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Encyclopedia > Superstation WGN
Superstation WGN
Type Cable and satellite network
Country United States
Availability USA, Canada
Slogan It's great to be home.
Owner Tribune Company
Launch date 1978
Former affiliations The WB/Kids' WB (1995-1999)
Website
SuperstationWGN.com

Superstation WGN is a Chicago-based American superstation for WGN-TV, owned by Tribune Broadcasting Company. Superstation WGN offers its national programming across North America without network programming. It is the only remaining national superstation after TBS became a regular cable channel on October 1, 2007. Superstation WGN is available via satellite to DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States as well as through some smaller Canadian cable companies; most Canadian viewers which previously received the Superstation WGN feed now receive the WGN-TV Chicago feed. In Chicagoland, Superstation WGN is not available on cable or terrestrial digital but is available to DirecTV and Dish Network viewers. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Cable TV redirects here. ... Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Advertising slogans are short, often memorable phrases used in advertising campaigns. ... The Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB) is a large American multimedia corporation based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... The Warner Bros. ... Kids WB! is the Saturday morning cartoon block of The CW Television Networks weekend programming. ... Superstation in United States television can have several meanings. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Tribune Broadcasting is a group of radio and television stations located throughout the United States which are owned and operated by the Tribune Company, a media conglomerate based in Chicago, Illinois. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... A standard DirecTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV (trademarked as DIRECTV) is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, USA, that was founded in 1994. ... DISH Network is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service that provides satellite television, audio programming, and interactive television services to households and businesses in the United States, owned by parent company DISH Network Corporation. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Chicagoland is an informal name for the Chicago metropolitan area, used primarily by copywriters, advertising agencies, native residents, and traffic reporters. ...

Contents

History

In October 1978, United Video uplinked the signal of WGN-TV Channel 9 in Chicago to the Satcom-3 satellite for cable and satellite subscribers nationwide. For over 11 years, the national program schedule was the exact same as Chicago's. 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ...


In 1989, a new law known as Syndication Exclusivity Rights, or "SyndEx", was passed. This law means that whenever a local station has the exclusive rights to air a syndicated program in their market, it must be covered up on any out-of-town stations by the local cable company. On January 1, 1990, a separate national feed of WGN-TV was launched to avoid any blackouts, save for some sports programming, similar to WWOR-TV's "WWOR EMI Service", only with fewer blackouts. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Syndication Exclusivity also known as SyndEx is a Federal Law designed to protect a local television stations rights to syndicated television programs by granting exclusive rights to the station for that program in the local market. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... WWOR-TV, channel 9, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Secaucus, New Jersey, and serving the New York City metropolitan area. ... WWOR EMI Service was a national cable network. ...


Superstation WGN's national feed does not carry the WGN Morning News (it is claimed that the newscast was dropped in 1996 from Superstation WGN due to "SyndEx" rules on some segments) but does air the Noon and 9 p.m. (Central Time) newscasts. The evening newscast is occasionally pre-empted nationally due to Chicago Bulls basketball games cleared only on WGN-TV Chicago but not on Superstation WGN or if a movie on Superstation WGN runs long. WGN Morning News is a popular morning news program aired on WGN-TV in Chicago. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ...


Another major programming difference between the national and Chicago area feeds is that Superstation WGN does not carry CW Network programming (which does appear on WGN-TV Chicago), as that network is available in most markets around the country. Superstation WGN did carry programming from the former WB Network nationwide (which Tribune had an ownership interest in) from the network's launch in 1995 until 1999, when local station coverage was deemed sufficient enough by Time Warner and Tribune to discontinue airing The WB on Superstation WGN. The CW Television Network, normally abbreviated to The CW, also known as The New CW in its first season of the network, is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... The Warner Bros. ... Time Warner Inc. ...


