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.
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
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... Read More