WGSR-LD, virtual channel and UHF digital channel 19, is an independent television station located in Reidsville, North Carolina, United States and also serves Danville, Virginia. The station is owned by the Star News Corporation. WGSR maintains studio facilities located on Gilmer Street in Reidsville, and its transmitter is located in downtown Reidsville, North Carolina.
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The station traces its history back to 1982 when "WCTV-3", a public-access television station on what was then Alert Cable in Reidsville launched. On March 7, 1988, the Federal Communications Commission granted an original construction permit to then-station manager Robert Tudor to broadcast on UHF channel 14, under the call letters W14AU. Over-the-air programming was largely supplied by satellite networks, but the station produced its own nightly newscast. W14AU also began airing a weekly call-in program, Monday Night Live.
The station was sold to Carolina Blue Communications, owned by Daniel Falinski, in early 1996; the FCC approved the purchase that August. Under Falinski's leadership, the station expanded its programming to a more regional focus. Following an established custom of television stations in the Greensboro market (following WXII-TV, WXLV-TV and WLXI), the station changed its call letters to WXIV-LP (the letters "XIV" representing the Roman numerals for the station's then-channel number, "14"), and changed its on-air branding to "The Boob Tube". Second-run situation comedies dominated the broadcast schedule during this period, with overnight programming brokered to a home shopping network.
WXIV-LP was forced to seek a new channel allocation in order to allow Burlington-based WGPX-TV (channel 16) to begin operating its digital signal on UHF channel 14. Engineering studies determined that moving WXIV to UHF channel 39 was the only possible allocation for the station to continue broadcasting; the station moved to channel 39 in April 2004.
At the time of the channel switch, Carolina Blue Communications was in the process of selling the station to Star News Corporation, owner of Martinsville-based regional cable news channel NewsChannel 18. Since WXIV-LP was moving from channel 14 to channel 39, its call letters no longer held any meaning, so the station changed its callsign to WGSR-LP in 2009, reflecting the station's new "Star-39" brand (the calls were modified to WGSR-LD on June 4, 2009).
|TV stations in North Carolina|
|Independent stations||Religious stations||Spanish-language stations||Other stations|
|WSKY, Manteo/Hampton Roads/Norfolk/Virginia Beach||WRAY/WLXI, Wake Forest/Greensboro||WSOC-DT2, Charlotte||WFPX, Archer Lodge|
|WILM-LD, Wilmington||WHFL-CD, Goldsboro||WUVC/WTNC-LD, Fayetteville/Durham||WNCR-LD, Tarboro|
|WHKY, Hickory||WGTB-CD, Charlotte||WRTD-CD, Raleigh||WARZ-CD, Smithfield|
|WGSR-LD, Reidsville||WHWD-LD/WDMC-LD, Statesville/Charlotte||WNCB-LD/WIRP-LD, Fayetteville||WTMH-LD, Kinston|
|WUBX-CD, Durham||WWIW-LD, Raleigh/Durham||WHEH-LD, Lumberton|
|TV stations in the Piedmont Triad, including Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|WFMY 2 (CBS) |
WGHP 8 (Fox)
WXII 12 (NBC)
WGPX 16 (Ion)
WGSR-LD 19 (Ind.)
WCWG 20 (CW)
WUNL 26 (PBS)
WLXI 43 (TCT)
WXLV 45 (ABC)
WMYV 48 (MNTV)