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|Newton, New Jersey
|Branding||WMBC TV 63 (general)
WMBC News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 63 (PSIP)
|Owner||Mountain Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||April 26, 1993|
|Call letters' meaning||Mountain Broadcasting Corporation|
|Former channel number(s)||
|Transmitter power||1000 kW (Montclair)
90 kW (ESB)
|Height||250 m (820 ft) (Montclair)
309 m (1,014 ft) (ESB)
|Transmitter coordinates|| (Montclair)
|Public license information:||Profile
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, 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.
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 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.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Aspect||Video||PSIP short name||Programming|
|63.1||16:9||720p||WMBC DT||Main WMBC-TV programming|
|63.2||4:3||480i||NTDTV||New Tang Dynasty Television (previously carried KBS World) |
|63.3||Aliento||Aliento Vision: Hispanic Family Network |
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. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 18, 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.
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