call_letters = WWTI-DT2 | station_
station_branding = North Country CW
digital = 21 (WWTI-DT 50.2)
The CW(via The CW Plus)| founded = 1998
location = Watertown, New York
callsign_meaning = see
WWTI- Watertown/ Thousand Islands
former_callsigns = "WBWT" (fictional, 1998-2006)
The WB(1998-2006 via The WB 100+)
effective_radiated_power = 25 kW (digital)
HAAT = 331 m (digital)
facility_id = 16747 (digital)
coordinates = coord|43|52|47.2|N|75|43|9.7|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 (digital)
homepage = see below
WWTI-DT2 is the CW-affiliated
television stationfor Watertown, New York. The station is part of The CW Plus, a special CW feed that broadcasts on cable and / or over-the-air on a digital signal. The CW Plus serves smaller television markets with a DMA rank above 100 (the Watertown has a rank of 177). WWTI-DT2 is a second digital subchannel of Watertown's ABC affiliate WWTIwhich is owned by Newport Television. Over-the-air, WWTI-DT2 broadcasts as a digital subchannelon UHFchannel 21 from WWTI's transmitter which is located in Copenhagen. The station is also offered on Time Warnercable channel 14. It is known on-air as "North Country CW" and identifies itself by only its cable positions "14/31"; the over the air channel number ( PSIP50.2) does not appear in station branding.
WWTI-DT2's parent station has studios on Arsenal Street in downtown Watertown.
The station began broadcasting in
1998when The WB deployed various stations outside the top 100 markets as cable-only channels. It first broadcast on Time Warner cable channel 31 before being moved to the more appropriate channel 14 slot. It had the fictional call sign "WBWT" and was branded as "Watertown's WB 14".
January 24, 2006, UPNand The WBannounced that they would cease broadcasting and merge. The new combined network would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of its corporate parents: CBS(the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros.unit of Time Warner. UPNprogramming was carried by WLOT-LP; that station is now defunct. On May 18, it was confirmed that WBWT would become an affiliate of The CW under The CW Plus (a similar operation to The WB 100+).
WWTI then created a new second digital subchannel to offer non-cable viewers access to CW programming. When the network launched on
September 18, WBWT began to use the WWTI-DT2 calls officially. WLOT shut down its broadcasting.
April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations unit, including WBWT's parent station WWTI, to the private equity group Providence Equity Partners. The operation of the Watertown CW affiliate remained unchanged. Like most WB 100+ affiliates, WBWT offered the nationally syndicated morning show, " The Daily Buzz", on weekday mornings from 6 to 9. WWTI-DT2 continues this practice.
* [http://www.yourcwtv.com/partners/watertown/ WWTI-DT2 "North Country CW"]
* [http://www.newswatch50.com/ WWTI "NewsWatch 50"]
* [http://www.cwtv.com The CW]
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