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Topeka, Kansas
United States
Branding WIBW-TV 13 (general)
13 News (newscasts)
My Network Topeka
(on DT2)
Slogan Kansas' News Leader
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
Subchannels 13.1 CBS
13.2 MyNetworkTV/Me-TV
Translators 44 (UHF) Topeka
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date November 15, 1953 (1953-11-15)
Call letters' meaning Indiana Broadcast Works (original owner of WIBW-AM's predecessor in Logansport, Indiana)
Sister station(s) KAKE
Former channel number(s) Analog:
13 (VHF, 1953–2009)
44 (UHF, 2002–2009)
Former affiliations All secondary:
DuMont (1953–1955)
NBC (1953–1967)
ABC (1953–1983)
Transmitter power 27 kW
Height 413 m
Facility ID 63160
Transmitter coordinates

39°0′21.8″N 96°2′58.3″W / 39.006056°N 96.049528°W / 39.006056; -96.049528{{#coordinates:39|0|21.8|N|96|2|58.3|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 | |name=

Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

WIBW-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station for Topeka, Kansas. It broadcasts a digital signal on VHF channel 13 and its digital translator on UHF channel 44. Both operating frequencies are transmitted in Maple Hill. Owned by Gray Television, the station has studios at Southwest Commerce Place next to the interchange (I-70, I-470, US 40, US 75 and K-4).


WIBW-TV, the second television station in Kansas, debuted on November 15, 1953. It was originally owned by the family of the late Senator Arthur Capper along with the Topeka Daily Capital and WIBW-AM 580. The station carried programming from all four networks at the time but was a primary CBS affiliate. Although Topeka was originally part of the Kansas City market, the Cappers persuaded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make Topeka its own market. While the city itself and its close-in suburbs receive the Kansas City stations very well, some parts of Northeastern Kansas get a marginal signal at best. The TV station's original studio was located on Wanamaker Road in west Topeka, near the Menninger Clinic. That building was severely damaged by fire on January 5, 2012.[1]

It was the only commercial station in town for fifteen years. This was largely because the only other VHF frequency in the Topeka area, channel 11, had been designated as noncommercial; that allocation eventually became KTWU, which took to the air in 1965. However, area viewers did not have to worry about missing their favorite shows since the Kansas City stations all decently cover Topeka and started appearing on cable in the rest of the market in the 1960s. It lost DuMont when that network shut down in 1955, lost NBC when KTSB (now KSNT) signed-on in 1967, and lost ABC when KLDH (now KTKA) signed-on in 1983.

In 1957, Capper Publications merged with Stauffer Publications, owner of Topeka's other newspaper, the Topeka State Journal. The two newspapers, which later merged as the Topeka Capital-Journal, and WIBW-AM-FM-TV remained the flagships of Stauffer Publications (later renamed Stauffer Communications) until 1995 when the company merged with Morris Communications of Augusta, Georgia. As a condition of the sale, Morris had to sell Stauffer's television holdings. Most of the former Stauffer television holdings, including WIBW, were sold to Benedek Broadcasting in 1996. In 2002, Benedek merged with this station's current owner, Gray Communications, now Gray Television. The radio stations are still owned by Morris today along with the Capital-Journal.

It has dominated the market for as long as records have been kept. Not surprisingly, it has many firsts in the market. It was the first to broadcast in color and use microwave LNC live trucks, and is the only Topeka station with an ENG live truck.

WIBW is one of the few stations west of the Mississippi River whose call sign begins with the letter "W". This dates to WIBW-AM's roots as a station in Logansport, Indiana. It moved to Topeka in 1927. The move was sponsored by Capper, who added a "W" to the initials of the Indiana station's owner, Indiana Broadcast Works. However, the "W/K" divide for call signs was not always the Mississippi River, and Kansas was on the eastern side of the original call divide. Thus it would have been perfectly acceptable to have a "W" in Kansas in any event.

