WPWR-TV

WPWR-TV, virtual channel 50 (UHF digital channel 31), is a primary CW-affiliated and secondary MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated television station serving Chicago, Illinois, United States that is licensed to Gary, Indiana. It is one of two commercial television stations in Chicago that are licensed on the Indiana side of the market (the other being independent station WJYS, channel 62, in Hammond). WPWR is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, as part of a duopoly with Fox owned-and-operated station WFLD (channel 32). The two stations share studios at Michigan Plaza on North Michigan Avenue in the Chicago Loop, and transmitter facilities atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Loop business district. On cable, WPWR is available on Comcast Xfinity on channel 8 (SD)/184 (HD), AT&T U-verse on channel 8 SD/1008 HD, and WOW! on channel 8 SD/204 HD.

WPWR-TV sold its spectrum space in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s incentive auction,[1] and began channel-sharing with WFLD on June 11, 2018. Due to its secondary status as an O&O of MyNetworkTV, WPWR is the only Fox-owned station carrying The CW.

WPWR-TV
WPWR-TV CW 50 logo
Gary, Indiana/Chicago, Illinois
United States
CityGary, Indiana
BrandingChicago's CW 50
SloganDare to Defy
ChannelsDigital: 31 (UHF)
(shared with WFLD; to move to 24 (UHF))
Virtual: 50 (PSIP)
Subchannels
  • 50.1: 720p 16:9 WPWR-DT
Affiliations
OwnerFox Television Stations, LLC
First air dateApril 4, 1982
Call letters' meaningPoWeR
Sister station(s)WFLD
Former callsignsWBBS-TV (shared operation, 1982–1986)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 60 (UHF, 1982–1987)
  • 50 (UHF, 1987–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 51 (UHF, until 2018)
Former affiliations
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height475 m (1,558 ft)
Facility ID48772
Transmitter coordinates41°52′44.1″N 87°38′10.2″W / 41.878917°N 87.636167°WCoordinates: 41°52′44.1″N 87°38′10.2″W / 41.878917°N 87.636167°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.fox32chicago.com/cw50chicago

History

As an independent station (1982–1995)

Early years with WBBS-TV

The station first signed on the air on April 4, 1982 as a shared station operation broadcasting on UHF channel 60, split between English-language WPWR-TV and Spanish-language WBBS-TV. The Federal Communications Commission awarded the license to two locally based station owners who had competed heavily for the construction permit, and were the top contenders among a half-dozen applicants for the channel 60 license. Metrowest Corporation—owned by Fred Eychaner, which would later become Newsweb Corporation—was the original applicant for the UHF channel 60 license in 1978, and was the original owner of WPWR. Chicago resident Marcelino Miyares—who owned WBBS—assisted Eychaner in completing the construction of channel 60, and was actually the one that was granted the license. Under the arrangement, the combined station operated as an independent.

A large percentage of WPWR's programming schedule was occupied by Sportsvision, a new pay television service which Eychaner had developed through a deal with Chicago White Sox co-owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn. To receive the service, viewers had to rent a set-top converter and pay a monthly fee in order to view Sportsvision's event telecasts, involving the Chicago sports teams. However, Sportsvision was not a success and transitioned into a cable channel in January 1983, eventually evolving into SportsChannel Chicago.

With Sportsvision removed from its schedule, Eychaner began acquiring public domain movies to air on weekends and a few shows that were still owned by fellow independent station WSNS-TV (channel 44, now a Telemundo owned-and-operated station), which began carrying the ONTV subscription entertainment service on a full-time basis in the fall of 1982. These programs ran weekdays from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. and from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., as well as from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends; public domain movies also ran during the overnight hours when WBBS signed off for the night. WPWR also chose to compete with rival independent WCIU-TV (channel 26)'s locally produced business news service, Stock Market Observer, by running national business programming from the Financial News Network each weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The FNN simulcast was dropped in January 1984, at which time the station added several classic sitcoms from the early to mid-1950s and older cartoons to its schedule. In 1984, more recognizable classic sitcoms and newer barter cartoons were mixed into the schedule.

While Miyares won the license, he was only able to acquire enough programming to run about eight hours per day. WBBS' schedule featured an array of Spanish-language programs—including telenovelas and movies, as well as locally produced shows, such as the popular music video program Imagen, hosted by local Spanish-language television personality (and now media executive) Rey Mena and Vivianne Plazas. One of the notable events for WBBS occurred in 1983, when the station introduced the Latin teen pop group Menudo (which included a young Ricky Martin), to Chicago's Latino community. WBBS programmed channel 60 daily from 7:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., with Eychaner's WPWR purchasing the rest of the time. Another twist in this arrangement was that although the two stations broadcast from the same transmitter, as per the FCC's channel assignment table, WBBS was actually licensed to West Chicago while WPWR was licensed to Aurora.

