The WB 100+ Station Group
The WB 100+ Station Group (originally called The WeB from its developmental stages until March 1999) is a defunct programming service operated by The WB Television Network – owned by the Warner Bros. Entertainment division of Time Warner, the Tribune Company and the group's founder, Jamie Kellner – comprising an affiliate group primarily made of non-broadcast local cable television outlets. Operating from September 21, 1998 to September 18, 2006, the service was intended for areas ranked below the top 100 Nielsen Media Research-designated television markets in the United States.
|The WB 100+ Station Group|
|Launched||September 21, 1998|
|Closed||September 18, 2006|
|Owned by||Warner Bros. Entertainment (Time Warner)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Broadcast area||Nationwide (was available only in smaller media markets)|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|Formerly called||The WeB (1998–1999)|
|Replaced by||The CW Plus|
|Timeshift service||The WB 100+ East|
The WB 100+ Mountain
The WB 100+ Pacific
In addition to carrying WB programming, it also maintained a master schedule of syndicated programming that aired simultaneously on all WB 100+ affiliates outside of designated network programming time periods, essentially structuring the service as a de facto national feed of The WB. Programming and promotional services for The WB 100+ were housed at The WB's corporate headquarters in Burbank, California; engineering and master control operations were based at the California Video Center in Los Angeles.
The history of The WB 100+ can be traced back to a charter affiliation agreement reached on December 3, 1993, between The WB and Tribune Broadcasting (whose corporate parent, the Tribune Company (now Tribune Media), held minority ownership in the network), which resulted in Tribune's Chicago television flagship WGN-TV carrying The WB's prime time programming (the Kids' WB block – which debuted in September 1995, eight months after The WB's launch – would air instead on independent station WCIU-TV before moving to WGN-TV in September 2004).
Through that deal, WGN's national superstation feed (now separately branded as WGN America and operating as a conventional basic cable channel) would act as a default WB affiliate for markets where the network would have difficulty securing an affiliation with a broadcast television station at The WB's launch on January 11, 1995 (either due to the lack of available over-the-air stations or the absence of a secondary affiliation with an existing station within the market). This arrangement was conceived to give the network enough time to find affiliates in those "white areas" (a term referring to areas in which a national broadcaster does not have market clearance), allowing the WGN superstation feed to nationally distribute The WB's programming to a broader audience than would be possible without such an agreement in the interim.
Development and launchEdit
Jamie Kellner – co-founder, and original president of The WB – conceived the concept of a cable-originated programming service that would serve smaller markets, originally titled The WeB, in June 1996; the network formally presented its concept for the service, which would function similarly to the reasoning behind the agreement with the WGN superstation feed, to cable providers on September 24 of that year. Kellner had previous experience in developing such a service; during his tenure as Fox's original network president from 1986 to 1993, Kellner developed a similar (but less localized) service, Foxnet, a cable channel owned by News Corporation (the corporate parent of Fox at the time) that operated from June 1991 to September 2006, and was the first designed to distribute a broadcast network's programming directly to cable providers in smaller markets where the network could not maintain an exclusive affiliation due to the limited number of available commercial television stations. After Russell Myerson (who would serve as the group's executive vice president and general manager) joined The WB in 1997, Kellner came to Myerson with his idea for a national cable feed of the network that would distribute WB programming to these "white area" markets with five or fewer commercial stations (including some markets where UPN, which debuted five days after The WB launched, managed to obtain an affiliation).
