Heroes & Icons

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.

Heroes & Icons
TypeDigital broadcast television network
Country
AvailabilityNationwide, via OTA digital TV
(U.S. coverage: 60%)[1]
SloganAll Eyes on H&I
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois
OwnerWeigel Broadcasting
Key people
Launch date
September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)
Picture format
480i Widescreen (SDTV)
CallsignsH&I
AffiliatesList of affiliates
Official website
www.handitv.com

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.[2]

History

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.[2]

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.[2] Weigel opted to soft launch H&I in order to fine-tune its schedule, along with adding additional programming to the fledgling network.[3] 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.[4]

Fox Television Stations expanded its relationship with Weigel beyond Movies!, adding it to eleven of their stations in the fourth quarter of 2015.[5]

The "All Star 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.[6]

Programming

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).[2]

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.[7][8] The network also carries a three-hour block of children's programming on Sunday mornings in order to fulfill educational programming requirements mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.[2][9]

On Monday, February 8, 2016, first run syndicated shows, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, debuted on the network.[10] As of 2019, they are no longer on the channel.

Affiliates

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.[11] The network is carried on the digital subchannels of television stations in most of its markets (with current exceptions including St. George, Utah O&O 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 was under consideration to sell its spectrum in that year's spectrum auction, though it ultimately remained on the air). The network added additional stations by early December 2014, which in addition to WSJV, included KCSG in the Salt Lake City market (a station Weigel eventually purchased in 2017) and a digital subchannel of Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI.[9]

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.[5] Weigel also maintains a secondary agreement with Spectrum to carry the network nationwide on that cable service, slotting the network's national feed on systems where a terrestrial affiliate does not exist or isn't under contract to be carried.

Current affiliates

City of license/market Station[11] Virtual
channel
Primary affiliation Owner Date of affiliation Notes

Alabama

Anniston (Birmingham)WGWW40.1-Howard Stirk HoldingsOctober 1, 2015Replaced Heartland as primary affiliate;
maintains secondary affiliation with ABC
MontgomeryWALE-LD17.6Justice NetworkWoods Communications CompanyAugust 11, 2015
Tuscaloosa (Birmingham)WSES33.1-Howard Stirk HoldingsOctober 1, 2015
Alaska
Anchorage KYES-TV 5.3 MyNetworkTV Gray Television October 1, 2018 Soft launch on 9/21/2018.

Arizona

PhoenixKSAZ-TV10.3FoxFox Television StationsNovember 1, 2015
Tucson KTTU 18.3 MyNetworkTV Tegna

California

Los AngelesKCOP13.4MyNetworkTVFox Television StationsOctober 1, 2015
KVME-TV20.1-Venture Technologies GroupJanuary 3, 2018
FresnoKAIL7.3MyNetworkTVAperio Communications, LLC
MontereyKMBY-LD19.1-Cocola Television
San FranciscoOaklandSan JoseKICU-TV36.4IndependentFox Television StationsNovember 1, 2015
StocktonSacramentoKQCA58.2MyNetworkTVHearst TelevisionOctober 1, 2018

Colorado

DenverKHDT-LD26.2Movies!Syncom Media Group, Inc.
Colorado SpringsPuebloKRDO-TV13.3ABCNews-Press & Gazette CompanyMay 1, 2017
Glenwood SpringsKREG-TV3.1-Marquee BroadcastingJuly 2017

District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.WDCA20.3MyNetworkTVFox Television StationsOctober 3, 2015

Florida

Fort MyersWBBH-TV20.2NBCWaterman Broadcasting
JacksonvilleWFOX-TV30.3FoxCox Media GroupJune 3, 2015
MiamiWPLG10.3ABCBH MediaJanuary 2018
Orlando (Daytona Beach)WRBW65.3MyNetworkTVFox Television StationsOctober 1, 2015
Panama CityWECP-LD18.3CBSGray TelevisionJanuary 2017
Tampa (Saint Petersburg/Clearwater)WTVT13.4FoxFox Television StationsNovember 1, 2015

Georgia

Bainbridge (Tallahassee)WTLH49.1-New Age MediaApril 30, 2018
Perry/MaconWPGA-TV58.2IndependentRegister Communications2017
Toccoa/Atlanta (Athens)WGTA32.2MeTVMarquee Broadcasting

Hawaii

Honolulu, HawaiiKITV4.5ABCSJL BroadcastingMarch 11, 2019

Idaho

BoiseKRID-LD22.3NewsMax TVMarch 2, 2017Began formally broadcasting on March 20, 2017
Pocatello/Idaho FallsKPIF15.2MeTVPocatello Channel 15, LLCOctober 2, 2017

Illinois

ChicagoWWME-CD23.2MeTVWeigel BroadcastingSeptember 28, 2014[2]Flagship station
WCIU-TV26.4IndependentDecember 29, 2014Full-power simulcast of WWME-CD2
Harrisburg WSIL-TV 3.2 ABC Quincy Media January 3, 2018
RockfordWFBN-LD35.1Telemundo (on DT2) Weigel Broadcasting mid-2016Replaced TouchVision
Springfield, Illinois
(St. Louis, MO)
WODK-LD45.2Cozi TVDTV AmericaDec 2016 or Jan 2017Station is licensed to Springfield but transmits from suburban St. Louis; it does not transmit any signal to Springfield.

