Our new improved PinPoint Weather Channel

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

Now powered by AccuWeather

We always have a lot going on here at TheNewsCenter. But we have something really special going on right now that I wanted to be sure to share with you. Some of you may know that in addition to our NBC, FOX, CBS and My5 stations…we also operate another channel we call PinPoint Weather. It is an automated, around-the-clock, 365-day a year weather station. It is available free over the air on digital channel 15.4 and it is also available on Suddenlink Cable channel 125. It is the brainchild of our Information Technologies guru, Larry White. Larry’s concept was to use some of our digital over-the-air signal space to provide this kind of weather service primarily to folks who are not on cable or satellite and may not have access to a full-time weather channel. This became especially important last summer during and after the big derecho, when folks without cable or satellite needed hyper-local weather information on an immediate basis and couldn’t wait until our regularly-scheduled news times. Yes, we kept info constantly updated on our webchannel and our mobile platform, WTAP-NOW. But if folks also didn’t have internet access or a smartphone, they were up the creek. So, he researched what was available and with the help of our engineer, Kevin Buskirk, created this automated channel. It has been on the air for several months. In the past few days, has become affiliated with Accu-Weather, a leading provider of weather information all over the U.S. So it will have national and regional weather, but it will also still have local radar, forecasts from our own meteorologists, and continual local conditions and forecast on screen at all times. And yes, it will have some commercials to help us pay for it. So if you’re interested in a continual hyper-local weather channel, that will also provide regional info for the rest of the U.S., check out our PinPoint Weather channel, powered by Accu-weather. Available free over the air on digital channel 15.4 and it is also available on Suddenlink Cable channel 125. That’s this week’s editorial.

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