WMYG-LP

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WMYG-LP
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Lake City/Gainesville, Florida
United States
City Lake City, Florida
Branding My 11 Gainesville (general)
Channels Analog: 11 (VHF)
Translators WGFL-DT 28.2 (UHF) High Springs
Affiliations MyNetworkTV (2006–present)
Owner New Age Media, LLC
(New Age Media of Gainesville License, LLC)
Operator Sinclair Broadcast Group
First air date July 3, 1985 (33 years ago) (1985-07-03)
Call letters' meaning MYNetworkTV Gainesville
Sister station(s) WGFL, WNBW-DT, WYME-CD
Former callsigns W15AG (1985–2001)
WJXE-LP (2001–2002)
WBFL-LP (2002–2003)
WLCF-LP (2003–2006)
Former channel number(s) 15 (UHF, 1985–2002)
Former affiliations The WB - primary
UPN - secondary
(1997–2002)
CBS (2002–2006)
all as WGFL repeater
Transmitter power 3 kW
Height 140 m (459 ft)
Transmitter coordinates 30°12′50″N 82°39′0″W / 30.21389°N 82.65000°W / 30.21389; -82.65000
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website mycbs4.com

WMYG-LP is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station serving Gainesville, Florida, United States that is licensed to Lake City. It broadcasts a low-powered analog signal on VHF channel 11 from a transmitter in Lake City's Lacymark section. Owned by New Age Media, WMYG is a sister station to High Springs-licensed CBS affiliate WGFL (channel 28), Gainesville-licensed Class A MeTV affiliate WYME-CD (channel 45), and Gainesville-licensed NBC affiliate WNBW-DT (channel 9). The latter is actually owned by MPS Media, LLC but operated by New Age Media through a local marketing agreement (LMA). All four stations are in turn operated by the Sinclair Broadcast Group under a master service agreement. The stations all share studios on Northwest 80th Boulevard (along I-75/SR 93) in Gainesville.

On cable, WMYG-LP can be seen on Cox channel 11 in Gainesville and Altitude Communications channel 11 in High Springs (hence the on-air branding My 11). Since 2017, the station has used the unofficial call sign EGFL, a play on WGFL's call letters.

WMYG-LP does not operate a digital signal of its own, and at the present time, there are no plans to convert the station's signal to digital. In addition, the analog signal's broadcast range is limited to the immediate Lake City area. However, WMYG-LP receives full-market over-the-air digital coverage via the second digital subchannel of WGFL. This signal broadcasts on virtual and UHF channel 28.2 from a transmitter in Newberry. Ever since its inception, the WGFL-DT2 simulcast of this station had been presented in 480i 4:3 standard definition; however, sometime during spring 2017, WGFL-DT2 had been upgraded to 1080i 16:9 high definition.[1] The feed is also carried on Cox digital channel 1084.[2]

The Gainesville market is located between several other Florida DMAs. In these areas, local cable systems opt instead for the affiliate for their home market instead of WMYG. This includes Cox and Charter Spectrum in Ocala (part of the Orlando market) that both offer WRBW. In Lake City (part of the Jacksonville DMA), Comcast Xfinity provides WFOX-DT2, instead of WMYG, which is technically a station local to Lake City.

History[edit]

It signed-on July 3, 1985 airing an analog signal on UHF channel 15 with the call sign W15AG. In 1997 after WGFL launched as a primary WB and secondary UPN affiliate, this station began serving as a repeater of that station. W15AG upgraded to low-power and changed its call sign to WJXE-LP in 2001. In 2002, it switched calls again to WBFL-LP and moved to VHF channel 11. In 2002, Jacksonville's longtime CBS affiliate WJXT became an Independent. During its tenure with the network, that station served as the default affiliate for much of North Central Florida.

WGFL quickly joined CBS to keep the network available in Gainesville. It also changed its on-air moniker from "WB 53" to "CBS 4" (named after the cable channel number on Cox systems). Corresponding with the network change, WGFL began broadcasting a digital signal on UHF channel 28. A second digital subchannel was established to continue a primary WB (through The WB 100+) and secondary UPN affiliation. This used the calls "WBFL" in a fictional manner (to match off-air analog channel 11) and was known on-air as "WB 10" after the cable channel location on Cox.

