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STATION BIO-

WTOG-TV first began operations on November 4, 1968, broadcasting on UHF channel 44. Originally owned by Minnesota-based Hubbard Broadcasting Corp., WTOG solidified itself in the Tampa Bay market by being the area’s only independent television station. With broadcast coverage reaching throughout central and southwest Florida, WTOG was billed “Florida’s Super Station” and quickly grew into one of the most profitable television stations in the country. In fact, it was this profitability that drew the attention of future media mogul Ted Turner, who many believed modeled WTBS in Atlanta after WTOG.

Early programming consisted of sitcoms, movies, sports, drama and a 10pm newscast. Younger audiences tuned into “Kids Club” featuring morning cartoons, while adults couldn’t get enough of “Creature Feature” with local host Dr. Paul Bearer and his vault of campy horror movies. In 1996, WTOG was purchased by Paramount Stations Group and soon changed it’s on-air branding to UPN44. WTOG began broadcasting UPN programming during prime evening hours while continuing with its traditional independent format during the day. It was at this time that the UPN44 10 O’Clock News was born, providing the Tampa Bay area with “Live, Local and Late-Breaking” news, eventually being discontinued in 1998.

In January 2006, CBS and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced plans to form a new 5th network named The CW. This new broadcasting network would marry the best programs from the UPN and WB networks, such as America’s Next Top Model, Gilmore Girls, Everybody Hates Chris and Smallville to name a few. On September 18th, WTOG officially became CW44, the CW affiliate for the Tampa Bay market. CW44 has rounded out their hit show lineup with  Supernatural, Nikita and The Vampire Diaries and most recently, Arrow – thus continuing to deliver TV NOW.

General Contact Information

WTOG-TV CW44
365 – 105th Terrace N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Business hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Monday-Friday
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Telephone: (727)-576-4444
Sales Fax: (727)-577-3799
Promotion Fax: (727)-570-4239
Public Affairs: (727)-570-4458

For immediate concerns about broadcast closed captioning, call (727)-576-HELP (4357), fax (727)-570-4412 or e-mail wtogmcr@gmail.com.

For closed captioning complaints regarding non-immediate issues, please write to: Bob Sink, Chief Engineer, WTOG-TV CW44, 365 105th Terrace N.E., St. Petersburg, FL 33716; phone number (727)-570-4454, fax (727)-570-4412 or e-mail bsink@wtogtv.com.

Individuals with disabilities in need of assistance accessing WTOG’s Public Files with the FCC may contact Darlene Janiszewski at (727)-570-4251; fax: (727)570-4418; or, email Publicfile@wtogtv.com.

Advertise With Us
Television is the most powerful advertising medium in the world today – still boasting the highest reach potential. 88% of all people each day can connect with sight, sound, movement and emotion. 80% of adults surveyed believe television has the most persuasive impact of any media. CW44 offers a variety of marketing and research information to help you strategically plan for your advertising investment. In addition, our in-house production department can work with you to design the right commercial message to meet your needs. For more information on how CW44 can help build your business, please contact us:
Call (727)-570-4217 and ask for the National Sales Manager, Ron Bartholomew.
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Station Contact List
Let us hear from you. Please send your questions and comments using the form below to reach our staff members.
Stan Gill, Vice President/General Manager
Greg Blackburn, Creative Services Director
Bob Sink, Chief Engineer
Donna Schenkel, Controller
Ron Bartholomew, National/Digital Sales Manager
Stephen Tolomeo, Traffic Manager
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