WABG-TV

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WABG-TV
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Greenwood/Greenville, Mississippi
Branding ABC 6 (general)
ABC 6 News
Delta Fox 10 (on DT2)
Slogan The Delta's #1
News Station
Channels Digital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels 6.1 ABC
6.2 Fox
Affiliations ABC (since 1959)
Fox (DT2)
Owner Commonwealth Broadcasting Group
(Commonwealth Broadcasting Group, Inc.)
First air date October 20, 1959; 54 years ago (1959-10-20)
Call letters' meaning ABC Greenwood
Sister station(s) WNBD-LD, WXVT
Former callsigns WABG (1959-1979)
Former channel number(s) 6 (VHF analog, 1959-2009)
Former affiliations CBS (1959)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 572 m
Facility ID 43203
Transmitter coordinates 33°22′24″N 90°32′25″W / 33.37333°N 90.54028°W / 33.37333; -90.54028
Website www.wabg.com
www.deltafox10.com

WABG-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station for the Delta area of Northwestern Mississippi that is licensed to Greenwood. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 32 from a transmitter northeast of Inverness. The station can also be seen on Suddenlink channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 701. Owned by Commonwealth Broadcasting Group, WABG shares separate administrative and studio buildings on Washington Avenue in Greenville with low-powered sister station NBC affiliate WNBD-LD. Commonwealth also operates CBS affiliate WXVT under a shared services agreement, owned by H3 Communications, LLC. Syndicated programming on this station includes: Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, and Judge Judy.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
32.1 720p 16:9 WABG-DT Main WABG-TV programming / ABC
32.2 480i 4:3 WABG-FX WABG-DT2 / Fox

History[edit]

WABG-DT2's first logo.

WABG's first broadcast was on October 20, 1959 on VHF channel 6. Originally it was a CBS affiliate, but it switched to ABC a few months later after WJTV in Jackson complained this station was encroaching on its service area. This is because WABG's signal reaches the far western fringes of the Jackson market. The network swap made WABG the first primary ABC affiliate in Mississippi. Until then, the only areas of the state to receive a sole ABC affiliate were the northwest (from Memphis' WHBQ-TV) and the Gulf Coast (from WVUE in New Orleans). In 1979, WABG added the -TV suffix to its call sign.

Until future sister station WXVT began operations in 1980, WJTV served as the default CBS affiliate for the southern counties in the Delta area while WREG in Memphis brought programming from that network to the northern counties. NBC can currently be accessed through WMC-TV in Memphis or Jackson's WLBT. There are even a few areas on the edges of the DMA that can receive those stations over-the-air. However, all viewers can obtain the two on cable.

On September 13, 2006 WABG launched a Fox affiliate, "Delta Fox 10," on a new second digital subchannel. Previously, the national Foxnet service provided Fox programming to cable subscribers in the Delta area (which was one of the last markets to be offered the service). The cable-only service originally planned to close down on September 1, 2006 but was delayed until September 12 to allow WABG time to set up the new affiliate.

On September 5, 2007, WABG announced that it was being sold from Bahakel Communications to local businessman Charles Harker and his company, Commonwealth Broadcasting, pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. The sale was finalized on October 29. On July 13, 2010, Commonwealth announced plans to launch new low-powered station, WNBD-LD, as the area's first locally-based NBC affiliate. [1] WABG's owner also has a construction permit for WFXW-LD channel 17 that will be licensed to Cleveland and broadcast from the same transmitter in Inverness. Future plans for this station are unknown. [2]

On May 4, 2012, Saga Communications, owner of WXVT, announced it was selling WXVT to H3 Communications, a company owned by the adult children of Charles Harker. On January 28, 2013, the FCC granted the sale of WXVT, and it was completed two days later.[3][4] Commonwealth then took over WXVT's operations, effectively bringing all of the Delta's Big Three network stations under the control of one company.

Newscasts[edit]

Former news open.

WABG has always had local newscasts and remains the number one ranked station in the Delta region even after WXVT signed-on. WABG-DT2 "Delta Fox 10" does not currently offer any local news produced by the main station. The launch of WNBD will include additional newscasts including the expansion of the weekday morning show to a full two hours with simulcasted on the two channels. [5] Currently weeknights at 10, there is a local news update on WNBD.

Newscast titles[edit]

  • WABG-TV News (1959-1963)
  • The Delta Report (1963-1965)
  • TV-6 News (1965-1970)
  • Newscope 6 (1970-1974)
  • Action News (1974-1979)
  • Channel 6 NewsCenter (1979-1983)
  • Channel 6 News (1983-1986)
  • NewsCenter 6 (1986-1994)
  • NewsWatch 6 (1994-1997)
  • 6 Eyewitness News (1997-2000)
  • WABG-TV 6 News (2000-2004)
  • ABC 6 News (2004-present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "The Delta's News Source" (1999-2002)
  • "The #1 Station in the Delta" (2002-2008)
  • "The Delta's #1 News Station" (2008-present)

News team[edit]

[6] Anchors

  • Lucy Biggers - weekday mornings Good Morning Mississippi at 6 a.m.
  • Tanya Carter - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Jasmine Anderson - weekends at 10pm
  • Lakiya Scott - weeknights at 6:30 p.m. for WNBD Regional News on NBC 33

Weather team

  • Christopher Mathis - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m., also on WNBD at 6:30
  • Katie Burch - meteorologist; weekend evenings
  • Steve Bender - meteorologist; weekday mornings Good Morning Mississippi

Sports team

  • Mike Sands - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Christina Aguayo - sports anchor; weekend evenings

Reporters

  • David Lush - general assignment reporter

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