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|City of license||Peoria|
|Branding||My 59 (general)
News 25 (news)
|Slogan||Your News at an Earlier Time|
|Channels||Digital: 39 (UHF)
Virtual: 59 (PSIP)
59.2 Antenna TV
|Owner||Four Seasons Broadcasting
(operated through JSA by Granite Broadcasting Corporation; to be operated by Quincy Newspapers)
(Four Seasons Peoria, LLC)
|First air date||September 8, 1995|
|Sister station(s)||WEEK-TV, WHOI|
|Former channel number(s)||59 (UHF analog, 1995-2008)|
|Former affiliations||UPN (1995-2006)|
|Transmitter power||150 kW|
WAOE is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station in Peoria, Illinois. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 39 (or virtual channel 59.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter at its studios on Springfield Road in East Peoria (along I-474). The station can also be seen on Comcast channel 11 with HD on digital channel 914. Owned by Four Seasons Broadcasting, WAOE is operated through a joint sales agreement by the Granite Broadcasting Corporation (owner of NBC affiliate WEEK-TV). It shares facilities with that station and ABC/CW affiliate WHOI (the latter is operated by WEEK-TV through a separate joint sales and shared services agreement, however).
|Channel||PSIP Short Name||Video||Aspect||Programming|
|59.1||WAOE-DT||720p||16:9||Main WAOE programming / MyNetworkTV|
The station signed-on September 8, 1995 as a UPN affiliate (with studios in Downtown Peoria) and aired an analog signal on UHF channel 59. On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced the two networks would end broadcasting and merge. The new combined service would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of corporate parents "C"BS (the parent company of UPN) and the "W"arner Bros. unit of Time Warner.
On February 22, News Corporation announced it would start up another new network called MyNetworkTV. This new service, which would be a sister network to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created in order to give UPN and WB stations, not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates, another option besides becoming Independent. It was also created to compete against The CW.
It was made public on March 15 that WAOE would become the market's MyNetworkTV outlet. Meanwhile, cable-only WB affiliate "WBPE" (operated by WHOI) became the area's CW station. In order to offer non-cable viewers access to The CW, WHOI added a new second digital subchannel to simulcast the new network. WAOE would officially join MyNetworkTV on September 5 while WHOI-DT2 started offering The CW on September 18, 2006. On December 1, 2008, the station shut down its analog signal on UHF channel 59 and became digital-exclusive. WAOE was largely unaffected by the consolidation of WEEK-TV with rival WHOI on March 2, 2009.
The Springfield Road facility once handled some internal operations (such as the maintenance of programming logs) of sister station and fellow MyNetworkTV outlet WBQD-LP. That station, while technically owned by Four Seasons Broadcasting, was actually controlled through a local marketing agreement with ABC affiliate WQAD-TV (owned at the time by Local TV, now owned by Tribune Broadcasting) and maintained the majority of its day-to-day operations in the big three affiliate's studios in Moline. Quincy Newspapers announced on February 11, 2014 that it would acquire WEEK-TV from Granite Broadcasting. Quincy was to continue to provide services to WAOE; however, the JSA will expire at the end of 2014.
On June 5, 2006, WEEK-TV established a news share agreement with WAOE and began producing a weeknight-only prime time newscast. Known as News 25 at Nine on My 59, the show can be seen for thirty minutes and competes with another half-hour production airing at the same time on Fox outlet WYZZ-TV (produced by CBS affiliate WMBD-TV). WYZZ once aired a weekend edition of its newscast but this was dropped. WAOE also provides a simulcast of the 5-7 a.m. portion of WEEK-TV's weekday morning show.
At some point in time after combining operations, WEEK-TV and WHOI became the first news department in the market to upgrade local newscast production to 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen. Although not truly high definition, the shows match the aspect ratio of HD television screens. It is unknown if the WAOE broadcasts were included in the change, however.
- "Quincy Buying Stations From Granite, Malara". TVNewsCheck. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.