KCWI-TV is a CW-affiliated television station serving Des Moines, Iowa, United States that is licensed to Ames. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 23 from a transmitter located in Alleman, Iowa. KCWI-TV is owned by Nexstar Media Group as part of a duopoly with ABC affiliate WOI-DT (channel 5), also licensed to Ames. The two stations share studios on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. On cable, KCWI-TV is available on Mediacom channel 9 in standard definition and on digital channel 809 in high definition.[3]

KCWI CW Iowa 2017 logo
Ames/Des Moines, Iowa
United States
CityAmes, Iowa
BrandingKCWI, The CW Iowa (general)
Local 5 News (WOI-produced newscasts)
SloganWe Are Iowa
ChannelsDigital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
Subchannels23.1 The CW / ABC (alternate)
23.2 Escape
23.3 Bounce TV
23.4 Quest
AffiliationsThe CW (2006–present)
OwnerNexstar Media Group
(possible resale to another owner to be determined if Nexstar's purchase of Tribune Media is approved[1][2])
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air dateJanuary 20, 2001
Call letters' meaningThe CW Iowa
Sister station(s)WOI-DT
Former callsignsKPWB-TV (2001–2006)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
23 (UHF, 2001–2009)
Former affiliationsPrimary:
The WB (2001–2006)
UPN (2001–2003)
Transmitter power246 kW
Height610 m (2,001 ft)
Facility ID51502
Transmitter coordinates41°49′48″N 93°36′54″W / 41.83000°N 93.61500°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile


As a WB affiliate

Channel 23 first signed on the air on January 20, 2001 under the callsign KPWB-TV (the KPWB calls were originally used by KMAX-TV in Sacramento, California during that station's 1995 to 1998 tenure as a WB affiliate under Pappas Telecasting ownership, before later becoming a UPN owned-and-operated station and then joining The CW). The station originally maintained a primary affiliation with The WB and a secondary affiliation with UPN. KPWB dropped UPN programming in 2003, carrying the full WB primetime and Kids' WB lineups during the remainder of the station's tenure with the network. Prior to the station's launch, this area had been without programming from The WB; from 1995 to 1999, The WB programming was available on Des Moines-Ames cable systems via the former superstation feed of WGN-TV in Chicago.[4][5][6][7]

KPWB logo
Older KPWB logo, used from 2001 to 2006.

As a CW affiliate

On January 24, 2006, Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced the shutdowns of The WB and UPN effective that September. In place of these networks, both companies decided to form The CW, a new service that combined the most popular programming from both UPN and The WB with new series produced specifically for the network.[8] Just over one month later on February 22, 2006, News Corporation announced that it would start up MyNetworkTV, a sister network to Fox, which would be operated as a joint venture between Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created in order to give UPN and WB-affiliated stations that were not selected to join The CW another option besides becoming an independent station.[9]

It seemed very likely that KPWB would become The CW's Des Moines affiliate, as NBC affiliate WHO-TV (channel 13) had a secondary affiliation with UPN. On March 16, 2006, Pappas Telecasting signed an affiliation agreement to make KPWB the market's CW affiliate. A few months later, MyNetworkTV announced that it would affiliate with a new station also owned by Pappas, KDMI (then on channel 56), which began broadcasting that network on September 5, 2006. On September 18, 2006, the date that The CW officially launched, KPWB changed its call letters to KCWI-TV to reflect its new affiliation. In 2013, the station's logo switched from the generic version that The CW had used since its inception to a version utilizing the station's call letters (this version is also being used by The CW's San Francisco O&O, KBCW-TV).