Time Warner, the network's majority owner, commissioned IBM (for hardware and infrastructure) and Enterprise Systems Group (later known as Encoda and then Harris Corporation; contracted for software systems at the national and local level) to develop a national data server network that would digitally transmit local and national advertisements, promos, station identifications and customized logo bugs for each individual affiliate to headends operating the local WB 100+ affiliate in their home market. The network would be relayed to a "station in a box" (SIB), a 5.25-inch (13.3 cm) wireless PC-based system that was programmed to download (through a data feed distributed via satellite), store and insert advertising appropriate to the individual affiliate's home market in pre-determined time periods set through a playlist over the satellite-delivered national feed as well as to transfer the programming feeds, via a disseminated address header based on the affiliate's designated call letters. The SIB units – which cost $9,000 per unit – were sold to each prospective affiliate operator with costs fully shouldered by The WB; the SIBs held 90 minutes of programming material at a time, in addition to transmitting advertisements and program promotions, and logging previously aired ad spots. Affiliates trafficked local advertising via logfiles sent over the Internet to a Novar management system located at The WB's corporate offices, that handled trafficking, programming feed dissemination and local insertion to individual affiliates. All programming provided by the service was distributed to WB 100+ affiliates via a centralcasting hub based at the California Video Center in southwestern Los Angeles (near Los Angeles International Airport).
Originally slated for a September 8 launch, The WeB was launched at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 21, 1998 on 80 cable-only affiliates, reaching 2.8 million cable television subscribers in the United States – the largest simultaneous launch of a station group in the history of American television. The service (which was renamed The WB 100+ Station Group in March 1999) was created to serve a similar capacity that Superstation WGN held as a national distributor of The WB – the difference being that stations within The WB 100+ group were structured in the manner of a local broadcast station: local WB 100+ affiliates were managed by either a local cable provider or an affiliate of a larger over-the-air television station (usually those affiliated with networks that were established long before The WB debuted in January 1995), which may have produced some local programming – such as a prime time newscast – or televised local sporting events.
WB 100+ stations also aired local commercial inserts and promotions, although promotions for syndicated programs aired on the service omitted affiliate references (either in the form of verbal identification or use of the affiliate's logo) in favor of network branding and were not customized to reference the program's local airtime (all airtimes listed in syndicated program promos were based on their scheduling in the Eastern and Central Time Zones), with the announcer being used to read the promo's airtime card only identifying that the program airs "[today/tonight/day of week] on The WB". Each affiliate had their own individual branding (usually in the form of a fictional call sign, the combination of "The WB" name with either the parent station/cable franchise's city of license or a regional descriptor of the area, or both).
As part of the initial six-year affiliation agreements signed in late 1997 and throughout 1998, cable providers that operated local WB 100+ affiliates received the service's programming free of charge, instead of being required to pay a carriage fee directly to the network (as providers were required to do when they agreed to carry Foxnet at its launch); in addition, affiliates and their advertising sales partners shared a percentage of the revenue earned through the sale of local ads. The WB 100+ was designed to comply with Nielsen regulations defining what constitutes a local station; this allowed viewership totals from the cable-only affiliates to be counted alongside the network's conventional broadcast affiliates to accurately count toward the national ratings for WB network programming.
As time went on, The WB 100+ expanded, increasing its body of cable-only affiliates, while also adding affiliations with conventional broadcast television stations in a few markets. By September 2001, The WB 100+'s national availability had increased to 7.4 million households. The service's programming reached 109 out of 111 television markets within those eligible to affiliate with The WB 100+, totaling nine million households by January 2005. By the time The WB ceased operations in September 2006, the only eligible market never to have been served by a WB 100+ affiliate was Lafayette, Indiana, which received WB programming via WTTV (later a CW affiliate and now a CBS affiliate) in the adjacent Indianapolis market.
In some markets where a local cable provider carried Superstation WGN upon the initial rollout of the service, a WB 100+ affiliate supplanted WGN as the local WB affiliate; though for a year following the launch of The WB 100+, programming duplication between the local WB 100+ affiliate and WGN persisted in some areas where a cable provider did not black out WB programming airing over the WGN superstation feed. As additional WB 100+ affiliates signed on, network management deemed that The WB's affiliate footprint was large enough to request that WGN drop its programming from the station's national feed in October 1999; the local WGN-TV Chicago signal remained a WB affiliate until the network's September 2006 shutdown (the WGN local feed – which later became a CW affiliate, and is now an independent station – would become available to U.S. viewers outside of the Chicago market in the spring of 2015, when it was added as part of the initial offerings of Channel Master's LinearTV service).
