About WMDT ABC 47WMDT, virtual channel 47 (UHF digital channel 48), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Salisbury, Maryland, United States. The station is owned by Delmarva Broadcasting Company, a subsidiary of Brechner Management Company. WMDT's studios are located on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury, and its transmitter is located in Seaford, Delaware.
WMDT began operations on April 11, 1980 as a primary ABC station with a secondary NBC affiliation. The station was founded by television pioneer J. Paul Audet, who had spent time in the Albuquerque, New Mexico and Charleston, South Carolina markets. With the help of his son, James R. Audet, WMDT raised approximately $3.5 million in equity and debt financing to construct and operate the station. In its early years, WMDT received AP and UPI awards for its innovative ENG efforts. In 1982, Brechner Management Company's Delmarva Broadcast Service subsidiary purchased the station. In 1992, WMDT became a sole ABC affiliate, carrying the network's programming as well as a mix of syndicated shows. This left the Salisbury region without an NBC affiliate until 2014, when WRDE-LD affiliated with the network. During the 22 years that followed, cable systems in the region aired NBC programs from stations in Baltimore (WMAR-TV until January 1995, then WBAL-TV), Philadelphia (KYW-TV until September 1995, then network-owned WCAU), or Norfolk (WAVY-TV), depending on the location.