In the spring of 1985, WSNS-TV announced that station would become an affiliate of the Spanish International Network (the forerunner to the present-day Univision). Miyares subsequently realized that he could not hope to compete with SIN, and reduced the programming on WBBS' schedule to just Spanish-language movies that aired only on weekend evenings. He sold the rest of the weekday time periods that his station had occupied to Eychaner, allowing WPWR to broadcast full-time on channel 60, at least on weekdays.

Meanwhile, Eychaner acquired the construction permit for WGMI, a proposed station that would be licensed to Gary and broadcast on UHF channel 56, for $1.5 million. The permit had been held by a group of Indiana businessmen since 1976, but the station was never built and effectively, never signed on. Eychaner planned to move the WPWR intellectual unit and call letters to channel 56, while broadcasting its transmitter from a tower in downtown Chicago. However, he was unable to have the channel 56 transmitter relocated because of the presence of channel 60 there; FCC regulations in effect to prevent signal interference between analog UHF stations effectively required television stations broadcasting from nearby transmitter sites to be spaced at least six channels apart. However, Eychaner had a backup plan. Soon after acquiring the construction permit for channel 56, he also acquired the license for WCAE, a non-commercial station on UHF channel 50 in St. John, Indiana. He successfully petitioned the FCC to move the non-commercial allocation from 50 to 56, which would eventually become WYIN (now licensed to Gary) when that station signed on in November 1987. Eychaner then relocated the channel 50 transmitter to downtown Chicago, and moved WPWR's programming to that allocation.

Move to channel 50

WBBS shut down for good in early 1986.[2] However, Miyares still owned the channel 60 license; he then sold WBBS' remaining airtime on the channel to Eychaner, turning WPWR into a 24-hour operation. Later that year, Eychaner purchased the channel 60 license for $11 million, formally ending the split-channel arrangement when WPWR took over the station full-time on August 22, 1986. The following year, Eychaner sold the channel 60 allocation to Home Shopping Network for $25 million, in order to move the WPWR intellectual unit to UHF channel 50. When the frequency swap occurred on January 18, 1987,[3] WPWR moved to channel 50, with a rerun of the anthology series Night Gallery as the first program it aired on its new frequency; the now HSN-owned channel 60 simultaneously had its call letters changed to WEHS (now UniMás owned-and-operated station WXFT-DT).

As time went on, WPWR began acquiring many cartoons, more recent off-network sitcoms, drama series, movies and first-run syndicated shows (including Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987 and War of the Worlds in 1988; at least one Star Trek spinoff would air on WPWR from that time until June 2005, when UPN aired the last network episode of Star Trek: Enterprise). Within a year of starting full-time operation on channel 50, WPWR had firmly established itself as the third independent station in Chicago, behind WGN-TV (channel 9) and future sister station WFLD (channel 32). Although WFLD had become a charter owned-and-operated station of Fox in October 1986, that network would not air a full week's worth of programming until September 1993, so for all intents and purposes it was still programmed as an independent. In late August 1994, the station began carrying the Spelling Premiere Network syndication service, which featured a "Spelling Success" run of past series from the Spelling production portfolio.[4]

UPN affiliation (1995–2006)

On November 10, 1993, WPWR-TV signed an affiliation agreement with Chris-Craft/United Television, to become a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN); WPWR competed with WGN-TV—which initially turned down an affiliation with The WB, a joint venture between Time Warner and WGN parent Tribune Broadcasting that debuted the week before UPN launched—for the affiliation.[5] WGN, meanwhile, reversed course and signed an affiliation agreement with The WB one month later on December 3.[6]

WPWR-TV formally affiliated with UPN when the network launched on January 16, 1995; the station continued to adding syndicated programs to its lineup during this time.[7] As WPWR was never owned by either of UPN's parent companies, Chris-Craft Industries or Viacom (the latter—which maintained a program partnership with the network from its launch through Paramount Television—acquired 50% of UPN in 1996 and bought out Chris-Craft's stake in 2000), it was the largest UPN station that was not owned by the network.

On June 27, 2002, Newsweb Corporation sold WPWR to Fox Television Stations (at the time, a subsidiary of News Corporation, which in turn was the then-parent company of the Fox network) for $425 million—a handsome return on Eychaner's original investment from 20 years earlier. The sale closed on August 21, 2002. As a result of this transaction, Fox now owned UPN's three largest affiliates; it already owned WWOR-TV in New York City and KCOP-TV in Los Angeles as a result of its $5.5 billion purchase of most of Chris-Craft's television holdings the previous year.[8][9][10][11] Although rumors abounded that UPN's future was in jeopardy due to its three largest stations being effectively owned by the corporate parent of another network, Fox renewed the network's affiliation agreements for WPWR and the group's eight other UPN-affiliated stations for three additional years from September 24, 2003 to September 15, 2006.[12]

MyNetworkTV affiliation (2006–2016)

WFLD-WPWR Studios
The main entrance to the studios of WFLD & WPWR on the ground floor of Michigan Plaza in September 2016 (at the time the logo had not been changed to that of WPWR's CW-era logo).

