Heroes & Icons
Heroes & Icons (H&I) is an American digital broadcast television network owned by Weigel Broadcasting. Primarily carried on the digital subchannels of its affiliated television station in most markets, it primarily airs classic television series from the 1950s through the 2000s, with a focus on westerns, crime dramas, sci-fi, and action-oriented programming geared toward male audiences.
|Type||Digital broadcast television network|
|Availability||Nationwide, via OTA digital TV|
(U.S. coverage: 60%)
|Slogan||All Eyes on H&I|
|September 28, 2014|
|480i Widescreen (SDTV)|
|Affiliates||List of affiliates|
The network operates from Weigel Broadcasting's headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois, and is essentially an offshoot of MeTV – a general classic TV digital network also owned by Weigel.
The network was soft launched with limited advanced promotion on September 28, 2014, on the digital subchannels of Weigel-owned stations WWME-CD (channel 23.2) and WCIU-TV (channel 26.4) in Chicago, and WMLW-TV (channel 49.3) in Milwaukee. Heroes & Icons was created at the request of the affiliates of Weigel's existing networks, in order to increase their programming options.
The network also launched in the South Bend, Indiana market, along with the major cable providers in the Chicago and Milwaukee markets (including Comcast Xfinity, RCN and Time Warner Cable) using existing carriage. Weigel opted to soft launch H&I in order to fine-tune its schedule, along with adding additional programming to the fledgling network. With the network having settled on a more stabilized schedule, Weigel moved the Heroes & Icons affiliation in Milwaukee to the third subchannel of CBS affiliate WDJT-TV (channel 58) on March 5, 2015, with This TV – which previously occupied the 58.3 space – moving to WMLW-DT3 in its place.
The All Trek programming block was launched on July 24, 2016 with all five live action Star Trek shows in sequence from the beginning on Sunday plus on Monday through Friday. Star Trek: The Animated Series leads off the Sunday All Star Trek programming.
Much like its sister network, MeTV, Heroes & Icons' program schedule relies primarily on television series from the programming libraries of CBS Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Television Distribution and 20th Television, and also includes some feature film content. H&I targets a more niche audience than MeTV, carrying programming aimed at a generally male audience – featuring a mix of action series, police procedurals, westerns, science fiction, fantasy and military-themed programs (including several series that have previously aired on MeTV). The network features series from a wider timeline than that from which MeTV sources its programming, incorporating programs from the 2000s, in addition to those originally broadcast from the 1950s to the 1990s. H&I's most direct competitor is Charge!, a network owned by Sinclair TV Group which maintains a schedule mainly made up of action shows and films.
In addition to carrying acquired programming, Heroes & Icons also carried an early morning simulcast of TouchVision (a multi-platform news service based out of Weigel's Chicago headquarters) from September 29, 2014 to January 14, 2016. The network also carries a three-hour block of children's programming on Sunday mornings in order to fulfill educational programming requirements mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.
As of July 2016[update], Heroes & Icons has current affiliation agreements with television stations in 63 media markets encompassing 33 states, covering 69.21% of the United States. The network is carried on the digital subchannels of television stations in most of its markets (with current exceptions including St. George, Utah O&O KCSG, which has widespread cable and satellite coverage in the Salt Lake City market and throughout Utah, and Evansville, Indiana affiliate WTSN-CD, which both carry the network on their primary digital channels). The network is also carried on cable television providers through their digital tiers at the discretion of the affiliate's parent station in certain markets.
In South Bend, Indiana, where Weigel Broadcasting owns three television stations (ABC affiliate WBND-LD, CW affiliate WCWW-LD and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYS-LD), the network is instead carried by former Fox affiliate WSJV through an agreement with that station's owner Quincy Media (it took over the main signal on October 1, 2016 as that station was under consideration to sell its spectrum in that year's spectrum auction, though it ultimately remained on the air). The network added additional stations by early December 2014, which in addition to WSJV, included KCSG in Salt Lake City and a digital subchannel of Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI.
