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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Branding The U Too
Channels Analog: 48 (UHF)
Digital: 32 (UHF)
WCIU 26.2 (27.2) (UHF)
Subchannels 48.1 Main programming
48.2 TouchVision
Affiliations Independent
Owner Weigel Broadcasting
(Weigel Broadcasting Company)
Founded October 28, 1987 (1987-10-28)
Call letters' meaning Disambiguation of sister stations WWME (Memorable Entertainment) and WCIU (branded as "The U")
Sister station(s) TV: WCIU-TV, WWME-CD
Radio: WRME-LP
Former callsigns W54AP (1987–2004)
W48DD (2004–2005)
WFBT-CA (2005–2008)
WMEU-CA (2008–2010)
WCUU-CA (2010)
Transmitter power 4.7 kW (analog)
15 kW (digital)
Height 474 m (digital)
Class Class A
Facility ID 168662
Transmitter coordinates 41°52′44.1″N 87°38′10.2″W / 41.878917°N 87.636167°W / 41.878917; -87.636167
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

WMEU-CD, UHF analog channel 48 and virtual channel 48.1 (digital channel 32), is a independent television station located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The Class A station is owned by Weigel Broadcasting, and is a sister station to fellow Weigel flagship properties, independent station WCIU-TV (channel 26) and Me-TV outlet WWME-CD (channel 23). All three stations share studio facilities located on Halsted Street (between Washington Boulevard and Madison Street) in the Greektown neighborhood, with WMEU maintaining transmitter facilities located atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop.

Even though WMEU operates a digital signal of its own, the low-powered broadcasting radius does not reach certain the outer ring of Chicago proper or surrounding suburbs. Therefore, the station can also be seen through a 16:9 standard definition widescreen simulcast on WCIU-TV's second digital subchannel in order to reach the entire market. This signal can be seen on UHF channel 27.2 (or virtual channel 26.2 via PSIP), broadcasting from the Willis Tower transmitter.[1]

On cable, the station is available on RCN channel 35, AT&T U-verse channel 24, WOW! digital channel 170 and Comcast Xfinity digital channels 230 and 360.


Early history[edit]

The station first signed on the air on October 28, 1987 as W54AP, originally broadcasting on UHF channel 54. In the late 1990s, it became an affiliate of the Eternal Word Television Network. The station moved to UHF channel 48 in 2004, and changed its callsign to W48DD.

On January 1, 2005, the station's callsign was changed again to WFBT-CA and adopted an ethnic programming format called "FBT" (Foreign-language Broadcast Television) and changed its callsign to WFBT-CA; the FBT format originated on WWME-CA (channel 23), which previously held the WFBT call letters (as WFBT-CA) from 2001 until 2004, shorly after that station expanded the block of classic television shows it began airing one year earlier in January 2003 (including many series that previously aired on WCIU-TV) into a 24-hour format called "Me-TV".

Conversion to classic television format as "MeToo"[edit]

WMEU's logo as "MeToo", used from 2008 to 2013.

On March 1, 2008, channel 48 adopted a new programming format as "MeToo", serving as an extension of WWME's Me-TV classic television format; accordingly, the station changed its callsign to WMEU-CA. The ethnic programming that was dropped by WMEU returned to WCIU through the launch of a new locally programmed service called "FBT" on digital subchannel 26.6 (FBT was dropped on December 1, 2010 and was replaced by a simulcast of WCIU-TV until the subchannel was removed on December 15).[2][3][4] Prime time feature films were added to the station's schedule on June 30, 2008, when WMEU-CA debuted Me-Too's Movie Classics, which showcased classic films from the 1950s to the 1970s without editing – outside of necessary removal of inapporiate content – at 7:00 p.m. each weeknight.[5] In an effort to streamline the schedules of both Me-TV stations, on September 14, 2009, WMEU's MeToo schedule was restructured to feature only dramatic programs and films while the Me-TV schedule on WWME was reformatted to mainly feature comedic series.

The station's call letters were changed to WCUU-CA on September 22, 2010; however just a month-and-a-half later on November 5, they were reverted to the prior WMEU-CA calls.[6] On December 15, 2010, WMEU added comedy programming to its schedule, coinciding with Me-TV's expansion into a nationally-distributed television network (WWME became the flagship station of the national Me-TV service, as well as an owned-and-operated station of the network). As a result, both WWME and WMEU once again maintained identical formats, albeit with different programming from the national Me-TV network (which focuses mainly on series from the 1950s to the 1970s) as WMEU/MeToo continued to incorporate series from the 1980s to the 2000s onto its schedule, in addition to programs from prior decades. The WMEU/MeToo simulcast on WCIU's signal moved to that station's 26.4 subchannel with the format change.[7][8] In addition, This TV moved to WCIU subchannel 26.5.