On January 24, 2006, the Warner Bros. Entertainment unit of Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced that the two companies would shut down their respective networks, The WB and UPN, and combine their individual programs to create a new "fifth" television network called The CW.[13][14] With the announcement, The CW signed a ten-year agreement with Tribune Broadcasting to affiliate 16 of the group's 19 WB affiliates—including Tribune flagship station WGN-TV—with the new network. In response to having its UPN affiliates be passed over for affiliations with The CW, Fox Television Stations stripped all network branding from and ceased promoting the network's programming on its UPN-affiliated stations. However, it is very unlikely that WPWR would have been selected as The CW's Chicago affiliate in any event. Representatives for The CW were on record as preferring to align with UPN and The WB's "strongest" affiliates; WGN-TV had been well ahead of WPWR in the ratings since the latter's sign-on.

One month later on February 22, 2006, Fox announced the launch of its own "sixth" network called MyNetworkTV, which would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its sibling subsidiary Twentieth Television,[15][16] with WPWR and the other Fox-owned UPN affiliates serving as the nuclei for the new network. In the interim, the station changed its on-air branding to "Power 50" (as a play on its call letters), which remained in use for most of the summer of 2006. However, the station simultaneously began to use the "My 50" brand in some advertisements to promote the change, particularly at station-sponsored events held during that timeframe (such as the Taste of Chicago); this brand began to be used by the station officially in July 2006. WPWR became a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station when the network launched on September 5, 2006.

In September 2014, the New York Post reported that Fox Television Stations was considering trading WPWR to Tribune Broadcasting (which would have created a new duopoly with WGN-TV), in exchange for acquiring that company's Seattle Fox affiliate KCPQ, as part of the company's efforts at the time to seek station purchases in markets with teams in the National Football Conference (to which the Fox network holds primary broadcast rights). Should the proposal have been accepted, Tribune would legally have been able to create a duopoly in Chicago as a result of the then-recent spin-off of its publishing business (which resulted in the severance of WGN-TV's joint ownership with the Chicago Tribune after 66 years).[17] On September 23, Tribune announced that it had been notified by Fox that its affiliation with KCPQ would be terminated effective January 17, 2015, but that discussions between the two companies were still ongoing;[18] on October 7, The Wall Street Journal reported that WPWR was no longer included in the negotiations (Fox would subsequently back off its attempt to acquire KCPQ as well as a lame-duck purchase of KBCB in nearby Bellingham, Washington, opting to renew its affiliation agreement with the former on October 17).[19][20]

CW affiliation (2016–2019)

On May 23, 2016 (although first reported by Robert Feder on his website the day prior), Tribune Broadcasting and The CW reached a five-year affiliation agreement that renewed the network's affiliations with twelve of Tribune's CW-affiliated stations through the 2020–21 television season.[21][22] However, in negotiating the terms of the deal, Tribune decided not to renew The CW's affiliation with WGN-TV after the expiration of their initial ten-year agreement on September 1, 2016. Tribune decided to run WGN-TV as an independent, allowing it to fully commit to its schedule of local sports without the requirements to move some broadcasts to WPWR-TV due to network limits on preemptions, and to rebroadcast preempted programming on The CW's off nights.[23][24][25][26]

On the date the deal was announced, CBS Corporation and Fox Television Stations announced a long-term deal in which WPWR would become the CW affiliate for the Chicago market once WGN disaffiliated from the network. This marked the first time a station currently owned by Fox chose to affiliate with The CW.[27][28]

At the time the announcement was made, there was no mention of MyNetworkTV's future relationship with WPWR, including if the programming service would move to another station. When WPWR took over as Chicago's CW affiliate on September 1, the station instead retained MyNetworkTV as a secondary affiliation, airing its programming between 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (later moved to between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m., immediately following The CW's prime time lineup). On July 11, 2016, WPWR-TV unveiled its CW-standardized logo with the launch of a "Make the CWitch" promotional video advertising the then-pending switch.[29]

The affiliation transaction made Chicago the largest market where The CW and MyNetworkTV share a primary channel affiliation on a single station,[25] and currently one of three stations with such a dual affiliation (the others being WKTC in Columbia, SC, and KFMB-DT2 in San Diego). It is also the first time a network owned-and-operated station has opted to carry a network owned by its parent company as a secondary affiliation. In addition, WPWR is currently the largest CW affiliate not owned by either Tribune Media or CBS Corporation.