On September 18, 2015, Weigel signed an affiliation agreement with Fox Television Stations to carry the network on subchannels of the group's Fox and MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated stations in eleven markets (including New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington D.C.), beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015. Once all of the stations involved in the agreement affiliated with the network, H&I will expand its coverage to 52% of all U.S. households and availability in eight of the 10 largest Nielsen markets. Weigel also maintains a secondary agreement with Spectrum to carry the network nationwide on that cable service, slotting the network's national feed on systems where a terrestrial affiliate does not exist or isn't under contract to be carried.
|City of license/market||Station||Virtual
|Primary affiliation||Owner||Date of affiliation||Notes|
|Anniston (Birmingham)||WGWW||40.1||-||Howard Stirk Holdings||October 1, 2015||Replaced Heartland as primary affiliate;|
maintains secondary affiliation with ABC
|Montgomery||WALE-LD||17.6||Justice Network||Woods Communications Company||August 11, 2015|
|Tuscaloosa (Birmingham)||WSES||33.1||-||Howard Stirk Holdings||October 1, 2015|
|Anchorage||KYES-TV||5.3||MyNetworkTV||Gray Television||October 1, 2018||Soft launch on 9/21/2018.|
|Phoenix||KSAZ-TV||10.3||Fox||Fox Television Stations||November 1, 2015|
|Los Angeles||KCOP||13.4||MyNetworkTV||Fox Television Stations||October 1, 2015|
|KVME-TV||20.1||-||Venture Technologies Group||January 3, 2018|
|Fresno||KAIL||7.3||MyNetworkTV||Aperio Communications, LLC|
|San Francisco–Oakland–San Jose||KICU-TV||36.4||Independent||Fox Television Stations||November 1, 2015|
|Stockton–Sacramento||KQCA||58.2||MyNetworkTV||Hearst Television||October 1, 2018|
|Denver||KZDN-LD||26.2||Movies!||Syncom Media Group, Inc.|
|Colorado Springs–Pueblo||KRDO-TV||13.3||ABC||News-Press & Gazette Company||May 1, 2017|
|Glenwood Springs||KREG-TV||3.1||-||Marquee Broadcasting||July 2017|
District of ColumbiaEdit
|Washington, D.C.||WDCA||20.3||MyNetworkTV||Fox Television Stations||October 3, 2015|
|Fort Myers||WBBH-TV||20.2||NBC||Waterman Broadcasting|
|Jacksonville||WFOX-TV||30.3||Fox||Cox Media Group||June 3, 2015|
|Miami||WPLG||10.3||ABC||BH Media||January 2018|
|Orlando (Daytona Beach)||WRBW||65.3||MyNetworkTV||Fox Television Stations||October 1, 2015|
|Panama City||WECP-LD||18.3||CBS||Gray Television||January 2017|
|Tampa (Saint Petersburg/Clearwater)||WTVT||13.4||Fox||Fox Television Stations||November 1, 2015|
|Bainbridge (Tallahassee)||WTLH||49.1||-||New Age Media||April 30, 2018|
|Toccoa/Atlanta (Athens)||WGTA||32.2||MeTV||Marquee Broadcasting|
|Boise||KRID-LD||22.3||NewsMax TV||March 2, 2017||Began formally broadcasting on March 20, 2017|
|Pocatello/Idaho Falls||KPIF||15.2||MeTV||Pocatello Channel 15, LLC||October 2, 2017|
|Chicago||WWME-CD||23.2||MeTV||Weigel Broadcasting||September 28, 2014||Flagship station|
|WCIU-TV||26.4||Independent||Weigel Broadcasting||December 29, 2014||Full-power simulcast of WWME-CD2|
|Harrisburg||WSIL-TV||3.2||ABC||Wheeler Broadcasting||January 3, 2018|
