is the CW
-affiliated television station
for the Pioneer Valley
of Western Massachusetts
. The call letters are fictional since it is a cable-exclusive station and part of The CW Plus
which is a special CW feed airing on cable and/or over-the-air on a digital signal. The station does not have an actual owner and has a signal provided to cable companies through a closed circuit satellite feed. WBQT can be seen on Charter
channel 13 and Comcast
channel 16. Like all CW Plus affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone
, it offers the nationally syndicated
morning show The Daily Buzz
on weekday mornings from 6 until 9.
WBQT began in late-1998 alongside the launch of The WB 100+
and its cable-only affiliates. As a WB 100+ station, it was a rarity among others in the group because it was not aligned with an established over-the-air station in the market
. This practice currently continues with the station being a CW affiliate as part of The CW Plus. The non-alignment could have played a role in the slow establishment of the station as opposed to others in the group. Unlike many other similar stations, WBQT did not initially replace out-of-market WB affiliates (such as WPIX
from New York City
, and WLVI-TV
) on local cable systems.
The approach led the station to develop slowly given most cable systems in the area saw higher viewership on the out-of-market affiliates as opposed to WBQT. A blow was struck in 1999 when WBQT was taken off......