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KOMU-DT3 is the CW-affiliated television station for Mid-Missouri. As part of The CW Plus, it is a third digital subchannel of the NBC affiliate KOMU-TV, which is owned by the University of Missouri. Over-the-air, KOMU-DT3 airs a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 8.3 from a transmitter at studios on US 63 southeast of Downtown Columbia. This can also be seen on Suddenlink channel 3, Mediacom and Charter channel 5, as well as CenturyTel channel 7.
|Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri
|Branding||Mid-Missouri's CW (general)
KOMU 8 News on the CW (newscasts)
|Slogan||TV to Talk About (general)
Coverage You Can Count On (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: KOMU-DT 8.3 (VHF)
Virtual: 8.3 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||The CW (via The CW Plus; since 2006)|
|Owner||University of Missouri
(The Curators of the University of Missouri)
|First air date||September 21, 1998|
|Call letters' meaning||see KOMU|
|Former callsigns||"KJWB" (1998–2006)|
|Former affiliations||The WB (via The WB 100+, 1998–2006)|
|Transmitter power||13.6 kW (digital)|
|Height||242 m (digital)|
|Facility ID||65583 (digital)|
|Public license information:||Profile
On September 21, 1998, ABC-afifliate KMIZ launched the cable-only WB affiliate "KJWB" (predecessor to KOMU-DT3) alongside The WB 100+. After KMIZ's parent company went bankrupt in 2002, the WB handed over operation of "KJWB" to KOMU. This service was known on-air as Mid-Missouri's WB 5 after its cable channel location and, as a result, had call letters used in a fictional manner.
In December 2005, the station added NBC Weather Plus to a new second digital subchannel and live streaming video on its website. This was added to Mediacom digital systems on January 12, 2007. After the national service shut down on December 1, 2008, it was replaced with Universal Sports but was not added to other digital cable systems. In 2011, Universal Sports was dropped from subchannel 8.2 and The Hub moved it to Channel 101 and Starz Kids and Family replaced Mid-Missouri CW on channel 5.
It was announced on April 12, 2006 that "KJWB" would become part of The CW and be added as a new third digital subchannel of KOMU to offer non-cable viewers access to the new network. "KJWB" joined The CW at the network's launch on September 18 and began to use the KOMU-DT3 call sign in an official manner. As a result, the station became the first and only educational institution-owned channel in the United States to affiliate with that network. Since KMIZ operated the area's cable-exclusive UPN station, this joined the other new network known as MyNetworkTV that was created to compete against The CW.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|8.3||720p||16:9||KOMU-CW||Main KOMU-DT3 programming / Mid Missouri's CW|
|8.1||1080i||KOMU-DT||Simulcast of KOMU-TV|
Starting July 5, 2010, the station began producing three newscasts for its CW-affiliated third digital subchannel. This includes KOMU 8 News at 9 on The CW every night for a half-hour. The prime time show competes with the KMIZ-produced show on the Fox affiliate KQFX-LD.