WCEA-LD

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WCEA-LD
MAS TV logo
Boston, Massachusetts
Branding Cuencavision
MAS TV
Channels Digital: 45 (UHF)
Affiliations Spanish Independent
Owner C&M Broadcasting Corporation
First air date 1986
Call letters' meaning Cuenca
Former callsigns W19AH (1986–1995)
WCEA-LP (1995–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
19 (1986–2002)
3 (2002)
58 (2002–2011)
Former affiliations Telemundo
Transmitter power 15 kW
Facility ID 168497
Transmitter coordinates 42°20′57.0″N 71°4′31.0″W / 42.349167°N 71.075278°W / 42.349167; -71.075278 (WCEA-LD)
Website www.lasemanawceatv.com

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.

History[edit]

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 WTMU-LP) signed on in 1995.[1]

Initially broadcasting on channel 19, WCEA was forced to vacate the channel to accommodate the digital signal of WGBH-TV.[2] In 2002, it moved to channel 3 via special temporary authority,[3] 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;[4] soon thereafter, WCEA relocated to channel 58.[2]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Digital Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fybush, Scott D (April 10, 1995). "New England Radio Watcher: Long Time, No Post". rec.radio.broadcasting. Google Groups. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (November 11, 2002). "WCVB, South Jersey Police Meet Tropospheric Ducting". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Application Search Details (WCEA-LP channel 3)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Legal Action Information (WCEA-LP channel 3)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ New network expands Spanish-language options
  6. ^ "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. 

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