|Channels||Analog: 41 (UHF)
Digital: 49 (UHF; construction permit)
|Translators||WOCK-CD 13.2 Chicago|
|Owner||NRJ TV, LLC
(NRJ TV Chicago License Co., LLC)
|First air date||1991|
|Former callsigns||W04CK (1991–1997)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
4 (VHF, 1991–1997)
|Former affiliations||The Box (until 2001)
|Transmitter power||Analog: 25 kilowatts licensed; 110 kilowatts under STA
Digital: 15 kilowatts
WOCH-CA is a class A television station in Chicago, Illinois that broadcasts as the Korean American Broadcasting Company, or KBC. The station transmits programs from South Korea. The station currently broadcasts on UHF channel 41. It is owned by NRJ TV, LLC.
WOCH started broadcasting on September 27, 1989 as W04CK and has since broadcast on several channels. In 2005, it moved to its present channel location on channel 41 to avoid interference with the digital signal of Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV. WOCH upgraded to class A status on December 29, 2005, thus protecting their channel position from further displacements. During its days on Channel 28 (which was its location prior to moving to Channel 41) it ran The Box Music Network from 12AM-12PM with KBC programming 12PM-12AM. In 2001 when Viacom took over The Box and switched it to MTV2, WOCH began running an MTV-2 feed from DirecTV during the 12AM-12PM timeslot, but gradually phased it out by 2003-2004.
On September 15, 2010, KBC-TV started its carriage on Comcast Channel 338 in the Chicago Television Market. This move comes after years of effort by KBC to secure carriage on the Comcast system. In addition to programming from South Korea, and some locally-produced programs, WOCH airs non-Korean ethnic programming on weekends (such as programming from local cable television network Bostel), in a format similar to that of FBT 26.6.
- KBC 930 News
- News Magazine
- New Seoul Department Shopping Show
As a low-power television station, KBC-TV Chicago is not required to broadcast a digital signal. The station has reported, however, that viewers installing coupon-eligible converter boxes have in some cases lost the KBC signal after conversion as many models of the digital converters lack analog passthrough.
On April 27, 2010, the FCC granted WOCH-CA a construction permit to displace from analog channel 41 to digital channel 49. At this time, no word on when the digital flash-cut will commence. As of July, 2013 analog broadcasting on channel 41 stopped.
- Lily Kim: former producer and anchor for Asian American Network (AAN) News
- Seyler, Dave (September 17, 2012). "Multi-million dollar deal for Chicago Class A". Television Business Report. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- Digital switch threaten's Chicago's Korean TV channel, Justin Goh, Chitown Daily News, February 25, 2009
- KBC Official Website
- AAN News Official Website
- AAN's "The Slant" Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WOCH