The WB 100+ Station Group

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The WB 100+ Station Group
Launched September 21, 1998
Closed September 18, 2006
Network The WB
Owned by Time Warner
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country United States
Language American English
Broadcast area National (was available only in smaller media markets)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Formerly called The WeB (prelaunch)
Replaced by The CW Plus

The WB 100+ Station Group (called The WeB in its developmental stages) was a group of primarily non-broadcast local cable television outlets carrying programming from The WB Television Network and syndicated programming outside of network programming time periods. The service was intended for areas ranked below the top 100 television media markets in the United States.

History[edit]

Development and launch[edit]

Prior to the launch of The WB 100+, the national superstation feed of Chicago television station WGN-TV (now separately branded as WGN America), served as a default WB affiliate for markets where the network was unable to secure an over-the-air affiliation at launch (either due to the lack of enough stations or no secondary affiliation with an existing market station), this was done to give the network enough time to find affiliates in those areas; the national carriage on Superstation WGN was part of an affiliation agreement with Tribune Broadcasting (whose corporate parent, the Tribune Company, held minority ownership in the network), which also resulted in the WGN-TV Chicago signal carrying The WB's primetime programming (and later Kids' WB, when the block moved to the station from independent station WCIU-TV in 2004).[1]

The WB 100+ Station Group was launched on September 21, 1998 with 80 cable-only affiliates; The WB 100+ was created to serve a similar capacity that Superstation WGN held as a national distributor of The WB, the difference being that stations within The WB 100+ group were structured in the manner of a local broadcast station: local WB 100+ affiliates were managed by either a local cable provider or an affiliate of a larger over-the-air television station, which may have produced some local programming (such as a primetime newscast) or televised local sporting events. WB 100+ stations also aired local commercial inserts, and each had their own local branding (usually in the form of a fictional call sign, the combination of "The WB" name with either the parent station/cable franchise's city of license or a regional descriptor of the area or both).[2][3][4]

In some markets where a local cable provider carried Superstation WGN upon the initial rollout of the service, a WB 100+ affiliate supplanted WGN as the local WB affiliate (though programming duplication persisted in these areas between the local WB 100+ affiliate and the WGN superstation feed for a year following the launch of The WB 100+ Station Group until the removal of WB programming nationally on WGN); as additional WB 100+ affiliates signed on, network management deemed that The WB's affiliate footprint was large enough to request that WGN's national feed stop carrying the network's programming in October 1999[5] (the local WGN-TV Chicago signal remained a WB affiliate until the network's 2006 shutdown; that station is now a CW affiliate).

Dayparts without WB network programming were programmed by the network, primarily with programs that were being carried in national syndication, while late night slots largely included infomercials; this relieved the WB 100+ affiliate's local owner of the duty of acquiring syndicated programming to fill non-network program slots. This was similar to the programming strategy of Foxnet, a channel owned by News Corporation (the corporate parent of Fox at the time) that operated from 1991 to 2006 for markets that did not have a Fox affiliate; though unlike The WB 100+, Foxnet was carried as a traditional cable channel and local operators were not allowed to tailor the service to their local market with their own branding, or carry local news or sports programming. The WB 100+ feed was originally designed for the Eastern and Pacific time zones (a Central time zone feed was added by the early 2000s); as such, the Kids' WB and (from January to September 2006, following the conclusion of the weekday afternoon Kids' WB lineup) Daytime WB blocks, which were designed to be tape-delayed, were aired an hour early on affiliates in other time zones.

In 2002, The WB acquired the rights for The WB 100+ Station Group to broadcast The Daily Buzz, a morning news and lifestyle program that, at the time, was produced by ACME Communications (a now-defunct media company founded by The WB's original chief executive officer Jamie Kellner, which had all but one of its television stations affiliated with The WB, and was named after the Acme Corporation running gag seen in Warner Bros.' animated shorts) and was also syndicated to stations in markets that were not covered by either The WB 100+ or where ACME did not own a station.

