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WLGA
WLGA logo
Opelika, Alabama/Columbus, Georgia
Branding WLGA
Slogan We're your station!
Channels Digital: 47 (UHF)
Subchannels 66.1 Ind.
Affiliations Independent
Owner Pappas Telecasting Companies
(Pappas Telecasting of Opelika, LP (A Delaware Limited Partnership))
First air date May 16, 1982
Call letters’ meaning We
Love
Georgia and
Alabama
Former callsigns WSWS-TV (1982-2005)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
66 (1982-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
independent (1982-1984)
CTN (1984-1995)
UPN (1995-2006)
The CW (2006-2009)
Secondary:
The WB (mid/late 1990s)
Pax TV (late 1990s)
Transmitter Power 302 kW
Height 323 m
Facility ID 11113
Transmitter Coordinates 32°19′25.1″N 84°46′45.5″W / 32.323639°N 84.779306°W / 32.323639; -84.779306
Website www.wlgatv.com

WLGA is a television station in Opelika, Alabama. The channel broadcasts in digital on UHF channel 47. Its studios are located in Opelika, with its transmitter located in Cusseta, Georgia. The station serves western Georgia and eastern Alabama.

The station signed on for the first time on May 16, 1982 as WSWS-TV. WSWS carried cartoons, religious shows, low budget movies, and programming from the Financial News Network in the early 1980s. It was owned by Warden Broadcastng.

The FNN programs were dropped by 1987 and the station continued with its blend of barter cartoons, barter sitcoms, religious shows, and older movies. It later affiliated with Christian Television Network (CTN). RCH Broadcasting acquired the station in 1988.

WLGA logo used on its website immediately after ending its CW affiliation. A version of this logo with the UPN logo was used as a UPN affiliate.

The station continued with an all barter programming lineup along with Christian programming from CTN. It affiliated with the upsart UPN network in 1995, however it had also aired programs from The WB (secondary), and CTN (primary under CTN ownership). It added some programming from Pax TV (secondary) as well. Beginning in September 2006 the station joined The CW as an affiliate when UPN merged with The WB network. Pappas Telecasting bought the station outright in 1996 and upgraded programming somewhat.

On April 2, 2009, it was announced that The CW would discontinue its relationship with WLGA, instead choosing to broadcast on a digital subchannel of NBC affiliate WLTZ, effective April 27. [1] WLGA is now an independent station, replacing its CW programming with syndicated programming such as Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, My Wife and Kids, My Name Is Earl, The Andy Griffith Show, South Park, Access Hollywood, America's Funniest Home Videos, Frazier, Reno 911!, The Martha Stewart Show, Family Feud, Deal or No Deal, Judge Hatchett, Chappelle's Show and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ,in addition to movies.

Channel 66 was WSWS until a call letter change to WLGA was approved by the FCC and went into effect on June 27, 2005. The "WSWS" calls were moved to sister station WSWS-CA, the ABC affiliate in North Platte, Nebraska; they remained there until June 12, 2009, when it became KHGI-CA to reflect its parent station, KHGI-TV.

The station apparently plays most of its programming from tapes, as at the beginning of most programs there are extra bits being transmitted. These include "Play", "Tracking", and "video Calibration", typical things shown from a VCR when a tape is played.

External links

References

  1. ^ http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/story/672471.html Retrieved Apr. 3, 2009.
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