WVBG-LD

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WVBG-LD
Translator of WYBN-LD,
Cobleskill, New York
Channels
Programming
Affiliations25.1: Buzzr
25.2: Fun Roads
25.3: This TV
25.4: Retro TV
25.5: Rev'n
25.6: Classic Reruns TV
25.7: Action TV
25.8: NewsNet
Ownership
OwnerWireless Access, LLC
History
First air date
1968 (in Gilboa, Prattsville, and Roxbury)
August 27, 1998; 24 years ago (1998-08-27) (in Albany)
Former call signs
W04AS (1968–October 1997)
W25CF (October–December 1997)
WVBG-LP (1998–2021)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
4 (VHF, 1968–1998)
25 (UHF, 1998–2008)
41 (UHF, 2008–2021)
NET (as translator, 1968–1970)
PBS (as translator, 1970–1997)
Dark (1997−August 1998 and 2003−2011)
Independent (August–October 1998, 2000−2001, and 2011–2021)
UPN (October 1998–2000)
RSN (2001–2003)
Call sign meaning
Vision 3 Broadcasting Group (former owner)[1]
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID74018
ClassLD
ERP15 kW
HAAT159.4 m (523 ft)
Transmitter coordinates42°32′26.9″N 73°58′23.3″W / 42.540806°N 73.973139°W / 42.540806; -73.973139 (WVBG-LD)
Links
Public license information
LMS

WVBG-LD, virtual channel 25 (UHF digital channel 17), is a low-power Buzzr-affiliated television station licensed to Greenwich, New York, United States. The station is owned by Wireless Access, LLC, a group of rural telephone companies in Upstate New York and Vermont, and operates as a translator of Cobleskill-licensed WYBN-LD (channel 14). WVBG-LD's transmitter is located in Clarksville, New York.

History[edit]

What is now WVBG-LD has its origins in a translator station on channel 4 serving Gilboa, Prattsville, and Roxbury, operated by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of the Third Supervisory District of Delaware, Greene, and Schoharie counties and carrying programming from WMHT in Schenectady, WCNY-TV in Syracuse, and WNDT in New York City.[2] The station, which was granted its construction permit in 1966,[2] went on the air two years later as W04AS.[3] On February 8, 1991, the Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES transferred the station to the WSKG Public Telecommunications Council;[4] by this point, W04AS was a translator for WSKG-TV in Binghamton.

On May 17, 1996, WSKG filed an application to move W04AS to channel 25 in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, New York, with a transmitter located on the Helderberg Escarpment.[5] That July, Vision 3 Broadcasting announced that it would purchase W04AS and operate the station as the flagship of a group of three low-power television stations in the Capital District, along with W83AL (channel 83) in Andes (which would have also been acquired from WSKG and be converted into W21BU channel 21 in Hudson, Catskill, and Chatham) and W02CJ (channel 2) in Manchester, Vermont (which was acquired from Ronald and Jan Morlino, two of Vision 3's principals, and converted to W39CE channel 39 in Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, Easton, and Hudson Falls).[6] The channel 21 signal was dropped from the network by 1997 after it was determined that its coverage area could be served with the channel 25 signal; by then, the group (which, despite each station operating on different channels, was branded simply "TV 25") also included W49BU (channel 49) in Manchester, Vermont.[7] The move to channel 25 was granted a construction permit on October 2, 1997[5] and issued the call sign W25CF;[8] on November 5, Vision 3's parent company Sharp Vision completed its purchase of the station from WSKG.[9] The call letters were changed to WVBG-LP on December 12, 1997.[10]

Because of the delay in receiving the construction permit, channel 25 was the last of the three stations to go on the air; W39CE (later renamed WVBX-LP; now WEPT-CD channel 15 in Newburgh) signed on in December 1997,[1] and W49BU (later renamed WVBK-LP; now WHNH-CD channel 2) went on in March 1998,[11] with WVBG itself debuting on August 27, 1998.[12] Initially an independent station,[13] WVBG and its satellites became a UPN affiliate on October 5, 1998;[14] it already carried the UPN Kids block,[13] but the network's primetime programming had previously been seen in the Capital District through secondary affiliations with Fox affiliate WXXA-TV (channel 23)[13] and Pax station WYPX (channel 55),[15] as well as cable carriage of WSBK-TV from Boston.[14][15] However, from its inception, the station could not get carriage on Time Warner Cable,[13] which chose to continue its carriage of WSBK;[14] this was despite acquiring several sports packages, including Big East football and basketball, the Boston Red Sox (the telecasts of which were dropped following a territorial complaint by the New York Yankees),[16] and the Boston Celtics.[17]

WVBG-LP changed its city of license to Greenwich, New York on April 22, 1999 (Greenwich had earlier been added as a fourth city of license after Albany, Schenectady, and Troy); this helped Vision 3 win must-carry rights in Washington County on December 3, 1999.[18][19] However, the UPN affiliation ended at the start of 2000 when cable-only "WEDG-TV" (known later as "UPN 4") signed on as a joint operation between Time Warner Cable and WXXA.[20] WVBG would then revert to being an independent station, heavily emphasizing its status as a primarily over-the-air station;[21] that June, Vision 3 put WVBG and WVBX up for sale,[22] and by 2001 much of the station's schedule was taken up by Resort Sports Network programming.[23]

