January 27, 2017
CHANGES IN PROGRAMMING AT WKPT-TV & WAPK
Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation in Kingsport is making changes in the line-up of networks carried on television stations WKPT and WAPK. Effective at midnight Sunday (January 29) WKPT will drop its MyNetwork TV affiliation and most of its local programming when the “COZI TV” network moves from channel 19.3 to 19.1.
COZI TV’s current slot on channel 19.3 will be filled by the “LAFF” network, which is moving from WAPK’s channel 36.3 to WKPT’s 19.3.
WAPK’s channel 19.3 will become the home to a new network addition, “Bounce.”
In making the announcement Holston Valley Broadcasting’s President, George DeVault, said, “We have been amazed at the popularity of nostalgic TV programming in the Tri-Cities area. The “MeTV” network, a nostalgia network, which has been carried on WKPT’s channel 19.2 for several months now, actually beats the new “ABC Tri-Cities” channel in the ratings during most time periods.
“While nostalgia network COZI TV is now carried by most area cable systems, it is not currently carried by DISH Network and DirecTV. Moving COZI to WKPT’s channel 19.1 will give it carriage for the first time on these two satellite systems dramatically increasing COZI’s availability to Tri-Cities TV viewers.
DeVault added, “With this change all the TV streams of both WKPT and WAPK will carry nostalgia-based programming.”
The new channel line-up will thus be:
19.2 MeTV (in standard definition)
36.1 MeTV (in high definition)
36.4 Heroes & Icons
Casualties of the new changes will be most of the local programming and all of the syndicated programming now carried on WKPT’s channel 19.1 including the popular Good Day Tri-Cities, which in recent months has aired from 9 AM to 10 AM Monday through Friday on WKPT’s channel 19.1 and from 4 to 5 PM on WAPK’s channel 36.2. “We will certainly miss hosts Morgan King and Whitney Carr and the other members of the team, which took part in producing Good Day Tri-Cities and getting it on the air each day. We have offered the program to both of our competitors in an effort to keep it on the air in the Tri-Cities.”
DeVault also announced his retirement as President of Holston Valley Broadcasting effective February 1st. He was first employed by WKPT radio at age 15 in 1961 and became a full-time Holston employee in 1968. WKPT-TV signed on the air a year later in 1969. DeVault has been Holston’s President since 1982. He will remain a member of the Board of Directors of Holston and of its parent, Glenwood Communications Corporation, will continue to serve as a consultant to both companies, and will continue to have his office at the company.
DeVault’s successor as Holston’s President effective February 1st will be current Executive Vice President, David Widener, a Johnson City native, who has been employed by the company since 1975. Widener first worked in television sales and transferred to the company’s Radio Division as radio General Manager in 1983. Widener commented, “I am gratified that the board has seen fit to promote me to this most important post.” Stated outgoing President DeVault, “Absolutely no one is better suited to take over this position than Dave Widener. Holston Valley Broadcasting has been Dave’s life just as it has been mine!”