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Beckley, West Virginia
|Channels||Digital: WVNS-DT 8.2 (VHF)
(to move to 11.2 (VHF))
Virtual: 59.2 (PSIP)
|Owner||Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||September 13, 2006|
|Call letters' meaning||see WVNS|
|Transmitter power||3.68 kW (digital)|
|Height||577 m (1,893 ft) (digital)|
|Facility ID||74169 (digital)|
WVNS-DT2 is the primary Fox Broadcasting Company and secondary MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Southern West Virginia. It is a second digital subchannel of CBS affiliate WVNS-TV which is owned by Nexstar Media Group. Over-the-air, the station broadcasts a digital signal on VHF channel 8.2 from a transmitter on Keeney's Knob between Alderson and I-64. WVNS-DT2 is also offered on Suddenlink cable systems. In Beckley, it is on channel 10 in analog and digital with a cable box, 10.1 SD digital Clear-QAM, 1.4 HD Clear-QAM, and 110 with a cable box; Hinton and Princeton on channel 3; and on Comcast channel 2 (channel 434 in high definition) in Bluefield. The station was previously branded as Fox West Virginia and is now branded as Fox 59 its parent station has studios on Old Cline Road in Ghent along I-77. Programming from MyNetworkTV airs weeknights from midnight until 2AM.
Syndicated programming on WVNS-DT2 includes: Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, Judge Joe Brown, and Judge Judy. The Fox affiliation on this second digital subchannel was acquired September 13, 2006 following a Summer 2006 retransmission dispute between Charleston's WVAH-TV and Suddenlink Communications. The demise of Foxnet on September 12 also played a role. Although it is carried on a digital subchannel, this is practically a return of Fox to WVNS after a five-year absence.
WVNS-DT2 airs nightly 10 o'clock newscast as well as a 7 a.m. rebroadcast of the second hour of the main CBS channel's weekday morning news from 6 a.m. During all broadcasts, some weather forecasts are provided by WOWK's meteorologists from that channel's facilities on 5th Avenue in Downtown Huntington and whose studios are in Charleston, WV near the Charleston Town Center and some weather reports are from WVNS studios. The Weekend shows also broadcast from the Ghent Studios with Weather transmitted from WOWK.