After MyNetworkTV converted to a programming service in September 2009, KDMI dropped the affiliation in favor of joining This TV. WWE SmackDown, which aired on MyNetworkTV at the time, moved to KCWI airing in a Saturday primetime slot; the station stopped airing the show on September 11, 2010, three weeks before the agreement to carry the show ended with the October 2010 move of SmackDown to Syfy. As a result of KDMI dropping the MyNetworkTV affiliation, Des Moines was the largest Nielsen media market without an over-the-air affiliate of the service until KDMI rejoined MyNetworkTV on October 3, 2011, though that station began carrying the service's programming four hours later than most MyNetworkTV affiliates upon rejoining the service (Nexstar Broadcasting Group-owned WLMT in Memphis also aired SmackDown in a manner very similar to KCWI after MyNetworkTV's original Memphis affiliate WPXX-TV dropped the programming service; WLMT's second digital subchannel eventually affiliated with the service after SmackDown moved to Syfy).

On October 24, 2014, Pappas reached a deal to sell KCWI-TV to Nexstar Broadcasting Group for $3.5 million. The deal separated the station from KDMI, but created a new duopoly with ABC affiliate WOI-DT (channel 5), by coincidence also licensed to Ames.[10] Shortly after the sale was announced, Harry and Stella Pappas sued to block the deal, arguing that the price undervalued KCWI.[11] The deal was approved by the FCC on December 19, 2014, but the completion of the deal was placed on hold due to the lawsuit. The sale was formally completed on March 14, 2016,[12] with Nexstar announcing shortly after that KCWI would leave its downtown Des Moines studios and consolidate operations with WOI at that station's West Des Moines facilities as of April 1.[13]

On December 3, 2018, Nexstar announced it would acquire the assets of Chicago-based Tribune Media—which has owned NBC affiliate WHO-DT (channel 13) since December 2013—for $6.4 billion in cash and debt. Nexstar is precluded from acquiring WHO-DT directly or indirectly, as FCC regulations prohibit common ownership of more than two stations in the same media market, or two or more of the four highest-rated stations in the market. (Furthermore, any attempt by Nexstar to assume the operations of WHO-DT through local marketing or shared services agreements may be subject to regulatory hurdles that could delay completion of the FCC and Justice Department's review and approval process for the acquisition.) As such, Nexstar will be required to sell either WHO-DT or WOI-DT to a separate, unrelated company to address the ownership conflict. (As KCWI does not rank among the top four in total-day viewership and therefore is not in conflict with existing FCC in-market ownership rules, that station optionally can be retained by Nexstar regardless of whether it chooses to retain ownership of WOI or sell WOI in order to acquire WHO or, should it be divested, be sold to the prospective buyer of WOI.)[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][1][2]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[22]
23.1 1080i 16:9 KCWI-HD Main KCWI-TV programming / The CW
23.2 480i 4:3 ESCAPE Escape
23.3 BOUNCE Bounce TV
23.4 QUEST Quest

Analog-to-digital conversion

KCWI-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23, on June 12, 2009, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation UHF channel 23.[23][24] Because it was granted an original construction permit after the Federal Communications Commission finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997, the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Due to this abnormality, the station's digital signal was carried as a subchannel of now former sister station KDMI.


In addition to CW network programming, syndicated programs seen on KCWI include The Middle, Family Guy, The King of Queens and Modern Family. The station also airs select Chicago Cubs baseball games which were carried by WGN beginning in the 2016 season.

Since KCWI is a sister station to WOI, it is responsible for airing ABC programming when WOI is unable to or otherwise chooses not to air a program due to weather/emergency updates or local specials.

On August 24, 2016, KCWI launched an affiliation with Escape on its DT2 subchannel and Bounce on its DT3 subchannel.


KCWI presently broadcasts a total of 18½ hours of local newscasts each week (a three-hour local weekday morning newscast from 7 to 10 a.m. and a nightly half hour newscast at 9 p.m.). KCWI did not broadcast any news programming until April 2012, when the station debuted a three-hour morning news and interview show called Great Day on KCWI, now airing four hours Monday-Fridays from 6 to 10 a.m. since September 2013. In addition to news, weather, sports and traffic reports, Great Day features guest interviews, animal segments, comedians, music and various videos. The station did not previously offer a primetime newscast following CW network programming, with syndicated sitcom reruns airing instead during the 9 p.m. timeslot. When Nexstar completed its sale of the station, the show's name was changed to The KCWI23-HD Morning Show.

