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Station information

How can I get an internship at FOX45?

Do you have any job openings at FOX45 or CW Baltimore? AND: How do I apply for an open position?

To find job openings at FOX45 and CW Baltimore, go to the Employment section of our website. A list of openings throughout the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. nationwide network of stations will be listed there. Jobs may also be listed in local or regional newspapers. In order to apply for these positions, you may follow the link to apply online. WBFF/WNUV is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

What is the WBFF FOX45`s station history?

WBFF (We`re Baltimore`s Finest Features) was Baltimore`s first UHF TV station. It debuted on April 11, 1971. It was known as the "The Tele-Movie" Station with The Prime Time Movie, the 1 o`clock Movie with Bill LeFevre, and "Ghost Host Theatre". It was also known as Baltimore`s children`s TV station. Captain Chesapeake commanded three generations of Baltimore kids with his sidekicks Mondy the Sea Monster and Bruce the Bird! Classic re-runs like "I Love Lucy", "Hogan`s Heroes" , "I Dream of Jeannie", and "Gomer Pyle" rounded out the independent station`s programming. Then, in 1987, WBFF became an affiliate: FOX45. It was young, hip and irreverent bring Baltimore shows like "21 Jump Street", "Married with Children", "The Tracy Ullman Show". "The Simpsons" is now television`s longest running animated prime time series! FOX45 News at Ten debuted, June 1, 1992 and is Baltimore`s most honored-newscast. The station added an all-local, three-hour morning newscast to their weekday line up in March 2000.

What is the WNUV CW Baltimore`s station history?

WNUV (TV) debuted on July 1, 1982. The station was originated and owned by NUVision Incoporated, hence the call letters WNUV. A man by the name of Sam Kravitz was the original owner along with a silent partner. WNUV (TV) was known as a Subscription (Super TV) station.

It was created for people in the city and county who did not have cable. Although there was some daytime programming such as the Jim Bakker Show and Financial News Network, WNUV`s soul purpose was to air subscription television aka Super TV.

Eventually in 1989, WNUV (TV) became an independent programmer under new ownership by ABRY Communications, owned by Andrew Banks and Royce Yudkoff. Under ABRY`s management, WNUV (TV) had risen from its position in 1989 as one of the poorest performers among broadcast TV stations in the United States to become one of the highest-rated independent TV stations in the nation competing in its local market.

WNUV (TV) was the first station to acquire exclusive local broadcast rights to air Baltimore Orioles games. Some of the more popular shows airing on WNUV were The Cosby Show, Amen, A Different World, and an overnight movie feature called Nightwatch. Viewers were also allowed to vote, by calling in, for which prime time movie they wanted to see. Voting was closed down a few minutes prior to airtime, and the winning movie was shown.

Every Sunday afternoon, the station promoted a film festival featuring a single actor or actress, such as Bruce Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Bronson, or Meryl Streep; a series of movies such as Star Trek sequels or the "James Bond" series; or general interest topics such as back-to-school (featuring Revenge of the Nerds and Ferris Bueller`s Day Off) or the Vietnam War (Hamburger Hill and Platoon Leader). The most prominent tie-in for WNUV was the Maryland State Lottery. Drawings occurred live on-air from the station`s studios every weekday night during five minutes before Prime Time. In 1994, Sinclair Broadcast Group began operating WNUV (TV) under a local marketing agreement. WNUV became a WB affliate in January 1998. Then when The WB and UPN merged, WNUV (TV) became a CW affiliate. The CW first began broadcasting on WNUV on September 18, 2006.

What are WBFF and WNUV`s digital signal assignments and when will they be on the air?

WBFF-DT / WNUV-DT are currently on the air Channels 46 (FOX45.1 & 45.2) and 40 (CW 54.1 & 54.2). Both are operating at maximum power. Both offer network HDTV (sub-channel .1) and up-conversions of our current NTSC signals (sub-channel .2). With the proper antenna and digital receiver both digital channels should be receivable in the Baltimore area. WBFF`s 45.2 designation airs a combination of simulcasted shows as well as original programming and that station is referred to as "GoodTV". GoodTV began airing original programming on May 1, 2006.

How can I contact my favorite FOX or CW star or make a comment about my favorite show?

To contact your favorite FOX star or make a comment about your favorite FOX show, please e-mail the FOX Network at askfox@fox.com.


FOX Broadcasting Company
Publicity Department
ATTN: (SHOW NAME or ACTOR`S NAME)
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213-0900

Please be sure to put the SHOW NAME or STARS NAME as the subject line of the e-mail or on the mailing envelope.




To contact your favorite star on The CW or make a comment about your favorite show on The CW, please e-mail The CW Network at feedback@CWTV.com.

Please be sure to put the SHOW NAME or STARS NAME as the subject line of the e-mail. Since the merge, they no longer have a mailing address.

You can call The CW Television Network ("The CW ") Viewer line at 818-977-6878.

Website

I saw on the news that I could go to the website for more information or a recipe. I can`t find it. Can you help me?

There are two places this information could be, depending on which newscast you saw the story on.

