WXCW

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WXCW
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Naples/Fort Myers, Florida
United States
City of license Naples, Florida
Branding WXCW (general)
MundoFox 46.2 (DT2)
Channels Digital: 45 (UHF)
Virtual: 46 (PSIP)
Subchannels 46.1 The CW
46.2 MundoFox
Affiliations The CW (since 2006)
Owner Sun Broadcasting, Inc.
First air date January 1, 1990; 24 years ago (1990-01-01)
Call letters' meaning Channel SiX (6)
The CW
Former callsigns WNPL-TV (1990–1995)
WTVK (1995–2007)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
46 (UHF, 1990–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1990–1995)
UPN (1995–1998)
The WB (1998–2006)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 456 m
Facility ID 61504
Transmitter coordinates 26°47′8.3″N 81°47′45.8″W / 26.785639°N 81.796056°W / 26.785639; -81.796056
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website WXCW
MundoFOX SW Florida

WXCW, virtual channel 46 (UHF digital channel 45), is a CW-affiliated television station serving Fort Myers, Florida, United States that is licensed to licensed to Naples (as such, WXCW is one of two Fort Myers-based stations that is licensed to Naples, alongside ABC affiliate WZVN-TV). The station is locally owned by Sun Broadcasting. WXCW maintains studio facilities located on Palm Beach Boulevard in northeast Fort Myers, and its transmitter is located near the Charlotte and Lee County line.

Formerly known on-air as "TV 6", the branding is derived from WXCW's primary cable position in the market on Comcast Xfinity and most other cable providers in the area. This practice stems in part from the area's exceptionally high cable penetration rate, which is one of the highest in the United States.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on January 1, 1990 as WNPL-TV which was founded and run by CEO William Darling of Southwest Florida Telecommunications. Originally operating as an independent station, it filled a void in the market after WFTX-TV (channel 36) joined Fox four years earlier in October 1986. The station was beset with problems early on, particularly with regard to finding programming. Despite this, from 1993 to 1998, the station carried Florida Marlins baseball games televised by WBFS-TV in Miami. It also was the area's affiliate for the Orlando Magic broadcast network.

On January 16, 1995, the station became a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network; it subsequently changed its call letters to WTVK in September of that year (those calls were previously used on what is now WVLT-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee; the WNPL call sign was brought back to the Fort Myers-Naples market in 2009 when a new radio station at 1460 AM signed on to improve coverage of WPTK – 1200 AM, now WJUA). In 1998, the station's original local owners sold the station to ACME Communications, which swapped affiliations with the area's cable-only WB affiliate WSWF (now WNFM). It then adopted the on-air moniker "WB 6", after its cable channel location in the market.

On January 24, 2006, the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced that the two companies would shut down The WB and UPN and combine the networks' respective programming to create a new "fifth" network called The CW.[1][2] ACME later announced on March 9, 2006 that its stations, including WTVK, were to join The CW when it launched on September 18, 2006, with WNFM choosing to affiliate with fellow upstart network MyNetworkTV. On May 15, 2006, ACME announced that it would sell WTVK to Sun Broadcasting. The sale was completed on February 16, 2007, with the station subsequently changing its call sign to WXCW on March 2.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
46.1 720p 16:9 WXCW HD Main WXCW programming / The CW
46.2 WXCW D2 MundoFox
46.3 480i 4:3 WXCW D3

On August 13, 2012 WXCW launched MundoFox on a new digital subchannel 46.2. It is also available on Comcast channel 229 in standard definition and channel 437 in high definition.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WXCW discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 46, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 47,[4] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 46.

Newscasts[edit]

As an independent station, WNPL operated a news department, producing a primetime newscast on weeknights entitled Channel 46 Ten O'Clock News. The program originated from the station's original studio facilities on Bonita Bay Boulevard in Bonita Springs, along South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41/SR 45). Due to low ratings and financial reasons, the news department was shut down, effectively canceling the program.[5][6]

On March 26, 2007, WINK-TV (channel 11) began producing a half-hour primetime newscast for WXCW under a news share agreement. Right from the start, it emerged at a strong second place behind WFTX's longer-established and hour-long 10 p.m. newscast. On October 20, 2007, WINK-TV became the first station in Southwest Florida to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; the newscasts on WXCW were included in the upgrade. On January 7, 2008, WINK began producing a two-hour extension of its weekday morning newscast for WXCW, running from 7 to 9 a.m. The program was moved to WXCW, after WINK complied with CBS's new requirement for all of its affiliates to air its morning news program The Early Show (which was replaced by CBS This Morning in January 2012) in its entirety. Originally, WINK-TV had preempted the first hour of that program due to the third hour of its weekday morning newscast, which was specifically titled as Hello Southwest Florida.

Beginning on October 31, 2008, the 10 p.m. newscast began to be presented commercial-free for the first 21 minutes of the broadcast. The 10 p.m. newscast was expanded to one hour on August 24, 2009. In the fall of 2010, WINK began producing a weekday 11 a.m. newscast on WXCW, that program has since been cancelled. On September 16, 2013, the WINK-produced weekday morning newscast on the station was expanded by one hour, now running from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[7][edit]

Anchors
  • Stacey Adams - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Chris Cifatte - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Haley Hinds - weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
  • Rob Spicker - weekday mornings (7:00-10:00 a.m.)
  • Jennifer Stacy - weekday mornings (7:00-10:00 a.m.); also morning reporter
SkyTracker Weather
  • Joey Sovine - meteorologist; weekday mornings (7:00-10:00 a.m.)
  • Eric Stone - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 p.m.
  • Scott Zedeker (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
Sports team
  • TBD - sports director; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • TBD - sports anchor; weekends at 10:00 p.m.
Reporters
  • David Bodden - general assignment reporter
  • Robert Burns - general assignment reporter
  • Amanda Hall - general assignment reporter
  • Genevieve Judge - general assignment investigative reporter
  • Ryan Kruger - general assignment investigative reporter
  • Corey Lazar - general assignment reporter
  • Rachael Rafanelli - general assignment reporter
  • Nicole Papageorge - weekday morning traffic reporter
  • Sarah Robarge - general assignment reporter
  • Colby Robertson - general assignment reporter
  • Rachel Spangenthal - general assignment reporter
  • Vanessa Ruffes - general assignment reporter
  • Kristen Skovira - general assignment reporter
  • Stephanie Susskind - general assignment reporter
  • Mike Walcher - senior reporter

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