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WCWJ 17.svg
Jacksonville, Florida
Branding CW 17
Slogan Jacksonville's CW
Channel Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Subchannels 17.1/17.2 The CW HD/SD
Affiliations The CW
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date February 19, 1966
Callsign meaning The CW Jacksonville
Former callsigns WJKS (1966-1997)
WJWB (1997-2006)
Former channels Analog:
17 (1966-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1966-1980 & 1988-1997)
NBC (1980-1988)
The WB (1997-2006)
Effective power 863 kW (digital)
Height 282.5 m (digital)
Facility ID 29712
Antenna coordinates 30°16′36″N 81°33′47″W / 30.27667°N 81.56306°W / 30.27667; -81.56306

WCWJ is the CW-affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. The station is owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.. Its transmitter is located in Jacksonville.



Rust Craft signed channel 17 on the air as WJKS-TV, an ABC affiliate on February 19, 1966. On January 1, 1980, WJKS and WTLV switched networks with WTLV taking ABC and WJKS picking up NBC. This lasted until 1988 when WJKS and WTLV switched back to their original network affiliations.

Media General acquired WJKS from Ziff Davis in October 1982; it was the second television station in the Media General chain (Tampa's WFLA-TV was the first).

WJKS started a small news operation in its second year. Newscasts were called "Pulse News," "NewsWatch 17," "17 News," then finally "First Coast News," when the station began to produce a prime time newscast for WAWS.

In 1996, WJKS lost the ABC affiliation to upstart WJXX after WJXX's then-owner, Allbritton, made an affiliation deal with ABC in several markets. WJKS switched to the WB network and changed its call letters to WJWB. It also ended its news operation on December 30, 1996. Ironically, when Gannett, owner of WTLV, bought WJXX and merged the two stations' operations, it called its news operation "First Coast News."

WJWB, with over 30 years of service to Jacksonville at the time of the ABC/WB switch, thrived with the new network, and was consistently ranked as one of the highest-rated WB affiliates in the country.

When The CW was announced in January 2006, WJWB was expected to join the new network due to its status as one of the WB's "crown jewels." However, when the new network announced its first group of stations outside the core group of Tribune Company and CBS Corporation-owned stations, WJWB was not on the list, leading to speculation that The CW would choose to affiliate with WJXT instead.

In March 2006, however, The CW announced affiliation deals with WJWB and sister station WASV (now WYCW, which was affiliated with UPN). On May 26, WJWB changed its call letters to WCWJ to reflect its future affiliation. The station launched a "Farewell To The Frog Tour," as The WB network and station mascot Michigan J. Frog was retired over the summer. A series of humorous promos later chronicled the frog's failed attempts to find work at several local businesses. New station branding began in mid-August, which included ID's with both WB and CW logos.

On October 29, 2007, Media General announced that it was exploring the sale of WCWJ.[1] On January 28, 2009, Nexstar Broadcasting announced that it had reached an agreement to purchase WCWJ.[2], The deal closed on May 1, 2009[3] As a result, WCWJ became the first (and so far only) CW affiliate that's owned and operated outright by Nexstar (Nexstar also holds the broadcasting license of one CW affiliate that's operated by another company and also operates two CW affiliates that are owned by a third party). The WCWJ web site was redesigned almost immediately after Nexstar closed on its purchase.

Digital television

The station's digital channel, UHF 34, is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Video Aspect Programming
17.1 1080i 16:9 WCWJ programming / The CW HD
17.2 480i 4:3 WCWJ programming / The CW SD

WCWJ left analog channel 17 and remained digital on RF channel 34 when the analog to digital conversion completed in June 2009.[4][5] However, through the use of PSIP, televisions will receive WCWJ through its virtual channel 17.

News/Station Presentation


Newscast Titles

  • WJKS-TV News (1966-1968)
  • Pulse News (1968-1973)
  • News Scene Today (1973-1977)
  • NewsWatch 17 (1977-1986)
  • NewsWatch Jacksonville/NightWatch Jacksonville (1986-1989)
  • 17 News (1989-1990)
  • First Coast News (1990-1996)

Station Slogans

  • 17, (Our Pride is Showing) (1981-1982, based on NBC's slogan for that season)
  • We're 17, Just Watch Us Now (1982-1983, local version of NBC campaign)
  • 17 There, Be There (1983-1984, local version of NBC campaign)
  • WJKS,Let`s All Be There!/17, Let's All Be There! (1984-1986, local version of NBC campaign)
  • Come Home to 17 (1986-1987, local version of NBC campaign)
  • Come on Home to WJKS(1987-1988, local version of NBC campaign)
  • Come Home to the Best, Only on 17 (1988-1990, local version of NBC campaign)
  • The First Coast is Watching, 17 JKS (1990-December 1996, based on ABC's 1990 slogan "America's Watching ABC")
  • All the News in 30 Minutes (newscast, mid-1990s)
  • Jacksonville's Home of the WB (December 1996-2006)
  • We Don't Do News...We're Non-Stop Entertainment! (2007-2008)

Newscast Music

  • WJKS 1977 News Theme, Unknown (19??-1978)
  • WTLV 1972 News Theme, Unknown (1978-1981)
  • Theme From 'Firepower', Gato Barbieri (1981-1983)
  • WJKS 1983 News Theme, Unknown (1983-1985)
  • News Series 2000, Gari Communications (1985-1991)
  • Real News, Killer Tracks (NJJ Music/HLC) (1991-199?)
  • Production Music: Heroics, FirstCom (199?-1996)


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