If you saw it on FOX45 Morning News, it could be in the News Section. There is a FOX45 Morning News logo on the right hand side of the screen. Click on that and it will take you to the information. Or you can go from here FOX45 Morning News. Recipes, links and phone numbers will be here if they direct you to the website. Info is listed by day of the week the segment aired. If you can`t find it there, it may be in the News Links section. See below on how to get to that info.
If you saw it on FOX45 News at 5:30 or FOX45 News at Ten, it will be located on the front page of the website. There is a button on the left hand side of the screen that says "News Links ". Click on the "News Links " button and it will take you to the information listed by date the show aired the information.

Sales

How can I advertise on FOX45 or CW Baltimore?

If you would like to advertise on either station or both, please contact either Peter Paisley, Billy Robbins or Mike Hines. They are our Directors of Sales and their contact information can be found in the Sales section of our website, or you can Click Here.

Programming

Why is FOX45 showing (or not showing) Redskins Games?

FOX45 strives to broadcast as many Redskins games as are available to us. The FOX network follows the AWAY NFC teams each week. CBS follows the AWAY AFC teams each week. Here`s how you can tell if FOX45 will be showing the Redskins:

If the Redskins are away or playing an NFC team at home in the afternoon, then the game would be on FOX.
If the Redskins are playing at home, against a visiting AFC team in the afternoon, then the game would be on CBS.
If the Ravens - the market`s home team, are playing at home in the afternoon against an AFC team, then the game will air on CBS and FOX45 will not be able to show ANY game at the same time - even if FOX has a national double-header weekend scheduled.
If the Ravens - the market`s home team, are playing at home in the afternoon against an NFC team, then the Ravens will most likely air on FOX45 at that time, even if a Redskins game is scheduled at the same time.
IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: If the FOX network offers a game that may have playoff implications for The Ravens, the market’s home team - FOX45 may opt to air this division or conference game in lieu of a Redskins game.

These rules are set forth by the National Football League and are unfortunately beyond much of our control. Some Redskins games will undoubtedly not be carried on FOX45 due to these restrictions and we apologize to our viewers for this inconvenience.

Why doesn`t FOX air any other games when the Ravens are playing?

NFL broadcast rules prohibit stations from airing any games while the home team is playing at home.

I missed my favorite show, can I request a copy of it?

Unfortunately, we cannot give out or sell copies of our shows. They are copyrighted and we are only allowed to air the shows, not distribute them. Some of the shows we air are available online either for free or for a fee. Go to www.fox.com or www.cwtv.com to find out what shows are available.

My favorite show was pre-empted, will it be re-aired? When will it re-air?

There are actually two answers to each of these questions. If the show is a network show (one that is aired on all FOX or all CW stations, usually during prime time), then it will definately be aired at a different time that week, most likely on the next weekend day available, but not necessarily in the same time period. If it is a show that is syndicated, we may not be rescheduling that particular show. You can check to see if there are any programming changes in the near future that may inturrupt your favorite shows in the Programming Section of the website.

What can I do to fix my "sound" problem on certain FOX shows? I`m only hearing background music.
I`m only hearing the show in Spanish.
I`m hearing a narration description over my show. How do I fix this?

The audio input on your TV is probably not set correctly. Your audio channel is set on SAP instead of STEREO or MAIN. We provide a service to the entire country with a Second Audio Program (SAP) which offers shows in SPANISH as well as VIDEO DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE BLIND. Soon all shows will have this service (like Closed Captioning). Your TV has probably been on the wrong audio channel all along. Most shows and ads have not yet provided this service yet so you haven`t noticed the problem before.

Go to your TV remote and push the AUDIO INPUT button or the MENU button and then the AUDIO INPUT button. Change your Audio Channel to STEREO or MAIN. You will then hear English again and/or you won`t hear those narrations again!

News

How do I request FOX45 talent to appear at my organization`s event?

Submit the request in writing to Sharon Wylie, Public Affairs Manager, 2000 W 41 Street, Baltimore, MD 21211. Allow at least six weeks prior notice. Include information about your organization, the event, its goals, how many in attendance, where, when, responsibilities of talent, a telephone number where you can be reached during business hours.

How do I request a weather lesson?

Request from schools and youth organizations can be made in writing to Sharon Wylie, Public Affairs Manager, 2000 W 41 Street, Baltimore, MD 21211. In the request please specify the school/organizations, specific objectives of the program, ages, number of participants, suggested dates for the presentation, location of school. Request should allow at least two months flexibility in scheduling.

How do I request news coverage of my event?

Submit a press release to the attention of the Assignment Editor, FOX45 News (410-467-5093 FAX) or send it via regular mail: ATTN: FOX45 Assignment Editor, 2000 W. 41 Street, Baltimore, MD 21211. Provide at least two weeks prior notice. Follow up with a phone call: Did you receive the press release? Do you need any more information? Do you plan to cover the event? Can I do anything to help? Events are covered as the schedule permits and, of course, late breaking news can cancel plans. When presenting your request, make sure that the information is clearly presented, legible, and that a contact name and phone number has been provided.

How do I submit a News Tip?

