WJFB

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WJFB
Lebanon-Nashville, Tennessee
United States
City Lebanon, Tennessee
Channels Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 44 (PSIP)
Subchannels 44.1 TCT Family
44.2 TCT Kids
Translators WJFB-LP
Owner Tri-State Christian Television
First air date January 11, 1988; 29 years ago (1988-01-11)
Call letters' meaning Dr. Joe F. Bryant (Founder and former owner)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
66 (UHF, 1988–2009)
Former affiliations Pursuit Channel
Youtoo TV
America One
Jewelry Television
ShopNBC
Shop at Home Network
Military Channel
American Independent Network
The Weather Channel
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 161 m
Facility ID 7651
Transmitter coordinates 36°9′13.7″N 86°22′46.5″W / 36.153806°N 86.379583°W / 36.153806; -86.379583
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS

WJFB, UHF digital channel 44, is a television station serving Nashville, United States, that is licensed to Lebanon, Tennessee. The station's studios are located on Music Circle in Nashville, and its transmitter is located on Franklin Road, southwest of Lebanon.

History[edit]

The station signed on the air on January 11, 1988, broadcasting on UHF channel 66. Prior to the digital television transition, WJFB aired programming from several different networks over the years including The Weather Channel, American Independent Network, America One (before adding the subchannel for that service, and then adding it again on its main channel, America One has since merged with Youtoo TV[1]), The Military Channel, Shop at Home Network, ShopNBC, Jewelry Television, Youtoo TV & Pursuit Channel. The station also broadcast several local sports events and regional sports through America One. Former local sports events included local auto racing, local high school football, UT Martin football and basketball, Cincinnati Reds baseball (by way of SportsChannel Ohio) and Showtime All-Star Wrestling. The station also broadcast the Lebanon Christmas Parade for several years, before moving to local public access channels. The station once aired a morning news program, TV 66 Morning Report Live, hosted by the station's then-owner Joe F. Bryant, which aired weekday mornings from 7 to 7:30 a.m., and featured news headlines as well as weather forecasts, traffic reports, some local sports, and some telephone calls from viewers. Bryant's terminal illness led to the cancellation of the Morning Report. Bryant died on October 10, 2011. WJFB was still operated by his surviving family members. Local church services was also aired on Sunday mornings on the main channel and was the main locally originated programming, Until August 31, 2014, when those shows also moved to the cable only access channels.

On February 4, 2013, WJFB reduced Jewelry Television programming on its main subchannel, to only one hour a day from 10 to 11 a.m., since that network is now available 24 hours a day on Nashville/Lebanon area cable providers and was considered a secondary affiliation. The station relied on America One for all of its programming; Jewelry Television was still listed in the Internet and electronic programming guides as broadcasting 24 hours a day, until about mid-April 2013, when the information was updated to feature only America One programming on WJFB.[2]

On September 1, 2014, WJFB became an affiliate of The Pursuit Channel. WJFB broadcast The Pursuit Channel's Programming around the clock except on Saturday mornings, when WJFB broadcast E/I Programming through Youtoo TV to help meet U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements. The America One affiliation was still carried full-time on WJFB's second digital sub-channel, until America One merged with Youtoo TV in September 2014. Programming from Youtoo TV was also seen on WJFB's second digital sub-channel, until April 1, 2015 when the Youtoo affiliation was discontinued on that channel and replaced with an SD simulcast of the main channel. [3] On April 3, 2015, WJFB moved the programming from the Pursuit Channel to its second subchannel entirely and replaced the Pursuit Channel's programming on its main subchannel with programming from TCT Network, which broadcast religious programming 24 hours a day.[4] Though only E/I programming was still broadcast from Youtoo TV on both channels, WJFB discontinued all programming from Youtoo TV including its E/I programming, thus putting an end to the affiliation between Youtoo TV and WJFB. WJFB now broadcast E/I programming from TCT Kids on its main and second digital subchannel to help meet FCC requirements. However, on April 13, 2015, the Pursuit Channel affiliation was discontinued from the second subchannel & replaced with a HD feed of TCT Network, branded as TCT HD.

On Thursday May 21, 2015, Bryant Broadcasting announced that they would sell WJFB along with sister translator W11BD to Dove Broadcasting, Inc.. The sale of both stations was finalized on August 17, 2015.[5]

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, TCT HD was replaced with TCT Family on WJFB's main digital subchannel of 44.1 and TCT Kids was placed on digital subchannel 44.2.

WJFB-LP[edit]

Prior to the digital transition, WJFB relayed its signal on low-power translator station originally under the call sign, W11BD in Lebanon. That station signed on in 1987, carrying the same programming from WJFB, and signed off sometime in 2009 during the digital television transition. There are still construction permits active for the translator, the first one is to convert the translator station to digital broadcasting, the second one is to return the station translator to the air, and the third is to relocate the translator station to digital channel 18 when the conversion to digital for the translator station is completed.[6][7] On Thursday May 21, 2015, Bryant Broadcasting announced that they would sell W11BD along with Sister Station WJFB to Dove Broadcasting. The sale of both stations was finalized on August 17, 2015.[8] On June 2, 2016, The call sign for W11BD was changed to WJFB-LP to match the call sign for the Full Powered Sister Station WJFB. [9]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[10]
44.1 1080i 16:9 WJFB-DT TCT Family
44.2 480i 4:3 WJFB-2 TCT Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WJFB shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 66, on June 12, 2009, the date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 44.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Youtoo TV listings for WJFB
  2. ^ "Programming". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  3. ^ http://pursuitchannel.com/affiliates/
  4. ^ "TCT in your Area - TCT Network". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "TV Query Results -- Video Division (FCC) USA". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Call Sign History". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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