Transition to The CW PlusEdit
On January 24, 2006, Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced that The WB and UPN would each be shut down; in turn, the two companies would partner to launch The CW Television Network, a new network that would feature some programs from The WB and UPN initially forming the nuclei of its schedule in September of that year. To coincide with the change, The CW announced on February 24, that it would start a service called The CW Plus, a group of primarily digital subchannels, analog and non-broadcast cable television outlets affiliated with the network, serving areas of the United States ranked below the top 99 television markets; this service is nearly identical in structure to The WB 100+, albeit with a more diversified body of affiliates. There was no guarantee that existing affiliates of The WB 100+ would automatically join The CW Plus, although most ultimately did, and programming transitioned seamlessly from The WB 100+ to the successor CW Plus service (for example, The Daily Buzz remained on The CW Plus until September 2014).
Since digital television allows multiple "subchannels" to be carried on a single over-the-air signal, most of the CW Plus' affiliates air on the multicast feeds of those stations that manage the affiliates. Thus, they are no longer technically "cable-only" and must now use the parent station's licensed callsigns instead of a fictional one (although some of the service's over-the-air affiliates use altered versions of the parent station's call letters – with an "E" often replacing the leader "W" or "K" – merely for identification purposes, both on-air and in Nielsen diary-tabulated ratings reports). However, some stations (such as WBVC in Northern Michigan; WBWO in Wheeling, West Virginia; CW Glendive in Glendive, Montana; KWMK in Bismarck, North Dakota; WBAE in Alpena, Michigan and KSXF in Joplin, Missouri remain cable-exclusive outlets.
The WB 100+ utilized a dual programming model which differed from the traditional network affiliate model used by WB-affiliated stations in large and medium-sized markets, in which the affiliate handled complete responsibility of providing syndicated and local programming to fill non-network timeslots. Instead, dayparts on WB 100+ affiliates without WB programming were programmed by the network, primarily with programs that were being carried at the time in national syndication – along with syndicated film packages that filled select weekend timeslots, and brokered programming (such as infomercials and religious programs) that was time-leased by The WB to fill most overnight and some early afternoon timeslots on the service; this relieved the WB 100+ affiliate's local owner of the duty of acquiring syndicated programming to fill timeslots not occupied by network content from The WB. This was similar to the programming strategy of Foxnet, though unlike The WB 100+, Foxnet was distributed as a conventional cable channel and local operators were not allowed to tailor the service to their local market with their own branding, or carry local news or sports programming.
In addition to the hour of programming provided by the Kids' WB Saturday morning block that featured content complying with the regulations, the remaining two hours of programming that fulfilled educational programming guidelines defined by the Children's Television Act was taken care of by The WB 100+, which carried syndicated E/I programs for broadcast on early Saturday afternoons immediately after the conclusion of the block for much of The WB 100+'s existence.
The parent station or cable franchise operator of the local WB 100+ affiliate maintained responsibility of selling local advertising for the station or cable-only outlet, with the service allocating time to affiliates to incorporate local commercial inserts during WB network and WB 100+-acquired syndicated programming. The WB offered a multi-tiered advertising sales plan to prospective affiliates allowing for the sale and transmission of commercials for local, regional and national businesses on the customized feed; it also handled responsibility for marketing campaigns customized for each affiliate that were developed through an in-house marketing department operated by The WB for the station group. The affiliate operator also held responsibility of acquiring alternative syndicated programming to substitute those provided by The WB 100+, if the rights to that program are held by another station in their market.
