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United States
Branding The CW Cincinnati
Channels Digital: WKRC-DT 12.2 (PSIP/VHF)
Affiliations The CW
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(WKRC Licensee, LLC)
First air date September 18, 2006
Call letters' meaning see WKRC
Sister station(s) WSTR-TV
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, VHF channel 12.2, is a CW-affiliated television station located in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. It operates as a second digital subchannel of CBS affiliate WKRC-TV, which is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Known on-air as The CW Cincinnati, its parent station's studios are located on Highland Avenue in the Mount Auburn section of Cincinnati, WKRC's transmitter is located in the Mount Auburn section of Cincinnati. WKRC-DT2 can also be seen in Ohio on Time Warner Cable channels 20 and 913, in Kentucky on Insight channel 25, in Indiana on Comcast digital channel 253, and on DirecTV channel 25.

Syndicated programming on WKRC-DT2 includes Two and a Half Men, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, The Wendy Williams Show and How I Met Your Mother. Although most CW Plus affiliates are carried on digital subchannels of another station, WKRC-DT2 is not part of the national service, making it the largest subchannel-only affiliate of The CW by market size.


Prior to the 2006 merger of UPN and The WB, Cincinnati's WB affiliate was full-powered WSTR-TV (channel 64), however the market's UPN affiliate was WBQC-CA (channel 25), a low-power station that was not subject to must-carry rules (despite its relatively large size, the Cincinnati market has only five commercial-licensed full-power stations – not enough to support affiliates of all six major broadcast networks without the use of secondary affiliations – hence why UPN affiliated with WBQC, whose signal does not reach the entire market, rather than opt for a secondary affiliation with WSTR or another station). For years, Time Warner Cable had refused to carry that station full-time eventually airing its prime time programming on a low-profile channel.

On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced that The WB and UPN would cease broadcasting that September and merge their programming to form a new "fifth" network called The CW.[1][2] The letters represent the first initials of its corporate parents, CBS (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. Entertainment unit of Time Warner. One month later on February 22, 2006, News Corporation announced the creation of its own secondary network called MyNetworkTV.[3][4] This new network, which would be sister to Fox, is operated by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary and its Twentieth Television syndication division (which, along with MyNetworkTV, became part of 21st Century Fox in 2013) and was created in order to give UPN and WB affiliates that did not join The CW another option besides becoming an independent station and to compete against The CW. Subsequently, WSTR's owner Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it would affiliate most of its WB and UPN affiliates, including WSTR, with MyNetworkTV. WKRC would acquired the CW affiliation on a new second digital subchannel resulting in WBQC becoming an independent station.

Time Warner Cable agreed to carry the new subchannel only hours before the network's launch on September 18. The new station launched on TWC channel 2 in primetime only to start out with and 24 hours a day on digital cable channel 913 before earning full-time broadcast basic carriage on channel 20 on October 18,[5] 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.[6] 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, second runs of WKRC's syndicated programming along with additional syndicated programming and regional wrestling programming on Saturday afternoons and evenings. Repeats of WKRC's local DIY show Homeworx can also be seen.

On July 19, 2012, Newport Television announced the sale of six of its stations, including parent station WKRC-TV, to the Sinclair Broadcast Group.[7] The deal closed on December 3, 2012.


On April 26, 2006, the station entered into a news share agreement with WSTR to produce a nightly primetime newscast known as Local 12 News at 10 on My 64, which began airing on August 21 (the agreement was signed shortly after WSTR shut down its in-house news department as part of corporate cutbacks related to the closure of Sinclair's News Central division). This resulted, once MyNetworkTV began, in a CBS affiliate's newscast being carried on a station affiliated with a Fox sister network.[8] 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 a.m., but the third hour was dropped when CBS reclaimed the 7 a.m. hour for The Early Show after the network required all of its affiliates to air the show (which was replaced by 'CBS This Morning in 2012) 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 a.m. hour of Good Morning Cincinnati can now be only seen on WKRC-DT2.

WKRC announced its intent to move the primetime newscast on WSTR to WKRC-DT2 in August 2008. On August 4, 2008, WKRC began a brief simulcast of the program on WKRC-DT2, with its eventual removal from WSTR on August 22; the program then became known as CW News at 10. On September 27, 2009, WKRC became the third station in the Cincinnati market to upgrade its newscasts to high definition. The newscasts on The CW Cincinnati were not initially in HD because it only aired in pillarboxed 4:3 standard definition. At some point in spring 2013, WKRC upgraded the subchannel's transmission to HD; however, in order to protect the bandwidth of the station's main channel, the subchannel is transmitted in 720p rather than The CW's default 1080i.

On-air staff

Current on-air staff[9]

  • Bob Herzog - weekday mornings (7:00-8:00 a.m.); also weekday morning traffic reporter
  • Curtis Jackson - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Paula Toti - weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Tiffany Wilson - weekday mornings (7:00-8:00 a.m.); also reporter
Weather Authority
  • Josh Knight - meteorologist; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • John Gumm (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
  • Scott Dimmich (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 p.m.
  • Erin Sebree - fill-in meteorologist
Sports team
  • Liz Bonis - health and medical reporter
  • Howard Ain - investigative reporter
  • Adam Clements - general assignment reporter
  • Jen Dalton - general assignment reporter
  • Larry Davis - general assignment reporter
  • Deborah Dixon - "Crimestoppers" segment producer
  • Jeff Hirsh - general assignment reporter
  • Angela Ingram - general assignment reporter
  • Rich Jaffe - general assignment reporter
  • Angenette Levy - general assignment reporter
  • Perry Schiable - general assignment reporter
  • Joe Webb - general assignment reporter


External links

  • WKRC-DT2 "The CW Cincinnati"
  • WKRC-DT "Local 12"
  • The CW
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