|Key West-Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Branding||MundoFox 8 (general)
Noticias MundoFox 8 (newscasts)
|Slogan||Americano como Tu. (American like You.)|
|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)|
|First air date||May 26, 1996|
|Call letters' meaning||GenTV|
|Former callsigns||WWFD (1996–2000)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Former affiliations||CBS TeleNoticias
|Transmitter power||7 kW (digital)|
|Height||55.9 m (183 ft) m (digital)|
WGEN-TV is a Spanish-language television station in Key West, Florida, broadcasting locally on VHF channel 8 as an affiliate of MundoFox. It is the full-power primary station of a network of low-power stations throughout the Miami, Florida market, including the Florida Keys. The station and its repeaters are owned by the Colombian holding company Valórem S.A. as parent company of Mapale, LLC., which locally owns and operates the station with content from Valórem’s broadcaster Caracol Televisión.
Since December 2005, WGEN has been controlled by Colombian channel Caracol Television, which holds a 25% stake in the station's ownership, the maximum allowed by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations regarding foreign ownership of broadcasting stations. On September 18, 2006, Caracol relaunched the station under the GenTV branding and served as its primary program supplier; programming on WGEN included Colombian and Brazilian telenovelas, a news program produced in Colombia, and a local version of Desafío 20.06, a reality show similar to Survivor.
Competing Colombian TV networks on WGEN-TV
As of December 28, 2012 at 8 p.m EST, MundoFox moved its Miami affiliation from WJAN-CD to WGEN-TV. With WGEN-TV being owned and operated by and airing programming from the Colombian television network Caracol Televisión, WGEN-TV is also an affiliate to MundoFox, which is half-owned by the competing Colombian television network RCN Televisión. RCN content comes from the network feed of MundoFox, while Caracol programming appears directly to WGEN-TV through its ownership. WGEN-TV airs national newscasts covering the United States from MundoFox with Noticias MundoFox, which uses the resources of NTN24, RCN’s sister network and international Spanish-language news channel. Meanwhile, WGEN-TV also airs the national newscast from Colombia’s Caracol with Noticias Caracol newscasts.
As of December 2012, programming is as follows:
- Noticias MundoFox 8 (now in High-Def, airing weekdays at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.)
- ALAIN, Una Mano Amiga
- El Show con Tony Benitez'
- Club 10
GenTV's programming is also well known for:
- Desafío 20.06
- ¿Quién Manda a Quién? (a remake of Who's The Boss produced by Caracol TV and SPE)
- La Boca Loca De Paul hosted by Paul Bouche
- La Ex
- Maria Elvira
Call sign changes
WGEN-TV has had several call sign changes over the years. This has caused some confusion, both among viewers and writers (though likely not as much as its former sister station, WSBS-TV).
- WWFD (May 26, 1996 – February 7, 2000)
- WWTU (February 8, 2000 – February 7, 2002)
- WVIB (February 8, 2002 – June 30, 2004)
- WGEN-TV (July 1, 2004 – Present)
Several broadcast translators repeat the station. From north to south, these are:
- WDLP-CD 21+ Miami, Pompano Beach (Carver Ranches tower)
- W24DE-D 24 Miami (Carver Ranches tower )
- WGEN-LD 45 Miami (downtown)
- W17DG-D 17 Miami
- W21CL 21 Marathon (northeastern Grassy Key)
- W63AL 63 Marathon (southwestern Vaca Key)
- permit modified in June 2010 to cut to digital on 35 by October 2010
- W08ED-D 8 Marathon (southwestern Vaca Key)
- permit extended again in July 2010 to construct by January 2011
- W12DI-D 12 Key West
W21CL was established before 1979 as W65AP, until forced to move out of the 700MHz band by the DTV transition in the United States. W17DG-D was also established before 1979, as was W63AL, which was briefly W23BG from late 1990 to early 1991. WDLP-CA began in 1992 as W21BD, which was deleted in June 1994 after its permit expired, and restored the following December. In April 2003 it was upgraded and became WGEN-CA, then WDLP-CA the following month, and WDLP-CD on August 11, 2011.
W49CL and WGEN-LP in Miami are both now listed as having parent station WSBS-TV in Key West, indicating that they may be leased to that station. Both are still owned by WGEN-TV owner Mapale, which does not show them on the GenTV website's map of stations. Their successors ("digital companion channels" in FCC terms) are W24DE-D and WGEN-LD respectively, and are both rebroadcasting WGEN-TV. (Unlike full-power stations, they are separate facilities, and as LPTV stations they are not required to simulcast the analog video on digital.)
W38AA in Marathon and W39AC in Key West are listed as having WSBS-TV as their primary station, though in the past they had retransmitted WFOR-TV from Miami. Their respective digital companion channels W08ED-D (under construction) and W12DI-D are shown as having WGEN-TV as the primary station, and 12.1 is shown on WGEN's map as an additional channel for Key West (though only analog 21 is shown for Marathon). Because Key West and even Marathon are well within the broadcast range of both WSBS and WGEN, it is unclear why this would be necessary (or in Key West, useful at all), given the total flatness of the terrain and water and the complete lack of other obstructions like tall buildings. The only advantage for WSBS is to continue to be seen on analog TV.
All translator stations are owned by Mapale (meaning roughly "map it") as they have always been.
Digital stations (ending in -D, -LD, or -CD) may use virtual channel 8.1 as the main station does, or may use their physical (RF) TV channels numbers as their virtual channel. The -CA or -CD suffixes indicate class A protection from other stations.
- Hoag, Christina (2005-12-20). "Caracol Buys Stake in WGEN-TV" (Republished). The Miami Herald (Backchannelmedia). Archived from the original on 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2006-10-09.
- Hoag, Christina (2006-08-25). "Caracol revamps South Florida station". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2006-10-09.
- Lafayette, Jon (December 28, 2012). "MundoFox Upgrades Affiliation In Miami Market With WGEN". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
- Palacios, Luis E. (December 30, 2012). "MundoFOX cambia de casa en el sur de la Florida". El Nuevo Herald (in Spanish). Retrieved December 30, 2012.
- Official website
- Caracol Televisión S.A.
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WGEN
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W16CA
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W48DE
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W39AC
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W38AA
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W63AL
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W21CL
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W49CL
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WDLP
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W17DG-D
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WGEN-TV