|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 58 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||58.1 The CW
58.2 ZUUS Country
|Affiliations||The CW (since 2006)
ZUUS Country (DT2; since 2013)
(operated through outsourcing agreement by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(Nashville License Holdings, LLC)
|First air date||November 29, 1995|
|Call letters' meaning||N A for Nashville, surrounded by W B for its former network|
|Sister station(s)||WUXP-TV, WZTV|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
58 (UHF, 1995–2009)
|Former affiliations||The WB (1995–2006)|
|Transmitter power||350 kW|
WNAB, virtual channel 58 (UHF digital channel 23), is a CW-affiliated television station located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by Tennessee Broadcasting, and is operated by the Sinclair Broadcast Group under an outsourcing agreement. This makes WNAB a sister station to Fox affiliate WZTV (channel 17) and MyNetworkTV affiliate WUXP-TV (channel 30). All three share studios on Mainstream Drive along the Cumberland River, WNAB's transmitter is located in Whites Creek, Tennessee.
As a WB affiliate
The station first signed on the air on November 29, 1995 as The WB affiliate for the Nashville market. By mere coincidence, the call letters were chosen in 1987 (as a construction permit) as WNAB; something that would be exploited when the station became affiliated with The WB. Original owner Speer Communications, a company founded by Home Shopping Network co-founder Roy Speer, launched the station from studios on Dickerson Road in Nashville, in a former Sam's Club building.
Offering five hours of live, locally-produced programming each weekday, WNAB was quickly a hit among Nashville viewers, although the station lacked cable carriage in many of the suburbs. Controversial former Nashville mayor and U.S. congressman Bill Boner hosted an hour-long interview/call-in show, Prime Talk each weeknight. Its follow-up, Sports Talk, featured Nashville Banner sportswriter Greg Pogue and popular radio personality George Plaster showing highlights and taking calls about the day's sports action. On Friday nights in the fall, Sports Talk was extended by an hour and became Nashville's first television show entirely devoted to high school football scores. Since the 1996 season at least one of Nashville's television stations has continued this tradition.
Within two years, all live programming except Sports Talk had been cancelled (partly due to budget constraints, and also due to The WB expanding its primetime lineup to additional nights outside of the initial Sunday and Wednesday slots). Plaster left Sports Talk and it was rebranded as Sports Plus and featured news and weather segments in addition to its sports content; it was also cancelled in 1998. WNAB also aired several Nashville Predators games when the team made its debut during the 1998-1999 NHL season, and split time as the television flagship alongside regional cable sports network Fox Sports South until the end of the 1999–2000 NHL season.
Speer Communications had planned to use WNAB as a base of operations for a small network of television stations in each of Tennessee's six television markets. A statewide newscast was planned as part of the network. However, the company went bankrupt before any of the plans could come to fruition. The station was later sold to Lambert Broadcasting (now Tennessee Broadcasting) who operated the station for a short while, and later outsourced its advertising sales and operations to the Sinclair Broadcast Group via an outsourcing agreement.
As a CW affiliate
On January 24, 2006, Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced that they would partner to launch The CW Television Network, as a replacement for The WB and UPN, initially featuring a mix of programs carried over from those two networks and newer series. Sinclair later signed WNAB as the market's affiliate of the network, as part of a wider deal to affiliate its WB affiliates and independent stations with The CW. The CW launched, with WNAB as its Nashville station, on September 18, 2006.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|58.1||720p||16:9||WNAB-CW||Main WNAB programming / The CW|
As a part of a deal involving several Sinclair Broadcast Group owned stations similar to the earlier deal between Sinclair and theCoolTV, WNAB added a subchannel for The Country Network on DT2 on September 18, 2010. The Country Network changed its name and was rebranded to ZUUS Country On June 1, 2013.
WNAB shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 58, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 23. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 58, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
Syndicated programs featured on WNAB include TMZ on TV, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Family Guy, Baggage, Excused, 30 Rock, Everybody Loves Raymond, Scrubs, That '70s Show, The King of Queens, and Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns. It also broadcasts the horror movie showcase Dr. Gangrene's Creature Feature.
- 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September, CNNMoney.com, January 24, 2006.
- UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WNAB
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- CW58.tv - Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WNAB
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WNAB-TV