Heroes & Icons

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Heroes & Icons
Type Digital broadcast television network
Country United States
Availability Nationwide, via OTA digital TV
(U.S. coverage: 60%)[1]
Slogan All Eyes on H&I
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Owner Weigel Broadcasting
Key people
Launch date
September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)
Picture format
480i Widescreen (SDTV)
Callsigns H&I
Affiliates List of affiliates
Official website
Official website Edit this at Wikidata

Heroes & Icons (H&I) is an American digital broadcast television network owned by Weigel Broadcasting. Primarily carried on the digital subchannels of its affiliated television station in most markets, it primarily airs classic television series from the 1950s through the 2000s, with a focus on westerns, crime dramas, sci-fi, and action-oriented programming geared toward male audiences.

The network operates from Weigel Broadcasting's headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois, and is essentially an offshoot of MeTV – a general classic TV digital network also owned by Weigel.[2]

History[edit]

The network was soft launched with limited advanced promotion on September 28, 2014, on the digital subchannels of Weigel-owned stations WWME-CD (channel 23.2) and WCIU-TV (channel 26.4) in Chicago, and WMLW-TV (channel 49.3) in Milwaukee. Heroes & Icons was created at the request of the affiliates of Weigel's existing networks, in order to increase their programming options.[2]

The network also launched in the South Bend, Indiana market, along with the major cable providers in the Chicago and Milwaukee markets (including Comcast Xfinity, RCN and Time Warner Cable) using existing carriage.[2] Weigel opted to soft launch H&I in order to fine-tune its schedule, along with adding additional programming to the fledgling network.[3] With the network having settled on a more stabilized schedule, Weigel moved the Heroes & Icons affiliation in Milwaukee to the third subchannel of CBS affiliate WDJT-TV (channel 58) on March 5, 2015, with This TV – which previously occupied the 58.3 space – moving to WMLW-DT3 in its place.[4]

Fox Television Stations in expanding its relationship with Weigel beyond Movies! by adding the network to 11 major market stations in the fourth quarter 2015.[5]

The All Trek programming block was launched on July 24, 2016 with all five live action Star Trek shows in sequence from the beginning on Sunday plus on Monday through Friday.[6] Star Trek: The Animated Series leads off the Sunday All Star Trek programming.

Programming[edit]

Much like its sister network, MeTV, Heroes & Icons' program schedule relies primarily on television series from the programming libraries of CBS Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Television Distribution and 20th Television, and also includes some feature film content. H&I targets a more niche audience than MeTV, carrying programming aimed at a generally male audience – featuring a mix of action series, police procedurals, westerns, science fiction, fantasy and military-themed programs (including several series that have previously aired on MeTV).[2] The network features series from a wider timeline than that from which MeTV sources its programming, incorporating programs from the 2000s, in addition to those originally broadcast from the 1950s to the 1990s. H&I's most direct competitor is Charge!, a network owned by Sinclair TV Group which maintains a schedule mainly made up of action shows and films.

In addition to carrying acquired programming, Heroes & Icons also carried an early morning simulcast of TouchVision (a multi-platform news service based out of Weigel's Chicago headquarters) from September 29, 2014 to January 14, 2016.[7][8] The network also carries a three-hour block of children's programming on Sunday mornings in order to fulfill educational programming requirements mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.[2][9]

On Monday, February 8, 2016, first run syndicated shows, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, debuted on the network.[10]

Affiliates[edit]

As of July 2016, Heroes & Icons has current affiliation agreements with television stations in 63 media markets encompassing 33 states, covering 69.21% of the United States.[11] The network is carried on the digital subchannels of television stations in most of its markets (with current exceptions including St. George, Utah affiliate KCSG, which has widespread cable and satellite coverage in the Salt Lake City market and throughout Utah, and Evansville, Indiana affiliate WTSN-CD, which both carry the network on their primary digital channels). The network is also carried on cable television providers through their digital tiers at the discretion of the affiliate's parent station in certain markets.

