Channel 69 News
January 26, 2011 by USA Post
Channel 69 News, WFMZ-TV is an independent television station general interest in Allentown, Pa., part of the Philadelphia DMA. Its studio and transmitter are located on South Mountain in Allentown.
WFMZ went on the air on Thanksgiving Day 1976 with two daily newscasts and a program mix of religious and general. (A television station earlier with calls WFMZ, also based in Allentown, operated on channel 67 from December 1954 to April 1955.)
WFMZ primarily serves the Lehigh Valley and Berks County areas with coverage in most of cable Philadelphia DMA. There is more signal coverage of the air in some counties in northwestern New Jersey that are part of the New York City DMA. WFMZ also serves as a local station to cover news and a cable for Carbon County and Monroe County in DMA Scranton-Wilkes-Barre.
The schedule includes first run syndicated programs like Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Family Feud, Dr. Phil, Cold Case Files, Cash Cab and Do not Forget the Lyrics! And classic television shows Matlock and Mission: Impossible, rerun with news and a simulcast of “La Chaîne AccuWeather” during most hours of the night. The station also produces local programs in business, sports and issues related to health.
WFMZ-TV originally two daily news bulletins called “New Pulse” which took place when the station launched in 1976. These would be renamed “Channel 69 News” until eventually be short-circuited “69 News”. Both newspapers have increased by more than fifty per week, including a local news Spanish night (which launched in February 2003). In 2005, WFMZ partnered with Philadelphia station WPVI allowing stations to cooperate for the purpose of gathering news. The current series of 69 News began in April 2006. Newscasts in high definition began May 1, 2008 WFMZ making it the fourth station in the Philadelphia market to air new HD.
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