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New York, New York
United States
SloganOne World. One Channel.
ChannelsDigital: 13 (VHF)
(shared with WNET)
(to move to 12 (VHF))
Virtual: 46 (UHF)
AffiliationsMHz Worldview
FoundedFebruary 11, 1993
First air dateMarch 1997 (1997-03)
Call letters' meaningManhattan, Brooklyn, Queens
Sister station(s)WNET, WNDT-CD, WLIW, NJTV
Former callsignsW22BM (1993-1998)
WLBX-LP (1998-2004)
WMBQ-CA (2004-2012)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
22 UHF (1997–2006)
  • Digital:
46 UHF (2006–2017)
Former affiliationsThe Box (1997–2001)
MTV2 (2001–2006)
Cornerstone Television (2006–2012)
Informercials (2012; 2013)
Soi TV (2012–2013)
Biz TV (2013-2017)
Transmitter power9.3 kW
Height405 m (1,329 ft)
Class A
Facility ID14322
Transmitter coordinates40°44′54.4″N 73°59′8.4″W / 40.748444°N 73.985667°W / 40.748444; -73.985667Coordinates: 40°44′54.4″N 73°59′8.4″W / 40.748444°N 73.985667°W / 40.748444; -73.985667
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

WMBQ-CD virtual channel 46 VHF digital channel 13, is a Class A low-power digital television station licensed to New York City. The station is owned by WNET.org.


As W22BM and WLBX-LP[edit]

A construction permit for UHF channel 22 in Cranford, New Jersey was granted to Craig Fox with alpha-numeric call-sign W22BM on February 11, 1993; it signed on in March 1997. The call-sign was changed to WLBX-LP on April 24, 1998. WLBX-LP was previously an affiliate of The Box until that network's acquisition by Viacom in 2001; the station then carried MTV2 like many other former Box stations. On September 11, 2001 WMBQ-CD aired footage from CNN and TechTV.

As WMBQ-CA[edit]

The call sign was changed to WMBQ-CA in 2004. In 2006, Renard Communications Corp. (the Craig Fox-controlled company that by then held the license) began transitioning to a new studio and transmitter they were constructing in Manhattan in New York City. Due to this change, WMBQ-CA was displaced from channel 22 to channel 46, and the city of license was changed from Cranford (New Jersey) to New York City. On August 17, 2007, Renard Communications Corp. announced that would sell its three stations to Equity Media Holdings for $8 million.[1] However, the transaction had a closing deadline set for June 1, 2008, and either party could cancel the sale if it were not completed by then. As of this revision, the sale has been consummated[2] and, as of December 8, 2008, Equity Media Holdings is in chapter 11 bankruptcy. On January 3, 2008, WMBQ-CA went dark, reportedly as a result of moving to a new transmitter site.[3] For a period of over two months, the station broadcast an aerial view of New York City and audio from NOAA weather radio.[4] WMBQ resumed broadcasting Cornerstone TeleVision in early March 2008.

In mid-2011, Renard sold WMBQ for $5,250,000 to Prime Time Partners LLC., whose main principals are Jose Rodriguez and Marisol Messir.[5]

As WMBQ-CD[edit]

Former logo as WMBQ-CD

The call-sign was changed to WMBQ-CD on April 23, 2012 when the station completed its digital transition. Long-form infomercial programming was added full-time, however later that year Soi TV was added after having been removed from WNJU-DT3. The Soi programming ended in 2013, and infomercial programming was once again added back to the subchannel. The only programming that was air in the morning is al dia. The format continued through late December. Biz TV was then added, and this diginet is the first station to air financial programming in the New York City TV market since WBIS-TV (now WPXN-TV) aired financial programming from 1996-1998.

In the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s incentive auction, WMBQ-CD sold its spectrum for $28,313,224 and indicated that it would enter into a post-auction channel sharing agreement.[6] On September 29, 2017, the station entered into a channel sharing agreement with WNET (channel 13); concurrently, Prime Time Partners agreed to donate the WMBQ license to WNET.[7][8] The donation was completed on December 22, 2017;[9] the next day, WMBQ-CD was taken off-the-air while WNET prepares to move the shared transmitter to the World Trade Center.[10] WMBQ returns to 46 in November 2018 as a primary affiliate of MHz Worldview. WMBQ-CD is the third commercial station to converted to a non-commercial station. Like WNDT-CD, WMBQ-CD airs NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and a local produced program Metrofocus. Among local programing PBS Kids Sprout and Cyberchase airs on Saturday afternoons from WNET.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels
Channel Name Video Aspect Programming
46.1 WMBQ-CD 480i 4:3 MHz Worldview

Canal SOI was formerly carried as a Telemundo 47 subchannel. Locally, it had been airing over WNJU Linden, channel 47-3, between November 1, 2011 and December 21, 2012. A third sub channel, EEE, a Spanish religious network, was added in 2014 but in low audio tone. In January 2015, EEE was replaced with long-form Infomercial programming. Biz TV was previously on its primary channel 46.1 until it was donated to WNET which has since cease transmittion.


  1. ^ http://ir.emdaholdings.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=260358 Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine Equity Media Holdings Corporation - Equity Media Announces Acquisition of Three New York City Television Stations
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 6, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Equity ends newscasts; N.Y. station buy teeters
  3. ^ "BLSTA-20070119ABT (Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA)". 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
  4. ^ neo11 and Peter Q. George (K1XRB) (2008-03-14). "Some observations about NYC TV". Radio-Info Boards. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
  5. ^ "Class A television sold in the Big Apple". Television Business Report. July 27, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  6. ^ "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Auction 1001 Winning Bids" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. April 4, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Amendment to a Modification of a Licensed Facility for Digital Class A TV Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 20, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "Request for Silent Authority of a Digital Class A Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. December 28, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.

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