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WMBC logo 2013.png
Newton, New Jersey
United States
Branding WMBC TV 63 (general)
WMBC News (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 63 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Owner Mountain Broadcasting Corporation
Founded August 1987
First air date April 26, 1993 (25 years ago) (1993-04-26)
Call letters' meaning Mountain Broadcasting Corporation
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 63 (UHF, 1993–2009)
Transmitter power 1000 kW (Montclair)
90 kW (ESB)
Height 250 m (820 ft) (Montclair)
309 m (1,014 ft) (ESB)
Class DT
Facility ID 43952
Transmitter coordinates 40°51′53″N 74°12′2″W / 40.86472°N 74.20056°W / 40.86472; -74.20056 (Montclair)
40°44′54″N 73°59′9″W / 40.74833°N 73.98583°W / 40.74833; -73.98583 (ESB)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website wmbctv.com

WMBC-TV, virtual channel 63 (UHF digital channel 18), is an independent television station licensed to Newton, New Jersey, United States and serving the New York metropolitan area. Founded and owned by the Mountain Broadcasting Corporation (whose initials serve as the station's call letters), the station maintains studios and offices in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Its primary transmitter is located on the campus of Montclair State University, with a secondary transmitter atop the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan.

The station's lineup consists of brokered ethnic and religious programs, a weekday one-hour newscast, infomercials and children's programs to satisfy the Federal Communications Commission's "educational/informational" requirements.


Mountain Broadcasting was founded in 1985 by a group of Korean Americans, led by the Reverend Sun Young Joo of Wayne, New Jersey. The group secured a construction permit from the FCC to build channel 63 in 1987,[1] and the station began operations on April 26, 1993, with a Christian religious format, running mostly programs from FamilyNet. Later in 1993, the station also began running public domain movies and film shorts from Main Street TV, along with FamilyNet programs.

The station's logo used prior to 2006. This identification was seen from 2001 to 2006, after the September 11 attacks.

In 1996, when New York City-owned WNYC-TV (channel 31, now Ion Television owned-and-operated station WPXN-TV) dropped its ethnic, foreign-language television programming following its sale to private interests, many of these programs were picked up by WMBC-TV. WMBC also dropped FamilyNet and Main Street TV programming and began to air more infomercials and religious shows directly from ministries. By 1997, it ran a blend of religion and infomercials during the day and ethnic shows at night and on Saturdays. It was also running several hours a week of educational kids' shows, and began producing a local newscast.

WMBC had simulcast NBC's flagship station WNBC (channel 4) for XFL games. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the station temporarily broadcast WNBC.[2]

The station's logo from 2006 to 2013

WMBC had an extremely weak over-the-air signal in New York City, but with a new antenna on the Empire State Building, it can be seen more clearly. The station is also carried on most of the cable providers in that market, including Charter Spectrum and Optimum. Its signal was dropped from DirecTV's New York City local stations package on December 31, 2005; however, DirecTV resumed carriage of WMBC in early 2009.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Aspect Video PSIP short name Programming[3]
63.1 16:9 720p WMBC DT Main WMBC-TV programming[4]
63.2 4:3 480i NTDTV New Tang Dynasty Television (previously carried KBS World) [5]
63.3 Aliento Aliento Vision: Hispanic Family Network [6]

WMBC-TV also operates a Mobile DTV feed of subchannel 63.1, broadcasting at 0.92 Mbit/s. This is the lowest bitrate of any New York City television station's mobile feed.[7][8]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WMBC-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 63, on February 17, 2009, to conclude the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[9] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 18,[10] using PSIP to display WMBC-TV's virtual channel as 63 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Koreans Win TV Franchise." Associated Press, August 22, 1987.
  2. ^ Dempsey, John (September 20, 2001). "TV beams back into N.Y." Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ WMBC-DT 63-1 Accessed July 15, 2012
  5. ^ WMBC-DT 63-5 Accessed July 15, 2012
  6. ^ WMBC-DT 63-7 Accessed July 15, 2012
  7. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Mobile DTV Station Guide | www.omvcsignalmap.com". Mdtvsignalmap.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  9. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  10. ^ "CDBS Print". Fjallfoss.fcc.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 

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