Transition to The CW Plus[edit]

On January 24, 2006, Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced that The WB and UPN would each shut down, with the two companies partnering to launch an entirely new network called The CW Television Network (with programming from The WB and UPN initially forming the nuclei of the network) in September of that year.[6] To coincide with the change, The CW started a service called The CW Plus, a group of primarily digital subchannels, analog, and non-broadcast cable television outlets for the network, for markets below the top 99 television media markets in the United States that is nearly identical in structure to The WB 100+. There was no guarantee that existing affiliates of The WB 100+ would automatically join The CW Plus, although most ultimately did, and programming transitioned seamlessly from The WB 100+ to The CW Plus.[7]

Since digital television allows multiple "subchannels" to be carried on a single over-the-air signal, most of the CW Plus' affiliates air on the subchannels of those stations that manage the affiliates. Thus, they are no longer technically "cable only" and must now use the parent station's licensed callsigns instead of a fictional one. However, some stations (such as WBVC in Northern Michigan; WBWO in Wheeling, West Virginia; West Central Ohio CW in Lima, Ohio; CW Glendive in Glendive, Montana; WBGP in Long Beach, Mississippi; KWMK in Bismarck, North Dakota; WBQT in Springfield, Massachusetts; WBAE in Alpena, Michigan; WBW in Wilmington, North Carolina; KSXF in Joplin, Missouri; KTXW in Laredo, Texas and WBPQ in Presque Isle, Maine) are still cable exclusive.

List of stations[edit]

This is a list of WB 100+ stations, ranked by DMA, as of the September 2006 closure of The WB. Note that most "call letters" below are informal, as these stations did not broadcast over the air and so were not licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); the meanings of each affiliate's "call sign" are also included. There were a few exceptions – actual FCC-licensed broadcast stations are indicated in italics. Some of the "fake" calls used by the cable-only WB affiliates (which are identified with quotation marks) may be the same as calls used by actual over-the-air stations, and may create confusion for some; such stations are identified in this list.

After each station's name is the status of the CW affiliation, as of July 2013. If no status is part of the station's listing, The CW does not have a confirmed affiliate in the market the WB 100+ station served. The rankings of each market are as of the 2005-06 season.