|Rockford||WFBN-LD||35.1||Telemundo (on DT2)||Weigel Broadcasting||mid-2016||Replaced TouchVision|
(St. Louis, MO)
|WODK-LD||45.2||Cozi TV||DTV America||Dec 2016 or Jan 2017||Station is licensed to Springfield but transmits from suburban St. Louis; it does not transmit any signal to Springfield.|
|Evansville||WTSN-CD||20.1||-||Evansville Low Power Partnership|
|Elkhart (South Bend)||WSJV||28.1||Quincy Media||Formerly a Fox affiliate|
|Indianapolis||WUDZ-LD||28.2||Buzzr||DTV America||December 8, 2015|
|Des Moines||KCCI||8.3||CBS||Hearst Television||December 2014||Subchannel maintains secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV, pre-empting H&I prime time programming on weeknights|
|Hutchinson||KWCH-DT||12.3||CBS||Gray Television||June 2017|
|Hazard||WYMT-TV||57.2||CBS||Gray Television||January 2017|
|Louisville||WBNA||21.6||Independent||Evangel World Prayer Center||July 2015|
|Alexandria||KBCA||41.1||-||Wilderness Communications||July 1, 2015||Switched to 41.1 from 41.3 in September 2016 when the CW moved to a subchannel of NBC's KALB-TV due to an agreement between CW and Gray Television|
|Columbia/Monroe/El Dorado||KMLU||11.2||MeTV||Legacy Broadcasting||January 2018|
|Lafayette/New Iberia/Baton Rouge||KDCG-CD & KLWB||22.1 & 50.2||Delta Media Corporation||July 1, 2015||replaced Antenna TV|
|Poland Spring (Portland)||WPXT||The CW||51.2||Hearst Television|
|Hagerstown (Washington, D.C.)||WDVM-TV||25.1||-||Nexstar Media Group||July 1, 2016||Replaced NBC as primary affiliation.|
|Salisbury||WGDV-LD||32.3||Azteca America||Marquee Broadcasting|
|Boston||WSBK-TV||38.2||MyNetworkTV||CBS Television Stations||October 6, 2016|
|Detroit||WJBK||2.4||Fox||Fox Television Stations||November 1, 2015|
|Lansing||WILX-TV||10.2||NBC||Gray Television||October 1, 2016||Replaced WeatherNation TV|
|Roscommon||WURO-LD||18.1||1||M33 Media LLC||March 2017|
|Chisholm, Minnesota||KRII-TV||11.3||NBC||Quincy Media||March 2017||Subchannel maintains secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV, pre-empting H&I prime time programming on weeknights|
|Duluth, MN-Superior, WI||KBJR-TV||6.3|
|Minneapolis–St. Paul||KSTP-TV||5.7||ABC||Hubbard Broadcasting|
|Rochester||KTTC||10.3||NBC||Quincy Media||March 2015||Also carried on translator W50DR-D in La Crosse, Wisconsin.|
|Poplar Bluff||KPOB||15.2||ABC||Wheeler Broadcasting||January 3, 2018||Full-power satellite of WSIL|
|St. Louis||KNLC||24.3||MeTV||Weigel Broadcasting||Dec 12, 2017|
|Las Vegas||KHSV||21.1||-||Howard Stirk Holdings|
|Secaucus (New York City)||WWOR-TV||9.4||MyNetworkTV||Fox Television Stations||October 3, 2015|
|Hobbs (Albuquerque)||KUPT||29.1||-||Ramar Communications||February 2015|
|Santa Fe (Albuquerque)||KASA-TV||29.1||Telemundo||January 2017|
|Albany||WNYT||13.3||NBC||Hubbard Broadcasting||December 29, 2015|
|Buffalo||WBBZ-TV||67.2||MeTV||Phil Arno||March 2017|
|Rochester||WBGT-CD||46.4||MyNetTV||Vision Communications||May 2018|
|Saranac Lake||WYCI||40.1||-||Cross Hill Communications||2017|
|Charlotte||WJZY||46.5||Fox||Fox Television Stations||October 1, 2015|
|Fayetteville||WIRP-LD||27.4||Estrella TV||DTV America||2017|
