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Station History

FOX56 WOLF is the FOX affiliate in the Northeast & Central PA market, which serves over 580,000 households in the nation's 53rd largest television market. Along with FOX programming and some of the top syndicated shows, FOX56 broadcasts the only 10pm live local news, weather and sports every day.

The CW WSWB is the CW affiliate in the Northeast & Central PA market, which serves over 500,000 households in the nation's 53rd largest television market. Along with CW programming and some of the top syndicated shows, The CW broadcasts Big East Basketball and Football along with Phillies and NY Yankees baseball.

My Network TV WQMY is the My Network TV affiliate in the Northeast & Central PA market, which serves over 500,000 households in the nation's 53rd largest television market. Along with My Network TV programming and some of the top syndicated shows, My Network TV WQMY broadcasts Big East Basketball and Football along with Phillies and NY Yankees baseball, Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers. 

Recently, WOLF celebrated 20 years of broadcasting to the Northeast & Central PA area. Today, amid the ocean of cable and satellite offerings, FOX56 WOLF, The CW WSWB and My Network TV WQMY still leads the region in providing local programming, sports and news.

 

Below is a look at some milestones along our broadcast journey.

# June 5, 1985-WOLF signs on the air. WOLF launches as an independent station on channel 38.  The first program to air was 4PM – Planet of the Apes followed by 6:00PM Network. 
# Sept 1985- Weeknight line-up 5pm Barney Miller, Alice, All in the Family. WKRP in Cincinnati.  Late night show, Charlie's Angels
# October 9, 1986 – WOLF signs an affiliate agreement with FOX, branding FOX38 WOLF-TV.  The network launches The Late Show starring Joan Rivers.
# April 5, 1987 – FOX launched first night of Primetime programming – Sunday featuring Married…with Children and The Tracey Ullman Show
# May 3, 1987 – Sunday line-up complete: Married…with Children, The Tracey Ullman Show, 21 Jump Street, Mr. President, Duet.
# March 1990 – The FOX38 Kids Club was formed.  Hosted by Mary O'Brian.
# Sept 1990 – New host of the FOX38 Kids Club, Maria Zone.
# 1991 – FOX38 signs an agreement with the ABC affiliate in the market (WNEP) to produce a 10PM news.
# June 21, 1993 – FOX Network completes a 7 night broadcast schedule.
# July 1993 – New host of the FOX38 Kids Club, Scott Topper.
# Aug 5, 1994 – First Preseason Eagles Game.  Eagles @ Chicago
# Sept 4, 1994 – Televised first NFL Game.  Double header Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys @ Pittsburgh Steelers
# Sept 1994 – Weeknight line-up 5pm Full House, Fresh Prince, Star Trek – The Next Generation, Cops, The Simpsons. 
# April 2, 1995 – Televised first NHL game.  NY Rangers @ Philadelphia Flyers
# Sept 1995 – Weeknight line-up 5pm Full House, Blossom, Baywatch, Home Improvement, The Simpsons
# June 1, 1996 – Televised first MLB game.  Atlanta Braves @ Cincinnati Reds
# Sept 1996 – Weeknight line-up 5pm Full House, The Simpsons, The Simpsons, Home Improvement, Home Improvement, Mad About You
# Oct 1996 – Televised first MLB World Series
# Feb 1997 – Televised first Superbowl
# July 1997 – Televised first MLB All-Star game
# Sept 1997 – Weeknight line-up 5pm Boy Meets World, The Cosby Show, The Simpsons, Cheers, Mad About You, Home Improvement
# Sept 1999 – Weeknight line-up 5pm Home Improvement, The Simpsons, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Friends, Friends, Drew Carey
# November 26, 1999 – Signed on the air WSWB on channel 38.  WOLF signal changed to 56.
# Feb 10, 2001 – WOLF televised first NASCAR race.
# Oct 2001 – WOLF televised its 4th MLB World Series and All-Star Game.  FOX is signed as the exclusive Network Broadcaster of MLB until 2006, including World Series, All-Star, Division and Championship Games.
# Sept 2002 – WOLF weeknight line-up 5pm Just Shoot Me, Drew Carey, Everybody Loves Raymond, Will & Grace, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond.
# 2005 – WOLF celebrates 20 years of broadcasting
# Sept 2006 – WQMY signs on the air on channel 51. WQMY weeknight line-up 5pm Judge Alex, Divorce Court, Christina's Court, Judge Maria Lopez, MASH, Cheers.  WOLF weeknight line-up 5pm Dr. Phil, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond.