WTLF

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WTLF
CityTallahassee, Florida
Channels
BrandingThe CW WTLF
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
  • MPS Media, LLC
  • (MPS Media of Tallahassee License, LLC)
OperatorNew Age Media via LMA; certain services provided by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WTWC-TV, WTLH
History
FoundedJune 1, 2000
First air date
May 7, 2003 (20 years ago) (2003-05-07)
Call sign meaning
Tallahassee, Florida
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID82735
ERP
  • 1,000 kW
HAAT510 m (1,673 ft)
Transmitter coordinates30°40′50.3″N 83°58′20.6″W / 30.680639°N 83.972389°W / 30.680639; -83.972389
Translator(s)WTLH-DT 49.2 (19.2 UHF) Bainbridge, GA
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Public license information

WTLF (channel 24) is a television station in Tallahassee, Florida, United States, affiliated with The CW Plus. It is owned by MPS Media, which maintains a local marketing agreement (LMA) with New Age Media, owner of Bainbridge, Georgia–licensed Heroes & Icons affiliate WTLH (channel 49), for the provision of certain services.Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of dual NBC/Fox affiliate WTWC-TV (channel 40), provides some engineering functions for both stations under a master service agreement and also programs WTLF.

WTLF, WTLH and WTWC-TV share studios on Deerlake South in unincorporated Leon County, Florida, northwest of Bradfordville (with a Tallahassee postal address); WTLF's transmitter is located in unincorporated Thomas County, Georgia, southeast of Metcalf, along the Florida state line.

History[edit]

It began broadcasting operations on May 7, 2003, as a full-time satellite of UPN affiliate WFXU in Live Oak, Florida. Although that station had become Tallahassee's UPN affiliate a year earlier, its signal was not nearly strong enough to cover the entire market and WTLF was intended to make up for this shortfall in coverage.

WFXU had originally been established back in 1998 as a full-time satellite of WTLH for the same reason. WTLF was one of the first stations in the United States to sign-on as a digital-only station with no analog counterpart. Originally, this station was owned by KB Prime Media but operated by Pegasus Communications (owner of WFXU and WTLH at that time) under a local marketing agreement.

Pegasus declared bankruptcy in June 2004 over a dispute with DirecTV (then co-owned with Fox by News Corporation) over marketing of the direct broadcast satellite service to rural areas. On April 1, 2005, WFXU/WTLF switched to The WB through The WB 100+. As a result, UPN promptly signed with WCTV (channel 6) which launched a new second subchannel to carry the network.[2] Prior to this, The WB was carried on a cable-exclusive station (with the faux calls "WBXT") which was operated and promoted by ABC affiliate WTXL-TV (channel 27) in partnership with The WB 100+.

On January 24, 2006, CBS and Time Warner announced that they were "merging" their UPN and WB networks to create The CW effective September 2006. On February 22, News Corporation announced it would start up another new network called MyNetworkTV. This new service, which would be a sister network to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created in order to give UPN and WB stations, not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates, another option besides becoming independent in addition to competing against The CW.

It was announced on April 24 that WTLH would create a new second digital subchannel to become Tallahassee's CW affiliate. These plans were later modified in August to make WFXU/WTLF the primary CW affiliate with a simulcast provided on WTLH-DT2. This arrangement took effect when the network premiered on September 18 while, back on September 5, WCTV's UPN subchannel joined MyNetworkTV. The Pegasus station group was sold in August 2006 to private investment firm CP Media, LLC of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania for $55.5 million.[3] Eventually, CP Media formed a new media company, New Age Media. Around this time, KB Prime Media sold WTLF to Mystic Broadcast Group which in turn promptly sold it to MPS Media.[4][5] Meanwhile, WFXU was eventually sold to Budd Broadcasting and became a separate outlet leaving WTLF and WTLH-DT2 as Tallahassee's CW affiliate.[6]

On September 25, 2013, New Age Media announced that it would sell most of its stations to the Sinclair Broadcast Group. In order to comply with FCC ownership restrictions, since Sinclair already owns WTWC, its partner company Cunningham Broadcasting planned to acquire the WTLH license but Sinclair was slated to operate the station (as well as WTLF, which would have been acquired by another sidecar operation, Deerfield Media) through shared services agreements.[7][8]

On October 31, 2014, New Age Media requested the dismissal of its application to sell WTLH;[9] the next day, Sinclair purchased the non-license assets of WTLF and WTLH and began operating them through a master service agreement.[10][11] At some point after the transaction occurred, Sinclair moved WTLH's Fox affiliation to WTWC's second subchannel. At that point, MeTV programming moved from WTLH's third digital subchannel to its main channel; the simulcast of WTLF continues on that outlet's second subchannel.

On July 28, 2021, the FCC issued a Forfeiture Order stemming from a lawsuit against MPS Media. The lawsuit, filed by AT&T, alleged that MPS Media failed to negotiate for retransmission consent in good faith for the stations. Owners of other Sinclair-managed stations, such as Deerfield Media, were also named in the lawsuit. MPS was ordered to pay a fine of $512,288.[12]

Subchannels[edit]

The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WTLF[13]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
24.1 720p 16:9 WTLF DT The CW Tallahassee
24.2 480i 4:3 Comet TV
24.3 TBD
24.4 Dabl

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WTLF". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ Romano, Allison (March 29, 2005). "Pegasus wins OK for Tallahassee TV pair". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "WDSI FOX61 Bought By CP Media, LLC". The Chattanoogan. August 9, 2006. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
  4. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE (1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 27, 2006. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  5. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE (2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. August 26, 2006. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  6. ^ "WFXU, this Budd's for you". Television Business Report. November 28, 2006. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  7. ^ Haber, Gary (September 25, 2013). "Sinclair Broadcast Group to pay $90M for eight New Age Media TV stations". Baltimore Business Journal. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "Sinclair To Buy 8 New Age Stations for $90M". TVNewsCheck. September 25, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  9. ^ Kirkpatrick, Daniel A. (October 31, 2014). "Re: New Age Media of Tallahassee License, LLC…" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  10. ^ "Sinclair Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results" (PDF) (Press release). Baltimore: Sinclair Broadcast Group. November 5, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  11. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Form 10-Q". sbgi.edgarpro.com. November 10, 2014. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  12. ^ "Forfeiture Order" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. July 28, 2021. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  13. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".

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