Coordinates: 39°55′43″N 86°10′55″W / 39.92861°N 86.18194°W / 39.92861; -86.18194
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BrandingMeTV Indianapolis
First air date
May 1991; 32 years ago (1991-05)
Former call signs
  • W27AR (1988–1995)
  • WALV-LP (1995–2002)
  • WALV-CA (2002–2012)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 27 (UHF, 1988–2002), 50 (UHF, 2002–2012)
  • Digital: 46 (UHF, 2012–2019)
Call sign meaning
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID70161
ERP8.18 kW
HAAT268.2 m (880 ft)
Transmitter coordinates39°55′43″N 86°10′55″W / 39.92861°N 86.18194°W / 39.92861; -86.18194
Translator(s)WTHR 13.03 (VHF) Indianapolis
Public license information

WALV-CD (channel 46) is a low-power, Class A television station in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, affiliated with MeTV. It is owned by Tegna Inc. alongside NBC affiliate WTHR (channel 13). The two stations share studios on North Meridian Street (south of I-65) in downtown Indianapolis; WALV-CD's transmitter is located near Ditch Road and West 96th Street (near I-465) in Carmel. The MeTV programming is mirrored on WTHR's third digital subchannel.

WALV has been associated with WTHR since it was put on the air in May 1991. Originally simulcasting channel 13 with occasional breaks for specific local and alternate programs, it operated as a secondary station with its own programming known as "27 Alive" from 1994 to 2000. The launch of 27 Alive included several dedicated local newscasts from WTHR. It was converted to the SkyTrak Weather Network, featuring news and weather information, and continued to air this programming until affiliating with Cozi TV in 2013. It is still occasionally used for overflow programming from WTHR.


Early history[edit]

Dispatch Broadcast Group, the owner of WTHR, obtained the construction permit for channel 27 in 1988, but it did not begin broadcasting until May 1991.[2] It served primarily as a simulcaster of WTHR, breaking from channel 13's signal for network programs that it preempted[3] and programs of local interest, such as high school football and basketball.[4][5]

With the advent of retransmission consent rules, WTHR reached deals with most of the major cable television systems in the area to provide a channel slot for W27AR on their systems.[6] In January 1994, the station relaunched as 27 Alive with a new lineup. The station featured daytime rolling news coverage in a news wheel format, using WTHR staff and some dedicated employees; dedicated 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts;[7] programming from National Empowerment Television (NET); a daily morning talk show, The Morning Show; and Time Out, a nightly sports talk show, as well as syndicated talk shows.[8][9] Within months, the news portion of 27 Alive's lineup was scaled back, with the news staffers merging into WTHR's newsroom.[10][11] The station changed its call letters to WALV-LP on December 1, 1995, to reflect its name.[12] That year, it aired longform coverage of the criminal murder trial of O. J. Simpson.[13] It also dropped NET due to low ratings.[14] Meanwhile, WTHR reached a deal to produce a 10 p.m. newscast for WNDY-TV beginning in March 1996, displacing the WALV newscast.[15]

In January 2000, 27 Alive was replaced by the SkyTrak Weather Network, specializing in weather forecasts and traffic headlines and competing with a similar service from WISH-TV.[16][17] The station moved to channel 50 in 2002.[18]

WALV shut down its analog signal in 2012 and began broadcasting in digital on channel 46, using virtual channel 46 instead of 50.

