|Branding||Abacus Television Network|
|Slogan||We're the ones to count on|
|Channels||Analog: 35 (UHF)|
|Affiliations||Shop at Home Network / Jewelry TV|
|Founded||July 25, 1990|
|Call letters' meaning||BYD = Bid|
|Former affiliations||Shop at Home (2001–2006)|
|Transmitter power||5.68kW (analog)|
WBYD-CA is a Class A low-powered television station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is owned by Benjamin Perez with its transmitter and antenna located on the WQED tower in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, along with its sister stations WIIC-LP and WPTG-CD. However, the station is licensed to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It is famous for televising a live auction for two years from 2001 to late 2002. It is an over-the-air station that is not carried on any local cable TV system or DBS provider.
History and Programming
W35AZ signed on in the early 1990s. It had been a Network One affiliate for the life of the short-lived network. However, after the demise of Network One, the station became an affiliate of America's Collectibles Network, and in 2001, changed its call letters to WONT, and started broadcasting live programming originated from its studios then located at the Eastland Mall in North Versailles, Pennsylvania.
WANTV was a live auction of salvage merchandise that ran from 7 pm until midnight each day. Originally, the show had multiple hosts, but in the first two months of the show being on the air, eventually had a rotating cast of three hosts: Sly Jock (formerly a DJ on WAMO-FM), John Hulmes, a local entertainer, and Cheryl McCall, a local florist. In the next few months, both Sly Jock and John Hulmes left, causing Cheryl McCall to become the permanent host of WANTV.
In mid-2001, WANTV was renamed Live Auction Television, and its hours reduced the show back to three days a week (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) from 7 pm until 1 am. Also, WONT ended its affiliation with ACN, and became an affiliate of the Shop at Home Network.
The station had a very small staff at the time, causing people to have to perform multiple job functions during the live shows. The owner of the station, Benjamin Perez would serve as the manager of the auctions, and Joe Krinock, the technical director at the station, would serve as the camera operator and the announcer. This caused the show to have a very low budget look, as only one camera was used during the shows. Also, in a revolutionary move, the announcer or the manager of the auction would interrupt and talk to the host on-air to ask questions that viewers called in with, since the station did not have an IFB system.
However, the show was not profitable. In a move to boost revenue, in 2002, the show was again renamed as Auction Live, and started being shown on its sister stations, WIIC-LP and WPTG-LP, creating a three station simulcast. Also in 2002, the station changed its callsign to "WBYD" and became a Class A LPTV station.
In August 2002, Live Auction Television went on hiatus due to declining sales of merchandise on the show. It would return two months later, but by the end of 2002 the show was off the air completely.
WBYD would then shift gears and start showing limited locally-originated programming, including a local talk show created by the Pittsburgh-based band American Metal.
In 2005, the owner of the Eastland Mall, Benderson Development, announced the mall was going to be demolished, and cancelled the leases of all the remaining tenants, including WBYD. The station was moved to a trailer that is located next to the broadcast tower of WQED-TV.
The station later began simulcasting Jewelry TV.
- "Notification of Suspension of Operations". 8 July 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "Station Profile - WBYD-CA". Retrieved 6 August 2014.