Indiana

EvansvilleWTSN-CD20.1-Evansville Low Power Partnership
Elkhart (South Bend)[2]WSJV28.1Quincy Media2016Formerly a Fox affiliate
IndianapolisWUDZ-LD28.2BuzzrDTV AmericaDecember 8, 2015Went off the air on October 18, 2019

Iowa

Cedar RapidsKCRG9.4ABCGray TelevisionMarch 1, 2019
Des MoinesKCCI8.3CBSHearst TelevisionDecember 2014Subchannel maintains secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV, pre-empting H&I prime time programming on weeknights[9]

Kansas

HutchinsonKWCH-DT12.3CBSGray TelevisionJune 2017
TopekaWIBW-TV13.3February 29, 2019

Kentucky

HazardWYMT-TV57.2CBSGray TelevisionJanuary 2017
LouisvilleWBNA21.6IndependentEvangel World Prayer CenterJuly 2015

Louisiana

AlexandriaKBCA41.1-Wilderness CommunicationsJuly 1, 2015Switched to 41.1 from 41.3 in September 2016 when the CW moved to a subchannel of NBC's KALB-TV due to an agreement between CW and Gray Television
Columbia/Monroe/El DoradoKMLU11.2MeTVLegacy BroadcastingJanuary 2018
Lafayette/New Iberia/Baton RougeKDCG-CD & KLWB22.1 & 50.2Delta Media CorporationJuly 1, 2015replaced Antenna TV
New OrleansWUPL54.3MyNetworkTVTegna

Maine

Poland Spring (Portland)WPXT51.2The CWHearst Television
Dedham (Bangor)WBGR-LD33.2MeTVJames McLeod(Maine Family Broadcasting, Inc.) September 2019

Maryland

Hagerstown (Washington, D.C.)WDVM-TV25.1-Nexstar Media GroupJuly 1, 2016Replaced NBC as primary affiliation.
SalisburyWGDV-LD32.3Azteca AmericaMarquee Broadcasting

Massachusetts

BostonWSBK-TV38.2MyNetworkTVCBS Television StationsOctober 6, 2016

Michigan

DetroitWJBK2.4FoxFox Television StationsNovember 1, 2015
FlintWJRT12.5ABCGray TelevisionAugust 30, 2019
LansingWILX-TV10.2NBCGray TelevisionOctober 1, 2016Replaced WeatherNation TV
MarquetteWZMQ19.5MeTVLilly Broadcasting
RoscommonWURO-LD18.11M33 Media LLCMarch 2017

Minnesota

Chisholm, MinnesotaKRII-TV11.3NBCQuincy MediaMarch 2017Subchannel maintains secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV, pre-empting H&I prime time programming on weeknights[12][13]
Duluth, MN-Superior, WIKBJR-TV6.3
MinneapolisSt. PaulKSTP-TV5.7ABCHubbard Broadcasting
RochesterKTTC10.3NBCQuincy MediaMarch 2015[14]Also carried on translator W50DR-D in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Missouri

Poplar Bluff KPOB 15.2 ABC Quincy Media January 3, 2018 Full-power satellite of WSIL
St. LouisKNLC24.3MeTVWeigel BroadcastingDec 12, 2017[15]

Nebraska

OmahaWOWT6.3NBCGray TelevisionJanuary, 2019

Nevada

Las VegasKHSV21.1-Howard Stirk Holdings

New Jersey

Secaucus (New York City)WWOR-TV9.4MyNetworkTVFox Television StationsOctober 3, 2015

New Mexico

Hobbs (Albuquerque)KUPT29.1-Ramar CommunicationsFebruary 2015
AlbuquerqueKUPT-LD16.3Movies!
Santa Fe (Albuquerque)KASA-TV29.1TelemundoJanuary 2017

New York

AlbanyWNYA51.4MyNetworkTVHubbard BroadcastingJune 1, 2019
BuffaloWBBZ-TV67.2MeTVPhil ArnoMarch 2017
RochesterWHEC-TV10.5NBCHubbard BroadcastingMay 2019
Saranac LakeWYCI40.1-Cross Hill Communications2017

North Carolina

CharlotteWJZY46.5FoxFox Television StationsOctober 1, 2015
FayettevilleWIRP-LD27.4Estrella TVDTV America2017
GreenvilleWTMH-LD21.3HeartlandTutt Media GroupAugust 15, 2015Replaced Tuff TV on DT3.
WTMQ-LD29.3
WilmingtonWTMV-LD39.3

North Dakota

BismarckKNDB24.1-BEK Sports NetworkJuly 2015
MinotKNDM26.1Satellite of KNDB
FargoKVLY-TV11.4NBCGray TelevisionSeptember 12, 2016
KXJB-LD30.3/28.3CBS

