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|Utica/Rome, New York|
|Branding||Central New York's
CW 11 (general)
NewsChannel 2 (newscasts)
|Slogan||TV Now (general)
Where the News
|Channels||Digital: WKTV-DT 29.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 2.2 (PSIP)
(via The CW Plus)
|Owner||Heartland Media, LLC
(WKTV, Licensee LLC)
|Call letters' meaning||see WKTV|
|Former callsigns||"WBU" (1998-2006)|
|Former affiliations||The WB (1998-2006,
via The WB 100+)
|Transmitter power||708 kW (digital)|
|Height||402 m (digital)|
|Facility ID||60654 (digital)|
WKTV-DT2 is the CW-affiliated television station for Central Upstate New York's Mohawk Valley. The station is a second digital subchannel of NBC affiliate WKTV that is owned by Heartland Media. Over-the-air, WKTV-DT2 broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 29.2 (or virtual channel 2.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter in the Eatonville section of Fairfield and Herkimer. It can also be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 11 (hence the on-air branding Central New York's CW 11). WKTV-DT2's parent station has studios on Smith Hill Road in Deerfield (with a Utica postal address). It is part of the national CW Plus programming service.
The station signed-on in September 1998 alongside the creation of The WB 100+. WKTV partnered with the group to launch a cable-only WB affiliate. This new service replaced network flagship WPIX from New York City on Time Warner Cable systems in the Mohawk Valley and it used the "WBU" (standing for The WB Utica) call sign in a fictional manner.
In January 2006, The WB and UPN announced that they would merge and form The CW Television Network, from which affiliates were to be drawn from existing WB and UPN affiliates. "WBU" was chosen to become the CW affiliate for Utica, while UPN affiliate WPNY-LP associated itself with MyNetworkTV (a network started by Fox, whose Utica affiliate WFXV was a sister station to WPNY-LP) for UPN or WB affiliates not chosen by The CW. Responding to the selection, WKTV launched a new second digital subchannel to simulcast WBU and offer off-air access to CW programming, which begun along with the CW on September 18. The station then began using the WKTV-DT2 calls in an official manner. Originally, this subchannel was known on-air as "Central New York CW" but was eventually re-branded to "Central New York CW 11" (and more recently "The CW 11") to reflect its location on Time Warner Cable systems.
Due to an ongoing retransmission dispute, Time Warner Cable replaced WKTV with fellow NBC affiliate WBRE-TV from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on December 16, 2010. WKTV-DT2 was also dropped and eventually replaced by HBO Family. On the same date, rival ABC outlet WUTR began to be seen in the Burlington, Vermont/Plattsburgh, New York market on Time Warner Cable after then-sister station WVNY was dropped for the same reason. The Nexstar Broadcasting Group, owner of WBRE and WUTR (and eventual owner of WVNY), opposed the use of their stations as replacement programming and requested the Time Warner Cable franchise for the affected regions be revoked. Incidentally, Nexstar's sister company Atlantic Broadband, is the only other company with operations in Upstate New York. WKTV and Time Warner reached an agreement, the terms of which both sides refused to reveal, on January 8, 2011 allowing WKTV and its subchannel to return to the cable system the next day.
On October 1, 2013, Smith Media reached a deal to sell WKTV (and thus WKTV-DT2) to Heartland Media, a company owned by former Gray Television executive Bob Prather. The sale was completed on March 20, 2014. 
In September 2001, WKTV entered into a news share agreement with Fox affiliate WFXV (then owned by Quorum Broadcasting) leading to a 10 p.m. newscast on that station. Known as NewsChannel 2 on Fox, the show aired every night for a half-hour and was virtually identical to WKTV's regular newscasts. The broadcast generally originated live from WKTV's studios. However, there were frequently technical problems beaming the show to WFXV's facility on Greenfield Road in Rome through microwave relay. Sometimes, WKTV personnel had to record the newscast in advance and physically deliver the videotape to WFXV (the stations' studios were roughly thirty minutes apart).
When the outsourcing contract ended on August 31, 2004, WFXV decided not to renew it (by this point, WFXV was owned by the Nexstar Broadcasting Group and operated Mission Broadcasting's WUTR through a joint sales agreement). The next day, the 10 p.m. newscast moved to cable-exclusive "WBU" with the weekend edition being dropped. The newscast continues airing to this day on what is now WKTV-DT2. During weather forecast segments, WKTV features live NOAA National Weather Service weather radar data from several regional sites. On-air, this system is known as "StormTracker 2 Live Doppler".
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