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Wlii-dt

WLII-DT
WLII Univision Puerto Rico Logo
Caguas / San Juan, Puerto Rico
City of license Caguas, Puerto Rico
Branding Univision Puerto Rico
Slogan Ya Verás.
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Subchannels 11.1 Univision
Translators WORA-TV 5.1 Mayagüez
WSUR-DT 9.1 Ponce
Affiliations Univision
Owner Univision Communications
(WLII/WSUR License Partnership, GP)
Founded April 27, 1986
First air date 1960[1]
Call letters' meaning Lorimar-Telepictures (former owner)
II = two "I"'s representing the number "11"
Sister station(s) WSTE-DT
WKAQ (AM)
WKAQ-FM
Former callsigns WKBM-TV (1960–1985)
WLII (1985–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1960–1981 and 1986–2002)
Silent (1981–1986)
Transmitter power 38 kW
Height 355 m
Facility ID 19777
Transmitter coordinates
Website .com.univisionprwww

WLII-DT, channel 11, is a Univision owned-and-operated television station that is licensed to Caguas, Puerto Rico. The station is owned by Univision Communications, and is sister to independent station WSTE-DT (channel 7) and radio stations WKAQ (580 AM) and WKAQ-FM (104.7);. WLII's studios and transmitter are located in Guaynabo.

WLII operates a satellite station, WSUR-DT (channel 9), in Ponce. Locally-owned WORA-TV (channel 5) in Mayagüez repeats over 95% of WLII's programming under an affiliation agreement.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Telecadena Perez-Perry 1.1
    • Tele-Once 1.2
    • Univision 1.3
    • WSUR-TV history 1.4
  • Digital television 2
    • Digital channel 2.1
    • Analog-to-digital conversion 2.2
  • Programming 3
    • Upcoming programming 3.1
  • Las Noticias Univision 4
    • Notable on–air staff 4.1
    • Local program hosts 4.2
  • Broadcasting 5
    • Satellite, repeater and translator stations 5.1
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Telecadena Perez-Perry

In 1960, Rafael Perez Perry received authorization from the government to start WKBM-TV, broadcasting on channel 11, as part of his new Telecadena Perez-Perry chain of television stations. Some of the shows that WKBM-TV aired throughout those years included: Una Hora Contigo and Tira y Tapate with Myrta Silva, Yo Soy el Gallo with José Miguel Class, El Show de Carmita with Carmita Jiménez, El Show de Lissette, El Show de Iris Chacón, El Hit del Momento and El Super Show Goya with Enrique Maluenda, Lillian Hurst and Luz Odilea Font, Una Chica llamada: Ivonne Coll, Cambia Cambia con Alfred D. Herger, Almorzando and Del Brazo with Ruth Fernández, and Mediodia Circular with Vilma Carbia. At the time, Perez Perry owned one of the most successful radio stations on the island, WKVM (810 AM). Unfortunately, Perez-Perry died of unknown causes in the late 1970s; his death eventually resulted in WKBM-TV declaring bankruptcy in 1981. The station went silent that year. Its former competition benefited from WKBM's demise – not only from a reduction in competition itself, but also from the availability of many of the stations' former hosts and talent.

Tele-Once

In 1986, production company Lorimar-Telepictures (with the Telepictures division now part of Warner Bros. Television) acquired the station from bankruptcy court. The new WLII-TV was branded as "Tele Once" with a new slogan: "Tele Once… Vívelo!" ("Tele Once…Live it!"). Warner Communications (now part of Time Warner) would gain indirect ownership of the stations after it bought Lorimar-Telepictures in 1988. The station became a success around this time by airing popular American programs translated in Spanish, especially The Simpsons. However, its lack of a repeater or rebroadcaster on the western portion of the island continued to put it behind the competition, WKAQ-TV (channel 2) and WAPA-TV (channel 4). That all changed when WNJX-TV (channel 22) in Mayagüez signed an affiliation agreement with the station in the late 1980s. WLII was subsequently sold to Malrite Communications Group in 1991; Malrite merged with Raycom Media in 1998.

On January 1, 1995 at 12 a.m., Tele Once entered into its first marketing agreement with a television station in western Puerto Rico, WORA-TV (channel 5), which at that time had ended an affiliation agreement with WKAQ-TV. In turn, WKAQ-TV switched its affiliation agreement to WOLE-TV (channel 12), which was WAPA-TV's repeater station at the time; this left WAPA-TV out of the western Puerto Rico television market for the first time in 30 years.

Some of the shows that aired on WLII throughout the Tele Once years included En Un Dia, R con R, El Show de Awilda, Dime la Verdad, Ellas al Mediodía, La Noche es Nuestra, Fiesta, A Fuego, Lio, El Super Show, Que Suerte que es Domingo, Anda Pa'l Cará, Entrando por la Cocina, Atácate and El Kiosko Budweiser.

In the late 1980s, actresses Ángela Meyer and Camille Carrión founded a production company named Empresas Meca, which produced some of the last telenovelas in Puerto Rico: La Isla, Ave De Paso (starring Yolandita Monge), Yara Prohibida and La Otra.

Univision

WLII's logo from 2002 to December 31, 2012.