On April 18, 2019, Weigel Broadcasting signed an agreement with CBS Corporation through which WCIU-TV would take over as The CW's Chicago-area affiliate, while shifting syndicated programs that it either currently features on or has acquired with the intent of including in its prime time lineup as well as its nightly 7:00 p.m. newscasts to "The U Too" service carried on sister station WMEU-CD (channel 48) and simulcast on WCIU-DT2. WPWR-TV will continue to carry MyNetworkTV programming as part of its weeknight schedule; the loss of the CW affiliation could potentially result in channel 50 adopting the "PLUS" scheduling format and branding similar to other Fox Television Stations duopoly properties that are not Fox network O&Os, in which MyNetworkTV programs (if affiliated) are shown in late prime time or late access while the service's designated time period is filled by other syndicated programming and/or local newscasts.[30][31]

Digital television

Digital channel

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[32]
50.1 720p 16:9 WPWR-DT Main WPWR-TV programming / The CW and MyNetworkTV

WPWR-TV maintains a Mobile DTV feed of its main channel on 50.1 (labelled "WPWR"), as well as a mobile simulcast of sister station WFLD (labelled "WPWR"). Broadcasting at 3.67 Mbit/s, it is the highest bitrate of any Chicago television station's mobile feed.[33][34]

From August 2012 until August 2015, WPWR-DT3 acted as a full-market simulcast of the main channel of WOCK-CD (channel 13), carrying Fox's Spanish-language MundoFox network. It dropped the simulcast when Fox sold off their interest in the network, which continued for sixteen more months until being shut down on December 1, 2016 as MundoMax.

Despite the switch to The CW, WPWR has remained in the 720p format, below the network's preferred 1080i resolution.

Analog-to-digital conversion

WPWR-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 50, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal continued to broadcast on its pre-transition UHF channel 51.[35] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 50.

Spectrum reallocation

In April 2017, during the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s incentive auction, WPWR-TV sold its spectrum for $160,748,259.[36] WPWR's channels moved to WFLD's spectrum on June 11, 2018, with its subchannels being renumbered to WFLD's virtual channel 32, though WPWR's main channel retained virtual channel 50.1.[37]

Programming

In addition to the CW and MyNetworkTV schedules, syndicated programming broadcast on WPWR-TV (as of September 2018) includes The Big Bang Theory, Family Feud, Chicago P.D., The Dr. Oz Show, and The Simpsons.[38]

Occasionally as time permits, WPWR may air Fox network programs whenever WFLD is unable to in the event of extended breaking news or severe weather coverage. In certain instances, WPWR may also interrupt regularly scheduled programming to simulcast live breaking news coverage, whether from WFLD or from Fox News. WPWR is the only major television station in the Chicago market that has never aired local news programming of any kind.

Case Files Chicago with Andy Hale

Starting in the 2012 fall television season, WPWR-TV has aired Crimestoppers Case Files: Chicago, a true-crime documentary show profiling unsolved homicides and violent crimes in the Chicago area. The show was created by Christopher Shawn Rech, producer of the Showtime documentary A Murder in the Park, and is hosted by executive producer Andy Hale.[39]

The 30-minute program covers one to two cases per episode and features interviews with detectives and family members, as well as walk-throughs of the actual crime scenes and dramatic reenactments. The show airs in the 11:00 p.m. time slot and is produced by show runners Andrew K. Smith and Marc Wilkinson.[40]

In October 2017, Case Files Chicago was nominated for an Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chicago/Midwest Chapter in "Outstanding Achievement for Public Affairs/Current Affairs Programming – Series" for their season 5 episode profiling the unsolved murder of Anthony "TJ" Green.[41] Later that month, Wilkinson took over directing duties on the program, with Smith now overseeing post-production.

In January 2018, the official title of the show was changed from Crimestoppers Case Files: Chicago to Case Files Chicago with Andy Hale.