DMA # Market Station/(Branding) Current status Callsign meaning
92. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas "KMHB" ("WB53")
(cable only)
Was ranked #104 when the channel was founded; formerly "KHWB"; The CW is now affiliated with KCWT-CA McAllen Harlingen Brownsville
97. Savannah, Georgia "WBVH" ("WB13")
(cable only)
Was ranked #100 when the channel was founded; The CW is now affiliated with former UPN affiliate WGSA WB SaVannaH
101. Charleston, South Carolina "WBLN" ("WB14")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WCBD-DT2 WB Lowcountry Network
103. Lincoln-Hastings-Kearney, Nebraska KCWL 51
"KWBL" (cable only)
Both became part of The CW Plus KWBL: WB Lincoln
104. Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas KBBL 34 Switched to RTV programming, and is now affiliated with MyNetworkTV, Antenna TV and Tuff TV under the callsign KXNW; sibling KPBI-CA went to MyNetworkTV; The CW is now affiliated with KHBS-DT2 / KHOG-DT2
105. Greenville-New Bern-Washington, North Carolina "WGWB"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WNCT-DT2 Greenville's WB
106. Fort Wayne, Indiana "WBFW" ("WB37")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WPTA-DT2 WB Fort Wayne
107. Florence-Myrtle Beach, South Carolina "WFWB"
(cable only)
The CW is now seen on former UPN affiliate WWMB (carrying primetime programming only) Florence WB
108. Springfield-Holyoke, Massachusetts "WBQT" ("WB11"/"WB16")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus
109. Tallahassee, Florida-Thomasville, Georgia WFXU 48 Became part of The CW Plus, now silent; The CW is now affiliated with WTLF and WTLH-DT2
110. Lansing, Michigan "WBL" ("WB30")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WLAJ WB Lansing
111. Tyler-Longview, Texas "KWTL"
(cable only)
In January 2006, KCEB moved its affiliation from UPN to The WB, and has since joined the CW WB TyLer
112. Reno, Nevada KREN-TV 27 Became part of The CW Plus RENo
113. Traverse City-Cadillac, Michigan "WBVC" ("WB61")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB TraVerse City
114. Sioux Falls, South Dakota KWSD 36 Became part of The CW Plus WB South Dakota
115. Augusta, Georgia "WBAU" ("WB23")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WAGT-DT2 WB AUgusta
116. Montgomery, Alabama "WBMY"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WBMM, an unrelated digital station WB MontgomerY
117. Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois "WBPE"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WHOI-DT2 WB PEoria
118. Fargo-Grand Forks, North Dakota "WBFG" ("WB8")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WDAY-DT2 WB FarGo
119. Boise, Idaho "KWOB"
(cable only)
The WB moved to "KWOB" from KNIN-TV, which was a CW affiliate from 2006 to 2011, when it affiliated with Fox; The CW is now affiliated with former UPN affiliate KYUU-LP and is simulcast on KBOI-DT2
120. Macon, Georgia "WBMN" ("WB3")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB MacoN
121. Eugene, Oregon "KZWB" ("WB11")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KMTR-DT2
122. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, California "KWCA" ("WB5")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KSBY-DT2 WB CAlifornia
123. La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wisconsin "WBCZ" ("WB15")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WXOW-DT3 in La Crosse and WQOW-DT2 in Eau Claire WB La CroZe (Crosse)
124. Lafayette, Louisiana KLWB 50 Became part of The CW Plus; lost the affiliation to KATC-DT2 in 2010 and joined This TV Lafayette's WB
125. Monterey-Salinas, California "KMWB" ("WB14")1
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KION-DT2 Monterey's WB
126. Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, Washington "KWYP"2
(cable only)
The CW was shown on KCWK until 2008; it is now carried on digital subchannels of KIMA-TV and KEPR WB Yakima
127. Columbus, Georgia "WBG"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with former UPN affiliate WLGA WB Georgia
128. Bakersfield, California "KWFB" ("WB12")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus; this station is simulcast on KGET-DT2 backronym for BakersField's WB
129. Corpus Christi, Texas "KWDB" ("WB16"/"WB23")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KRIS-DT2
130. Chico-Redding, California "KIWB" ("WB10")3
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KHSL-DT2
131. Amarillo, Texas "KDBA" ("WB11")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KVII-DT2 WB Amarillo (D=Double U)
132. Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, Mississippi "WBWP"4
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WCBI-DT3 WB West Point
133. Rockford, Illinois "WBR" 14
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WREX-TV WB Rockford
134. Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin "WBWA" ("WB15")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WAOW-DT2 in Wausau and WYOW-DT2 in Eagle River WB WAusau