On April 11, 2016, KCWI's morning show was changed once again, this time to CW Iowa Live airing from 7 to 10 a.m. with the 6 a.m. hour now being occupied by infomercials to avoid competition with WOI-DT's morning show. The newly revamped show retained Jackie Schmillen and Lou Sipolt, but meteorologist Jason Parkin was let go as a result of the changes made; the show also retains the variety show feel of Great Day with some local segments by WOI's news team. The following week, on April 18, KCWI began airing a nightly half-hour 9 p.m. newscast also produced by WOI and also competes against the WHO-DT produced newscast on Fox affiliate KDSM-TV and KCCI's half-hour newscast that it airs on its MeTV subchannel.


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  3. ^ Channel Lineup: Altoona, Bondurant, Carlisle, Des Moines, Hartford, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk Co., Waukee & West Des Moines, IA
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  24. ^ Final Digital TV (DTV) Channel Plan from FCC97-115

External links

Channel 23 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 23 in the United States:

K23AA-D in Beatrice, Nebraska

K23BV-D in Montpelier, Idaho

K23CU-D in Prineville, Oregon

K23DB-D in La Grande, Oregon

K23DE-D in Childress, Texas

K23DJ-D in Ekalaka, Montana

K23DK-D in Meadview, Arizona

K23DO-D in Malta, Idaho

K23DS-D in Evanston, Wyoming

K23DT-D in Tahoe City, California

K23DV-D in Beryl/Modena/New, Utah

K23DX-D in Pitkin, Colorado

K23EC-D in Canadian, Texas

K23EX-D in Medford, Oregon

K23FC-D in Elko, Nevada

K23FE-D in Gallup, New Mexico

K23FH-D in Milton-Freewater, Oregon

K23FO-D in Jackson, Minnesota

K23FP-D in Olivia, Minnesota

K23FQ-D in Toquerville & Leeds, Utah

K23FR-D in Winnemucca, Nevada

K23FT-D in Myton, Utah

K23FV-D in Kingman, Arizona

K23FY-D in Frost, Minnesota

K23GF-D in Dove Creek, etc., Colorado

K23GK-D in Astoria, Oregon

K23GR-D in Preston, Idaho

K23HT-D in St. Maries, Idaho

K23IC-D in Huntsville, etc., Utah

K23IE-D in Emery, Utah

K23II-D in Loa, etc., Utah

K23IJ-D in Leamington, Utah

K23IK-D in Cannonville, Utah

K23IP-D in Wanship, Utah

K23IQ-D in Samak, Utah

K23IS-D in Ridgecrest, etc., California

K23IU-D in Scofield, Utah

K23IV-D in Spring Glen, Utah

K23IW-D in Escalante, Utah

K23IX-D in Clark, etc., Wyoming

K23IZ-D in Strong City, Oklahoma

K23JA-D in Malad City, Idaho

K23JC-D in Montezuma Creek/Aneth, Utah

K23JD-D in Colfax, New Mexico

K23JH-D in Leadore, Idaho

K23JK-D in Tillamook, Oregon

K23JN-D in Virgin, Utah

K23JP-D in Hanksville, Utah

K23JR-D in Henefer, etc., Utah

K23JS-D in Coalville, Utah

K23JU-D in Prosser, Washington

K23JV-D in Green River, Utah

K23JW-D in Ferron, Utah

K23JX-D in Hatch, Utah

K23JY-D in Huntington, Utah

K23JZ-D in Boulder, Utah

K23KC-D in Bluff, etc., Utah

K23KD-D in Coos Bay, etc., Oregon

K23KI-D in Ellensburg, Washington

K23KL-D in Farmington, New Mexico

K23KN-D in Las Animas, Colorado

K23KO-D in Rural Beaver County, Utah

K23KP-D in Fishlake Resort, Utah

K23KV-D in Austin, Nevada

K23KW-D in Circleville, Utah

K23KY-D in Council, Idaho

K23KZ-D in Bigfork/Marcell, Minnesota

K23LB-D in Fargo, North Dakota

K23LF-D in Eureka, Nevada

K23LH-D in Cortez, Colorado

K23LK-D in Modesto, California

K23LW-D in Emigrant, Montana

K23LX-D in Conrad, Montana

K23ME-D in Camas Valley, Oregon

K23MF-D in St. James, Minnesota

K23MS-D in Kansas City, Missouri

