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|Key West, Florida
|Slogan||La Mega Se Pega|
|Channels||Digital: 3 (VHF)
Virtual: 22 (PSIP)
|Translators||WSBS-CD 50 Miami|
|Owner||Spanish Broadcasting System
(WSBS Licensing, Inc.)
|First air date||October 2, 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||Spanish Broadcasting System|
|Sister station(s)||WRMA, WCMQ-FM, WXDJ|
|Former channel number(s)||
|Transmitter power||1 kW (45kW CP)
15kW @ -1° for WSBS-CD
|Height||WSBS-TV: 54 m (177 ft)
WSBS-CD: 237.3 m (779 ft)
|Facility ID||72053 (WSBS-TV)
|Public license information:||Profile
WSBS-TV, virtual channel 22 (VHF digital channel 3), is a Mega TV owned-and-operated television station located in Key West, Florida, United States. It serves as the flagship station of owner Spanish Broadcasting System. WSBS maintains studio facilities located on Northwest 77th Avenue in Miami, and its transmitter is located on Bahama and Simonton Streets in Key West. The station's signal is relayed on low-power translator station, WSBS-CD, UHF channel 50 (virtual channel 22.1), in Miami.
The station was originally licensed as WYDH on October 2, 1989; the calls were changed to WEYS on October 11, 1989, and the station itself first signed on the air in June 1993. WSBS-TV has had numerous callsign changes over the years. This has caused much confusion, both among viewers and writers. In many places, the station is still referred to as WEYS TeleNoticias, and WDLP Licensing, Inc. remained the licensee for several months after the call change to WSBS-TV. Some of these calls have been reused by low-power repeater stations, themselves often subject to similar callsign shuffles (for instance, the WDLP callsign is currently used by a repeater for rival WGEN-TV). On April 4, 2003, the station changed its call letters to WGEN-TV; it was then changed to WDLP-TV on November 24 of that year. The current WSBS-TV call letters were first adopted on July 1, 2004, before reverting to the WDLP-TV callsign on September 28, 2004. Prior to 2005, the station was co-owned with another Key West station, WGEN-TV, under the ownership of Sonia Broadcasting.
On March 1, 2006, the station became a charter station of Mega TV when the network was launched, and changed its callsign back to the previous WSBS-TV letters. Its original slate of programming includes productions aimed at young Hispanic viewers. Mega TV's format follows a very similar pattern traced by rival Telemundo station WSCV (channel 51) and Univision station WLTV (channel 25) decades earlier: by creating its own television personalities.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|22.1||1080i||16:9||WSBS DT||Main WSBS-TV programming / Mega TV|
WSBS-TV terminated its analog signal, on UHF channel 22, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 3. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WSBS-TV's virtual channel as 22. WSBS is one of the only television stations in the United States to operate its digital signal on the VHF low band, which is especially rare on channels 2 to 4 (54-72 MHz), due to interference that the band is subjected to. It chose to keep this channel in the first round of the digital channel elections.
WSBS-CA (analog UHF channel 50), which lists "Miami, etc." as its city of license, flash cut its signal to digital in early 2010, and accordingly changed its callsign to WSBS-CD. This station has a Class A broadcast license, meaning that although it is low-power, it has protection from RF interference as full-power stations do. Like the main station, it uses virtual channel 22.1, as it is likely just an RF passthrough with no demodulation. Its transmitter is located in the Andover section of Miami Gardens, immediately south of the tower facility that is used by several other Miami area television stations, and has a directional antenna that aims mostly southeast and southwest, covering far northeastern Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami and far southeastern Broward County, up to just south of Fort Lauderdale.