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Atlanta, Georgia
City of license Marietta, Georgia
Channels Analog: 49 (UHF)
Digital: 44 (UHF, WHSG-DT 63.3)
Affiliations JCTV
Owner Trinity Broadcasting Network
Founded 1988
Call letters’ meaning (translator calls sequentially-assigned by the FCC)
Transmitter Power 48.3 kW (analog)
Facility ID 42235

W49DE is a low-power TV station on channel 49 in north-northwest metro Atlanta. Affiliated with JCTV and licensed to Marietta, Georgia, the station's transmitter is atop Sweat Mountain, northwest of Atlanta. It was W55BM until March 2008, and has had no other callsigns since being permitted in 1988. The station is owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the parent company of JCTV, and is one of very few TBN-owned analog station to carry programming other than TBN.

Originally airing The Box, a music video jukebox, it later became a translator station for TBN-owned WHSG-TV 63. The station is now an affiliate of JCTV, mostly airing Christian rock music videos. This programming is also seen on one of WHSG's digital subchannels: virtual channel 63.3, via RF channel 44.

The station was analog TV channel 55 with 11.6kW ERP and used an omnidirectional antenna. In 2007, the station went off-air, possibly due to the use of channel 55 by MediaFLO. It obtained a construction permit to move to channel 49 with an extremely directional antenna, aimed southeast toward Sandy Springs and North Atlanta. The maximum ERP in that direction is 48.3kW, and the nearly-circular coverage area centers on Sandy Springs, and ironically covers much less of Marietta. It also had an application to modify this permit to flash-cut as its digital TV channel (as all channels above 51 are being revoked from the TV bandplan), but the FCC dismissed this, possibly due to a request from TBN.

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