K23MT-D in Mexican Hat, Utah

K23MU-D in Bridgeport, Washington

K23MV-D in Carlsbad, New Mexico

K23NH-D in Seiling, Oklahoma

K23NJ-D in Prescott, etc., Arizona

K23NT-D in Mayfield, Utah

K23NY-D in St. George, Utah

K40JP-D in Sayre, Oklahoma

K40LH-D in Orderville, Utah

K42DS-D in Walker Lake, Nevada

K43NN-D in Thompson Falls, Montana

K44JC-D in Lewiston, Idaho

K44JF-D in Crescent City, California

K47CD-D in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

K47GV-D in Las Vegas, New Mexico

K48HB-D in Juliaetta, Idaho

K48LV-D in Three Forks, Montana

K49JW-D in Romeo, etc., Colorado

K49JX-D in Montrose, Colorado

K50KK-D in Ellensburg, Washington

KAGS-LD in Bryan, Texas

KCDO-TV in Sterling, Colorado

KCDO-TV in Kimball, Nebraska

KCWI-TV in Ames, Iowa

KCWT-CD in La Feria, Texas

KDGL-LD in Sublette, Kansas

KEDT in Corpus Christi, Texas

KETC in St. Louis, Missouri

KEVN-LD in Rapid City, South Dakota

KEVU-CD in Eugene, Oregon

KEZI in Elkton, Oregon

KEZT-CD in Sacramento, California

KGMB in Honolulu, Hawaii

KIMG-LD in Ventura, California

KLPB-TV in Lafayette, Louisiana

KLTJ in Galveston, Texas

KLVD-LD in Las Vegas, Nevada

KOZK in Springfield, Missouri

KPEJ-TV in Odessa, Texas

KPVI-DT in Pocatello, Idaho

KQDA-LD in Denison, Texas

KQEG-CA in La Crescent, Minnesota

KRCB in Cotati, California

KRDT-CD in Redding, California

KREG-TV in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

KRWG-TV in Las Cruces, New Mexico

KSBI in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

KSCZ-LD in San Jose, California

KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah

KSMV-LD in Los Angeles, California

KSNL-LD in Salina, Kansas

KTCI-TV in St. Paul, Minnesota

KTFF-DT in Porterville, California

KTMF in Missoula, Montana

KUVN-DT in Garland, Texas

KVMD in Twentynine Palms, California

KVOA in Tucson, Arizona

KWHD in Hilo, Hawaii

KXLK-CD in Austin, Texas

W23BV-D in Evansville, Indiana

W23BW-D in Madison, Wisconsin

W23BZ-D in Columbus, Ohio

W23CN-D in Sebring, Florida

W23DM-D in Falmouth, Kentucky

W23DR-D in Romney, West Virginia

W23EB-D in Cadillac, Michigan

WAAU-LD in Augusta, Georgia

WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin

WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina

WCVI-TV in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

WDDN-LD in Washington, D.C.

WDPM-DT in Mobile, Alabama

WDVB-CD in Edison, New Jersey

WDWA-LP in Dale City, Virginia

WFTY-DT in Smithtown, New York

WHPM-LD in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

WIEK-LD in Midland, Michigan

WIPB in Muncie, Indiana

WITD-CD in Chesapeake, Virginia

WJDG-LD in Grundy, Virginia

WJSP-TV in Columbus, Georgia

WLCU-CA in Campbellsville, Kentucky

WLDW-LD in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

WLTV-DT in Miami, Florida

WNAB in Nashville, Tennessee

WNJX-TV in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

WNPI-DT in Norwood, New York

WOIW-LD in Lima, Ohio

WPFO in Waterville, Maine

WPXI in Uniontown, Pennsylvania

WPXJ-TV in Batavia, New York

WPXK-TV in Jellico, Tennessee

WQDU-LD in Albany, Georgia

WQPT-TV in Moline, Illinois

WQSJ-CD in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico

WRGX-LD in Dothan, Alabama

WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia

WTOO-CD in Altoona, Pennsylvania

WTSD-CD in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WTWV in Memphis, Tennessee

