|Huntington/Charleston, West Virginia
|Branding||WOWK 13 (general)
13 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Working For You|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
|Owner||West Virginia Media Holdings|
|First air date||October 2, 1955|
|Call letters' meaning||Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky
(states served by the station's signal)
|Sister station(s)||WTRF, WVNS, WBOY|
|Former callsigns||WHTN-TV (1955-1975)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
13 (VHF, 1955-2009)
47 (UHF, until 2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1955-1958 & 1962-1986)
|Transmitter power||12.5 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WOWK-TV, channel 13, is a television station licensed to Charleston, West Virginia, USA. Owned by West Virginia Media Holdings, 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 in Charleston next to the Charleston Town Center, on the first floor of the former Montgomery Ward location 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 and moved to Charleston. However its transmitter is still located at the Milton location, closer to Huntington.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|13.1||1080i||16:9||WOWK-CBS||Main WOWK-TV programming / CBS|
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. 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.
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.
The station announced on August 5, 2011 that 17 year veteran evening anchor Sandra Cole had decided not to renew her contract. Cole ended her tenure at the station on September 30, 2011. From October, 2011 until January, 2012, the station did not have an evening anchor. Kelly Brennan, Stacy Moniot, Dana Arquilla, and Scott Roberts filled the evening slots during the interim period. The station has since placed April Kaull, former WOWK news director, and Don Hammond into the evening news slots.
West Virginia Media produces a half-hour evening newscast that airs at 5:30pm. The newscast, titled West Virginia Tonight Live, is broadcast live from the Charleston studios in high definition on all 4 stations and is anchored by April Kaull.
The station's news ratings have generally been very poor. Rival WSAZ has the highest news rating of any top 100 market. Since the West Virginia Media takeover, and the move to Charleston, ratings have declined even more, as the station does not cover news from any part of its service area outside Charleston.
- Newsroom (1958-1961)
- The West Virginia Report (1961-1966)
- 13 Color News (1966-1971)
- Eyewitness News (1971-1975)
- TV-13 Action News (1975-1990s)
- 13 News (1990s-present)
- Be an Eyewitness (early 1970s)
- Where The Action Is (mid 1970s)
- Count on the Action News Team (late 1970s)
- We're the One To Turn To (late 1970s)
- 13 Believes in You (early 1990s-1997)
- Live. Local. Latebreaking (1997-2003)
- Your Town, Your State, Your Future (2003-2008)
- Live and Local from Your Hometown (2008-2012)
- Working For You (2012 to now)
- The Action News Theme by Unknown Composer (?)
- Image News by Gari Media Group (1997–2003)
- Finale by Stephen Arnold Music (2003–2012) was used on stations regular newscasts till April 2012 now only on weekly show "Decision Makers"
- Aerial by Stephen Arnold Music (2012-present)
West Virginia television has been seeing newscasts moving to high definition.
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.
- Jack Kane - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Merrily McAuliffe - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Don Hammond - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- April Kaull - weeknights at 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Tim Carrico - weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. & Fridays at 5, 6, 7, & 11 p.m. (main fill-in anchor)
StormTracker 13 Meteorologists
- Spencer Adkins (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Bryan Hughes - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Kristin Ketchell - meteorologist; weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also weekday fill-in
- James Hopkins - (WVNS-TV) weekday morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) (WOWK-TV) meteorologist fill-in
- Brandon Smith - sports reporter
- Bray Cary - West Virginia Media Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer
- Decision Makers host
- Randy McKinney - Chief Photographer
- Elbert Mosley - Senior Photojournalist
- Chris Holtzaphel - Huntington photojournalist
- John Haulotte - photojournalist
- Gary Mills - photojournalist
- Kerry McClannahan - photojournalist
- Drew Adams - Huntington photojournalist
- Nicky Walters
- Jessie Shafer
- Hillary Hall
- Brandon Smith
- Randy Yohe
- Ben Nandy
- Christina Fan
- Ariel Rothfield
- Rachael Ousley - reporter/weekend producer
- Ellen Miller - News Director
- Chad Hypes - Assistant News Director
- Steve Seminick - Executive Producer
- Jamie Smith - Assignment Editor
- Tiffney Henson - Huntington Assignment Editor
- Patti Nieto - Assignment Desk Manager
- Lucas Hannon - Assignment Desk
- Jeffrey Spradlin - Assignment Desk
- Stephen Boyle - Producer weeknights 6/11 p.m.
- Amelia Ferrell - Producer weeknights 5/7 p.m.
- Alex Belfori - Producer weekdays noon/5:30 p.m.
- Brandon Millman - Producer weekdays 13News This Morning
- Veronica Goad - Producer weekdays 13News This Morning
- Branford Marks - Associate Producer
- Will Vance - Associate Producer
- Hohmann, George (2011-08-23). "TV station moving to Charleston building". Charleston Daily mail. p. 2. Retrieved 2011-08-25.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WOWK
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print