|Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Branding||WBRL CW21 Baton Rouge|
|Slogan||TV Now (also, Dare to Defy)|
|Channels||Digital: 21 (UHF)
WGMB 44.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 21 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||The CW (2006–present)|
|Owner||Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||March 30, 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Sister station(s)||WGMB-TV, WVLA-TV, KZUP-CD|
|Former callsigns||K65EF (1989–1992)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1989–1999)
All News Channel (as WTNC, 1994–2002)
The WB (1999–2006)
|Public license information:||Profile
WBRL-CD is a low-powered digital television station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana affiliated with The CW network. It is a sister station to WGMB, Baton Rouge's Fox affiliate. It is available to viewers in the south central Louisiana area on channel 21 on broadcast. On cable, the station is seen on Cox Communications channel 10 in standard definition, and in high definition on digital channel 1010, as well as on AT&T U-verse, and via satellite through DirecTV and Dish Network. Its studios are co-located with WVLA-TV, WGMB and KZUP-CD at Perkins Rowe Town Center in Baton Rouge, and its transmitter is in Addis, Louisiana.
Communications Corporation of America brought WB programming to Baton Rouge cable subscribers in February 1, 1999 as WBBR, a cable-only station on Cox Communications channel 10 (WBBR's call was used in a fictitious mannter). Previously, WB programming was available on WTVK-11, a low-power station owned by Gulf Atlantic Communications also affiliated with America One. While the station was carried by several small cable systems in the Greater Baton Rouge Area, including cable providers in LSU, Clinton, Jackson, and Watson, TCI, then Baton Rouge's cable provider, did not carry the station, and it only had a broadcasting range of six miles. TCI, however, did carry WGN irregularly between 1995-1999, making WB programming available to subscribers. Eventually, WTVK signed-off, and channel 11 is now occupied by KPBN-LP, an America One affiliate.
The station now known as WBRL signed on the air March 30, 1989 as Channel 65 (K65EF). It was founded by Woody Jenkins of Great Oaks Broadcasting Corporation and initially served as a translator for independent station WBTR, as that station initially had trouble getting picked up on local cable systems in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. In 1992, it became WTNC-TV, Channel 21 and served as Baton Rouge's first all-news station affiliated with the All News Channel. On November 13, 2002, WTNC-TV was purchased by ComCorp with the objective of bringing WBBR/WB programming over-the air. The call sign was changed to WBRL and was initially supposed to be on channel 19 before Communications Corporation decided to put it on channel 21 (sister station KZUP-CD was on channel 19, but is now on channel 20; some station ids from 2002 erroneously branded the station as WB 19 instead of WB 21). WBRL was previously used as the call letters to the FM counterpart to WJBO-AM from 1941-1958--this station is now WYNK-FM and is unrelated to WBRL-CD.
On April 24, 2013, ComCorp announced the sale of its entire group, including WGMB and WBRL-CD, to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group. The local marketing agreement for WVLA and KZUP-CD (which is retaining ownership with White Knight Broadcasting) is included in the deal. The sale was completed on January 1, 2015.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|21.1||1080i||16:9||WBRL-CA||Main WBRL-CD programming / The CW|
Syndicated programming on WBRL-CD includes The King of Queens, 2 Broke Girls, Hot in Cleveland, Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Middle, Dish Nation, Celebrity Name Game, The Steve Wilkos Show, and The Jerry Springer Show. The station airs The CW's entire programming lineup with little to no preemptions. Since March 2017, WBRL has reaired the 9 PM newscast from WGMB at 10:30 PM.
On March 7, 2006, Baton Rouge UPN affiliate, WBXH, announced that they would take affiliation with My Network TV in September. On March 9, 2006 it was announced that WBRL would affiliate with The CW network.
In June 2006, owner ComCorp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ComCorp said in a press release viewers and staff would see no changes at the station.
- A new venture - Local WB affiliate debuts on cable, Baton Rouge Advocate, January 31, 1999
- A David facing TV Goliaths *** WTVK thinking big despite low-power pole, Baton Rouge Advocate, January 14, 1996
- 2 cable stations go over-the-air, Baton Rouge Advocate, December 15, 2002
- Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 6 January, 2015.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WBRL-CD