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Rochester, New York
United States
BrandingMy 18
ChannelsDigital: 46 (UHF/PSIP)
Subchannels46.1 MyNetworkTV
46.2 Independent
46.3 Tuff TV
46.4 Heroes & Icons
46.5 Decades
46.6 QVC
46.7 Movies!
AffiliationsMyNetworkTV (2006–present)
OwnerVision Communications
(Stellar Television, LLC)
First air dateFebruary 2, 1998; 21 years ago (1998-02-02)
Call letters' meaningWe're BiG TeleVision
Former callsignsW40AG (1987–1996)
WBGT-LP (1996–2006)
WBGT-CA (2006–2012)
Former affiliationsIndependent (February–November 1998)
UPN (November 1998–2006)
Transmitter power10 kW
Height161 m
ClassClass A
Facility ID10318
Transmitter coordinates43°10′14.0″N 77°40′23.0″W / 43.170556°N 77.673056°W / 43.170556; -77.673056
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

WBGT-CD is the Class A MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Rochester, New York. It broadcasts a low-powered standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 46 (or virtual channel 46 via PSIP) from a transmitter in the city's Northwest Quadrant. The station can also be seen on Charter channel 18 (hence the "My 18" on-air branding). Owned by Vision Communications, WBGT-CD has studios on Buffalo Road (NY 33) in the town of Gates (with a Rochester address). Syndicated programming on the station includes Roseanne, Family Feud, The Wendy Williams Show and The Cosby Show.

WBGT-CD was formerly also seen over-the-air on analog repeater W26BZ channel 26 in Victor, which is no longer licensed. This broadcast from a transmitter south of Perinton's Egypt hamlet along the Monroe and Ontario County line. This translator was replaced with another, WGCE-CD, some time before 2018; WGCE was spun off to HC2 Holdings in August 2018.[1]


WBGT-CD began operations as WBGT-LP on February 2, 1998. For its first ten months on-air, it was an independent station before it became an UPN affiliate in November of that year. The Victor translator was added in 1999, and in 2001, Time Warner Cable added WBGT-LP to its lineup. On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced that the networks would end broadcasting and merge to form The CW, which signed with cable-only WB affiliate WRWB (the forerunner of WHAM-DT2). Several weeks later, MyNetworkTV was announced by Fox as an alternative for UPN or WB affiliates not chosen by the CW. WBGT-LP quickly signed an affiliation deal with MyNetworkTV, and joined the network at its launch on September 5, 2006. Around this time, the suffix was changed from -LP to -CA.

The station has never been added to DirecTV; the station has no must-carry powers as a low-power operation. Eventually, when it signed on its digital facilities, the station's calls were changed to WBGT-CD.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[2]
46.1 480i 4:3 WBGT-MY Main WBGT-CD programming / MyNetworkTV
46.2 MYROC Independent (My Rochester TV)
46.3 TUFF TV The Action Channel
46.4 H&I Heroes & Icons
46.5 DECADES Decades
46.6 QVC QVC
46.7 MOVIES! Movies!

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