|Rochester, New York
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF/PSIP)|
46.2 This TV
46.3 Tuff TV
|First air date||February 2, 1998|
|Call letters' meaning||We're BiG TeleVision|
|Sister station(s)||WJKP-LD, WYDC, WVTT-CD|
|Former callsigns||W40AG (1987–1996)
|Former affiliations||UPN (1998–2006)|
|Transmitter power||10 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
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 programing on the station includes Roseanne, Family Feud, The Wendy Williams Show and The Cosby Show among others. 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.
WBGT-CD began operations as WBGT-LP on February 2, 1998. For its first ten months on-air, the station 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 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.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|46.1||480i||4:3||WBGT-MY||Main WBGT-CD programming / MyNetworkTV|
|46.2||THIS TV||This TV|
|46.3||TUFF TV||Tuff TV|
The locally-originated independent station on 46.5 is dually branded as "My Rochester TV" during the daytime hours and "Roc Sports Network" (a regional sports network) in the evenings. Roc Sports Network has since begun simulcasting on the main 46.1 signal on Saturday evenings.
- Channel 18 branded TV stations in the United States
- Channel 46 digital TV stations in the United States
- Channel 46 low-power TV stations in the United States
- Channel 46 virtual TV stations in the United States