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|Branding||The CW Ga-Bama
WLTZ First News
|Channels||Digital: WLTZ-DT 35.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 38.2 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||The CW (via The CW Plus)|
(SagamoreHill of Columbus GA, LLC)
|Founded||April 27, 2009|
|Call letters' meaning||see WLTZ|
|Transmitter power||50 kW (digital)|
|Height||377.2 m (digital)|
|Facility ID||37179 (digital)|
WLTZ-DT2 is the CW-affiliated television station for the Chattahoochee Valley of West-Central Georgia and East-Central Alabama. It is a second digital subchannel of NBC affiliate WLTZ (owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting). Over-the-air, it broadcasts a 720p high definition digital signal on UHF channel 35.2 (or virtual channel 38.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter at its studios on NBC 38 Drive in East Columbus (postal address is actually Buena Vista Road in Columbus).
The station can also be seen on Charter channel 6, Knology channel 9, and Mediacom channel 12 with HD on Mediacom digital channel 812 and Knology digital channel 907. It is known on-air as The CW Ga-Bama.
Origins of WLTZ-DT2 began on April 2, 2009 when it was announced The CW would discontinuing its relationship with Pappas Telecasting-owned WLGA. After losing the network, that station became an Independent and added syndicated television shows. It eventually left the air for good ("go silent" in television terminology) a year later. WLTZ gained The CW effective April 27 after SagamoreHill made a long term deal with the television network to carry it as a digital subchannel in several markets. In Summer 2012, it upgraded its broadcasting level to 720p high definition.
In December 2012, WLTZ launched a weekday morning show on this second digital subchannel called WLTZ First News Today on the CW Ga-Bama. It airs for 30 minutes beginning at 7. There have not been any plans announced to introduce a prime time newscast at 10 on WLTZ-DT2 in order to compete with Fox affiliate WXTX.