135. Monroe, Louisiana-El Dorado, Arkansas "KWMB" ("WB12")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KNOE-DT2 backronym for WB Monroe
136. Topeka, Kansas "WBKS" ("WB5")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KTKA-DT3 WB KanSas
137. Duluth, Minnesota-Superior, Wisconsin "KWBD"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KDLH-DT2 WB Duluth
138. Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri "KJWB" ("WB5")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KOMU-DT3; KJWB is off-air Jefferson City WB
139. Wilmington, North Carolina "WBW" ("WB29")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WWAY-DT2 WB Wilmington
140. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas "KWBB" ("WB10")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KFDM-DT2 WB Beaumont
141. Medford-Klamath Falls, Oregon "KMFD"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KTVL-DT2 MedForD
142. Erie, Pennsylvania "WBEP" ("Northwest PA's WB")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WSEE-DT2 WB Erie Pennsylvania
143. Sioux City, Iowa "KXWB"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KTIV-DT2 SiouX City WB
144. Wichita Falls, Texas "KWB"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KAUZ-DT2 Warner Bros.
145. Joplin, Missouri "KSXF"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus
146. Lubbock, Texas KWBZ 43 Became part of The CW Plus, and now uses the callsign KLCW-TV
147. Albany, Georgia "WBSK"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WSWG-DT3
148. Salisbury, Maryland "WBD" ("WB3")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WMDT WB Delmarva
149. Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, West Virginia "WBB"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WVVA-DT2 WB Bluefield
150. Terre Haute, Indiana "WBI" ("WB3")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB Indiana
151. Bangor, Maine "WBAN" ("WB 4")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and is shown on WABI-DT2 WB BANgor
152. Rochester, Minnesota "KWBR"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KTTC-DT2 WB Rochester
153. Palm Springs, California "KCWB"5
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KCWQ-LP and a digital subchannel of KESQ-TV California's WB
154. Wheeling, West Virginia-Steubenville, Ohio "WBWO" ("WB18")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB West Virginia-Ohio
155. Anchorage, Alaska "KWBX"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KYUR-DT2
156. Binghamton, New York "WBXI"6
(cable only)
Became part of CW and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WBNG-TV
157. Panama City, Florida "WBPC"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WJHG-DT2 WB Panama City
158. Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi "WBGP"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB Biloxi-GulfPort
159. Odessa-Midland, Texas KWWT 30 Became part of The CW Plus
160. Bismarck-Minot, North Dakota "KWMK"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB BisMarcK
161. Sherman, Texas-Ada, Oklahoma "KSHD"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KTEN-DT2 SHerman-Denison
162. Gainesville, Florida "WBFL" ("WB10")
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WCJB-DT2 WB FLorida
163. Idaho Falls-Pocatello, Idaho KPIF 15 Became part of The CW Plus, now defunct; The CW is now affiliated with KIFI-DT3 Pocatello-Idaho Falls
164. Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas "KWAW"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KTXS-DT2
165. Clarksburg-Weston, West Virginia "WVWB"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WVFX-DT2 West Virginia's WB
166. Utica, New York "WBU"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and is now affiliated with WKTV-DT2 WB Utica
167. Hattiesburg-Laurel, Mississippi "WBH2"
(cable only)
WB Hattiesburg
168. Missoula, Montana "KIDW"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KPAX-DT2
169. Quincy, Illinois-Hannibal, Missouri-Keokuk, Iowa "WEWB" ("WB6")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WGEM-TV
170. Yuma, Arizona-El Centro, California "KWUB"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and later operated as a subchannel of KSWT; The CW is now affiliated with KECY-DT3
171. Billings, Montana "KWBM"7
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KTVQ-DT2 WB Montana
172. Dothan, Alabama "WBDO"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with former UPN affiliate WTVY-DT2 WB DOthan
173. Elmira, New York "WBE"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with co-owned WENY-DT2 WB Elmira
174. Jackson, Tennessee "WBJK"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB JacKson
175. Lake Charles, Louisiana "WBLC"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KVHP-DT2 WB Lake Charles
176. Alexandria, Louisiana KBCA 41 ("WB 41") Became part of The CW Plus
177. Rapid City, South Dakota KWBH-LP 27 Became part of The CW Plus WB Black Hills
178. Watertown, New York "WBWT"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WWTI WB WaterTown
