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Charlottesville, Virginia
United States
ChannelsDigital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 27 (PSIP)
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air dateAugust 31, 1998 (20 years ago) (1998-08-31)
Call letters' meaningpronounced "wahoo" (unofficial nickname for UVA Cavaliers)
Former callsignsWADA-LP (1998–2005)
WAHU-CA (2005–2009)
WAHU-LD (2009–2011)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
55 (UHF, 1998–2005)
27 (UHF, 2005–2009)
40 (UHF, 2009–2019)
Former affiliationsAnalog/CD1:
Pax (1998–2005)
Fox (2005–2019)
MyNetworkTV (2006–2018)
MeTV (2018–2019)
AccuWeather (until 2019)
Transmitter power15 kW
Height314.1 m (1,031 ft)
Facility ID47705
Transmitter coordinates37°59′4.2″N 78°28′51.1″W / 37.984500°N 78.480861°W / 37.984500; -78.480861
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

WAHU-CD, virtual channel 27 (UHF digital channel 35), is a low-powered, Class A television station licensed to Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to dual CBS/Fox affiliate WCAV (channel 19) and low-powered ABC affiliate WVAW-LD (channel 16). WAHU-CD's transmitter is located on Carters Mountain south of Charlottesville. The station is currently silent; until April 1, 2019, it served as the Fox affiliate for the Charlottesville market. Fox programming has moved full-time to WCAV's third digital subchannel (UHF channel 19.3, virtual channel 27.1) from the same transmitter site.


The station began its life as charter Pax TV affiliate WADA-LP on August 31, 1998. It first aired an analog signal on UHF channel 55 and later moved to UHF channel 27. In late-March 2005, owner Tiger Eye Broadcasting sold the station to Gray Television who proceeded to change the call letters to WAHU-CA. The station became a Fox affiliate and was integrated with WCAV and WVAW. Prior to WAHU's affiliation switch, Fox was available on cable from WTTG in Washington, D.C. That station was considered the default affiliate for the market and is still seen on cable due to "significantly viewed" status from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). (Pax TV's successor, Ion Television, returned to the market on October 1, 2018 on WCAV's fourth subchannel.) Since 2006, the three stations have been the flagship of University of Virginia sports.

On December 28, 2006, WAHU launched its digital signal on UHF channel 40. While providing an over-the-air standard definition Fox feed on its first digital subchannel, the station began airing a dedicated MyNetworkTV channel on a new second one. Following this addition, the station shifted several programs to the digital subchannel. Prior to the addition of WAHU-DT2, the network was added on September 5, 2006 as a secondary affiliation on the main channel. As part of the launch, Comcast moved WTTG from channel 9 to channel 18 in order to give WAHU the lower channel location.

On March 14, 2008, the station changed its call letters to WAHU-LD with "LD" meaning low-power digital. Also on the date, along with other television stations in Virginia, WAHU-LD2 aired the Virginia High School League championship basketball tournament for the first time.[1] On February 18, 2009, it began broadcasting in high definition over-the-air. On March 13 and 14, WAHU-LD2 (and other stations in the state) aired the Virginia High School League basketball championships for a second time. On September 7, 2009, This TV started airing on WAHU-LD2. On January 3, 2011, the station changed its calls again to WAHU-CD with "CD" meaning Class A low-power digital.[2]

In late 2018, WAHU-CD2 ended its affiliation with MyNetworkTV to take MeTV full-time.

Gray announced the sale of WCAV and WVAW-LD to Lockwood Broadcast Group on March 4, 2019. The sale is concurrent with Gray's purchase of rival WVIR-TV (channel 29) from Waterman Broadcasting. WAHU-CD was not included in the sale and would be retained by Gray as a sister station to WVIR-TV.[3][4][5]

Gray took WAHU-CD silent on April 1 to begin moving its equipment out of the shared Newsplex facility. The Fox, MeTV, and AccuWeather affiliations were included in the sale to Lockwood and moved to WCAV and WVAW-LD.[6]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
27.1 720p 16:9 FOX27 Main WAHU-CD programming

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WAHU shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 27, on February 16, 2009. The station "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation UHF channel 40.[8] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 27.


WAHU and its sister stations employ the largest television news team dedicated exclusively to the Charlottesville market. While WVIR dedicates some staff to adjacent areas, WAHU focuses its coverage solely on the counties that comprise the Charlottesville viewing area. As the primary station in the "Charlottesville Newsplex" operation, WCAV airs the most newscasts. WAHU airs an hour-long extension of Good Morning Charlottesville weekday mornings at 7 and nightly prime time newscasts at 10 that competes with CW affiliate WVIR-DT3. All shows, except the extension of Good Morning Charlottesville on WAHU, are streamed live on the "Charlottesville Newsplex" website.


  1. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=167154
  2. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=47705&Callsign=WAHU-CD
  3. ^ Aycock, Jason (March 4, 2019). "Gray Television changing stations in Virginia". Seeking Alpha. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Gray Television to acquire NBC 29 from Waterman Broadcasting". The Daily Progress. March 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 4, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "Suspension of Operations and Silent Authority of a Digital Class A Station Application". FCC LMS. 5 April 2019.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WAHU-CD
  8. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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