WTVW Evansville

CW 7 Indiana

WTVW launched on Aug 21, 1956 is a CW-linked station operating in Evansville, Indiana and serves Tristate areas of southwestern Indiana, southeastern Illinois and northwestern Kentucky. Mission Broadcasting, Inc. is the owner of the station while Nexstar Media Group currently operates the service. The latter also owned the channel from 2003 to 2011 and presently owns WEHT airing on ch 25 in the city. It operates WTVW through an SSA: shared services agreement.

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The duo has studios located on Marywood Drive in Henderson, Kentucky while WTVW’s transmitter is installed outside of Chandler, Indiana. Charter Spectrum is the cable carrier of the station and broadcasts it SD and HD feed on Ch 8. Before signing affiliation agreement with The CW, WTVW was the market’s Fox affiliate from Dec 3, 1995 to June 30, 2011 and prior to that it was ABC linked station form Aug 1956 to Dec 1995.

Slogan: Everywhere You Are


Website: www.tristatehomepage.com/


History as an ABC station

On Aug 21, 1956, WTVW hit the waves on VHF Ch 7; it was owned and operated by Evansville Television, Inc. It was company’s third television channel and the first on the VHF band. During its early years, WTVW battled and attempt by FCC to deintermix the market which could deprive it of ch 7 potentially moving to UHF ch 31 and moving ch 7 to Louisville, Kentucky. The original studios of the channel were housed in Carpenter Street in downtown Evansville.

Evansville filed for bankruptcy in 1959 and the channel was purchased by Polaris Corporation which merged with Natco Corp, a subsidiary of Fuqua Industries in 1966. Fuqua opted to step outside broadcasting business in 1979. The channel was eventually acquired by Charles Woods before selling it to Banam Broadcasting in 1993.

Switch to Fox

Banam released WTVW to Petracom Broadcasting in May 1995 which sold it to Quorum Broadcasting in 1997. Quorum eventually merged with Nexstar Broadcasting on Dec 31, 2003; the deal consummated in Jan 2004. It became an independent service on July 1, 2011 after dropping the Fox.


Nexstar sold the service to its sister company Mission Broadcasting on Dec 1, 2011 and on Jan 28, 2013 Mission revealed that WTVW would get a new affiliate CW for the Tri-State area form Jan 31, 2013.


The syndicated programs produced by the channel include The Big Bang Theory, Family Feud, Judge Judy, The People’s Court, Steve Hot Bench and others. It currently airs 23.5 hours of locally produced news-bulletins each week with 4 hours each weekday and 1.5 hours on Sat and 2 hours on Sun.

Tamron Hall, Judge Mathis, Law & Order, The FBI Files, It Takes a Killer, The Andy Griffith Show, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Monster, Set it Off, The Drew Barrymore Show, General Hospital, Rachel Ray According to Jim, Highway to Heaven, Unsolved Mysteries, Judge Jerry and Jerry Springer are some of the most watched programs on WTVW’s schedule. Audiences can watch the channel online and find it on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Here is the website: https://www.tristatehomepage.com/