Ohio

CincinnatiWBQC-LD20.4Movies!Block BroadcastingJune 23, 2015
ClevelandWBNX-TV55.4IndependentWinston Broadcasting NetworkDecember 30, 2015
ColumbusWBNS-TV10.2CBSTegna2017

Oklahoma

TulsaKMYT-TV41.4MyNetworkTVCox Media Group

Pennsylvania

Allentown (Philadelphia)WFMZ-TV69.3IndependentMaranatha Broadcasting Company
Erie, PennsylvaniaWSEE-TV35.4CBSLilly BroadcastingMarch 4, 2019
Jeannette (Pittsburgh)WPCW19.2The CWCBS Television Stations

Puerto Rico

AñascoW33CY-D33.1-TV Red de Puerto Rico, Inc.

South Carolina

CharlestonWGWG4.1-Howard Stirk HoldingsAugust 1, 2015Replaced ZUUS Country
ColumbiaWOLO-TV25.5ABCBahakel CommunicationsJanuary 1, 2019Replaced Start TV which moved to 25.2, replacing This TV
Greenville-SpartanburgW31AZ-D31.5GEB NetworkCAROLINA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING

Tennessee

JacksonWYJJ-LD27.5Antenna TV
MyNetworkTV
DTV America Corporation
KingsportWAPK-CD36.4MeTVHolston Valley Broadcasting Group
KnoxvilleWBXX-TV20.3The CWGray Television
NashvilleWJDE-LD31.1-Word Broadcasting

Texas

Amarillo KEYU 31.2 Telemundo Gray Television 2018
AustinKBVO14.3MyNetworkTVNexstar Media GroupOctober 29, 2018
DallasFort WorthKDFI27.4Fox Television StationsNovember 15, 2015
HoustonKPRC-TV2.3NBCGraham Media GroupDecember 1, 2015Replaced LATV, vacant since 2012
LubbockKLBB-LP48.2MeTVRamar Communications
OdessaKTLE-LD7.7TelemundoGray Television2017
SnyderKABI-LD42.1-Ramar Communications
San AntonioKSAT-TV12.4ABCGraham Media GroupJanuary 2019

Utah

Salt Lake CityKTVX4.4 (30.7)ABCNexstar Media GroupNovember 1, 2018Replaced a standard definition simulcast of KUCW
Cedar City/St. GeorgeKCSG8.4 (14.6)MeTVWeigel BroadcastingSeptember 29, 2014Replaced MeTV as primary affiliation.

Virginia

Roanoke/LynchburgWDBJ7.2CBSGray TelevisionSeptember 1, 2018

Washington

BellinghamKVOS12.1-Weigel BroadcastingAlso serving Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, and much of Canada via Cable and Satellite.
SeattleKFFV44.3MeTV
SpokaneKXLY4.3ABCMorgan Murphy Media

West Virginia

WestonWDTV5.3CBSGray TelevisionFebruary, 2019

Wisconsin

Eau ClaireWEAU13.3NBCGray TelevisionOctober 2015Replaced Antenna TV, which moved to channel 13.2
Green BayWBAY-TV2.4ABCFebruary 1, 2019[16]
Janesville (Madison)WIFS57.3Ion LifeByrne Acquisition Group, LLC
MilwaukeeWMLW-TV49.3IndependentWeigel BroadcastingSeptember 29, 2014 (moved from WDJT-DT3 to WMLW-DT3 on January 8, 2018)[4]
WausauWZAW-LD33.4FoxGray Television

Former affiliates

Market Station Channel Owner Years of affiliation Status
Bridgeport, Connecticut (New York)WZME43.1NRJ TV, LLC2015-2016Now a Sonlife Broadcasting Network affiliate
Chicago, IllinoisWWME-CA (Analog)23 (Analog)Weigel BroadcastingMarch–September 2015Analog signal was terminated due to FCC mandate on September 1, 2015
Danville
(Roanoke/Lynchburg)
WFFP-TV24.2Liberty University2015–2018Affiliation moved to WDBJ following WFFP-TV's sale to Gray Television
Poland Springs
(Portland, Maine)
WMTW8.2Hearst Television2015-2018Now a MeTV affiliate
Racine, Wisconsin (Milwaukee)WMLW-TV49.3Weigel Broadcasting2014–2015[2]This TV moved from WDJT-DT3 in channel map shuffle
Springfield, Illinois
(St. Louis, MO)
WODK-LD45.2DTV AmericaDec 2016 - Jan 2018Contract terminated upon Weigel's assumption of ownership of KNLC and move to KNLC-DT3; station transmits from St. Louis antenna farm and has no signal radius into the Springfield market proper.
Wausau, WisconsinWSAW-TV7.3Gray Television2014–2015Now a simulcast of Fox affiliate WZAW-LD
Albany, New YorkWNYT13.3Hubbard BroadcastingDecember 29, 2015- June 1, 2019Now a Start TV affiliate

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