Heroes & Icons
|Type||Digital broadcast television network|
Nationwide, via OTA digital TV|
(U.S. coverage: 60%)
|Slogan||All Eyes on H&I|
|September 28, 2014|
|480i widescreen (SDTV)|
|Affiliates||List of affiliates|
Heroes & Icons (H&I) is an American digital broadcast television network owned by Weigel Broadcasting. Primarily carried on the digital subchannels of its affiliated television station in most markets, it primarily airs classic television series from the 1950s through the 2000s, with a focus on westerns, crime dramas, sci-fi, and action-oriented programming geared toward male audiences.
The network operates from Weigel Broadcasting's headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois, and is essentially an offshoot of MeTV - a general classic TV digital network also owned by Weigel.
The network was soft launched with limited advanced promotion on September 28, 2014, on the digital subchannels of Weigel-owned stations WWME-CD (channel 23.2) and WCIU-TV (channel 26.4) in Chicago, and WMLW-TV (channel 49.3) in Milwaukee. Heroes & Icons was created at the request of the affiliates of Weigel's existing networks, in order to increase their programming options, as well as to fill vacancies expected to open up within Weigel's subchannel lineups due to the gradual expiration of the group's existing affiliation agreements with This TV (which Weigel co-founded in 2009 with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, before transferring its interest to Tribune Broadcasting in November 2013); an additional factor was the migration of sister network Movies! in the Milwaukee market from WMLW to the second digital subchannel of Hearst Television-owned ABC affiliate WISN-TV (channel 12).
The network also launched in the South Bend, Indiana market, along with the major cable providers in the Chicago and Milwaukee markets (including Comcast Xfinity, RCN and Time Warner Cable) using existing carriage. Weigel opted to soft launch H&I in order to fine-tune its schedule, along with adding additional programming to the fledgling network. With the network having settled on a more stabilized schedule, Weigel moved the Heroes & Icons affiliation in Milwaukee to the third subchannel of CBS affiliate WDJT-TV (channel 58) on March 5, 2015, with This TV – which previously occupied the 58.3 space – moving to WMLW-DT3 in its place.
The All Trek programming block was launched on July 24, 2016 with all five live action Star Trek shows in sequence from the beginning on Sunday plus on Monday through Friday.
Much like its sister network, MeTV, Heroes & Icons' program schedule relies primarily on television series from the programming libraries of CBS Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Television Distribution and 20th Television, and also includes some feature film content. H&I targets a more niche audience than MeTV, carrying programming aimed at a generally male audience – featuring a mix of action series, police procedurals, westerns, science fiction, fantasy and military-themed programs (including several series that have previously aired on MeTV). The network features series from a wider timeline than that from which MeTV sources its programming, incorporating programs from the 2000s, in addition to those originally broadcast from the 1950s to the 1990s. H&I's most direct competitor is Grit, a network owned by Katz Broadcasting which maintains a schedule mainly made up of westerns, action shows and films.
In addition to carrying acquired programming, Heroes & Icons also carried an early morning simulcast of TouchVision (a multi-platform news service based out of Weigel's Chicago headquarters) from September 29, 2014 to January 14, 2016. The network also carries a three-hour block of children's programming on Saturday mornings in order to fulfill educational programming requirements mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.
As of July 2016, Heroes & Icons has current affiliation agreements with television stations in 63 media markets encompassing 33 states, covering 69.21% of the United States. The network is carried on the digital subchannels of television stations in most of its markets (with current exceptions including St. George, Utah affiliate KCSG, which has widespread cable and satellite coverage in the Salt Lake City market and throughout Utah, and Evansville, Indiana affiliate WTSN-CD, which both carry the network on their primary digital channels). The network is also carried on cable television providers through their digital tiers at the discretion of the affiliate's parent station in certain markets.
In South Bend, Indiana, where Weigel Broadcasting owns three television stations (ABC affiliate WBND-LD, CW affiliate WCWW-LD and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYS-LD), the network is instead carried by former Fox affiliate WSJV through an agreement with that station's owner Quincy Media (it took over the main signal on October 1, 2016 as that station winds down operations due to other factors, including the upcoming spectrum auction). The network added additional stations by early December 2014, which in addition to WSJV, included KCSG in Salt Lake City and a digital subchannel of Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI.
