WDTB-LD

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WDTB-LD
Buffalo, New York
United States
CityHamburg, New York
ChannelsDigital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 39 (PSIP)
Programming
AffiliationsDaystar
Ownership
OwnerWord of God Fellowship
History
First air date
May 31, 1989; 31 years ago (1989-05-31)
Former call signs
W39BC (1989-1997)
WBUF-LP (1997-1999)
WDTB-LP (1999-2016)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
39 (UHF, 1993-1997)
40 (UHF, 1997-2016)
Call sign meaning
We're Daystar Television Buffalo
Technical information
Facility ID61426
ClassLD
ERP15 kW (digital)
HAAT178.6 m (analog)
0 m (digital)
Transmitter coordinates42°52′47″N 78°52′35″W / 42.87972°N 78.87639°W / 42.87972; -78.87639 (analog)
Links
Websitewww.daystar.com

WDTB-LD, virtual channel 39 (UHF digital channel 29), is a low-powered Daystar owned-and-operated television station licensed to Buffalo, New York, United States. The station is owned by the Word of God Fellowship. The station's signal on channel 40 was inactive/off the air due to a technical conflict with the digital signal of CFTO-TV; Toronto's digital signal also being on channel 40, though it is 65 miles away, but has returned to the air at some point following the Canadian digital transition, on August 31, 2011.

History[edit]

The station was granted a broadcast license on May 31, 1989 under the call sign W39BC on channel 39, but did not sign on until 1993. When CBS affiliate WIVB-TV (channel 4) was granted channel 39 for its digital signal in 1997, W39BC was displaced, but allowed to move to channel 40, and gained the call-sign of WBUF-LP (no relation to the former WBUF-TV or the current WBUF-FM). In 1999, it gained its current call-sign.

Daystar purchased WNGS (channel 67) from bankrupt owner, Equity Media Holdings (formerly under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with and operated by Granite Broadcasting). Because Daystar already had WDTB-LP, it chose to sell the station to ITV of Buffalo, LLC,[1] a partnership owned by local TV personalities Philip Arno and Donald Angelo, for $2,750,000, with plans to program the station from Clarence.[2] As of July 2012, Daystar programming is being carried on WBBZ-DT4, as part of the conditions of sale to ITV.

At the same time, Daystar applied to move WDTB-LP's city of license from Hamburg to Buffalo, and to move to channel 28 afterwards, so it no longer conflicts with CFTO-DT (channel 9). This application was dismissed, though the station was later approved for upgrading to digital operations on UHF 29. The station's digital license was issued on December 5, 2016, with the station changing its call sign to WDTB-LD.

On August 13, 2020 WDTB-LP applied to move from UHF 29 to UHF 18, citing interference from CKVP-DT (Channel 29). As of October 13, 2020 the station is dark until the channel reassignment is complete.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New owner coming for Buffalo fixer-upper television station". Television Business Report. May 17, 2010. Archived from the original on May 19, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Epstein, Jonathan (2010-05-18). Dormant Springville TV station purchased. The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2010-05-18).
  3. ^ https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/public/tv/publicFacilityDetails.html?facilityId=61426

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