WZXZ-CD
CityOrlando, Florida
Channels
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
OwnerL4 Media Group, LLC
History
First air date
1989 (33 years ago) (1989)
Former call signs
W11BM (1987–2001)
WZXZ-LP (2001–2002)
WZXZ-CA (2002–2015)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
11 (VHF, 1989–2002)
36 (UHF, 2002–2015)
Digital:
36 (UHF, 2015-2020)
Virtual:
20
The Box (1989–2001)
MTV2 (2001–2004, 2006)
Mas Musica (2004–2006)
Religious infomercials (2006-2007)
Screen saver (2007)
Color bars (January–September 2008)
Caribevision (2008–2012)
América Tevé (2012–2014)
Soul of the South
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID70415
ClassCD
ERP1 kW
Transmitter coordinates28°34′6.70″N 81°13′54.50″W / 28.5685278°N 81.2318056°W / 28.5685278; -81.2318056 (WZXZ-CD)
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Public license information

WZXZ-CD, virtual channel 36 (UHF digital channel 20), is a low-powered, Class A television station licensed to Orlando, Florida, United States. The station is owned by the L4 Media Group.

History

The station originally signed on as an affiliate of The Box. Following The Box's acquisition by Viacom in 2001, it began carrying programming from MTV2. In 2005, Viacom sold WZXZ to L4 Media Group.[1]

From 2004 to late summer of 2006, WZXZ carried the Spanish music video channel Mas Musica, now known as MTV Tr3́s. However, when Mas Musica became MTV Tr3́s, WZXZ resumed simulcast of MTV2 for a short period of time, rather than picking up MTV Tr3́s, for unknown reasons.

For some part of later 2006, it had shown a repeated loop of a religious infomercial. This was the last actual programming shown on the channel. For most of 2007, the station was broadcasting nothing but the screensaver from a DVD player, accompanied by an outdated severe weather warning crawl across the screen.

Most recently, sometime around the start of January 2008, the station was transmitting a color bar test pattern with call letters displayed via CHARGEN overlay. This is presumably due to no station ID being displayed per FCC requirements for some time (aside from when the EAS-triggered warnings would occasionally be scrolled).

As of September 2008, the station started airing Caribevision, a Spanish television network based out of Miami and New York City. On August 13, 2012, WZXZ-CA began broadcasting América Tevé programming after America CV folded. The station switched to Soul of the South Network in 2014.

On August 12, 2014, L4 Media Group reached a deal to sell WZXZ-CA to OTA Broadcasting, a company controlled by Michael Dell's MSD Capital; the deal was not filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) until November.[2]

The station was licensed for digital operation on May 26, 2015, changing its call sign to WZXZ-CD.

References

  1. ^ "APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF A CORPORATE LICENSEE OR PERMITTEE, OR FOR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE OR PERMIT OF TV OR FM TRANSLATOR STATION OR LOW POWER TELEVISION STATION". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 30, 2005. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2014.