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Bowling Green, Kentucky
Branding WBKO Fox
Slogan Bowling Green's Fox
Channels Digital: WBKO-DT 13.2 (VHF)
Affiliations Fox
Jewelry Television (overnights)
Owner Gray Television
(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)
Transmitter coordinates 37°3′49.4″N 86°26′6.7″W / 37.063722°N 86.435194°W / 37.063722; -86.435194 (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. Syndicated programming on the station includes How I Met Your Mother, New Adventures of Old Christine, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Judge Joe Brown among others. 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 WNKY from 1992 until 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, Bowling Green now offers every major broadcast network except MyNetworkTV and Ion Television. On December 8, 2008 at 1:15 in the morning, WBKO shut down its analog signal in a flash-cut procedure.[1][2] 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. [3] 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. [4] 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.

Station Slogans[edit]

  • "So WBKO Fox" (2011-present)


  1. ^ WBKO Shuts Down Analog Signal WBKO. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  2. ^ FCC Database Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  3. ^ Digital Transition WBKO. Retrieved on December 19, 2008.
  4. ^ Important Digital Changeover Information WBKO. Retrieved on December 9, 2008.

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