On January 24, 2006, UPN and The WB announced the two networks would cease broadcasting and merge. The new combined operation would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of corporate parents: CBS (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner. On February 22, News Corporation announced it would start up another new network called MyNetworkTV. This new service, which would be a sister network to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television.

MyNetworkTV was created in order to give UPN and WB stations, not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates, another option besides becoming Independent. It was also created to compete against The CW. On September 5, WMYG became a separate station and joined MyNetworkTV. The call letters stayed the same since they refer to the network and it became known on-air as "My 11" (again referring to its cable channel).

Meanwhile on September 18, ABC affiliate WCJB-TV added a new second digital subchannel of its own to be part of The CW provided through The CW Plus. WYPN-CA (a Class A repeater of WMYG) changed call letters to WYME-CA and become a separate station affiliated with MeTV. The service is a network designed for digital subchannels offering classic television sitcoms, dramas, and classic commercials from the 1950s through 1980s. WNBW added a second digital subchannel to offer a digital signal of WYME and expand its reach.

On September 25, 2013, New Age Media announced that it would sell most of its stations, including WMYG-LP and WGFL, to the Sinclair Broadcast Group.[3][4] On October 31, 2014, New Age Media requested the dismissal of its application to sell WMYG-LP;[5] the next day, Sinclair purchased the non-license assets of the stations it planned to buy from New Age Media and began operating them through a master service agreement.[6][7]

Translators[edit]

WMYG also rebroadcasts its signal to other parts of the broadcast market via translator stations located in the Gainesville area:

Station Channel PSIP Video Aspect Audio Former callsigns Notes
WNFT-LD1 15 (UHF digital) 8.1 480i 4:3 DD2.0 WNFT-LP (2007) Station is silent as of 2017[8]
WYPN-CA2 45 (UHF analog) N/A 16:9 W14CB (1994–1997)

WJXE-LP (1997–2001)

Now WYME-CD and an affiliate of Antenna TV
  1. The call-sign was used previously on WJAX-TV from 1983–1996.
  2. WYPN was formerly the UPN affiliate for the Gainesville market (joining the network on December 1, 2004).[9]

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on WMYG includes Judge Mathis, Judge Judy, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, Last Man Standing, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, and Anger Management among others.

Newscasts[edit]

WMYG formerly aired nightly newscasts from GTN News, an operation which is produced by the Independent News Network from its studios located in Little Rock, Arkansas (formerly in Davenport, Iowa), and supplemented by local reporters in the Gainesville area. Initially, newscasts at 7 pm and 10 pm were offered,[10] the weeknight 7 pm newscast only lasted for a few months while the nightly 10 pm newscast continued for a few more years until being phased out due to budget cuts in 2014.[11] The station now runs an hour block of Last Man Standing at 10 pm.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WGFL
  2. ^ September 2017 channel lineup - Gainesville Area
  3. ^ Haber, Gary (September 25, 2013). "Sinclair Broadcast Group to pay $90M for eight New Age Media TV stations". Baltimore Business Journal. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sinclair To Buy 8 New Age Stations for $90M". TVNewsCheck. September 25, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kirkpatrick, Daniel A. (October 31, 2014). "Re: New Age Media of Gainesville License, LLC…" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sinclair Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results" (PDF) (Press release). Baltimore: Sinclair Broadcast Group. November 5, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Form 10-Q". sbgi.edgarpro.com. November 10, 2014. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ FCC, Federal Communications Commission -. "Facility Details « Licensing and Management System Admin « FCC". enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov. Retrieved 2017-11-11. 
  9. ^ writer, MARINA BLOMBERG Sun staff. "Cox lineup drops WJCT; WUFT taking its place". Retrieved 2017-11-11. 
  10. ^ "Florida News Center » Blog Archive » More info on GTN…". flnewscenter.com. Retrieved 2017-11-11. 
  11. ^ Lots of changes within the Gainesville market that I didn't know about... The Changing Newscasts Blog, September 13th, 2014.
  12. ^ Group, Sinclair Broadcast. "Schedule". WGFL. Retrieved 2017-11-11. 

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