Both the Chicago area and national feeds feature select Cubs and White Sox baseball games and air a select amount of Bulls basketball games. Due to NBA broadcast rights restrictions, most Bulls games contracted to air on WGN-TV are seen in the Chicago area only; Superstation WGN airs movies and other syndicated programming instead. Nearly half of WGN-produced White Sox games and eight Cubs games air on WCIU-TV for the Chicago market only. With former superstation TBS having moved its national broadcasts of the Atlanta Braves to its local Atlanta WPCH-TV feed in 2008, it leaves WGN as the only superstation broadcasting local sports to a national audience.[1] Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) (Chicago) White Stockings (1901-1903 *From 1900 to 1903, the official name did not contain the city name of Chicago... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... WCIU-TV is an independent television station, based in Chicago, Illinois. ... TBS also stands for Tokyo Broadcasting System, a Japanese television network. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... WPCH-TV, channel 17, is an independent television station in Atlanta, Georgia, owned by the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner. ...


Shows

Currently airing

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Past Programming

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Charles in Charge was an American sitcom series broadcast on CBS which starred Scott Baio as Charles, a college student working as a live-in babysitter. ... This article is about the television series. ... Rescue Rangers redirects here. ... Coach is a popular American television sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997. ... C.O.P.S ’n’ Crooks was a line of action figures produced by Hasbro and sold between 1988 and 1989. ... The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television situation comedy which initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to June 1, 1966, created by Carl Reiner and starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. ... DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. ... Empty Nest is a television sitcom that ran on NBC from 1988 to 1995. ... The Facts of Life may refer to: A US sitcom that ran from 1979 to 1988. ... 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WGN in Canada

On January 17, 2007, many cable systems in Canada, as well as Star Choice, switched to the WGN-TV Chicago feed, duplicating CW Network and many syndicated programs already available on other channels. This is a result of Shaw Broadcast Services (the main supplier of the WGN feed in Canada) switching to the local feed. It is believed that the switch was made to avoid fees required to carry Superstation WGN. Superstation WGN continues to be carried on other cable systems in Canada, however Bell ExpressVu has been carrying the WGN-TV Chicago feed for several years. Star Choice is a direct broadcast satellite television distributor in Canada which is majority-owned by cable TV operator Shaw Communications Inc. ... Bell ExpressVu is the division of Bell Canada Enterprises that provides satellite television service across Canada. ...


High Definition

A high definition feed of Superstation WGN is now available on AT&T U-verse and other systems as it becomes available. Cubs and White Sox baseball, Bulls basketball and most episodes of Corner Gas are in high definition. AT&T U-verse is the brand name for a group of services provided over Internet Protocol (IP), including television service, Internet access, and voice telephone service. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) (Chicago) White Stockings (1901-1903 *From 1900 to 1903, the official name did not contain the city name of Chicago... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Corner Gas is an award-winning Canadian situation comedy which has aired on CTV and The Comedy Network since 2004. ...


Logos

Note: Superstation WGN used WGN-TV Chicago logos until 1995.

See also

Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... // Below is a numerical representation of the DirecTV channel lineup. ... This is a list of the channels receivable from Dish Network. ...

External links

  • Superstation WGN website
A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... WGN-AM is a radio station on 720 kHz in Chicago, co-owned with WGN-TV. WGN-AMs transmitter is located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Tribune Publishing is a group of newspaper located throughout the United States which are owned and operated by the Tribune Company, a publish conglomerate based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Tribune Media Services (TMS) is a syndication company owned by the Tribune Company. ... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... USD redirects here. ... A fiscal year (or financial year or accounting reference date) is a 12-month period used for calculating annual (yearly) financial statements in businesses and other organizations. ...

  Results from FactBites:
 
WGN - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (187 words)
WGN is the callsign of two broadcast stations in Chicago, Illinois, both of them owned by the Chicago Tribune company.
WGN is also a U.S. network available on satellite and cable TV services known as Superstation WGN.
WGN radio was created on June 1, 1924, when the Chicago Tribune bought WDAP with studios in the Drake Hotel and renamed it to WGN.
WGN-TV at AllExperts (1290 words)
WGN Television, from the station's inception, is the flagship of the Tribune Company, which also owns radio station WGN (720 kHz.).
WGN is notable both as an early example of media conglomeration and as a pioneer in cable television, where it was one of the first superstations.
Superstation WGN's national feed does not carry the WGN Morning News (it is claimed that the show was dropped from the Superstation due to "SyndEx" rules on some segments) but does air the Noon and 9 p.m.
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