On May 23, 2012, a man broke into the WIBW studio lobby, stabbed two station employees and bit another employee. The station's sales manager Roger Brokke and sales associate Greg Palmer received non-life-threatening leg injuries in the attack. The attacker, identified as 48-year-old Ray Miles, was upset because WIBW news director Jon Janes was unable to help him with a problem involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Miles was arrested on suspicion of six counts, including aggravated battery and burglary.[2][3][4]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
13.1 1080i 16:9 WIBW-HD Main WIBW-TV programming / CBS
13.2 480i 4:3 WIBW-DT MyNetworkTV / Me-TV

Beginning on September 18, 2006, its second digital subchannel signed-on with programming from MyNetworkTV (a network launched by Fox parent News Corporation) and a secondary affiliation with Colours TV. The subchannel later affiliated with This TV, which was eventually dropped on September 10, 2012 and replaced with Me-TV (both Me-TV and This TV are owned by Weigel Broadcasting).[6]

Analog-to-digital conversion

WIBW-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, on February 16, 2009, the day to the prior to the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were set to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later rescheduled for June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 44 to VHF channel 13.[7][8][9] But since the transition, some viewers in the urban areas are having difficulty receiving their signal over-the-air on channel 13. The FCC granted WIBW a construction permit for a fill-in digital translator on their pre-transition channel 44.[10] The translator serves the immediate part of the city and the nearby areas west of Topeka from the same transmitter as the main signal. It is still the only commercial station in Topeka on the VHF band (PBS affiliate KTWU is on channel 11).

News operation

WIBW-TV broadcasts a total of 26½ hours of local news per week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays).

The station's practice is to broadcast its 13 News at 6 PM Sunday even if preempted by sports by moving it to the D2 subchannel. News programming is also on the subchannel during the time that its primary channel is air network programming at 7-9 a.m. and 9 p.m. weekday.[11]

WIBW, along with co-owned Wichita ABC affiliate KAKE-TV and Cox Communications, were one of two partners in "Kansas Now 22", a cable channel that aired throughout Kansas. WIBW and KAKE would originate five minute segments of taped news every fifteen minutes then an additional three-minute taped weather segment. The two stations had alternating time slots for both news and weather segments. Live news or weather bulletins from KAKE in Wichita would interrupt normal taped operations on the channel. This service ended on January 2, 2009. The channel was relaunched on January 28, 2009 as "Kansas 22" with content originating from LIN Media-owned NBC affiliate stations KSNW and KSNT.

On February 23, 2012, beginning with its 6:00 p.m. newscast, WIBW-TV became the first television station in Northeast Kansas to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition.

Former on-air staff


WIBW-TV has won numerous awards for numerous newscasts and reporting.[12]
Here are the awards that WIBW-TV has won:

2013 Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards[12]

Evening Newscast
13 News at 6, 12/17/2012
Jon Janes, News Director

2013 Heart of America, Society of Professional Journalists[12]

Gold Awards

Deadline Reporting/Breaking News/Spot News
Fallen Officers
13 News Team

Regular Franchise Feature
To Your Health
Melissa Brunner & Doug Brown

Beat Reporting
To Your Health
Melissa Brunner & Doug Brown

News Column or Blog
Melissa Brunner

Silver Awards

Long-Lost Love
Melissa Brunner & Doug Brown

News Program
13 News at 6
13 News Team

2011–2012 KAB Awards[12]

1st Place Awards

Prime Newscast
13 News

AM/Noon Newscast
Midday in Kansas

Jeremy Goodwin, Chief Meteorologist

Station Website
Josh Mabry & 13 News Team

Commercial Series
Simply Amish
Craig Fisher

2010–2011 KAB Awards[12]

Station of the Year

1st Place Awards

Prime Newscast
13 News

AM/Noon Newscast
13 News this Morning

Single Topic Event News Coverage
Reading Tornado
13 News Team

In-Depth News Reporting
Deadly Game: Kids & Concussions
Melissa Brunner & Doug Brown

Special Program
Children of Hope
Melissa Brunner & Doug Brown

Commercial, Any Length
Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy "75th Anniversary"
Pablo Martinez II

Commercial Series
CJ Online Spots
Dylan Schoonover

Station Promotion Announcement
WIBW Topeka Newsletter "Myth"
Pablo Martinez II

Station Promotion Campaign
Like Us on Facebook
Pablo Martinez II

Honorable Mentions

News Feature, Enterprise Story
No Bad Breaks
Matt Blanchette

In-Depth News Reporting
The Truancy Cops
Melissa Brunner & Doug Brown

Station Web Site
Josh Mabry & 13 News Team

Commercial, Any Length
Payless Furniture
Dylan Schoonover

Commercial Series
Jones Advicroy Group
Dylan Schoonover

Station Promotion Announcement
We're #1
Emio Tomeoni

Station Promotion Campaign
The Artist Spotlight
Dylan Schoonover


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