WPTY-TV, channel 24, is the ABC-affiliated television station for Memphis, Tennessee. Its transmitter is located in Brunswick. Owned by Newport Television, the station is sister to CW affiliate WLMT. The two stations share studios on Union Avenue Extension near the Aulon section of Memphis. WPTY is known on-air as ABC 24. Syndicated programming on the station includes: Extra, Maury, Judge Mathis, and Friends.
The network pulled the affiliation from WMKW (now known as WLMT) in February of 1990 and gave it to WPTY. This came because TVX's deal with Fox included a clause stating that if a station was sold it could lose its Fox affiliation. Clear Channel Communications bought WPTY in 1992. A year later, a local marketing agreement (LMA) between Clear Channel and WLMT brought the two rival stations together. In 1994, Fox Television Stations surprised the market by buying longtime ABC affiliate WHBQ-TV and announced that the station would become the new affiliate. ABC, in turn, decided to go with WPTY as its new affiliate. On December 1, 1995, WPTY became the new home for ABC. At this point, WPTY began evolving into a traditional network affiliate running mostly first run syndicated shows and a few sitcoms while WLMT ran cartoons, movies, sitcoms, and some reality / talk shows as well.
Currently, WPTY does well with its ABC lineup and syndicated fare.
In 2001, Clear Channel would buy WLMT outright making the two stations sisters. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Providence Equity Partners.
WPTY was honored in 2005 with Associated Press broadcasting awards for "Best Breaking News", "Best Newscast", "Best Reporter", and "Best Sportscast". The station was also honored in 2005 with an Edward R. Murrow award and a regional Emmy Award as the "Best Weekend Newscast". In the same Associated Press award period in 2006, WPTY was honored with nine awards including "Best Overall Newscast". The station produces three newscasts for sister WLMT. This includes for an hour at 7 A.M. on weekday mornings. Every night, there is a 45 minute newscast at 9 P.M. followed by a 15 minute sports replay show.
Memphis LMA goes digital-S route; purchases $350,000 in JVC gear for two stations. (local marketing agreement in Memphis, TN; WPTY-TV, WLMT-TV)(Brief Article)
Mar 03, 1997; Purchases $350,000 in JVC gear for two stations Memphis ABC affiliate WPTY-TV and UPN affiliate WLMT(TV) are now using JVC...