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WUCW
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Branding The CW Twin Cities
Channels 23 (UHF), five translators analog,
22 (UHF) digital
Affiliations The CW
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
Founded September 22, 1982
Call letters meaning WB + UPN = CW (The CW is a "merger" of WB and UPN)
Former callsigns KTMA (1982-92)
KLGT (1992-98)
KMWB (1998-2006)
Former affiliations Independent (1982-95)
The WB (1995-2006)
Website thecwtc.com

WUCW (Channel 23 analog, 22 digital) is an affiliate of The CW serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota, currently owned and operated by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A map of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. ... A brand is a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service. ... In broadcasting, a channel is a range of frequencies (or, equivalently, wavelengths) assigned by a government for the operation of a particular broadcast station. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... In broadcasting, a translator is an FM radio station or a TV station which acts as a full-duplex repeater. ... Analog television (or analogue television) encodes television and transports the picture and sound information as an analog signal, that is, by varying the amplitude and/or frequencies of the broadcast signal. ... Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV or DTT) is an implementation of digital technology to provide a greater number of channels and/or better quality of picture and sound using aerial broadcasts to a conventional antenna (or aerial) instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... The CW Television Network, casually referred to as The CW, or most recently as The New CW (due to it being a new network) is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) NASDAQ: SBGI is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the United States with a total of 59 stations across the country in 38 primarily small and medium markets, many of which are located in the South and the Midwest. ... September 22 is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... The WB Television Network is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ... A website (alternatively, Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible via HTTP, a... Digital television (DTV) is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound by means of digital signals, in contrast to analog signals used by analog (traditional) TV. DTV uses digital modulation data, which is digitally compressed and requires decoding by a specially designed television set, or a... The Crimson White, known colloquially as The CW, is the student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama. ... A map of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) NASDAQ: SBGI is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the United States with a total of 59 stations across the country in 38 primarily small and medium markets, many of which are located in the South and the Midwest. ...


Among other identities, WUCW's former callsign was KTMA, which is perhaps best known as the station where the cult cable television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 got its start as a local Twin Cities-area program. Cult television, like cult figures, cult film and cult radio, attracts a band of aficionados or appreciators, known as a cult following, devoted to a specific television series or fictional universe. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ...

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History

KTMA

The first broadcast on channel 23 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market was done under the call letters KTMA on September 22, 1982, as a scrambled pay-per-view UHF service called "Spectrum". The call sign stood for "K-Twin Metro Area". The pay-per-view broadcasts offered by KTMA in its early days featured sports (in the form of home games of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota North Stars (now the Dallas Stars), and films (including pornographic movies). This service lasted just two years before the station was sold to the United Cable TV Corporation, who in turn began asking for bids one year later in 1985. The owners of radio station KTWN made a bid, and took some control of the channel for a while, broadcasting music videos. However, the eventual owner in 1986 was the KTMA-TV Acquisition Corp., which offered $12 million for the station. The station's new general manager Donald O'Connor soon transitioned to an independent format, broadcasting a number of old programs such as The Andy Griffith Show and Laurel and Hardy. September 22 is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... In radio (including television), a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for amateur, broadcast, and sometimes military radio use, as well as for broadcast television. ... Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... The Minnesota North Stars were a team in the National Hockey League between 1967 and 1993. ... The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kool 108 (KQQL 107. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... The Andy Griffith Show is an American television series that aired from 1960 to 1968. ... Laurel and Hardy, in a promotional still from their 1937 feature film Way Out West. ...


