WTRF-DT2

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WTRF-DT2
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Wheeling, West Virginia/
Steubenville, Ohio
United States
Branding "My Ohio Valley"
Channels Digital: WTRF-DT 7.2 (VHF)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV (2014–present)
Owner West Virginia Media Holdings
(sale to Nexstar Broadcasting Group pending)
Founded 2007
Call letters' meaning see WTRF
Former affiliations Fox (2007–2014)
Transmitter power 25.4 kW (digital)
Height 293 m (digital)
Facility ID 6869 (digital)
Transmitter coordinates 40°3′41.1″N 80°45′8.5″W / 40.061417°N 80.752361°W / 40.061417; -80.752361 (digital)
Website www.yourohiovalley.com

WTRF-DT2 is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and the Allegheny Plateau of Eastern Ohio, branded as My Ohio Valley. It is a second digital subchannel of CBS affiliate WTRF-TV which is owned by West Virginia Media Holdings'. Over-the-air, the station broadcasts a digital signal on VHF channel 7.2 from a transmitter in Bridgeport, Ohio. On cable, WTRF-DT2 is carried on Comcast channel 12. WTRF-DT2's parent station has studios on 16th Street in Downtown Wheeling. Syndicated programming on the subchannel includes Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, Family Guy, and Maury.

History[edit]

WTRF-DT2 signed-on in 2007 as a Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV affiliate. Previously, WPGH-TV out of nearby Pittsburgh served the market as the de facto affiliate. However, it is still widely available over-the-air and on cable in the area. The following year, the subchannel was joined by WTRF-DT3 as an ABC affiliate, thus providing the tiny Wheeling/Steubenville market with affiliates of all four major networks.

WTRF-DT2 lost the Fox affiliation to a subchannel of NBC affiliate WTOV-TV on September 1, 2014; in a statement, Fox said that it switched stations because WTOV has a stronger over-the-air signal than WTRF.[1] WTRF-DT2's secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV then became its primary affiliation. "My Ohio Valley" is broadcast in 480i 4:3 standard-definition via WTRF-DT2 but is simulcast into 720p 16:9 high-definition over WVTX-CD1 in Bridgeport, OH.[2][3]

Newscasts[edit]

WTRF-DT2 airs an hour-long newscast at 10 p.m. that competes with a similar newscast seen on WTOV-DT2. During its time as a Fox affiliate, WTRF-DT2's newscast was known as "Fox Ohio Valley News"; when WTRF-DT2 lost the Fox affiliation to WTOV-DT2, the newscasts were rebranded to 7 News at 10. WTRF-DT2 also rebroadcasts the second hour of its parent station's morning newscast at 7 a.m.

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