CityWolfforth, Texas
FoundedFebruary 23, 1998
First air date
February 9, 2001 (23 years ago) (2001-02-09)
Former call signs
  • KUPT (2001–2005)
  • KWBZ-TV (2005–2006)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 22 (UHF, 2001–2009)
  • Digital: 43 (UHF, until 2018)
  • UPN (2001–December 2005)
  • The WB (January–September 2006)
Call sign meaning
Lubbock CW
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID77719
ERP200 kW
HAAT282.1 m (926 ft)
Transmitter coordinates33°30′8.3″N 101°52′21.3″W / 33.502306°N 101.872583°W / 33.502306; -101.872583
Public license information

KLCW-TV (channel 22) is a television station licensed to Wolfforth, Texas, United States, serving the Lubbock area as an affiliate of The CW Plus. It is owned by Gray Television alongside NBC affiliate KCBD (channel 11) and four low-power stations—MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYL-LD (channel 14), Snyder-licensed Heroes & Icons affiliate KABI-LD (channel 42), Class A Telemundo affiliate KXTQ-CD (channel 46) and MeTV affiliate KLBB-LD (channel 48). Gray also provides certain services to Fox affiliate KJTV-TV (channel 34) and low-power Class A news formatted independent station KJTV-CD (channel 32) under a shared services agreement (SSA) with SagamoreHill Broadcasting. The stations share studios at 98th Street and University Avenue in south Lubbock, where KLCW-TV's transmitter is also located.


Prior to 2006, what was then called KWBZ operated solely as a local cable TV station and was owned and operated by KCBD-TV, the local NBC affiliate. At that time, channel 22 was occupied by KUPT, an affiliate of UPN. On January 1, 2006, after the station was acquired by Ramar Communications, KUPT moved to channel 14 in Lubbock (now MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYL-LD), and the WB affiliation moved to channel 22.

KWBZ-TV became a full power broadcast affiliate of The WB (via The WB 100+ Station Group as on cable) on January 1, 2006. Twenty-four days later, Warner Bros. Television, which owned The WB, and CBS Corporation, owner of UPN (channel 22's former network as KUPT), announced a merger of those two networks to take effect on September 18, 2006; the new network operating under the name of "The CW". KWBZ signed on to become a CW affiliate, resulting in new call letters (KLCW-TV was adopted on June 30, 2006) and a rebranding (Lubbock CW). The station's feed is still affiliated with The CW Plus with local inserts and advertising placed by KJTV-TV and Ramar.

On October 19, 2020, Ramar announced that it would sell KLCW (and its accompanied low-power stations) to Gray Television (owner of KCBD) for $10 million.[2] Concurrently, SagamoreHill Broadcasting would acquire sister station KJTV for $5 million.[3] Gray would provide services to KJTV through a shared services agreement.[4] The sale was completed on December 31.[5]

Technical information


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KLCW-TV[6]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
22.1 720p 16:9 KLCW TV The CW Plus
22.2 480i My LBB MyNetworkTV (KMYL-LD)
22.3 Crime True Crime Network
22.4 QUEST Quest
22.5 QVC QVC
22.6 HSN HSN
  Simulcast of subchannels of another station

Analog-to-digital conversion

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997.[7] The station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on or before February 17, 2009, which was supposed to be the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KLCW-TV would be required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut"). As of September 2008, the station's digital signal began broadcasting on its pre-transition UHF channel 43, using virtual channel 22.

See also


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KLCW-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, October 20, 2020, Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, October 20, 2020, Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  4. ^ "Ramar sells Lubbock TV stations to SagamoreHill, Gray". Fox34.com. Ramar Communications. October 19, 2020. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "Consummation Notice", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, January 4, 2021, January 13, 2021.
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KLCW
  7. ^ "Final DTV Channel Plan from FCC97-115".