WUCF-TV in Orlando, Florida

WUDT-LD in Detroit, Michigan

WUEA-LD in Lafayette, Indiana

WUNK-TV in Greenville, North Carolina

WUOF-LD in Gainesville, Florida

WVPX-TV in Akron, Ohio

WVUA-CD in Tuscaloosa/Northport, Alabama

WWJX in Jackson, Mississippi

WXBU in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

WXWZ-LD in Guayama, Puerto RicoThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 23:

KHMM-CD in Hanford, California

WODX-LD in Springfield, Illinois

Channel 23 virtual TV stations in the United States

The following television stations operate on virtual channel 23 in the United States:

K05MW-D in Ferndale, Montana

K07EN-D in Woods Bay/Lakeside, Montana

K09YT-D in Sula, Montana

K14LF-D in Willmar, Minnesota

K14LT-D in Polson, Montana

K15IY-D in Heron, Montana

K19GD-D in Kalispell & Lakeside, Montana

K22JW-D in Bay City, Texas

K23CU-D in Prineville, Oregon

K23FH-D in Milton-Freewater, Oregon

K23FY-D in Frost, Minnesota

K23GF-D in Dove Creek, etc., Colorado

K23HY-D in Idabel, Oklahoma

K23KO-D in Rural Beaver County, Utah

K23LB-D in Fargo, North Dakota

K23MF-D in St. James, Minnesota

K26CL-D in Alexandria, Minnesota

K28OD-D in Powers, Oregon

K30KY-D in Philipsburg, Montana

K32GX-D in St. James, Minnesota

K32IG-D in Ellensburg, etc., Washington

K35JT-D in Drummond, Montana

K36KR-D in Elmo/Big Arm, Montana

K38OE-D in Whitefish, etc., Montana

K43MJ-D in Jackson, Minnesota

K44KM-D in Salmon, Idaho

K45DQ-D in Hot Springs, Montana

K45DS-D in Freshwater, etc., California

K45LB-D in Thompson Falls, Montana

K50MR-D in South Eureka/Loleta, California

KAEF-TV in Arcata, California

KAGS-LD in Bryan, Texas

KAHO-LD in Woodville, Texas

KBSI in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

KBSV in Ceres, California

KCSD-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

KCWI-TV in Ames, Iowa

KDDC-LD in Dodge City, Kansas

KDEO-LD in Denver, Colorado

KDGL-LD in Sublette, Kansas

KDGU-LD in Ulysses, Kansas

KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California

KEVN-LD in Rapid City, South Dakota

KEVU-CD in Eugene, Oregon

KEZT-CD in Sacramento, California

KGCE-LD in Garden City, Kansas

KHCE-TV in San Antonio, Texas

KLVD-LD in Las Vegas, Nevada

KMCB in Coos Bay, Oregon

KNAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico

KNDO in Yakima, Washington

KOKI-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma

KQDA-LD in Denison, Texas

KQEG-CA in La Crescent, Minnesota

KRDT-CD in Redding, California

KSWE-LD in Liberal, Kansas

KTMF in Missoula, Montana

KUVN-DT in Garland, Texas

KVEO-TV in Brownsville, Texas

KXLK-CD in Austin, Texas

W23BV-D in Evansville, Indiana

W23BW-D in Madison, Wisconsin

W23BZ-D in Columbus, Ohio

W23EB-D in Cadillac, Michigan

WAAU-LD in Augusta, Georgia

WATM-TV in Altoona, Pennsylvania

WBUI in Decatur, Illinois

WCVE-TV in Richmond, Virginia

WCVI-TV in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

WDDN-LD in Washington, D.C.

