Club is the flagship news talk show of the Christian Broadcasting Network, airing in syndication throughout the United States and Canada. In production since 1966, it is currently hosted by Pat Robertson, Terry Meeuwsen, Kristi Watts, and Gordon P. Robertson, two of whom will host on any...

    )

Other notes

  • WSVN's newscasts were featured in at least two movies, The Mean Season
    The Mean Season
    The Mean Season is a 1985 American thriller directed by Phillip Borsos. The film stars Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan, Richard Masur, Joe Pantoliano, and Andy García. The screenplay was written by Leon Piedmont, based on the novel In the Heat of the Summer by John Katzenbach...

    (1985) and Flight of the Navigator
    Flight of the Navigator
    Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 Disney science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton, about a 12-year-old boy named David who is abducted by an alien space craft and finds himself caught in a world which has changed around him...

    (1986). The opening sequence of Flight of the Navigator
    Flight of the Navigator
    Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 Disney science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton, about a 12-year-old boy named David who is abducted by an alien space craft and finds himself caught in a world which has changed around him...

    , with the dogs catching Frisbees, was filmed in a grass field alongside WSVN's studios.

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