WROC-TV Channel 8 Rochester, NY
Owned and Operated by:
Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
Joint Sales and Shared Services Agreement with:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (WUHF Channel 31)
Network Affiliation and Digital Sub-Channels:
8.2 Bounce TV
201 Humboldt Street
Rochester, NY 14610-1093
Main Switchboard: (585) 288-8400
Transmitter and Antenna Information:
FCC Facility ID: 73964
>Broadcasting over-the-air (OTA) on RF Channel 45, between 656 and 662MHz.
>Currently operating at an Effective Radiated Power (ERP) of 1000kW.
>Antenna Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT) is 122.3 meters.
>Antenna Height Above Mean Sea Level (AMSL) is 269.6 meters.
>Antenna Height Above Ground Level (AGL) is 62.3 meters.
Service Contour Map from the FCC and Google.
Call letter history:
WHAM-TV signs on to Channel 6.
WHAM-TV moves to Channel 5.
WHAM-TV changes call letters to WROC-TV.
WROC-TV moves to Channel 8.
WROC-TV picks up CBS, NBC moves to WHEC-TV.
WROC-DT granted Special Temporary Authority status on Channel 45.
WROC-DT granted license to cover at full power on Channel 45.
WROC-TV signs off from analog Channel 8.
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"Take a Look" by Tuesday Productions
>>Listen to "Take a Look"
This theme was used on WROC from 1979 until 1981.
"NBC TV-Radio Newspulse" by Fred Weinberg Productions, Inc.
>>Listen to "NBC TV-Radio Newspulse"
Used on WROC's noon broadcast for a short period of time in 1980.
WROC-TV News Themes circa 1981 - 1989 (Unknown Artists)
>>Listen to "WROC-TV News Theme circa 1981 - 1989"
These themes could be heard on WROC throughout much of the 1980's. At this time, their origin is unknown. Any information regarding this music would be greatly appreciated.
"Cool Hand Luke: The Tar Sequence" by Lalo Schifrin
>>Listen to "The Tar Sequence"
>>Listen to "Symphonic Sketches of Cool Hand Luke"
As the title indicates, this theme was originally a part of the film score for Cool Hand Luke, starring Paul Newman. In 1968, WABC began using "The Tar Sequence" cut for their opening and closing theme. Many other ABC owned-and-operated stations followed suit along with the Eyewitness News name. WROC was about twenty years behind schedule when they began using the theme in 1989. It only lasted about a year and was discontinued in 1990. In recent years, WROC has resurrected the theme for news updates on radio station WBEE 92.5 FM.
"The Leading Edge" by Soundtrack
>>Listen to "The Leading Edge"
As part of a production music library, "The Leading Edge" could be heard on WROC for a brief time in 1991.
WROC-TV News Theme circa 1992 (Unknown Artist)
>>Listen to "WROC Late 1992 News Theme"
The only information known about this theme is that it was also used by KTXS Abilene, TX, WITN Greenville/New Bern/Washington, NC, and WXII Winston-Salem, NC. If you know anything else about it, shoot me an e-mail!
"Newswire" by 615 Music
>>Listen to "Newswire"
WROC began using "Newswire" in 1992. I am currently unaware of when they stopped using the theme.
"Power News v.1, v.2, and v.3" by 615 Music
>>Listen to "Power News v.1, v.2, and v.3"
Sometime in the mid-1990's, WROC switched from "Newswire" to "Power News" which continued to be used until 1998.
"Image News" by Gari Media Group
>>Listen to "Image News"
>>Listen to Voice-Over Montage of "Image News"
From 1998 until 2009, WROC used Image News. The theme was originally composed for the Hearst-Argyle Television station group under the name "The A Package." An alternative package was also composed, respectively, with the title of "The B Package." The latter was never used on WROC. In 2000, WROC commissioned Gari Communications to compose a custom cut of the theme which they would use as their main theme for many years to come.
"U-Phonix" by Stephen Arnold Music
>>Listen to "U-Phonix"
In August 2009, WROC updated their on-air look complete with new graphics and studio facilities. In addition, they began using "U-Phonix" by Stephen Arnold Music. This theme package has quite an interesting history, for it contains cuts from another package previously heard on another Rochester television station (WUHF). In 2002, the Sinclair Broadcast Group commissioned Stephen Arnold Music to compose a theme for their television stations. This theme, simply referred to as the "Sinclair News Music Package" was used on WUHF from 2002 until 2005, when the Nexstar Broadcasting Group (owners of WROC-TV) entered into a joint sales and shared services agreement with Sinclair (owners of WUHF). In the coming months, WUHF's studios and offices were moved into the same building as WROC's. WROC began producing the 10:00 newscast on FOX Rochester and replaced the Sinclair News Music Package with another. Almost four years later, when WROC began using "U-Phonix", some of the themes previously heard on WUHF were now heard in WROC's newscasts. Well, how come? It turns out that in 2007, SESAC, the company which licensed the news music to the television stations that used music from Stephen Arnold decided to charge more than what Sinclair was willing to pay. This resulted in Sinclair dropping the Sinclair News Music Package from all of its television stations and turning to Gari Communications instead. As a result, Stephen Arnold Music took four themes from the Sinclair News Music Package and included them in another package (UPhonix), which had been in use by a number of television stations across the country since 2004. And now you know why...