WOTV Battle Creek

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WOTV launched on July 24, 1971 is a Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. station affiliated with ABC and active in Battle Creek, Michigan. The channel shares duopoly with Grand Rapids-licensed NBC linked WOOD and also makes siters with MyNetworkTV class A affiliate WXSP-CD. The three studios of the channel are located on College Avenue Southeast in the Heritage Hill Section of Grand Rapids with a transmitter installed on South Norris Road in Orangeville Township. WOTV 4 is available on AT&T, U-verse, DirecTV and Dish Network.

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Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek is one of the 4 US markets represented by two separate affiliates of the same network. ABC Network content is also locally available on WZZM which is located outside Grand Rapids. Although the channel shares while lineup of the network and has a full news decampment of its own, the programs of it are not available in Battle Creek. This is mainly due to the face that its transmitter facility is located northwest of Grand Rapids in Grant, 40 miles away from other stations.

Slogan: ABC for Grand Rapids and West Michigan

Sisters: WXSP-CD and WOOD-TV

Website: www.woodtv.com/wotv4women

 

History

On July 24, 1971, WUHQ-TV hit the waves under the original ownership of Channel 41, Inc., a consortium shared by 19 investors from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. WUHQ hit the waves because the southern portion of the market did not receive an adequate signal form WZMM. Originally available on ch 9, it exchanged the affiliation with WWTV to shift to ch 13 in 1962. As a result, its transmitter is farther north compared to the other West Michigan televisions. WZZM’s owners NorthStar Television intended to purchased WUHG in 1991 to operate the service as its satellite but the deal couldn’t be materialized. WUHQ owners instead turned to the owners of WOTV, LIN Broadcasting and signed an LMA with them; the deal consummated on Nov 11, 1991. Shortly after that on June 12, 1992, Ch 8 resigned from WOTV calls and adopted its heritage callsign WOOD-TV. WUHQ calls are now used by a Daystar affiliate in Grand Rapids.

WOTV augmented its transmitter power to 5mn watts in 1996. WOTV was purchased by LIN TV in 2002 after acquiring WOOD-TV in 1999. It changed its branding to WOTV 4 in 2007. Media General on March 21, 2014 announced the acquisition of LIN; the deal consummated on Dec 19, 2014. Media General then merged with the Nexstar on Jan 17, 2017 making WOTV a Nexstar property.

Syndicated programs produced by the channel include Access Hollywood, The Wendy Williams, Show, Family Feud, Black-ish, The Goldbergs and others. You can watch WOTV online for latest news stories, weather and entertainment news, sports updates, videos, features and more. Follow the channel on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website: https://www.woodtv.com/wotv4women