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|Bowling Green, Kentucky
|Slogan||Bowling Green's Fox|
|Channels||Digital: WBKO-DT 13.2 (VHF)|
Jewelry Television (overnights)
|Owner||(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)|
|Founded||September 5, 2006|
|Call letters' meaning||see WBKO|
|Transmitter power||31.5 kW (digital)|
|Height||220.5 m (digital)|
|Facility ID||4692 (digital)|
WBKO-DT2 is the Fox-affiliated television station for South Central Kentucky. The station is a second digital subchannel of ABC affiliate WBKO owned by Gray Television. Over-the-air, it broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on VHF channel 13.2 from a transmitter along KY 185/Richardsville Road in unincorporated Northern Warren County. WBKO-DT2 can also be seen on Insight channel 8 and in high definition on digital channel 910. Overnight, it airs Jewelry Television. WBKO-DT2's parent station has studios on US 68/KY 80/Russellville Road in Bowling Green along the William H. Natcher Parkway.
South Central Kentucky's original Fox affiliate was WKNT (now WNKY) channel 40 from January 1992 until March 2001 when that station switched to NBC. From that point until the launch of WBKO-DT2 on September 5, 2006, WZTV in Nashville, Tennessee served as Bowling Green's default affiliate on cable and over-the-air (in some locations). As a result of the addition of WBKO-DT2 and CBS on WNKY-DT2 since 2007, and WCZU-LD signing on in 2014 with affiliations with the MyNetworkTV syndication service and the classic TV-specialized network, Antenna TV, Bowling Green now offers every major broadcast network except for the Ion Television programming service.
On December 8, 2008 at 1:15 in the morning, WBKO shut down its analog signal in a flash-cut procedure. This allowed the station to begin the process of installing a new digital antenna and other equipment.
Originally, WBKO digital signal was scheduled to move to VHF channel 13 on or immediately after December 22. However, due to inclement weather and the holiday season, the construction took longer than anticipated with eight more days of construction resuming on January 3, 2009. Due to the installation of the equipment at the transmitter site, the digital signal (on UHF channel 33) was off-the-air during daytime hours so that installation work could be completed. Until the completion of the over-the-air transition, WBKO and this Fox subchannel were seen non-stop on several area cable systems.
According to Weather Director Chris Allen's official Facebook page on May 20, 2010, he posted Dish Network was in the process of adding WBKO's main signal and Fox subchannel to its system (the actual addition occurred June 3). Viewers living in Warren, Butler, Hart, Edmonson, Barren, and Metcalfe Counties in South Central Kentucky are eligible to switch to Bowling Green local stations. This was made possible by the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 signed into law by President Barack Obama the week prior. WBKO and other local Bowling Green stations are still unavailable on DirecTV at this time.
On October 21, 2007, WBKO-DT2 began airing a thirty-minute prime time newscast on weeknights known as WBKO Fox News at 9. Sarah Goebel originally anchored the show until early-2008 when she was promoted to WBKO's main weeknight broadcasts. After this, Daniel Kemp was the news anchor until early-June when he moved to the weekend newscasts on the main channel. Julie Talley would host the prime time broadcast for a short time in mid-2008 after which reporter and internet producer Sam Provenzano anchored the show until its cancellation. WBKO Fox News at 9 stopped airing on November 28, 2008 as a result of financial issues. WBKO-DT2 continues to replay MidDay Live tapped delayed weekdays at noon. The broadcast features news anchor Hayley Harmon and Weather Director Chris Allen.
WBKO-DT2 broadcasts the entire FOX network primetime schedule and weekend schedules, except on Saturday mornings, it runs the Weekend Marketplace rather than the Xploration Station Saturday morning block. including some of Fox News’ Special Reports and Fox News Sunday, along with the NFL Sunday afternoon games featuring NFC road games. Programming from Jewelry Television is broadcast during the overnight hours, usually from 1:00 to 9:00 a.m. CT.
Syndicated programming on WBKO-DT2 as of September 2014 include The Steve Harvey Show, How I Met Your Mother, The People’s Court, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, and a few others. It also replays the main channel’s 11 a.m. midday newscast on weekdays from 12 to 1 p.m. CT.
- Fox Broadcasting Company - FOX Affiliates
- Home - WKNT.com (Archived from the original August 17, 2000)
- WBKO FOX coming to region - Bowling Green Daily News: News (February 21, 2006)
- Channel Lineup - Mediacom (Butler & Edmonson County, KY)
- WBKO Shuts Down Analog Signal WBKO. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
- FCC Database Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
- Digital Transition WBKO. Retrieved on December 19, 2008.
- Important Digital Changeover Information WBKO. Retrieved on December 9, 2008.