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WSBS-TV
WSBS logo
Key West, Florida
Branding Mega TV
Channels Digital: 3 (VHF)
Translators WSBS-CA 50 Miami
Affiliations Independent
Owner Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.
(WSBS Licensing, Inc.)
First air date June 1993[1]
Call letters’ meaning Spanish
Broadcasting
System
Former callsigns (many, see article)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
22 (1993-2009)
Former affiliations CBS TeleNoticias
Telemundo Internacional
Network One
Transmitter Power 1 kW
Height 54 m
Facility ID 72053
Transmitter Coordinates 24°33′19.8″N 81°48′4.5″W / 24.5555°N 81.80125°W / 24.5555; -81.80125
Website www.mega.tv

WSBS-TV is a Spanish-language television station in Key West, Florida, broadcasting locally on UHF channel 22 as a Spanish-language independent under the Mega TV branding. The station also operates a repeater in Miami, WSBS-CA channel 50, and has been available nationally on DirecTV since October 17, 2007.

WSBS is owned by Spanish Broadcasting System; Mega TV is SBS's only television station, as the company deals primarily in radio. While channel 22 itself first went on the air in June 1993, Mega TV was launched on March 1, 2006. Its original slate of programming includes productions aimed to young Hispanic viewers. Mega TV seems to be following the same pattern traced by rivals WSCV and WLTV nearly 25 years ago: creating its own television personalities.

Prior to 2005, WSBS (then known as WDLP-TV) was, under Sonia Broadcasting, co-owned with another Key West station, WGEN-TV.

In early 2007, the station had to cut 55 employees to save on production costs. A vast majority of locally produced programs were canceled (though were announced as being placed on hiatus) such as: Desvelados, Xpediente, El Noticero, El Vacilon, Entre Fichas, Mega Especiales. Puerta Astral, is scheduled for a summer run with changes in hosts and name: Codigo Astral.

From midnight until 3 p.m., WSBS runs informercials.

SBS has entered into agreements with other television stations to air Mega TV programming, including WBWP-LP in West Palm Beach, Florida, WHDO-LD in Orlando, Florida, WFHD-LD in Tampa, Florida (future; currently, it is TBN repeater W36CO), WHDC-LD in Charleston, South Carolina, KODF-LP in Dallas, Texas, WOCK-CD in Chicago, Illinois, KLPS-LP in Palm Springs, California, KMCC in Laughlin, Nevada, WMEI in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and KSDI-LD in Fresno, California. WHDO, WFHD, WHDC, KLPS, and KSDI show Mega TV on digital subchannels. (Until November 2009, Mega TV's Puerto Rico affiliation was on WSJU-TV in San Juan.)

Contents

Programming

As of December 2009, Mega TV's original programming includes:

  • Bayly
  • Chayanne es Gabriel
  • Consulta Medica TV
  • Esta Noche Tu Nite con Alexi Valdéz
  • La Descarga con Albita
  • LaMusica.com Live
  • Las Divas de la Tarde
  • Los Implicados
  • María Elvira Live
  • Mega Kids (E/I programming)
  • Mega News
  • Paparazzi TV ¡Sensacional!
  • Puerta Astral/Código Astral
  • Pronósticos
  • Raices y Recuerdos
  • Siete Mujeres
  • Xpediente

Transition to DTV

On February 17, 2009, WSBS-TV left channel 22 and continued digital broadcasts on channel 3 to complete its analog to digital conversion. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WSBS-TV's virtual channel as "22".

Call sign changes

WSBS-TV has had numerous name changes over the years. This has caused much confusion, both among viewers and writers. In many places, the station is still referred to as WEYS TeleNoticias, and WDLP Licensing, Inc. remained the licensee for several months after the call change to WSBS-TV. Some of these names have been reused by low-power repeater stations, themselves often subject to similar call sign shuffles (for instance, the WDLP callsign is currently used by a repeater for rival WGEN-TV).

  • WSBS-TV (March 1, 2006 - Present)
  • WDLP-TV (September 28, 2004 - February 28, 2006)
  • WSBS-TV (July 1, 2004 - September 27, 2004)
  • WDLP-TV (November 24, 2003 - June 30, 2004)
  • WGEN-TV (April 4, 2003 - November 23, 2003)
  • WEYS (October 11, 1989 - April 3, 2003)
  • WYDH (October 2, 1989 - October 10, 1989)

References

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says June 1, while the Television and Cable Factbook says June 15.

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