WPHL-TV - now known as myphl17 - has been serving the community with quality programming for more than 40 years. The station signed on the air September 17, 1965, founded by a group of local businessmen and investors who sold it two years later to AVC Corporation. In July 1975, the station moved from its original studios in Wyndmoor to Philadelphia's Wynnefield section, where it has remained ever since. The station became an affiliate of MyNetworkTV on September 5, 2006.
Over the years, myphl17 produced and aired numerous local television shows, including kids' favorite Wee Willie Webber's Colorful Cartoon Club, Dr. Shock's Horror Theater, and the 1980s teen dance hit Dancin' on Air. During much of the 1970s and 1980s, the station was known as "The Great Entertainer."
From its early days of locally produced shows, the station evolved to become a television mainstay for local sports fans. Beginning in 1971, WPHL began carrying Philadelphia Phillies baseball games, which continued through their World Championship season in 1980, until 1982. The Phillies returned to the station in 1993, when they again made it to the World Series, and remained with WPHL until 1998. The Phillies have returned to WPHL for the 2009 season. In addition, the station aired 76ers basketball games from the mid-80s to the mid-90s, Philadelphia Flyers hockey from 1991 to 1998, and Philadelphia Eagles pre-season football beginning in 1998.
In December 1992, the station was sold to the Chicago-based Tribune Company, becoming the sixth station the company owned in the country. Tribune is a major national media company that owns and operates 23 major market television stations, including national Superstation WGN-TV, and reaches more than 80% of U.S. television households. It is the only media organization with television stations, newspapers and web sites in the nation's top three markets. In addition, Tribune owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team and several market-leading newspapers across America, including the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, and Allentown's Morning Call. MyNetworkTV launched the national network on September 5, 2006. Myphl17 is the largest affiliate of the new network not owned by the FOX station group. The new network provides programming to the station Monday-Saturday from 8-10pm.
In the mid-1990s, WPHL began to air news programming. In September 1994, the station premiered a nightly newscast at 10pm called Inquirer News Tonight. The program was produced in conjunction with Knight Ridder, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer. A year later, the station took over all production of the 10pm newscast titled WB17 News at Ten and in December 2005 the newscast was relaunched as WB17 News at Ten Powered by NBC 10.The newscast, now known as myphl17 News at Ten Powered by NBC10 and is produced at NBC 10 studios.
The station has been broadcasting the annual Mummers Parade - a Philadelphia tradition for more than 100 years - on New Year's Day since 1993. Each year the parade draws a crowd of thousands in Philadelphia, while Philadelphia's myphl17 achieves some of its highest ratings of the year.
In addition to its popular programming, myphl17 is active in community and charitable events. In addition, myphl17's "Events Team" also greets fans throughout the Delaware Valley with various giveaway items from popular shows and our newest addition-a 25ft tall Giant Stewie Griffin from the hit animated series Family Guy. Stewie makes the perfect eye-catching attraction for many events!
The station continues to focus on technological advances, as shown by its switch in 2002 to broadcasting in digital format. The station's website at www.myphl17.com features news updates, contests, and a vast resource of information about all of the station's programs. Commitment to the community through entertainment, information, and service continue to be the cornerstones of success for myphl17.
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myphl17 Station History
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