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Charlotte, NC


Carolina's ABN
WABN Channel 7.1 Charlotte
NewsCenter 7 HD (newscasts)


7.1 (UHF)


ABN - 7.1
ABN Kids - 7.2
UBC - 7.3
Mundovision - 7.4
ABN Women - 7.5
ABN Maxx - 7.6
Big Sky Channel - 7.7
ABN Sports Carolina - 7.8


American Broadcast Network (ABN)

First air date

June 15, 1964

Former call letters


Former channel number


Former affilliation

American Television Corporation (1943-1963)


Sinclair Broadcast Group


Champion Digital Broadcasting
ABN Domestic Television Corporation

This article is in no relation to WABN 1230 AM serving the Abingdon-Lebanon-WashCo (Washington County), VA areas including the twin-cities of Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA.

WABN is the ABN affiliate that serves the Charlotte, NC broadcast area, broadcasting on UHF digital channel 7. It is ABN's second major flagship television station overall, the first East Coast flagship.

Charlotte Riot of 2016

WABN was nearly a target of the rioters during the September 21st melee as a result of a man shot by a North Carolina police officer and would have suffered the same fate as WBRP did during the Baltimore Riot of 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray. This caused anger among WABN's employees directing it at the rioters. Many WABN employees stormed into the front of the throng of rioters shouting profanities for their rampant destruction and disregard for human life. One of the rioters was even attacked by four WABN employees severely injuring the rioter. A WABN cameraman filming the riot nearby was struck by a mob of rioters in the head. Three more WABN photographers were also struck by the rioters. As a result of the subsequent fighting, the severity of the injuries to a rioter, and the severity of injuries to the WABN photographers, ABN Domestic Television Corporation took drastic measures and suspended WABN's broadcasting operations temporarily until the situation was amicably resolved.

ABN CEO Billy Fortner said the following:

"We will not tolerate this behavior the WABN employees exhibited tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina. They were supposed to represent the number two flagship station throughout all of the American Broadcast Network. This senseless, and cowardly act committed by the rioters in inexcusable in of itself. It is utterly embarrassing that our second flagship station and its employees went into the crosshairs of the rioters, injured one of them while they fired back and injured eleven writers, four photographers, damaged live television equipment trucks, etc. I am deeply grieved by this tragic occurrence. Therefore, as a result of this, I have no choice but to suspend all of WABN's operations until further notice. This is a black mark on our great name and does not reflect the core values of Champion Digital Broadcasting. Effective immediately, WABN's operations will cease. I have placed a hold on all incoming inquiries until this is resolved."

Following the announcement, all programming on WABN channel 7.1 through 7.8 went to this "red screen".

ABN station dispute

At 12:01 AM Monday, September 26th, WABN began re-transmitting to Charlotte, Kannapolis and Concorde. However, a lot of WABN's original programming was lost during the weekend while WABN was off the air as a result of the rioting. The only programming that was allowed to broadcast during its blackout was WABN's Newscenter 7 @ 5, 6, and 10 PM newscasts.

After WABN's transmitter was turned back on, the station manager offered sincerest apologies for those affected by the riots and vowed to make things right for ABN answering the DTC's ultimatum to commit to 5,000 hours of community service and create a much better exit strategy when reporters and photographers find themselves in a dangerous situation such as a demonstration or a natural disaster.

This cost WABN $35 million in lost endorsement revenue from various Charlotte community partners and the station's Seal of Excellence. The station was fined by the ABN Domestic Television Corporation for their part in the riot in the cost of $1,000,000 plus medical costs and lost compensation for the injured rioter.

Television Stations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area
Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television

Network O&Os are in bold
WNC-TV (2.1 Fox) | WCHE (3.1 ABC, 3.2 Seven Network, 3.3 ABC News Now, 3.4 The Works) | WAXC (4.1 ion) | WZEN (5.1 RKO | WNCD (6.1 DBC) | WABN (7.1 ABN, 7.2 ABN Kids, 7.3 UBC, 7.4 Mundovision, 7.5 ABN Women, 7.6 ABN Maxx, 7.7 Big Sky Network, 7.8 ABNS Carolina) | WCEH (8.1 YN) | WCHL (9.1 UDC) | WQNC (10.1 MyTV, 10.2 The WB Classics, 10.3 WIN, 10.4 MyTV Sports Network, 10.5 MyTV En Español) | WCH-TV (15.1 The National Television, 15.2 NOW, 15.3 NOW Business, 15.4 WeatherNation) | WCCW (17.1 CW, 17.2 UPN Retro, 17.3 MeTV) | WUCE (21.1 CBS) | WFNL-TV (23.1 TNN) | WCTI-TV (26.1 Ind, 26.2 The I Too, 26.3 Bounce, 26.4 H&I, 26.5 Movies!, 26.6 Decades, 26.7 The Health Channel) | WHST-DT (27.1 RDN, 27.2 The Nashville Network, 27.3 KBC, 27.4 Rev'n) | WLOT (28.1 UPN) | WCTU (36.1 NBC, 36.2 Couch Potato Television) | WMYH (39.1 MNTV) | WFSX (46.1 NLN, 46.2 This)

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