WKBN-TV, essential channel 27 (UHF digital channel 31), is a CBS-joined television station certified to Youngstown, Ohio, United States. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, it is a sister station to low-motorized Fox connect WYFX-LD (channel 62); Nexstar also operates ABC affiliate WYTV (channel 33) through shared sales and mutual services agreements (JSA/SSA) with owner Vaughan Media, LLC. The three stations share studios and transmitter facilities on Sunset Boulevard in Youngstown’s Pleasant Grove neighborhoodHistoryThe station go on-the-air January 11, 1953 as the first UHF station in Ohio and the sixth in the nation. It was owned by the Williamson family beside with WKBN telephone system (AM 570 and FM 98.9, now WMXY) as part of the WKBN Broadcasting Corporation. The radio station was a CBS Radio link, and the television station has remained a primary CBS connect. It also had secondary affiliations with ABC and DuMont. soon afterward, WKST-TV in close to New Castle, Pennsylvania (now WYTV) signed-on and took the ABC affiliation. With DuMont off-the-air three years shortly, WKBN was solely joined with CBS by the finish of 1956.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 which de-regulated small screen station possession pretentious WKBN-TV a great deal, as it has had an remarkable number of owners for a full-power American small screen location since then, having seen its ownership modify six times.In 1997, the Williamsons sold the station to Gocom, which soon became Piedmont Television. Although most of the Williamsons have motivated left from Youngstown, the family still makes main donations to the locale. Most notably, Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration, which is housed in Williamson Hall, is named in their honor. The Williamsons under arrest onto WKBN-AM-FM until 1999. However, WKBN-TV does retain a news and weather sharing partnership with iHeartMedia, the recent owners of its previous radio sisters.On April 19, 2006, WKBN began ventilation its digital sign on UHF channel 41. The digital transmit skin CBS encoding in high meaning (when obtainable) and also carry a simulcast of near to the ground-motorized sister place WYFX-LP.