WCAV-TV launched on Aug 15, 2004 is a Charlottesville, Virginia station owned by Gray Television. The station is operating on Comcast Xfinity and is a sister of WVAW, HSV, WWBT, WSVF, WUPTV, WZBJ, WDBJ, WAHU-CD. Affiliated with CBS, the transmitter of the channel is located on Carters Mountain South of Charlottesville with studios located on 2nd Street Southeast in downtown Charlottesville.
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Sisters: WVAW, WHSV, WUPV, WZBJ
WCAV became the first CBS affiliate in the area when it was launched on Aug 15, 2004; it would set a competition with WVIR-TV. The channel 19 slot was considered to till the area with a WB service. The market was working without WB affiliation since WUPV joined UPN in 1997. It then swapped the channel with WTVR in 2007. However, after turning digital, Gray launched WVAW-LP as an ABC affiliate on Channel 16; it was formerly an LP translator of WHSV based in Harrisonburg. In early 2005 two sisters were joined by WAHU-CA, a Fox affiliate that later became WAHU-CD to broadcast on Ch 27 on UHF. All the three sisters since 2006 serve as the flagship stations for the sports events of University of Virginia. The simulcast of the WCAV on June 17, 2013 transitioned into HD. It added Ion TV on its Ch 19.4 on Oct 1, 2018.
On March 4, 2019 Gray Television announced to sale WVAW-LD and WCAVC to Lockwood Broadcast Group.
Syndicated programs aired by the channel include Entertainment Tonight, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Family Feud, Judge Judy and others. CBS19 Weather Now is the weather newscast of the station. It broadcasts latest news, UVA Sports updates, closings, traffic reports, featured stories, contests and community events for its audiences. WCAV shares its resources and news operations with WDBJ, WWBT, WDTV, and WHS-TV. Follow the channel on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Here is the website: https://www.cbs19news.com/