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WHIZ-TV, virtual channel 18 (UHF digital channel 40), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Zanesville, Ohio, United States. Owned by the Southeastern Ohio Broadcasting System, WHIZ-TV maintains studios and transmitter facilities on Downard Road in Zanesville.

Although this station is somewhat overshadowed by network affiliates in the nearby Columbus market such as fellow NBC affiliate WCMH-TV, WHIZ-TV provides local news to its limited local area. In addition, WHIZ-TV provides local sports programming, including local high school basketball games on Fridays. It is the only major commercial television station in Zanesville, with the other local stations being PBS member station WOUC-TV (Ohio University at Athens) and a TBN repeater (WOOH-LP).

History[]

WHIZ-TV founded in May 23, 1953, WHIZ-TV began broadcasting on channel 50, with just enough power to reach the 500 or so television sets in the Zanesville area. A year and a half later, WHIZ-TV moved to channel 18, and increased its power output to 186 kW in addition to operating broadcast translators on channel 71 (W71AB) in Coshocton and channel 80 (W80AA) in Cambridge. In 1986, channel 18 increased power output to 589 kW with a new antenna, and introduced stereo sound.

WHIZ-TV has been a primary NBC affiliate since the station began, but until 1966 cherry-picked programming from CBS and ABC as well. It also aired some DuMont programming in the 1950s. As WHIZ is the only commercial station in the market, Charter Spectrum's Zanesville system supplements the area with the Columbus stations.

In 2003, WHIZ-TV began broadcasting in digital on channel 40.

On July 25, 2008, WHIZ was knocked off the air when its power combiner failed. While the station was able to restore its digital signal, it was determined that there was no way to restore the analog signal until early 2009. Since this meant the analog signal would have only been back online for two months before shutdown of analog signals for all full-service stations, WHIZ decided to permanently cease analog broadcasting.

WHIZ is seen on cable systems in several adjacent counties, including Coshocton, Guernsey, Hocking, Licking, Morgan and Perry. It is shown on cable as far south as Nelsonville, Ohio and used to be on cable systems as far west as Lancaster, Ohio but has not been carried on cable any farther west than Perry County, the Buckeye Lake region and Granville, Ohio in several years.


TV stations in Ohio
WKYC, Cleveland

WHIZ, Zanesville
WTOV, Steubenville
WFMJ, Youngstown
WDTN, Dayton
WLIO, Lima
WNWO, Toledo
WCMH, Columbus
WLWT, Cincinnati

TV stations in Muskingum County, Ohio, including Zanesville
WHIZ 18 (NBC)
WOUC 44 (PBS)
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