Diginet affiliations[edit]

WTHR obtained an affiliation with Cozi TV, a new diginet owned by NBC airing classic TV programming, in 2013 and placed it on WALV-CD and one of its own subchannels. It continued to air a limited amount of its own programming; for instance, when WTHR expanded its morning newscast to 4 a.m. in 2014, it displaced Early Today to WALV-CD.[19][20] Some WTHR syndicated programs moved to WALV-CD during the 2016 Summer Olympics and 2018 Winter Olympics.[21][22] WALV simulcasts the 4-5 a.m. hour of WTHR's weekday morning and 6–7 a.m. hour weekend morning newscasts.[23]

By May 26, 2017, WALV-CD began simulcasting MeTV along with WTHR 13.3, dropping Cozi TV programming, which continued on WTHR 13.2.[24]

In the spectrum reallocation repack, the station moved to physical channel 17 from 46.[12]

On June 11, 2019, Dispatch announced it would sell its broadcasting assets, including WALV-CD and WTHR, to Tegna Inc. for $535 million in cash.[25] The sale was approved by the FCC on July 29,[26] and was completed on August 8.[27]


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WALV-CD[12]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
13.13 1080i 16:9 WTHR-HD NBC (WTHR UHF simulcast)
46.2 480i CRIME True Crime Network
46.3 ShopLC Shop LC
46.6 HEROES Heroes & Icons
  Simulcast of subchannels of another station


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  2. ^ Hall, Steve (May 10, 1991). "WZPL team will take race to troops in the gulf". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. D-11. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ O'Neill, John (June 29, 1991). "'This Week in Baseball' has grown with times". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. C-7. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ O'Neill, John (September 21, 1991). "A not-so-serious side to sports talk". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. E-7. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Kids on the Air: Students learn broadcasting hands-on". The Indianapolis Star. March 2, 1992. p. D-8. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Hall, Steve (August 24, 1993). "WISH chief says station will be off cable systems". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. A1, A2. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "W27AR". The Indianapolis News. January 1, 1994. p. E-2. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Garmel, Marion (December 6, 1993). "Channel 13 envisions all-news cable channel". The Indianapolis News. p. C-5. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Hall, Steve (January 6, 1994). "Channel 27 has polish, rough edges". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. C7. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Hall, Steve (August 10, 1994). "Low-power Channel 27 struggling". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. F9. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Garmel, Marion (August 27, 1994). "WTHR beefs up local newscasts". The Indianapolis News. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. D-2. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
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  13. ^ Hall, Steve (September 27, 1995). "High fives all around for 'Party'". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. F7. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Hall, Steve (October 10, 1995). "Allen's 'pal' isn't bashful about show's value, future". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. D5. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ Hall, Steve (January 20, 1996). "WNDY to carry news broadcast from WTHR". The Indianapolis News. p. B-2. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ Rettig, Ellen (October 25, 1999). "Channel 13 to launch weather network". Indianapolis Business Journal. ProQuest 220621146 – via ProQuest.
  17. ^ Allan, Marc (January 7, 2000). "Channel 27 does weather all the time". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. E7. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  18. ^ Allan, Marc D. (May 3, 2002). "Ex-anchors to star in 13's 'retro' newscast". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, Indiana. p. E7. Retrieved March 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  19. ^ Knox, Merrill (January 31, 2014). "WTHR Expands Morning Newscast". TVSpy. MediaBistro. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  20. ^ "WTHR Adds 30 Min. To Early News, To Start At 4". TVNewsCheck. February 3, 2014.
  21. ^ "WTHR programming changes announced for 2016 Olympics". 13 WTHR Indianapolis. August 3, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  22. ^ "Programming changes due to NBC Winter Olympics coverage". 13 WTHR Indianapolis. February 18, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  23. ^ "Quarterly Issues/Programs Report" (PDF). Public Inspection File. Federal Communications Commission. January 9, 2023.
  24. ^ "How to find MeTV on cable". 13 WTHR Indianapolis. May 26, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  25. ^ Miller, Mark K. (June 11, 2019). "Tegna Buying Dispatch's WTHR, WBNS For $535M". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheckMedia. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  26. ^ "Notice of Consent to Transfer" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 29, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  27. ^ "TEGNA Completes Acquisition of Dispatch Broadcast Group's Leading, Top Ranked Stations in Indianapolis, IN and Columbus, OH". Tegna Inc. August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.

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