call_letters = CKWS-TV
station_branding = CKWS Television
analog = 11 (VHF)
digital = "allocated 69 (UHF)"
other_chs = see below
affiliations = CBC
December 18, 1954
callsign_meaning = Kingston Whig-Standard
owner = Corus Entertainment, Inc.
licensee = 591989 B.C. Ltd.
effective_radiated_power = 325 kW
HAAT = 311.9 m
coordinates = coord|44|9|59|N|76|25|28|W|type:landmark
homepage = [http://www.ckwstv.com/ CKWS Television]
CKWS is available on many cable systems throughout Eastern Ontario and Northern/Central
New York. Its Channel 11 transmitter is located on Wolfe Island, south of Kingston. The tower height is 1000 ft (304.8 m), and the effective radiated power is 325,000 watts. There are also UHF transmitters in Brighton (Channel 66), Spencerville (Channel 26) and Port Elmsley (Smiths Falls/Perth) on Channel 36.
CKWS is owned by
Corus Entertainmentand its studios and offices are located at 170 Queen Street in downtown Kingston. CKWS has been a CBC affiliate since its inception in late 1954. It was originally a joint venture between Roy Thomson and the " Kingston Whig-Standard" newspaper. The station has been sold three times: to the Kanatec Corporation, bought by Power Corporationin 1977 and to Corus in 1999.
Many children across the country were exposed to CKWS programming in the late 1970s and 1980s by the "Harrigan" series - a particularly innocent and low budget show about a leprechaun, starring Barry Dale.
Shelagh Rogersof CBC Radiofame started out presenting the weather for the station's newscasts.
Until the arrival of CJOH's Deseronto repeater on channel 6 in 1972 and cable television in Kingston in 1973, CKWS had very much a captive audience, as the only other nearby station routinely available over-the-air was Watertown, New York's
Although the station is a private affiliate, it airs the minimum amount of CBC programming (40 hours per week), and fills the rest of its schedule with programming from E!, much like its sister station
CFFX-FM"(formerly CKWS AM)"
* [http://www.ckwstv.com/ CKWS Television]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/television/histories.php?id=28&historyID=39 Canadian Communications Foundation - CKWS-TV History]
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