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This article is for a brand of classic television programming. For other uses, see Me TV.
MeTV Logo.png
Type Classic television
Country United States
Availability OTA digital television and LPTV in limited markets
Founded 2005 in Chicago
2008 in Milwaukee
Slogan Classic Television Defined
Owner Weigel Broadcasting
Official Website see individual station articles

MeTV (Me standing for "Memorable Entertainment") is the branding used by Weigel Broadcasting for its network offering classic television sitcoms, dramas and classic commercials. MeTV is a predecessor to This TV.

Weigel holds the rights to many of the classic television shows in the Chicago, Milwaukee, and South Bend, Indiana markets that are normally held by the competing Retro Television Network, with the first two markets having those shows air on the MeTV-branded stations, while in South Bend, the programming airs unbranded on Weigel's WMYS-LP (Channel 69) outside of MyNetworkTV's primetime slots. On July 23, 2009, RTV began being carried as a digital subchannel of WITI (Channel 6) in Milwaukee, which has been customized to avoid programming conflicts with Weigel's Milwaukee rights.[1]


MeTV and Me Too

Initially, MeTV was a programming block including shows like Jack Benny, Sergeant Bilko, Carol Burnett, Maude, and One Day at a Time which aired from 12 noon to 3pm on WFBT (now WWME-CA channel 23) Chicago, Illinois. This block of programming underwent several changes adding and subtracting shows and expanding time periods.

On January 1, 2005, Weigel rechristened Chicago ethnic station WFBT as WWME-CA and made the entire station MeTV. The station's former ethnic programming and call letters (WFBT Chicago) moved to channel 48. On February 5, 2008, Weigel Broadcasting announced that WFBT-CA 48 would be renamed to WMEU-CA and begin airing "Me Too" beginning March 1, 2008. "Me Too" is an extension of "MeTV" with even more programs.

MeTV and Me Too are broadcast in Chicago on WCIU-TV's digital subchannels 26.2 and 26.3 respectively. On March 11, 2008, WWME's digital channel 39, with the calls WWME-LD signed on, becoming Chicago's first low-power digital station.

Me TV was originally a blend of classic sitcoms from the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's along with some off network drama shows as well. Several hours of sitcoms would run followed by several hours of drama hour long shows. When Me Too was launched, they also had the same format with some of the shows overlapping. By 2008, some 1980's and early 1990's shows were added. Over the years when Me TV ran sitcoms, Me Too would run drama shows and when Me TV ran dramas, Me Too ran sitcoms. So the services were very similar.

Beginning in September of 2009, Me TV began to run only off network sitcoms (such as The Bernie Mac Show, All in the Family, The Three Stooges and Frasier) and is positioned as the station for comedy while Me Too began running only off network drama shows (such as Perry Mason, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Twilight Zone) and became knows as the choice for drama.


Milwaukee expansion

MeTV Milwaukee was launched on digital subchannel 58.3 of Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT on March 1, 2008,[2] and was also launched on local cable systems. The Milwaukee version of the station features much of the same programming, mostly sitcoms with a few drama shows mixed in, though in different time slots.

On April 20, 2008, Weigel began the process of moving the MeTV programming to its own dedicated full-powered channel, the newly acquired WJJA in Racine which the call letters were later changed to WBME-TV. This transition was completed on November 1, 2008 with the launch of This TV on the 58.3 slot and WBME's new digital transmitter on the Weigel tower in Milwaukee's Lincoln Park. In this iteration, the station also airs public affairs programming including Racine & Me, and because of their full power status, E/I programming such as WCIU's Green Screen Adventures and Saved by the Bell.

Sí! MeTV

From Saturday, August 4, 2007 to Sunday, January 25, 2009, WWME expanded its classic television brand by introducing Sí! MeTV, classic television in Spanish. Programming in that block featured Spanish-dubbed versions of American shows from the Universal library, such as Hercules, Xena, Miami Vice, Quantum Leap and The Incredible Hulk. Some programs seen in that block were available to the station only in Spanish, due to restrictions imposed on the English-language originals. Sí! MeTV also offered a Spanish public affairs program in the block, which began at a later date.

The "Sí" in "Sí! MeTV" was the Spanish word for "yes". However, the first two parts of the "Sí! MeTV" moniker were based on the phrase "see me".

MeTV stations


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