On January 5, 2011, PSIP channel 48.1 was temporarily discontinued while 23.1 reverted to being the virtual channel number for WWME-CA (23.2 was discontinued at that time, but later returned as an affiliate of Bounce TV). On April 24, 2012, WMEU-CA filed an application to transfer its Class A status from its analog allotment to its digital frequency.[9] On April 30, the call letters for the digital signal were changed to WMEU-CD, while the analog channel's calls became WMEU-LP.[10]

Switch to "The U Too"[edit]

In September 2013, WMEU dropped the MeToo format (which moved to WWME analog channel 23, while continuing to air on WCIU digital subchannel 26.4 until it was replaced by Heroes & Icons in 2014). Digital channel 48.1 began running a high-definition feed of "The U Too", a general entertainment service which originated as a subchannel-only service on WCIU digital subchannel 26.2 on January 5, 2011 (replacing the WWME simulcast, which moved to WCIU digital subchannel 26.3 on December 15, 2010).[1][11][12] and continues to be transmitted in 16:9 standard definition widescreen on that channel).

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[13]
48.1 720p 16:9 U Too Main WMEU-CD programming
48.2 480i Touch TouchVision

In early 2010, WMEU-CA filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to operate a companion digital signal on UHF channel 46. However, due to possible interference with the digital signal of WHME-TV in South Bend, Indiana on that same channel, WMEU later applied to move to UHF channel 32, which was formerly occupied by the analog signal of Fox owned-and-operated station WFLD. On June 8, 2010, the station was granted a construction permit to build its digital transmitter.[14] The license to cover for WMEU's digital signal was approved by the FCC on June 13, 2011; the station signed on its digital signal one month later on July 11, under the call sign WMEU-LD.[15] However, since WMEU-LD's signal does not cover the entire Chicago market, WCIU continues to simulcast WMEU's programming on digital subchannel 26.2.

In addition to its carriage on digital subchannel 48.2,[16] WMEU simulcasts TouchVision in a letterboxed format on its analog channel 48 signal.


Syndicated programs broadcast on WMEU-CD (as of September 2015) includes The Doctors, Judge Faith, The Jerry Springer Show, Paternity Court, Bridezillas, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Cougar Town, Hot in Cleveland and Cops Reloaded.[17]

Sports programming[edit]

In 2008, WMEU began carrying Big East Conference basketball games supplied by ESPN Plus, allowing the station to carry certain DePaul Blue Demons game telecasts (most of those games moved to "The U Too", when it launched on WCIU-TV digital subchannel 26.2 in January 2011).

On May 21, 2013, Weigel reached a broadcast agreement with the Chicago Sky to carry the WNBA team's games on "The U Too".[18] Subsequently on October 1, 2013, Weigel and the Chicago Wolves reached a deal to allow "The U Too" to serve as the over-the-air broadcaster for the AHL hockey team. The station carries most Wolves games, except for select matches that are subject to be moved to WCIU-TV.[19][20][21][22] The station began broadcasting all of its Wolves and Sky game telecasts in high-definition beginning with the team's respective 2014 seasons.[23] On October 1, 2014, it was announced that Weigel reached an agreement to carry select games from the inaugural season of the Fall Experimental Football League on WMEU-CD, during October and November.[24]


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  6. ^ "Call Sign Change Application". U.S. Federal Communications Commission. 
  7. ^ "Me-TV Network – Memorable Entertainment Television". Me-TV. Weigel Broadcasting. 
  8. ^ "Weigel Broadcasting to switch around Chicago channels". TDog Media. December 10, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ "License Application for WMEU-CD". U.S. Federal Communications Commission. </
  10. ^ "License Application for WMEU-CD". U.S. Federal Communications Commission. </
  11. ^ Phil Rosenthal (October 5, 2010). "WCIU Parent Weigel to Drop Foreign Subchannel, Launch The U Too". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Publishing). 
  12. ^ Michael Malone (October 5, 2010). "WCUU Launches The U Too Subchannel". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. 
  13. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for WMEU-CD". RabbitEars. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Construction Permit" (PDF). U.S. Federal Communications Commission. 
  15. ^ "Call Sign Change Application". U.S. Federal Communications Commission. 
  16. ^ "TouchVision Releases Apps, Comes To Chicago TV". Chicagoland Radio and Media. October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ "WMEU-CD schedule". Titan TV. Broadcast Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  18. ^ Danny Ecker (May 21, 2013). "Chicago Sky land TV deal with WCIU parent". Crain's Chicago Business (Crain Communications). Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Wolves Partner With WCIU's U-Too Network". Chicago Wolves (Press release). October 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ Danny Ecker (October 1, 2013). "Chicago Wolves doubling number of games on network TV". Crain's Chicago Business (Crain Communications). Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Wolves Partner With WCIU's U-Too Network". Chicago Wolves. October 1, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Two Wolves Broadcasts Shifiting From U-TOO To WCIU". Chicago Wolves. January 2, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  23. ^ Danny Ecker (August 15, 2014). "Get the picture: Sky, Wolves games move to HD". Crain's Chicago Business (Crain Communications). Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  24. ^ "FXFL To Be Carried on ESPN3" (Press release). Fall Experimental Football League. PR Newswire. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014 – via KNDO/KNDU. [dead link]

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