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TheCoolTV Logo.png
Launched March 2009 (2009-03)
Owned by Cool Music Network, LLC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan Music Videos on TV - All Day, Everyday.
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Select markets
Affiliates (see article)
Headquarters Lawrence, Kansas

TheCoolTV is an American digital broadcast television network that is owned by Cool Music Network, LLC of Lawrence, Kansas. Launched in March 2009, the network's current program schedule consists of an all-music video lineup that can be customized to meet an affiliate's preference; it also broadcasts the minimum three hours of children's programming for their affiliates intended to meet E/I requirements set by the Federal Communications Commission.

In addition to the network, Cool Music Network also distributes recorded music and performances through digital cable and satellite channels, and post-concert CDs at music venues.[1]

Affiliates [2][edit]

Since the fall of 2011, the network's carriage has severely fallen from a peak of around 80 affiliates to only six as of March 2015; four of those affiliations are with low-power stations, with the other two as subchannels on full-power stations where only the main channel is usually picked up by cable providers under must carry provisions.

City of license/Market Station Channel
Boston, Massachusetts/Nashua, New Hampshire WYCN-CD 13.1 OTA Broadcasting, LLC
Fresno, California KSDI-LP 33.7 Cocola Broadcasting
Laughlin, Nevada KMCC 34.2 Cranston II, LLC
(managed by Fusion Communications)
San Francisco, California KTLN-TV 68.4 OTA Broadcasting, LLC
West Palm Beach, Florida WBWP-LD 57.3 H&R Production Group, LLC
Wichita, Kansas KCTU-LD 43.6 River City Broadcasters, Inc.

TheCoolTV's output consists of subchannels of digital broadcast television stations and cable television providers in select U.S. media markets, the first of which was now-former affiliate WTMJ-TV, which added TheCoolTV to subchannel 4.3 on July 8, 2009. A large portion of its stations were owned and/or operated by Journal Communications, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and LIN TV[3][4][5] The affiliate roster grew with help from an affiliation deal with three stations operated by McGraw-Hill.[6] On April 5, 2011, The CoolTV signed an affiliate agreement with Newport Television for carriage on 10 of its 22 stations.[7]

Sports car sponsored by TheCoolTV

Stations affiliated with TheCoolTV have the nominal ability to cross-promote the network in association with a sister or affiliated radio station. However, the only affiliate that actually utilized this component was WTMJ-TV, which marketed TheCoolTV as a complement to its sister radio station, adult hits-formatted WLWK-FM (promoted as "TheCoolTV, hosted by 94-5 Lake FM"), with the other stations usually being part of ownership groups without any radio stations.


In September 2011, Journal announced that it would file a lawsuit against Cool Music Network for non-payment of broadcast services. Journal replaced The CoolTV with the Live Well Network in Milwaukee, and Me-TV in Green Bay and Lansing on October 1, 2011.[8][9][10]

On the afternoon of August 31, 2012, TheCoolTV was dropped from all 32 Sinclair Broadcast Group stations that carried the channel, with no replacement.[11] No reason was given, other than a very brief message from Jim Wright, the Regional Engineering Manager for Sinclair, who said: "We are no longer carrying CoolTV on all Sinclair stations as of this afternoon."[12]

The agreement with Newport Television to carry TheCoolTV was terminated upon Newport being purchased by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, which carries few subchannels on its stations (stations that do carry digital subchannels mainly carry an affiliation with a major broadcast network or relay a co-owned/managed television station in the same market that does not have signal coverage in parity with the parent station), and all former Newport stations had discontinued carrying TheCoolTV by April 2013. All agreements with McGraw-Hill were also terminated upon the E. W. Scripps Company's purchase of the McGraw-Hill stations in early 2012.

On March 1, 2013, two LIN stations in Albuquerque and Austin dropped the network. The remainder of LIN Media's stations dropped the network on July 15, 2013, with some replacing it with Bounce TV or local radar loops, or leaving them dark altogether.

Sometime in November 2012, TheCoolTV began airing Free-to-air on the Galaxy 19 (97 West) satellite in the Ku Band.[13] However, this feed was discontinued without explanation.


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