10 Facts About WMAR-TV


WMAR-TV moved into its present facility, known originally as "Television Park" on York Road, in May 1963.

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On March 29,1948, WMAR-TV was announced as CBS' third full-time television affiliate, after WCBS-TV in New York City and WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.

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In 1959, WMAR-TV teamed up with WBAL-TV and WJZ-TV to build the world's first three-antenna candelabra tower.

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However, the combination of the Sunpapers and WMAR-TV was one of several that were "grandfathered" under these rules.

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WMAR-TV was included in the deal, and Channel 2 would displace Baltimore's longtime ABC affiliate, Westinghouse Broadcasting-owned WJZ-TV.

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All ABC programs turned down by WJZ-TV would air on WMAR-TV instead, forcing all preempted NBC programs to air on WBAL-TV, and preempted CBS shows would air on WJZ-TV instead, as the contracts did not expire until January 1995.

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The station was Baltimore's home to The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon for nearly three decades until it moved to WNUV-TV ; in 2013, the telethon moved back to WMAR-TV, airing on ABC as a two-hour program titled the MDA Show of Strength, for its final two years of its run.

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When WMAR-TV joined ABC, the station tape delayed some of the network's daytime shows to late night, and preempted nearly half of its Saturday morning lineup.

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On October 4,2010, WMAR-TV became the last station in the market and the last Scripps-owned television station at the time to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition .

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WMAR-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, on June 12,2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate.

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