|Slogan||Your Local Station|
Digital: 16 (UHF)|
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||April 7, 1971|
|Call letters' meaning||Casey, Jean, and Bill Minshall (original owners)|
|Former channel number(s)||20 (UHF analog, 1971–2009)|
|Former affiliations||NBC (1971–1973)|
|Transmitter power||343.6 kW|
|Height||254.4 m (835 ft)|
|Public license information:||
WCJB-TV is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Gainesville, Florida, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 16 (or virtual channel 20 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Micanopy. Owned by Gray Television, WCJB-TV maintains studios on Northwest 43rd Street in Gainesville.
On cable, WCJB can be seen on Cox channel 7 in Gainesville and channel 3 in Ocala, and on Altitude Communications channel 3 in High Springs. There is a high definition feed offered on Cox digital channel 1007 in Gainesville and channel 1003 in Ocala.
WCJB began broadcasting April 7, 1971 as an NBC affiliate owned by William E. "Bill" Minshall. Originally broadcasting an analog signal on UHF channel 20, its call sign bears the first initials of his family members: Casey (daughter), JoAnn (wife), and himself, Bill. In 1973, just two years after its first broadcast, the station switched its affiliation to ABC, probably because that network held at the time exclusive rights to college football telecasts (which sometimes featured the local Florida Gators). In 1976, WCJB was sold to Diversified Communications. In 2001, it began airing its digital signal on UHF channel 16. WCJB was one of the ABC affiliates that did air Saving Private Ryan in 2004, as Cox-owned Orlando affiliate WFTV preempted the film.
On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation (which became separate from Viacom after 2005) and Time Warner (the company which owned The WB) announced they then would cease operating the UPN and WB networks and combine their resources to create a programming service entitled The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of the new network's respective corporate parents. On February 22, News Corporation announced it would establish another new network called MyNetworkTV. This new service, which would be a sister network to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and News Corporation syndication division Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created in order to give UPN and WB stations, not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates, another option besides becoming independent. It was also created to compete against The CW.
The area's primary WB and secondary UPN affiliate was operated by CBS station WGFL on its second digital subchannel. This used the fictional calls "WBFL" and was known on-air as "WB 10" after the Cox channel location. On September 5, low-powered WMYG-LP (which had been repeating WGFL's main signal) became a separate station and joined MyNetworkTV. On September 18, WCJB launched a new second digital subchannel to be the area's CW affiliate as part of the national CW Plus service. This took the channel location of WGFL-DT2 on Cox systems.
Its coverage area includes Lake City (within the Jacksonville market), Ocala (in the Orlando DMA) and most of North Central Florida. It is also the sole ABC affiliate on cable systems in Live Oak and Jasper (both within the Tallahassee area). Until July 2006, WCJB was the only ABC affiliate seen on Cox systems in Ocala. Even though that city is part of the Orlando market, this station had exclusivity on that system for ABC programming. This kept in-market affiliate WFTV off the system for several years. In that month, the cable company received the green light to pick up WFTV's standard and high definition feeds in Ocala. WFTV and WCJB are also both seen on Charter Spectrum in Belleview and unincorporated Marion County.
On February 16, 2017, it was announced that WCJB and its sister station WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine will be sold to Gray Television for $85 million, pending FCC approval. It will make WCJB a sister station to WCTV (Gray Television's flagship station) in Tallahassee and WJHG-TV and WECP-LD in Panama City. The sale was completed on May 1, 2017.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|20.1||720p||16:9||WCJBabc||Main WCJB-TV programming / ABC|
WCJB-DT2 upgraded its signal to 720p in June 2012.
In January 2018, WCJB added MeTV to its subchannel lineup on channel 20.3, marking the first new subchannel added to WCJB since adding Gainesville CW in September 2006. MeTV had been aired on NBC affiliate WNBW's subchannel 9.4 prior to the change.
WCJB-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 20, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 16. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 20.
Originally, WCJB was the only station to operate a news department covering the Gainesville area. As a result, it held the number one spot in Nielsen ratings by a wide margin for most of the station's existence. In addition to its main studios, this station operates a Marion County Bureau on Northeast 1st Avenue in Ocala.
Until the establishment of GTN News in 2010 (now CBS 4 News), WCJB had the only local news department on a commercial station - non-commercial WUFT television airs a nightly newscast produced by University of Florida journalism and broadcasting students; and Fox affiliate WOGX simulcasts newscasts from sister station WOFL in Orlando, with no separate local inserts targeted to the Gainesville area.
On April 19, 2009, WCJB debuted a new set complete with updated graphics and music theme (identical to that of Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI in the late '90s) which had not changed in almost ten years. The graphics are yellow and orange instead of blue and white. Its updated logo now includes ABC in it unlike the previous two. WCJB began airing local newscasts in high definition on January 9, 2010. Its music theme was later updated in 2012, with a background graphics color change to blue and red. The music theme was then modified on October 22, 2015, and the background graphics was updated on February 1, 2016, showing photos relating to Gainesville and North Central Florida.
From September 18, 2006 until February 2010, it produced a weeknight prime time show on WCJB-DT2. Known as WCJB-TV 20 News at 10 on Gainesville CW, this aired for thirty minutes. The live broadcast was dropped in favor of a repeat of the main channel's 6 o'clock show. Like all CW Plus affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, WCJB-DT2 continues airing the nationally syndicated show The Daily Buzz on weekday mornings from 6 until 9. During the program, there are local weather cut-ins.
On January 18, 2016, WCJB started airing early evening news at 5:00 p.m. instead of 5:30. The 6:00 newscast remains as scheduled.
On June 26, 2017, for the first time in over eight years, WCJB updated a new logo.
On March 29, 2014, the Florida Gators beat the Dayton Flyers 62-52 in the NCAA basketball tournament. Since WCJB is an ABC affiliate and CBS owned the broadcast rights, the network could not show highlights until the day after per NCAA regulations. The news team instead recreated the highlights inside a conference room at the station's studios, using a mini-hoop attached to the wall and the station staff doubling as players.
- Channel 16 digital TV stations in the United States
- Channel 20 virtual TV stations in the United States
- Diana Marszalek, Gray Buys Diversified's Stations in Bangor, Gainesville[permanent dead link] Broadcasting & Cable, February 16, 2017
- Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 2 May 2017.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WCJB
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- TV station acts out Florida-Dayton highlights on mini-hoop