Sports programming

Starting with the 2008 season, WPWR obtained broadcast rights to games from the Major League Soccer franchise Chicago Fire S.C. In September 2009, the station acquired the partial local television rights to broadcast American Hockey League games involving the Chicago Wolves, carrying games to which Comcast Network 100 did not hold rights.[42][43][43] The over-the-air Wolves telecasts moved to independent station WMEU-CD (channel 48) in 2013.[44][45] Currently, the Wolves games returned to WPWR beginning with the 2016–17 season on a weekly basis; these games air on Saturdays, when CW network programming is not aired as a result. Through WFLD's April 2008 programming agreement with the team, WPWR carries select preseason games and other team-related programming from the Chicago Bears (including the feature/interview program Inside the Bears).[46][47][48]

Through an agreement with Tribune Broadcasting, WPWR became a tertiary outlet for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox beginning in the 2015 season, broadcasting occasional telecasts of the two teams' Major League Baseball games that are produced by WGN-TV (through its WGN Sports programming unit), due to that station's network affiliation contracts with The CW that limit the number of programming preemptions that WGN-TV is allowed on an annual basis (these telecasts were previously seen on WCIU-TV, which discontinued its overflow agreement with WGN as a result of the January 12, 2015 launch of a primetime newscast produced by ABC owned-and-operated station WLS-TV, channel 7).[49] This agreement ended after WPWR assumed The CW affiliation from WGN; with WGN reverting to independence, it no longer had network-mandated preemption restrictions forcing it to move sports telecasts to other stations in the market.

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Channel 50 virtual TV stations in the United States

The following television stations operate on virtual channel 50 in the United States:

K36KW-D in Redwood Falls, Minnesota

K50HQ-D in Overton, Nevada

K50JW-D in Delta/Oak City, etc., Utah

KASY-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico

KBAB-LD in Santa Barbara, California

KDHU-LD in Houston, Texas

KEDD-LD in Los Angeles, California

KEJT-CD in Salt Lake City, Utah

KEMO-TV in Santa Rosa, California

KFPB-LD in Globe, Arizona

KKAI in Kailua, Hawaii

KLSV-LD in Las Vegas, Nevada

KLWB in New Iberia, Louisiana

KOCE-TV in Huntington Beach, California

KOPS-LD in Beaumont, Texas

KPSE-LD in Palm Springs, California

KPXE-TV in Kansas City, Missouri

KSDY-LD in San Diego, California

KSJF-CD in Poteau, Oklahoma

KTCJ-LD in Minneapolis, Minnesota

KTFD-TV in Denver, Colorado

KTGF-LD in Great Falls, Montana

W35DK-D in Sussex, New Jersey

WAGC-LD in Atlanta, Georgia

WASV-LP in Asheville, North Carolina

WDCW in Washington, D.C.

WDMR-LD in Springfield, Massachusetts

WDTO-LD in Orlando, Florida

WHOB-LD in Buxton, North Carolina

WKBD-TV in Detroit, Michigan

WKDC-LD in Columbia, South Carolina

WNJN in Montclair, New Jersey

WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, West Virginia

WOKZ-CD in Kalamazoo, Michigan

WPGD-TV in Hendersonville, Tennessee

WPWR-TV in Gary, Indiana

WPXB-LD in Daytona Beach, Florida

WPXX-TV in Memphis, Tennessee

WQHA in Aguada, Puerto Rico

WRAZ in Raleigh, North Carolina

WRDM-CD in Hartford, Connecticut

WRIW-CD in Providence, Rhode Island

WTOO-CD in Altoona, Pennsylvania

WTZP-LP in Portsmouth, Ohio

WVQS-LD in Isabel Segunda, Puerto Rico

WVEA-TV in Tampa, Florida

WVVH-CD in Southampton, New York

WWJE-DT in Derry, New Hampshire

WWTI in Watertown, New YorkThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly operated on virtual channel 50:

KATA-CD in Mesquite, Texas

Channel 51 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 51 in the United States:

