call_letters = WBTW
station_slogan = Coverage You
Can Count On
station_branding = News 13
My RTN (on DT2)
analog = 13 (VHF)
digital = 56 (UHF)
MNTV / RTN (on DT2)
October 18, 1954
location = Florence /
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
callsign_meaning = derived from
former_channel_numbers = 8 (1954-1963)
licensee = Media General Communications Holdings, LLC
former_affiliations = ABC (secondary, 1954-1980)
effective_radiated_power = 316 kW (analog)
1,000 kW (digital)
31.6 kW (digital, after
HAAT = 594 m (analog)
541.4 m (digital)
facility_id = 66407
coordinates = coord|34|22|4.9|N|79|19|19.9|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.scnow.com/scp/community/wbtw/ scnow.com]
WBTW, channel 13, is the
CBS-affiliated television stationin Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Its transmitter is located southeast of Dillon. Owned by Media General, the station has studios on McDonald Court in the Stalvey section of Myrtle Beach. Syndicated programming on WBTW includes: "Dr. Phil", "Elen", " Inside Edition", "Wheel of Fortune", and " Jeopardy!". The station operates the area's MyNetworkTVaffiliate on its second digital subchannel. It can also be seen on Time Warnerdigital cable channel 811 (at this time, it is not offered on that system's basic tier) and HTC Cablevison channel 99 in Conway.
During the daytime, the station airs the
Retro Television Network. As a result of this dual affiliation, WBTW-DT2 is known on-air as "My RTN". As part of its schedule, there is also a large amount of paid programming. Media General also owns several area newspapers including: "The Morning News", "Lake City News and Post", "Marion Star and Mullins Enterprise", and the "Hemingway Observer". A purchase agreement is also in the works with a Hartsville-based paper called "The Messenger".
The station's digital signal is multiplexed.
The station went on the air on October 18, 1954 located on channel 8. It owned by Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company (later becoming Jefferson-Pilot, now
Lincoln Financial Group). It was Jefferson Standard's second television station behind WBTVin Charlotte. It received the callsign of WBTW ("W" being the next letter in the alphabet after "V" although the station was not a satellite of WBTV). In 1963, WBTW moved to channel 13 and the channel 8 location was re-allocated to High Point. In 1968, the station was sold to the Shott family of Bluefield, West Virginia(publishers of the " Bluefield Daily Telegraph"). WBTW's current tower was built in rural Dillon County, east of SC 57 in 1979.
The new tower more than doubled its coverage area giving it at least secondary coverage as far north as Fayetteville, Raeford and Pinehurst, as far west as the fringes of the Charlotte and Columbia suburbs and as far south as Georgetown. For many years, it was the only commercial television station located between Wilmington and Charleston. This was because of a quirk in the
FCC's allocation of VHF channels. Only one VHF license was allocated to the area because it was sandwiched between the Wilmington and Charleston markets. Until WPDE-TVsigned on in 1980, WBTW aired some ABC programming in addition to what was being offered by CBS.
The Shotts sold off most of their media holdings in 1984 with its two television stations, WBTW and
KIMTin Mason City, Iowato Spartan Radiocasting Corporation (later Spartan Communications) of Spartanburg. In the late-1980s and early-1990s, the station branded itself as the "Best of Two Worlds" playing off the "BTW" in its call letters. In 2000, Spartan merged with current owner Media General. From 1995 to 2000, WBTW served as the CBS affiliate for parts of the Wilmington market due to former CBS affiliate WJKA-TV switching to Fox and becoming WSFX-TV. That market got another CBS affiliate in 2000 when WILM-LPpicked up the affiliation. However, WBTW still serves some parts of the Wilmington market that doesn't receive the low powered WILM signal over-the-air or on cable. After being known as "TV 13" for most of its history, the station rebranded itself as "News 13" in 2002.
2004, WBTW established a news share agreement with Fox affiliate WFXB. WBTW then began producing a weeknight 10 o'clock newscast for that station known as "Fox 43 News at 10". In 2006, the news became known as "Fox News at 10". During the Summer of 2007, WBTW moved the majority of its operations to renovated studios in Myrtle Beach. That facility had been serving as a news bureau. It continued to operate some news and operations at its old facilities in Florence. Those studios were located on North TV Road in the Back Swamp section of the town. The physical Lumberton Bureau closed in 2007 and coverage from that region is now handled by a correspondent reporter.
