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Cleveland/Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
City Cleveland, Tennessee
Branding The CW Chattanooga
MyNetworkTV Chattanooga
(on DT2)
MeTV Chattanooga
(on DT3)
Slogan Dare to Defy
Channels Digital: 42 (UHF)
(to move to 23 (UHF))
Virtual: 53 (PSIP)
Subchannels 53.1 The CW
53.2 MyNetworkTV
53.3 MeTV
53.4 Charge!
Affiliations The CW (2006–present)
Owner MPS Media, LLC
(MPS Media of Tennessee License, LLC)
Operator Sinclair Broadcast Group
Founded November 12, 1985
First air date May 25, 1987 (30 years ago) (1987-05-25)
Call letters' meaning taken from former sister radio station
Sister station(s) WDSI-TV, WTVC
Former channel number(s) Analog:
53 (UHF, 1987–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1987–1995)
UPN (1995–2001)
The WB (1999–2006; secondary until 2001)
Transmitter power 500 kW
338 kW (CP)
Height 333 m (1,093 ft)
Class DT
Facility ID 72060
Transmitter coordinates 35°12′34″N 85°16′39″W / 35.20944°N 85.27750°W / 35.20944; -85.27750
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

WFLI-TV is a CW-affiliated television station serving Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States that is licensed to Cleveland. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 42 (or virtual channel 53 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Sawyer Cemetery Road in unincorporated Mile Straight.

Owned by MPS Media, WFLI is operated through a local marketing agreement (LMA) by New Age Media as sister to Chattanooga-licensed This TV/Comet TV affiliate WDSI-TV (channel 61). Both stations, in turn, are operated under a master service agreement by Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of ABC/Fox affiliate WTVC (channel 9). WFLI and WDSI share studios on East Main Street (SR 8/US 41/US 76) in Chattanooga's Highland Park section. Master control and some internal operations for the two stations are based at WTVC's studios on Benton Drive in Chattanooga.

On Comcast Xfinity cable systems, WFLI is carried on channels 6 and 435. EPB Fiber Optics carries WFLI on channels 6 and 306. Although parts of the Chattanooga market are in the Central Time Zone, all schedules are listed in Eastern Time.


The station signed-on May 25, 1987 as an independent co-owned with WFLI radio (1070 AM) (hence the television station call sign). It aired an analog signal on UHF channel 53 from a transmitter in Cohutta, Georgia. On January 16, 1995, WFLI joined UPN as a charter affiliate. In 1997, the station was sold to Lambert Broadcasting, LLC. It added The WB in 1999 as a secondary affiliate; two years later, WFLI dropped UPN and became a full-time WB affiliate. The Meredith Corporation acquired WFLI in 2004.

Between 2001 and 2003, the station sold late-night Saturday paid programming time to an independent producer, out of which eventually arose the format and style of Fuel TV (now Fox Sports 2), which went by that name on WFLI. Fox Cable Networks eventually bought the trademarks and concept of Fuel TV in 2003 to launch it as a full-fledged cable network in July of that year, and the original Fuel TV program on WFLI ended in September 2003.[1][2]

On March 7, 2006, WFLI was announced as Chattanooga's CW affiliate at the network's launch on September 18 in the wake of the merger of the WB and UPN into The CW.[3] Meanwhile, WDSI launched a new second digital subchannel to serve as the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate beginning September 5. On November 26, 2007, Meredith announced the sale of WFLI to MPS Media which closed April 1, 2008.[4] Shortly thereafter, New Age Media (owner of WDSI) began operation this station through an LMA. On May 23, 2011, WFLI signed-on a new second digital subchannel of its own to offer MeTV.[5]

Sinclair Broadcast Group purchased the non-license assets of WFLI-TV and WDSI-TV from New Age Media for $1.25 million in September 2015.[6]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
53.1 720p 16:9 WFLI-CW Main WFLI-TV programming / The CW
53.2 480i MyNET WFLI-DT2 / MyNetworkTV
53.3 METV MeTV
53.4 Charge!

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WFLI-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 53, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42.[8] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 53, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition. The main channel was converted to 720p signal since June 1.


Syndicated programming on WFLI includes How I Met Your Mother, The Office, The Simpsons, and Seinfeld among others.


  1. ^ 2001 Fuel TV Trademark
  2. ^ Original Fuel TV promos on WB
  3. ^ "Welcome to 'The CW'". ABC News. 2006-01-24. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  4. ^ Michael Malone (2007-11-26). "MPS Media Buying WFLI from Meredith". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Flessner, Dave (September 11, 2015). "Sinclair buys Chattanooga TV stations WDSI-TV and WFLI-TV". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WFLI
  8. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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