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WJLP logo, 2015-present
Middletown Township, New Jersey/
New York, New York
United States
Branding WJLP New Jersey/New York
Channels Digital: 3 (VHF)
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
  • .1: 720p 16:9 MeTV
  • .2: 480i 4:3 Laff
  • .3: 480i 4:3 Escape
  • .4: 480i 4:3 Grit
  • .10: 480i 4:3 WJLP-WX[1]
Founded September 21, 1998
First air date July 9, 2001 (17 years ago) (2001-07-09)
(in Ely, Nevada; license moved to New Jersey in 2014)
Call letters' meaning W
Plangere, Jr.
(PMCM TV chairman)
Sister station(s) WHTG, WKMK / WTHJ, WWZY / WBHX, WBBO
Former callsigns
  • KBJN (2001–2005)
  • KVNV (2005–2014)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 3 (VHF, 2001–2009)
  • Virtual:
  • 3 (PSIP, 2009–2015)
Former affiliations
Transmitter power 6.96 kW
9 kW (application)[2]
Height 340.2 m (1,116 ft)
476 m (1,562 ft) (application)[2]
Facility ID 86537
Transmitter coordinates 40°45′22.4″N 73°59′10.5″W / 40.756222°N 73.986250°W / 40.756222; -73.986250Coordinates: 40°45′22.4″N 73°59′10.5″W / 40.756222°N 73.986250°W / 40.756222; -73.986250
40°42′46.8″N 74°0′47.3″W / 40.713000°N 74.013139°W / 40.713000; -74.013139 (application)[2]
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website wjlp3.com

WJLP, virtual channel 33 (VHF digital channel 3), is a MeTV-affiliated television station licensed to Middletown Township, New Jersey, United States and serving the New York metropolitan area. The station is owned and operated by PMCM TV, LLC. WJLP's studios are located in Freehold Township, New Jersey, and its 7,000-watt transmitter is atop the Condé Nast Building at 4 Times Square in midtown Manhattan.


Origins in Ely, Nevada (2001–2014)[edit]

Founded in 1998 by Harris Broadcasting the station went on the air two and a half years later. The station, originally located in Ely, Nevada, signed on July 9, 2001 as KBJN, a satellite of KVBC, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas. It was originally owned by Harris Broadcasting, who soon sold it to KVBC owner Valley Broadcasting Company.[3] The call letters were changed to KVNV on November 15, 2005.

On July 1, 2008, Valley Broadcasting filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to sell KVNV to PMCM TV, LLC (which owns six Jersey Shore radio stations in Monmouth and Ocean County as Press Communications, LLC). The sale was approved on September 17, 2008 and was consummated on November 12, 2008; soon afterward, the station was relaunched as Intelliweather 3, carrying looping weather conditions and a news ticker.[4] KVNV affiliated with My Family TV in October 2009. During 2012, the station began to expand its local programming, including a local weekend public affairs program[5] and a locally produced children's program (to comply with the FCC's E/I regulations);[6] KVNV also began to simulcast the noon and 6 p.m. newscasts of former sister station KRNV-DT in Reno,[7] and added the statewide political show Nevada's Eye on Washington.[8]

Move to New Jersey (2014–present)[edit]

Soon after its purchase of the station, PMCM TV sought permission to reallocate KVNV from Ely to Monmouth County, New Jersey, as part of a legal loophole that allows any VHF station that moves to a state with no FCC-licensed commercial VHF stations to receive automatic permission to move. (The loophole was set up because many New Jersey TV viewers felt shortchanged that nearly all their commercial TV stations came from either New York City or Philadelphia, not from their own state.) After the digital television transition of 2009, Delaware and New Jersey no longer had VHF signals, since station owners chose to move their signals to UHF channels, better suited to digital broadcasting. (PMCM also looked to move KJWY, now WDPN-TV, to Delaware under the same rule, to serve the Philadelphia TV market.)[9] The FCC denied the request in a December 18, 2009 letter.[10] The full Commission denied PMCM's application for review in a Memorandum Opinion and Order released on September 15, 2011;[11] however, this denial was reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on December 14, 2012.[12] KVNV applied for a construction permit to move on May 28, 2013 to Middletown Township, New Jersey (though its transmitter location would be at the Condé Nast Building in Midtown Manhattan to serve the entire New York media market).[13]