Marchof 2008, WBTW launched its all-digital news operation which included new graphics, news set, robotic studio cameras, and newscasts in 16:9standard definition widescreen. It is not true high definition, however. When digital only NBCaffiliate WMBF-TVlaunched on August 7, 2008, it began to broadcast their local news in high definition. It is the first in the market to do that. All of WBTW's operations from North TV Road were moved to McDonald Court in Juneof 2008. The station as of late has been criticized for reporting false information relating to local and national stories. The station operates a weather radarof its own that is located beside U.S. 501 in Rains. It also uses live, NOAA National Weather Serviceradar data from several regional sites. On-air in newscasts, this weather radar network is known as "Storm Tracker 13 Titan". The two radars are also used on WFXB. Unlike most CBS affiliates, WBTW does not air a weeknight 5:30 o'clock newscast.
*Lyra Manning - weekday mornings and Noon
*Nicole Boone - weeknights at 5 and 6
*Martha Hunn - weeknights at 5 and 11
*Bob Juback - weeknights at 6 and 11
*Rusty Ray - weeknights at 10
*Patricia Burkett - weekends
**weekend producer and reporter three days a week
"Storm Tracker 13 Meteorologists"
*Frank Johnson (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - Chief seen on weeknights
*Chris Still (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and Noon
*Melissa Hoeman (NWA Seal of Approval) - weekends
*Matt Lincoln - Director seen on weeknights at 6, 10, and 11
*Chris Fischer - weekends
*Bill Burr, Anchor/Reporter who made two tours of duty with WBTW. Currently morning anchor at WCSC in Charleston, SC.
*Ken Daily, Morning Meteorologist 1995-1996. Currently out of the media business.
*Mitch Davis, Weekend Anchor, Reporter, More For Your Money Reporter 1999-2003. Executive Producer, Myrtle Beach Bureau Chief and fill-in anchor/reporter 2003-2006. Now Daybreak Executive Producer for WSOC in Charlotte.
*Jake Dunne, Weekend Meteorologist, 2000-2003. Currently chief meteorologist at
WLNSin Lansing, MI.
*Allyson Floyd, Medical Reporter 1991-1996. Currently she is at WPDE ABC 15 as the Anchor and Assistant News Director since 1996.
*Kimberly Gill, Morning/ Noon Anchor & Producer 2004-2007, Weekend Anchor 2002-2003. Now Morning Anchor at WEWS 5 in Cleveland, Ohio.
*Vanessa Hill Anchor 1984-1992. Left for
WCIVin Charleston, SC to anchor there from 1992-2002. Currently works with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.
*Chris Huffman, Reporter in the Pee Dee Region from 2004-2006. Currently a reporter at KOAT in Albuquerque, NM.
*Fred Hunter, Morning Meteorologist, 1993-1995. Currently weekend meterologist at
WBRCin Birmingham, AL since 1997.
*Jeff Kirk, Morning Meteorologist, 1996-2000. Currently at WJCL in Savannah, GA as chief meteorologist since June 2000.
*Elaine Lucadano, anchor/reporter, 1989-1993. Later worked at WTSP in Tampa.
*Don Luehrs, Morning/Chief/Morning Meteorologist, 1988-2007. He was morning weathercaster until Mark Mathis left in early 1993, then he was chief until the last 6 months before retiring June 2007. Now sells real estate at
RE/MAXunder Ron Moore in Florence, SC.
*Tad Maguire, Weekend Meteorologist, 1986-1991. Now senior meteorologist at WSI Corporation.
*Mark Mathis, Chief Meteorologist, 1987-1993. He left WBTW for WCIV in Charleston, SC, other stations in Dallas, Austin,TX, San Diego, San Antonio, Charlotte, and most recently KREX in Grand Junction, CO where he served as chief meteorologist for 4 years. He is back at
WCCBin Charlotte, as co-host of "FOX News Rising" as of May 2008.
*Jim McGee, Anchor, mid 1980s-early 1990s along side Vanessa Hill. Currently Republican Representative for District no. 63 Florence County.
*Monte Montello, Weekend Meteorologist, 2003-2005/ Fox 43 Meteorologist 2005-2007. He is currently a meteorologist at
News 14 Carolinain Charlotte.
*Darby Mullany Dunn, Anchor, 1993-1997. Currently a reporter at
CNBC. After leaving WBTW she went on to CNN.
*Tasha Oxendine, Lumberton Bureau Chief/Reporter, 1992-2005. Currently works as Marketing Director for UNC-Pembroke's Gibbons Performing Arts Center.
*Alison Rhinehart, Primary Myrtle Beach co-anchor from 2000-2004. Now known as Alison de Castro co-hosting " [http://www.themorningblend.com/ The Morning Blend] " on WTMJ in Milwaukee.
*Marci Rubin, General Assignment Reporter 2001-2004. Currently anchor/reporter with
News 12 Networksin New York City area.
*Kim Schumacher, General Assignment Reporter - Grand Strand, 1998-2004. Currently reporter for WRIC in Richmond, VA.
