WAVY-TV, UHF digital channel 31 (virtual channel 10), is a television station licensed to Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, serving as the NBC affiliate for the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia (comprising the cities of Portsmouth, Norfolk, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Hampton and environs), and the Outer Banks region of northeastern North Carolina. WAVY-TV is owned by Nexstar Media Group as part of a duopoly with Fox affiliate WVBT (channel 43). The two stations share studios and offices in downtown Portsmouth, and WAVY-TV broadcasts from a transmitter located in the Driver neighborhood of Suffolk, Virginia.
In addition to its main signal, WAVY-TV is rebroadcast on six translators. Both W14DY-D and W18EG-D are located in the Eastern Shore of Virginia and are municipally-owned by Accomack County rather than Nexstar. Those in the Greater Hampton Roads area are owned and operated by Nexstar.
WAVY-TV, the Hampton Roads area's third-oldest television station, began operations on September 1, 1957. It was originally owned by Tidewater Teleradio along with WAVY radio (1350 AM, now WGPL). It originally signed-on as an ABC affiliate but traded network affiliations with NBC affiliate WVEC-TV (channel 13) in 1959 due to its radio sister's long affiliation with NBC radio. In 1968, it became the second station owned by what was then known as LIN Broadcasting.
In April 1989 WAVY-TV moved into its current studio, located on Wavy Street in downtown Portsmouth. The station previously broadcast from a former farmers market on Middle Street, also in downtown Portsmouth. The Wavy Street studio is located across the street from the nTelos Wireless Pavilion and near or across the street from the Elizabeth River.
Shortly after WVBT became the area's WB affiliate in 1995, WAVY began operating that station though a local marketing agreement (LMA). LIN TV came to an affiliation agreement with Fox in November 1995, and WVBT took the affiliation from original Fox affiliate WTVZ (channel 33) in 1998. LIN TV purchased that station out-right in February 2002. WAVY was the first in the market to broadcast a digital signal in 2001.
On March 21, 2014, it was announced that Media General would acquire LIN. The merger was completed on December 19, bringing WAVY-TV and WVBT under common ownership with WRIC-TV in Petersburg and WSLS-TV in Roanoke.
On January 17, 2017, Nexstar Broadcasting Group took over operations for WAVY, WRIC and WVBT.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
WAVY-TV added Bounce TV upon its launch on September 26, 2011.
WAVY-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, at 9 a.m. on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 31, using PSIP to display WAVY-TV's virtual channel as 10 on digital television receivers. As of November, 2014, WAVY still broadcasts an analog signal on two of its translator stations, making NBC the only major network to maintain an analog signal in the Hampton Roads area.
On August 7, 2009, WAVY began offering Mobile TV using BlackBerry.
WAVY airs thirty hours of local news a week. It operates its own weather radar, called "Super Doppler 10", at its studios. It was the first in the area to air a local broadcast at 5:30 in the morning (beginning in 1992) and added weeknight 5:00 (in 1989) and 5:30 (in 1994) newscasts. It is known for being the first Hampton Roads station to use a helicopter to cover local news after introducing "Chopper 10" in 1982. The current Bell 206 Longranger helicopter has been used since 2000. On November 20, 2015; WAVY became the first station in the area to use drone aircraft in their newscasts, known as "Drone 10".
When WVBT made the switch to Fox in 1998, WAVY started producing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast on that station. It was not the market's first prime time show as CBS affiliate WTKR produced a short-lived newscast on WGNT from 1995 until 1997. ABC affiliate WVEC-TV also produced a prime time show on WPEN-LP from 1995 until it started LNC 4 (later LNC 5; now defunct) in 1997. WVEC continued to produce a 10 o'clock news on that station until January 30, 2009. The 45-minute broadcast on WVBT is followed by the Fox 43 Sports Wrap with sports news and highlights.
On July 21, 2008 at noon, WAVY and WVBT became the first stations in the market and their station group company to produce local newscasts in high definition. This is in contrast to rival WVEC's news being produced in 16:9 digital widescreen which is not true high definition but matches the ratio of HD television screens. WVBT added an hour-long extension of WAVY's weekday morning news on February 2, 2009. The show airs in an entertainment and lifestyle program format.
Until January 2007, WVBT operated a 24-hour local weather channel on its second digital subchannel 43-2. Known on-air as the "WAVY Weather Station", it was made cable-only in 2007 for unknown reasons. It was seen on Mediacom channel 9, Charter channel 22, and Cox digital channel 227 before going dark in 2011. There were live current conditions, updated forecasts, and a sweep of "Super Doppler 10".
On September 12, 2011, The Hampton Roads Show, an hour-long local lifestyle and entertainment program, moved from WVBT at 8 a.m. to WAVY at 11 a.m. With the move, weekend sports anchor Chris Reckling became co-host.Bruce Rader – sports director
Rich Brenner, sports anchor during 1970s, now deceased
Barbara Ciara, weekend co-anchor from 1983 until 1988, when she left for WVEC. Now working at WTKR; Also former President of the National Association of Black Journalists
Lloyd Dobyns, news co-anchor in the 1960s with Vern Jones; Later a correspondent and anchor with NBC News (1969–1986) where he hosted the news magazine Weekend from 1974 to 1979; Winner of a Peabody Award
Ahmed Fareed, sports anchor from 2005-2010, now a studio host and reporter at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Rhonda Glenn, weather reporter, talk show host and anchor in the 1960s and 1970s. Golf commentator for ABC (1978-1994); First full-time national TV network female sportscaster (ESPN, February 6, 1981); Amateur golfer and author of dozens of magazine articles and books on the sport; Manager of Communications for the USGA (deceased)
Hillary Howard, former weekend meteorologist during the late 1980s, now a host for WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C.
Lisa Joyner, formerly at The Best Damn Sports Show Period, currently host of TV Guide Channel's inFANity
Emmett Miller; former weekend anchor during the early 1990s, most recently anchor at KTLA until leaving in October 2010
Diana Morgan, anchor-turned-actress, seen in series such as JAG, The Bold and the Beautiful, Babylon 5 and The West Wing and films such as Titanic
Byron Pitts, military reporter from 1984 to 1986, now at ABC News
Charles Pugh, anchor/reporter in the 1990s; Served as a weekend anchor and reporter at WJBK-TV in Detroit from 1999 to 2009; Was president of the Detroit City Council until resigning in 2013
Thomas Roberts, consumer reporter/weekday afternoon co-anchor during the late 1990s, former anchor at CNN Headline News, now a morning anchor at MSNBC
Marny Stanier, weekend meteorologist; Left for The Weather Channel in April 1987
Stan Verrett, now an anchor at ESPN and ESPNEWS, also worked for WVEC
Kelly Wright, now at Fox News Channel
Terry Zahn, joined as reporter and weekend anchor in 1981, became lead anchor in 1984, left in 1993 and joined WVEC in 1994, where he served as lead anchor until his death in 2000
In the 1970s and 1980s, WAVY was once received as far west as Lawrenceville, Brunswick County and Halifax and Enfield in North Carolina. To the north in Crisfield, Maryland, it was also once carried there as well.