WPCW in Pittsburgh, which ostensibly is meant to stand for “Pittsburgh’s CW,” will change to WPKD on Sept. 1, according to a July 18 FCC filing. In this case, it appears the new call is meant to incorporate the “KD” from KDKA, the CBS O&O in the market. The two stations are both owned and operated by the CBS Television Stations division. In addition, CBS filed to change KBCW San Francisco to KPYX on the same date. KBCW could be seen as standing for “Bay Area’s CW” and the new calls, KPYX, appear to be an attempt aT an alternate spelling of KPIX, the CBS O&O in the market.
The CW is about to lose eight important affiliates: the CBS owned and operated stations that are currently affiliated with the Nexstar-owned network will become independent in September. The stations are WPSG Philadelphia, WUPA Atlanta, KBCW San Francisco, KSTW Seattle, WTOG Tampa-St. Petersburg, WKBD Detroit, KMAX Sacramento and WPCW Pittsburgh. This will give the CBS stations group 14 CBS Television Network stations and 13 independents.
He is moving from assistant ND at WTSP Tampa to succeed Kathy Hostetter as head of journalism at the CBS Pittsburgh duopoly.
He is succeeding Jay Howell as head of KDKA (CBS), WPCW (CW), CBSPittsburgh.com and CBSN Pittsburgh.
The long-time TV station exec is moving from CBS-owned KDKA-WPCW in Pittsburgh to succeed the retiring Steve Mauldin as head of the group’s Los Angeles duopoly.