KCWO TV launched on Jan 15, 1956 is television owned by Gray Television and based in Big Spring, Texas. It shares duopoly with KOSA-TV affiliated with CBS and is a sister of KTLE-LD, an LP Telemundo linked channel which broadcasts in HD on as a second digital sub-channel of KCWO. The trio have offices located inside Music City Mall on East 42nd Street in Odessa with secondary studios and news bureaus in downtown Midland.
The transmitter of the channel is located on US 87 north of Big Spring. It was known as KWAB and held a satellite KWES owned by Raycom Media. Its signals spread to Odessa-Midland market Apart form transmitter it didn’t have any presence locally in the Big Spring market. Following the acquisition of Raycom by Gray, KWES shifted under Tegan Inc. while KWAB was turned into a standalone service.
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Sisters: KOSA-TV and KTLE-LD
KWAB had studios and tower located at the edge of Howard College campus at 2500 Kentucky Way. It knows as KEDY at that time largely became a semi-satellite of KDUB after producing locally produced programs in 60s. Rogers released the channel to Grayson Enterprises. It changed its calls to KWAB later and started to simulcast KPAR-TV’s content in Sweetwater. However, both KDUB and KPAR were primarily linked with CBS but after the acquisition of KVKM by Grayson, KWAB started began to carry its programs. On June 11, 1981 KWAB exchanged affiliations with KMID to move NBC. KWAB and KWES were released to MSP Television in 1985 before moving to Drewry Communications in 1991. Drewry which intended to transfer its assets to London Broadcasting by 2008 couldn’t do it as the plans fell through.
Today in Big Spring was the notable program recorded and aired with delays by the channel. KWAB got linked with LATV on Dec 29, 2013 but moved to The CW. The CW broadcasts moved to Dish Network on June 12, 2014 and can be accessed via Channel 10. Raycom revealed its plans to acquire Drewry Communications on Aug 10, 2015; the deal completed on Dec 1, 2015. Raycom then merged with Gray in June 2018 and the channel shifted under the ownership of Gray. The calls of the channel were changed to KCWO on Jan 2, 2019. You can watch the channel online and follow it on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website: https://www.yourcwtv.com/partners/odessa/index.php