Residents of Kentucky are served by several different major television markets. It is home to three of the nation’s top one hundred markets by viewers, in the regions of Louisville, Lexington, and Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg. Kentucky also receives signals as part of markets of surrounding states, such as Ohio and West Virginia.
Kentucky television broadcasting began on November 24, 1948, when WAVE-TV first switched on its signal. It was the 41st station in the United States to open its doors. In 1949, it became the first television station in America to offer a live telecast of the Kentucky Derby to its viewers.
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Current Television Broadcast Networks
Kentucky’s largest market is Louisville, which is ranked at number 50 in national viewership. It is served by affiliate stations of every major network. WAVE is the NBC affiliate, WHAS-TV is the ABC affiliate, WLKY presents CBS programming, and WDRB is the Fox station. Louisville also receives broadcasts from affiliates of Ion Television (WBNA), the CW (WBKI-TV) and MyNetworkTV (WMYO).
The next largest market is Lexington, which is served by major network affiliates WLEX-TV (NBC), WKYT-TV (CBS), WTVQ-TV (ABC), and WDKY-TV (Fox). Ion Television (WUPX-TV) rounds out their commercial network offerings.
The Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg market also has the four major networks present and providing broadcast services. Several of the stations in this market operate from cities in surrounding states, including WSIL-TV in Harrisburg, Illinois, and KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Public television in Kentucky is centered in Lexington, and run by the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television. The network of stations is known as Kentucky Educational Television. The flagship station, WKLE, is in Lexington, with satellite stations located throughout the state, in Ashland, Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Louisville, Madisonville, Morehead, Murray, Owensboro, Owenton, Paducah, Pikeville, and Somerset.
Current Cable and Satellite Providers
Cable television in Kentucky is provided by several major national companies, as well as a number of smaller local firms. Comcast, TimeWarner Cable, and Mediacom all operate cable services in Kentucky, as do local cable companies like Lycom and TVS Cable.
Many Kentucky residents use satellite dishes to obtain TV programming. They are served by major providers Dish Network and DirecTV, like many other markets in the United States.
College and Campus Television
Kentucky’s universities have played an integral role in creating educational television for the state’s residents. It was a member of the faculty of the University of Kentucky who conceived of and initiated Kentucky’s educational public television system.
Today, the University of Kentucky continues that tradition with their student run television station, Wildcat Student TV. Students at the university create and disseminate original programming for the community of fellow students, including sketch comedy, music, and sports coverage of different University of Kentucky teams.
Western Kentucky University is also home to broadcasting for Kentucky residents. They operate a PBS affiliate public television station, WKU-PBS, for the Bowling Green media market. The university’s students also produce original programming for broadcast on the campus cable network, as well as on the public television station for the local community.
DTV Channel Lists are available for the following cities in Kentucky.
Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky (KY)
Louisville, Kentucky (KY)
Owensboro, Kentucky (KY)
Bowling Green, Kentucky (KY)
Covington, Kentucky (KY)
Hopkinsville, Kentucky (KY)
Frankfort, Kentucky (KY)
Henderson, Kentucky (KY)
Richmond, Kentucky (KY)
Jeffersontown, Kentucky (KY)