WABG-DT2

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WABG-DT2
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Greenville/Greenwood, Mississippi
United States
Branding Delta Fox 10 (general)
Delta News (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 32.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 6.2 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations Fox (since 2006)
Owner Northwest Broadcasting
(Cala Broadcast Partners, LLC)
First air date September 13, 2006 (2006-09-13)
Sister station(s) WABG-TV, WNBD-LD, WXVT-LD
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 572 m
Facility ID 43203
Transmitter coordinates 33°22′24″N 90°32′25″W / 33.37333°N 90.54028°W / 33.37333; -90.54028
Website www.yourdeltanews.com

WABG-DT2 is the Fox-affiliated television station for the Delta area of Northwestern Mississippi that is licensed to Greenwood. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 32 from a transmitter northeast of Inverness. The station can also be seen on Suddenlink channel 10 and in high definition on digital channel 705. Owned by Northwest Broadcasting, WABG-DT2 shares separate administrative and studio buildings on Washington Avenue in Greenville with ABC affiliate WABG-TV low-powered sister station NBC affiliate WNBD-LD and low powered CBS affiliate WXVT-LD. Syndicated programming on this station includes: Maury, Jerry Springer Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and Family Feud.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming [1]
720p 16:9
6.2 WABG-FX WABG-DT2 / Fox

History[edit]

WABG-DT2's first logo.

On September 13, 2006, WABG launched a Fox affiliate, "Delta Fox 10," on a new second digital subchannel. Previously, the national Foxnet service provided Fox programming to cable subscribers in the Delta area (which was one of the last markets to be offered the service). The cable-only service originally planned to close down on September 1, 2006 but was delayed until September 12 to allow WABG time to set up the new affiliate. When WABG-DT2 started operations, it was not a 24-hour station. "Delta Fox" aired programming from 5:00 PM to 10:35 PM weekdays, 4:00 PM to 10:30 PM on Saturdays, and 5:00 PM to 10:35 PM on Sundays. "Delta Fox" aired all FOX Sports programming on weekends regardless of starting time. WABG-DT2 is now a 24-hour station.

On September 5, 2007, WABG announced that it was being sold from Bahakel Communications to local businessman Charles Harker and his company, Commonwealth Broadcasting, pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. The sale was finalized on October 29. On July 13, 2010, Commonwealth announced plans to launch new low-powered station, WNBD-LD, as the area's first locally based NBC affiliate;[2] prior to WNBD's launch, NBC was seen in the market through Memphis' WMC-TV or Jackson's WLBT on area cable systems, as well as over-the-air on the edges of the market. Commonwealth also has a license for WFXW-LD channel 17, which is licensed to Cleveland and shares WABG's tower in Inverness. Future plans for this station are unknown.[3]

On May 4, 2012, Saga Communications, owner of the then-WXVT, announced it was selling the then-WXVT to H3 Communications, a company owned by the adult children of Charles Harker. On January 28, 2013, the FCC granted the sale of the then-WXVT, and it was completed two days later.[4] Commonwealth then took over the then-WXVT's operations, effectively bringing all of the Delta's Big Three network stations under the control of one company.

Commonwealth Broadcasting Group agreed to sell WABG-TV, WNBD-LD, and WFXW-LD to Cala Broadcast Partners for $11.7 million on October 30, 2015. Cala is jointly owned by Brian Brady (who owns several other television stations, mostly under the Northwest Broadcasting name) and Jason Wolff (who owns radio and television stations through Frontier Radio Management).[5] Concurrently with this acquisition, Cala agreed to purchase the now WFXW from H3 Communications; a month later, it assigned its right to purchase that station to John Wagner.[6] The sale was completed on August 1, 2016. [7]

Newscasts[edit]

As of August 2016, all four networks including WABG-TV (ABC & Fox), WXVT-LD (CBS), and WNBD-LD (NBC) have consolidated under one branding, The Delta News. The Delta News studios and offices are located on Washington Avenue in Greenville. The new ownership includes news on all four networks. On mornings, the news air on WXVT at 5:30-7:00am and airs on WABG (ABC) and WNBD at 6:00-7:00am. In the evenings, the news airs on WABG (ABC), WXVT-LD and WNBD-LD at 5:00 and 10:00pm. The news also air at 6:00 on WABG (ABC) and WXVT-LD. As of December 2016, The Delta News airs on WABG-DT2 "Delta Fox 10" at 9:00pm.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Rabbitears.info. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "TV Query Results - Video Division (FCC) USA". Fcc.gov. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Extension of Consummation Form". Licensing.fcc.gov. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License (WABG-TV)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 3, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License (WXVT)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 3, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 1 August, 2016, Retrieved 10 August, 2016.

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