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|Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri|
KOMU 8 News
|Slogan||TV to Talk About (general) Coverage You Can
Count On (news)
|Channels||Digital: KOMU-DT 8.3 (VHF)|
|Affiliations||The CW (via The CW Plus)|
|Owner||University of Missouri
(The Curators of the University of Missouri)
|First air date||September 21, 1998|
|Call letters' meaning||see KOMU|
|Former callsigns||"KJWB" (1998-2006)|
|Former affiliations||The WB (via The WB 100+, 1998-2006)|
|Transmitter power||13.6 kW (digital)|
|Height||242 m (digital)|
|Facility ID||65583 (digital)|
KOMU-DT3 is the CW-affiliated television station for Mid-Missouri. The station is part of The CW Plus. It is a third digital subchannel of NBC affiliate KOMU-TV which is owned by the University of Missouri. Over-the-air, KOMU-DT3 airs a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 8.3 from a transmitter at studios on US 63 southeast of Downtown Columbia. This can also be seen on Suddenlink channel 3, Mediacom and Charter channel 5, as well as CenturyTel channel 7.
On September 21, 1998, ABC afifliate KMIZ launched cable-only WB affiliate "KJWB" (predecessor to KOMU-DT3) alongside The WB 100+. This service was known on-air as "Mid-Missouri's WB 5" after its cable channel location and, as a result, had call letters used in a fictional manner. After KMIZ's parent company went bankrupt in 2002, The WB handed over operation of "KJWB" to KOMU. It was announced on April 12, 2006 that "KJWB" would become part of The CW and be added as a new third digital subchannel of KOMU to offer non-cable viewers access to the new network.
"KJWB" joined The CW at the network's launch on September 18 and began to use the KOMU-DT3 call sign in an official manner. As a result, the station became the first and only educational institution-owned channel in the United States to affiliate with that network. Since KMIZ operated the area's cable-exclusive UPN station, this joined the other new network known as MyNetworkTV that was created to compete against The CW.
KOMU produces a 9:00 newscast each evening for its CW-affiliated third digital subchannel. Known as KOMU 8 News at 9:00 on The CW, the prime time show competes with the KMIZ-produced show on low-powered Fox affiliate KQFX-LD.
- Angie Bailey - news anchor; weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Jim Riek - news anchor; weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Dave Schmidt - chief weathercaster; Mondays-Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.
- Rosie Newberry - weathercaster; Fridays at 9:00 p.m.
- Chris Gervino - sports anchor; Mondays-Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.
- Eric Blumberg - sports anchor; Fridays at 9:00 p.m.
- TBD - news anchor; weekends at 9:00 p.m.
- TBD - weathercaster; weekends at 9:00 p.m.
- TBD - sports anchor; weekends at 9:00 p.m.