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33 WYTV News
|Channels||Digital: WYTV-DT 36.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 33.2 (PSIP)
(WYTV Television, LLC)
|Operator||Nexstar Media Group|
|First air date||September 5, 2006|
|Call letters' meaning||see WYTV|
|Sister station(s)||WKBN-TV, WYFX-LD|
|Former affiliations||America One (secondary)|
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW (digital)|
|Height||177 m (digital)|
|Facility ID||4693 (digital)|
WYTV-DT2 is a digital subchannel of ABC affiliate WYTV for the Mahoning Valley of Northeastern Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania. owned by Vaughan Media, but operated through a shared services agreement (SSA) and a joint sales agreement (JSA) by Nexstar Media Group. It is affiliated with MyNetworkTV. It broadcasts in standard definition on 33.2. WYTV-DT2 can also be seen on Time Warner Cable digital channel 373. Syndicated programming on the sub channel includes Cops Reloaded, How I Met Your Mother, and The Middle among others.
The subchannels origins began on January 24, 2006 when UPN and The WB announced the two networks would end broadcasting and merge. The combined service would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of corporate parents "C"BS (the parent company of UPN) and the "W"arner Bros. unit of Time Warner. 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. It was also created to compete against The CW. On June 13, 2006, WYTV announced that it would launch a new second digital subchannel in September 2006 featuring MyNetworkTV. The move made that station the last full-power channel to launch a secondary subchannel in Youngstown. The official launch occurred September 5 while soon after on September 18 WB outlet "WBCB" (controlled and operated by NBC affiliate WFMJ-TV) became part of The CW television network.
In Bessemer, Pennsylvania, Comcast replaced Pittsburgh's WPCW with WYTV-DT2 in October despite the former becoming a CW affiliate. Armstrong Cable (one of the market's largest cable systems) carries the station on channel 13 replacing WUAB the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Cleveland. In addition, Comcast and Time Warner Cable systems in Ohio also carry the channel. Comcast carries this station on analog while Time Warner Cable shows it on their digital tier.
It is currently in the works for WYTV-DT2 to broadcast in high definition. The move leaves the future of the "My Valley Weather" subchannel on WYTV-DT3 uncertain although that service is not even offered on area cable systems right now. As of March 2012, however, WYTV-DT2 is still seen in standard definition. At its sign-on, it originally aired eighteen hours of original local programming each week and another 30½ hours of programming that was not original. The station carries taped high school football and basketball "Game of the Week" match-ups as well as tape delayed Youngstown State University football along with men's and women's basketball home games. It also aired Mahoning Valley Thunder arena football games and currently show select Mahoning Valley Scrappers baseball games.
For a period as a separate station, WYTV produced a prime time newscast at 10 on this MyNetworkTV second digital subchannel. This competed with another broadcast airing at the same time on Fox affiliate WYFX that is still produced today by WKBN. WYTV-DT2 currently repeats the main channel's weekday morning show from 7 until 9 that is known as 33 News at Daybreak. This broadcast features news anchor Len Rome (who is also a health reporter, "Good Question" segment producer, and feature reporter), weather caster Jim Loboy, and news reporter Greta Mittereder (who also produces the "Greta On The Go" segment).