In South Bend, Indiana, where Weigel Broadcasting owns three television stations (ABC affiliate WBND-LD, CW affiliate WCWW-LD and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYS-LD), the network is instead carried by former Fox affiliate WSJV through an agreement with that station's owner Quincy Media (it took over the main signal on October 1, 2016 as that station winds down operations due to other factors, including the upcoming spectrum auction). The network added additional stations by early December 2014, which in addition to WSJV, included KCSG in Salt Lake City and a digital subchannel of Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI.[9]

On September 18, 2015, Weigel signed an affiliation agreement with Fox Television Stations to carry the network on subchannels of the group's Fox and MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated stations in eleven markets (including New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington D.C.), beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015. Once all of the stations involved in the agreement affiliated with the network, H&I will expand its coverage to 52% of all U.S. households and availability in eight of the 10 largest Nielsen markets.[5]

Current affiliates[edit]

City of license/market Station[11] Virtual
channel
Primary affiliation Owner Date of affiliation Notes

Alabama[edit]

Anniston (Birmingham) WGWW 40.1 - Howard Stirk Holdings October 1, 2015 Replaced Heartland as primary affiliate;
maintains secondary affiliation with ABC
Montgomery WALE-LD 17.6 Justice Network Woods Communications Company August 11, 2015
Tuscaloosa (Birmingham) WSES 33.1 - Howard Stirk Holdings October 1, 2015

Arizona[edit]

Phoenix KSAZ-TV 10.3 Fox Fox Television Stations November 1, 2015
Tucson KTTU 18.3 MyNetworkTV Tegna

California[edit]

Los Angeles KCOP 13.4 MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations October 1, 2015
KVME-TV 20.1 - Venture Technologies Group January 3, 2018
Fresno KAIL 7.3 MyNetworkTV Aperio Communications, LLC
Monterey KMBY-LD 19.1 - Cocola Television
San FranciscoOaklandSan Jose KICU-TV 36.4 Independent Fox Television Stations November 1, 2015
Sacramento KXTV 10.3 ABC Tegna May 1, 2016

Colorado[edit]

Denver KZDN-LD 26.2 Movies! Syncom Media Group, Inc.
Colorado SpringsPueblo KRDO-TV 13.3 ABC News-Press & Gazette Company May 1, 2017
Glenwood Springs KREG-TV 3.1 - Marquee Broadcasting July 2017

District of Columbia[edit]

Washington, D.C. WDCA 20.3 MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations October 3, 2015

Florida[edit]

Fort Myers WBBH-TV 20.2 NBC Waterman Broadcasting
Jacksonville WFOX-TV 30.3 Fox Cox Media Group June 3, 2015
Miami WPLG 10.3 ABC BH Media January 2018
Orlando (Daytona Beach) WRBW 65.3 MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations October 1, 2015
Panama City WECP-LD 18.3 CBS Gray Television January 2017
Tampa (Saint Petersburg/Clearwater) WTVT 13.4 Fox Fox Television Stations November 1, 2015
Tallahassee WTLH 49.1 Fox

Georgia[edit]

Perry/Macon WPGA-TV 58.2 Independent Register Communications 2017
Toccoa/Atlanta (Athens) WGTA 32.2 MeTV Marquee Broadcasting

Idaho[edit]

Boise KRID-LD 22.3 NewsMax TV March 2, 2017 Began formally broadcasting on March 20, 2017
Idaho Falls/Pocatello KPIF 15.2 MeTV Pocatello Channel 15, LLC October 2, 2017

Illinois[edit]

Chicago WWME-CD 23.2 MeTV Weigel Broadcasting September 28, 2014[2] Flagship station
WCIU-TV 26.4 Independent Weigel Broadcasting December 29, 2014 Full-power simulcast of WWME-CD2
Harrisburg WSIL-TV 3.2 ABC Wheeler Broadcasting January 3, 2018
Rockford WFBN-LD 35.1 Telemundo (on DT2) Weigel Broadcasting mid-2016 Replaced TouchVision
Springfield, Illinois
(St. Louis, MO)
WODK-LD 45.2 Cozi TV DTV America Dec 2016 or Jan 2017 Station is licensed to Springfield but transmits from suburban St. Louis; it does not transmit any signal to Springfield.