Though The WB itself never carried any national news programming of its own throughout its 11-year existence, in September 2002, The WB acquired the syndication rights to The Daily Buzz – a morning news and lifestyle program that, at the time, was produced by ACME Communications (a now-defunct media company founded by The WB's original CEO Jamie Kellner, which had all except one of its television stations affiliated with The WB, and was named after the Acme Corporation running gag seen in Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes animated shorts) – for broadcast on The WB 100+; the program was also syndicated to stations in markets that were not covered by either The WB 100+ or where ACME did not own a station.
The WB 100+ feed was originally designed for the Eastern and Pacific Time Zones, whose master schedules were formatted to align the start time of The WB's prime time programming with the network's broadcast affiliate feed; a Central Time Zone feed was added by the early 2000s, followed by an Alaska Time Zone feed that launched in 2005. As such, the Kids' WB and (from January to September 2006, following the conclusion of the weekday afternoon Kids' WB lineup) Daytime WB blocks, which were designed to be tape-delayed, were aired an hour earlier on affiliates – compared to their preferred scheduling – on affiliates in the Central, Mountain and Alaska time zones.
List of WB 100+ affiliatesEdit
This is a list of WB 100+ stations, ranked by designated market area (DMA), as of September 2006, when The WB ceased operations as a broadcast network. Note that most "call letters" below are informal, as these stations did not broadcast over-the-air and as such, were not licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); the meanings of each affiliate's "call sign" are also included. There were a few exceptions – actual FCC-licensed broadcast stations are indicated in italics. Some of the "fake" calls used by the cable-only WB affiliates (which are identified with quotation marks) may be the same as calls used by actual over-the-air stations, and may create confusion for some; such stations are identified in this list for disambiguation.
After each station's name is the status of the CW affiliation, as of October 2015[update]. If no status is part of the station's listing, The CW does not have a confirmed affiliate in the market that the WB 100+ station served. The rankings for each market are as of the 2005–06 television season.
|DMA #||Market||Station||Faux call
|Callsign meaning||Years of affiliation||Current status|
|92.||Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas||"KMHB" ("WB53")||McAllen Harlingen Brownsville||Was ranked #104 when the channel was founded; formerly "KHWB"; The CW is now affiliated with KCWT-CD|
|97.||Savannah, Georgia||"WBVH" ("WB13")
|WB SaVannaH||Was ranked #100 when the channel was founded; The CW is now affiliated with WSAV-DT2|
|101.||Charleston, South Carolina||"WBLN" ("WB14")
|WB Lowcountry Network||The CW is now affiliated with WCBD-DT2|
|103.||Lincoln-Hastings-Kearney, Nebraska||KCWL 51
|KWBL: WB Lincoln||Both became part of The CW Plus|
|104.||Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas||KBBL 34||Switched to RTV programming, and is now affiliated with MyNetworkTV, Antenna TV and Tuff TV under the callsign KXNW; sibling KPBI-CA went to MyNetworkTV; The CW is now affiliated with KHBS-DT2 / KHOG-DT2|
|105.||Greenville-New Bern-Washington, North Carolina||"WGWB"||Greenville's WB||The CW is now affiliated with WNCT-DT2|
