Originally signed on the air on September 15, 1962 at 4pm as WOKR (for "We're OKRochester"), a primary ABC affiliate on VHF channel 13, and was owned by Channel 13 of Rochester, Inc., was composed of the Flower City Television Corporation, the Rochester Educational Television Association, the Genesee Valley Television Company, Star TV, Inc., Community Broadcasting, Inc., Heritage Radio and Television Broadcasting Company, Main Broadcasting Company, Federal Broadcasting Systems, Citizens Television Corporation, Rochester Broadcasting, Inc., and Rochester Telecasters, Inc., all of whom were equal shareholders until March 1970, when Flower City bought out its partners.
Flower City sold the station to Post Corporation, a media conglomerate based in the Fox Cities region of Wisconsin in 1977.
"Still the One!"
WOKR 13 News 24 Newsroom bumper (1985)
George N. Gillett Jr. purchased the Post Corporation stations in 1984 transferring it into Gillett Holdings, Inc.
"Together" ID (1986–1987)
WOKR-TV sports bumper (1987)
NewsCenter 13 Update bumper (1987)
"America's Watching" (1990)
WOKR-TV's NewsSource 13 "First at Five" promo (1991)
Hughes Broadcasting Partners (Paul Hughes and Veronis, Suhler & Associates) purchased the station in 1991. Hughes then sold WOKR to Portland, Maine–based Guy Gannett Communications in 1995, who later sold channel 13 to the Hunt Valley, Maryland–based Sinclair Broadcast Group (owner of Fox affiliate WUHF) in 1998. Since they already owned WUHF, they spun channel 13 off to The Ackerley Group in April 1999.
News identity package
WHAM-TV Clear Channel bumper from 2005
In January 2005, the call letters were changed from WOKR-TV to the current WHAM-TV, named after its radio station.
The logo is based on what fellow affiliate WTVG in Toledo currently uses.
13 WHAM News morning open (2010–2014)
13WHAM News evening open (2010–2014)
13WHAM News generic open (2010–2014)
On-screen bug #1 (2010-2014)
On-screen bug #2 (2010–2012)
On-screen bug #1 (2012–2014)
On-screen bug #2 (2012–2014)
In September 2010, WHAM-TV began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.
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