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Buffalo, New York
United States
ChannelsDigital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
Branding56 WBXZ Buffalo
SloganBuffalo's Superstation
Subchannels(see below)
AffiliationsCozi TV (2014–present)
OwnerSteven Ritchie
First air date
September 3, 1993; 27 years ago (1993-09-03)
Former call signs
W56DS (1997–1998)
WBXZ-LP (1998-2020)
Former channel number(s)
56 (UHF, 1993–2009)
17 (UHF, 2009-2020)
The Box/MTV2/HSN (until 2010)
Rev'n (2014–2016)
Call sign meaning
We're The BoX Z (former affiliation)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID14317
ERP15 kW
Transmitter coordinates42°52′48″N 78°52′36″W / 42.88000°N 78.87667°W / 42.88000; -78.87667
Public license information

WBXZ-LD, virtual channel 56 (UHF digital channel 23), is a low-powered Cozi TV-affiliated television station licensed to Buffalo, New York. The station is owned by Steven Ritchie.


The station 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]

After the digital transition, the station moved from analog channel 56 to channel 17 (the channel had been held by WBUF-TV from 1953 to 1958 and PBS member station WNED-TV from 1959 to 2009) through a Special Temporary Authority approved by the FCC. (In the spectrum reallocation, it moved up to physical channel 23, previously occupied by WNLO and WPXJ.) 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 on 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 Center 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 outlet) 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. Buzzr would be added shortly after that network's launch.

Luken's networks, along with Buzzr, were pulled from WBXZ-LP on June 28, 2016 after technical difficulties. Ebru TV and AMGTV were briefly added as replacements; both have since been removed. With the exception of Cozi and the returning Tuff TV (which was re-added after it split from Luken). Retro (but not any of the other Luken networks) was re-added in July 2017; Tuff TV was dropped later that year.

In February 2018, Buzzr was added back to the list of subchannels. Jewelry Television was added shortly thereafter, with the station signing on with NewsNet, an upstart news network, when it launched in fall 2018, bringing the number of subchannels to 11. With Tuff TV ceasing operations in August 2018, Rev'n was re-added; Rev'n was dropped in August 2020 in favor of the returning AMGTV. WBXZ-LP began showing This TV in September 2019, taking over the affiliation from rimshot WVTT.

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
56.1 480i 16:9 Cozi Main WBXZ programming / Cozi TV
56.2 Retro Retro TV
56.3 JEWELRY Jewelry Television
56.4 TBTV Independent (Throwback Television)
56.5 BUZZR Buzzr
56.6 SBN SonLife Broadcasting Network
56.7 CSTV Corner Store TV (home shopping)
56.8 QVC QVC
56.9 DRIVEIN Independent (Drive-In TV, all-movies)
56.11 NEWSNET NewsNet
56.12 THIS TV This TV

56.4 and 56.9 are locally programmed.

Throwback Television[edit]

"Throwback Television" is the brand used for the 56.4 subchannel. It serves as the channel's flagship service, programmed by Ritchie with programming including independent regional pro wrestling, the locally produced science-fiction series Captain Isotope and the Enemy of Space, and an assortment of hosted movie shows, shows and films in the public domain, infomercials, and low-cost/barter syndicated fare.


  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-LD

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