Indiana[edit]

Evansville WTSN-CD 20.1 - Evansville Low Power Partnership
Elkhart (South Bend)[2] WSJV 28.1 Quincy Media Formerly a Fox affiliate
Indianapolis WUDZ-LD 28.2 Buzzr DTV America December 8, 2015

Iowa[edit]

Des Moines KCCI 8.3 CBS Hearst Television December 2014 Subchannel maintains secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV, pre-empting H&I prime time programming on weeknights[9]

Kansas[edit]

Hutchinson KWCH-DT 12.3 CBS Gray Television June 2017

Kentucky[edit]

Hazard WYMT-TV 57.2 CBS Gray Television January 2017
Louisville WBNA 21.6 Independent Evangel World Prayer Center July 2015

Louisiana[edit]

Alexandria KBCA 41.1 - Wilderness Communications July 1, 2015 Switched to 41.1 from 41.3 in September 2016 when the CW moved to a subchannel of NBC's KALB-TV due to an agreement between CW and Gray Television
Columbia/Monroe/El Dorado KMLU 11.2 MeTV Legacy Broadcasting January 2018
Lafayette/New Iberia/Baton Rouge KDCG-CD & KLWB 22.1 & 50.2 Delta Media Corporation July 1, 2015 replaced Antenna TV
New Orleans WUPL 54.3 MyNetworkTV Tegna

Maine[edit]

Poland Spring (Portland) WMTW 8.2 ABC Hearst Television March 2015

Maryland[edit]

Hagerstown (Washington, D.C.) WDVM-TV 25.1 - Nexstar Media Group July 1, 2016 Replaced NBC as primary affiliation.
Salisbury WGDV-LD 32.3 Azteca America Marquee Broadcasting

Massachusetts[edit]

Boston WSBK-TV 38.2 MyNetworkTV CBS Television Stations October 6, 2016

Michigan[edit]

Detroit WJBK 2.4 Fox Fox Television Stations November 1, 2015
Lansing WILX-TV 10.2 NBC Gray Television October 1, 2016 Replaced WeatherNation TV
Roscommon WURO-LD 18.1 1 M33 Media LLC March 2017

Minnesota[edit]

Chisholm, Minnesota KRII-TV 11.3 NBC Quincy Media March 2017 Subchannel maintains secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV, pre-empting H&I prime time programming on weeknights[12][13]
Duluth, MN-Superior, WI KBJR-TV 6.3
MinneapolisSt. Paul KSTP-TV 5.7 ABC Hubbard Broadcasting
Rochester KTTC 10.3 NBC Quincy Media March 2015[14] Also carried on translator W50DR-D in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Missouri[edit]

Poplar Bluff KPOB 15.2 ABC Wheeler Broadcasting January 3, 2018 Full-power satellite of WSIL
St. Louis KNLC 24.3 MeTV Weigel Broadcasting Dec 12, 2017[15]

Nevada[edit]

Las Vegas KHSV 21.1 - Howard Stirk Holdings

New Jersey[edit]

Secaucus (New York City) WWOR-TV 9.4 MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations October 3, 2015

New Mexico[edit]

Hobbs (Albuquerque) KUPT 29.1 - Ramar Communications February 2015
Albuquerque KUPT-LD 16.3 Movies!
Santa Fe (Albuquerque) KASA-TV 29.1 Telemundo January 2017

New York[edit]

Albany WNYT 13.3 NBC Hubbard Broadcasting December 29, 2015
Buffalo WBBZ-TV 67.2 MeTV Phil Arno March 2017
Rochester WBGT-CD 46.4 MyNetTV Vision Communications May 2018
Saranac Lake WYCI 40.1 - Channel 61 Associates 2017

North Carolina[edit]

Charlotte WJZY 46.5 Fox Fox Television Stations October 1, 2015
Fayetteville WIRP-LD 27.4 Estrella TV DTV America 2017
Greenville WTMH-LD 21.3 Heartland Tutt Media Group August 15, 2015 Replaced Tuff TV on DT3.
WTMQ-LD 29.3
Wilmington WTMV-LD 39.3

North Dakota[edit]

