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Magee/Jackson/Hattiesburg/Meridian, Mississippi
United States
City Magee, Mississippi
Channels Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 34 (PSIP)
Subchannels 34.1 TBN
34.2 Hillsong Channel
34.3 JUCE TV/Smile of a Child
34.4 Enlace
34.5 TBN Salsa
Affiliations TBN (O&O; 2013–present)
Owner Trinity Broadcasting Network
(Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc.)
Founded January 2006
First air date February 8, 2006; 11 years ago (2006-02-08)
Call letters' meaning Roberts
Broadcasting of
(reference to former owner)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
34 (UHF, 2006–2009)
Former affiliations UPN (2006)
The CW (2006–2013)
Transmitter power 968 kW
Height 374.6 m (1,229 ft)
Facility ID 136749
Transmitter coordinates 32°7′19″N 89°32′52″W / 32.12194°N 89.54778°W / 32.12194; -89.54778 (WRBJ)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.tbn.org

WRBJ-TV is a TBN owned-and-operated television station licensed to Magee, Mississippi, United States, serving the Jackson, Hattiesburg and Meridian television markets. Owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network, it broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 34 (also the station's virtual channel via PSIP) from a transmitter near Raleigh, Mississippi, in the Bienville National Forest.


WRBJ began broadcasting as a UPN affiliate via Time Warner Cable on January 5, 2006, and over-the-air broadcasting began on February 8. On March 21, 2006, it was announced that WRBJ would join the new CW Television Network, and on September 18, WRBJ became a CW affiliate. The station was founded by St. Louis-based Roberts Broadcasting.

Ironically, the call letters WRBJ were assigned briefly to WDBT radio (now WFOR) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi's first radio station. Only since September 2006 when Roberts Broadcasting bought out Urban radio station WRJH did those call letters return to the market.

On March 31, 2011, WRBJ's license was initially cancelled by the FCC for failure to file for either a license to cover or an extension of its digital construction permit (the license for sister station WZRB in Columbia, South Carolina was initially cancelled for the same reasons two days earlier). However, Roberts Broadcasting filed an appeal, stating that the licenses to cover were improperly filed upon the digital transition. The FCC agreed, and reinstated the licenses of the two stations on April 19. Roberts had to file for new licenses to cover.

On October 22, 2012, Roberts announced that it had sold WRBJ to Trinity Broadcasting Network.[1] The Christian broadcaster was previously available in the Jackson area on low-powered WJKO-LP, which was later sold to the Daystar Television Network. The sale was approved by a bankruptcy court on January 17, 2013, and TBN officially took over operational control of WRBJ five months later, on May 24, 2013.[2][3] CW network programming would not be seen in the Jackson area until WJTV-DT2 picked up the CW in September 2013.

Despite having stopped broadcasting CW programming on May 24, 2013, WRBJ's website remained operational for a year afterward.

On July 17, 2013, the station's call sign was modified with the addition of a -TV suffix.

Digital television[edit]

This station's digital signal, like most other full-service TBN owned-and-operated stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
34.1 480i 4:3 TBN Main TBN programming
34.2 TCC Hillsong Channel
34.3 COMBO JUCE TV/Smile
34.4 Enlace Enlace
34.5 SALSA TBN Salsa

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.[4]

WRBJ shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 34, on January 16, 2009.[5] The station "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation UHF channel 34.


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