|Channels||Digital: 45 (UHF)|
(Onda Capital, Inc.)
|Founded||December 9, 1991|
|Call letters' meaning||W
|Former callsigns||W61BZ (1991-2000)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Former affiliations||America's Store (2000-2006)
|Transmitter power||72.6 kW|
WZTD-LD is a low-powered Spanish-language television station licensed to Richmond, Virginia. It is the market's Telemundo affiliate broadcasting on digital UHF channel 45. The station share studio facilities with PBS affiliates WCVE-TV & WCVW in Bon Air, a suburb of Richmond.
The station signed on December 9, 1991 as W61BZ and were located on channel 61. On February 22, 2000, the calls was changed to WKYV-LP to reflect the original location of license and then moved to channel 45. On July 21, 2000, Tiger Eye Broadcasting acquired the station and license from TV Broadcasters of Central Virginia. It became an affiliate of the America's Store (a defunct shopping network owned by the Home Shopping Network) after the sell.
On August 15, 2006, the station officially signed off for technical reasons. Doing this time, ZGS Communications purchased WKYV and 5 other stations from Tiger Eye Broadcasting in October 2006 for $2.15 million. In mid-November 2007, the station returned on the air as a Telemundo affiliate, and changed calls to WZTD-LP on January 16, 2008.
During the morning of January 12, 2009, the station discontinued regular programming due to some technical difficulties with its satellite systems and service provider, Dish Network due to bad weather (showers and thunderstorms) the day before. That afternoon the station temporary switched to English format from OnTV4U, a 24/7 informerical network and reverted to Telemundo programming on January 20, 2009 sometime after 2pm. On January 16, 2010, for the first time in station history broadcast the Inauguration of Virginia's 71st Governor, Robert "Bob" McDonnell live from the State Capitol in Spanish. On April 25, 2010, the station began airing a variety of limited amount of locally produced programs ranging from real estate to religious to law advice, not produced by WZTD.
- WZTD-LD is the first Hispanic television station in Central Virginia.
- Unlike some Telemundo affiliates, WZTD-LD does not broadcast local newscasts.
- The station does not have a website and was not listed on the ZGS corporate website for some time after its acquisition; indeed, ZGS did not formally announce the station's launch until December 2009.
- Outside of its Telemundo programming, the station airs a limited amount of local shows which begun on 4/25/2010.
- Telemundo Richmond is available over-the-air on channel 45, Comcast Cable channel 71 & 600 and Verizon FiOs channel 20. On October 2012, WZTD became available in the nearby Tri-Cities area on Comcast Cable channel 151.
- The station initially had no logo until December 2009, so it used the station's ID appeared on the top of the hour moving from right to left across the top of the screen. It was discontinued as of November 2008 then brought back a year later into January 2010.
On the morning of September 5, 2012 WZTD officially went to a low-power digital signal in HD on channel 45.1.
|45.1||16:9||1080i||Main WZTD programming / Telemundo|
- "ZGS Communications TV stations deals". broadcastingcable.com. 2006-10-21. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
- "ZGS Communications acquires new TV stations". HispanicAd.com. 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2006-12-02.
- "Local TV Station to Air in Spanish / Telemundo Affiliate Set to Start By Next Year on Channel 45". Redorbit.com. 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- "The official announcement of Telemundo affiliate launches in Richmond, Virginia". www.rbr.com. 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
- WZTD "Telemundo Richmond" official Facebook page
- Holaciudad website owned by ZGS
- Telemundo Website co-branded with MSN
- ZGS Communications Official website
- VARTV Richmond Homepage
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WZTD-LP
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for WZTD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WZTD-LP
- Flash cut application and acceptance