For over 40 years WWSB, ABC 7 has been the local news leader for the Suncoast. It's the only station with a team of extraordinarily experienced News and Weather Anchors who have covered the Suncoast's local news, weather and sports for decades.
In November 2001, ABC 7 moved into its digital state of the art facility in downtown Sarasota. With everything from robotic cameras to server-based video editing and playback, this 21,500 square foot building provides all the resources necessary to be the leader in local news coverage over the air and on the web.
ABC 7 has more experience covering local news and weather than any other channel on the Suncoast from Manatee to Sarasota and Charlotte Counties and over to DeSoto and Hardee Counties.
ABC 7 reaches more than 400,000 households every day and is the most watched local TV station on the Suncoast. ABC 7 is carried on Verizon, Comcast, Bright House, Dish Network, DirecTV and on Digital Antenna, so our coverage extends to the ENTIRE Suncoast.
From Palmetto to Port Charlotte, we cover it all. Whether it's breaking news story, hurricane or severe weather coverage or a local high school sports victory, ABC 7 and MySuncoast.com is YOUR source for Suncoast News. We live, work and play in the communities we serve. We're Here for You!
Where Is Your Tower?
The transmitting facilities of ABC 7 are located in Manatee County, near the town of Parrish. It takes an area of almost 30 acres to house our transmitter building and tower.
The ABC 7 tower is 814 feet high, or 849 feet above mean sea level. It is lighted day and night by white strobe lights that blink about once every 2 seconds. This lighting is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to provide obstruction lighting for aircraft flying overhead.
For the curious, ABC 7 transmits on the frequency of 627.25 Mhz Visual, and 631.75 Mhz Aural through a directional antenna that beams our signal south from Parrish, FL in an arc of 155 degrees. Our output power is 2880kW. ABC 7 uses several additional microwave and business band frequencies to send our news, weather, and other programming from our Studio on 10th Street in Sarasota, to our transmitter in Parrish, FL.
What is your coverage area?
ABC 7's news and weather primary coverage area consists of Sarasota and Manatee counties.
This includes Sarasota, Osprey, Nokomis, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, North Port, Palmetto, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key, Casey Key and Englewood.
Our extended coverage area includes Hardee, DeSoto, and Charlotte counties with many viewers in Port Charlotte and the portion of Englewood in Charlotte County. It is not uncommon for viewers to pick us up in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties either over the air or on FiOS.
Why do the commercials seem louder than the program?
First and foremost, ABC-7 does NOT turn up the volume on commercials. We employ equipment intended to even out the volume levels on all programs, including commercials. There are legal limits to the maximum volume which can be broadcast, and ABC-7 abides by those limits.
There are two basic reasons why some commercials seem louder. Many commercials contain music, and music nearly always sounds louder than a simple spoken voice. The type of music understandably has a major effect on this phenomenon.
The second cause is called audio compression. This has the effect of making softer sounds louder, so the whole commercial is of a uniform volume. Many commercials are produced with some compression, whereas speech based programs generally are compressed only a little.
Many commercials come from outside production facilities for airing on ABC-7, and we have no control over the level of compression and type of music they may employ. We know our viewers dislike loud commercials, and we would never intentionally cause this condition.
What is the V-chip and how does it affect me?
On January 17, 1998, the television industry submitted to the FCC for review a voluntary system of parental guidelines for rating television programming. This action follows 1996 Congressional enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which in Section 551, encourages the video programming industry to "establish voluntary rules for rating video programming that contains sexual, violent or other indecent material about which parents should be informed before it is displayed to children," and to voluntarily broadcast signals containing these ratings.
The Act further requires the FCC to "consult with appropriate public interest groups and interested individuals from the private sector" about the industry's voluntary plan, and then to determine if "such rules are acceptable to the Commission."
On February 7, 1997, the Commission issued a Public Notice (CS Docket No. 97-55, FCC 97-34) setting comment dates for the public to comment on this proposal.
On August 1, 1997, NAB, NCTA and MPAA notified the Commission that certain elements have been added to the video programming ratings system described in the January 17, 1997 industry proposal. On September 9, 1997, the Commission issued a Public Notice (FCC 97-321) seeking comments on this Revised Industry Proposal for Rating Video Programming.
In 1999, the FCC adopted rules requiring all television sets with picture screens 33 centimeters (13 inches) or larger to be equipped with a V-Chip to block the display of television programming based upon its rating. For more information on this subject, visit the FCC's web site for the V-Chip: http://www.fcc.gov/vchip/
What is HDTV?
We are now broadcasting digitally over the air on Channel 40-1 (some sets may display it as 24) with an increased power of 90kw over the previous 12kw power level so our signal can reach a much greater distance with greater reliability.
I have a satellite dish. Can I get ABC 7 on satellite?
WWSB ABC 7 is now available on satellite television via DirecTV and Dish Network. Subscribers to DirecTV's HD Access tier of channels will be able to watch WWSB ABC 7 on HD Channel 40. Subscriber's to Dish Network can watch us on Channel 7.
WWSB ABC 7 is carried on multiple subscription services, including Comcast, Bright House, Verizon, and also free over the air on the new digital channel 40.1.
You can also view ABC 7 on:
Brighthouse Cable in Manatee on Channel 7 and 1007 in HD
Comcast Cable Channel 7 and 431 in HD
Verizon Fios Channel 7 and 507 in HD
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