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WOWK-TV logo
Huntington - Charleston, West Virginia
United States
City Huntington, West Virginia
Branding WOWK 13 (general)
13 News (newscasts)
Slogan Working for you
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF/PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations CBS
Owner West Virginia Media Holdings
Operator Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Full acquisition of station pending)
First air date October 2, 1955; 60 years ago (1955-10-02)
Call letters' meaning Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky
(states served by the station's signal)
Former callsigns WHTN-TV (1955–1975)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
13 (1955–2009)
47 (until 2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1955–1958 & 1962–1986)
CBS (1958–1962)
Transmitter power 12.5 kW
Height 414 m
Facility ID 23342
Transmitter coordinates 38°30′20″N 82°12′32″W / 38.50556°N 82.20889°W / 38.50556; -82.20889
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.tristateupdate.com

WOWK-TV, channel 13, is a television station licensed to Huntington, West Virginia, USA. Owned by West Virginia Media Holdings and operated by future owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group, WOWK is the CBS affiliate for the Huntington-Charleston television market, which also covers portions of southeastern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky. The station's studios are located on Quarrier Street near the Charleston Town Center in Charleston,[1][2] and its transmitter is based in Milton, West Virginia.

WOWK-TV is one of four West Virginia television stations owned by West Virginia Media Holdings; the other outlets are fellow CBS affiliates WVNS-TV in Lewisburg and WTRF-TV in Wheeling; and NBC-affiliated WBOY-TV in Clarksburg.


The station went on-air October 2, 1955 as WHTN-TV (for HunTingtoN) an ABC affiliate owned by the Greater Huntington Theater Corporation. After only a year, the station was bought by Cowles Communications (unrelated to the Spokane, Washington-based Cowles Publishing Company). WHTN swapped affiliations with WCHS-TV and became a CBS station for the first time in 1958. In 1960, Cowles sold Channel 13 to Reeves Telecom. It went back to ABC in 1962 and stayed with that network for 24 years. Reeves Telecom sold the station to Gateway Communications in 1974. A year later, it changed its call letters to the current WOWK-TV to reflect the three states it serves (Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky). In 1986, it changed affiliations again returning to CBS.

The station was headquartered at the Radio Center Building in Huntington from its inception until 1984 when WOWK moved to a location on Fifth Avenue. Gateway merged with SJL Broadcasting in 2000. SJL sold it to West Virginia Media Holdings in 2002. After the sale to West Virginia Media, it sold its Huntington building to regional radio conglomerate Kindred Communications and moved its studio and offices to Charleston. WOWK does retain a newsroom in their former building (now known as the Kindred Capital Building) in Huntington and its transmitter is still located at the Milton location, closer to Huntington.

On November 17, 2015, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it would purchase the West Virginia Media Holdings stations, including WOWK-TV, for $130 million. Under the terms of the deal, Nexstar will assume control of the stations through a time brokerage agreement in December 2015, with the sale of the license assets expected to be completed in late 2016. Nexstar CEO Perry A. Sook was a former employee of WOWK.[3]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
13.1 1080i 16:9 WOWK-CBS Main WOWK-TV programming / CBS
13.2 WOWK-DT2 Weather Radar

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WOWK-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, in early 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 47 to VHF channel 13.[5][6] On January 25, 2009, an ice storm destroyed the temporary UHF channel 47 digital transmitter. Rather than repair it for two more months of service, the station shut down its analog transmission early and brought its digital 13 transmitter on-line.

Local HD[edit]

On May 29, 2011, WTAP in the Parkersburg market launched the first HD newscast in the state. On June 26, 2011, WTAP sister-station WSAZ launched the first HD broadcast in the Huntington-Charleston market. WOWK has moved into their new facilities, and on Saturday May 5, 2012 WOWK launched high definition newscasts. Sister station WTRF on December 29, 2011 at 12 PM Launched the first true High Definition newscast in the Wheeling/Steubenville market. WTRF was the first station in the West Virginia Media Holdings Group to have a local High Definition newscast.

News operation[edit]

Nightly news open at 11.
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WOWK-TV airs the market's only 7pm newscast. The station also airs a 5pm newscast. It provides all weather forecasts for WVNS-TV as well as weekend weather for WBOY-TV and WTRF-TV.

On May 16, 2011, WOWK expanded its morning newscast to a 4:30 A.M. start time. It is the first station in the market, as well as in the state, to do so. The morning news expansion is a growing trend across the United States.

West Virginia Media produces a half-hour evening newscast that airs at 5:30pm. The newscast, titled Tonight Live, formerly (West Virginia Tonight Live) is broadcast live from the Charleston studios in high definition on all 4 stations.


  1. ^ http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/WOWK_Moving_TV_Station_to_Charleston_128387908.html
  2. ^ Hohmann, George (2011-08-23). "TV station moving to Charleston building". Charleston Daily mail. p. 2. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Nexstar Buys 4 W.Va. TVs For $130M". TVNewsCheck. November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WOWK
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  6. ^ CDBS Print

External links[edit]

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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:23:23 -0700

... of the situation and were currently investigating it, WOWK reported. But Ron Duerring, the Superintendent of Kanawha County Board of Education, told WOWK-TV that they found nothing questionable when they searched Yohn's computer after the incident.

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:35:37 -0700

Jeffrey Province said when he entered his 6th grade math class on Tuesday, he observed teacher Thomas Yohn staring at his computer screen, WOWK-TV reports. Province's mother, Carmelene Short, decided to go public with the incident and joined her son ...
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 13:26:15 -0700

Spot Photography: SUPERIOR: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Boat Fire," Parker Slaybaugh; MERITORIOUS: WOWK-TV, Charleston, WV, "Yeager Airport Landslide," Nicky Walters, John Haulotte; MERITORIOUS: WCHS-TV, Charleston, WV, "Fayette Train ...
The Weather Channel
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:52:09 -0700

They were located in the Harts Creek area of Lincoln County, West Virginia, in their car that got stuck in the mud, WOWK-TV reported. Rain had been reported for three days leading up to the couple's disappearance, according to Weather Underground data, ...
Parkersburg News
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 03:07:30 -0700

The K-9s range from bloodhounds and narcotic dogs to patrol dogs and bomb dogs. Dog teams must re-certify every year in searches or attacks. WOWK-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1qVP884 ) K-9 officers also train 16 hours a month to stay up-to-date on ...

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CBS Local
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:20:21 -0700

The pilot told air traffic controllers at Yeager Airport they were going to make an emergency landing at 4:50 p.m. after a bird struck the plane, airport spokesman Mike Plante said. When the bird hit the plane, it cracked the windshield, officials said ...


Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:48:22 -0700

Image: Gregg Allman Tour Bus Crash Doesn't Stop Charleston Concert A tour bus for musician Gregg Allman's band rests against a tree near a creek after veering off Interstate 77 Wednesday morning, April 6, 2016, near Goldtown, W.Va. A tour spokesman for ...

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 03:12:17 -0700

... 'How to be a friend to the Homeless' essay winners and provided a presentation of 'Adopt a Room' upgrading at the Vanity Fair Apartments (formerly WOWK TV studios) in which Cabell County Career Technology Center Construction Academy students.

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