WMYO-CD

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WMYO-CD
WBKI-CD Laff 24 logo.png
Louisville, Kentucky
United States
BrandingLaff 24 Louisville
ChannelsDigital: 24 (UHF)
(to move to 18 (UHF))
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
Subchannels(see article)
AffiliationsLaff
OwnerNew Albany Broadcasting Co., Inc.
FoundedNovember 30, 1987
First air dateMarch 1, 1996 (23 years ago) (1996-03-01)
Call letters' meaningWarehoused calls from channel 58 license; formerly meant MYNetworkTV Ohio Valley
Former callsignsW62BM (1987–1994)
W24BW (1994–2009)
W24BW-D (2009–2010)
WKYI-CD (2010–2017)
WBKI-CD (2017–2018)
Former affiliationsPrimary:
MuchUSA (late 1990s–2003)
America One (2003–2010)
This TV (2010–2017)
Secondary:
JTV (2010–2013)
Transmitter power15 kW
Height197 m (646 ft)
ClassCD
Facility ID25078
Transmitter coordinates38°21′55.2″N 85°50′24.2″W / 38.365333°N 85.840056°W / 38.365333; -85.840056
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.wkyitv.com

WMYO-CD, virtual and UHF digital channel 24, is a low-powered, Class A Laff-affiliated television station licensed to Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The station is owned by New Albany Broadcasting Co., Inc. WMYO-CD maintains offices on Potters Lane in Clarksville, Indiana, and its transmitter is located in the Louisville tower farm in Floyd County (northeast of Floyds Knobs).

On cable, the station is available on Charter Spectrum digital channel 138 and on AT&T U-verse channel 24.

History[edit]

WKYI-CD logo used as an independent station until 2015. Still used when promoting programming not carried on This TV network.

The station was founded on June 22, 1994 as W24BW (although it had a construction permit as W62BM) and first signed on the air on March 1, 1996. It was founded by Greater Louisville Communications, Inc. (owned by local businessmen Jerome Hutchinson, Sr. and Jerome Hutchinson, Jr.). From the late 1990s until 2003, the station carried music video programming from MuchUSA (now Fuse TV), the U.S. counterpart of the Canadian music video network MuchMusic. In 2003, the station switched its affiliation to America One, and began airing community and regional programming as well as sporting events. Channel 24's first chief engineer, Virgil Baldon, Jr. (1994–1997), had the foresight to install a forward-compatible Acrodyne analog-to-digital convertible solid-state transmitter when W24BW began operations, over ten years ahead of the 2009 digital television transition. Baldon also oversaw the change of the transmitting antenna's directional main beam to 135 degrees true for maximum signal over the city of Louisville. Baldon was the first African-American engineer to oversee and successfully launch a TV station in the state of Kentucky.

In 2007, the Cascade Broadcasting Group, then-owners of Campbellsville-based WBKI-TV (channel 34), began operating W24BW under a local marketing agreement; the station moved its operations into WBKI's studio facility off Blankenbaker Parkway in Jeffersontown. The LMA also included a purchase option to buy the station. Cascade tried to rebrand channel 24 as the "Louisville Network" (or "LouNET"), and aired locally produced programs that were geared primarily towards the market's African American and Hispanic community.[1] The station also began to brand under the fictional "WYCS" call letters (standing for "Your Community Station"), to avert confusion with other local translator stations which just transmitted completely automated content straight from their network's satellites.

Greater Louisville Broadcasting later sold channel 24 to New Albany Broadcasting Co., Inc. On November 10, 2009, the station changed its call sign to W24BW-D, upon beginning digital operation. On May 20, 2010, the station changed its call sign to WKYI-CD, denoting its status as a class A digital television station.

Logo for the station's This TV affiliation

In January 2015, WKYI-CD took over the affiliation of This TV on 24.2 in place of WAVE, which was required by a company-wide agreement to offer the new male-focused subchannel Grit instead. This programming is mainly carried in the mornings, primetime and overnights on the station rather than the full 24/7 service.

The station changed its call sign to WBKI-CD on December 27, 2017, and to WMYO-CD on February 12, 2018.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
24.1 480i 4:3 WKYI-TV Laff
24.2 WKYI Independent
24.3 ESCAPE Escape
24.4 SHOP LC Shop LC
24.5 INFO TV Infomercials
24.6 CHARGE! Charge!
24.7 JTV Jewelry Television

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programs broadcast on WMYO-CD have previously included Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, Tyler Perry's House of Payne Bridezillas, OK! TV, Cold Squad, The Better Show and The Daily Buzz. It still airs some of these same programs though fewer due to carrying much of Laff's network programming, but also has picked up different syndicated shows to its lineup such as Dog the Bounty Hunter and Judge Faith.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dorsey, Tom (2007-07-07). "Resurrected WYCS aims to be both local and diverse". The Courier-Journal. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  2. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".

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