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KLCW-TV Logo.png
KMYL-LD Logo.png
Wolfforth/Lubbock, Texas
United States
CityWolfforth, Texas
ChannelsDigital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 22
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date
February 9, 2001 (20 years ago) (2001-02-09)
Former call signs
KUPT (2001–2005)
KWBZ-TV (2005–2006)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 22 (UHF, 2001–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 43 (UHF, until 2018)
UPN (2001–December 2005)
The WB (January–September 2006)
Call sign meaning
Lubbock CW
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID77719
ERP200 kW
HAAT282.1 m (926 ft)
Transmitter coordinates33°30′8.3″N 101°52′21.3″W / 33.502306°N 101.872583°W / 33.502306; -101.872583
Public license information

KLCW-TV, virtual channel 22 (UHF digital channel 23), is a CW+-affiliated television station serving Lubbock, Texas, United States that is licensed to Wolfforth. Owned by Atlanta-based Gray Television, it is part of a duopoly with Lubbock-licensed NBC affiliate KCBD (channel 11); it is also sister to four low-power stations—MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYL-LD (channel 14, which is simulcast on KLCW's second digital subchannel), Snyder-licensed Heroes & Icons affiliate KABI-LD (channel 42), Class A Telemundo affiliate KXTQ-CD (channel 46) and MeTV affiliate KLBB-LD (channel 48). Gray also operates Fox affiliate KJTV-TV (channel 34) and low-power Class A independent KJTV-CD (channel 32) through a shared services agreement (SSA) with owner SagamoreHill Broadcasting. KLCW-TV's studios and transmitter are located at 98th Street and University Avenue in south Lubbock.


Prior to 2006, what was then called KWBZ operated solely as a local cable TV station and was owned and operated by KCBD-TV, the local NBC affiliate. At that time, channel 22 was occupied by KUPT, an affiliate of UPN. On January 1, 2006, after the station was acquired by Ramar Communications, KUPT moved to channel 14 in Lubbock (now MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYL-LD), and the WB affiliation moved to channel 22.

KWBZ became a full power broadcast affiliate of The WB (via The WB 100+ Station Group as on cable) on January 1, 2006. Twenty-four days later, Warner Bros. Television, which owned The WB, and CBS Corporation, owner of UPN (channel 22's former network as KUPT), announced a merger of those two networks to take effect on September 18, 2006; the new network operating under the name of "The CW". KWBZ signed on to become a CW affiliate, resulting in new call letters (KLCW was adopted on June 30, 2006) and a rebranding (Lubbock CW). The station's feed is still affiliated with The CW Plus with local inserts and advertising placed by KJTV-TV and Ramar.

On October 19, 2020, Ramar announced that it would sell KLCW (and its accompanied low-power stations) to Gray Television (owner of KCBD) for $10 million.[1] Concurrently, SagamoreHill Broadcasting would acquire sister station KJTV for $5 million.[2] Gray would provide services to KJTV through a shared services agreement.[3] The sale was completed on December 31.[4]

Technical information[edit]


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
22.1 720p 16:9 KLCW TV Main KLCW-TV programming / Lubbock CW
22.2 480i My LBB Simulcast of KMYL-LD / MyNetworkTV
22.3 Crime True Crime Network
22.4 QUEST Quest
22.5 QVC QVC
22.6 HSN HSN

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997.[6] The station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on or before February 17, 2009, which was supposed to be the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KLCW-TV would be required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut"). As of September 2008, the station's digital signal began broadcasting on its pre-transition UHF channel 43. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 22.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 20 October 2020, Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 20 October 2020, Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Ramar sells Lubbock TV stations to SagamoreHill, Gray". Fox34.com. Ramar Communications. October 19, 2020. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "Consummation Notice", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 4 January 2021, 13 January 2021.
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KLCW
  6. ^ [1]

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