WIYE-LD
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CityParkersburg, West Virginia
Channels
BrandingCBS 26
My 5 (on LD2)
Programming
Affiliations26.1: CBS
26.2: MeTV/MyNetworkTV
Ownership
Owner
WTAP-TV, WOVA-LD
History
FoundedMay 22, 2002
First air date
April 10, 2006 (16 years ago) (2006-04-10)
Former call signs
  • W64CS (2006–2007)
  • WWVX-LP (2007–2012)
  • WIYE-LP (June–October 2012)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 64 (UHF, 2006–2012)
  • Digital:
  • 47 (UHF, 2012–2019)
  • Virtual:
  • 47 (PSIP, 2012–2020)
UPN (April−September 2006)
MyNetworkTV (September 2006–2012)
Call sign meaning
"IYE" ("eye")
(alludes to CBS logo)
Technical information
Facility ID130392
ClassLD
ERP15 kW
HAAT191.9 m (630 ft)
184.3 m (605 ft) (application)
Transmitter coordinates39°20′59.8″N 81°33′55.4″W / 39.349944°N 81.565389°W / 39.349944; -81.565389

WIYE-LD (channel 26) is a low-power television station in Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States, affiliated with CBS and MyNetworkTV. It is owned by Gray Television alongside NBC affiliate WTAP-TV (channel 15) and low-power Fox affiliate WOVA-LD (channel 22). The three stations share studios on Market Street (official address is One Television Plaza) in downtown Parkersburg; WIYE-LD's transmitter is located in Independence Township, Ohio.

Although associated with WTAP-TV's news department, there are currently no local newscasts produced exclusively for WIYE-LD and/or any simulcast from the NBC outlet.

History

On April 10, 2012, then-owner Wood Investments LLC announced it was selling WWVX-LP (the station's former callsign) and WVEX-LP (the former callsign of WOVA) to Gray Television for $66,000.[1][2] Gray changed the callsign of WWVX-LP to WIYE-LP on June 19, 2012, and changed its city of license from Marietta to Parkersburg.[3][4]

On July 17, 2012, Gray Television signed an affiliation agreement with CBS for WIYE-LP and two other low-powered stations WECP-LD in Panama City, Florida, and WSVF-LD in Harrisonburg, Virginia.[5] As a result, WIYE-LP became the CBS affiliate for the Mid-Ohio Valley on September 3, 2012.[6]

The station, along with WOVA-LD (which took the Fox affiliation from WTAP's second digital subchannel), became the second and third full-time commercial over-the-air network affiliates in the area; WTAP has had the market more or less to itself since it signed on in 1953 (the only other stations in the area being PBS member station WOUB-TV and sister stations WIYE and WOVA). Before channel 47 signed on, WOWK-TV in Huntington had served as the default CBS affiliate for the West Virginia side of the market while WBNS-TV in Columbus served the Ohio side and was carried on the Parkersburg DirecTV feed. On October 1, 2012, the station changed its call sign to WIYE-LD.

WIYE-LD2

WIYE-LD2 is the dual MeTV/MyNetworkTV-affiliated second digital subchannel of WIYE-LD, broadcasting in 720p High-definition on channel 26.2. It can also be seen on Suddenlink and CAS Cable channel 5 (hence the on-air branding My 5).

Syndicated programming previously seen on WIYE-LD2 included The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory among others. Overnight, it aired a live Doppler weather radar feed seen during weather forecasting segments on WTAP's newscasts. It also carries programming from MeTV, which now takes up the entire schedule outside of MyNetworkTV programming, which currently airs from 1 to 3 a.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, an increasingly common fate for the service.

On April 10, 2006, WTAP launched a third digital subchannel to serve as the area's first locally based UPN affiliate. To make the service possible, WTAP underwent a technical transformation. It carved out a new digital control rooms from space previously used for storage. The station also installed entirely digital production and master control rooms. After UPN merged with The WB to form The CW in September 2006, WTAP-DT3 transitioned from UPN to Fox's new sister network, MyNetworkTV. On September 3, 2012, the station moved to a new second subchannel of WIYE.

Subchannels

The stations' digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[7]
26.1 1080i 16:9 CBS Main WIYE-LD programming / CBS
26.2 720p My5 MyNetworkTV & MeTV

See also

References

  1. ^ Seyler, Dave (April 10, 2012). "Gray takes the low power road in Parkersburg-Marietta". Television Business Report. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  2. ^ "It's a Gray day for LPTV in Marietta OH". Television Business Report. April 20, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "Federal Communications Commission Broadcast Station Construction Permit Digital Low Power Television/Television Translator" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 18, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  5. ^ "CBS SIGNS AFFILIATION AGREEMENTS WITH GRAY TELEVISION, INC. FOR STATIONS IN PANAMA CITY, FLA.; HARRISONBURG, VA.; AND PARKERSBURG, W.VA". CBS Corporation. July 17, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "New CBS Affiliate Coming To Mid-Ohio Valley". WTAP-TV/Gray Television, Inc. August 24, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WIYE-LD