|Channels||Digital: 43 (UHF)|
(to move to 19 (UHF))
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
24.2 Cozi TV
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||January 1991|
|Call letters' meaning||Disambiguation of WDBJ|
|Sister station(s)||WDBJ, WZBJ|
|Former callsigns||W19BC (1991–2000)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
19 (UHF, 1991–2004)
50 (UHF, 2004–2012)
43 (PSIP, 2010–2018)
|Former affiliations||Religious (2007–2018)|
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Height||189 m (620 ft)|
|Public license information|
(translator of WZBJ, Danville, Virginia) Profile
(translator of WZBJ, Danville, Virginia) CDBS
WZBJ-CD, virtual channel 24 (UHF digital channel 43), is a low-powered, Class A television station licensed to Lynchburg, Virginia, United States and also serving Roanoke. Owned by Gray Television, it is a translator of Danville-licensed MyNetworkTV affiliate WZBJ (channel 24); the WZBJ stations collectively serve as a sister outlet to Roanoke-licensed CBS affiliate WDBJ (channel 7). WDBJ and WZBJ share studios on Hershberger Road in northwest Roanoke; WZBJ-CD's transmitter is located on Candlers Mountain near the campus of the station's former owner, Liberty University.
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.
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).
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|24.1||1080i||16:9||WLHG-CD||Main WZBJ-CD programming / MyNetworkTV (simulcast of WZBJ)|
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WZBJ
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for WZBJ-CD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WZBJ-CD