On September 18, 2015, Weigel signed an affiliation agreement with Fox Television Stations to carry the network on subchannels of the group's Fox and MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated stations in eleven markets (including New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington D.C.), beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015. Once all of the stations involved in the agreement affiliated with the network, H&I will expand its coverage to 52% of all U.S. households and availability in eight of the 10 largest Nielsen markets.
|City of license/market||Station||Virtual
|Primary affiliation||Owner||Date of affiliation||Notes|
|Anniston (Birmingham)||WGWW||40.1||Independent||Howard Stirk Holdings||October 1, 2015|| Replaced Heartland as primary affiliate;|
maintains secondary affiliation with ABC
|Montgomery||WALE-LD||17.6||Justice Network||Woods Communications Company||August 11, 2015|
|Tuscaloosa (Birmingham)||WSES||33.1||Independent||Howard Stirk Holdings||October 1, 2015|
|Phoenix||KSAZ-TV||10.3||Fox||Fox Television Stations||November 1, 2015|
|Los Angeles||KCOP||13.4||MyNetworkTV||Fox Television Stations||October 1, 2015|
|Fresno||KAIL||7.3||Aperio Communications, LLC|
|San Francisco–Oakland–San Jose||KICU-TV||36.4||Independent||Fox Television Stations||November 1, 2015|
|Sacramento||KXTV||10.3||ABC||Tegna||May 1, 2016|
|Denver||KZDN-LD||26.2||Movies!||Syncom Media Group, Inc.|
|Bridgeport (Hartford–New Haven/New York City)||WZME||43.1||Independent||NRJ TV, LLC||October 11. 2015||Replaced MeTV|
|Washington, D.C.||WDCA||20.3||MyNetworkTV||Fox Television Stations||October 3, 2015|
|Jacksonville||WFOX-TV||30.3||Fox||Cox Media Group||June 3, 2015|
|Miami||WBFS-TV||33.2||MyNetworkTV||CBS Television Stations||soon|
|Orlando (Daytona Beach)||WRBW||65.3||Fox Television Stations||October 1, 2015|
|Tampa Bay||WTVT||13.4||Fox||November 1, 2015|
|Toccoa/Atlanta (Athens)||WGTA||32.1||Independent||Marquee Broadcasting||July 1, 2015|
|Boise||KNIN-TV||9.2||Fox|| Raycom Media|
(operated under shared services agreement by the E. W. Scripps Company)
|May 20, 2015|
|Chicago||WWME-CD||23.2||MeTV||Weigel Broadcasting||September 28, 2014||Flagship station|
|WCIU-TV||26.4||Independent||December 29, 2014||Full-power simulcast of WWME-CD2|
|Rockford||WFBN-LD||35.1||Telemundo (on DT2)||mid-2016||Replaced TouchVision|
|Evansville||WTSN-CD||20.1||Independent||Evansville Low Power Partnership|
|Elkhart (South Bend)||WSJV||28.1||Quincy Media|
|Des Moines||KCCI||8.3||CBS||Hearst Television||December 2014||Subchannel maintains secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV, pre-empting H&I prime time programming on weeknights|
|Louisville||WBNA||21.6||Ion Television||Evangel World Prayer Center||July 2015|
|Alexandria||KBCA||41.1||H&I||Wilderness Communications||July 1, 2015|
|Monroe, (El Dorado)||KWMS-LP||18.1||Sonrise Communications||September 15, 2015|
|Opelousas||KDCG-CD||22.1||This TV||Delta Media Corporation||July 1, 2015|| Replaced Antenna TV as primary affiliation;|
available on Cox Communications channel 9, Charter Communications channel 22, and LUS channel 11
|Lafayette||KLWB||50.2||July 1, 2015||Replaced Antenna TV; simulcast of KDCG-CD 22.2|
|Hagerstown (Washington, D.C.)||WHAG-TV||25.1||H&I||Nexstar Broadcasting||July 1, 2016||Replaced NBC as primary affiliation.|
|Poland Spring (Portland)||WMTW||8.2||ABC||Hearst Television||March 2015|
|Boston||WSBK-TV||38.2||MyNetworkTV||CBS Television Stations||October 6, 2016|
|Detroit||WJBK||2.4||Fox||Fox Television Stations||November 1, 2015|
|Lansing||WILX||10.2||NBC||Gray Television||October 1, 2016||Replaced WeatherNation TV|
|Minneapolis–St. Paul||KSTP-TV||5.7||ABC||Hubbard Broadcasting|
|Rochester||KTTC||10.3||NBC||Quincy Media||March 2015||Also carried on translator W50DR-D in La Crosse, Wisconsin.|
