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WAZE-TV
CW19Logo.png
Madisonville, Kentucky/Evansville, Indiana
Branding CW19
Slogan The Tri-State's Home of The CW
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
Translators WAZE-LP 17 Evansville
WJPS-LP 4 Evansville
WIKY-LP 5 Evansville
Affiliations The CW
Owner Roberts Broadcasting Company
(Roberts Broadcasting Company of Evansville, IN, LLC)
First air date October 15, 1983
Former callsigns WLCN (1983-1997)
WWAZ-TV (1997-2000)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
19 (1983-2009)
Former affiliations independent (1983-1997)
The WB (1997-2006)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW (digital)
Height 216 m (digital)
Facility ID 74592
Transmitter Coordinates 37°24′56.6″N 87°31′29″W / 37.415722°N 87.52472°W / 37.415722; -87.52472

WAZE-TV is a television station in Madisonville, Kentucky, in the United States, serving the Evansville, Indiana DMA. The station, which is owned by Roberts Broadcasting (who bought it from previous owner South Central Communications in 2006, is an affiliate of the CW Television Network. It broadcasts a digital signal on channel 20, which redirects to former analog channel 19 via PSIP.

The station also operates three low-powered translators, which are currently its only known over-the-air means of broadcasting: WAZE-LP, channel 17, WJPS-LP channel 4, and WIKY-LP, channel 5, are licensed to Evansville and serve as in-town relays of the main WAZE signal. WAZE's transmitter is located farther south than the other major Evansville stations because of FCC regulations requiring a station's transmitter to be no more than 15 miles from the city of license--in this case, Madisonville, which is 50 miles south of Evansville. As a result, the channel 19 signal provided only a grade B ("rimshot") signal to Evansville itself, and was practically unviewable north and east of the city. The station must rely on cable coverage to reach most of its viewing area. Indeed, many cable carriers in the market (particularly outside the Evansville and Owensboro areas) do not carry the station.

WAZE signed on in 1983 as WLCN. It was originally an independent station that ran mostly Christian programing along with segments of HSN Spree. On November 1, 1997, it became a WB affiliate and changed its calls to WWAZ-TV. In 1999, it began branding as WAZE-TV, after its Evansville repeater, and changed its call letters to match in 2000. The WWAZ-TV calls are now with a currently silent station in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

WAZE simulcasts KSDK's coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Soon after taking control, Roberts disabled the station's old Website at wazetv.com. A new site at cwaze.com debuted in 2008, but that site was itself closed down in mid-2009.

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Future of station in question

According to FCC documents filed in March 2009, Roberts had agreed to sell WAZE and the station's three Evansville translators to BGT Communications, LLC. However, as of August 2009, the sale has not yet been approved by the FCC, although BGT is technically in charge of the station through a local marketing agreement with Roberts.

DTV transition issues

As part of the digital TV transition, on June 12, 2009, WAZE turned off its full-power analog signal on channel 19. The station's digital signal on channel 20 only operates at 1,110 watts (equivalent in power to most low-power stations in analog), and doesn't travel very far from its location near Hanson, Kentucky. As a result, it doesn't even reach Evansville itself or the second-largest city in the market, Owensboro.

The station had been issued a construction permit on at least two occasions to increase its power to 1 million watts, which is equivalent to 5 million watts in analog. However, no such operation has been constructed.

Newscasts

The station airs the newscast The Daily Buzz weekdays mornings 5 to 8 AM. At one point, WEHT produced a 9PM newscast for WAZE.

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Simple English

WAZE-TV is a local TV channel from Evansville, Indiana. It is widely known as "The C-W 19." It broadcasts on Channel 20, if you have a TV antenna.


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