WMOR-TV, virtual channel
32 (UHF digital
channel 18), is an independent television station licensed
to Lakeland, Florida
, United States and serving the Tampa Bay area
. The station is owned by the Hearst Television
subsidiary of Hearst Communications
. WMOR-TV's studios are located on Hillsborough Avenue in east Tampa
, and its transmitter is located in Riverview
. Master control
and some internal operations are based at the studios of Orlando NBC
(channel 2) on North Wymore Road in Eatonville
WMOR-TV is the only television station owned by Hearst that is not affiliated with any major broadcast network, as well as the only Hearst station that does not maintain a news department. Despite Lakeland being WMOR-TV's city of license, the station maintains no physical presence there.
, WMOR-TV is available on channel 12 on Charter Spectrum
, Frontier FiOS
, and Comcast Xfinity
, and on Xfinity channel 4 in Sarasota
The station first signed on the air on April 24, 1986 as WTMV; branded as "V-32", it originally maintained an all-music video
format. The station's owner and general manager
was Dan Johnson, former mayor of St. Petersburg Beach
, who previously owned the old WXCR-FM classical music
radio station in nearby Safety Harbor
. The station originally operated from studio facilities located on South Florida Avenue/SR 37
on the south side of Lakeland, with its transmitter near Mulberry
in southwestern Polk County
After a brief period of broadcasting from the transmitter in Mulberry, WTMV relocated its studio operations to its present-day studios in Tampa in 1988. The facility had been a former headend office for Group W Cable's Hillsborough County
system. Around this time, it transitioned to a conventional general entertainment format, filling a void left by WFTS-TV
's switch to Fox
. It aired a schedule of off-network and syndicated sitcom
s and dramas
, game show
. It also picked up several network programs from ABC
, NBC and CBS
that Tampa Bay's Big Three
channel 10, now with CBS; WFLA-TV
channel 8; and WTVT
channel 13, now with Fox) as well as those from Orlando (WFTV
channel 9; WESH; WCPX, now WKMG-TV
, channel 6) chose to preempt.
200px|WMOR logo, used from 2008 to 2011.
WTMV became Tampa Bay's WB affiliate when that network launched on January 11, 1995, branding itself as "WB 32". By that point, it ran cartoons (such as ''Scooby-Doo
'', ''Biker Mice from Mars
'', ''Captain Planet and the Planeteers
'', ''The Jetsons
'' and ''The Flintstones
''), sitcoms (such as ''Doogie Howser, M.D.
'', ''The Wonder Years
'' and ''Too Close for Comfort
''), talk show
s (such as ''The Richard Bey Show
''), reality shows (such as ''Check It Out!'') and movies. Johnson sold the station to Hearst Television in 1996, with the station's callsign being changed to WWWB-TV (in reference to its affiliation with The WB) following the finalization of the purchase on September 18.
In September 1999, WWWB lost its WB affiliation to WTTA
(channel 38), as a result of a larger nationwide deal between The WB and the Sinclair Broadcast Group
affiliates and independent stations (Kansas City
sister station KCWB also lost its WB affiliation to a Sinclair station, KSMO-TV
, now owned by the Meredith Corporation
) one year earlier. WWWB changed its call letters to WMOR-TV on September 1 that year and rebranded itself as "More TV 32"—a moniker also adopted by its Kansas City sister (now known as KCWE
). In August 2008, the "More TV 32" branding was dropped for the simplified "TV 32". On April 4, 2011, the station's on-air brand was changed to "MOR". To distance itself from the earlier "More TV" branding, the station spells out "MOR", instead of saying it as a word; however, it's still inferred as "more", through its slogan, "Just Can't Get Enough? Get MOR!".
On July 9, 2012, WMOR's parent company Hearst Television became involved in a dispute with Time Warner Cable
and Bright House Networks
, leading to WMOR being pulled from Bright House and temporarily replaced with HBO Family
on the main WMOR channel and This TV, with InfoMás
in Estrella TV
's slot. The substitutions lasted until July 19, 2012, when a new carriage deal was reached between Hearst and Time Warner Cable.
This TV was added to digital subchannel
32.2 in March 2009. It was followed by the launch of Estrella TV in September 2009 on subchannel 32.3. On September 26, 2019, MeTV
was added to subchannel 32.2, replacing This TV
ATSC 3.0 lighthouse
WMOR-TV shut down its Mulberry analog transmitter, over UHF
channel 32, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television
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/ref> The station's digital signal, originating from the market's antenna farm in Riverview, remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 19, using PSIP to display WMOR-TV's virtual channel as 32 on digital television receivers.
Prior to the end of analog broadcasting for full-power stations in the United States, WMOR operated three repeaters in the Tampa Bay area. Its analog transmitter was located farther east than the other major Tampa Bay stations because of FCC rules requiring a station to provide a city-grade signal to its city of license—in this case, Lakeland, which is east of St. Petersburg and east of Tampa. Hence, the repeaters were necessary to reach as much of the most-populated areas as possible. This was not as much of a problem for the station from the 1990s onward, as cable gained greater penetration in the area. The station's former translators were:
The translators were shut down in June 2009, as WMOR's digital signal operates at a full million watts—equivalent to 5 million watts for an analog transmitter—and is more than sufficient to cover the entire market. WMOR's digital transmitter is also located at the market's antenna farm in Riverview, in central Hillsborough County, where all of the market's television stations except Sarasota-based WWSB have their transmitters, further making the repeaters redundant.
Syndicated programming seen on WMOR-TV as of September 2020 includes ''The Big Bang Theory'', ''Tamron Hall'', ''The Kelly Clarkson Show'', ''The Dr. Oz Show'', ''The Goldbergs'', ''Modern Family'', and ''The Steve Wilkos Show'' among others.
''Music Videos with Mike Pachelli'' kept WWWB's roots alive by having music videos every Friday and Saturday night. It was hosted by musician Mike Pachelli who would also play his own songs or interview other artists like Paul McCartney, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jennifer Connelly. The series was seen by 14 million.
WWWB/WMOR was the original television broadcaster of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays when it began Major League Baseball play in 1998. Before that, as WTMV, it showed occasional telecasts of Toronto Blue Jays games, including Nolan Ryan's seventh career no-hitter in 1991, to accommodate the Tampa Bay area's unique population of Canadian snowbirds in the days before MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv came to prominence.
WMOR currently serves as the local over-the-air broadcaster of ''ESPN Monday Night Football'' games involving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, airing simulcasts of ESPN-televised games (Hearst holds a 20% ownership stake in ESPN; the network's remaining ownership interest is held by The Walt Disney Company), and the company has right of first refusal for simulcasts of ESPN's NFL telecasts in a team's home market. WMOR, along with WFTS which airs the Buccaneers' preseason and ''Thursday Night Football'' games (the latter through the NFL Network), are the only Tampa Bay stations that air selected Buccaneers games without having weekly NFL coverage: the team's local preseason and NBC appearances air on WFLA-TV, their CBS appearances air on WTSP and their Fox appearances air on WTVT.
WMOR announced on March 9, 2017 that they would be the Tampa Bay Rowdies' exclusive broadcast partners for the upcoming United Soccer League season. All USL home games were broadcast live and in primetime on channel 32.2 thisTV Tampa Bay.
- WMOR-TV official website
- This TV Tampa Bay official website
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Category:Estrella TV affiliates
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