KLWB
CityNew Iberia, Louisiana
Channels
BrandingMeTV Acadiana
Programming
Affiliations50.1: MeTV (since 2011)
50.2: Heroes & Icons
50.3: Telemundo
50.4: Start TV
50.5: Cozi TV
Ownership
Owner
  • Delta Media Corporation
  • (Wilderness Communications, LLC)
KLWB-FM, KFXZ-FM, KXKW-LD, KDCG-CD
History
FoundedJune 12, 1996
First air date
April 3, 2006 (16 years ago) (2006-04-03)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
50 (UHF, 2006–2009)
Digital:
50 (UHF, 2009–2019)
Analog/DT1:
The WB (April–September 2006)
The CW (September 2006–2010)
This TV (2010–2011)
Southland Conference (2011−?)
DT2:
Antenna TV (2012−2015)
DT3:
Retro TV (2012)
Call sign meaning
Lafayette's WB (former affiliation), and "L" can also stand for its channel number 50 as a Roman numeral
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID82476
ClassDT
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT303.1 m (994 ft)
Transmitter coordinates30°20′33″N 91°57′46.6″W / 30.34250°N 91.962944°W / 30.34250; -91.962944
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.metvacadiana.com
www.deltamediacorp.com

KLWB (channel 50) is a television station licensed to New Iberia, Louisiana, United States, serving the Lafayette area as an affiliate of MeTV and Telemundo. The station is owned by Wilderness Communications, and maintains studios on Evangeline Thruway in Carencro; its transmitter is located on West Wilderness Trail in northern Lafayette Parish.

History

KLWB originated in 1999 as a cable-only affiliate of The WB, via The WB 100+. It was branded as "Acadiana's WB" and was known as "WB 2" and later "WB 10", based on its cable position. Its broadcast signal began broadcasting on April 3, 2006. Soon afterward, it began to be carried by DirecTV (which previously imported WBZL in Miami and WNUV in Baltimore for WB programming) and Dish Network. The station joined The CW upon its formation that September, carrying The WB 100+'s successor, The CW Plus.

KLWB lost its CW affiliation to a subchannel of KATC (channel 3) on June 14, 2010. At that time, the station switched to This TV (which had previously been carried on one of KLWB's subchannels, as well as on sister station KXKW-LD). The station also moved to channel 23 on Cox Cable (its previous position, channel 10, is now occupied by the KATC subchannel). On July 25, 2011, KLWB began airing MeTV on its main channel.[1]

Beginning in fall 2011, KLWB became part of the Southland Conference Television Network, airing live sporting events from that league.

On March 30, 2012, Delta Media (Wilderness Communications) purchased then-RTV affiliate KDCG from Acadiana Cable Advertising and added the station on channel 50.2. On August 1, 2012, KDCG switched affiliations from RTV to Antenna TV and in the process Antenna TV was moved to 50.2, RTV was moved to 50.3 but was dropped from the lineup months later. On July 1, 2015, Heroes & Icons launched on 22.1 subchannel, (This TV on 22.2), and KLWB-DT2 stemming from an agreement between Delta Media Corporation and Weigel Broadcasting of Chicago and Antenna TV launched on KXKW-LD2. On July 1, 2016, American Sports Network, now Stadium was launched replacing This TV, which was also removed from KDCG-CD2, which remained silent until November 2019 when it began carrying MeTV (as a simulcast of KLWB) while that channel relocated its digital channel from 50 to 17. On November 30, 2019, KLWB relaunched its digital signal on channel 17, showing on channel 50 via PSIP. On March 15, 2021, Delta Media executives announced the addition of 3 new networks on its stations. Start TV launched on May 7 on KLWB-DT4. Cozi TV launched on June 14 and the third station, which launched on sister station KDCG, arrived January 21, 2022 Buzzr maxing out capacity on all 3 owned stations.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[2] Notes
50.1 720p 16:9 KLWB DT MeTV Launched June 25, 2011 replacing This TV
50.2 480i KDCG TV Simulcast of KDCG-CD / H&I Launched July 1, 2015 replacing Antenna TV
50.3 1080i KLWB D3 Telemundo Lafayette Launched July 1, 2020
50.4 480i KLWB Start Start TV Launched May 7, 2021
50.5 KLWB Cozi TV Cozi TV Launched June 14, 2021

Analog-to-digital conversion

KLWB shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 50, on June 12, 2009, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation on channel 50.[3][4] Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997, the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station.

References

  1. ^ Where to Watch Me-TV: KLWB
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KLWB
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Final DTV Channel Plan from FCC97-115".