On June 28, 2001,[24] WVBG-LP was sold to Wireless Access, a group of telephone companies in the region, as part of plans to introduce wireless Internet service.[25] However, the plan was never implemented,[25] and by early 2003 channel 25 had gone off the air;[26] it returned a year later airing color bars.[25] On September 2, 2005, WVBG was granted a construction permit to move to channel 41.[25] The station lost its transmitter site lease on November 30, 2006, forcing the station off-the-air[27] until getting special temporary authority to operate from a new location in Clarksville (the proposed site for the channel 41 operation) a year later.[28] Broadcasting on channel 25 ended on August 10, 2008;[29] on September 3, the station filed for a license to cover construction of the channel 41 facility.[30] On September 15, 2009, WVBG was granted a construction permit to flash cut to digital operation; this facility will change the station's city of license back to Albany and return the transmitter to the Helderberg Escarpment.[31][32] WVBG lost access to its tower in Clarksville on April 8, 2010, due to an ownership dispute involving the tower, forcing the station to suspend broadcasting;[33] it returned to the air on April 6, 2011, from another nearby tower under special temporary authority.[34][35]

Subchannels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[36]
25.1 480i 4:3 YBNBUZR Buzzr
25.2 YBNCOZI Fun Roads
25.3 YBNTHIS This TV
25.4 YBNNEWS Retro TV
25.5 YBNREV Rev'n
25.6 YBNRTO Classic Reruns TV
25.7 YBNLATV Action TV
25.8 YBNSPRT NewsNet

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Owen, Rob (December 9, 1997). "`Daily' takes shot at the whole year". Albany Times-Union. p. D6. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "New York counties get 12 translators" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 12, 1966. p. 47. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. August 26, 1968. p. 73. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (WVBG-LD, 1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Application Search Details (WVBG-LD, 2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (July 22, 1996). "Trio of towers to beam new regional TV station". The Business Review. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Carr Smyth, Julie (June 25, 1997). "Fifth TV signal eyes large-scale debut in region". Albany Times Union. p. E1. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "Application Search Details (WVBG-LD, 3)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Mass Media Bureau Call Sign Actions" (TXT). Federal Communications Commission. December 19, 1997.
  11. ^ Owen, Rob (March 27, 1998). "WVBG channels make slow debut". Albany Times-Union. p. D4. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  12. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (August 31, 1998). "Most powerful of low-power trio of TV stations goes on air". The Business Review. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  13. ^ a b c d Owen, Rob (August 14, 1997). "Cable systems may not carry new TV station". Albany Times-Union. p. D4. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c McGuire, Mark (September 30, 1998). "Channel 25 is now affiliated with UPN". Albany Times-Union. p. D6. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  15. ^ a b McGuire, Mark (September 4, 1998). "Pax TV, UPN form contradictory alliance". Albany Times-Union. p. D1. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  16. ^ Dougherty, Pete (September 18, 1998). "WVBG forced to stop showing Red Sox games". Albany Times-Union. p. C2. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  17. ^ Dougherty, Pete (February 19, 1999). "WVBG shoots airballs on two Celtics' telecasts". Albany Times-Union. p. C8. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  18. ^ Johnson, William H. (December 3, 1999). "In the Matter of: Complaint of Vision 3 Broadcasting, Inc. Against Time Warner Cable Request for Carriage" (TXT). Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  19. ^ McGuire, Mark (December 4, 1999). "FCC ruling helps WVBG". Albany Times-Union. p. D7. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  20. ^ McGuire, Mark (November 17, 1999). "WVBG hurt by UPN deal". Albany Times-Union. p. D5. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  21. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (February 14, 2000). "WVBG/TV 25 proving there is life after UPN". The Business Review. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  22. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (June 12, 2000). "Vt. owner puts independent WVBG/TV 25 on the block". The Business Review. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  23. ^ McGuire, Mark (February 14, 2001). "Westminster purebreeds pure ratings for USA". Albany Times-Union. p. D1. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  24. ^ "Application Search Details (WVBG-LD, 4)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  25. ^ a b c d Pinckney, Barbara (September 6, 2005). "Low-power TV station gets construction permit for new transmitter". The Business Review. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  26. ^ "CapitalGold Dial Guide SoundBoard". May 23, 2003. Archived from the original on May 18, 2004. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  27. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 4, 2006. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  28. ^ "Engineering STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 19, 2007. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  29. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. August 20, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  30. ^ "APPLICATION FOR A LOW POWER TV, TV TRANSLATOR OR TV BOOSTER STATION LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 3, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  31. ^ "APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO CONSTRUCT OR MAKE CHANGES IN A LOW POWER TV, TV TRANSLATOR OR TV BOOSTER STATION". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 15, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  32. ^ "DIGITAL LOW POWER TELEVISION/TELEVISION TRANSLATOR BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 15, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  33. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 9, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  34. ^ "Engineering STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  35. ^ "Resumption of Operations". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 7, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  36. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WVBG

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