WMBQ-CD virtual channel 46 VHF digital channel 13, is a Class A low-power digital television station licensed to New York City. The station is owned by WNET.org.
As W22BM and WLBX-LP
A construction permit for UHF channel 22 in Cranford, New Jersey was granted to Craig Fox with alpha-numeric call-sign W22BM on February 11, 1993; it signed on in March 1997. The call-sign was changed to WLBX-LP on April 24, 1998. WLBX-LP was previously an affiliate of The Box until that network's acquisition by Viacom in 2001; the station then carried MTV2 like many other former Box stations. On September 11, 2001 WMBQ-CD aired footage from CNN and TechTV.
The call sign was changed to WMBQ-CA in 2004. In 2006, Renard Communications Corp. (the Craig Fox-controlled company that by then held the license) began transitioning to a new studio and transmitter they were constructing in Manhattan in New York City. Due to this change, WMBQ-CA was displaced from channel 22 to channel 46, and the city of license was changed from Cranford (New Jersey) to New York City. On August 17, 2007, Renard Communications Corp. announced that would sell its three stations to Equity Media Holdings for $8 million. However, the transaction had a closing deadline set for June 1, 2008, and either party could cancel the sale if it were not completed by then. As of this revision, the sale has been consummated and, as of December 8, 2008, Equity Media Holdings is in chapter 11 bankruptcy. On January 3, 2008, WMBQ-CA went dark, reportedly as a result of moving to a new transmitter site. For a period of over two months, the station broadcast an aerial view of New York City and audio from NOAA weather radio. WMBQ resumed broadcasting Cornerstone TeleVision in early March 2008.
In mid-2011, Renard sold WMBQ for $5,250,000 to Prime Time Partners LLC., whose main principals are Jose Rodriguez and Marisol Messir.
The call-sign was changed to WMBQ-CD on April 23, 2012 when the station completed its digital transition. Long-form infomercial programming was added full-time, however later that year Soi TV was added after having been removed from WNJU-DT3. The Soi programming ended in 2013, and infomercial programming was once again added back to the subchannel. The only programming that was air in the morning is al dia. The format continued through late December. Biz TV was then added, and this diginet is the first station to air financial programming in the New York City TV market since WBIS-TV (now WPXN-TV) aired financial programming from 1996-1998.
In the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s incentive auction, WMBQ-CD sold its spectrum for $28,313,224 and indicated that it would enter into a post-auction channel sharing agreement. On September 29, 2017, the station entered into a channel sharing agreement with WNET (channel 13); concurrently, Prime Time Partners agreed to donate the WMBQ license to WNET. The donation was completed on December 22, 2017; the next day, WMBQ-CD was taken off-the-air while WNET prepares to move the shared transmitter to the World Trade Center. WMBQ returns to 46 in November 2018 as a primary affiliate of MHz Worldview. WMBQ-CD is the third commercial station to converted to a non-commercial station. Like WNDT-CD, WMBQ-CD airs NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and a local produced program Metrofocus. Among local programing PBS Kids Sprout and Cyberchase airs on Saturday afternoons from WNET.
|TV stations in New York|
|Religious stations||Spanish-language stations||Ethnic and/or public secular stations||Other stations|
|WNYB, Jamestown||WNYN-LD, New York City||WNDT-CD, New York City||WEPT-CD, Newburgh|
|WDTB-LD, Buffalo||WXTV, Paterson/New York City||WNYE, New York City||WVTT-CD, Olean|
|W44CT-D, Albany||WNJU, Linden/New York City||WMBQ-CD, New York City||WNCE-CD, Glens Falls|
|WNYI, Ithaca||WFTY, Smithtown/New York City||WXNY-LD, New York City||WJLP, Middletown Township/New York City|
|WTBY, Jersey City/New York City||WPXO-LD, East Orange||WNYX-LD, New York City||WYCI, Saranac Lake|
|WDVB-CD, Edison||WASA-LD, Port Jervis||WNXY-LD, New York City||W41DO-D, New York City|
|W20CQ-D, Hempstead||WBQM-LD, Brooklyn||WMBC, Newton/New York City||WVBG-LP, Greenwich|
|WZME, Bridgeport/New York City||WKOB-LD, New York City||WRNN, New Rochelle/New York City|
|WLNY, Riverhead/New York City|
|TV Stations in the New York City Metropolitan Area|
WLIW 21 (PBS)|WVVH-CD50 (YTA)|WLNY 55 (IND)|WFTY 68 (UNM)