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WABG-TV virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 32), is a dual ABC/Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Greenwood, Mississippi, United States and serving the Delta area of Northwestern Mississippi. Owned by Atlanta-based Cox Media Group, it is sister station to two low-power stations: Grenada-licensed NBC affiliate WNBD-LD (channel 33) and Cleveland-licensed CBS affiliate WXVT-LD (channel 17). The three stations share studios on Washington Avenue in Greenville, Mississippi; WABG-TV's transmitter is located northeast of Inverness, Mississippi.

WABG-TV
Greenwood/Greenville, Mississippi
Branding ABC 6 WABG (general)
Delta Fox 10 (on DT2)
The Delta News (newscasts)
Station slogan The Delta's #1 News Station (general)
Thank You for Watching Delta Fox 10 (DT2)
News That Works For You (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 32 (UHF)

Virtual: 6 (PSIP)

Affiliations 6.1: ABC (since 1966, secondary 1959–1966)
6.2: Fox (since 2006)
Owner Cox Media Group

(Cala Broadcast Partners, LLC)

First air date October 20, 1959
Former call signs WABG (1959–1963)
Call letters' meaning We're ABC Greenwood
Sister station(s) WNBD-LD
WXVT-LD
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1959–2009)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 572 m (1,877 ft)
Facility ID 43203
Transmitter coordinates [1]
Website deltanews.tv


HistoryEdit

WABG-TV's first broadcast was on October 20, 1959 on VHF channel 6. Originally it was a CBS affiliate, with a secondary affiliation with ABC owing to WABG radio (960 AM)'s affiliation with ABC Radio. In 1966, the station built a 1,200-foot (366 m) tower near Inverness and increased its power output to 100,000 watts. Following its completion in October 1966, WABG dropped CBS to become a full-time ABC affiliate in November 1966.[3][4] Until then, the only areas of the state to receive a sole ABC affiliate were the northwest (from Memphis' WHBQ-TV) and the Gulf Coast (from WVUE in New Orleans). Until future sister station WXVT signed on in 1980, WJTV in Jackson served as the default CBS affiliate for the southern counties in the Delta area, while WREG-TV in Memphis served the northern half of the market, Mississippi cities like Kosciusko received WABG-TV on their analog television set as their default ABC station from 1970 to 2009. WAPT in Jackson did not have a strong signal on analog television in the Kosciusko area.

The station was a major beneficiary of a quirk in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s plan for allocating stations. In the early days of broadcast television, there were twelve VHF channels available and 69 UHF channels (later reduced to 55 in 1983). The VHF bands were more desirable because they carried longer distances. Since there were only twelve VHF channels available, there were limitations as to how closely the stations could be spaced.

After the FCC's Sixth Report and Order ended the license freeze and opened the UHF band in 1952, it devised a plan for allocating VHF licenses. Under this plan, almost all of the country would be able to receive two commercial VHF channels plus one noncommercial channel. Most of the rest of the country ("1/2") would be able to receive a third VHF channel. Other areas would be designated as "UHF islands" since they were too close to larger cities for VHF service. The "2" networks became CBS and NBC, "+1" represented non-commercial educational stations, and "1/2" became ABC (which was the weakest network usually winding up with the UHF allocation where no VHF was available).

However, what would become of the Greenville market is sandwiched between Memphis (channels 3, 5, 10, and 13) to the north, Alexandria, Louisiana (channel 5) to the west, Jackson, Mississippi (channels 3 and 12) to the south, Jackson, Tennessee (channels 7 and 11) to the northeast, and Columbus/Tupelo, Mississippi (channels 2, 4, and 9) to the east. This created a "doughnut" in Northwestern Mississippi where there could only be one VHF license. Broadcaster Cy N. Bahakel of Charlotte, North Carolina, owner of WABG radio, was fortunate to gain that license, and consequently became the only television station to serve the Delta region until WMAO-TV signed on in 1972; the market would not gain another commercial station until WXVT signed on in 1980. Although there was no station operating on channel 8 in the immediate area, KNOE-TV in Monroe, Louisiana had been operating in that community on channel 8 since 1953, and it was well within the FCC-mandated interference limit for co-channel separation to allow a channel 8 allocation to Greenwood.

