|Branding||NBC 9 (general)
Me-TV Gainesville (on DT2)
|Slogan||Working For You|
|Channels||Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
|Owner||MPS Media, LLC
(operated through LMA by New Age Media, LLC and through MSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(MPS Media of Gainesville License, LLC)
|First air date||December 31, 2008|
|Call letters' meaning||former call sign of WRC-TV and reference to network affiliation|
|Sister station(s)||WYME-CA, WGFL, WMYG-LP|
|Transmitter power||4.9 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WNBW-DT is the NBC-affiliated television station for North Central Florida licensed to Gainesville. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 9 from a transmitter in Newberry. The station can also be seen on Cox and CommuniComm Services channel 9. There is a high definition feed offered on Cox digital channel 1009. Owned by MPS Media, WNBW is operated through a local marketing agreement (LMA) by New Age Media. This makes it sister to CBS affiliate WGFL, low-powered MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYG-LP, and Class A Me-TV affiliate WYME-CA; all four stations are in turn operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group under a master service agreement. The stations all share studios on Northwest 80th Boulevard in Gainesville along I-75/SR 93.
Syndicated programming on WNBW includes Judge Judy among others. The Gainesville market is located between several other Florida DMAs. In these areas, local cable systems opt instead for the affiliate for its market instead of WNBW. This includes Bright House Networks and Cox in Ocala (part of the Orlando market) that both offer WESH (in Cox's case the system only offers WESH in Ocala). In Lake City (part of the Jacksonville DMA) Comcast provides WTLV.
In June 2008, WGFL announced it would be launching a new digital-only television station on September 8. Originally known since 1996 by its construction permit number, 960920WR, the station received the WNBW-DT calls on August 18. Its signal was activated for testing on September 4. New Age Media officially launched the station on December 31, 2008 at 11:59 p.m through an LMA with MPS Media. On that date, WNBW began regular programming bringing local NBC service back to Gainesville since WCJB-TV switched its affiliation from the network to ABC in 1973. It holds rights to enforce black-outs on out-of-market stations carrying NBC and syndicated programming such as WESH in Orlando which originally served Gainesville and Ocala as the de facto affiliate. Cox began offering WNBW on channel 9 beginning January 16. However, WESH's analog and digital feeds remain on the system.
The station had a construction permit for airing an analog signal on UHF channel 29. However, this was not activated before the analog shutdown on June 12, 2009. Originally, WNBW indicated it would eventually air some local programming including local newscasts by the start of 2010. This is required to maintain its NBC affiliation. Due to the low wattage of its transmitter, any usable signal is not received for the majority of Gainesville residents. Ironically, WYME broadcasts a higher-powered analog signal even though it is a Class A station. That station, which had been serving as a repeater of WMYG, became a separate outlet and joined Me-TV. The service is a network specifically designed for digital subchannels offering classic television sitcoms, dramas, and classic commercials from the 1950s through 1980s. WNBW launched a second digital subchannel to offer WYME a digital signal.
On September 25, 2013, New Age Media announced that it would sell most of its stations, including WGFL and WMYG-LP, to the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Concurrently, MPS Media planned to sell WNBW-DT to Cunningham Broadcasting; the station would have continued to be operated by WGFL. On October 31, 2014, MPS Media requested the dismissal of its application to sell WNBW-DT; the next day, Sinclair purchased the non-license assets of the stations it planned to buy from New Age Media and began operating them through a master service agreement.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|9.1||1080i||16:9||WNBW-DT||Main WNBW-DT programming / NBC|
|9.2||480i||4:3||ME-TV||Simulcast of WYME-CA|
WYME-CA does not currently air a digital signal, as with the case of many Class A stations. A digital simulcast is provided on WNBW-DT2 currently for that purpose.
WNBW broadcasts GTN News, which is produced by the Independent News Network from its studios in Davenport, Iowa, and supplemented by local reporters in the Gainesville area. On weeknights, WNBW simulcasts with WGFL at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; the 11:00 p.m. newscast can be delayed on either station due to network obligations. WGFL and WNBW also simulcasts local news and weather cut-ins on weekday mornings during their network national shows.
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- RabbitEars TV Query for WNBW
- MyGTN.tv - Official GTN Website
- MeTVGainesville.com - Official Me-TV Gainesville Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WNBW-DT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WNBW-DT