K51AH-D in Rural Garfield County, Utah

K51AQ-D in Ukiah, California

K51BV-D in Cave Junction, Oregon

K51CB-D in Clarendon, Texas

K51DD-D in Ridgecrest, California

K51DJ-D in Verdi/Mogul, Nevada

K51DR-D in Wenatchee, Washington

K51DW-D in Dillon, Montana

K51EF-D in Coolin, Idaho

K51EY-D in London Springs, Oregon

K51FY-D in Summit County, Utah

K51GA-D in Logan, Utah

K51GI-D in Kanarraville/New Ha, Utah

K51GR-D in Eureka, Nevada

K51GS-D in Beryl/Modena, etc., Utah

K51HM-D in Soda Springs, Idaho

K51HQ-D in Parowan/Enoch/Parawan, Utah

K51HY-D in Lewiston, Idaho

K51IA-D in Fallon, Nevada

K51IC-D in Spring Glen, Utah

K51IL-D in Julesburg, Colorado

K51IZ-D in Rawlins, Wyoming

K51JG-D in Yakima, Washington

K51JO-D in Marysvale, Utah

K51JS-D in Long Valley Junction, Utah

K51JV-D in Beaver, Utah

K51JX-D in Helper, Utah

K51KS-D in Malad & surrounding, Idaho

K51KU-D in Green River, Utah

K51KV-D in Hanksville, Utah

K51KX-D in Castle Dale, Utah

K51LI-D in Forsyth, Montana

K51LN-D in Red Lake, Minnesota

KAXW-LP in Mullin, Texas

KCBB-LD in Boise, Idaho

KDTF-LD in San Diego, California

KDTV-DT in San Francisco, California

KHFD-LD in Dallas, Texas

KHPN-LD in Warrenton, Oregon

KIRO-TV in Issaquah, Washington

KPPX-TV in Tolleson, Arizona

KUMO-LD in St Louis, Missouri

KVVG-LD in Porterville, California

KWHS-LD in Colorado Springs, Colorado

KXAD-LD in Amarillo, Texas

KXLA in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

KYNM-CD in Albuquerque, New Mexico

W51BN-D in White Lake, New York

W51CW-D in Wilmington, North Carolina

W51DJ-D in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

W51EE-D in Marion, North Carolina

W51EG-D in Parkersburg, West Virginia

WAGV in Harlan, Kentucky

WBIF in Marianna, Florida

WBKI in Salem, Indiana

WDMR-LD in Springfield, Massachusetts

WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina

WFXG in Augusta, Georgia

WGUD-LD in Pascagoula, Mississippi

WHLV-TV in Cocoa, Florida

WHSU-CD in Syracuse, New York

WHSV-TV in Staunton, Virginia

WIWU-CD in Marion, Indiana

WLMF-LD in Miami, Florida

WLZE-LD in Fort Myers, Florida

WNJN in Montclair, New Jersey

WPWR-TV in Gary, Indiana

WRFB in Carolina, Puerto Rico

WVIA-TV in Williamsport, PennsylvaniaThe following station, which is no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 51:

K51LP-D in Brewster, etc., Washington

KASW

KASW, virtual channel 61 (UHF digital channel 27), is a CW-affiliated television station licensed to Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group. KASW's studios are located on East Missouri Avenue in Uptown Phoenix, and its transmitter is located on South Mountain on the city's south side. Its signal is relayed across northern and eastern Arizona through a small network of five translators.

The station is the third largest CW affiliate in terms of market size (after WPWR-TV/Chicago and WLVI/Boston) that is not owned by CBS Corporation or Tribune Broadcasting, both of which contributed stations as charter affiliates of the network (previously, these stations were respectively affiliated with UPN or The WB). Also, KASW, unlike WLVI, has never been owned by Tribune in its entire time on the air.

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Broadcasters for the Chicago Bulls National Basketball Association team.

List of Movies! affiliates

The following is a list of current affiliates of Movies!, a classic films network. This list consists of confirmed Movies! affiliates, arranged by U.S. state. Movies! is currently carried on over-the-air TV stations in the United States, most of whom carry the network on a digital subchannel.

List of The CW affiliates (table)

The following is a list of affiliates of The CW, which launched September 18, 2006, following the merger of The WB and UPN networks, both of which began broadcasting in January 1995.

The CW is based around 16 former WB affiliates owned by Tribune Media (which was a joint owner of The WB along with Time Warner) and 11 UPN affiliates owned by that network's owner, CBS. The largest of the additional affiliate groups are: Sinclair Broadcast Group, which affiliated eight of its stations to The CW after a reported two month dispute over reverse compensation to the network (and later added a ninth, which previously carried MyNetworkTV), Nexstar Media Group (along with their operating interests in the stations of Mission Broadcasting and Vaughn Media), Gray Television, Quincy Media, and Hearst Television.

The CW covers just more than 95 percent of television homes in the United States. The network has over-the-air coverage (analog, low-power, or digital signals) in all of the top 100 Nielsen-ranked markets. The remaining markets are covered either over-the-air or through cable-only channels (including those served by The CW Plus) or affiliates in neighboring markets.

KNVA in Austin, Texas owned by LIN Television and KWKB in Iowa City, Iowa owned by KM Communications were the only two stations at The CW's launch that carried both The CW as a primary and MyNetworkTV as a secondary affiliation (KNVA became a sole CW affiliate on October 21, 2009, while KWKB would drop MyNetworkTV and become a sole CW affiliate in September 2011); currently, locally owned WKTC in Columbia, South Carolina (which added The CW in March 2014) and Fox Television Stations-owned WPWR-TV in Chicago, Illinois (which joined The CW in September 2016) carry both networks on their primary channel. In addition, WTVY in Dothan, Alabama, a CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television, now carries MyNetworkTV on a digital subchannel that was previously affiliated with UPN, and also added a third digital subchannel for the CW. WTOK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi, also owned by Gray, added two more digital subchannels for the CW and MyNetworkTV, in addition to ABC on its main channel and Fox on another subchannel. Also, from October 2010 until November 2014, WLMT in Memphis, Tennessee, owned by the Nexstar Media Group, was the only station in the country carrying The CW as its primary affiliation and MyNetworkTV on a digital subchannel.

