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Buffalo, New York
United States
Branding 56 WBXZ Buffalo
Slogan Buffalo's Superstation
Channels Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
Subchannels 56.1 Cozi TV
56.2 Ebru TV
56.3 Corner Store TV
56.4 Independent
56.5 Infomercials
56.6 AMGTV
56.7 Buzzr
Affiliations Cozi TV (2014–present)
Owner Steven Ritchie
First air date September 3, 1993; 23 years ago (1993-09-03)
Call letters' meaning We're The BoX Z (former affiliation)
Former callsigns W56DS (1997–1998)
Former channel number(s) 56 (UHF analog, 1993–2009)
Former affiliations The Box/MTV2/HSN (until 2014)
Tuff TV/Retro TV/Rev'n (2014–2016)
Transmitter power 15 kW
Class LD
Facility ID 14317
Transmitter coordinates 42°52′48″N 78°52′36″W / 42.88000°N 78.87667°W / 42.88000; -78.87667
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website http://www.wbxztv.com

WBXZ-LP is a low-power television station in Buffalo, New York, broadcasting locally on channel 17 as an affiliate of Cozi TV. It broadcast on channel 56 analog until it had to vacate that frequency when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) removed it from the broadcast spectrum. It used to be an affiliate of The Box, from which the station gets its call sign. The station is owned by Steven Ritchie, a local retired police officer[1] who acquired the station from Craig Fox in December 2013.[2]

The station used to air on channel 56. After the digital transition, the station moved to analog channel 17 (the channel had been held by WBUF-TV from 1953 to 1959 and WNED-TV from 1959 to 2009) through a Special Temporary Authority approved by the FCC. The station returned to virtual channel 56 upon digital conversion, at which point it also planned to add several digital subchannels from Luken Communications, among them being Retro Television Network, PBJ and Heartland.[2] WBXZ-LP returned to the air April 17, 2014 with test programming; on May 2, the station indicated it was having trouble securing a carriage agreement with Luken (mainly because Ritchie could not fit the necessary large satellite dish onto the One Seneca Tower where the station's transmitter is located but also in part due to Luken's financial problems) and was seeking other options.[3] As of 2014, the station was carrying Cozi TV on 56.1 and "Throwback TV" (a locally programmed independent station programming mostly public domain series, infomercials and other assorted low-cost syndicated programs) is carried on 56.2 (later moved to 56.4). Retro and a new Luken subchannel known as Rev'n would be added to WBXZ-LP on December 1, 2014.

Luken's networks were pulled from WBXZ on June 28, 2016 after technical difficulties. Ebru TV and AMGTV were added as replacements.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
56.1 480i 4:3 Cozi Cozi TV
56.2 Retro TV Ebru TV
56.3 Rev'n Corner Store TV
56.4 TBTV Independent
56.5 Shop Infomercials
56.6 Tuff AMGTV
56.7 Buzzr Buzzr

WBXZ's Web site lists 56.5 as Tuff TV and 56.6 as being occupied by Jimmy Swaggart's SonLife Broadcasting Network.


  1. ^ No byline (June 2, 2014). Law enforcement bids farewell to K9 Officer Steven Ritchie. WIVB-TV. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Pergament, Alan (December 30, 2013). Lockport policeman plans new low power TV channels. The Buffalo News. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Pergament, Alan (June 4, 2014). Retired Lockport officer's TV station is on the air. The Buffalo News. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WBXZ-LP

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