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|Newton, New Jersey/New York City, New York
|City of license||Newton, New Jersey|
|Branding||WMBC TV 63|
|Channels||Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 63 (PSIP)
63.6 Azteca America
63.7 Aliento Vision
|Owner||Mountain Broadcasting Corporation|
|Founded||April 4, 1991|
|First air date||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 (UHF digital channel 18), is an independent television station serving New York City, New York, United States that is licensed to Newton, New Jersey. The station is owned by the Mountain Broadcasting Corporation. WMBC maintains studios located in West Caldwell, New Jersey, and its transmitter is 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, the station 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 (channel 31, now WPXN-TV) dropped its ethnic, foreign-language television programming following its sale to private interests, many of these programs were picked up by WMBC-TV. WMBC also dropped FamilyNet and Main Street TV programming 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 at night and on Saturdays. It was also running several hours a week of educational kids shows, and began producing a local newscast.
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 providers 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 WMBC in early 2009.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|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 |
WMBC-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 63, 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 18. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 63, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
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