WDVB-CD in Edison, New Jersey

WDWA-LP in Dale City, Virginia

WELF-TV in Dalton, Georgia

WGGD-LD in Gainesville, Georgia

WHMC in Conway, South Carolina

WHPM-LD in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

WIEK-LD in Midland, Michigan

WIFR-LD in Rockford, Illinois

WITD-CD in Chesapeake, Virginia

WJDG-LD in Grundy, Virginia

WKAR-TV in East Lansing, Michigan

WKZT-TV in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

WLTV-DT in Miami, Florida

WMAO-TV in Greenwood, Mississippi

WNDY-TV in Marion, Indiana

WNJS in Camden, New Jersey

WNLO in Buffalo, New York

WPFO in Waterville, Maine

WQDU-LD in Albany, Georgia

WRGX-LD in Dothan, Alabama

WSRE in Pensacola, Florida

WTWV in Memphis, Tennessee

WUCW in Minneapolis, Minnesota

WUDT-LD in Detroit, Michigan

WUEB-LD in Rockford, Illinois

WUOF-LD in Gainesville, Florida

WVPX-TV in Akron, Ohio

WVUA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

WWJX in Jackson, Mississippi

WWME-CD in Chicago, Illinois

WXWZ-LD in Guayama, Puerto Rico

WXXA-TV in Albany, New YorkThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly operated on virtual channel 23:

KHMM-CD in Hanford, California

WIFR in Freeport, Illinois

Communications Corporation of America

Communications Corporation of America (also known as ComCorp) was a broadcasting company in the United States that owned television stations in smaller markets. The company was headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. It owned and/or operated 20 stations (counting satellite stations and those controlled via local marketing agreements).

At one point, ComCorp was also an owner of radio stations in its home market of Lafayette; it subsequently sold those stations to Regent Communications.In June 2006, ComCorp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company emerged from bankruptcy in October 2007 under the control of Silver Point Capital, who also controlled Granite Broadcasting.Local news on ComCorp's owned or managed stations are structured variably, with most stations not producing news in-house. As of May 2011, the only ComCorp owned-and-operated stations with in-house local newscasts are KTSM-TV and KETK-TV; two ComCorp managed stations, WVLA-TV and KDBC-TV also produce their own newscasts. Most of the remainder of the company's stations have their newscasts outsourced to other stations in the company portfolio: most of ComCorp's Fox stations in Louisiana and Texas have local newscasts produced by KETK (with the exception of WGMB in Baton Rouge, whose newscasts are produced out of area sister station WVLA); the newscasts for NBC affiliate KVEO-TV in Brownsville, Texas, though are produced by El Paso CBS affiliate KDBC-TV); the remainder of ComCorp's owned and managed stations, including CBS affiliate WEVV-TV (the only Big Three station in the group without any local news), do not carry news at all.

On January 15, 2013, Communications Corporation of America put all of its 25 owned or managed stations up for sale, with investment firm Houlihan Lokey hired to assist in the exploration of sale options. On April 24, ComCorp announced that its entire group would be sold to Nexstar Broadcasting Group; KMSS-TV, KPEJ-TV and most of the ComCorp-managed stations that are owned by White Knight Broadcasting would be sold to Mission Broadcasting while WEVV-TV and White Knight Broadcasting's KSHV-TV would be sold to a female-controlled company called Rocky Creek Communications, with Nexstar assuming operational control of those stations. However, on June 6, 2014, Nexstar announced that it would instead sell KMSS & KPEJ to a new minority-owned company Marshall Broadcasting (marking the company's first television station acquisitions) for $58.5 million. Also on August 4, Nexstar announced that it would instead sell WEVV to Bayou City Broadcasting for $18.6 million. Mission & Rocky Creek would later withdraw its applications to acquire KFXK, KSHV & WVLA. The sale was completed on January 1, 2015.It was the last remaining TV station group that didn't have an ABC affiliate when sold; however, it had temporarily owned and operated current-Fox affiliate WHBQ-TV of Memphis during its last days as an ABC affiliate.

