WZBJ-CD

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WZBJ-CD
Translator of WZBJ, Danville, Virginia
WZBJ24.png
Lynchburg/Roanoke, Virginia
United States
CityLynchburg, Virginia
ChannelsDigital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
BrandingWZBJ 24
Programming
Subchannels24.1: MyNetworkTV
24.2: Cozi TV
24.3: DecadesDabl (soon)
AffiliationsMyNetworkTV (2018–present)
Ownership
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
WDBJ, WZBJ
History
First air date
January 1991 (30 years ago) (1991-01)
Former call signs
W19BC (1991–2000)
WTLU-CA (2000–2012)
WTLU-LD (2007–2012)
WTLU-CD (2012–2015)
WLHG-CD (2015–2018)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
19 (UHF, 1991–2004)
50 (UHF, 2004–2012)
Digital:
43 (PSIP, 2010–2018)
43 (UHF, 2010–2019)
Analog/CD1:
FamilyNet (January–September 1991)
Religious (September 1991–2018)
CD2:
Heroes & Icons (June–September 2018)
Call sign meaning
Disambiguation of WDBJ
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID168095
ClassCD
ERP15 kW
HAAT190.4 m (625 ft)
Transmitter coordinates37°21′33.5″N 79°9′32″W / 37.359306°N 79.15889°W / 37.359306; -79.15889
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.wdbj7.com/page/wzbj24/

WZBJ-CD, UHF digital channel 19, is a low-powered, Class A television station licensed to Lynchburg, Virginia, United States and also serving Roanoke. It is a translator of Danville-licensed MyNetworkTV affiliate WZBJ (channel 24) which is owned by Gray Television; the WZBJ stations collectively serve as a sister outlet to Roanoke-licensed CBS affiliate WDBJ (channel 7). WZBJ-CD's transmitter is located on Candlers Mountain near the campus of the station's former owner, Liberty University; its parent station shares studios with WDBJ on Hershberger Road in northwest Roanoke.

History[edit]

The station first came on the air in January 1991 as W19BC channel 19, a translator station for FamilyNet, a network owned at the time by Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell. On September 1, 1991, W19BC began originating programming and became a 24/7 local LPTV station. In 2000, it changed its callsign to WTLU-CA. The station previously branded itself as HopeNow.tv. The station's digital transmitter, WTLU-LD on channel 43, signed on in 2010; in 2012, the analog WTLU-CA transmitter went dark, and its Class A status was transferred to the digital license as WTLU-CD. The call letters changed to WLHG-CD in 2015.

On April 30, 2018, Gray Television announced it would purchase WLHG-CD from Liberty University for $50,000. Under the terms of the transaction, Gray would hold an option agreement to acquire WFFP-TV, and enter into a shared services agreement (to take effect on June 15), whereby Gray would provide programming for and receive a share of the programming and advertising revenue accrued by WLHG-CD and WFFP, which would in turn become sister stations to Gray's existing property in the Roanoke–Lynchburg market, CBS affiliate WDBJ, a station that shares its physical channel spectrum with WFFP.[1][2]

Gray took control of WLHG-CD as scheduled on June 15. On the same day, it began simulcasting WDBJ's MyNetworkTV subchannel "My 19" on WLHG-CD. While the station moved to Gray's control, the station's PSIP virtual channel system was not in use, rendering WLHG-CD's channels temporarily as 43.3 and 43.4. On September 1, 2018, the call letters were changed to WZBJ-CD, and it began sharing virtual channel 24 with the full-power WZBJ license (which concurrently changed call letters from WFFP-TV).

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
24.1 1080i 16:9 WZBJ-CD Simulcast of WZBJ / MyNetworkTV
24.2 480i Cozi Cozi TV
24.3 Decades DecadesDabl (soon)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobson, Adam (April 30, 2018). "Gray: At Liberty To Expand In Virginia". Radio-Television Business Report. Streamline-RBR, Inc. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Station Trading Roundup: 7 Deals, $571.7M". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WZBJ-CD

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