WDTB-LD

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WDTB-LD
Buffalo, New York
City of license Hamburg, New York
Channels Digital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 39.1 (PSIP)
Affiliations Daystar
Owner Word of God Fellowship
(Word of God Fellowship)
First air date May 31, 1989
Call letters' meaning We're Daystar Television Buffalo
Former callsigns W39BC (May 31, 1989-August 1, 1997)
WBUF-LP (August 1, 1997-August 9, 1999)
Former channel number(s) 39 (1989-1997),
40 (1997-2005?)
Transmitter power
15 kW kW (digital)
Height 178.6 m (analog)
0 m (digital)
Class Low-Power/Translator (TX)
Facility ID 61426
Transmitter coordinates 42°52′47″N 78°52′35″W / 42.87972°N 78.87639°W / 42.87972; -78.87639 (analog)
Website www.daystar.com

WDTB-LD is a Daystar-owned television station, under the license of Word of God Fellowship, Inc. The station is licensed to Hamburg, New York, but has applied for a change of its city of license from Hamburg to Buffalo. The station's signal on channel 40 was inactive/off the air due to a technical conflict with the digital signal of CFTO-TV; Toronto's digital signal also being on channel 40, though it is 65 miles away, but has returned to the air at some point following the Canadian digital transition, on August 31, 2011. It has since returned to the airwaves on UHF 29 with a Virtual channel of 39.1.

History[edit]

The station was granted a broadcast license on May 31, 1989 under the call sign W39BC on channel 39, but did not sign on until 1993. When WIVB-TV was granted channel 39 for its digital signal in 1997, W39BC was displaced, but allowed to move to channel 40, and gained the call-sign of WBUF-LP (no relation to the former WBUF-TV or the current WBUF-FM). In 1999, it gained its current call-sign.

Recent developments[edit]

Daystar purchased WNGS, channel 67 from bankrupt owner, Equity Media Holdings (formerly under an local marketing agreement (LMA) with and operated by Granite Broadcasting). Because Daystar already had WDTB, it chose to sell the station to ITV of Buffalo, LLC,[1] a partnership owned by local TV personalities Philip Arno and Donald Angelo, for $2,750,000, with plans to program the station from Clarence.[2] As of July 2012, Daystar programming is being carried on WBBZ-DT4, as part of the conditions of sale to ITV.

At the same time, Daystar applied to move WDTB's city of license from Hamburg to Buffalo, and to move to channel 28 afterwards, so it no longer conflicts with CFTO-DT. This application was dismissed, though the station was later approved for upgrading to digital operations on UHF 29.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New owner coming for Buffalo fixer-upper television station". Television Business Report. May 17, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ Epstein, Jonathan (2010-05-18). Dormant Springville TV station purchased. The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2010-05-18).

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