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Ah the former Internet Broadcasting System sites....so many stations just waited around for them to put them on the web.

 

Cleveland was a straggler. WJW had a so-called website in late 1995 that went away soon after (they partnered with local firm). The first station to go full-on with a website was WBNX in late 1996.

 

Next was WKYC partnering with Cleveland.com, and then NewsNet5.com (put on by IBSYS). WOIO had a so-called site through CBS's effort at the time...cbsnow.com.

 

Finally in 1999, Fox put WJW on the web once and for all with their cookie-cutter site (that lasted all the way into the MyFox era) and WKYC finally got a site of their own.

 

And later in 2000, WOIO and WUAB finally partnered with WorldNow to go up on the web....

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Not going to lie....the WSYX/WTTE "SuperCast" site made me throw up a little in my mouth....

Some of Sinclair's sites were only a generation ahead of these before the were only overhauled when they became "YUUUGE!"

 

A very spartan site compared to what WCMH and WBNS were putting out at the time.

 

Around then was when NBC gave up on their content initiatve and went IBSYS. Soon after they ditched WCMH4.com, they went to the more brand-friendly NBC4COLUMBUS.com...and then finally... NBC4i.com

 

All of the Sinclair sites were WXXX(ch).com under their SuperCast sites. It would be years later before Columbus would be saddled with ABC6OnYourSide.com and MyFox28Columbus.com...

 

At least Nexstar didn't force LovingLivingLocal4Columbus.com on us!

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WBBM - June 21, 2000

 

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WMAQ - June 20, 2000

 

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WLS - August 17, 2000

 

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WGN - June 20, 2000

 

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WFLD - August 19, 2002

 

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The WGN screenshot must have been after they dropped the WB on the Superstation feed. I don't see listings for it anywhere... the Tribune sites were a bit of a mess at the time

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The WGN screenshot must have been after they dropped the WB on the Superstation feed. I don't see listings for it anywhere... the Tribune sites were a bit of a mess at the time

And strangely, they had a kids section despite only having Bozo the Clown (they only carried Kids WB on the superstation feed at that point; WGN proper didn't pick it up until 2004, it had been on WCIU prior to then).

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Not going to lie....the WSYX/WTTE "SuperCast" site made me throw up a little in my mouth....

Some of Sinclair's sites were only a generation ahead of these before the were only overhauled when they became "YUUUGE!"

 

A very spartan site compared to what WCMH and WBNS were putting out at the time.

 

Around then was when NBC gave up on their content initiatve and went IBSYS. Soon after they ditched WCMH4.com, they went to the more brand-friendly NBC4COLUMBUS.com...and then finally... NBC4i.com

 

All of the Sinclair sites were WXXX(ch).com under their SuperCast sites. It would be years later before Columbus would be saddled with ABC6OnYourSide.com and MyFox28Columbus.com...

 

At least Nexstar didn't force LovingLivingLocal4Columbus.com on us!

 

 

Fun fact: NBC held onto WCMH's domain long after the sale to Media General closed. It wasn't until 2013 that the trademark was finally handed over from NBC Universal to Media General.. the domain was handed over in 2006. Media General took NBC to court over it, in fact. http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/decisions/html/2006/d2006-0964.html

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Artear/Canal 13 Buenos Aires, May 1998:

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(BONUS) The station's schedule for the month!

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WCSC”s site from February 2000. They were the last station to start a site even though they are the leader in the area.

 

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WCIV’s dates back to 1996 with a local provider called “A World of Difference.”

 

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WCBD’s website in March 2001. All of the links still work!

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I love these. I've been familiar with archive.org forever, but it's fun to see screenshots.

 

WTKR in June 2000:

 

[GALLERY=media, 1086]Screen Shot 2018-10-01 At 9.58.50 PM by Ntropolis posted Oct 1, 2018 at 10:06 PM[/GALLERY]

 

WAVY in May 2001:

 

[GALLERY=media, 1087]Screen Shot 2018-10-01 At 9.56.17 PM by Ntropolis posted Oct 1, 2018 at 10:06 PM[/GALLERY]

 

WVEC in January 2002. The 7-day forecast graphic is actually from August 2001 - before switching to the blue & gold graphics/Convergence - which means that changeover occurred sometime between 08/2001 and the 9/11 attacks (If you're not familiar with how the Wayback Machine works, sometimes it'll pull an image of the same file name from a different date if it didn't archive it)

 

[GALLERY=media, 1088]Screen Shot 2018-10-01 At 10.23.52 PM by Ntropolis posted Oct 1, 2018 at 10:25 PM[/GALLERY]

 

WECT in December 1996:

 

[GALLERY=media, 1089]Screen Shot 2018-10-01 At 10.27.33 PM by Ntropolis posted Oct 1, 2018 at 10:29 PM[/GALLERY]

 

WWAY in March 2000:

 

[GALLERY=media, 1090]Screen Shot 2018-10-01 At 10.31.44 PM by Ntropolis posted Oct 1, 2018 at 10:32 PM[/GALLERY]

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