WAWV launched on April 3, 1973 is an ABC affiliate broadcasting in Terre Haute, IN. Mission Broadcasting is the owner of the channel located on US 41/150 in unincorporated Sullivan County where WAWV’s transmitter is also fixed. Charter Spectrum carried WAWV on Ch 8 in SD and Ch 708 in HD.
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History with ABC
WAWV first hit the waves on April 3, 1973 as WIIL; it was originally owned by Alpha Broadcasting and was broadcasting on UHF Ch 66. It had been relegated to off-hours clearances on CBS affiliate. However, the local market decline sent it into dark in 1974. It survived the scare and eventually shifted under the ownership of Alpha in 1976 in Charlotte, North Carolina. It changed its calls to WBAK-TV on March 29, 1977 under the ownership of Alpha. Channel 38 situation turned even worst when WRTV, a longtime NBC Network affiliate switched to ABC in June 1979. Its former analog signal covered most of eastern half of market in Terre Haute.
Bahakel Communications released WBAK to Mission Broadcasting in 2003 and Mission in turn entered an JSV with Nexstar Broadcasting Group. WAWV signed a Fox affiliation and was branded as Fox 38. It changed call sign to WFXW on June 1, 2005.
Return to ABC
Nexstar on June 28, 2011 penned a long term deal with ABC Network and it changed its call letters to WAWV after WTVW in Evansville and KSFX in Springfield lost their Fox network affiliations. LIN Media on Aug 25, 2011 reached an agreement with Fox to shift its programming to its second digital sub-channel. On June 12, 2009, the ABC affiliate dropped its analog signal to broadcast digitally however, it remained on its pre-transition UHF ch 39.
Two and a Half Men, The Simpsons and Family Guy are the syndicated programs produced by WAWV. It currently carries 7.5 hours of locally produced news-bulletin with 1.5 hours on each weekday. Valley Business Weekly is the most watched business news programs hosted by the station. News, weather and sports programs, community events, contests, lifestyle programs, videos, regional and national news and more is available online. Follow ABC affiliate on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Here is the website: https://www.mywabashvalley.com/