call_letters = WEVV
station_branding = CBS 44
analog = 44 (UHF)
digital = 45 (UHF)
CBS WTSN-LP( MyNetworkTV, DT2)
November 17, 1983
callsign_meaning = EVansVille
(EVV is also the
FAAairport designation for Evansville Regional Airport)
Communications Corporation of America
licensee = Comcorp of Indiana License Corporation
former_affiliations = independent (1983-1987)
effective_radiated_power = 1230 kW (analog)
500 kW (digital)
HAAT = 296 m (analog)
288 m (digital)
facility_id = 72041
coordinates = coord|37|53|17.4|N|87|32|37.3|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.wevv.com/ www.wevv.com]
WEVV is a
CBS televisionaffiliate located in Evansville, Indiana. It operates on analog channel 44. It began broadcasting on November 17, 1983. Its transmitter is located in Henderson, Kentucky. It was originally an independent station, then became a Fox affiliate around 1987. In 1995, WEVV became the Evansville CBS affiliate, while WEHTflipped from CBSto ABC and WTVWflipped from ABC to Fox.
In June 2001, the news department was shut down due to low ratings, being fourth in the market behind
WFIE, WEHT, and WTVW. A news department had been in existence since 1992, with local news, branded "Fox 44 News at Nine", originally airing weeknights at 9pm. With the switch to CBS, the retitled "NewsNow" was added to noon, 5pm, 10pm, and weekends (the 9pm being cancelled). "NewsNow" later became "CBS 44 News".
Other newscasts were added to mornings, and the 5pm moved to 6pm. However, none of these additions/time period changes helped the news ratings. So, WEVV eventually suspended all local newscasts
Today, WEVV is one amongst a group of major network-affiliated stations (which includes ABC affiliate
KDNL-TVin St. Louis, Missouri, NBCaffiliate WTWC-TVin Tallahassee, Floridaand CBS O&O WWJ-TVin Detroit, Michigan) that does not produce local newscasts.
During the Fox years, the station was known generally as "Fox 44". Before the change to CBS, the station was briefly called "WEVV Fox TV". The channel number returned following the affiliation switch.
WEVV is owned and operated by Comcorp of Indiana with sister station
WTSN-LP. In June 2006, Comcorp of Indiana's parent, Communications Corporation of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcyprotection in the Western District of Louisiana.
In September 2006 Channel 44 began broadcasting digitally on 44.1 with a 1080i HDTV signal. Also on 44.2 with an upconverted digital signal of sister station
Notable WEVV Alumni
*Jodi Saeland - Now with
KSTU-TVin Salt Lake City, Utah.
*Adam Alexander - Speed Channel, MRN
*Kelly Sutton - Tennessee Mornings with Charlie Chase/WZTV
*Mike Puccinelli - WBBM
* [http://www.wevv.com/ WEVV home page]
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