WLOS, channel 13, is the ABC-affiliated television station for western North and South Carolina that is licensed to Asheville, North Carolina. Its transmitter is located on Mount Pisgah. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station is sister to MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYA-TV. The two stations share studios on Technology Drive in Asheville near I-26. Sydicated programming on WLOS includes: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Maury, and Martha Stewart. The station offers a simulcast of WMYA on its second digital subchannel. It operates a repeater, W12AU on channel 12, that is licensed to Burnsville, North Carolina with a transmitter located north of the town on Phillips Knob.
Shortly after channel 13 signed on, most of western North Carolina, including Asheville, was collapsed into the Greenville / Spartanburg market. This was due to the station's wide coverage area in South Carolina. WLOS boasted, then as now, the highest transmitter location east of the Mississippi River, giving it one of the largest coverage areas in the nation. In addition to its primary coverage area of the western Carolinas, the station also had significant viewership in the Charlotte area, especially the western portion. It appeared in the Charlotte television listings for many years, and advertised its programs in Charlotte-area newspapers well into the 1970s. It is still available on many cable systems in the western portion of the Charlotte market. WLOS also enjoyed secondary coverage in portions of Tennessee and Virginia (including Knoxville and the Tri-Cities). It could also be seen in portions of Georgia and Kentucky under the right conditions. Before the mid to late-1960s, no other ABC affiliate put a clear signal into much of this area. WLOS' only ABC competition came from WAIM-TV in Anderson which also carried a few CBS programs. Unfortunately, the channel 40 signal covered only the immediate Anderson area. Channel 13 pressured ABC to drop its programming from channel 40 from the 1960s onward, finally succeeding in 1979.
Wometco Enterprises bought WLOS in the 1960s and owned it until 1984 when the company was sold to the investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR). The station was later sold to Anchor Media which in turn was later sold to River City Broadcasting. That company merged with the Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1996. Channel 40 in Anderson, now MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYA, is also now operated and effectively owned by Sinclair. On January 5, 2007, Mediacom dropped all Sinclair stations (including WLOS) from its systems because of a dispute over compensation. Mediacom is the cable provider for much of western North Carolina (though not Asheville itself), leaving much of WLOS' viewing area without ABC until the dispute was resolved a month later. Additionally, Charter briefly dropped WLOS-DT because of compensation disputes. .WLOS broadcasts its digital signal at 834.7 kW on UHF channel 56. This channel is currently on a band of UHF (channels 52 to 69) which will be no longer in use after the February 17, 2009 cutoff date for analog broadcasting. Therefore, it seems likely that WLOS will remain on channel 13 after the final conversion to all-digital broadcasting.
WLOS also signed off every weeknight until 1992 with the introduction of ABC News overnight World News Now. Later on, the station signed off late Friday night / early Saturday morning and late Saturday night / early Sunday morning until the early-2000s. According to a particular sign-off clip from 1988, the sign offs back then included the national anthem played by the Madison County High School Band while the color bars afterwards said "Good Morning, 13 WLOS-TV, Asheville, NC". After that, the sign-offs included Sandi Patty's rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner with a video of different people saluting the flag followed by shots of newspaper presses and people voting with ballots. These years used a color version of the Indian-head test pattern and in the center said "13 WLOS Asheville-Greenville-Spartanburg". Non-network programming that has aired on WLOS includes:
WLOS is one of only a few stations owned by Sinclair that airs a nightly newscast. Most of the others were abandoned in 2005 when the company shut down News Central. In addition to their main studios in Asheville, the station operates three news bureaus. One is located on Verdae Boulevard in Greenville, South Carolina. There are also two bureaus in North Carolina located in Rutherford and Haywood Counties. On weeknights, WLOS produces two half-hour newscasts on WMYA at 6:30 and 10 P.M. At the 2008 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards on June 21, WLOS received seven awards. As of September 17, the WLOS and WMYA newscasts are broadcasted in high definition. They were the second pair of stations in the market to do so after CBS affiliate WSPA-TV and CW affiliate WYCW.
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WLOS-TV wins, but lawyer voices caution.(WLOS-TV and a former investigative reporter win in a case with Havon Inc.)
Jan 12, 2004; A jury ruled for WLOS-TV Asheville, N.C., and a former investigative reporter in a trespassing claim. Even so, the winning...