WLEX-TV

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WLEX-TV
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Lexington, Kentucky
BrandingLEX 18 (general)
LEX 18 News (newscasts)
SloganCoverage You Can Count On
ChannelsDigital: 39 (UHF)
Virtual: 18 (PSIP)
Subchannels18.1 NBC
18.2 Me-TV
AffiliationsNBC
Me-TV (DT2)
OwnerCordillera Communications
(WLEX Communications, LLC)
First air dateMarch 15, 1955
Call letters' meaningLEXington
Former channel number(s)Analog:
18 (1955-2009)
Former affiliationsAll secondary:
DuMont (1955)
CBS (1955-1968)
ABC (1955-1957)
Transmitter power475 kW (digital)
Height286 m (digital)
Facility ID73203
Transmitter coordinates38°2′3″N 84°23′39″W / 38.03417°N 84.39417°W / 38.03417; -84.39417 (digital)
WebsiteLEX18.com
 
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WLEX-TV
WLEX 2009 Logo.jpg

Metv wlex.png
Lexington, Kentucky
BrandingLEX 18 (general)
LEX 18 News (newscasts)
SloganCoverage You Can Count On
ChannelsDigital: 39 (UHF)
Virtual: 18 (PSIP)
Subchannels18.1 NBC
18.2 Me-TV
AffiliationsNBC
Me-TV (DT2)
OwnerCordillera Communications
(WLEX Communications, LLC)
First air dateMarch 15, 1955
Call letters' meaningLEXington
Former channel number(s)Analog:
18 (1955-2009)
Former affiliationsAll secondary:
DuMont (1955)
CBS (1955-1968)
ABC (1955-1957)
Transmitter power475 kW (digital)
Height286 m (digital)
Facility ID73203
Transmitter coordinates38°2′3″N 84°23′39″W / 38.03417°N 84.39417°W / 38.03417; -84.39417 (digital)
WebsiteLEX18.com
For the experimental television station in Boston that used the branding "WLEX", see W1XAY.

WLEX-TV, channel 18, is the NBC-affiliated television station for Lexington, Kentucky and the East-Central Kentucky region. Its transmitter is located in Southern Lexington near Hamburg Pavilion on WTVQ-DT's tower. WLEX-TV's studio is on Russell Cave Road in northern Fayette County.

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Digital television

ChannelVideoFormatNameProgramming
18.11080i16:9WLEX-DTMain WLEX programming / NBC
18.2480i4:3WLEX-2Me-TV

At 7 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2009, WLEX-TV's digital signal remained on channel 39 when the analog to digital conversion was completed. The digital signal originates from the tower that also transmits the WTVQ-TV signal.[1][2]

History

Channel 18 signed on March 15, 1955 as Lexington's first television station and the third in Kentucky (following Louisville's WAVE-TV and WHAS-TV). It was co-owned with WLEX radio (1300 AM, now WLXG) and carried programming from all four networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, and DuMont). The DuMont network went out of business later that year. In 1957 ABC programming moved to WKXP-TV (channel 27, now WKYT-TV). In 1968 CBS moved to WKYT when WBLG-TV (now WTVQ-TV) signed on and took the ABC affiliation, making WLEX a full-time NBC affiliate.

In November 2009, it was announced that WLEX has partnered with online sports site Wazoo Sports to form the Wazoo Sports Network. The new regional television network will be dedicated to carrying live coverage of Kentucky High School sporting events, as well as classic coverage of past high school & college events. The network was available until late 2011 on the Lexington-area digital cable outlet, as well as on WLEX digital subchannel 18.2.[3][4]

On December 31, 2011, WLEX digital subchannel 18.2 started broadcasting programming from Me-TV.

Firsts

Programming

Kentucky Derby Coverage

WLEX has brought Central Kentucky live coverage of the Kentucky Derby since 2000 when the station signed a contract with NBC Sports. In 2005, LEX 18 Renewed the contract and they are still bringing all-day coverage of the Derby with their "Derby Crew". No other Lexington stations currently broadcast Derby Day coverage due to contract rights.

News operation

In the Spring of 2007, WLEX-TV became the second station in Lexington and the entire state of Kentucky to broadcast local newscasts in high definition, and it debuted a new set in preparation for the transition. The station had used their famous "Skyline" set for 13 years until they updated it in May 2007. The station uses 615 Music's In-Sink as its news music package, which they have used for 12 years. WLEX's graphics are made by Giant Octopus and feature the NBC peacock logo.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

Station slogans

News team[9]

Anchors

LEX 18 StormTracker Weather

Sports team

Reporters

Out-of-market coverage

In Tennessee, WLEX and many other Lexington television stations are carried in Jellico. WLEX is also available in Ashland, which is in the Charleston/Huntington, West Virginia market.

References

2. Cordillera Communications. Station Information. [1] 3.Lexington Herald-Leader (2008-11-17). "WLEX-18 manager retiring in February" [2]

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