Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. and Quad Cities’ television stations WHBF-TV (CBS) and KGCW-TV (CW) have introduced four (4) new over-the-air television channels to their broadcast streams.
WHBF-TV launched GRIT and ESCAPE television networks on channels 4.3 and 4.4 respectively. KGCW-TV launched LAFF and BOUNCE television networks on channels 26.3 and 26.4 respectively.
"These channel additions reflect our company's commitment to broadcasting excellence for local viewers and advertisers," says station Vice President and General Manager Marshall Porter. "It has always been our goal to provide local viewers with additional compelling entertainment choices that complement our station’s existing local news, syndicated, and network-affiliated programming.”
GRIT (WHBF-TV 4.3) – GRIT is the nation’s first over-the-air broadcast network dedicated to bold, brave and legendary action heroes. This fully programmed network targets men with a focus on western, war and action theatrical motion pictures, 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. GRIT’s movie line-up includes The Rookie, I-Spy, Any Which Way You Can and Firefox, among others. GRIT also features some of the greatest classic and western series in television history including Walker Texas Ranger, Laramie, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, Lassie, Zane Grey Theatre and more. Viewers may visit www.grittv.com for the full programming schedule.
ESCAPE (WHBF-TV 4.4) – ESCAPE is the nation’s first over-the-air broadcast television network for women. This fully programed network targets women with a mix of theatrical motion pictures and off net series, 24 hours per day 7 days per week. ESCAPE’S movie lineup includes titles such as Body Heat, Presumed Innocent, Fatal Attraction and Misery and Malice, among others. ESCAPE also features some of the greatest true crime series in television history including Snapped, Unsolved Mysteries, Forensic Files and more. Viewers may visit www.escapetv.com for the full programming schedule.
LAFF (KGCW-TV 26.3) – LAFF is the country’s first over-the-air broadcast network devoted to comedy. The fully programmed network features some of the most popular sitcoms in contemporary history, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. LAFF features programs such as, The Drew Carey Show, Night Court, Empty Nest, Grace under Fire and Ellen DeGeneres’ first sitcom, Ellen. LAFF will also showcase great theatrical motion pictures such as Jerry Maguire, Sleepless in Seattle, The Story, The Distinguished Gentleman and more. Viewers may visit www.laff.com for the full programming schedule.
BOUNCE (KGCW-TV 26.4) – Bounce TV is the nation’s first African American broadcast network, featuring a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-network series, original programming and more, 24 hours per day 7 days per week. Bounce TV’s founders include Martin Luther King III and Ambassador Andrew Young. Bounce TV features programs such as In the Cut, Family Time, The Bernie Mac Show, Mann & Wife, Saints and Sinners, Premier Boxing and My Crazy Roommate, among others. Bounce TV also features popular films including, Inside Man, Out of Time, The Nutty Professor, Police Academy, How to Be a Player, The Running Man and more. Viewers may visit www.bouncetv.com for the full programming schedule.
Katz Broadcasting owns and operates Escape, Grit and Laff, and Bounce Media, the parent company of Bounce TV.
Because these channels are new, you may have to perform a manual channel re-scan on your television so that your tuner can find these channels. Please consult your television's owners manual for specific instructions regarding a channel re-scan for your make and model.