As of September 2019, four CW Plus affiliates remain that are cable-only, with three media markets served by out-of-market affiliates through cable and satellite services.

Marcelino Miyares Sotolongo

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Miyares became the President of the Christian Democratic Party of Cuba in 1990 and wrote the party's manifesto "Models for a Peaceful Transition in Cuba".

Media in Chicago

The Chicago metropolitan area (the Chicago Market) commands the third-largest media market in the United States after New York City and Los Angeles and the largest inland market. All of the major U.S. television networks have subsidiaries in Chicago. WGN-TV, which is owned by the Tribune Media Company, is carried (with some programming differences) as "WGN America" on cable and satellite nationwide. Sun-Times Media Group is also headquartered in Chicago, which, along with the Tribune Media Company, are some the largest owners of daily newspapers in the country.

UPN

The United Paramount Network (UPN) was an American broadcast television network that launched on January 16, 1995. The network was originally owned by Chris-Craft Industries and United Television; Viacom (through its Paramount Television unit, which produced most of the network's series) turned the network into a joint venture in 1996 after acquiring a 50% stake in the network, and subsequently purchased Chris-Craft's remaining stake in 2000. In December 2005, UPN was spun off to CBS Corporation when Viacom split into two separate companies.

CBS Corporation and Time Warner jointly announced on January 24, 2006 that the companies would shut down UPN and competitor The WB to launch a new joint venture network later that year. UPN ceased broadcasting on September 15, 2006, with The WB following suit two days later. Select programs from both networks moved to the new network, The CW, when it launched on September 18, 2006.

WEDC

WEDC, and WCRW, and WSBC, were radio stations operating on 1240 AM in the Chicago market. They operated as "shared-time stations" for their entire existence. This was not uncommon in the early days of radio, but is very rare in modern times. They were also foreign language stations, catering to "niche markets". In October 1926, WEDC signed on in Chicago. In the same year, the station began sharing the frequency with WCRW and WSBC.Foreign-language broadcasters were always under government suspicion, especially during years when the US was at war, because of the possibility of "un-American", traitorous or "coded" information being broadcast. A nationwide council of owners of foreign language stations, including WEDC, was formed during World War II to uphold the good name of foreign-language radio stations and ensure foreign propaganda was banned from being broadcast.The Broadcasting Yearbook notes that WEDC operated 11 hours daily. The three stations on 1240 were each authorized 8 hours, but according to Ed Jacker, owner of WCRW, "no one listened overnight" so WCRW sold its 3 overnight hours to WEDC.WEDC's original studios were located on Ogden Avenue at the car dealership known as Emil Denemark Cadillac, the owner of the station. The studio was in the showroom in a glass booth.In the 1970s, WEDC was purchased by the Pucinski family. Roman Pucinski was a Congressman and later, a Chicago alderman. His mother was a long-time program host and did a daily Polish language program on WGES that included news, interviews, recipes, and commentary of interest to Chicago's Polish community. Puchinski purchased WEDC after WGES, dropping all of its foreign language programming to become an all African American-oriented station. The Congressman fought the WGES format change because he wanted to preserve foreign-language radio programming in Chicago. During Pucinski's ownership, WEDC's studios were located in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on Milwaukee Avenue on Chicago's northwest side. In 1966, Pat Sajak, now host of TV's "Wheel of Fortune", was employed to read hourly five-minute newscasts during an all-night Spanish-music radio program.The format of WEDC had always been mostly foreign language programming, mainly Polish and Spanish. Under the Denemark ownership in the 1950s, an English language program featuring "Love Music" aired from 3:30-5 p.m. weekdays, and its overnight program, "The Midnight Fliers" (from Midnight-6 a.m.) featured big band music. In the 1930s, the station broadcast live music of jazz bands from night club venues in Chicago. There was also African American-oriented programming on WEDC and its sister stations produced by Jack L. Cooper.In 1995, WCRW was purchased by the owner of WSBC, Daniel Lee, for $500,000. A year later, he also purchased WEDC for $750,000 to make WSBC a 24-hour-a-day radio station; this ended the 60+ years of "shared-time" operation. The next year, Lee sold WSBC to Fred Eyechanner's Newsweb; Eyechanner was the former owner of WPWR-TV Channel 50 Chicago. WSBC and WEDC used separate transmitter sites, located within a mile of each other on the northwest side of Chicago. Lee was once the owner of WXRT-FM and WSCR in Chicago. Those stations were later sold to Westinghouse Broadcasting, and are now a part of CBS.At midnight on June 13, 1997, WSBC took over WEDC's hours putting an end to the last of the original time-sharing arrangements in the United States. The station's former studios are now occupied by WCPT (AM), also owned by Newsweb.

