WFNH-LD, virtual channel 13 (UHF digital channel 30), is a low-powered Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Manchester, New Hampshire, United States. Owned by Entravision Communications, it is a sister station to Univision affiliate WEVM-TV (channel 14) and UniMás affiliate WMTF-TV (channel 17); Entravision also operates MyNetworkTV affiliate WMMY-TV (channel 32) under a local marketing agreement with Howard Stirk Holdings. The four stations share studios in the Brady Sullivan Commerce Park on Commerce Drive in Bedford, with WFNH having an auxiliary studio in the SNHU Arena in Manchester; WFNH's transmitter is located on Pack Monadnock mountain in Peterborough.
WFNH transmits a low-power signal, which even in digital effectively limits its over-the-air radius to Manchester proper and nearby areas in Hillsborough and Cheshire counties as well as certain fringes of the adjacent Boston market. Because of this, the station's programming is simulcast on the digital subchannels of three other New Hampshire stations that act as full-power relays — including those of WEVM-TV and WMMY-TV — in order to reach the entire Manchester market. The City of Leominster, Massachusetts (in the adjacent Boston market) also operates a digital replacement translator for WFNH+. It exists because the hilly terrain in certain areas of the city interferes with the transmission of full-power television signals.
As of November 2020, WFNH+ presently broadcasts 32 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with six hours each weekday and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). In addition, the station produces the morning program New Hampshire Live!, which airs weekday mornings at 7:00 a.m., and the newsmagazine On The Road in NH, which airs weeknights at 7:00 p.m. and was originally created as a response to WMUR-TV's New Hampshire Chronicle.
News department history
After the announcement that W13NH would become New Hampshire's Fox affiliate, owners Entravision Communications agreed to invest in an in-house news department for the station. It moved the operations of W13NH and WEVM-TV into a new studio facility in the Brady Sullivan Commerce Park in Bedford, building a digital-capable facility equipped with more than $3 million of Theorysonic digital equipment for newsgathering and signal transmission. For W13NH's news department, Entravision recruited many television personalities from New England and other regions to work as part of its news staff in the run-up to the department's launch. Among the recruited were news anchors Elizabeth West (the sister of Nathan West of WAOT-TV) and Trevor Farlow (formerly a reporter for WMUR-TV), sports reporter Jack Henville (formerly of WKXL radio), and reporters Dennis Jurgensen, Jonas Wolfe and Tamarah Rapace. Noah Rabin, formerly of WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland, was hired as the station's meteorologist, while Geoffrey Adam Liddell (formerly of WABU (now WBPX-TV) in Boston) and Maurice Foscolo were hired as the anchors for the morning newscasts. Former WHOM DJ Alex Mossé was hired as the host of the station's morning show, New Hampshire Live!.
On December 19, 2001, W13NH's news team and on-air personalities were introduced on WMUR-TV's evening newscast to help "hand over" the Fox affiliation from WMUR to W13NH.
W13NH began airing regular long-form newscasts once it became the state's Fox affiliate on December 20, 2001, beginning with the morning's 5:00 a.m. newscast. On August 14, 2004, the station moved its midday newscast to 11:00 a.m. and expanded it into an hour-long broadcast.
On February 16, 2018, WFNH+ debuted its new street-level studio inside the SNHU Arena in Downtown Manchester; the noon newscast and New Hampshire Live! are broadcast from this location.
Notable current on-air staff
- Thomas Castberg - anchor (formerly at KENV-DT and KTVN)
- Jonas Wolfe - veteran reporter
- Noah Rabin (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) – chief meteorologist; weeknights
- Alex Mossé - New Hampshire Live! host