|Greenville||WTMH-LD||21.3||Heartland||Tutt Media Group||August 15, 2015||Replaced Tuff TV on DT3.|
|Bismarck||KNDB||24.1||-||BEK Sports Network||July 2015|
|Minot||KNDM||26.1||Satellite of KNDB|
|Fargo||KVLY-TV||11.4||NBC||Gray Television||September 12, 2016|
|Cincinnati||WBQC-LD||20.4||Movies!||Block Broadcasting||June 23, 2015|
|Cleveland||WBNX-TV||55.4||Independent||Winston Broadcasting Network||December 30, 2015|
|Columbus||WBNS-TV||10.2||CBS||Dispatch Broadcast Group||2017|
|Tulsa||KMYT-TV||41.4||MyNetworkTV||Cox Media Group|
|Allentown (Philadelphia)||WFMZ-TV||69.3||Independent||Maranatha Broadcasting Company|
|Jeannette (Pittsburgh)||WPCW||19.2||The CW||CBS Television Stations|
|Añasco||W33CY-D||33.1||-||TV Red de Puerto Rico, Inc.|
|Charleston||WGWG||4.1||-||Howard Stirk Holdings||August 1, 2015||Replaced ZUUS Country|
|DTV America Corporation|
|Kingsport||WAPK-CD||36.4||MeTV||Holston Valley Broadcasting Group|
|Austin||KBVO||14.3||MyNetworkTV||Nexstar Media Group||October 29, 2018|
|Dallas–Fort Worth||KDFI||27.4||MyNetworkTV||Fox Television Stations||November 15, 2015|
|Houston||KPRC-TV||2.3||NBC||Graham Media Group||December 1, 2015||Replaced LATV, vacant since 2012|
|Salt Lake City||KTVX||4.4 (30.7)||ABC||Nexstar Media Group||November 1, 2018||Replaced a standard definition simulcast of KUCW|
|Cedar City/St. George||KCSG||8.4 (14.6)||-||Weigel Broadcasting||September 29, 2014||Replaced MeTV as primary affiliation.|
|Roanoke/Lynchburg||WDBJ||7.2||CBS||Gray Television||September 1, 2018|
|Bellingham||KVOS||12.1||-||Weigel Broadcasting||Also serving Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, and much of Canada via Cable and Satellite.|
|Spokane||KXLY||4.3||ABC||Morgan Murphy Media|
|Eau Claire||WEAU||13.3||NBC||Gray Television||October 2015||Replaced Antenna TV, which moved to channel 13.2|
|Janesville (Madison)||WIFS||57.3||Independent||Byrne Acquisition Group, LLC|
|Milwaukee||WMLW-DT3||49.3||IND||Weigel Broadcasting||September 29, 2014 (moved from WDJT-DT3 to WMLW-DT3 on January 8, 2018)|
|Market||Station||Channel||Owner||Years of affiliation||Status|
|Bridgeport, Connecticut (New York)||WZME||43.1||NRJ TV, LLC||2015-2016||Now a Sonlife Broadcasting Network affiliate|
|Chicago, Illinois||WWME-CA (Analog)||23 (Analog)||Weigel Broadcasting||March–September 2015||Analog signal was terminated due to FCC mandate on September 1, 2015|
|WFFP-TV||24.2||Liberty University||2015–2018||Affiliation moved to WDBJ following WFFP-TV's sale to Gray Television|
|WMTW||8.2||Hearst Television||2015-2018||Now a MeTV affiliate|
|Racine, Wisconsin (Milwaukee)||WMLW-TV||49.3||Weigel Broadcasting||2014–2015||This TV moved from WDJT-DT3 in channel map shuffle|
(St. Louis, MO)
|WODK-LD||45.2||DTV America||Dec 2016 - Jan 2018||Ceased the month after H&I started on ch24.3. Weigel had acquired ownership of ch 24 KNLC in St.L. KNLC has a stronger signal. WODK is licensed to Springfield but transmits from suburban St. Louis; it does not transmit any signal to Springfield.|
|Wausau, Wisconsin||WSAW-TV||7.3||Gray Television||2014–2015||Now a simulcast of Fox affiliate WZAW-LD|
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