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Rochester, New York
Branding My 18
Channels Analog: 40 (UHF), cable 18
Translators W26BZ 26 (UHF, Victor)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV
America One
Owner Vision Communications
Founded 1998
Call letters’ meaning W
Former affiliations Independent (Feb.-Nov. 1998)
UPN (Nov. 1998-2006)

WBGT-CA is the MyNetworkTV affiliate for Rochester, New York. It broadcasts on UHF channel 40; the "18" in its branding represents its cable slot on Time Warner systems.

As a class-A station, it operates both over the air and on cable. WBGT's programming is also relayed on W26BZ in Victor to serve the eastern part of the market. In addition to MyNetworkTV programming, the station produces its own local programming and has local sports coverage.



WBGT began operations in February 1998. In its first ten months, the station was an independent, as it did not pick up the UPN affiliation until November of that year. The Victor translator was added in 1999, and by 2001 Time Warner had added it to its lineup on area cable systems on Channel 18.

WBGT became Rochester's MyNetworkTV affiliate on September 5, 2006, which became necessary due to the UPN and The WB shutting operations. The CW, which retained programming from the two networks, affiliated with WRWB-TV (now CW-WHAM).


There have been a number of complaints by Direct TV users in Rochester, NY and the area because this station is not offered on the local Direct TV line up. Contacts at WBGT say that unless they get a great amount of complaints coming in then the TV station will stay where it's at and not be broadcast on Direct TV. Users of Direct TV are losing television programs like Friday Night Smackdown which in 2004 aired on UPN (in Rochester this is the exact same station that UPN was) and then Smackdown was moved to The CW Network. The CW Network is another station that is not broadcast through Direct TV in the Rochester area.


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