Despite a major marketing campaign, the station was only moderately successful at pulling in viewers and advertising dollars. In July 1987, Paramount Pictures pulled all of their programming from the station, leading to even lower-budget shows and, later that year, attempts at locally-produced material including comedy shows; some have compared this programming to that of the fictional "U62" channel in the "Weird Al" Yankovic film UHF. Production manager Jim Mallon sought to fill a hole in the Sunday night lineup. He talked to his contacts in the local comedy community and ended up meeting Joel Hodgson. After a particularly successful lunch meeting with Mallon, Hodgson created Mystery Science Theater 3000 (typically abbreviated MST3K), which began airing in November 1988. Commercialism redirects here. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ... This article is about the musician himself. ... UHF was rereleased on DVD in 2002 by MGM UHF (also known as The Vidiot from UHF) is a comedy cult film made in 1989. ... Jim Mallon was the executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning series Mystery Science Theater 3000, and president of Best Brains, Inc. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In December of that year, KTMA attempted to create a new regional network called the Minnesota Independent Network (MIN) along with a media group based in Fargo, North Dakota, and KXLI channel 41 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The network never got off the ground, but the parties involved spent a considerable amount of money in the planning and early development stages. This left KXLI teetering, forcing it to go off the air for two years. KTMA was also hit hard, leading the staff to file for bankruptcy in July 1989. This financial crisis forced MST3K to be cancelled, despite its growing popularity in the area. Hodgson and Mallon eventually took the show to the Comedy Channel (now Comedy Central) cable television network, and later to the Sci-Fi Channel. Location in North Dakota Coordinates: Country United States State North Dakota County Cass County Founded 1871 Mayor Dennis Walaker Area    - City 98. ... KPXM channel 41 (40 digital) is a PAX Network affiliate broadcasting in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... St. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organizations to pay their... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States and, as of October 19, 2006, in Poland[1], of January 15, 2007 in Germany[2], of April 30, 2007 in the Netherlands[3] and in Italy of May 1. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... SCI FI (sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ...


Through the bankruptcy, the station still maintained a low-budget format with infomercials, religious shows, home shopping, public domain movies, low rated barter syndicated shows, and a few off network dramas. They moved into the former studios of local PBS station KTCA in St. Paul, Minnesota in December 1989 (KTCA had constructed a new building). After nearly two more years of bankruptcy proceedings, O'Connor was fired as general manager by a court-appointed trustee. In November 1991, the station was purchased by Christian broadcaster Lakeland Group Television. Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) is the organization that operates the KTCA and KTCI television stations in Minneapolis-St. ... State capitol building in Saint Paul Saint Paul is the capital and second-largest city of the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. ... A trial at the Old Bailey in London as drawn by Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin for Ackermanns Microcosm of London (1808-11). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


KLGT

Lakeland started carrying "family friendly" programming, and changed the station's call letters to KLGT (for either "light" or "Lakeland Group Television") in 1992, identifying the station as "Sonlight 23". The format consisted of a few hours of religion a day along with a lot of family oriented off network sitcoms, cartoons, and old movies. However, the new format was not very popular but the station held its own. Sports, this time in the form of the St. Paul Saints, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Minnesota Moose, returned to the channel in 1994. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The St. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ... The new Manitoba Moose logo The Manitoba Moose are an American Hockey League ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ...


Around this time, KLGT began an association with longtime area broadcaster WCCO channel 4. At first, the station merely carried news updates during prime time, but in 1995, the two stations worked together on an innovative newscast known as "News of Your Choice." Essentially, two different newscasts were produced at the WCCO studios simultaneously, each one covering different stories. At regular intervals, the news anchors would say what was coming up on the other channel, allowing viewers to decide which story they were more interested in and to tune in to the appropriate channel. Due to declining ratings at WCCO at the time, the project was canceled after a year in January 1996. Also in 1995, KLGT became one of the original members of TV network The WB. WCCO is a set of radio and television stations with a storied history spanning more than 80 years that serves the Minneapolis-St. ... For other uses, see News (disambiguation). ... Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... A news anchor (US,Can. ...


