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|Newton, New Jersey - New York, New York|
|Channels||Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 63 (PSIP)
63.6 Azteca America
63.7 Aliento Vision
|Owner||Mountain Broadcasting Corporation|
|Founded||April 26, 1993|
|Call letters' meaning||Mountain Broadcasting Corporation|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Height||250 metres (820 feet)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WMBC-TV, virtual channel 63, is an independent television station licensed to Newton, New Jersey, USA, serving the New York City metropolitan area. Founded and owned by the Mountain Broadcasting Corporation (whose initials serve as the station's call letters), the station's studios are located in West Caldwell, New Jersey, with its transmitter located in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey.
The station's lineup consists of brokered ethnic programs, a weekday one-hour newscast (composed mainly of repackaged CNN stories), infomercials and children's programs to satisfy the Federal Communications Commission's "educational/informational" requirements.
Mountain Broadcasting was founded in 1985 by a group of Korean Americans, led by the Reverend Sun Young Joo of Wayne, New Jersey. The group secured a construction permit from the FCC to build channel 63 in 1987, and the station began operations on April 26, 1993 with a Christian religious format, running mostly programs from FamilyNet. Later in 1993 they also began running public domain movies and film shorts from Main Street TV, along with FamilyNet programs.
In 1996, when New York City-owned WNYC-TV (now WPXN-TV) dropped its ethnic, foreign-language television programming following its sale to private interests, WMBC-TV would pick up many hours of such offerings. WMBC also dropped FamilyNet and Main Street TV as well and began to air more infomercials and religious shows directly from ministries. By 1997, it ran a blend of religion and infomercials during the day and ethnic shows by night and on Saturdays. It was also running several hours a week of educational kids shows, and producing a local newscast by then.
WMBC had an extremely weak over-the-air signal in New York City but with a new antenna on the Empire State Building it can be seen more clearly. The station is also carried on most of the cable systems in that market, including Time Warner Cable and Cablevision. Its signal was dropped from DirecTV's New York City local stations package on December 31, 2005; however, DirecTV resumed carriage of it in early 2009.
On February 17, 2009, the station ended its analog transmissions on UHF channel 63 and continued broadcasting over the air exclusively on its digital channel 18.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|63.1||480i||4:3||WMBC DT||main WMBC-TV programming |
|63.2||CGN-TV||CGNTV (Christian Global Network Television) |
|63.5||NTDTV||New Tang Dynasty Television (previously carried KBS World) |
|63.6||Azteca||Azteca America |
|63.7||Aliento||Aliento Vision: Hispanic Family Network |
|63.8||WDNJ||audio simulcast of WDNJ-FM |
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