|106.||Fort Wayne, Indiana||"WBFW" ("WB37")||WB Fort Wayne||The CW is now affiliated with former NBC affiliate WISE-TV|
|107.||Florence-Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||"WFWB"||Florence WB||The CW is now seen on former UPN affiliate WWMB (carrying primetime programming only)|
|108.||Springfield-Holyoke, Massachusetts||"WBQT" ("WB11"/"WB16")||Became part of The CW Plus, before WWLP took over the channel's operations in March 2015; The CW is now affiliated with WWLP-DT2|
|109.||Tallahassee, Florida-Thomasville, Georgia||WFXU 48||Became part of The CW Plus, now silent; The CW is now affiliated with WTLF and WTLH-DT2|
|110.||Lansing, Michigan||"WBL" ("WB30")||WB Lansing||Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WLAJ|
|111.||Tyler-Longview, Texas||"KWTL"||WB TyLer||In January 2006, KCEB moved its affiliation from UPN to The WB, and has since joined the CW|
|112.||Reno, Nevada||KREN-TV 27||RENo||Became part of The CW Plus|
|113.||Traverse City-Cadillac, Michigan||"WBVC" ("WB61")||WB TraVerse City||Became part of The CW Plus|
|114.||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||KWSD 36||WB South Dakota||Became part of The CW Plus|
|115.||Augusta, Georgia||"WBAU" ("WB23")||WB AUgusta||The CW is now affiliated with WAGT-DT2|
|116.||Montgomery, Alabama||"WBMY"||WB MontgomerY||The CW is now affiliated with WBMM, an unrelated digital station|
|117.||Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois||"WBPE"||WB PEoria||The CW is now affiliated with WEEK-DT3|
|118.||Fargo-Grand Forks, North Dakota||"WBFG" ("WB8")||WB FarGo||The CW is now affiliated with WDAY-DT2|
|119.||Boise, Idaho||"KWOB"||The WB moved to "KWOB" from KNIN-TV, which was a CW affiliate from 2006 to 2011, when it affiliated with Fox; The CW is now affiliated with former UPN affiliate KYUU-LD and is simulcast on KBOI-DT2|
|120.||Macon, Georgia||"WBMN" ("WB3")||WB MacoN||Became part of The CW Plus|
|121.||Eugene, Oregon||KMTR||"KZWB" ("WB11")||The CW is now affiliated with KMTR-DT2|
|122.||Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, California||"KWCA" ("WB5")||WB CAlifornia||The CW is now affiliated with KSBY-DT2|
|123.||La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wisconsin||"WBCZ" ("WB15")||WB La CroZe (Crosse)||The CW is now affiliated with WXOW-DT3 in La Crosse and WQOW-DT2 in Eau Claire|
|124.||Lafayette, Louisiana||KLWB 50||Lafayette's WB||Became part of The CW Plus; lost the affiliation to KATC-DT2 in 2010 and joined This TV, MeTV in 2011, and Antenna TV in 2012.|
|125.||Monterey-Salinas, California||"KMWB" ("WB14")1||Monterey's WB||The CW is now affiliated with KION-DT2|
|126.||Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, Washington||"KWYP"2||WB Yakima||The CW was shown on KCWK until 2008; it is now carried on digital subchannels of KIMA-TV and KEPR|
|127.||Columbus, Georgia||"WBG"||WB Georgia||The CW was affiliated with former UPN affiliate WLGA, now is affiliated on WLTZ-DT2|
|128.||Bakersfield, California||"KWFB" ("WB12")||backronym for BakersField's WB||Became part of The CW Plus; this station is simulcast on KGET-DT2|
|129.||Corpus Christi, Texas||"KWDB" ("WB16"/"WB23")||The CW is now affiliated with KRIS-DT2|
|130.||Chico-Redding, California||"KIWB" ("WB10")3||The CW is now affiliated with KHSL-DT2|
|131||Amarillo, Texas||"KDBA" ("WB11")||WB Amarillo (D=Double U)||The CW is now affiliated with KVII-DT2|
|132.||Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, Mississippi||"WBWP"4||WB West Point||The CW is now affiliated with WCBI-DT3|