In 2002, Univision entered into a local marketing agreement with Raycom Media to operate WLII and WSUR-TV. At the time, WLII had a longtime local marketing agreement with another Puerto Rican station, WSTE (channel 7), which Univision honored. Both WLII and WSUR-TV were sold to Univision Communications in 2005; Univision bought WSTE at the end of 2007. Although Univision operates a second network, UniMás, in the mainland United States, WSTE remains an independent station. In 2005, WLII relocated from its studios in the Puerta de Tierra borough of San Juan to a new facility in Guaynabo.

On October 17, 2014, WLII-DT laid off 109 staffers and canceled most of its local programming, becoming a repeater of Univision network programming with minimal local content. With the move, the station's daily talk show, Ruben & Co., became the only local program still produced by WLII. In addition, WLII now shares a general manager with Univision's Puerto Rico radio stations.[2]

WSUR-TV history

WSUR-TV was founded on February 20, 1958.[3] In 1963, the station was located on Avenida Tito Castro (Puerto Rico Highway 14) in the La Rambla sector of Barrio Machuelo Abajo; its transmitter tower was located within the municipality of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, and it was an affiliate of WAPA-TV, but carried two local programs from Ponce.[4] The station transmitted its analog signal over VHF channel 9.[5] Its tower is now located at Cerro Maravilla in the border between the municipality of Ponce with Jayuya.[6]

Digital television

Digital channel

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
11.1 1080i 16:9 WLII-DT Main WLII programming / Univision HD

Analog-to-digital conversion

WLII shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 56 to VHF channel 11, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.[8] WSUR switched to digital-only broadcasts on January 23, 2009, broadcasting on VHF channel 9 (or virtual channel 9.1).

Programming

Upcoming programming

Las Noticias Univision

News programming on WLII began in 1986, with Ramón Enrique Torres and Jennifer Wolff as anchors of the 5:00 p.m. newscast. In 1990, a noon newscast premiered with Torres and Margarita Aponte as its anchors, followed after by the 10:30 p.m. newscast with Torres. On March 11, 1991, a weekday morning news program, Tu Mañana, made its debut; the program was anchored by Carlos Ochoteco and Cyd Marie Fleming and featured segments such as panel experts on different topics.

Over the years, many people worked on Tu Mañana and Las Noticias. Reporters such as Carmen Dominicci, Elwood Cruz, Susan Soltero, Bruni Torres, Nuria Sebazco, Rommy Segarra, Felipe Gómez, Ada Monzón, Liza Lugo and many others have been featured.

In 1996, a monthly investigative/tabloid newsmagazine began airing called Las Noticias Xtra, which offered reports considered to be shocking by many. Taboo themes in Puerto Rican society such as homosexuality were featured. Las Noticias Xtra eventually was reduced to a weekly segment seen during the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. newcasts.

During WLII's Tele Once years, the station's slogan was "Tele Once: 24 horas el canal de Las Noticias" ("Tele Once, the 24-hour news channel"), paralleling the 24 Hour News Source trend in the United States at this time. WLII began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition in 2010. Due to budget cuts that imposed by Univision in Miami, WLII reduced its news department by between 20-50 employees, and Las Noticias a las 6 was reduced from one hour to 30 minutes. The station discontinued its weekend newscasts on January 5, 2014;[9] following this move, WLII-DT broadcast 32½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week, with 6½ hours on weekdays only. On October 17, 2014, Univision closed WLII's news operation altogether as part of the cutbacks that eliminated most of its local programming.[2]

Notable on–air staff

  • Elwood Cruz - weekday mornings on Tu Mañana (5:00-9:00 a.m.) and weekday afternoons on Tu Mediodia (12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Ramón Enrique Torres - weeknights at 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Local program hosts

Broadcasting

Satellite, repeater and translator stations

WLII programming can be seen across Puerto Rico on the following stations:

References

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says May 27, while the Television and Cable Factbook says April 22.
  2. ^ a b "Univision In Puerto Rico Ends Local Programming". TVNewsCheck. October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ Luis Fortuno Janeiro. Album Historico de Ponce (1692-1963). Page 409. Ponce, Puerto Rico: Imprenta Fortuno. 1963.
  4. ^ Luis Fortuno Janeiro. Album Historico de Ponce (1692-1963). Page 409. Ponce, Puerto Rico: Imprenta Fortuno. 1963.
  5. ^ Luis Fortuno Janeiro. Album Historico de Ponce (1692-1963). Page 409. Ponce, Puerto Rico: Imprenta Fortuno. 1963.
  6. ^ Puerto Rico » Municipio de Jayuya Feature List » TOWR » WSUR-TV (Ponce) - Municipio de Jayuya, Puerto Rico. Satellite View.co Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WLII
  8. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  9. ^ Villafañe, Veronica (January 6, 2014). "Univision Puerto Rico cancels 4 weekend newscasts". Media Moves. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 

External links

  • Univision Puerto Rico
  • Televisión Boricua
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for WLII-DT
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for WSUR-DT
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WLII-TV
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WSUR-TV


Organizations, places, awards and competitions founded or established in Puerto Rico in the year 1948.

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