*Newy Scruggs, Weekend Sports Anchor, 1992-1993. Currently Sports Director at KXAS in Dallas since April 2000.
*Mike Stevens, Anchor/Reporter, 1987-1989. Went on to anchor and report at stations in Philadelphia, Columbus Ohio, Sacramento, Atlanta and New York. Currently Evening Anchor at WEYI, Flint Michigan.
*Rob Stewart, Morning Anchor, 1995-1998. Currently weeknight main anchor of "Delaware Tonight" airing in the Philadelphia TV market on WHYY.
*Allen Strum, Weekend Meteorologist, 1996-1998. Currently the chief meteorologist at WEAR in Pensacola, Florida since 2001.
*Greg Toland, Sports Reporter/Director, 1984-1997. Currently weekend sports anchor at WJLA in Washington, D.C. since October 2000.
*James Wieland, Morning Meteorologist, 2000-2003. Currently meteorologist at WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL since April 2007.
*Dave Williams, Morning Meteorologist, December 2003-November 2006. Now morning meteorologist at WCIV in Charleston, SC.
*Beth Kulle, Morning/Noon Anchor 1990-1994.
*Vernon Fraley, Reporter 1992-1998. He spent nearly six years at WFMY, a CBS affiliate, as an anchor and reporter in Greensboro, NC. He currently is a Weekday Evening Anchor for News 14 Carolina in Greensboro studio.
*Michael White, Weekend Sports Anchor 1990-1992.
*Brad Means, Anchor/Reporter 1989-1994. After WBTW, it was off to Huntsville, Alabama, and Columbus, Georgia. Currently he is an anchor and Assistant News Director. He anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts on WJBF News Channel 6 since 1998.
*Kim Prozzi, Reporter 1991-1993.
*Laura Martin, Reporter 1993-1995. After TV13, it was off to Waco, Texas, as the 6 and 10 pm anchor (1995-1999). Then, in 2000, Laura moved to Dallas to report for WFAA-TV.
*Dey Romo, Anchor/Reporter Early 1990s.
*Dan Michaels, Reporter 1992-1994.
*Slyvia Thomas, Noon/5pm Anchor 1993-1997.
*Keith Reid, Noon/5pm/Sunday Morning Anchor 1993-1998.
*Will Jones, Reporter 1994-1998.
*Dayna White, Morning/Noon Anchor 1993-1998. Left to go back home to a New York station.
*Ellen Dunn, Morning Anchor 1998-2003.
*Josh Klaff, Weekend Sports Anchor 2000-2004. Left for the Greensboro, NC market. He left the station in Greensboro in late 2007.
*Ryan Gunn, Weekend Sports Anchor 2005-2007. Left to become General Manager of Regus for eight months. After 5 months off, as of March 2008 he is a Search Consultant with Management Recruiters of West Palm Beach, Florida.
*Shea Ann DeJarnette, Lumberton Bureau Reporter 1992-2002. She has been working as a coordinator for a "4-H" youth program in Lumberton since 2002 after being released from the station.
* [http://www.13wmaz.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/ABOUTUS01/80404004 Tyler Pearson] , Reporter/Fill-in Anchor 2001-2006. Currently he is the Morning and Noon Anchor at WMAZ in Macon, Georgia since 2006.
*Jon Wofford, Sports Director 2000-2004. After WBTW he left to be the Sports Director at WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Illinois. Currently he is the Sports Director at KLKNTV Channel 8 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
*Stephanie Snowden, Reporter 2001-2004. Left for WISTV NBC 10 in Columbia, SC. Currently is the solo Host of Richland Reveal which comes on Sunday Mornings in Columbia, SC.
*Bridget Cannata, Reporter 2002-2005. Most recently a reporter at CBS3 in Sacramento, California. She has left that station.
*Ric Garni, Sports Director 2004-2007. Left WBTW to be WWE staff writer in Connecticut. Currently he is the General Manager of Regus in Indianapolis, IN.
News / Station presentation
*"Your Esso Reporter" (1954-1961)
*"The Six O'Clock News / The Eleven O'Clock News" (1961-1967)
Eyewitness News" (1967-1976)
*"Channel 13 News" (1983-1991)
*"13 Eyewitness News" (1991-1997)
*"TV 13 News" (1997-2002)
*"WBTW News 13" (2002-present)
*"The Best of Two Worlds" (a play on the call letters, early-1990s)
*"13 Eyewitness News, When Everything Depends On It." (early-1990s)
*"The Carolinas' News Station" (?-2000)
*"Coverage You Can Count On" (2000-present)
* [http://www.scnow.com/scp/community/wbtw/ WBTW "News 13"]
* [http://www.myfoxmyrtlebeach.com/ WFXB "Fox TV"]
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