|133.||Rockford, Illinois||"WBR" 14||WB Rockford||Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WREX-TV|
|134||Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin||"WBWA" ("WB15")||WB WAusau||The CW is now affiliated with WAOW-DT2 in Wausau and WYOW-DT2 in Eagle River|
|135||Monroe, Louisiana-El Dorado, Arkansas||"KWMB" ("WB12")||backronym for WB Monroe||The CW is now affiliated with KNOE-DT2|
|136||Topeka, Kansas||"WBKS" ("WB5")||WB KanSas||The CW is now affiliated with KTKA-DT3|
|137||Duluth, Minnesota-Superior, Wisconsin||"KWBD"||WB Duluth||The CW is now affiliated with KDLH-DT2|
|138||Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri||"KJWB" ("WB5")||Jefferson City WB||The CW is now affiliated with KOMU-DT3; KJWB is off-air|
|139||Wilmington, North Carolina||"WBW" ("WB29")||WB Wilmington||The CW is now affiliated with WWAY-DT2|
|140||Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas||"KWJB"||WB Beaumont||The CW is now affiliated with KFDM-DT2|
|141.||Medford-Klamath Falls, Oregon||"KMFD"||MedForD||The CW is now affiliated with KTVL-DT2|
|142.||Erie, Pennsylvania||"WBEP" ("Northwest PA's WB")||WB Erie Pennsylvania||The CW is now affiliated with WSEE-DT2|
|143||Sioux City, Iowa||"KXWB"||SiouX City WB||The CW is now affiliated with KTIV-DT2|
|144||Wichita Falls, Texas||"KWB"||Warner Bros.||The CW is now affiliated with KAUZ-DT2|
|145||Joplin, Missouri||"KSXF"||Became part of The CW Plus|
|146||Lubbock, Texas||KWBZ 43||Became part of The CW Plus, and now uses the callsign KLCW-TV|
|147||Albany, Georgia||"WBSK"||The CW is now affiliated with WSWG-DT3|
|148||Salisbury, Maryland||"WBD" ("WB3")||WB Delmarva||Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WMDT|
|149||Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, West Virginia||"WBB"||WB Bluefield||The CW is now affiliated with WVVA-DT2|
|150||Terre Haute, Indiana||"WBI" ("WB3")||WB Indiana||Became part of The CW Plus|
|151||Bangor, Maine||"WBAN" ("WB 4")||WB BANgor||Became part of The CW Plus and is shown on WABI-DT2|
|152||Rochester, Minnesota||"KWBR"||WB Rochester||The CW is now affiliated with KTTC-DT2|
|153||Palm Springs, California||"KCWB"5||California's WB||The CW is now affiliated with KCWQ-LP and a digital subchannel of KESQ-TV|
|154||Wheeling, West Virginia-Steubenville, Ohio||"WBWO" ("WB18")||WB West Virginia-Ohio||Became part of The CW Plus|
|155||Anchorage, Alaska||"KWBX"||The CW is now affiliated with KYUR-DT2|
|156||Binghamton, New York||"WBXI"6||Became part of CW and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WBNG-TV|
|157||Panama City, Florida||"WBPC"||WB Panama City||The CW is now affiliated with WJHG-DT2|
|158||Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi||"WBGP"||WB Biloxi-GulfPort||Became part of The CW Plus; The CW is now affiliated with WXXV-DT2|
|159||Odessa-Midland, Texas||KWWT 30||Became part of The CW Plus|
|160.||Bismarck-Minot, North Dakota||"KWMK"||WB BisMarcK||Became part of The CW Plus|
|161.||Sherman, Texas-Ada, Oklahoma||"KSHD"||SHerman-Denison||The CW is now affiliated with KTEN-DT2|
|162||Gainesville, Florida||"WBFL" ("WB10")||WB FLorida||The CW is now affiliated with WCJB-DT2|
|163||Idaho Falls-Pocatello, Idaho||KPIF 15||Pocatello-Idaho Falls||Became part of The CW Plus, now defunct; The CW is now affiliated with KIFI-DT3|
|164||Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas||"KWAW"||The CW is now affiliated with KTXS-DT2|
