call_letters = WMDN
station_branding = CBS 24
analog = 24 (UHF)
digital = 26 (UHF)
June 10, 1968
callsign_meaning = MeriDiaN
former_callsigns = WHTV (1968-1986)
owner = Meridian Media, LLC
NBC/ABC (1968-1980, as satellite of WTVA)
Fox (1994-1997, NFL only)
effective_radiated_power = 724 kW (analog)
836 kW (digital)
HAAT = 186 m (analog)
165.3 m (digital)
facility_id = 73255
coordinates = coord|32|19|40|N|88|41|31.3|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.wmdntv.com/ www.wmdntv.com]
WMDN is the
CBStelevision affiliate for Meridian, Mississippi. WMDN, Inc., the owner of the station, is controlled by the Spain family, owners of WTVAin Tupelo, in the state's northeastern quadrant. The station originally signed on the air in 1968 under the callsign WHTV. From 1968 until 1975, WHTV was essentially a translator for WTWV (the current WTVA), which was affiliated primarily with NBC, with some ABC programs (such as college football) carried at other times. (" TV Guides" from this era instructed viewers to consult WTWV's listings for WHTV's program schedule.)
This changed by 1980, when WHTV became the primary CBS affiliate for Meridian after longtime CBS affiliate
WTOKbecame a primary ABC affiliate. In 1986, WHTV changed call letters to WTZH. WTZH went bankrupt in the early 1990s, leaving eastern Mississippi (and portions of western Alabama) without a CBS affiliate. During the gap, Hattiesburg's WHLTand occasionally Selma, Alabama's WAKAwere carried by Comcastto provide CBS programming to cable subscribers. CBS finally returned to broadcasting over the air in the region when WMDN started on February 2, 1994. Its transmitter is located in Meridian.
"Historical note": The callsign WMDN was originally used for
Midland, Michigan's first radio station, owned by the city's newspaper, the " Midland Daily News." That station began broadcasting in 1948 at 1490 kHz and continued to use that callsign until July 1971.
WMDN originally aired news programs Monday-Friday at 6 and 10 p.m. Originally the broadcast was called "24/30 News," since the broadcast was simulcast on
NBCaffiliate WGBCas part of a local marketing agreement. The title changed to "WMDN News" when the broadcast was dropped from WGBC's lineup. WMDN also aired a morning newscast from 6-7 a.m. weekdays for a short time. All news broadcasts ended on June 30, 2005.
In addition to CBS network programming, WMDN airs a variety of syndicated programming including "Dr. Phil," "Ellen," "
Entertainment Tonight," and " Judge Mathis." Weekend syndicated programming includes " Everybody Hates Chris" (actually from The CW), " It's Showtime at the Apollo," and reruns of "Alias."
* [http://www.wmdntv.com/ WMDN Website]
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