|Rochester, New York|
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF/PSIP)|
46.3 Tuff TV
46.4 Heroes & Icons
(Stellar Television, LLC)
|First air date||February 2, 1998|
|Call letters' meaning||We're BiG TeleVision|
|Former callsigns||W40AG (1987–1996)|
|Former affiliations||Independent (February–November 1998)|
UPN (November 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 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.
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.
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||MYROC||Independent (My Rochester TV)|
|46.3||TUFF TV||The Action Channel|
|46.4||H&I||Heroes & Icons|
- 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