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CityCleveland, Tennessee
  • The CW Chattanooga
  • MyNetworkTV Chattanooga (on DT2)
  • MeTV Chattanooga (on DT3)
  • MPS Media, LLC
  • (MPS Media of Tennessee License, LLC)
OperatorNew Age Media, LLC via LMA (certain services provided by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
FoundedNovember 12, 1985; 38 years ago (1985-11-12)
First air date
May 25, 1987 (37 years ago) (1987-05-25)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 53 (UHF, 1987–2009)
  • Digital: 42 (UHF, until 2020)
Call sign meaning
taken from former sister radio station
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID72060
ERP550 kW
HAAT306 m (1,004 ft)
Transmitter coordinates35°9′38.7″N 85°19′5.8″W / 35.160750°N 85.318278°W / 35.160750; -85.318278
Public license information

WFLI-TV (channel 53) is a television station licensed to Cleveland, Tennessee, United States, serving the Chattanooga area as a dual affiliate of The CW and MyNetworkTV. It is owned by MPS Media, which maintains a local marketing agreement (LMA) with New Age Media, owner of True Crime Network/Comet affiliate WDSI-TV (channel 61), for the provision of certain services. Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of dual ABC/Fox affiliate WTVC (channel 9), provides some engineering functions for both stations under a master service agreement and also programs WFLI-TV.

WFLI-TV and WDSI-TV share studios on East Main Street (SR 8/US 41/US 76) in Chattanooga's Highland Park section; master control and some internal operations for the two stations are based at WTVC's facilities on Benton Drive in Chattanooga. WFLI-TV's transmitter is located on Signal Mountain in the town of Walden.

Although parts of the Chattanooga market are in the Central Time Zone, all schedules are listed in Eastern Time.

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The station signed on May 25, 1987, as an independent co-owned with WFLI radio (1070 AM) (hence the television station call sign). It aired an analog signal on UHF channel 53 from a transmitter in Cohutta, Georgia. On January 16, 1995, WFLI joined UPN as a charter affiliate. In 1997, the station was sold to Lambert Broadcasting, LLC. It added The WB in 1999 as a secondary affiliation; two years later, WFLI dropped UPN and became a full-time WB affiliate. The Meredith Corporation acquired WFLI in 2004.

Between 2001 and 2003, the station sold late-night Saturday paid programming time to an independent producer, out of which eventually arose the format and style of Fuel TV (now Fox Sports 2), which went by that name on WFLI. Fox Cable Networks eventually bought the trademarks and concept of Fuel TV in 2003 to launch it as a full-fledged cable network in July of that year, and the original Fuel TV program on WFLI ended in September 2003.[2][3]

Logo from 2006 to 2016

On March 7, 2006, WFLI was announced as Chattanooga's CW affiliate at the network's launch on September 18 in the wake of the merger of The WB and UPN into The CW.[4] Meanwhile, WDSI launched a new second digital subchannel to serve as the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate beginning September 5. On November 26, 2007, Meredith announced the sale of WFLI to MPS Media which closed April 1, 2008.[5] Shortly thereafter, New Age Media (owner of WDSI) began operation of the station through an LMA. On May 23, 2011, WFLI signed on a new third digital subchannel of its own to offer MeTV.[6]

Sinclair Broadcast Group purchased the non-license assets of WFLI-TV and WDSI-TV from New Age Media for $1.25 million in September 2015 and began operating them under a master services agreement.[7]

On July 28, 2021, the FCC issued a Forfeiture Order stemming from a lawsuit against MPS Media. The lawsuit, filed by AT&T, alleged that MPS Media failed to negotiate for retransmission consent in good faith for the stations. Owners of other Sinclair-managed stations, such as Deerfield Media, were also named in the lawsuit. MPS was ordered to pay a fine of $512,288.[8]

Technical information


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WFLI-TV[9]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
53.1 720p 16:9 WFLI-CW The CW
53.2 480i MyTV MyNetworkTV
53.3 MeTV MeTV
53.4 CHARGE! Charge!

Analog-to-digital conversion

WFLI-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 53, on June 12, 2009, the official date on which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42,[10] using virtual channel 53.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WFLI-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "2001 Fuel TV Trademark". Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "Original Fuel TV promos on WB". YouTube. Archived from the original on June 23, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Welcome to 'The CW'". ABC News. January 24, 2006. Archived from the original on June 19, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2008.
  5. ^ Michael Malone (November 26, 2007). "MPS Media Buying WFLI from Meredith". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on June 18, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2008.
  6. ^ "5/19/2011 - Me TV Chattanooga To Launch May 23 - Happenings -". Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Flessner, Dave (September 11, 2015). "Sinclair buys Chattanooga TV stations WDSI-TV and WFLI-TV". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Archived from the original on September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "Forfeiture Order" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. July 28, 2021. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  9. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for WFLI". Archived from the original on August 11, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  10. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

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