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WCWJ is the CW-affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida and Brunswick, Georgia. The station is owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.. Its transmitter is located in Jacksonville.

History

Rust Craft signed channel 17 on the air as WJKS-TV, an ABC affiliate on February 19, 1966. Jacksonville had to wait longer for full network service than other cities of its size. This is because the surrounding suburbs and rural areas are smaller than the city itself.

On January 1, 1980, WJKS and WTLV switched networks with WTLV taking ABC and WJKS picking up NBC. This lasted until April 3, 1988 when WJKS and WTLV switched back to their original network affiliations.

Media General acquired WJKS from Ziff Davis in October 1982; it was the second television station in the Media General chain (Tampa's WFLA-TV was the first).

WJKS started a small news operation in its second year. Newscasts were called "WJKS-TV News" "Pulse News," "NewsWatch 17," "17 News," then finally "17 First Coast News," when the station began to produce a prime time newscast for WAWS.

In 1996, WJKS lost the ABC affiliation to upstart WJXX after WJXX's then-owner, Allbritton, made an affiliation deal with ABC in several markets. WJKS switched to The WB and changed its call letters to WJWB. It also ended its news operation on December 30, 1996. Ironically, when Gannett, owner of WTLV, bought WJXX and merged the two stations' operations, it called its news operation...
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