In January 2014, MeTV announced that KVNV, following its move, would become its New York City affiliate, replacing Bridgeport, Connecticut-based WZME (which at first became an affiliate of Heroes & Icons, another network specializing in classic TV shows, but later affiliated with the religious-based Sonlife Broadcasting Network on January 1, 2017).[14]

In its June 2014 bill, Comcast systems in central New Jersey stated that KVNV would be added to its lineup on July 31, 2014. This was delayed because of objections from WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut, who voiced concerns to the FCC about the signal overlap of the two virtual channel 3s, as well as carriage on channel 3 in Fairfield County. WFSB's owner, Meredith Corporation, also suggested that the FCC assign virtual channel 33 (which is WFSB's RF channel) to KVNV instead of 3.[15]

On September 12, 2014, the FCC Media Bureau issued a public notice seeking comment on an alternative PSIP channel proposal set forth by PMCM. KVNV would broadcast on virtual channel 3.10 as not to interfere with WFSB. KVNV also would seek cable carriage on channel 3 throughout the New York market, except in Fairfield County, Connecticut.[16]

KVNV commenced test broadcasting on September 29, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m. on RF channel 3/virtual channel 3-10. This test transmission consisted of an EBR Test Pattern with a black text field bearing text reading as follows: Line 1: "KVNV TV" static, Line 2: "WJLP-TV" static. Immediately at the base of the black text box, a white rectangular square rapidly moved back-and-forth horizontally. There was no audio or tones to accompany. This test broadcast ended on September 30, 2014 at approximately 2 p.m. The station made a brief return to the air on October 1, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m.; this transmission lasted approximately five minutes.

First logo used under the MeTV affiliation (2014–2015)

On October 1, 2014 at 5:01 p.m., KVNV signed-on its transmitter with intentions to officially commence programming at 6 p.m. The 5 p.m. transmission consisted of an EBR Test Pattern with a black text field, this time bearing text reading as follows: Line 1: "KVNV-TV" static, Line 2: "CHANNEL 3.10" static. Immediately at the base of the black text box, a white rectangular square rapidly moved back-and-forth horizontally. There was no audio or tones to accompany. The intention of this 58 minute broadcast was to allow for potential viewers to rescan their tuners in order to add channel 3 as an active channel. At 5:59 p.m., the test pattern gave way to a solid black screen.

At 6 p.m., KVNV commenced regular programming from MeTV with an episode of CHiPs. The launch, consisting of no sign-on message, was basically a soft launch. The station's PSIP TVCT information during this time identified the station as KVNV-HD using virtual channel 3-10.

On October 3, 2014, the call letters were changed to WJLP.[17]

The FCC assigned virtual channel 33 on an interim basis to WJLP on October 23, 2014; this followed an October 3 joint filing by Meredith, CBS Television Stations, and Ion Media Networks urging the FCC to take this action, as both CBS-owned KYW-TV in Philadelphia and Meredith's WFSB use virtual channel 3, along with Ion-owned WPXN-TV (channel 31) being carried on cable channel 3 on most Cablevision systems in the New York market.[18]

On November 7, 2014, following another joint complaint from Meredith, CBS and Ion, the FCC ordered that WJLP suspend operations effective at noon on November 10 unless the station remapped its virtual channel from 3.10 to 33.1.

On November 10, 2014, PMCM TV filed an appeal with the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. The station in that pleading asked that Court for a stay to allow it to resume broadcasting temporarily until the realization of a final solution regarding the Channel 3 dispute. The station hoped that the court would review the appeal and make a decision on November 12, 2014. Simultaneously, WJLP also filed two petitions with the FCC.

