KWWT
CityOdessa, Texas
Channels
BrandingKWWT My30
Programming
Affiliations30.1: MyNetworkTV (2020–present)
for others, see § Subchannels
Ownership
Owner
KOSA-TV, KCWO-TV, KTLE-LD, KMDF-LD
History
FoundedApril 9, 1998
First air date
December 5, 2001 (20 years ago) (2001-12-05)
Former call signs
KPXK (2001–2006)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 30 (UHF, 2001–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 22 (UHF, 2009–2020)
Call sign meaning
The WB West Texas
(former affiliation)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID84410
ERP50 kW
HAAT147 m (482 ft)
Transmitter coordinates32°2′52.9″N 102°17′45.5″W / 32.048028°N 102.295972°W / 32.048028; -102.295972
Links
Public license information

KWWT (channel 30) is a television station licensed to Odessa, Texas, United States, serving the Permian Basin area as an affiliate of MyNetworkTV. It is owned by Gray Television alongside CBS affiliate KOSA-TV (channel 7, also licensed to Odessa), Big Spring–licensed CW+ affiliate KCWO-TV (channel 4), Telemundo affiliate KTLE-LD (channel 7.5) and Antenna TV affiliate KMDF-LD (channel 22). The five stations share studios inside the Music City Mall on East 42nd Street in Odessa, with a secondary studio and news bureau in downtown Midland; KWWT's transmitter is located on SH 158 near Gardendale, Texas.

History

The station's former logo as a WB affiliate.
The station's former logo as a WB affiliate.

KWWT signed on the air on December 5, 2001, as KPXK. It was a Pax TV affiliate until late 2005, when KWWT moved its cable-only The WB 100+ feed (which was established on September 21, 1998) to UHF channel 30.

On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner announced the shutdown of both UPN and The WB effective that fall. In place of these two networks, a new "fifth" network—"The CW Television Network" (its name representing the first initials of parent companies CBS and Warner Bros.), jointly owned by both companies, would launch, with a lineup primarily featuring the most popular programs from both networks. In March 2006 it was announced that KWWT would be a CW affiliate through The CW Plus.

In 2011, KWWT signed on to carry college football and basketball games from the Southland Conference Television Network.[1] The contract continues today. For the first 3 seasons the games usually aired on 30.2, though they will likely move to 30.1 for the 2014 season. Additionally, KWWT aired ACC Network basketball games during the 2011–12 basketball season.

KWWT remained a CW affiliate until December 29, 2013. On that date, KWES-TV (channel 9) took over CW rights and KWWT moved MeTV to 30.1 while adding Movies! on 30.2.

On July 24, 2020, it was announced that Gray Television (owner of CBS affiliate KOSA-TV and CW affiliate KCWO-TV) would purchase KWWT and sister low-power station KMDF-LD for $1.84 million, pending approval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[2] Gray sought a failing station waiver as the Odessa–Midland market would not have at least eight independent voices after the transaction (KCWO-TV is licensed as a satellite of KOSA-TV despite airing different programming).[3] In addition, Gray also announced that after the sale, KWWT would move its operations to the shared KOSA/KCWO facility in Odessa. The FCC granted the waiver on September 14.[4] The sale was completed on September 30.[5][6]

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[7]
30.1 1080i 16:9 MyNet Main KWWT programming / MyNetworkTV
30.2 720p MeTV MeTV
30.3 480i Decades Decades
30.4 Movies! Movies!
30.5 Cozi Cozi TV
30.6 Defy Defy TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

KWWT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 30, on June 12, 2009, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation on its analog-era UHF channel 30.[8][9] Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the digital television transition in the United States (DTV) allotment plan on April 21, 1997, the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Southland Conference Television Network Announces Fall Affiliates". July 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 24, 2020. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  3. ^ Request for Failing Station Waiver
  4. ^ "Letter", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, September 14, 2020, Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "Consummation Notice", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, October 1, 2020, Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "Consummation Notice" (KMDF-LD), CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, October 1, 2020, Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KWWT
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Final DTV Channel Plan from FCC97-115".