Rochester, New York
Branding CW-WHAM
Channels Analog: 16 (Time Warner Cable)

Digital: 59 (UHF, WHAM-DT 13.2)
1016 (Time Warner Cable HDTV)

Affiliations The CW
Owner Newport Television
Licensee Central New York News, Inc.
Founded 2000
Former callsigns WRWB-TV (2000-06)
Rochester's CW (Sep.-Nov. 2006)
Former Affiliations The WB (2000-2006)
Website CW-WHAM's Website

CW-WHAM is the branding of a DTV station operating out of Rochester, New York. The station, owned by Newport Television, carries programming from The CW TV Network. The station is seen on the DT2 subchannel of Rochester's ABC affiliate WHAM-TV, as well as on ch. 16 on most basic cable systems in the Rochester area & a DT/HDTV feed on ch. 1016 for digital subscribers.


The station was originally launched in 2000 as WRWB, a cable-only affiliate of The WB provided by Time Warner Cable. This lasted until September 17 2006, when that network closed as part of The CW's formation. WRWB's CW affiliation was officially announced on March 7, 2006. Time Warner owns The CW along with CBS Corporation. With the switch, the station's on-air identity changed from Rochester's WB 16 to Rochester's CW (with a TV 16 logo used to denote it's cable channel) & the WRWB calls were laid aside.

On November 13 2006, WHAM-TV took over Rochester's CW from Time Warner Cable, renamed the station CW-WHAM & added a new DT feed on WHAM's 13.2 subchannel. The station also moved it's operations to the WHAM-TV facilities on West Henrietta Road. However, the station continues to air on Time Warner Cable's Ch. 16 & 301 & in HD on Ch. 1016.

On November 16 2006, not long after it took over CW-WHAM, Clear Channel announced it's intention to sell off all of it's TV stations, including CW-WHAM's parent station WHAM-TV, after the company was bought by private equity firms.

On January 15 2007, WHAM-TV began producing a 4-hour, 5-9 AM morning newscast for CW-WHAM. WHAM itself simulcasts the first 2 hours of that newscast.

On April 20 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell it's entire TV stations group to Providence Equity Partners. WHAM's operation of CW-WHAM is expected to remain unchanged after the sale is finalized. Soon after the announcement, the station began to refer to itself as "CW 16" or "CW Rochester", as opposed to "CW-WHAM".

On September 8 2007, CW-WHAM begun airing Next Era Wrestling's Superstars of Wrestling, a popular wrestling program filmed & produced locally for the Rochester audience.

Newscast Edit

  • 13 WHAM News This Morning - 5-7 AM (5-9 AM on CW-WHAM)
Doug Emblidge, Norma Holland, Holly Maynard, Evan Dawson & Marty Snyder's Weather

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