|Rochester, New York
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 40 (PSIP)
46.2 This TV
46.3 Tuff TV
|Translators||26 W26BZ Victor|
|First air date||February 1998|
|Call letters' meaning||We're BiG TeleVision|
|Sister station(s)||WJKP-LD, WYDC, WVTT-CA|
|Former callsigns||W40AG (1987-1996)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1998)
|Transmitter power||10 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WBGT-CD is the Class A MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Rochester, New York. It broadcasts a low-powered standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 46 (or virtual channel 40.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in the city's Northwest Quadrant. The station can also be seen on Time Warner Cable channels 18 (hence the My 18 on-air branding) and 1215. Owned by Vision Communications, WBGT has studios on Buffalo Road/NY 33 in Rochester's Gates Center section. Syndicated programing on the station includes Roseanne, Family Feud, The Wendy Williams Show and The Cosby Show among others. WBGT can also be seen over-the-air on analog repeater W26BZ channel 26 in Victor. This broadcasts from a transmitter south of Perinton's Egypt section along the Monroe and Ontario County line.
WBGT began operations in February 1998. In its first ten months on-air, the station was an Independent as it did not pick up UPN affiliation until November of that year. The Victor translator was added in 1999, and by 2001, Time Warner Cable had added it to its lineup. On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced the networks would end broadcasting and merge to form The CW, which signed with cable-only WB affiliate "WRWB" (the forerunner of WHAM-DT2); as a result, WBGT became part of MyNetworkTV when the network launched on September 5, 2006.
There have been a number of complaints by DirecTV subscribers in Rochester because WBGT is not currently offered on the system's local station line up. Contacts at WBGT say that unless there are a large amount of complaints, the station will continue to be unavailable on DirecTV; neither DirecTV nor any other cable or satellite provider are compelled to carry the channel as they would for a full-power station under must-carry rules. It has an application to air a low-powered, digital Class A signal on UHF channel 46 from the same Northwest Quadrant transmitter.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|40.1||480i||4:3||WBGT-MY||Main WBGT-CD programming / MyNetworkTV|
|40.2||THIS TV||This TV|
|40.3||TUFF TV||Tuff TV|
- WBGT-CD "My 18"
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WBGT-CD
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W26BZ