On September 5, 2007, WABG announced that it was being sold from Bahakel Communications to local businessman Charles Harker and his company, Commonwealth Broadcasting, pending FCC approval. The sale was finalized on October 29. On July 13, 2010, Commonwealth announced plans to launch new low-powered station, WNBD-LD, as the area's first locally based NBC affiliate;[5] prior to WNBD's launch, NBC was seen in the market through Memphis' WMC-TV or Jackson's WLBT on area cable systems, as well as over-the-air on the edges of the market. Commonwealth also has a license for WFXW-LD channel 17, which is licensed to Cleveland and shares WABG's tower in Inverness. The unused callsign WFXW-LD would become WXVT-LD on June 26, 2017.[6]

On May 4, 2012, Saga Communications, owner of WXVT, announced it was selling WXVT to H3 Communications, a company owned by the adult children of Charles Harker. On January 28, 2013, the FCC granted the sale of WXVT, and it was completed two days later.[7][8] Commonwealth then took over WXVT's operations, effectively bringing all of the Delta's Big Three network stations under the control of one company.

In 2015, WABG and WXVT appeared in a TruTV reality series Breaking Greenville. It premiered January 29, 2015 and ended on March 26, 2015.

Commonwealth Broadcasting Group agreed to sell WABG-TV, WNBD-LD, and WFXW-LD to Cala Broadcast Partners for $11.7 million on October 30, 2015. Cala is jointly owned by Brian Brady (who owns several other television stations, mostly under the Northwest Broadcasting name) and Jason Wolff (who owns radio and television stations through Frontier Radio Management).[9] Concurrently with this acquisition, Cala agreed to purchase WXVT from H3 Communications; a month later, it assigned its right to purchase that station to John Wagner.[10] The sale was completed on August 1, 2016. [11]

On January 1, 2017, Cable One removed channels owned by Northwest Broadcasting (WABG-TV, WXVT, WABG-DT2 and WNBD-LD) after the two companies failed to reach an agreement. On February 1, 2017, the channels were restored to Cable One's lineup under a new carriage deal.

In February 2019, Reuters reported that Apollo Global Management had agreed to acquire the entirety of Brian Brady's television portfolio, which it intends to merge with Cox Media Group (which Apollo is acquiring at the same time) and stations spun off from Nexstar Media Group's purchase of Tribune Broadcasting, once the purchases are approved by the FCC.[12] In March 2019 filings with the FCC, Apollo confirmed that its newly-formed broadcasting group, Terrier Media, would acquire Northwest Broadcasting, with Brian Brady holding an unspecified minority interest in Terrier.[13] In June 2019, it was announced that Terrier Media would instead operate as Cox Media Group, as Apollo had reached a deal to also acquire Cox's radio and advertising businesses.[14] The transaction was completed on December 17.[15]

NewscastsEdit

Newscast titlesEdit

  • Newscope
  • Channel Six News
  • Dateline 6 News
  • TV-6 News
  • NewsWatch 6
  • 6 Eyewitness News (1997–?)
  • ABC 6 News (?–2016)
  • The Delta News (2016–present)

Station slogansEdit

  • The Delta's News Source
  • The Delta's #1 News Station
  • News That Works for You

News TeamEdit

AnchorsEdit

  • Lakiya Scott - weeknights at 5, 6 & 10:00 p.m.
  • Denise Turner - weekends
  • Faith Alford -

WeatherEdit

  • Christopher Mathis (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist;
  • Karen Williams - meteorologist; weekends
  • Clay Smith - meteorologist; weekday mornings

SportsEdit

  • Stephen Robinson
  • Blake Levine

ReferencesEdit

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