KMWB

Following the sale of the station to Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) in 1998, the call sign was again changed to KMWB ("Minnesota's WB"). Programming has stayed fairly consistent over the last decade, airing courtroom shows like The People's Court, talk shows like Ricki Lake and The Jerry Springer Show, and dating shows like Elimidate. The station has continued to carry Minnesota Timberwolves basketball until recently (now carried by KSTC 45), and has broadcast M*A*S*H for many years. A trial at the Old Bailey in London as drawn by Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin for Ackermanns Microcosm of London (1808-11). ... Judge Joseph Wapner, who presided over cases from 1981 to 1993. ... Ricki Lake was a daytime talk show hosted by U.S. actress Ricki Lake. ... The Jerry Springer Show (first aired September 20, 1991) is an internationally known television tabloid talk show, hosted by Jerry Springer, a former politician. ... elimiDATE is a television dating reality show. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... KSTC channel 45 (44 digital) is a UHF television station serving the Twin Cities region Minnesota and western Wisconsin. ... M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart and inspired by the 1961 novel Catch-22, the 1968 Richard Hooker novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and its sequels, and—primarily—the 1970 film MASH. It is the most well...


The station was hit by the 2004 controversy surrounding the decision by corporate parent SBG to air the documentary Stolen Honor, which was critical of U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry's Vietnam War service record. Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Stolen Honor is a 45-minute video documentary that was released in September 2004. ... Al Gore (born December 11, 1943) is a Vietnam Veteran and the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


On January 24, 2006, it was announced that The WB and UPN networks would merge into The CW Television Network. It was very likely that KMWB would become the new network's Twin Cities affiliate, as News Corporation, parent company of Fox announced that all of its current UPN affiliates, including WFTC in the Twin Cities, would affiliate with My Network TV when both networks launched. Although Sinclair's later group deal with My Network TV involving several other stations around the country provided some doubt, on May 2, 2006, KMWB was confirmed as the Minneapolis-Saint Paul affiliate for The CW Television Network. January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The CW Television Network, casually referred to as The CW, or most recently as The New CW (due to it being a new network) is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... WFTC, channel 29, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated station licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and serving the Minneapolis-St. ... My Network TV (sometimes written MyNetworkTV, and unofficially abbreviated MNT or MNTV) is an upcoming television network in the United States, owned by News Corporation, which is scheduled to launch on September 5, 2006. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


WUCW

On June 19, 2006, KMWB changed its call sign to WUCW to reflect its CW affiliaton, and to suggest the formation of the new network itself (WB + UPN = CW). WUCW will join other Sinclair stations by adding The Tube Music Network to their digital subchannel, 23-2, on July 15, 2006. Effective January 1, 2007, The Tube has been dropped. June 19 is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Tube Music Network is a music video network carried on select digital television subchannels and digital cable systems. ... Digital television in the United States supports multiple digital subchannels if you divide the 19. ...


Today WUCW offers first run syndicated talk reality/court shows, syndicated sitcoms, cartoons from Kids WB, and CW programming. Kids WB is the Saturday morning cartoon portion of the WB Television Networks programming. ...


On August 16, WUCW replaced the WB23 watermark with the CW Twin Cities watermark on its syndicated programs.


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Broadcasting facilities

WUCW still broadcasts from the St. Paul studios, located near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, that they moved into in 1989. The station's main transmitters are at the Telefarm installation in Shoreview, Minnesota. The station also uses a network of five broadcast translators to carry the signal greater distances: The Minnesota State Fair, marketed as The Great Minnesota Get-Together, is one of the largest state fairs in the United States. ... Telefarm Towers Shoreview is a transmission site for FM radio and television broadcasting in Shoreview, Minnesota consisting of two guyed towers. ... Shoreview is a city located in Ramsey County, Minnesota. ... In broadcasting, a translator is an FM radio station or a TV station which acts as a full-duplex repeater. ...

Alexandria is a city in Douglas County, Minnesota, United States. ... Frost is a city located in Faribault County, Minnesota. ... Jackson is a city located in Jackson County, Minnesota. ... St. ... Willmar is a city located in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. ...

External links

References

  • "TV23 History" (archived file downloaded October 2003 or earlier) from NebraskaRadio.com

 
 

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