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List of Jones Intercable channels (Wisconsin Rapids, October 1989)

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Jones Intercable customers in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin had access to the channels listed below in October of 1989. Jones Intercable was bought out by Comcast in 1999. Today, Charter Communications (through Spectrum) is in charge of services in Wisconsin Rapids.


  • CALL — The call letters of an over-the-air television station in bold text
  • CABLE — Cable channels in regular text
  •  ##  — Over-the-air channel number for local in-market stations, according to current laws by the FCC and mapping of markets by Nielsen Media Research
  •  ##  — Over-the-air channel number for distant out-of-market stations, including regional and national "superstations", according to current laws by the FCC and mapping of markets by Nielsen Media Research


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CH# Name Notes/Today
2 Mind Extension
Defunct, featured educational programs, later renamed Knowledge TV before ceasing operations in 2000
3 American Movie
Today operates only by the acronym AMC, shifted from originally exclusively classic movies (as a pay channel)
towards movies, shows and original programming (as a general cable channel), owned by AMC Networks
4 Public Access Fate unknown, a local cable access channel
5 Cable News Network CNN in Atlanta, an American multinational news channel, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
6  9  WGN-TV (Ind.)
Chicago, Illinois
The direct feed of the OTA station at the time, then and now, an independent, now owned by Nexstar Media Group
(Its later cable counterpart, WGN America, has since been rebranded and relaunched as NewsNation)
7  7  WSAW-TV (CBS)
Currently a combination CBS, MyNetworkTV and CW affiliate, owned by Gray Television
(Also sister station to Fox affiliate WZAW-LD, which also simulcasts on WSAW-DT3)
8 ESPN A 24-hour channel devoted to local, regional, national and international sports
(Owned as a joint venture between the Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company)
9  9  WAOW (ABC)
Still an ABC affiliate, now owned by Allen Media Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Entertainment Studios
(Also owns and operates a full-time satellite station, WMOW in Crandon and once operated another semi-satellite station,
WYOW in Eagle River, now a semi-satellite of CBS affiliate WSAW-TV)
10 Turner Network
Programming shifted from mostly classic movies towards drama movies and shows over the years with
sporting events featured as well, nowadays only by the name TNT, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
11 The CBN Family Channel Spun off by the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1990 and renamed The Family Channel, and then sold to Fox
becoming Fox Family in 1998 and then resold to The Walt Disney Company and renamed ABC Family in 2001 and
rebranded and relaunched as Freeform in 2016
12 The Nashville Network
A channel once focused on country music and lifestyle, it now operates as a general entertainment channel as
Paramount Network, owned by Paramount Global
13  13  WEAU-TV (NBC)
Eau Claire
Currently a dual NBC and CW affiliate, owned by Gray Television
(The "-TV" suffix was dropped from the station's call letters on October 1, 2012)
14  9  WWOR-TV (Ind.)
Secaucus, New Jersey
Now a MyNetworkTV O&O, owned by Fox Television Stations in a duopoly with Fox network
flagship WNYW in New York City
15 The Disney Channel Originally a premium pay subscription channel, Disney is now a general cable channel
16 CNN Headline News Once a companion network to CNN with news headlines, programming has shifted mostly to crime and law oriented
shows and documentaries in recent years as HLN, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
17  17  WTBS (Ind.)
Atlanta, Georgia
The direct feed of the OTA station at the time, now as WPCH-TV, owned by Gray Television
(Both the station and the TBS network were separated from each other in 2007, TBS today, is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery)
18 24 Hour News and
Likely defunct, a standalone news and weather channel (not The Weather Channel)
19 C-SPAN A channel entirely focused on federal government and public affairs pertaining to the United States
House of Representatives
, including live coverage of proceedings
20  20  WHRM (PBS)
Still a PBS member station, satellite of WHA-TV, Madison, owned by the University of Wisconsin
(Both WHRM and WHA are part of the PBS Wisconsin Network)
21 Home Box Office A premium subscription network, still operates today by its acronym HBO, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
(Home Box Office is still used as the network's legal corporate name)
22 The Discovery Channel Still operates today with a program mix of technology, science, nature and reality, and its name shortened to just
Discovery (also occasionally known as Discovery Channel), owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
23 Nickelodeon Today owned by Paramount Global, schedule then and now, still consists of programming
towards children and teenagers up to 18 years of age
Nick at Nite Programming initially consisted of 1950s and 1960s shows but shows from later decades added in the
years and decades since, owned by Paramount Global
24  24  WCGV (Ind.)
Defunct, later became a UPN and then MyNetworkTV affiliate before leaving the air permanently on January 8, 2018
(License, MNTV affiliation and other assets merged/absorbed into the second digital subchannel of CW affiliate WVTV)
25 Arts & Entertainment Once a channel focused on arts and history, the channel has shifted significantly towards
reality shows, dramas and documentaries, now known only as A&E
(The flagship network of A&E Networks as a 50-50 joint venture between the Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company)
26 Lifetime Programming geared towards women and women in lead roles of movies and shows
(Owned by A&E Networks as a 50-50 joint venture between the Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company)
27  5  WFRV-TV (ABC)
Green Bay
Became that market's current CBS affiliate in a swap with WBAY-TV, was also a network O&O from 1992 to 2007
(WFRV, today, is owned by Nexstar Media Group)
28  11  WLUK-TV (NBC)
Green Bay
Became that market's current Fox affiliate in a swap with WGBA-TV in 1995
(Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of a duopoly with CW affiliate WCWF out of Suring)
29 Eternal Word
Television Network
A channel dedicated entirely to Catholic programming, now by the acronym EWTN
30  10  WMVS (PBS)
One of two PBS member station in that market, the other being sister station WMVT
31  8  WKBT (CBS)
La Crosse
Currently a dual CBS and MyNetworkTV affiliate, owned by Morgan Murphy Media
32 Restricted Unknown
33 Cinemax A premium pay subscription channel with mainstream, independent and original shows, movies and documentaries
(Sister and companion network to HBO, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery)
34 Showtime A premium pay-subscription channel owned by Paramount Global
35 Music Television (MTV) Owned by Paramount Global, it has shifted from strictly music and music videos in its early years to
a mix of music, reality shows and dramas in recent years
36 Home Shopping
One of America's two major home shopping television networks, now only as HSN, the other being QVC