|Las Vegas||KHSV||21.1||H&I||Howard Stirk Holdings|
|Nashua (Boston, Massachusetts)||WYCN-CD||13.1||Independent||OTA Broadcasting|
|Secaucus (New York City)||WWOR-TV||9.4||MyNetworkTV||Fox Television Stations||October 3, 2015|
|Albany||WNYT||13.3||NBC||Hubbard Broadcasting||December 29, 2015|
|Albuquerque||KUPT-LD||16.3||Movies!||Ramar Communications||February 2015|
|Charlotte||WJZY||46.3||Fox||Fox Television Stations||October 1, 2015|
|Greenville||WTMH-LD||21.3||Heartland||Tutt Media Group||August 15, 2015||Replaced Tuff TV on DT3.|
|Raleigh||WRAL-TV||5.2||NBC||Capitol Broadcasting Company||July 2015|
|Wilmington||WTMV-LD||39.3||Heartland||Tutt Media Group||August 15, 2015||Replaced Tuff TV on DT3.|
|Bismarck||KNDB||24.1||H&I||Legacy Broadcasting, LLC||July 2015|
|Minot||KNDM||26.1||July 2015||Satellite of KNDB|
|Fargo||KVLY-TV||11.4||NBC||Gray Television||September 12, 2016|
|Cincinnati||WOTH-CD||20.4||Movies!||Block Broadcasting||June 23, 2015|
|Cleveland||WBNX-TV||55.4||The CW||Winston Broadcasting Network||December 30, 2015|
|Columbus||WMNO-CD||22.1||Independent||Studio 51 Multimedia Productions|
|Tulsa||KMYT-TV||41.4||MyNetworkTV||Cox Media Group|
|Allentown (Philadelphia)||WFMZ-TV||69.3||Independent||Maranatha Broadcasting Company|
|Jeannette (Pittsburgh)||WPCW||19.2||The CW||CBS Television Stations||soon|
|Anasco||W33CY-D||33.1||Independent||TV Red de Puerto Rico, Inc.|
|Charleston||WGWG||4.1||Independent||Howard Stirk Holdings||August 1, 2015||Replaced ZUUS Country|
|Kingsport||WAPK-CD||36.4||MeTV||Holston Valley Broadcasting Group|
|Abilene||KIDZ-LD (K49GT)||49.1||MyNetworkTV||Tegna Media|
|Dallas–Fort Worth||KDFI||27.4||Fox Television Stations||November 15, 2015|
|Houston||KPRC-TV||2.3||NBC||Graham Media Group||December 1, 2015||Replaced LATV, vacant since 2012|
|Cedar City/St. George||KCSG||14.1||Independent||West American Finance Corporation||September 29, 2014||Replaced MeTV as primary affiliation.|
|Danville/Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia||WFFP-TV||24.2||Cozi TV||Liberty University||Was to affiliate with Movies!, but never happened|
|Eau Claire||WEAU||13.3||NBC||Gray Television||October 2015||Replaced Antenna TV, which moved to channel 13.2|
|Janesville (Madison)||WBUW||57.3||Independent||Byrne Acquisition Group, LLC.|
|Milwaukee||WDJT-TV||58.3||CBS||Weigel Broadcasting||September 29, 2014|
|Market||Station||Channel||Owner||Years of affiliation||Status|
|Chicago, Illinois||WWME-CA (Analog)||23 (Analog)||Weigel Broadcasting||March–September 2015||Analog signal was terminated due to FCC mandate on September 1, 2015|
|Racine, Wisconsin (Milwaukee)||WMLW-TV||49.3||Weigel Broadcasting||2014–2015||This TV moved from WDJT-DT3 in channel map shuffle|
|Wausau, Wisconsin||WSAW-TV||7.3||Gray Television||2014–2015||Now a simulcast of Fox affiliate WZAW-LD|
- MeTV – sister network owned by Weigel, specializing in classic television series from the 1950s to the 1980s.
- Decades – sister network owned by Weigel in conjunction with CBS Television Stations, specializing in classic television series from the 1950s to the 1980s as well as archival news programming.
- Grit – competing digital broadcast network owned by Katz Broadcasting, featuring television series and movies aimed at a male audience.
- Antenna TV – competing digital broadcast network owned by Tribune Broadcasting, specializing in classic television series from the 1950s to the 1990s.
- Cozi TV – competing digital broadcast network owned by NBCUniversal specializing in classic television series from the 1950s to the 1980s.
- This TV – competing digital broadcast network owned by Tribune Broadcasting and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, primarily featuring movies as well as a limited amount of classic television series.
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