|Channels||Digital: 45 (UHF)|
|Owner||C&M Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||1986|
|Call letters' meaning||Cuenca|
|Former callsigns||W19AH (1986–1995)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
WCEA-LD, virtual channel 58, is a Spanish language low-power television station serving the Boston market. The station is owned by C&M Broadcasting Corporation. WCEA is co-owned with El Planeta, a local Spanish language newspaper.
WCEA was founded by Pedro Nicolas Cuenca in 1986 as W19AH, becoming WCEA-LP in 1995. It has always been a platform for local multicultural independent producers in the Boston market. The station also served as Boston's Telemundo affiliate in the early 1990s, before W32AY (now WBTS-LD) signed on in 1995.
Initially broadcasting on channel 19, WCEA was forced to vacate the channel to accommodate the digital signal of WGBH-TV. In 2002, it moved to channel 3 via special temporary authority, but its application for the channel was subsequently dismissed by the Federal Communications Commission due to objections from other Boston stations, AT&T Broadband, and RCN; soon thereafter, WCEA relocated to channel 58.
Since December 2010, Massachusetts Spanish TV Network (MAS TV) has partnered with WCEA to provide programming, including local newscasts at 6 a.m. and noon.
In the early 2010s, WCEA had two applications convert to digital operations on channels 44 and 45, with both specifying a transmitter location atop the John Hancock Tower; the station ultimately chose to build the channel 45 facility.
- 58.1 main WCEA-LD programming / MAS TV
- 58.2 teleSUR Boston
- 58.3 Cubana de Televisión
- 58.4 Puerto Rico Network
- 58.5 La Cadena del Milagro
- 58.6 Televisión Dominicana
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- "Application Search Details (WCEA-LP channel 3)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "Legal Action Information (WCEA-LP channel 3)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- New network expands Spanish-language options
- "Application for a Low Power TV, TV Translator or TV Booster Station License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 19, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WCEA
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WCEA-LD
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