WRFB

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WRFB
Satellite of WORA-TV, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
ABC5

Vive


Mega TV
Carolina/San Juan, Puerto Rico
CityCarolina, Puerto Rico
ChannelsDigital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
BrandingABC Puerto Rico (general)
ABC News Extra (newscasts)
Inter Online TV (on DT2)
VIVE Television (on DT3)
Telecinco (on DT4)
Mega TV (on DT5)
Programming
Affiliations5.1: ABC
5.2: Inter Online TV
5.3: VIVE / 24H
5.4: Independent
18.1: Mega TV
Ownership
OwnerTelecinco, Inc.
WORA-TV
History
FoundedOctober 2, 1989
First air date
1997 (24 years ago) (1997)
Former call signs
WDZE (1997–1998)
WZDE (1998–2001)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
52 (UHF, 1997–2009)
Digital:
51 (UHF, 2009–2017)
Virtual:
51 (PSIP, 2009–2019)
Independent (1997–2016)
DestinoTV (2013)
Telemicro (2013–2014)
Silent (2014, 2016, 2017–2019)
SuperCanal (2016–2017)
Telemundo (February–December 2019)
Call sign meaning
R&F Broadcasting (former owner)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID54443
ERP250 kW
572 MHz
HAAT273.5 m (897 ft) (STA)
311 m (1,020 ft) (CP)
Transmitter coordinates18°16′25″N 66°5′40″W / 18.27361°N 66.09444°W / 18.27361; -66.09444
Translator(s)W05DA-D 5.1 Fajardo
W05DB-D 5.1 Ponce
W29EE-D 5.1 San Lorenzo
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.abc.pr

WRFB, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 30), branded on-air as ABC Puerto Rico, is an ABC-affiliated television station serving San Juan, Puerto Rico that is licensed to Carolina. It is a full-time satellite of Mayagüez-licensed WORA-TV (channel 5) which is owned by Telecinco, Inc. WRFB's transmitter is located on Cerro Marquesa in Aguas Buenas; its parent station maintains studios on Ponce de León Avenue in Santurce, with additional studios at the Guanajibo Building in Mayagüez.

Sale to Telecinco[edit]

On June 15, 2017, WRFB sold for over $600,000 to Telecinco, Inc. through subsidiary ERA International Corporation, and after the transaction with a $30,000 deposit had been made by the buyer, this became a sister station of WORA-TV in Mayagüez. WRFB was to be used to bring ABC network programming as a satellite of WORA-DT2, and TVE programming from VIVE/WORA-DT3, expanding the coverage area. The sale of WRFB to Telecinco was completed on October 22, 2017.

Due to the passage of Hurricane Maria, WRFB went off the air on September 20. WRFB returned to the air for a brief period of testing, then went silent once again on August 19, 2018. After months off the air, the station returned to the air on February 22, 2019 as a repeater for WORA-TV and switched its virtual channel position from channel 51 to channel 5.

Owners[edit]

  • 1997–2001: Rickyn Sanchez (VTK PR, Inc.)
  • 1998–2001: ZDE-TV Broadcasting, Inc.
  • 1999–2002: Pegasus Communications (WZDE Licensee, Inc.)
  • 2001–2017: R&F Broadcasting
  • July–October 2013: Destino Media Group (Destino Network)
  • 2017–2018: ERA International Corporation
  • 2018–present: Telecinco, Inc.

Branding[edit]

  • 1997–1999: MusicaVisión
  • 2000–2001: VTK
  • 2001–2003: WRFB-TV Canal 52
  • 2003–2013: Videomax
  • 2013: My Destino TV
  • 2013–2014: Telemicro Internacional
  • 2014–2016: Videomax Canal 51
  • 2016–2017: SuperCanal
  • 2017–2019: Telecinco / WORA Televisión
  • 2019-2020: ABC 5 Puerto Rico
  • 2020–present: ABC Puerto Rico

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1] Stations
5.1 720p 16:9 ABC-PR Simulcast of WORA-TV / ABC WRFB,
W05DA-D,
W05DB-D,
W29EE-D
5.2 UIA-TV Simulcast of WORA-DT2 / Inter Online TV
5.3 480i VIVE Simulcast of WORA-DT3 / VIVE Televisión / 24H
5.4 720p Tele5.4 Simulcast of WORA-DT4 / Telecinco
18.1 MEGA-TV Simulcast of WTCV / Mega TV

On June 12, 2009, WRFB signed off its analog signal and completed its move to digital.

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