179. Jonesboro, Arkansas "KJOS"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus under the branding "CW 21 Jonesboro" JOneSboro
180. Marquette, Michigan "WBMK"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WBKP-DT2 WB Marquette
(K=Q)
181. Harrisonburg, Virginia "WBHA"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WVIR-DT3 WB HArrisonburg
182. Greenwood-Greenville, Mississippi "WBWD"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB GreenWooD
183. Bowling Green, Kentucky "WBWG"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WBKO-DT3 BoWling Green
184. Meridian, Mississippi "WBMM"4
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WTOK-DT3 WB Meridian, Mississippi
185. Lima, Ohio "WBOH" ("WB3")
(cable only)
Defunct; later operated as a digital subchannel of WLIO, The CW is now carried in the market on cable through out-of-market affiliate WBDT/Dayton, Ohio WB OHio
186. Charlottesville, Virginia "WBC"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with WVIR-DT3 WB Charlottesville
187. Grand Junction-Montrose, Colorado "KWGJ"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KKCO-DT2 WB Grand Junction
188. Laredo, Texas "KTXW" ("Laredo's WB19")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus, and operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned KGNS-TV
189. Great Falls, Montana "KWGF"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KRTV-DT2 W Great Falls
190. Parkersburg, West Virginia "WBPB"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus, but shut down in 2008 WB ParkersBurg
192. Twin Falls, Idaho "KWTE"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KMVT-DT2
193. Butte-Bozeman, Montana "KWXB"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KXLF-DT2
194. Eureka, California "KWBT"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KVIQ-DT2
195. Cheyenne, Wyoming "KCHW"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of KGWN CHeyenne, Wyoming
196. Bend, Oregon "KWBO"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KTVZ-DT2 WB Oregon
197. San Angelo, Texas "KWSA" ("WB14")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB San Angelo
198. Casper-Riverton, Wyoming "KWWY"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with former UPN affiliate K26ES WB WYoming
199. Ottumwa, Iowa "KWOT"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB OTtumwa
200. Mankato, Minnesota "KWYE"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus
201. St. Joseph, Missouri "WBJO"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of KNPN-LD WB St. JOseph
202. Zanesville, Ohio "WBZV"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus, until it shut down in 2008 under the operation of WHIZ-TV; WBZV has since been reinstated on Zanesville cable systems and is now part of The CW Plus, operated directly by Time Warner Cable WB ZanesVille
203. Fairbanks, Alaska "KWBX"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KATN-DT2
204. Presque Isle, Maine "WBPQ" ("WB13")
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB PresQue Isle
205. Victoria, Texas "KWVB"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus and is now simulcast on K39HB backronym for WB Victoria
206. Helena, Montana KMTF 10 Became part of The CW Plus
207. Juneau, Alaska "KWJA"
(cable only)
The CW is now affiliated with KJUD-DT2 WB Juneau, Alaska
208. Alpena, Michigan "WBAE" Became part of The CW Plus WB AlpEna
209. North Platte, Nebraska "KWPL"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus WB North PLatte
210. Glendive, Montana "KWZB"
(cable only)
Became part of The CW Plus, and now branded as "CW Glendive"

See also[edit]

  • The CW Plus - successor of The WB 100+; most of the remaining cable-only channels and some over-the-air stations that are outlets of The CW Plus formerly served as affiliates of The WB 100+ Station Group
  • WGN America - Chicago-based national superstation feed of WGN-TV that is available throughout the United States on cable and satellite television; prior to the launch of The WB 100+ Station Group, WGN served as a de facto WB affiliate for U.S. markets without an over-the-air affiliate from 1995 to 1999
  • CW-W - a standard definition-only feed of XETV/San Diego for markets without a CW affiliate carried on DirecTV
  • CW-E - a standard definition-only feed of WDCW/Washington, D.C. for markets without a CW affiliate carried on DirecTV
  • Foxnet - a similar cable-only network for markets without a Fox affiliate, that operated from 1991 to 2006
  • CTV Two Alberta - a similar cable-only affiliate of CTV Two in the Canadian province of Alberta; formerly Access
  • CTV Two Atlantic - a similar cable-only affiliate of CTV Two in Atlantic Canada; formerly the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN) and A Atlantic
  • Citytv Saskatchewan - a similar cable-only affiliate of Citytv in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan

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