WRFB

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WRFB
(semi-satellite of WORA-TV,
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)
Carolina/San Juan, Puerto Rico
CityCarolina, Puerto Rico
BrandingTelecinco
SloganTelevisión de Calidad
ChannelsDigital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 51 (PSIP)
Subchannels51.1 ABC
(repeater of WORA-DT2)
51.2 VIVE
(repeater of WORA-DT3)
AffiliationsABC (2017–present)
OwnerTelecinco, Inc.
FoundedOctober 2, 1989
First air date1997 (22 years ago) (1997)
Call letters' meaningR&F Broadcasting (former owner)
Sister station(s)WORA-TV
Former callsignsWDZE (1997–1998)
WZDE (1998–2001)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
52 (UHF, 1997–2009)
Digital:
51 (UHF, 2009–2017)
Former affiliationsIndependent (1997–2016)
DestinoTV (2013)
Telemicro (2013–2014)
Silent (2014, 2016)
SuperCanal (2016–2017)
Transmitter power40 kW (STA)
250 kW (CP)
Height273.5 m (897 ft) (STA)
311 m (1,020 ft) (CP)
Facility ID54443
Transmitter coordinates18°16′25″N 66°5′40″W / 18.27361°N 66.09444°W / 18.27361; -66.09444
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
(
semi-satellite of WORA-TV,
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) Profile

(
semi-satellite of WORA-TV,
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) CDBS
Websitewww.abc5.tv
www.vivetvpr.com

WRFB, virtual channel 51 (UHF digital channel 30), is an ABC-affiliated television station serving San Juan, Puerto Rico that is licensed to Carolina. Owned by Telecinco, Inc., it serves as a semi-satellite of Mayagüez-licensed WORA-TV (channel 5), relaying its second and third digital subchannels. WRFB's transmitter is located on Cerro Marquesa in Aguas Buenas.

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.

WRFB-DT2 broadcasts Vive, with a mix of Spanish programming.

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–present: Telecinco

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
51.1 720p 16:9 ABC-PR Main WRFB programming / ABC / WORA-DT2
51.2 VIVE-TV VIVE Televisión / WORA-DT3

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

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