WZTD-LD (virtual and UHF digital channel 45), is a low-powered, Telemundo owned-and-operated television station licensed to Richmond, Virginia, United States. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal, which is itself a subsidiary of Comcast. WZTD's transmitter is located in Bon Air, Virginia.
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The station was originally founded on December 9, 1991, as W61BZ, on channel 61, owned by TV Broadcasters of Central Virginia. On February 22, 2000, the station's call sign was changed to WKYV-LP to reflect the original location of license and then moved to channel 45. On July 21, 2000, Tiger Eye Broadcasting acquired the station and license. It became an affiliate of America's Store (a defunct shopping network owned by the Home Shopping Network) after the sale.
On August 15, 2006, the station officially signed off for technical reasons. In October 2006, ZGS Communications purchased WKYV-LP and five other stations from Tiger Eye Broadcasting for $2.15 million. In mid-November 2007, the station returned to the air as a Telemundo affiliate and changed its call sign to WZTD-LP on January 16, 2008.
During the morning of January 12, 2009, the station discontinued regular programming due to technical difficulties with its satellite system and service provider, Dish Network, caused by adverse weather conditions (showers and thunderstorms) the day before. That afternoon, the station temporarily switched to an English format from OnTV4U, a 24/7 infomercial network, and returned to Telemundo programming on January 20, 2009, sometime after 2:00 p.m.
On January 16, 2010, the station aired the inauguration of Governor Robert "Bob" McDonnell live from the State Capitol in Spanish. On April 25, 2010, the station began airing a limited number of locally produced programs ranging from real estate, to religion, to legal advice (none produced by WZTD-LD).
On December 4, 2017, NBCUniversal's Telemundo Station Group announced its purchase of ZGS' 13 television stations, including WZTD-LD. The sale was completed on February 1, 2018.
|TV stations in Commonwealth of Virginia|
|WSKY, Manteo/Hampton Roads/Norfolk|
WGBS-LD, Hampton Roads/Norfolk
|TV stations in Central Virginia, including Richmond and Petersburg|
|WTVR 6 (CBS) |
WRIC 8 (ABC)
WWBT 12 (NBC)
WXOB-LP 17 (Ind)
WCVE 23 (PBS)
WRLH 35 (Fox)
WZTD-LD 45 (TLM)
WRID-LD 48 (Daystar)
WCVW 57 (PBS)
WUPV 65 (CW)