WRBJ-TV

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WRBJ-TV
Magee - Jackson, Mississippi
United States
City of license Magee, Mississippi
Channels Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 34 (PSIP)
Subchannels 34.1 TBN
34.2 The Church Channel
34.3 JUCE TV
34.4 TBN Enlace USA
34.5 Smile of a Child TV
Affiliations TBN (O&O; 2013-present)
Owner Trinity Broadcasting Network
(Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc.)
Founded January 2006
First air date February 8, 2006; 8 years ago (2006-02-08)
Call letters' meaning Roberts
Broadcasting of
Jackson
(reference to former owner)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
34 (UHF, 2006-2009)
Former affiliations UPN (2006)
The CW (2006-2013)
Transmitter power 98 kW
Height 375 m
Facility ID 136749
Transmitter coordinates 32°7′19″N 89°32′52″W / 32.12194°N 89.54778°W / 32.12194; -89.54778 (WRBJ)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.tbn.org

WRBJ-TV, channel 34, is a television station licensed to Magee, Mississippi, USA, owned and operated by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. WRBJ broadcasts programming from TBN and other TBN-owned networks to viewers in the Jackson, Mississippi television market, though its signal may be capable of reaching Hattiesburg and Meridian.

History[edit]

WRBJ began broadcasting as a UPN affiliate via Time Warner Cable on January 5, 2006, and over-the-air broadcasting began on February 8. On March 21, 2006, it was announced that WRBJ would join the new CW Television Network, and on September 18, WRBJ became a CW affiliate. The station was founded by St. Louis-based Roberts Broadcasting.

Ironically, the call letters WRBJ were assigned briefly to WDBT radio (now WFOR) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi's first radio station. Only since September 2006 when Roberts Broadcasting bought out Urban radio station WRJH did those call letters return to the market.

On March 31, 2011, WRBJ's license was initially cancelled by the FCC for failure to file for either a license to cover or an extension of its digital construction permit (the license for sister station WZRB in Columbia, South Carolina was initially cancelled for the same reasons two days earlier). However, Roberts Broadcasting filed an appeal, stating that the licenses to cover were improperly filed upon the digital transition. The FCC agreed, and reinstated the licenses of the two stations on April 19. Roberts had to file for new licenses to cover.

On October 22, 2012, Roberts announced that it had sold WRBJ to Trinity Broadcasting Network.[1] The Christian broadcaster was previously available in the Jackson area on low-powered WJKO-LP, which was later sold to the Daystar Television Network. The sale was approved by a bankruptcy court on January 17, 2013, and TBN officially took over operational control of WRBJ five months later, on May 24, 2013.[2][3] CW network programming would not be seen in the Jackson area until WJTV-DT2 picked up the CW in September 2013.

Interestingly, despite having stopped broadcasting CW programming on May 24, 2013, WRBJ's website remains operational for a year afterward.

On July 17, 2013, the station's call sign was modified with the addition of a -TV suffix.

Digital television[edit]

This station's digital signal, like most other full-service TBN owned-and-operated stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
34.1 480i 4:3 TBN Main TBN programming
34.2 TCC The Church Channel
34.3 JCTV JUCE TV
34.4 Enlace Enlace USA
34.5 SOAC Smile of a Child TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WRBJ shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 34, on January 16, 2009.[5] The station "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation on its analog-era UHF channel 34.

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