Grant Broadcasting

Grant Broadcasting System II (also referred to as Grant Communications and Grant Company) was an owner of various television stations in the United States, Based in Roanoke, Virginia.

Grant Broadcasting was founded in 1990 by Milton Grant (May 13, 1923 — April 28, 2007), who, in addition to being President of Grant Broadcasting, also served as President and General Manager for many of his stations.


KPWB may refer to:

KPWB (AM), a radio station (1140 AM) licensed to Piedmont, Missouri, United States

KPWB-FM, a radio station (104.9 FM) licensed to Piedmont, Missouri, United States

KCWI-TV, a television station (channel 23) licensed to Ames, Iowa, United States, which used the call sign KPWB-TV from June 1998 to September 2006

KMAX-TV, a television station (channel 31) licensed to Sacramento, California, United States, which used the call sign KPWB-TV while affiliated with The WB Television Network from 1995 to 1998.

LIN Digital

LIN Digital is an online advertising and media services company based in Austin, Texas.

In 2008 it was ranked No. 1,055 in the Top 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S. by Inc Magazine.LIN Digital's premium display ad network is among comScore's Top 30 Ad Networks according to comScore rankings. It aggregates traffic from thousands of top-tier online publishers reaching up to 100 million unique visitors per month.

List of television stations in Iowa

This is a list of broadcast television stations serving cities in the U.S. state of Iowa.

Marshall Broadcasting

Marshall Broadcasting Group, Inc. is a television broadcasting company that owns three full power television stations in the United States. The company was founded in 2014 by Pluria Marshall, Jr. All three of its television stations are affiliated with Fox and are operated through shared services agreements by the Nexstar Media Group.

In 2014, Nexstar Broadcasting Group acquired the stock of television operators Grant Broadcasting, Communications Corporation of America, and White Knight Broadcasting. Due to FCC ownership limits, Nexstar sold former Grant station KLJB in Davenport, Iowa, and former ComCorp stations KPEJ-TV in Odessa, Texas and KMSS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, all three of which are Fox affiliates, to Marshall Broadcasting. Nexstar operates all three of the television stations owned by Marshall Broadcasting through a shared services agreement, providing non-programming resources to the stations such as master control, advertising sales, and engineering support.

Mission Broadcasting

Mission Broadcasting, Inc. is a television station group that owns 20 television stations in 17 markets in the United States. The group's Chair is Nancie Smith, the widow of David S. Smith (who died in March 2011), who founded the company in 1996. All of Mission's stations are located in markets where the Nexstar Media Group also owns a station, and are managed by Nexstar through shared services and local marketing agreements—allowing duopolies between the top two stations in a market or in markets with too few stations to allow duopolies.

New Vision Television

New Vision Television was a broadcast company based in Santa Monica, California. Throughout its two decade plus history, the company owned or managed over 60 television stations in large and medium-sized markets.

Pappas Telecasting

Pappas Telecasting Companies was a diversely organized broadcasting company headquartered in Visalia, California, United States. Founded in 1971, it was one of the largest privately held broadcasting companies in the country, with its stations reaching over 15% of all U.S. households and over 32% of Hispanic households. Apart from owning and/or operating many television stations, the company formerly had two radio stations in its possession, KTRB AM 860 and KMPH-AM 840—changed from KPMP in June 2006 to reflect its nearby sister/flagship television station, Fox affiliate KMPH-TV, both in Fresno, California.

Quest (U.S. TV network)

Quest is an American digital multicast television network that is co-owned by Cooper Media & Tegna, Inc. The network specializes in travel, historical, science, and adventure-focused documentary and reality series aimed at adults between the ages of 25 and 54.

The network, which broadcasts in 480i standard definition, is available in several large and mid-sized markets via digital subchannel affiliations with broadcast television stations. Stations have the option of placing their Quest-affiliated subchannels on cable television providers serving their market (via existing carriage agreements for local broadcast stations) to provide additional local coverage.

