|Parkersburg, West Virginia–Marietta, Ohio|
|City||Parkersburg, West Virginia|
Parkersburg CW 15/21 (on LD2)
|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)|
(to move to 20 (UHF))
Virtual: 22 (PSIP)
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||2002|
|Call letters' meaning||Ohio VAlley|
|Sister station(s)||WTAP-TV, WIYE-LD, WSAZ-TV|
|Former callsigns||W22CU (2002–2007)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
22 (UHF, 2002–2012)
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Height||191 m (627 ft)|
184.3 m (605 ft)
|Public license information||Profile|
"Parkersburg CW 15/21" (LD2)
WOVA-LD is a low-powered, dual Fox/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States and serving the Mid-Ohio Valley. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 22 from a transmitter in Independence Township, Ohio. Owned by Gray Television, WOVA is sister to NBC affiliate WTAP-TV (channel 15) and low-powered CBS affiliate WIYE-LD (channel 47). The three stations share studios on Market Street (official address is One Television Plaza) in downtown Parkersburg.
The market's first-ever locally based Fox affiliate was originally seen on a second digital subchannel of WTAP. Prior to that launch, the Parkersburg–Marietta market did not have a Fox affiliate of its own. Cable systems on the West Virginia side of the market piped in WVAH-TV in Charleston, while cable systems on the Ohio side carried WTTE in Columbus. On April 10, 2006, WTAP launched its Fox-affiliated second digital subchannel to serve as the area's first outlet for the network. To make the new service possible, the big three affiliate underwent a technical transformation. It carved out a new digital, high-definition-ready master control room from space previously used for storage. WTAP also installed an entirely digital production room. Despite the market gaining its own Fox affiliate, WVAH and WTTE continue to be offered on area cable systems.
WOVA was born out of then-license holder Wood Investments LLC's sale of two low-power station licenses on channel 22 (previously holding the callsign WVEX-LP) and another station on UHF channel 47 (then using the callsign WWVX-LP) to Gray Television on April 10, 2012 for $66,000. Gray filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to change the callsign of WVEX-LP to WOVA-LP on July 18, 2012, and changed its city of license from Marietta to Parkersburg. On September 3, 2012, Fox programming moved to this new low-powered station after which WTAP-DT2 was shut down. The move allowed Fox programming to be broadcast over the air in high definition. On October 1, 2012, the station changed its call sign to WOVA-LD.
On September 1, 2018, a 720p HD feed (branded as "Parkersburg's CW 15/21") of The CW's national CW Plus service was added to subchannel 22.2; prior to September 1, 2018, WQCW from the Portsmouth, Ohio/Charleston–Huntington, West Virginia media market served as the default CW affiliate in Parkersburg, being offered to viewers through local cable and satellite providers.
The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|22.1||720p||16:9||FOX||Main WOVA-LD programming / Fox|
|22.2||CW+||Parkersburg CW 15/21|
The station offers a weeknight prime time news broadcast known as Fox Parkersburg News at 10. Airing for thirty minutes from a secondary set, the show mirrors local news seen on WTAP except for slightly different graphics and unique feature segments.
- Official Station Logo
- Seyler, Dave (April 10, 2012). "Gray takes the low power road in Parkersburg-Marietta". Television Business Report. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
- "It's a Gray day for LPTV in Marietta OH". Television Business Report. April 20, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
- "Public Notice" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WOVA-LD