WWHB-CD
ATSC 3.0 station
WWHB Azteca 48 logo.png
CityStuart, Florida
Channels
BrandingAzteca 48
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
History
FoundedMarch 8, 1984 (1984-03-08)
First air date
January 11, 1991
(31 years ago)
 (1991-01-11)
Former call signs
  • W16AR (1990–1995)
  • WTCN-LP (1995–2001)
  • WTCN-CA (2001–2003)
  • WWHB-CA (2003–2019)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 16 (UHF, 1991–2001)
  • 15 (UHF, 2001–2002)
  • 14 (UHF, 2002–2003)
  • 48 (UHF, 2003–2012)
  • Digital:
  • 48 (UHF, 2012–2019)
Independent (1991–1999)
The WB (1999–2002)
Call sign meaning
Named for former owner William H. Block
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID63557
ERP15 kW
HAAT292.5 m (960 ft)
Transmitter coordinates27°1′32″N 80°10′41.9″W / 27.02556°N 80.178306°W / 27.02556; -80.178306
Translator(s)WTVX-DT 34.2 (UHF) Fort Pierce
Links
Public license information
Websiteazteca48.com

WWHB-CD (virtual channel 48, UHF channel 33) is a low-power, Class A Azteca América-affiliated television station serving West Palm Beach, Florida, United States, that is licensed to Stuart. Owned by Hunt Valley, Maryland–based Sinclair Broadcast Group, it is a sister station to CBS affiliate WPEC (channel 12), CW affiliate WTVX (channel 34), and Class A MyNetworkTV affiliate WTCN-CD (channel 43). The stations share studios on Fairfield Drive in Mangonia Park, Florida (with a West Palm Beach postal address), while WWHB-CD's transmitter is located southwest of Hobe Sound, Florida.

Due to WWHB's Class A status, the station's low-powered directional antenna pattern prevents it from reaching Vero Beach (to the north) and Boca Raton (to the south). To expand the broadcasting radius, WWHB is simulcast in standard definition on WTVX's second digital subchannel (34.2) from a transmitter southwest of Palm City.

WWHB-CD is the ATSC 3.0 (Next Gen TV) transmitter for West Palm Beach, hosting its main subchannel and the four major network stations. In exchange, its subchannels are broadcast on four full-power stations in the market.

History

WWHB began broadcasting on January 11, 1991 as an independent with the call sign W16AR. It was located on UHF channel 16 and was licensed to Stuart.[2] Retired businessman August Gabriel began the station with $200,000 and three employees.[3][4] It changed its call sign to WTCN-LP in 1995. From October 1996 until February 1997, it briefly produced a local morning show known as Good Morning Treasure Coast that was hosted by Tom Teter. Ed Birchfield also briefly hosted a 7 p.m. Treasure Coast News program from February to July 1997.[5][6]

The station moved to UHF channel 15 in 2001 (when it converted to Class A and changed its calls to WTCN-CA in February of that year) and then to UHF channel 14 in 2002.[7] It added a translator on UHF channel 53 in order to reach West Palm Beach.[8] On January 15, 2003, the station changed its calls to the current WWHB-CA and switched to UHF channel 43. This aired from a transmitter at the western boundary of Johnathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County southwest of Jupiter Island.

Martin County businessman Bill Brothers purchased the station in 2001. It was Brothers who revitalized the station creating the first Hispanic language local television service for the West Palm Beach market. Rebuilding the broadcasting facilities together with his sister station WTCN, WWHB served the Treasure Coast's rapidly growing Hispanic population.[9] In 2005, Viacom bought WWHB and sister station WTCN (channel 43) from Brothers for $7.7 million.[10] Viacom moved the studios back to West Palm Beach and improved the station's signal.[11]

WWHB's logo, 2007-2012
WWHB's logo, 2007-2012

On February 7, 2007, CBS agreed to sell seven of its smaller-market stations to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., for $185 million.[12] Cerberus then formed a new holding company for the stations, Four Points Media Group, which took over the operation of the stations through local marketing agreements in late-June 2007.[1] The deal closed on January 10, 2008. Although the URL for the WWHB website has not changed since the sale to Four Points, it now redirects to a separate section of WTVX's website. As of February 25, 2008, the station is now being operated out of Four Points' hub station KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On September 8, 2011, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intent to purchase Four Points from Cerberus Capital Management for $200 million; Sinclair began managing the stations, including WWHB-CA, under local marketing agreements following antitrust approval.[13] The deal with Sinclair acquiring Four Points was completed on January 3, 2012.[14]

Subchannels

Subchannels provided by WWHB-CD (ATSC 1.0)[15]
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming ATSC 1.0 host
48.1 1080i 16:9 WWHB Main WWHB-CD programming / Azteca América WTVX
48.2 480i CHARGE Charge! WPEC
48.3 4:3 Stadium WFLX
48.4 Rewind TV WPBF
Subchannels of WWHB-CD (ATSC 3.0)[15]
Channel Video Short name Programming
5.1 1080p WPTV WPTV-TV 5.1 / NBC
12.1 1080p WPEC WPEC 12.1 / CBS
25.1 1080p WPBF WPBF 25.1 / ABC
29.1 720p WFLX WFLX 29.1 / Fox
48.1 1080p WWHB-CD Azteca América

References

  1. ^ Miller, Mark K. (August 23, 2019). "Sinclair Closes $10.6B Disney RSN Purchase". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheckMedia. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Betcher, Bob (June 5, 1996). "Owner signing off at local TV station". The Stuart News. Stuart, Florida. p. B3. Retrieved June 5, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Martin, Paul D. (May 12, 1991). "Stuart TV pushing for cable access". The Palm Beach Post. West Palm Beach, Florida. p. 1B, 4B. Retrieved June 5, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Pulliam, Nisha (August 30, 1993). "People to Watch: August Gabriel". The Palm Beach Post. West Palm Beach, Florida. p. 3D. Retrieved June 5, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Betcher, Bob (February 2, 1997). "Stuart's WTCN moves its daily show to evenings". The Stuart News. Stuart, Florida. p. TVPastime 1, 5. Retrieved June 5, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Betcher, Bob (July 8, 1997). "Lack of sponsors drives local newscast off air". The Stuart News. Stuart, Florida. p. C2. Retrieved June 5, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Betcher, Bob (May 26, 2002). "Stuart's WTCN on the move again—to Channel 14". The Stuart News. Stuart, Florida. p. TVPastime 5. Retrieved June 5, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Betcher, Bob (August 15, 2001). "Stuart's WTCN has expanded into PB County". The Stuart News. Stuart, Florida. p. D8. Retrieved June 5, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Betcher, Bob (October 8, 2002). "Area to get first all-Spanish television station". St. Lucie News Tribune. Fort Pierce, Florida. p. A1. Retrieved June 5, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Betcher, Bob (April 17, 2005). "WTCN's Brothers cashes out as Viacom beefs up station". The Stuart News. Stuart, Florida. p. TVPastime 5. Retrieved June 5, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Betcher, Bob (June 26, 2005). "WTCN moving to West Palm, likely will become WB station". The Stuart News. Stuart, Florida. p. TVPastime 5. Retrieved June 5, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "CBS Corporation Completes Sale of Local TV Stations to Cereberus". Archived from the original on January 20, 2008. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Sinclair Buys Four Points Media For $200M". tvnewscheck.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Sinclair Closes Four Points Media Acquisition". TVNewsCheck. January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  15. ^ a b RabbitEars TV Query for WWHB-CD