WRMD-CD

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WRMD-CD
WRMD-CD Logo.png
Tampa, Florida
United States
BrandingTelemundo 49 (general)
Noticiero Telemundo 49 (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 49 (UHF)
(to move to 30 (UHF))
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
Affiliations49.1: Telemundo (O&O)
49.2: TeleXitos
OwnerNBCUniversal
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
First air dateOctober 29, 1987 (31 years ago) (1987-10-29)
Call letters' meaningW Radio Mundo
(former calls of former sister radio station WGES)
Former callsignsW57BA (1987–1994)
Former affiliationsChannel America[when?]
Transmitter power15 kW
14 kW (CP)
Height153.3 m (503 ft)
382.9 m (1,256 ft) (CP)
ClassCD
Facility ID74559
Transmitter coordinates27°56′51″N 82°27′34″W / 27.94750°N 82.45944°W / 27.94750; -82.45944
27°50′51.5″N 82°15′49.4″W / 27.847639°N 82.263722°W / 27.847639; -82.263722 (CP)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.telemundo49.com

WRMD-CD, virtual and UHF digital channel 49, is a low-powered, Class A Telemundo owned-and-operated television station licensed to Tampa, Florida, United States. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast). WRMD's studios are located on West Spruce Street in Tampa, and its transmitter is located atop the Park Tower in downtown Tampa.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on October 29, 1987, originally broadcasting on UHF channel 57 as an affiliate of Channel America. Shortly afterward, the station was acquired by ZGS Communications, which converted the station into the Tampa Bay market's new Telemundo affiliate. WRMD originally broadcast on UHF channel 57 until the early 2000s, when the station relocated to UHF channel 49, to make room for WTTA (channel 38)'s new digital signal on channel 57. In 2004, the station began to be carried on Bright House Networks' cable systems in portions of the Tampa Bay market outside of Tampa proper.

On December 4, 2017, NBCUniversal's Telemundo Station Group announced its purchase of ZGS' 13 television stations, including WRMD-CD.[1]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
49.1 1080i 16:9 WRMD CD Main WRMD-CD programming / Telemundo
49.2 480i 4:3 T-Xitos TeleXitos

Local programming[edit]

Before it launched its own newscasts, WRMD aired simulcasts of WKAQ-TV newscasts from San Juan, Puerto Rico, along with weather forecasts from Orlando sister station WTMO-CD. The station launched a weekday-only news operation on September 9, 2014, and currently runs newscasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.[3] The station also airs Spanish-language Florida Lottery drawings. On August 14, 2011, the station debuted its first locally-produced program, a lifestyle and entertainment magazine program titled Holaciudad teve!, which airs Sundays at 6 p.m.[4]

On June 11, 2018, six months after the purchase by NBCUniversal, the station launched two half-hour afternoon newscasts at 5 and 5:30 p.m. in addition to the 6 p.m. show.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Mark K. (December 4, 2017). "NBCU Adding ZGS Stations To Telemundo". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WRMD-CD
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ St. Petersburg Times: "Tampa Telemundo affiliate debuts its only local show, Holaciudad teve!, on Sunday", August 12, 2011.
  5. ^ [2]

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