|165||Clarksburg-Weston, West Virginia||"WVWB"||West Virginia's WB||The CW is now affiliated with WVFX-DT2|
|166||Utica, New York||WKTV||"WBU"||WB Utica||Became part of The CW Plus and later operated as a subchannel of WKTV; The CW is now affiliated with WKTV-DT3|
|167||Hattiesburg-Laurel, Mississippi||WBH||WB Hattiesburg|
|168||Missoula, Montana||"KIDW"||The CW is now affiliated with KPAX-DT2|
|169||Quincy, Illinois-Hannibal, Missouri-Keokuk, Iowa||"WEWB" ("WB6")||Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WGEM-TV|
|170.||Yuma, Arizona-El Centro, California||"KWUB"||Became part of The CW Plus and later operated as a subchannel of KSWT; The CW is now affiliated with KECY-DT3|
|171.||Billings, Montana||"KWBM"7||WB Montana||The CW is now affiliated with KTVQ-DT2|
|172.||Dothan, Alabama||"WBDO"||WB DOthan||The CW is now affiliated with former UPN affiliate WTVY-DT2|
|173||Elmira, New York||"WBE"||WB Elmira||The CW is now affiliated with co-owned WENY-DT2|
|174||Jackson, Tennessee||"WBJK"||WB JacKson||Became part of The CW Plus|
|175||Lake Charles, Louisiana||"WBLC"||WB Lake Charles||The CW is now affiliated with KVHP-DT2|
|176||Alexandria, Louisiana||KBCA 41 ("WB 41")||Became part of The CW Plus|
|177||Rapid City, South Dakota||KWBH-LP 27||WB Black Hills||Became part of The CW Plus|
|178||Watertown, New York||"WBWT"||WB WaterTown||Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned WWTI|
|179||Jonesboro, Arkansas||"KJOS"||JOneSboro||Became part of The CW Plus under the branding "CW 21 Jonesboro"|
|180||Marquette, Michigan||"WBMK"||WB Marquette
|The CW is now affiliated with WBKP-DT2|
|181||Harrisonburg, Virginia||"WBHA"||WB HArrisonburg||The CW is now affiliated with WVIR-DT3|
|182||Greenwood-Greenville, Mississippi||"WBWD"||WB GreenWooD||Became part of The CW Plus|
|183||Bowling Green, Kentucky||"WBWG"||BoWling Green||The CW is now affiliated with WBKO-DT3|
|184||Meridian, Mississippi||"WBMM"8||WB Meridian, Mississippi||The CW is now affiliated with WTOK-DT3|
|185||Lima, Ohio||"WBOH" ("WB3")||WB OHio||Defunct; later operated as a digital subchannel of WLIO, The CW is now carried in the market on cable through out-of-market affiliate WBDT/Dayton|
|186||Charlottesville, Virginia||"WBC"||WB Charlottesville||The CW is now affiliated with WVIR-DT3|
|187||Grand Junction-Montrose, Colorado||"KWGJ"||WB Grand Junction||The CW is now affiliated with KKCO-DT2|
|188.||Laredo, Texas||"KTXW" ("Laredo's WB19")||Became part of The CW Plus, and operates as a digital subchannel of co-owned KGNS-TV|
|189.||Great Falls, Montana||"KWGF"||W Great Falls||The CW is now affiliated with KRTV-DT2|
|190.||Parkersburg, West Virginia||"WBPB"||WB ParkersBurg||Became part of The CW Plus, but shut down in 2008|
|192.||Twin Falls, Idaho||"KWTE"||The CW is now affiliated with KMVT-DT2|
|193.||Butte-Bozeman, Montana||"KWXB"||The CW is now affiliated with KXLF-DT2|
|194||Eureka, California||"KWBT"9||The CW is now affiliated with KJRW-DT2|
|195||Cheyenne, Wyoming||"KCHW"||CHeyenne, Wyoming||Became part of The CW Plus and now operates as a digital subchannel of KGWN|
|196||Bend, Oregon||"KWBO"||WB Oregon||The CW is now affiliated with KTVZ-DT2|
|197||San Angelo, Texas||"KWSA" ("WB14")||WB San Angelo||Became part of The CW Plus|
|198||Casper-Riverton, Wyoming||"KWWY"||WB WYoming||The CW is now affiliated with former UPN affiliate K26ES|
|199||Ottumwa, Iowa||"KWOT"||WB OTtumwa||Became part of The CW Plus|
|200||Mankato, Minnesota||"KWYE"||Became part of The CW Plus|