Final WJLP logo indicating virtual channel 3.10, 2015

At approximately Midnight on November 11, 2014, WJLP ran a video message from Lee Leddy, Group Station Manager for PMCM TV, LLC and the owner and licensee of WJLP, explaining what is happening with Channel 3 and what he calls "erroneous complaints" to the FCC by CBS, Ion and Meredith.[19][20][21] Channel 3 then signed off the air, with WZME resuming its place as the sole MeTV outlet for the New York area.

WJLP returned to the air a day after signing off, with a bumper explaining that the station was granted the emergency stay to continue broadcasting until at least December 1, 2014. On November 25, 2014, a federal court upheld the stay and allowed WJLP to continue broadcasting on Channel 3.10.

On March 16, 2015, the station remapped its virtual channel from channel 3 to channel 33 on an "interim" basis following an order from the FCC.


As of September 1, 2016, WJLP carries the entire MeTV lineup 24 hours a day. The only exception is Jersey Matters and Another Thing with Larry Mendte, two 30-minute public affairs shows which air Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. WJLP had previously preempted several hours of the MeTV schedule each day to air infomercials.

In 2015, the station added the Justice Network on Digital subchannel 33.2. This was changed to Laff in 2016.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
33.1 720p 16:9 MeTV MeTV
33.2 480i 4:3 Laff Laff
33.3 Escape Escape
33.4 Grit Grit
33.10 WJLP-WX local weather reports
33.11 Audio only Thunder WKMK "Thunder 106"
33.12 B985 WBBO "B98.5"
33.13 The Boss WWZY "The Boss 107.1 & 99.7"
33.14 1410 AM WHTG "Great Gold 1410"

On March 20, 2016, WJLP added two standard definition subchannels to its lineup, Escape and Grit. These diginets are also available on many Univision-owned stations, inclusive of those broadcasting in the New York City television market.

A fifth subchannel was added two months later on 33.10 airing local maritime and weather reports. The underlying audio for this station is provided by WWZY Long Branch (now known as The Boss 107.1 in Monmouth County and 99.7 in Ocean County after the two stations switched formats and returned to a simulcast in March 2017).

WJLP has added audio subchannels to its lineup, Thunder, B985, The Boss 107.1 FM, and Great Gold 1410 AM. All of these terrestrial radio stations are owned by Press Communications, LLC, which is a sister company to PMCM TV, LLC, the licensee of WJLP.


  1. ^ a b c "Digital TV Market Listing for WJLP". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Amendment to a Modification of a Licensed Facility for DTV Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. August 8, 2001. Retrieved February 7, 2001.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgnFMgmh5O8
  5. ^ "New TV program covers community". The Ely Times. January 27, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  6. ^ Eggan, Lukas (November 2, 2012). "Local TV station to help produce children's show". The Ely Times. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "Local station to broadcast Reno news at noon and six". The Ely Times. March 23, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  8. ^ Eggen, Lukas (April 6, 2012). "News program to begin airing on Sunday morning". The Ely Times. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  9. ^ http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/294773-PMCM_Wants_To_Move_Stations.php
  10. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2603A1.pdf
  11. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-11-135A1.pdf
  12. ^ Eggerton, John (December 14, 2012). "Court Reverses FCC Denial of Station License Reallocation to New Jersey, Delaware". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  13. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FOR COMMERCIAL BROADCAST STATION". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  14. ^ Downey, Kevin (January 24, 2014). "Me-TV Picks Up Big-Market Primary Slots". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  15. ^ http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0725/DA-14-1029A1.txt Daily_Release=|publisher=Federal Communications Commission|publication date=July 25, 2014
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ "WJLP Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  18. ^ Hashemzadeh, Hossein (October 23, 2014). "Re: PMCM TV, LLC WJLP-TV, Middletown Township, NJ…" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  19. ^ Important message from Lee Leddy, Group Station Manager for PMCM LLC. the owner and licensee of WJLP-DT in Middletown, New Jersey
  20. ^ WJLP application to the Federal Communications Commission request for review
  21. ^ WJLP filing for Emergency Stay to the Federal Communications Commission

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