WIIW-LD
Nashville, Tennessee
CityNashville, Tennessee
ChannelsDigital: 29 (UHF)
Programming
AffiliationsIndependent
Ownership
OwnerU.S. Television LLC.
History
FoundedApril 13, 1989
Former call signs
W11BZ (1989-1996)
WIIW-LP (1996-2020)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
14 (UHF, 1989-2020)
Univision (1999-2003)
Daystar (2003-2012)
MTV 2 (2012-2015)
Silent (2015-2020)
Technical information
Facility ID26908
ClassTX
ERP16.4 kW
Transmitter coordinates36°09′48.0″N 86°46′56.0″W / 36.163333°N 86.782222°W / 36.163333; -86.782222

WIIW-LD, UHF digital channel 29, is a low-powered independent television station licensed to Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by U.S. Television.

History

The station was built and signed on by Equity Broadcasting in 1989, under the callsign of W11BZ. The station changed its callsign to WIIW-LP on February 5, 1996.[1] It would not be until 1999, when the station would officially sign on, and would broadcast programming from Univision 24 hours a day.[2][3] On December 18, 2003, Equity Broadcasting sold WIIW to U.S. Television.[4] Soon after the sale, programming from Univision was replaced with programming from Daystar. Univision's programming moved to Equity's newly acquired station, WNTU-LP, in 2006. Daystar's programming was discontinued in 2012 and replaced with programming from MTV 2. On December 1, 2015, WIIW was taken silent and remained off the air for five years, while the station was upgrading to digital. While the station was off the air, owners of the station (U.S. Television LLC.) stated that the station would return to the air as an independent station when the conversion to digital operations were completed.[5] The station officially returned to the air on digital channel 29 on July 1, 2020 as an independent station, and at the same time, the callsign was changed to the current callsign of WIIW-LD. The station is currently receivable only in the Downtown Nashville area, while viewers outside the area currently cannot receive it. Therefore, the station is only broadcasting at a reduced limited amount of power, while the station is developing a plan to build out the 15kW construction permit for the station.[6][7]

Programming

As an independent station, WIIW-LD carries religious programming from Nashville Innercity Church of Christ. [8] Also, the station will feature other local programming mixed in as well.

Digital television

Digital channel

Channel Video PSIP Short Name Programming
29.1 480i WIIW-LD Main WIIW-LD programming

Analog-to-digital conversion

The deadline for the digital television transition for low-powered stations was supposed to be in September 2015, however, the cutoff date for standard LPTVs and translators still broadcasting in analog was suspended until further notice. Therefore, WIIW-LP maintained its analog signal on Channel 14. The analog signal on Channel 14 was silent until WIIW-LP converted to digital operations. It was decided, because of the FCC Spectrum Auction & Digital Repacking, all low-powered stations still broadcasting in analog must convert to digital operations by July 13, 2021.[9] WIIW maintained a construction permit to broadcast on digital UHF channel 25,[10] however since digital channel 25 was already occupied with full-powered CBS affiliate WTVF (Which moved its digital operations to channel 36), & currently occupied by MeTV affiliate WJFB as part of the FCC Spectrum Auction & Repacking, that construction permit was canceled. It was then determined that WIIW-LP would convert to digital operations on Channel 29, as it did maintain a construction permit to convert to digital operations on that channel.[11] On July 1, 2020, WIIW-LD returned to the air broadcasting on UHF digital channel 29 & resumed opperations at a reduced limited amount of power, while the station is developing a plan to build out the 15kW Construction Permit for the station. The station is currently receivable only in the Downtown Nashville area, while viewers outside the area currently cannot receive it. As a result of WIIW turning on its digital signal, the analog signal on channel 14 was discontinued at the same time on July 1, 2020. The station now displays digitally & virtually on Channel 29.[6][7]

References

  1. ^ https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=26908&Callsign=WIIW-LP26908
  2. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details".
  3. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details".
  4. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details".
  5. ^ http://streema.com/tv/WIIW_LP_Channel
  6. ^ a b https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/public/tv/draftCopy.html
  7. ^ a b https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/api/download/attachment/
  8. ^ nashvilleinnercitychurchofchrist.org/tv
  9. ^ "Post Auction Rules and Procedures for LPTV and TV Translator Stations".
  10. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details".
  11. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details".