|201.||St. Joseph, Missouri||"WBJO"||WB St. JOseph||Became part of The CW Plus and later operated as a digital subchannel of KNPN-LD; The CW is now affiliated with KNPG-LD2|
|202.||Zanesville, Ohio||"WBZV"||WB ZanesVill||Became part of The CW Plus, until it shut down in 2008 under the operation of WHIZ-TV; WBZV has since been reinstated on Zanesville cable systems and is now part of The CW Plus, operated directly by Time Warner Cable e|
|203||Fairbanks, Alaska||"KWBX"||The CW is now affiliated with KATN-DT2|
|204||Presque Isle, Maine||"WBPQ" ("WB13")||WB PresQue Isle||Became part of The CW Plus|
|205||Victoria, Texas||"KWVB"||backronym for WB Victoria||Became part of The CW Plus and is now simulcast on K39HB|
|206||Helena, Montana||KMTF 10||Became part of The CW Plus|
|207||Juneau, Alaska||"KWJA"||WB Juneau, Alaska||The CW is now affiliated with KJUD-DT2|
|208||Alpena, Michigan||"WBAE"||WB AlpEna||Became part of The CW Plus|
|209||North Platte, Nebraska||"KWPL"||WB North PLatte||Became part of The CW Plus|
|210||Glendive, Montana||"KWZB"||Became part of The CW Plus, and now branded as "CW Glendive"|
- 1 The cable-only "KMWB" is not to be confused with the former callsign used by Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota CW affiliate WUCW as a WB affiliate.
- 2 The cable-only "KWYP" is not to be confused with Laramie, Wyoming PBS member station KWYP-DT.
- 3 The cable-only "KIWB" is not to be confused with Boise, Idaho low-power station KIWB-LP.
- 4 The cable-only "WBWP" is not to be confused with West Palm Beach, Florida Mega TV affiliate WBWP-LD.
- 5 The cable-only "KCWB" is not to be confused with the former callsign used by Fresno, California Tvida Vision affiliate KVBC-LP, or by Kansas City, Missouri CW affiliate KCWE as a WB affiliate.
- 6 The cable-only "WBXI" is not to be confused with Indianapolis, Indiana Tr3́s affiliate WBXI-CA.
- 7 The cable-only "KWBM" is not to be confused with the Springfield, Missouri Daystar affiliate of the same callsign.
- 8 The cable-only "WBMM" is not to be confused with Montgomery, Alabama CW affiliate of the same callsign.
- 9 The cable-only "KWBT" is not to be confused with the former callsign used by Tulsa, Oklahoma CW affiliate KQCW-DT as a WB affiliate.
- The CW Plus – successor of The WB 100+; most of the remaining cable-only channels and some over-the-air stations that are outlets of The CW Plus formerly served as affiliates of The WB 100+
- WGN America – Chicago-based cable channel that is available throughout the United States on cable and satellite television; prior to the launch of The WB 100+, as the national superstation feed of WGN-TV, the channel served as a de facto WB affiliate for U.S. markets without an over-the-air affiliate from 1995 to 1999
- CW-W – a standard definition-only feed of XETV-TDT/San Diego for markets without a CW affiliate carried on DirecTV
- CW-E – a standard definition-only feed of WDCW/Washington, D.C. for markets without a CW affiliate carried on DirecTV
- Foxnet – a similar cable-only network for markets without a Fox affiliate, that operated from 1991 to 2006
- CTV Two Alberta – a similar cable-only affiliate of CTV Two in the Canadian province of Alberta; formerly Access
- CTV Two Atlantic – a similar cable-only affiliate of CTV Two in Atlantic Canada; formerly the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN) and A Atlantic
- City Saskatchewan – a similar cable-only affiliate of City in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan
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