WRTD-CD
Telemundo Raleigh 2019.webp
Raleigh, North Carolina
United States
ChannelsDigital: 15 (UHF)
(shared with WRAZ[1])
Virtual: 54
BrandingTelemundo Raleigh
Programming
AffiliationsTelemundo (2018–present; also 2005–2010)
Ownership
OwnerTelemundo Station Group
(Comcast/NBCUniversal)
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
History
Founded1991 (31 years ago) (1991)
Former call signs
W60BT (1991–1999)
WHOA-LP (1999–2005)
WZGS-CA (2005–2013)
WZGS-CD (2013–2018)
Former channel number(s)
Digital:
44 (UHF, 2013–2018)
49 (UHF, 2018–2019)
Virtual:
44 (PSIP, 2013–2018)
America's Store (c. 2002–2003)
Independent (2010–2018)
Call sign meaning
Raleigh/Research Triangle Telemundo
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID41095
ERP805.4 kW
HAAT607 m (1,991 ft)
Transmitter coordinates35°40′29″N 78°31′39″W / 35.67472°N 78.52750°W / 35.67472; -78.52750
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS

WRTD-CD, virtual channel 54 (UHF digital channel 15), is a Class A Telemundo owned-and-operated television station licensed to Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. The station is owned by the Telemundo Station Group subsidiary of NBCUniversal. Under a channel sharing agreement, WRTD-CD shares transmitter facilities with Fox affiliate WRAZ (channel 50, owned by locally based Capitol Broadcasting Company) near Auburn, North Carolina.

Despite WRTD-CD legally holding a low-power Class A license, it transmits using WRAZ's full-power spectrum. This ensures complete reception across the Research Triangle television market (Raleigh−DurhamChapel HillFayetteville).

History

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The station signed on in 1991 as W60BT. Its call sign was changed to WHOA-LP in 1999, and to WZGS-CA in 2005.

WZGS-CA went silent on April 1, 2010, due to losing its first affiliation with the Spanish-language Telemundo network.[2] It then became an independent station, airing English, Spanish and Portuguese programming. Telemundo returned to North Carolina in June 2017 on the second digital subchannel of Charlotte's WSOC-TV (channel 9).

WZGS-CA resumed broadcasting on March 25, 2011.[3] The station changed its call sign to WZGS-CD on May 31, 2013.[4]

On December 4, 2017, NBCUniversal's Telemundo Station Group announced its purchase of ZGS Communications' 13 television stations, including WZGS-CD. The sale marks NBCUniversal's re-entry into the Raleigh–Durham market, as they owned WNCN (channel 17) from 1996 to 2006 (it is now a CBS affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group).[5] The sale was completed on July 20, 2018.[6] NBCUniversal changed the station's call letters to WRTD-CD[7] on July 25, 2018;[4] the station also rejoined Telemundo.

Subchannel

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming [8]
54.1 480i 16:9 WRTD-CD Telemundo

References

  1. ^ "WZGS / WRAZ Channel Share Agreement" (PDF). Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. April 27, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 25, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
  3. ^ "Resumption of Operations". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 30, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Call Sign History (WRTD-CD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  5. ^ Miller, Mark K. (December 4, 2017). "NBCU Adding ZGS Stations To Telemundo". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WRTD-CD RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved July 31, 2018.