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(satellite of WPCB-TV, Greensburg/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
State College, Pennsylvania
United States
CityAltoona, Pennsylvania
BrandingCornerstone Network
SloganReal Answers for Real Life
ChannelsDigital: 46 (UHF)
(to move to 6 (VHF))
Virtual: 47 (PSIP)
Affiliations47.1: Cornerstone TV
47.2: Court TV
47.3: Bounce TV
47.4: Ion Television
47.6: Pittsburgh Faith & Family Channel
OwnerCornerstone Television, Inc.
FoundedOctober 9, 1984
First air dateNovember 2, 1985 (33 years ago) (1985-11-02)
Call letters' meaningKaiser
(original call letters of the former Philadelphia station that went dark in 1983)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
47 (UHF, 1985–2009)
Transmitter power170 kW
3.1 kW (CP)[1]
Height305 m (1,001 ft)
Facility ID13929
Transmitter coordinates40°34′3.7″N 78°26′25.2″W / 40.567694°N 78.440333°W / 40.567694; -78.440333
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
(satellite of
WPCB-TV, Greensburg/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Profile

(satellite of
WPCB-TV, Greensburg/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) CDBS

WKBS-TV, virtual channel 47 (UHF digital channel 46), is a Cornerstone Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States, and serving West-Central Pennsylvania. It is a full satellite of Cornerstone's flagship station, WPCB-TV (channel 40) in Greensburg. WKBS-TV's transmitter is located in Logan Township.


In 1983, Cornerstone Television was granted a construction permit for channel 47 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, to serve the Johnstown/Altoona market. It bought the transmitter used by the original WKBS-TV (channel 48) in Philadelphia when that station went dark in 1983, and used this transmitter to put channel 47 on the air November 2, 1985, reusing the WKBS-TV callsign.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
47.1 480i 4:3 WKBS-DT Cornerstone
47.2 16:9 CourtTV Court TV
47.3 Bounce Bounce TV
47.4 4:3 Ion Ion Television
47.6 PFFC Pittsburgh Faith & Family Channel

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WKBS-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 47, on June 12, 2009, the official 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 46.[3][4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 47.


  1. ^ https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=wkbs
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WKBS
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  4. ^ CDBS Print

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