WLOV-TV
CityWest Point, Mississippi
Channels
Branding
  • WLOV North MS CW 27
  • MeTV West Point (on DT2)
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
  • Coastal Television Broadcasting Company LLC
  • (WLOV License LLC)
OperatorMorris Multimedia via SSA
WCBI-TV
History
First air date
May 29, 1983 (40 years ago) (1983-05-29)
Former call signs
WVSB-TV (1983–1991)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 27 (UHF, 1983–2009)
  • ABC (1983–1995)
  • Fox (1995–2024)
  • UPN (secondary, late 1990s−2002)
Call sign meaning
Love Communications (former owner)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID37732
ERP390 kW
HAAT508.9 m (1,670 ft)
Transmitter coordinates33°47′39.3″N 89°5′16″W / 33.794250°N 89.08778°W / 33.794250; -89.08778
Links
Public license information

WLOV-TV (channel 27) is a television station licensed to West Point, Mississippi, United States, serving as the CW+ affiliate for the ColumbusTupelo market. It is owned by Coastal Television Broadcasting Company, which maintains a shared services agreement (SSA) with Morris Multimedia, owner of Columbus-licensed CBS/Fox/MyNetworkTV affiliate WCBI-TV (channel 4), for the provision of certain services. The two stations share studios on 5th Street South in Downtown Columbus; WLOV-TV's transmitter is located in Woodland, Mississippi.

History

WLOV-TV's logo until 2009. Logo was similar to KJTV-TV.

The station signed on as WVSB-TV on May 29, 1983, as the third commercial station in the market. It was supposed to launch on May 1, but equipment and weather delays pushed the date back. Originally owned by Venture Systems and airing an analog signal on UHF channel 27, WVSB immediately took the ABC affiliation from WTVA (channel 9), a primary NBC affiliate, which carried ABC programming on a secondary basis. From its start, the station had the disadvantage of being a UHF-band television station competing with two well-established VHF stations.

Love Communications would buy WVSB in 1991 and changed the call sign to WLOV-TV on September 9. Despite efforts to educate viewers about obtaining the station, competition from WCBI-TV and WTVA was fierce. In May 1992, it entered into a program service agreement (predecessor to local marketing agreement) with WTVA. On November 25 of that year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cleared the deal allowing WLOV to move its facilities from West Point to Tupelo. At first, WLOV moved into offices in the Tupelo Community Antenna (now Comcast) building, but it was eventually integrated into WTVA's studios in Saltillo.

Lingard Broadcasting Corporation purchased the station in August 1994, continuing the partnership with WTVA. At the same time, WLOV became a secondary Fox affiliate. Before that, cable systems in the area piped in the network's affiliates in Memphis (WMKW-TV/WLMT, WPTY-TV after 1990) or Birmingham (WDBB, WTTO after 1990). On October 10, 1995, WLOV dropped ABC completely, and became a full Fox affiliate, leaving Northeast Mississippi and the part of West Alabama the station served without a local affiliate until the launch of WKDH on June 18, 2001. During that period, cable systems in the area continued to carry WPTY and those on the Alabama side of the market began to import WCFT-TV from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, when it became a satellite of ABC affiliate WBMA-LP in September 1996 after WBRC affiliated with Fox. During the late 1990s, WLOV also served as a secondary affiliate of UPN.[2] In September 2002, UPN moved to WCBI-DT2.

WLOV's digital signal on UHF channel 16 signed on August 22, 2004, and upgraded to full-powered high definition level in April 2007. On April 1 of that year, WLOV launched a new second digital subchannel to be the market's This TV affiliate. Although not initially carried on digital cable systems, WLOV-DT2 was eventually picked up by carriage agreements.

On September 1, 2012, WLOV added MeTV to digital subchannel 27.2; the network relocated from WTVA, which switched the affiliation of its second digital subchannel from MeTV to ABC on that date, due to the August 31 shutdown of WKDH (which WTVA-DT2 effectively replaced the affiliate for the Columbus–Tupelo–West Point market). This TV was relocated to a new third digital subchannel to make room for MeTV.[3] Lingard Broadcasting filed to sell WLOV to Tupelo Broadcasting on December 21, 2012; the new owners continued the station's agreements with WTVA.[4] The sale was consummated on August 13.[5]

Heartland Media announced its purchase of WTVA from the Spain family on September 16, 2014; while WLOV-TV itself was not included in the deal as it is owned separately, Heartland inherited WTVA's agreements with WLOV.[6] Three weeks later, on October 7, Coastal Television Broadcasting Company (which owns fellow Fox affiliate KTBY in Anchorage, Alaska) announced that it would acquire WLOV.[7] Both transactions were completed on February 11, 2015.[8][9] Since the late 2010s, WLOV primarily identified using its call sign instead of the network mandated Fox 27, although it included the Fox logo in its station identification.

On February 1, 2024, it was announced that the Fox affiliation would move from WLOV to WCBI-DT2 the next day. WLOV would assume WCBI-DT2's CW Plus affiliation.[10]

Newscasts

In 1991, WLOV aired newscasts from Mississippi News Tonight, which were produced by then-owners Love Communications, in conjunction with Fox affiliate WDBD in Jackson. These operations folded after eight months on the air in April 1992. For several weeks afterward, staff from the defunct Mississippi News Tonight newscast moved to WLOV to produce a local newscast before WTVA took over newscast operations in May.[11]

In March 2000, WTVA began producing a Sunday through Friday night prime time newscast on this station. Formerly known as WLOV News at Nine, this broadcast can be seen for thirty minutes. It began to have competition on September 8, 2008, when WCBI added a weeknight-only half-hour newscast on its second digital subchannel (which carries Fox sister service MyNetworkTV). On April 20, 2009, WTVA became the first station in the market and second in the state to upgrade local news to high definition. Compared nationwide, it was the smallest market outlet that made the change. WLOV News at Nine would not be included in the upgrade until June 22.

On February 1, alongside the move of the Fox affiliation to WCBI-DT2, the station announced it had entered an SSA with the station, providing newscasts to WLOV.[10]

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WLOV-TV[12]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
27.1 720p 16:9 WLOV-DT The CW Plus
27.2 480i 4:3 MeTV MeTV
27.3 DEFY Defy TV
27.4 TCN True Crime Network

Analog-to-digital conversion

WLOV-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 27, on February 17, 2009, the original target date on which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 16,[13] using virtual channel 27.

References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WLOV-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "UPN Affiliates". www.cs.cmu.edu. Retrieved September 12, 2023.
  3. ^ "ABC Questions". wtva.com. Retrieved September 12, 2023.
  4. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "CDBS Print".
  6. ^ Seid, Dennis (September 16, 2014). "WTVA sold to Heartland Media". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Archived from the original on September 16, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "WLOV in Tupelo acquired by Coastal Television Broadcasting". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  8. ^ Seid, Dennis (February 11, 2015). "WTVA sale complete; new general manager named". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "Consummation Notice (WLOV-TV)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. February 12, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Sullivan, Mary Carroll (February 1, 2024). "WCBI-TV CBS, WLOV-TV FOX announce changes". WCBI.com. Retrieved February 2, 2024.
  11. ^ "Love Turns off Last of TV Newscasts," Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS, May 14, 1992, Page 5B
  12. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for WLOV". rabbitears.info.
  13. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved March 24, 2012.