WXVT

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WXVT
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Greenville/Greenwood, Mississippi
Branding WXVT (general)
Delta News
Slogan More Local News
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Subchannels 15.1 CBS
Owner H3 Communications, LLC
(operated by Commonwealth Broadcating Group)
First air date November 7, 1980; 33 years ago (1980-11-07)
Call letters' meaning XV (Roman numeral 15) Television
Sister station(s) WABG-TV, WNBD-LD
Former channel number(s) 15 (UHF analog, 1980-2009)
Former affiliations UPN (1995-2006, secondary)
Transmitter power 330 kW
Height 269 m
Facility ID 25236
Transmitter coordinates 33°39′26″N 90°42′18″W / 33.65722°N 90.70500°W / 33.65722; -90.70500
Website www.wxvt.com

WXVT is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Delta area of Northwestern Mississippi that is licensed to Greenville. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 15 from a transmitter northeast of Shaw. Owned by H3 Communications, LLC, the station is operated by Commonwealth Broadcasting Group under a shared services agreement, making it a sister station to ABC affiliate WABG-TV and low-powered NBC affiliate WNBD-LD. The station has studios on East Reed Road in Greenville. Syndicated programming on WXVT includes: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Divorce Court, and Judge Joe Brown.

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
15.1 1080i 16:9 WXVT-HD Main WXVT programming / CBS

History[edit]

Its first broadcast was on November 7, 1980. It has been a CBS affiliate for its entire existence. Before this, WJTV in Jackson had served as the default affiliate. Future sister station WABG was actually the Delta's original CBS affiliate when it launched back in October 1959. However a few months later, WJTV complained that WABG was encroaching on its service area. This is because WABG's signal reaches the far northern fringes of the Jackson market. Saga Communications purchased WXVT in 1999, David Cavileer became the VP/General Manager and remodeled the station and News Set.

On May 4, 2012, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer ownership of WXVT from Saga Commuinications to H3 Communications. H3 Communications is owned by the adult children of Charles Harker, president of Commonwealth Broadcasting Group, which owns WABG and WNBD. On January 28, 2013, the FCC granted the sale of WXVT, and it was completed two days later.[1][2] Commonwealth then took over WXVT's operations, effectively bringing all of the Delta's Big Three network stations under the control of one company.

Newscasts[edit]

WXVT's news department is quite small compared with other Big Three stations, even considering the size of the market. It has always been well behind WABG in the ratings. Unlike most CBS affiliates in the Central Time Zone, this station does not air midday news during the week. It also does not offer a full two-hour weekday morning show. WXVT has won numerous Mississippi Associated Press awards including first place for "Best Newscast", "Best Weathercast", "Best Feature Story", "Best Sport Story", and "Best Spot News Story".

News team[3][edit]

Anchors

  • Renae Skinner - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Steve Schill - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Kelly Ritenour - Weekend Evenings
  • Callie Carroll - weekday mornings "Delta Daybreak"

Weather team

  • Steve Schill - chief meteorologist - weeknights
  • Vernon Turner - meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Eric Zernich - meteorologist; weekend evenings

Sports team

  • Stephen Robinson - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Craig Harden - sports anchor; weekend evenings, also sports reporter

Reporters

  • Woodrow Wilkins - general assignment reporter; also web director

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