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WGME-TV is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Portland, Maine, United States, serving southern Maine as well as eastern and northern New Hampshire. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 38 (or virtual channel 13 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Brown Hill west of Raymond, Maine. The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which also operates Waterville-licensed Fox affiliate WPFO (channel 23) under a local marketing agreement with its owner Cunningham Broadcasting. However, Sinclair effectively owns WPFO as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group-founder Julian Smith. The two stations share studios on Northport Drive in the North Deering section of Portland; WGME also maintains regional studios in the Lewiston/Auburn area, and the state capital in Augusta.

HistoryEdit

The station's first broadcast was on May 16, 1954, as WGAN-TV, owned by Guy Gannett Communications (no relation to Gannett Company or its television spinoff, TEGNA, which owns WCSH, channel 6) along with WGAN (AM 560) and the Portland Press-Herald daily newspaper. (An FM station, 102.9 WGAN-FM was added in 1967.) The 1,619-foot-tall (493.5 m) transmission tower, situated near Route 121 in Raymond, was built during 1959. It was, according to the 1999 Guinness Book of World Records, the world's tallest architectural structure at the time. This record was surpassed in 1960 by KFVS-TV's tower in Cape Girardeau, Missouri but the tower remained the tallest structure in Maine until the construction of WMTW's tower during 2002.

When the radio stations were sold during 1983, the WGAN call letters were sold with them. WGAN-TV then changed its call code to the current "WGME-TV" on December 15 of that year. It remained the main station of Guy Gannett Communications until 1998, when it was sold with most of the company's television stations to the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

WGME owner Sinclair Broadcast Group and Time Warner Cable disputed the terms of their retransmission consent agreement that expired on December 31, 2010. The agreement was extended to January 14, 2011 while the parties continued to negotiate. An agreement in principle to resolve the dispute followed soon thereafter and was finalized in February 2011.

On January 8, 2016, Sinclair announced that American Sports Network would begin on January 16 as a dedicated digital-multicast network in 10 cities, including Portland on WGME.


TV stations in New England
WFSB, Hartford/New Haven

WGME, Portland; WABI, Bangor; WAGM, Presque Isle
WBZ, Boston; WSHM-LD, Springfield
WPRI, Providence
WCAX, Burlington

TV stations in Southern Maine and Carroll and Coös Counties, New Hampshire, including Portland, Augusta, Berlin, and Rockland
WCSH 6 (NBC)
WMTW 8 (ABC)
WCBB 10 (PBS)
WGME 13 (CBS)
W14DA-D 14 (Ind.)
WLLB-LD 15 (Daystar)
WGBI-LP 21 (RTV)
WPFO 23 (Fox)
WMEA 26 (PBS)
WIPL 35 (Ion)
WFYW-LP 41 (3ABN)
WPXT 51 (CW)
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