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WQTV-LP: Murray, Kentucky
WQWQ-LP: Paducah, Kentucky
Branding The Heartland's CW
Heartland News
Channels Analog:
WQTV: 24 (UHF)
Digital: KFVS-DT 57.2 (UHF)
Affiliations The CW
Owner Raycom Media
(KFVS License Subsidiary, LLC)
Founded late-1980s
Sister station(s) KFVS-TV
Former callsigns WQTV: W46BE
Former channel number(s) WQTV: 46 (UHF)
Former affiliations The WB
UPN (2000-2006)
Transmitter Power WQTV: 9.97 kW
WQWQ: 3 kW
KFVS-DT2: 246 kW
Height WQTV: 167 m
WQWQ: 89 m
KFVS-DT2: 564 m
Facility ID WQTV: 31410
WQWQ: 19595
KFVS-DT2: 592
Transmitter Coordinates WQTV: 36°32′58″N 88°19′52″W / 36.54944°N 88.33111°W / 36.54944; -88.33111
WQWQ: 37°2′55″N 88°35′41″W / 37.04861°N 88.59472°W / 37.04861; -88.59472
KFVS-DT2: 37°25′44.4″N 89°30′14″W / 37.429°N 89.50389°W / 37.429; -89.50389

WQTV-LP is a low-powered television station in Murray, Kentucky. Licensed to the city, the station broadcasts an analog signal on UHF channel 24 from a transmitter located between Murray and the Tennessee state line. WQWQ-LP is another low-powered television station in Paducah, Kentucky. Licensed to that city, this station broadcasts an analog signal on VHF channel 9 from a transmitter located in Woodlawn. Together, the two stations serve as the CW affiliates for Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Paducah, and Harrisburg, Illinois. WQTV and WQWQ are co-owned with CBS affiliate KFVS-TV by Raycom Media. All three stations share studios in the Hirsch Tower on Broadway Avenue in downtown Cape Girardeau.

WQTV and WQWQ are known on-air as The Heartland's CW. For identification purposes, it is the WQWQ call sign that is used in the branding of the stations and the logo. However, WQTV is more powerful in terms of broadcasting power. As a result of their low-powered status, the two stations do not offer digital signals of their own. However, there is one offered on a second subchannel of KFVS. This broadcasts from a transmitter north of the city in rural Cape Girardeau County. WQTV and WQWQ also offer a signal to area cable systems as well as DirecTV and Dish Network satellite services. Syndicated programming on the station includes: TMZ on TV, Comics Unleashed, Oprah, and Access Hollywood.

WQTV History

Hirsch Tower home of WQTV, WQWQ, and KFVS.

WQTV-LP began in the late-1980s as W46BE and was known on-air as "TV 46". It was designed to be a sister outlet for radio station WNBS-AM and had studios located on Court Square in downtown Murray. During its infancy, "TV 46" was affiliated at various times with the All News Channel, FamilyNet, and Channel America. After its corporate bankruptcy, the license was sold to Jackson Purchase Broadcasting, owners of WSJP-AM and WBLN-FM. The call letters were changed to the current WQTV and it became a WB affiliate. The station was then sold to Murray State University which continued to operate it as a for-profit enterprise. Eventually, the channel assignment was changed from 46 to 24 and MSU sold the station to current owner Raycom Media.

In 2000, WQTV became a UPN affiliate. During this period, the station was known on-air as "UPN The Beat". On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced that they would end broadcasting and merge. The newly 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. On September 18, 2006, the station became a CW affiliate. WQTV re-branded as "Heartland's CW" and began to be offered on a second digital subchannel of KFVS. This was done to extend its broadcasting radius. At one point, that station produced a nightly 9 o'clock newscast on WQTV and WQWQ. Known as Heartland News at 9, it had a southeastern Missouri focus in terms of news coverage. The news was dropped after the July 29, 2007 broadcast and was replaced with a rebroadcast of Oprah. Currently, the two stations rebroadcast three weekday newscasts from KFVS. This includes The Breakfast Show (at 7 in the morning), Heartland News at Noon (at 1 in the afternoon), and Heartland News at 10 (at 10:30 P.M.).

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