The station signed on as a primary NBC affiliate and secondary ABC affiliate on September 1, 1965 at 7am. The first telecast was none other than NBC’s Today Show.
WTWO’s first color broadcasts began eleven days later, Classics such as “Bonanza”, “The Man from UNCLE”, and “The Dean Martin Show” filled the airwaves over channel 2.
Since our first day of broadcast, WTWO has been committed to local news coverage of Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley. Our first newscast was “W-2 News”, which ran until 1967 when it was replaced by “Total News Tonight”.
WTWO was the first station to telecast local news in color in 1971. Two years later, the long-running “TV-2 Eyewitness News” was introduced, and was retitled “NewsChannel 2” in 1994. The commitment to the best local news coverage continues to this day.
Since sign-on, the WTWO studio and transmitter have been located on US 41 South in Farmersburg, Indiana, approximately 11 miles south of Terre Haute. WTWO serves approximately 367,000 people in the TERRE HAUTE DMA consisting of 15 counties in Indiana and Illinois.
WTWO has been owned and operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Inc., since 1997.
WAWV began broadcasting ABC Network programming on September 1st, 2011. FormerlyWFXW FOX 38 , the station signed on in 1973 as WIIL-TV, and was a primary affiliate of the ABC television network.
In 1978, the station changed hands and was renamed WBAK-TV. Those call letters would remain after the station switched from being an ABC affiliate to being the Valley’s FOX network affiliate in 1995.
In 2003, WBAK-TV was sold to Mission Broadcasting. In 2005, WBAK-TV became WFXW and now broadcasts as WAWV ABC for the Wabash Valley.
WAWV is operated by WTWO under various service agreements with Mission Broadcasting, including the area’s only primetime online newscast.