|Magee - Jackson, Mississippi|
|City of license||Magee, Mississippi|
|Channels||Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 34 (PSIP)
|Owner||Trinity Broadcasting Network
(Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc.)
|First air date||February 8, 2006|
|Call letters' meaning||Roberts
(reference to former owner)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
34 (UHF, 2006-2009)
|Former affiliations||UPN (2006)
|Transmitter power||98 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
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.
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 the evening of January 16, 2009, WRBJ turned off their analog signal and made a "flash-cut" to digital broadcasting on the same channel, UHF 34.
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. 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. It was unknown where CW network programming would be carried in the Jackson area at the time of the transaction becoming final, 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 as of 2014.
On July 17, 2013, the station's call sign was modified with the addition of a -TV suffix.
This station's digital signal, like most other full-service TBN owned-and-operated stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.
|34.1||480i||TBN||Main TBN programming|
|34.2||TCC||The Church Channel|
|34.5||SOAC||Smile of a Child TV|
- Ayres, Jeff (2012-10-22). "Roberts brothers' TV station in new hands". The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi). Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- Brown, Lisa (January 18, 2013). "Roberts Cos.' Mississippi TV station sale approved". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
- "WRBJ.TV CW34". Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- Official website
- WRBJ.tv (has not been updated since May 2013 affiliation switch)
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WRBJ
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WRBJ-TV