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Madison, Wisconsin
CityMadison, Wisconsin
ChannelsDigital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
OwnerHC2 Holdings
(HC2 Station Group, Inc.)
First air date1989 (1989)
Former callsignsK54DB (1989)
W54BH (1989–2001)
W23BW (2001–2014)
Former channel number(s)54 (UHF analog, 1989–2001)
23 (UHF analog, 2001–2014)
Transmitter power15 kW
ClassClass A
Facility ID67000
Transmitter coordinates43°3′9.01″N 89°28′42.44″W / 43.0525028°N 89.4784556°W / 43.0525028; -89.4784556Coordinates: 43°3′9.01″N 89°28′42.44″W / 43.0525028°N 89.4784556°W / 43.0525028; -89.4784556

W23BW-D is a translator station on channel 23 in Madison, Wisconsin owned by HC2 Holdings and carrying programming from the Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) with no programming originating locally. Formerly on channel 54 until 2001, it was moved to channel 23 in 2001 to accommodate the digital signal of WREX in Rockford, Illinois; WREX moved its digital signal to its permanent digital 13 in 2009, and channel 54 has since been removed from the television bandplan.

W23BW-D's signal is nulled to the north, a remnant of the analog age when Rockford's WIFR broadcast on analog channel 23 (currently WIFR is on digital channel 41, but identifies as channel 23 via PSIP).

The station was owned by 3ABN until 2017, when it was included in a $9.6 million sale of 14 stations to HC2 Holdings.[1]


  1. ^ "3ABN Deals Away 14 LPTV Properties". Radio & Television Business Report. October 13, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2018.

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