WBGT-CD

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WBGT-CD
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Rochester, New York
United States
BrandingMy 18
ChannelsDigital: 46 (UHF/PSIP)
Subchannels46.1 MyNetworkTV
46.2 This TV
46.3 Tuff TV
46.4 Heroes & Icons
46.5 Decades
46.6 QVC
46.7 Movies!
AffiliationsMyNetworkTV (2006–present)
OwnerVision Communications
First air dateFebruary 2, 1998; 20 years ago (1998-02-02)
Call letters' meaningWe're BiG TeleVision
Sister station(s)WJKP-LD, WYDC, WVTT-CD
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 information:Profile
CDBS
Websitewww.visioncommunications.tv/

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]

History[edit]

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 THIS TV This TV
46.3 TUFF TV Tuff TV
46.4 H&I Heroes & Icons
46.5 DECADES Decades
46.6 QVC QVC
46.7 MOVIES! Movies!

A locally-originated independent station on 46.5 was 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, and on June 1, 2018, the standalone "My Rochester TV" was dropped.

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