|Parkersburg, West Virginia–Marietta, Ohio|
|City||Parkersburg, West Virginia|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)|
Parkersburg CW 15/21 (on LD2)
|Owner||Gray Television |
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|WTAP-TV, WIYE-LD, WSAZ-TV|
|Founded||May 22, 2002|
First air date
|April 10, 2006|
Former call signs
WOVA-LP (July–October 2012)
Former channel number(s)
22 (UHF, 2006–2012)
22 (UHF, 2012–2020)
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||189.7 m (622 ft)|
Public license information
|Website||"Parkersburg CW 15/21" (LD2)|
WOVA-LD, virtual channel 22 (UHF digital channel 20), is a low-powered, dual Fox/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States and serving the Mid-Ohio Valley. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to NBC affiliate WTAP-TV (channel 15) and low-powered CBS affiliate WIYE-LD (channel 26). The three stations share studios on Market Street (official address is One Television Plaza) in downtown Parkersburg; WOVA-LD's transmitter is located in Independence Township, Ohio.
The market's first-ever locally based Fox affiliate was originally seen on a second digital subchannel of WTAP. Prior to that launch, the Parkersburg–Marietta market did not have a Fox affiliate of its own. Cable systems on the West Virginia side of the market piped in WVAH-TV from Charleston, while cable systems on the Ohio side and satellite systems in the region carried WTTE from Columbus; both stations are owned by Cunningham Broadcasting and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group via local marketing agreements. On April 10, 2006, WTAP launched its Fox-affiliated second digital subchannel to serve as the area's first outlet for the network. To make the new service possible, the big three affiliate underwent a technical transformation. It carved out a new digital, high-definition-ready master control room from space previously used for storage. WTAP also installed an entirely digital production room. Despite the market gaining its own Fox affiliate, WVAH and WTTE continue to be offered on area cable systems.
WOVA was born out of then-license holder Wood Investments LLC's sale of two low-power station licenses on channel 22 (previously holding the callsign WVEX-LP) and another station on UHF channel 47 (then using the callsign WWVX-LP) to Gray Television on April 10, 2012 for $66,000. Gray filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to change the callsign of WVEX-LP to WOVA-LP on July 18, 2012, and changed its city of license from Marietta to Parkersburg. On September 3, 2012, Fox programming moved to this new low-powered station after which WTAP-DT2 was shut down. The move allowed Fox programming to be broadcast over the air in high definition. On October 1, 2012, the station changed its call sign to WOVA-LD.
On September 1, 2018, a 720p HD feed (branded as "Parkersburg's CW 15/21") of The CW's national CW Plus service was added to subchannel 22.2; prior to September 1, 2018, WQCW from the adjacent Portsmouth, Ohio/Charleston–Huntington, West Virginia media market served as the default CW affiliate in Parkersburg, being offered to viewers through local cable and satellite providers.
The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:
|22.1||720p||16:9||FOX||Main WOVA-LD programming / Fox|
|22.2||CW+||Parkersburg CW 15/21|
Syndicated programming on WOVA-LD includes Family Guy, Judge Judy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and The People's Court, among others.
The station offers a weeknight prime time news broadcast known as Fox Parkersburg News at 10. Airing for thirty minutes from a secondary set, the show mirrors local news seen on WTAP except for slightly different graphics and unique feature segments.