Bismarck KNDB 24.1 - Legacy Broadcasting, LLC July 2015
Minot KNDM 26.1 Satellite of KNDB
Fargo KVLY-TV 11.4 NBC Gray Television September 12, 2016
KXJB-LD 30.3/28.3 CBS

Ohio[edit]

Cincinnati WBQC-LD 20.4 Movies! Block Broadcasting June 23, 2015
Cleveland WBNX-TV 55.4 The CW Winston Broadcasting Network December 30, 2015
Columbus WBNS-TV 10.2 CBS Dispatch Broadcast Group 2017

Oklahoma[edit]

Tulsa KMYT-TV 41.4 MyNetworkTV Cox Media Group

Pennsylvania[edit]

Allentown (Philadelphia) WFMZ-TV 69.3 Independent Maranatha Broadcasting Company
Jeannette (Pittsburgh) WPCW 19.2 The CW CBS Television Stations

Puerto Rico[edit]

Añasco W33CY-D 33.1 - TV Red de Puerto Rico, Inc.

South Carolina[edit]

Charleston WGWG 4.1 - Howard Stirk Holdings August 1, 2015 Replaced ZUUS Country

Tennessee[edit]

Jackson, Tennessee WYJJ-LD 27.5 Antenna TV
MyNetworkTV
DTV America Corporation
Kingsport WAPK-CD 36.4 MeTV Holston Valley Broadcasting Group
Knoxville, Tennessee WBXX-TV 20.3 Gray Televison
Nashville WJDE-LD 31.1 - Word Broadcasting

Texas[edit]

DallasFort Worth KDFI 27.4 MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations November 15, 2015
Houston KPRC-TV 2.3 NBC Graham Media Group December 1, 2015 Replaced LATV, vacant since 2012
Lubbock KLBB-LP 48.2 MeTV Ramar Communications
Odessa KOSA-TV 7.3 CBS Gray Television 2017
Snyder KABI-LD 42.1 - Ramar Communications

Utah[edit]

Cedar City/St. George KCSG 8.1 (14.3) - Weigel Broadcasting September 29, 2014 Replaced MeTV as primary affiliation.

Virginia[edit]

Danville/Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia WFFP-TV 24.2 Cozi TV Liberty University Was to affiliate with Movies!, but never happened

Washington[edit]

Bellingham KVOS 12.1 - Weigel Broadcasting Also serving Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, and much of Canada via Cable and Satellite.
Seattle KFFV 44.3 MeTV Weigel Broadcasting
Spokane KXLY 4.3 ABC Morgan Murphy Media

Wisconsin[edit]

Eau Claire WEAU 13.3 NBC Gray Television October 2015 Replaced Antenna TV, which moved to channel 13.2
Janesville (Madison) WIFS 57.3 Independent Byrne Acquisition Group, LLC.
Milwaukee WMLW-DT3 49.3 IND Weigel Broadcasting September 29, 2014 (moved from WDJT-DT3 to WMLW-DT3 on January 8, 2018)[4]

Former affiliates[edit]

Market Station Channel Owner Years of affiliation Status
Bridgeport, Connecticut (New York) WZME 43.1 NRJ TV, LLC 2015-2016 Now a Sonlife Broadcasting Network affiliate
Chicago, Illinois WWME-CA (Analog) 23 (Analog) Weigel Broadcasting March–September 2015 Analog signal was terminated due to FCC mandate on September 1, 2015
Racine, Wisconsin (Milwaukee) WMLW-TV 49.3 Weigel Broadcasting 2014–2015[2] This TV moved from WDJT-DT3 in channel map shuffle
Springfield, Illinois
(St. Louis, MO)
WODK-LD 45.2 DTV America Dec 2016 - Jan 2018 Ceased the month after H&I started on ch24.3. Weigel had acquired ownership of ch 24 KNLC in St.L. KNLC has a stronger signal. WODK is licensed to Springfield but transmits from suburban St. Louis; it does not transmit any signal to Springfield.
Wausau, Wisconsin WSAW-TV 7.3 Gray Television 2014–2015 Now a simulcast of Fox affiliate WZAW-LD

References[edit]

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  15. ^ "NLEC Notice of move to sub channel 24.2". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 

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