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CityHopkinsville, Kentucky
BrandingNewsWatch 43 (newscasts)
WKAG-3 (2004–2010)
The Pennyrile Channel (2009–2010?)[1]
Source16 (2010–2011)
  • NewWave Communications
  • (Owen Broadcasting, Inc.)
FoundedDecember 9, 1983 (38 years ago) (December 9, 1983)
First air date
July 1984 (38 years ago) (1984-07)
Last air date
August 5, 2011 (10 years ago) (2011-08-05)
Former call signs
W43AG (1983–1994)
All News Channel (1989–2002)
America One (1995–2011)
Technical information
ERP18.5 kW

WKAG-CA, UHF analog channel 43, was a Class A low-power television station licensed to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States. The station was owned by local cable provider NewWave Communications, which carried the station on its systems in Christian and Muhlenburg counties in Kentucky. It was also available on CDE Lightband in Montgomery County (Clarksville), Tennessee.


Founded December 9, 1983, the station went on the air in July 1984 as W43AG under the ownership of the publisher of the Kentucky New Era newspaper.[2] It was the first standalone low-power television station to ever sign on in Kentucky.[3][4] The call letters were changed to WKAG-LP in 1994 (after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allowed low-power stations to use traditional call signs with an "-LP" suffix, instead of a translator-style call sign), and to WKAG-CA in 2002 (reflecting its Class A status).

The New Era sold the station to Owen Broadcasting, controlled by station manager Eddie Owen, in mid-2004;[2] in 2010, NewWave purchased the station from Owen and rebranded the station as "Source16", after the station's new cable slot (before the acquisition, WKAG was instead seen on cable channel 3).[5]

On August 5, 2011, at 3 p.m., Source16 employees were informed that the station would be shut down. No warning was given to employees prior to the shutdown. On September 14, 2012, due to the station having been off the air for more than twelve months, the FCC canceled the station's license and deleted the WKAG-CA call sign from its database.[6]

Past programming[edit]

The station was formatted as an independently-programmed station with a huge emphasis of local activities, news, and sports. However, the station did maintain an affiliation with America One, but the station also broadcast some syndicated programming. The station also provided local coverage of worship services by the First, Second, and St. John's Baptist churches of Hopkinsville. The station also aired St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK's coverage of Major League Baseball games involving the St. Louis Cardinals until 2010.[7] National news inserts were provided by CNN throughout the station's life. The station also carried some programming from All News Channel from 1989 to 2002. At some time in the late 1980s, the station also ran some programming from the short-lived Hit Video Network.[8]

During the mid-to-late 1990s and the early to mid-2000s, WKAG-CA has also broadcast select Southeastern Conference (SEC) football and men's basketball games produced and syndicated by Jefferson Pilot Sports (later Lincoln Financial Sports, then Raycom Sports), as well as some locally produced coverage of Austin Peay Governors football and basketball, as well as Bowling Green-based WKYU-TV's Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network coverage of WKU Hilltoppers basketball and football games.[9][10][11] In addition, WKAG also aired programming related to the Kentucky Wildcats from the television unit of UK IMG Sports Network, syndicated through Lexington's CBS affiliate WKYT.[1]

News operation[edit]

WKAG's news operation began in the mid-1980s, initially producing 22½ hours of newscasts on weekdays, including four 15-minute newscasts between 6 and 8 a.m., three 30-minute newscasts at 5, 10, and 11:30 p.m., as well as two 60-minute newscasts at 6 and 8 p.m. Most afternoon and evening newscasts were also run on weekends.[12] The station's news operation had already received praise for the production of their newscasts; indeed, the station's 10 p.m. newscast even won an award for Best Local Production in News division at the 2nd Annual LPTV Conference & Exposition in 1989. The station even won an award for a televised advertisement for a local feed store that same year.[13]

During the 1990s, WKAG's news department produced three newscasts (at 6:00, 9:00, and 10:00 p.m.) on weekdays with an encore of the 10 p.m. newscast at 12 midnight. Newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays were broadcast at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. Each newscast was 30 minutes long, so WKAG produced 9½ hours worth of newscasts.[14] During the 2000s, the 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. newscasts focused on the Pennyrile region of Western Kentucky, the 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. newscasts focused on the "Queen City", which is the Clarksville area, and the 10 p.m. newscasts.[15] A locally produced program called 43 Magazine showcased local businesses and organizations, and their upcoming events and/or promotions. They came in morning and afternoon editions every weekday. [16][17] By the mid-2000s, WKAG moved the replay of the 10 p.m. newscasts to 1:00 a.m. Newscast names were changed to NewsWatch Hopkinsville (6, 9, and 10 p.m.), and NewsWatch Clarksville (6:30, 9:30, and 10:30 p.m.), thus expanding the total newscasts to a maximum of 19 hours per week.[18] All national news video clips were provided by CNN.[9] Newscasts were discontinued on August 5, 2011, amid uncertainty about the station's future (it was not included in the sale of NewWave's area cable systems to Time Warner Cable).[5] It still rebroadcast news programming from Lexington's WKYT.

Coverage area[edit]

In addition to its over-the-air signal coverage, the station was carried on local Cable television systems in five counties in Kentucky (e.g. Christian, Caldwell, southern Hopkins, Todd, and Trigg), as well as three north-central Tennessee counties (Cheatham, Montgomery, and Robertson), serving 80,000 homes with cable TV.[9]


  1. ^ a b WKYT 6pm News, April 16, 2009/ December 28, 2016 -- via YouTube.
  2. ^ a b Melony Leazer (June 1, 2004). "Station Manager Buys TV-43". Kentucky New Era. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1986, page C-84
  4. ^ Nash, Francis M. (1995). Towers Over Kentucky: A History of Radio and TV in the Bluegrass State (PDF). ISBN 9781879688933 – via World Radio History.
  5. ^ a b Everett, DJ (August 5, 2011). "Source16/TV-43 Ends Local News Programing". WKDZ. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  6. ^ Deleted Stations -- Rabbitears.info
  7. ^ "Whats on WKAG?" Archived from the original March 9, 2001. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "Hit Video Adds TV-43" (PDF). LPTV Report. February 1988. p. 23. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c WKAG-TV 43 Hopkinsville, Kentucky - WKAG Facts. Archived from the original August 11, 2003. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  10. ^ Jefferson-Pilot Sports: 1998 SEC Basketball Schedule and Affiliates Archived from the original January 4, 1998. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "JPsports.com - SEC" Archived from the original November 3, 1999. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "The LPTV Newsroom" (PDF). LPTV Report. September 1989. pp. 1, 10, and 25. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  13. ^ "Best LPTV Local Productions Honored at Show". LPTV Report, December 1989, pages 1 and 5. [1]
  14. ^ "What's on the TV43 Tube". Archived from the original July 14, 1998. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  15. ^ "WKAG Online". Archived from the original October 15, 2002. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  16. ^ WKAG-TV 43 Hopkinsville Kentucky - 43 Magazine. Archived from the original August 11, 2003. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  17. ^ 43 Magazine - WKAG. Archived from the original July 14, 1998. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  18. ^ "WKAG-3 TV". Archived from the original February 3, 2007. Retrieved August 18, 2015.