WFLD

WFLD, virtual channel 32 (UHF digital channel 31), is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, as part of a duopoly with Gary, Indiana-licensed primary CW affiliate and secondary MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station WPWR-TV (channel 50). The two stations share studios at Michigan Plaza on North Michigan Avenue in the Chicago Loop, and transmitter facilities atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Loop business district. On cable, WFLD can be seen on Comcast Xfinity channel 12 in most parts of the Chicago area.

WGBO-DT

WGBO-DT, virtual channel 66 (UHF digital channel 38), is a Univision owned-and-operated television station serving Chicago, Illinois, United States that is licensed to Joliet. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Aurora-licensed UniMás owned-and-operated station WXFT-DT (channel 60). The two stations share studios on Fairbanks Court (near Columbus Drive and Illinois Street); WGBO's transmitter is located atop the John Hancock Center on North Michigan Avenue, both in the Streeterville neighborhood.

WJYS

WJYS, virtual channel 62 (UHF digital channel 36), is an independent television station serving Chicago, Illinois, United States that is licensed to Hammond, Indiana. It is one of two commercial television stations in Chicago that are licensed on the Indiana side of the market (the other being primary CW affiliate and secondary MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station WPWR-TV, channel 50, in Gary). Owned by Oxford Media Group Inc., WJYS maintains studio facilities on South Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park, Illinois, and its transmitter is located atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop. On cable, the station is available on RCN channel 10, WOW! channel 13, Comcast Xfinity channel 17 in the suburbs (channels vary by location), channel 18 on Xfinity's "Chicago Areas 1, 4 & 5" system and channel 32 on its "Chicago Areas 2 & 3" system, and AT&T U-verse channel 62.

WSBK-TV

WSBK-TV, virtual channel 38 (UHF digital channel 39), is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The station is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation, as part of a duopoly with CBS owned-and-operated station WBZ-TV (channel 4). The two stations share studios on Soldiers Field Road in the Allston–Brighton section of Boston; WBZ-TV's transmitter is located on Cedar Street in Needham, Massachusetts, on a tower site that was formerly owned by CBS and is now owned by American Tower Corporation (which is shared with transmitters belonging to WBZ-TV, WCVB-TV, WGBH-TV, WYCN-LD and WGBX-TV).

WSBK is also available via satellite throughout the United States on Dish Network as part of its superstation package (which since September 2013, is available only to existing subscribers of the tier). Otherwise, it enjoys cable coverage throughout much of the New England region, though this has been limited compared to the past when it was more widely distributed. WSBK is one of two CBS Corporation-owned stations carrying the Fox Corporation-owned MyNetworkTV programming service, along with sister station WBFS-TV in Miami (a similar situation exists with Chicago CW affiliate WPWR-TV, as it is the only Fox-owned station carrying The CW, which is half-owned by CBS).

WXFT-DT

WXFT-DT, virtual channel 60 (UHF digital channel 44), is an UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving Chicago, Illinois, United States that is licensed to Aurora. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Joliet-licensed Univision owned-and-operated station WGBO-DT (channel 66).

The two stations share studios on Fairbanks Court (near Columbus Drive and Illinois Street) in the Streeterville neighborhood; WXFT shares transmitter facilities with ABC owned-and-operated station WLS-TV (channel 7) atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop. On cable, WXFT is available on Comcast Xfinity and RCN channel 15. Due to a lack of an UniMás affiliate in the Milwaukee market, it is carried on DirecTV as part of that market's local channel lineup (channel 60 in both Chicago and Milwaukee).

Willis Tower

The Willis Tower (colloquial: Sears Tower, its name for 36 years) is a 110-story, 1,450-foot (442.1 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. At completion in 1973, it surpassed the World Trade Center in New York to become the tallest building in the world, a title it held for nearly 25 years; it was the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere for 41 years, until the new One World Trade Center surpassed it in 2014. Willis Tower is considered a seminal achievement for architect Fazlur Rahman Khan. It is currently the second-tallest building in the United States and the Western hemisphere – and the 16th-tallest in the world. Each year, more than one million people visit its observation deck, the highest in the United States, making it one of Chicago's most popular tourist destinations. The structure was renamed in 2009 by the Willis Group as a term of its lease.

As of April 2018, the building's largest tenant is United Airlines, which moved its corporate headquarters from 77 West Wacker Drive (then the United Building) in 2012, occupying around 20 floors. Other major tenants include the building's namesake Willis Group and law firms Schiff Hardin and Seyfarth Shaw. Morgan Stanley plans to move to the building in 2019 and become its fourth-largest tenant by 2020.

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