Spartan Communications

Spartan Communications, Inc. was a company that was based in Spartanburg, South Carolina that owned WSPA-TV as Spartan's flagship station from 1956 to 2000 when Spartan merged with Media General of Richmond, VA.

In 1984, Spartan bought WBTW and KIMT-TV from the Shotts family.

Vaughan Media

Vaughan Media, LLC is a company which owns the broadcast licenses of several stations controlled by the Nexstar Media Group.


WHO-DT, branded as WHO-HD, is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Des Moines, Iowa, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 13 from a transmitter located in Alleman, Iowa. Owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company, WHO-DT maintains studio facilities on Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines. On cable, the station is available on Mediacom channel 13 in standard definition and on digital channel 813 in high definition.WHO-DT was previously repeated on analog translators K27CV channel 27 in Ottumwa and K66AL channel 66 in Clarinda. The Ottumwa translator was operated by a local non-profit organization, and the Clarinda translator was owned by the City of Clarinda.


WOI-DT is an ABC-affiliated television station serving Des Moines, Iowa, United States that is licensed to Ames. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 5 from a transmitter located in Alleman, Iowa. WOI-DT is owned by Nexstar Media Group as part of a duopoly with CW affiliate KCWI-TV (channel 23), also licensed to Ames. The two stations share studios on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. On cable, WOI-DT is available on Mediacom channel 5 in standard definition and on digital channel 805 in high definition.

West Virginia Media Holdings

West Virginia Media Holdings was a media company in West Virginia. It owned television stations in each of the four main media markets in the state, as well as a weekly newspaper.

The group owned WOWK-TV in Huntington, WVNS-TV in Lewisburg, and WTRF-TV in Wheeling, West Virginia, which were all affiliated with the CBS network; and WBOY-TV in Clarksburg which is affiliated with NBC. WVNS and WTRF also carried Fox on their digital subchannels, while both subchannels carried MyNetworkTV in addition to Fox as a secondary affiliate. It also owned the State Journal weekly newspaper.

The group was founded in 2001. The idea was to share reporting among the four stations in order to better cover the state. WOWK handles most coverage of state government affairs, while WBOY handles most coverage of West Virginia University sports. The largest private investor in the company was Bray Cary, who served as president and CEO. Cary was formerly an executive with NASCAR, and was responsible for its television contract, and was also involved in syndication of college basketball games.

In August 2008, both WTRF and WBOY began carrying ABC programming on their digital subchannel. Previously, longtime ABC affiliate WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh served both markets as the de facto ABC affiliate and remains on cable in both markets (Fox Ohio Valley replaced WPGH on Comcast systems as the only Fox affiliate on the Comcast channel lineup).

On November 17, 2015, WVMH announced that it would sell its stations to Nexstar Broadcasting Group for $130 million. The company will take over the stations' non-license assets under a time brokerage agreement in December 2015 until the formal completion of the deal, expected in late-2016. The two companies viewed the acquisition as being a complement to Nexstar's WHAG-TV, whose coverage area includes the Eastern Panhandle region. Nexstar CEO Perry A. Sook is an alumnus of WOWK. The sale was completed on January 31, 2017.The State Journal was not included in the sale. However it was later acquired by NCWV Media in December 2016.

White Knight Broadcasting

White Knight Broadcasting is a company based in Lafayette, Louisiana owning seven stations, based in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. It was founded in 1995.

On April 24, 2013, as part of the sale of White Knight Broadcasting's partner Communications Corporation of America to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, White Knight announced the sale of its entire group to Mission Broadcasting (except for KSHV-TV, which would be sold to a female-controlled company called Rocky Creek Communications), with Nexstar taking over the operations of the stations through shared services agreements. The deal was later withdrawn, and White Knight retained ownership of the stations although Nexstar had inherited the SSAs.

Television in central Iowa (including Des Moines and Ames)
Broadcast television stations by affiliation in the state of Iowa
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