WKPT, WAPK announce new programming plan

Hank Hayes • Jan 28, 2016 at 9:16 AM

KINGSPORT — WKPT and WAPK are embarking on a new television programming era.

WKPT’s affiliation with ABC is ending, with that network’s content moving to Johnson City-based WJHL, which is launching ABC Tri-Cities on Feb. 1.

The parent company of WKPT and WAPK, Holston Valley Broadcasting, has announced a new broadcast content plan moving forward as a result.

“Most of the programming now seen on WAPK will move to WKPT-TV effective February 1st, including the prime time programming from MyNetworkTV,” Holston Valley Broadcasting Vice President Fred Falin said.

MyNetwork TV offers syndicated and other programming.

Falin added a number of the top syndicated programs now on WKPT-TV will be retained, including “Rachael Ray,” “Wendy Williams,” “Inside Edition,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “Family Feud.”

“Effective February 1, WAPK will become an affiliate of MeTV, the nation’s top-rated nostalgia TV network featuring such comedy favorites as ”I Love Lucy, “The Brady Bunch,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “M.A.S.H,” “Gilligan’s Island,” and “The Andy Griffith Show”; westerns including “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” “Rawhide,” “The Rifleman” and “The Big Valley”; and dramas including “Perry Mason,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Emergency,” “C.H.I.P.S.,” “Lost in Space,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and the original “Star Trek.” The schedule also includes “The Adventures of Superman and Batman.”

On Charter cable, WKPT will be moving to standard definition channel 6 and high definition channel 712. WAPK will be seen in standard definition by Charter customers on channel 182. The high definition channel number for WAPK on Charter is yet to be determined. Comcast customers will continue to see both stations on the same channels as prior to Feb. 1.

Holston Valley Broadcasting said subscribers of other cable systems — Dish Network, and DirecTV in particular — should check with their multi-channel providers for channel number information.

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