There are a few ways to submit a News Tip to the FOX45 Newsroom:

1) You can e-mail it to us at: news@foxbaltimore.com
2) You can call our FOX45 Tip Line at 410-467-5595
3) You can call from your AT&T / Cellular One cell phone by dialing #FOX (or #369)

I saw on the news that I could go to the website for more information. I can`t find it. Can you help me?

There are two places this information could be, depending on which newscast you saw the story on.

If you saw it on FOX45 Morning News, it could be in the News Section. You can go from here FOX45 Morning News. Recipes, links and phone numbers will be here if they direct you to the website. Info is listed by day of the week the segment aired. If you can`t find it there, it may be in the News Links section. See below on how to get to that info.
If you saw it on FOX45 News at 5:30 or FOX45 News at Ten, it will be located on the front page of the website. There is a button on the left hand side of the screen that says "News Links ". Click on the "News Links " button and it will take you to the information listed by date the show aired the information.

How can I e-mail my favorite FOX45 news reporter or news anchor?

Some of the news talent have their e-mail address in his or her bio (located in the Station Info section, just click on the name of the reporter to see their bio). If your favorite reporter or other news talent does not have his or her e-mail address in their bio, please use this e-mail address: news@foxbaltimore.com, your message will be directed to the proper person.

How can I obtain a copy of a specific news story?

Please call our newsroom and speak with Ashley Skiratko at 410-467-4545. The cost for this service is $60.00 per story. Make sure you have the following pieces of information when you call:

The date the story aired
The subject the story was about
Which newscast the story was on (FOX45 Morning News, FOX45 News at 5:30 or FOX45 News at Ten)
The shipping address we will send it to
Any other information that will allow us to more quickly find the story and send it to you.

Community Relations

How do I submit my organization`s public service announcement/community note?

Mail, fax (410-467-5090) or email a press release or fact sheet with at least three weeks prior notice to the Community Services department. Be sure to include a contact name and telephone number that can be broadcast on the air for those seeking more information or tickets. Your information should have the who, what, when, where, why and how of the event or program. If your organization is new or not well known, please include background information about the group.

How often and when will my public service announcement air?

FOX45 and CW Baltimore receives well over 200 requests a week. We cannot air every announcement but we try to promote a variety of events, locations, and interests throughout the Baltimore metro area. We will promote selected announcements either by our broadcast or web site community calendars. Announcements air as time is available and throughout the broadcast day. The stations cannot provide you with specific times of broadcasts. You and your group are more than welcome to include your event on our website in the Community Calendar.

Who can I contact if I need assistance, for my children, during the Holiday season?

During the holiday season, FOX45 and CW Baltimore receives a significant amount of requests for assistance. We are unable to provide holiday assistance but there are a number of resources available in our community to help with your need. You might want to contact the Salvation Army 410-347-9944 or your local Department of Social Services or your community church. To ensure you receive assistance (if you qualify), you are advised to contact these organizations as early in advance as possible because there are deadlines for applying for holiday assistance.

Who do I need to contact regarding internships in the Public Affairs/Marketing Department?

Internships are only offered to persons receiving college credit. It is preferred but not required that interns major in Mass Communications, Public Relations, Television Production or any other television related field. Public Affairs/Marketing Interns will have the opportunity to write community calendar announcements for broadcast and the web site, produce Public Service projects, observe the operations of a television station (production, news, sales, promotions, etc), work station functions/events, organize and coordinate Public Service campaigns, etc. Interns are encouraged to work independently and creatively. Send resume, cover letter (include what you hope to gain from and offer to the internship, specific interests, purpose of the internship, etc) to Public Affairs Manager, Sharon Wylie 2000 West 41st Street, Baltimore, MD 21211.

How can I obtain a phone number that I missed on a Public Service Announcement that aired on FOX45 or CW Baltimore?

For PSA`s, call Public Affairs Coordinator, Belinda Johnson at (410) 467-4545. When you call please be prepared to give as many details as possible (aired on FOX or CW, approx. airtime, subject of the PSA, etc).

Captain Chesapeake

What happened to Captain Chesapeake?

George Lewis, more commonly known in the Baltimore area as "Captain Chesapeake" retired from his position as kid`s club host after 18 years on the air. The afternoon kids` host was on the air on WBFF from 1971 - 1990. George Lewis succumbed to cancer December 18, 2000 at age 74.

Was Captain Chesapeake also "Captain Pitt" and did he do any other shows?

Yes:

George was "Captain Pitt" in Pittsburgh, PA on the now defunct WPTT TV-22, which is now WPMY 22. It is owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., the same group that owns and operates WBFF FOX45 in Baltimore.
George was WBFF`s late night horror movie host called "Ghost Host".
George was "Steamboat Bill" on WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia.
George also did news on WBFF for a while as well, before we became FOX45 in 1988.

What were the names of the characters on Captain Chesapeake`s kids show?

The names of the characters are as follows:

Capt. Chesapeake
Mondy (pronounced Moan-dee) the Sea Monster
Bruce the Bird
Andrew Claws the Lion
Little Mo`

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11:00 FOX45 News Late Edition
11:35 The Arsenio Hall Show

Complete FOX45 Schedule