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Cincinnati, Ohio
Branding The CW Cincinnati
Channels Digital: WKRC-DT 12.2 (VHF)
Affiliations The CW
Owner Newport Television
(Newport Television License, LLC)
Founded September 18, 2006
Call letters’ meaning see WKRC
Transmitter Power 15.55 kW (digital)
Height 305 m (digital)
Facility ID 11289 (digital)
Transmitter Coordinates 39°6′59″N 84°30′7″W / 39.11639°N 84.50194°W / 39.11639; -84.50194 (digital)

WKRC-DT2 is the CW-affiliated television station for the Tri-State area of Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana. It is a second digital subchannel of CBS affiliate WKRC-TV that is owned by Newport Television. Over-the-air, the station broadcasts a digital signal on VHF channel 12.2 from WKRC's transmitter in the Mount Auburn section of Cincinnati. WKRC-DT2 can also be seen in Ohio on Time Warner channel 20 with high definition on digital channel 913, in Kentucky on Insight channel 25, in Indiana on Comcast digital channel 253, and part of DirecTV's local package on channel 25.

Syndicated programming on WKRC-DT2 includes: Two and a Half Men, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Tyra Banks Show. Known on-air as The CW Cincinnati, its parent station has studios on Highland Avenue in the Mount Auburn section of the city. Although most CW Plus affiliates are located on digital subchannels of another station, WKRC-DT2 is not part of the national service.



On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced that they would end broadcasting and merge. The new combined network would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of its corporate parents, CBS (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner. WKRC picked up affiliation with the new network on a new second digital subchannel resulting in UPN affiliate WBQC-CA going independent. Meanwhile, WB affiliate WSTR-TV joined the other new network, News Corporation-owned MyNetworkTV which launched on September 5.

Cincinnati cable viewers feared that WKRC-DT2 would face the same problems as WBQC. For years, Time Warner Cable had refused to carry that station full-time eventually airing its prime time programming on a low-profile channel. However, Time Warner Cable is a division of Time Warner (who would be half-owner of The CW) so it was in the company's best interest to air WKRC-DT2 over their systems. By late in the day on September 17, Time Warner Cable agreed to carry the new station only hours before the network's launch on September 18.

The new station launched on Time Warner channel 2 in prime time only to start out with and 24/7 on digital cable channel 913 before earning a full-time broadcast basic berth on channel 20 as of October 18 [1 ] displacing WBQC and a commercial access channel. The station also debuted on Insight Communications and DirecTV under WBQC's former channel slots. As a result, the channel can be viewed by 66% of the local population due to carriage by Time Warner Cable in Ohio, Insight in Northern Kentucky, and DirecTV. [2] The subchannel originally broke from the network's usual station branding and called itself "The CinCW", a portmanteau with "Cincy". It currently airs the entire CW schedule in-pattern while outside of network hours airs classic sitcoms, dramas, films, and second runs of WKRC's syndicated programming along with regional wrestling programming on Saturday afternoons and evenings. Repeats of WKRC's local DIY show Homeworx can also be seen.


On April 26, 2006, the station announced a news share agreement with WSTR to produce a nightly prime time show known as Local 12 News at 10 on My 64 which began airing on August 21. This resulted, once MyNetworkTV began, in a CBS affiliate's newscast being carried on a station affiliated with a Fox sister network. [3] On January 7, 2008, WKRC began simulcasting Good Morning Cincinnati on WKRC-DT2. It had been aired on the main channel from 5 to 8 in the morning but the third hour was dropped when CBS reclaimed the 7 o'clock hour for The Early Show. The network now requires all of its affiliates to air the show in its entirety after receiving a makeover hoping to better compete against its rivals, NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America. The 7 to 8 o'clock hour of Good Morning Cincinnati can now be only seen on WKRC-DT2. WKRC announced their intent to move the prime time newscast on WSTR to WKRC-DT2 in August 2008. On August 4, they began a brief simulcast of this program on WKRC-DT2 with it eventually being dropped from WSTR on August 22. The program then became known as CW News at 10.

Good Morning Cincinnati
(Weekday Mornings 5 to 8)

  • Anchors:
    • John Lomax
    • Liz Bonis
  • Weather:
    • John Gumm
  • Traffic:
    • Bob Herzog
  • Reporter:
    • Jessica Donnellon

Local 12 News at Noon
(Weekdays 12 to 12:30 P.M., simulcasted from main channel)

  • Anchors:
    • John Lomax
    • Cammy Dierking
  • Weather:
    • John Gumm

CW News at 10 (10 to 10:30 P.M.)

  • Anchor:
    • Dave Burchell
  • Weather:
    • Michelle Boutilette
  • Sports:
    • Brad Johanson


  • Anchors:
    • Paula Toti
  • Weather:
    • Jeff Creighton
  • Sports:
    • Tara Pachmayer

WKRC-DT2 features additional news personnel from WKRC. See that article for a complete listing.



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