WCWW-LD

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WCWW-LD
WMWB logo.png
South Bend, Indiana
United States
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 25
BrandingThe CW 25 Michiana (general)
ABC 57 News on CW 25 (newscasts)
Programming
Affiliations25.1: The CW (2006–present)
25.2: Start TV
25.3: This TV
25.4: MeTV Plus
25.5: Story Television
Ownership
OwnerWeigel Broadcasting
(WCWW-TV Limited Partnership)
WBND-LD, WMYS-LD
History
First air date
August 31, 1990 (31 years ago) (1990-08-31)
Former call signs
  • W25BM (1990–1995)
  • WYGN-LP (1995–2002)
  • WRDY-LP (2002)
  • WMWB-LP (2002–2006)
  • WCWW-LP (2006–2012)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 25 (UHF, 1990–2012)
  • Digital:
  • 27 (UHF, 2007–2012)
Call sign meaning
CW Network Weigel
Technical information
Facility ID24617
ERP14.9 kW
15 kW (CP)
HAAT344.2 m (1,129 ft)
Transmitter coordinates41°36′55″N 86°11′7″W / 41.61528°N 86.18528°W / 41.61528; -86.18528
Links
Websitewww.thecw25.com

WCWW-LD (channel 25) is a low-power television station in South Bend, Indiana, United States, affiliated with The CW. It is owned by Weigel Broadcasting alongside two other low-power stations: ABC affiliate WBND-LD (channel 57) and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYS-LD (channel 69). The stations share studios on Generations Drive (near the Indiana Toll Road) in northeastern South Bend, while WCWW-LD's transmitter is located just off the St. Joseph Valley Parkway on the city's south side.

Due to its low-power status, its broadcasting radius only covers the immediate South Bend area. Therefore, WCWW-LD must rely on cable and satellite carriage to reach the entire market.

WCWW-LD is one of two CW affiliates owned by Weigel, the other being company flagship WCIU-TV in Chicago.

History[edit]

The station was founded on August 31, 1990 as W25BM, operating as an affiliate of the Three Angels Broadcasting Network; it later changed its callsign to WYGN-LP in October 1995. On March 14, 2002, the station was transferred to its current owner, Weigel Broadcasting, who had been previously broadcasting general entertainment programming on what is now WYGN-LD; it also dropped 3ABN which went to WYGN-LD, changed its callsign to WRDY-LP, and began simulcasting ABC programming from sister station WBND-LP; that fall, the station dropped the WBND-LP simulcast and affiliated with The WB, which moved to WRDY-LP from the original WMWB-LP (now WMYS-LD), and it adopted the WMWB-LP callsign previously held by channel 69 to reflect its new affiliation with the network.[1]

On March 1, 2006, Weigel officials announced that WMWB would affiliate with The CW, a network formed out of the struggling WB and UPN networks in partnership with the two networks' owners Time Warner and CBS Corporation, when it premiered in September; channel 25 changed its call letters to WCWW-LP upon the network's launch on September 18, 2006. The WCWW calls had belonged to sister station WMYS, which took an affiliation with CW competitor MyNetworkTV (which launched two weeks earlier); the two stations both have borne the WRDY and WYGN calls.

In early August 2008, Weigel Broadcasting agreed to sell all three of its South Bend stations, including WCWW, to Schurz Communications, the longtime owner of the local CBS affiliate WSBT-TV (channel 22), for undisclosed terms.[2] However, in the absence of action by the Federal Communications Commission, the deal was called off in August 2009.[3]

With Weigel flagship WCIU-TV's assumption of the CW affiliation in Chicago on September 1, 2019,[4][5][6][7] Weigel now owns both of the network's affiliates on the southern shore of Lake Michigan.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming[edit]

Syndicated programming seen on WCWW-LD includes talk shows such as The Steve Wilkos Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Maury Povich Show, and The Jerry Springer Show, court shows such as The People's Court, Judge Mathis, Hot Bench, and Judge Jerry, and several syndicated sit-coms.

Newscasts[edit]

On March 19, 2012, WCWW-LD debuted a nightly half-hour prime time newscast at 10 p.m. that is produced by WBND-LD (entitled ABC 57 News at 10 on CW 25). WBND also produces two hours of morning news on WCWW from 7–9 a.m. weekday mornings.[8]

Technical information[edit]

Subchannels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[9][10]
25.1 1080i 16:9 WCWW-HD Main WCWW-LD programming / The CW[9]
25.2 480i START Start TV[9][11]
25.3 THIS This TV[9][12]
25.4 MeTV+ MeTV Plus
25.5 STORYTV Story Television[13]

In July 2010, WCWW-LD launched a second digital subchannel on 25.2 as an affiliate of This TV.

In September 2018, WCWW-LD's digital subchannel 25.2 replaced This TV with Start TV.[11] This TV moved to a newly launched third subchannel.[12]

In February 2019, WCWW-LD added a high-definition simulcast of sister station WBND-LD on digital subchannel 25.4.

In September 2021, WCWW-LD replaced a simulcast of WBND-LD on digital subchannel 25.4 with MeTV's expansion network, MeTV Plus.

In March 2022, WCWW-LD launched a fifth digital subchannel on 25.5 as an affiliate of Story Television.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

On September 14, 2007, WCWW and its sister stations began broadcasting low-power digital signals. WCWW-LD broadcasts with an effective radiated power of 25 kW on channel 25. On December 28, 2010, WCWW-LP turned off its analog signal on channel 25 because of equipment failure.[14] On April 16, 2012, the FCC granted WCWW-LP a construction permit to move its digital frequency from channel 27 to its former analog allotment, UHF channel 25.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WCWW-LP TV Channel 25 South Bend, IN". www.michiguide.com. WB programming moves from channel 69 along with call sign WMWB-LP. WRDY-LP sign moves to channel 69.
  2. ^ WSBT Purchases Three Low-Power Stations, Broadcasting & Cable, August 4, 2008.
  3. ^ Malone, Michael; John Eggerton (August 24, 2009). "WSBT South Bend Deal Fizzles Absent FCC Action". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  4. ^ "Weigel's WCIU Chicago Adds CW Affiliation". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. April 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Robert Feder (April 18, 2019). "Weigel Broadcasting's WCIU to become CW Network affiliate". RobertFeder.com.
  6. ^ Michael P. Hill (May 4, 2019). "Chicago CW affiliation moving again – triggering a series of changes". NewscastStudio.
  7. ^ "Weigel’s WCIU Takes Over Chicago CW Affiliation in September", Broadcasting & Cable, April 19, 2019, Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  8. ^ ABC57 News brings you the late local news on the CW25 at 10 p.m., WBND-LP, March 13, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d ABC 57: Where to watch
  10. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WCWW-LD
  11. ^ a b "Stations for Network - Start TV". RabbitEars.Info. RabbitEars.
  12. ^ a b "Stations for Network - This TV". RabbitEars.Info. RabbitEars.
  13. ^ "Wyff Greenville, Sc".
  14. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 2002.
  15. ^ "APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO CONSTRUCT OR MAKE CHANGES". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. August 2011.

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