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WUVG-DT, virtual channel 34 (UHF digital channel 18), is a Univision/UniMás owned-and-operated television station licensed to Athens, Georgia, United States and serving the Atlanta television market. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications. WUVG-DT's studios are located on Peachtree Road NE in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, and its transmitter is located in North Druid Hills. Despite Athens being WUVG-DT's city of license, the station maintains no physical presence there.

WUVG-DT offers a Spanish-language programming format featuring news, talk shows, dramas, movies and other first-rate Spanish programming. The station is also active in many community outreach efforts and events throughout the year including several signature hosted celebrations—the two largest being Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and Fiestas Patrias (National Holidays) in September.

On cable, WUVG-DT is available on Charter Spectrum channel 15 in both standard and high definition, and on Comcast Xfinity channels 14 (SD) and 814 (HD).

History[]

WNGM-TV[]

The station went on air on April 18, 1989, as WNGM-TV, with the call sign standing for "North Georgia Mountains". Initially the station ran a general entertainment format with cartoons, classic and recent sitcoms, blocks of country music programming, old movies and syndicated first-run shows; it also aired a local newscast and magazine program focusing on north Georgia.

WNGM-TV was owned by a company including the final two applicants for the channel: Georgia Mountain Corporation and Sunbelt Television, Inc., which merged their bids in 1985 and won the construction permit. Its transmitter was located 60 miles (97 km) away from Atlanta, reaching Athens with a grade A signal while sending a very weak signal into eastern metro Atlanta. As a result, many syndicators sold the rights for shows that were already on the Atlanta stations to WNGM. The station provided an alternative to viewers in areas which had moderate VHF reception and poor UHF reception from Atlanta; Clarke County had a cable penetration rate of 83 percent, 30 points above the national average.

NGM Television Partners, the licensee, sold the station for $10 million in 1996 to Whitehead Media, which the next year formalized a time brokerage agreement under which Paxson Communications Corporation began operating channel 34. However, Paxson opted the next year to divest itself of extra stations in markets where it controlled more than one, such as Atlanta, where it owned WPXA-TV. However, the $73.5 million sale by Paxson of the operating rights and by Whitehead of the licenses for WNGM-TV and WOAC in Canton, Ohio, to Global Broadcasting Systems, Inc., was terminated a month later when the buyer failed to post an escrow deposit.

From 1996 until September 1, 1997, WNGM-TV aired Paxson's Infomall TV infomercial network, then switching to separate but similar home shopping programming, which was an issue at play in a major cable carriage dispute with MediaOne over whether it had to be placed on a series of major Atlanta cable systems.

"Hotlanta 34"[]

In 1998, USA Broadcasting acquired WNGM for $50 million. It was part of a larger deal between Paxson and USA that allowed Paxson-owned stations in New Orleans and Memphis to make early exits from affiliation contracts with the Home Shopping Network, gave Paxson a station serving Portland, Oregon, and put USA Broadcasting in every top 10 market but Detroit. After the USA acquisition, the home shopping programming was dropped and replaced with music videos from The Box—which led the FCC to greenlight the station's push for must-carry in the Atlanta area that August.

In November 1999, WNGM was the third of four USAB stations after Miami's WAMI-TV to convert to USAB's new "CityVision" general entertainment format and became "Hotlanta 34" under new WHOT-TV call letters. The centerpiece of the plan was a three-year contract for the rights to telecast Atlanta Hawks basketball. The move was made after WATL (channel 36) opted not to renew its deal because of the expanding program offerings of The WB. However, after the format failed to take off where it was introduced and the company registered operating losses of $62 million in 2000, Diller opted to sell the stations to Univision in 2001.

Univision Georgia[]

While some of the stations were used to start Telefutura, a second network, the purchase gave Univision its first ever broadcast outlet in Atlanta, where the Latino population had grown by 362 percent during the 1990s. Under new WUVG call letters, channel 34 changed to Spanish-language programming on January 14, 2002. While local news was not immediately added, WUVG began producing a public affairs program in Spanish, Nuestra Georgia (Our Georgia), the first such program on Atlanta television since 1997.

DT2 history[]

WUVG-DT2 (marketed as UniMás) was launched on January 14, 2002. Before it was launched.

News operation[]

WUVG launched its news department in April 2011, with two daily half-hour evening newscasts at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.—branded as Noticias 34 Atlanta (News 34 Atlanta)—anchored by Amanda Ramirez (now at WLII-DT) and Gianncarlo Cifuentes. The station also maintains a partnership with WGCL-TV for news coverage.

The station's other local program is a weekend newsmagazine, Conexión Fin de Semana.

Technical information[]

Subchannels[]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
34.1 720p 16:9 WUVG-DT Main WUVG-DT programming / Univision
34.2 UNM-HD Main WUVG-DT2 programming / UniMás
34.3 480i 4:3 getTV getTV
34.4 16:9 Mystery Court TV Mystery
34.5 4:3 digi.tv Digi TV

Former Subchannels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
34.1 1080i 16:9 WUVG-DT Main WUVG-DT programming / Univision
34.2 720p UNM-HD Main WUVG-DT2 programming / UniMás
34.3 480i 4:3 getTV getTV
34.4 16:9 Mystery Court TV Mystery

Translator[]

WUVG-DT maintains a digital replacement translator, which supplements channel 34's coverage in the city of license, Athens.

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Athens WUVG-DT (DRT) 35 13.5 kW 111.3 m (365 ft) 48813 33°59′35.9″N 83°24′55.9″W33.993306; -83.415528 WUVG-DT (DRT)

Analog-to-digital conversion[]

WUVG shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 34, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48, using PSIP to display WUVG's virtual channel as 34 on digital television receivers.

The station airs UniMás on their digital subchannel 34.2, which is a rarity as Univision prefers their two networks to operate on two different channels rather than in multiplexed form. However, this is a legacy of analog television, the major disadvantage of sharing now being that 34.2 does not have the right to must-carry since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) failed to implement it for digital TV stations, even for cable television systems that drop almost all analog channels to supposedly make more room for digital as Comcast has done locally.

As of August 2014, UniMás on 34.2 is being broadcast over the air in 1080i HD. On March 25, 2017, Escape was moved to WSB 2.2; at that point; 34.4 was removed, but moved back to 34.4 in late 2017.

Gallery[]

Former WUVG-DT Logo. (2013-2019)

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