WTVQ-DT2

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WTVQ-DT2
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Lexington, Kentucky
Branding MyTVQ 2 (general) [1]
ABC 36 News (newscasts)
Channels Digital: WTVQ-DT 40.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 36.2 (PSIP)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV [2]
Owner Morris Multimedia
Founded December 1, 2005
First air date December 1, 2005
Call letters' meaning see WTVQ
Former affiliations WTVQ 24-hour Weather channel (2005-2009)
Transmitter power 635 kW
Height 286 metres (938 ft)
Facility ID 51597
Website WTVQ.com/MyTVQ2
WTVQ.com

WTVQ-DT2, branded as MyTVQ 2, is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station that is licensed to and serving the Lexington, Kentucky area. The station is a digital subchannel of ABC-affiliate WTVQ, which is owned by Morris Multimedia. [3] It is broadcast over the air digitally on UHF channel 40.2 (Virtual channel 36.2 through the use of PSIP) from a transmitter located at WTVQ-DT2’s parent station’s studios on the Man o’ War Boulevard (KY 1425) in the Brighton section of eastern Fayette County. [4] It is within a mile of competing CBS-affiliate WKYT and its CW-affiliated subchannel, WKYT-DT2.

WTVQ-DT2 is carried on Insight digital cable channel 138 and in HD on digital channel 917 in the Lexington area.[5]

History[edit]

The original MyNetworkTV affiliate in Lexington was the market’s original UPN affiliate, the now-defunct WBLU-LP, which originally broadcast on analog channel 62. The original channel 62 designation was used by WTVQ (which was WBLG-TV at the time) from its 1968 inception until their move to channel 36 in 1980.

WBLU-LP carried MyNetworkTV programming, along with some RTV programming from MyNetworkTV’s September 2006 inception until Halloween of 2008, which is about 30 days after the low-powered station spent some time off the air for over two months. After WBLU-LP’s loss of MyNetworkTV, viewers of the Lexington area who were fans of WWE Friday Night Smackdown lost the program because channel 62 dropped the network that it was carried on.[6] RTV remained on channel 62 until January 2009. WBLU-LP went permanently dark on March 4, 2009 before being sold at auction to the Daystar TV network.

Meanwhile, WTVQ-DT2 launched as a 24/7-weather channel on January 1, 2005, providing local weather forecasts anytime the viewer needs it. It was broadcast on the second subchannel for four years. On January 1, 2009, WTVQ-DT2 relaunched to become Lexington’s new MyNetworkTV affiliate, and adopted the branding MyTVQ2, with the 24/7-weather channel moving to a newly created third subchannel. [7] The ABC 36 Weather channel continued to simulcast overnight on WTVQ-DT2 until April 2009.

The 24/7-weather channel on channel 36.3 was discontinued on December 7, 2011 when it was replaced by the Antenna TV network.[8] Also in 2011, WTVQ-DT2 began broadcasting in high definition. [9]

Programming[edit]

Outside of the MyNetworkTV schedule, Syndicated programming on WTVQ-DT2 includes The Insider, The Doctors, and Seinfeld, among others.[10]

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