|West Milford, New Jersey
|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 66 (PSIP)
(FSINJ License Co, LLC)
|First air date||March 1, 1996|
|Call letters' meaning||New York/NewJersey|
|Former callsigns||WFME-TV (1996–2013)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
66 (UHF, 1996–2009)
|Former affiliations||Non-commercial religious independent (1996–2013)|
|Transmitter power||200 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WNYJ-TV carries programming from MHz WorldView, a non-commercial television network owned by Virginia-based Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation. The station's broadcast license is owned by the Oakland, California-based Christian broadcast ministry Family Stations, who from 1996 through 2013 operated it as WFME-TV, a religious television station.
WNYJ-TV has a reciprocal arrangement with non-commercial independent WYBE in Philadelphia. As such, WYBE's main programming is carried over WNYJ's digital subchannel 66.4, while WNYJ-TV's main programming is carried over WYBE digital subchannel 35.66, effectively expanding the coverage area for both television stations.
The channel 66 allocation in the New York City area originally began operation in 1970 as W66AA, which served as a repeater for WABC-TV (channel 7). Originally, most of the upper UHF band stations were used as a compromise to work around the "reflection" problem brought about by the (then new)World Trade Center. The issue was that tv signals transmitted from the Empire State Building (about three miles north of the WTC] would bounce off the WTC skins, leading to viewers on that north/south direction getting excessive ghosting. The use of UHF translators (also called repeaters) that were mounted on the WTC with a northward transmission pattern allowed viewers in that zone the option of tuning in to the new, and clearer, signal. Most of the tv stations moved their primary transmitters to the World Trade Center's North Tower in 1975, thus leaving channel 66 at the Empire State Building as a backup. With the introduction of the cellular phone developed by Bell Labs and Motorola in 1983, some of the upper band frequencies were removed from tv assignments and given to the cellular networks. The remaining channels that were not deleted stayed put, with the owners either remaining moving or deleting channels based on finances and other decisions. WABC-TV ceased operating its channel 66 translator at some point in the middle-1980s. Channel 66 was then allocated by the Federal Communications Commission as a non-commercial educational station and was assigned to West Milford, northwest of New York City.
WFME-TV was established as an outgrowth of radio station WFME (94.7 FM, now WNSH), which began broadcasting Family Radio programming in 1963 and was purchased outright by the ministry in 1966. In January 2013 94.7 FM was sold to Cumulus Media, with Family Radio moving to newly-acquired 106.3 FM (the present-day WFME (FM)) in Mount Kisco, New York.
The station's schedule consisted of several consecutive airings of Family Bible Reading Fellowship (a video broadcast of a Family Radio Bible study program), The Joy of Music and Hymn Sing. The station carried a local public affairs program, and several shows aimed at Chinese Americans. WFME-TV formerly broadcast a video version of Open Forum, hosted by Family Radio co-founder Harold Camping; that program ended in June 2011. Initially, in 1996, WFME-TV carried the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod-produced drama series This is the Life, local Baptist and Christian Reformed church services and a few national televangelists. In 2002, after Camping declared that "the church age is over", these outside ministries disappeared. This is the Life was dropped in 2007.
In late October 2013, it was announced that WFME-TV would become an affiliate of the MHz Worldview public broadcasting network, effective November 1, 2013. On that date, WFME-TV's callsign was changed to WNYJ-TV; WFME-TV later confirmed this on its own website.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|66.2||WFME-FM||audio simulcast of Family Radio East Coast Feed|
|66.4||480i||4:3||MIND-TV||simulcast of WYBE Philadelphia (independent public broadcasting)|
WFME-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 66, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (this deadline was moved to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 29. WFME-TV had been one of the few stations that identified itself with its digital channel number (UHF 29) rather than its analog channel number (UHF 66). During the spring of 2009, digital television receivers returned to displaying the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 66, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition. WNYJ still identifies with virtual channel 66 after the format swap on November 1, 2013.
- WFME (FM) (106.3 MHz, formerly WDVY)
- WNSH (94.7 MHz, formerly WFME (FM))
- KFTL-CD (sister station in San Francisco, California)
- Family Radio
- "About WFME-TV." wfme.net. Retrieved November 2, 2013
- Camping, Harold (2002). The End of the Church Age...and After. Oakland, CA: Family Stations, Inc. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- "New York City & Surrounding Area Gains Access to MHz Worldview & MHz International Mysteries on WNYJ, Nov. 1". Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- "October 23, 2013 - WFME-TV programming to be discontinued." wfme.net. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
- RabbitEars TV Query for WFME
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- WNYJ official website
- WFME FM official site
- Family Radio
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WNYJ