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Our History

Our History:

WGFL is the CBS-affiliated television station for North Central Florida that is licensed to High Springs. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 28 from a transmitter southeast of Newberry. The station can also be seen on Cox channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 728. Owned by New Age Media, WGFL is sister to low-powered MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYG-LP and NBC affiliate WNBW-DT (with the latter owned by MPS Media, LLC and operated through a local marketing agreement). The three stations share studios on Northwest 80th Boulevard in the Buckingham West section of Gainesville along I-75/FL 93.

WGFL began broadcasting as a primary WB and secondary UPN affiliate in 1997. In 2002, Jacksonville's longtime CBS affiliate, WJXT, became an Independent. That channel served as the default CBS affiliate for Gainesville and much of North Central Florida for many years. WGFL quickly signed-on with CBS to keep the network available in Gainesville. It also changed its on-air moniker from "WB 53" to "CBS 4" (named after its cable channel number). Also in 2002, the station began broadcasting its digital signal on UHF channel 28.

 

In June 2008, WGFL announced that it would be launching a new digital-only television station on September 8. Originally known since 1996 by its construction permit number, 960920WR, the station received the WNBW calls on August 18. Its signal was activated for testing on September 4.  New Age Media launched the station on December 31, 2008 at 11:59 P.M.  On that date, WNBW began regular programming bringing local NBC service back to Gainesville since WCJB-TV switched its affiliation from NBC to ABC in 1973.

This station holds rights to enforce black-outs on out-of-market stations carrying NBC and syndicated programming such as WESH in Orlando, which originally served Gainesville as the de-facto affiliate. [3] Cox began to offer WNBW on cable channel 9 beginning January 16.  However, WESH's analog and digital channels remain on the system

 

WMYG-LP is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for North Central Florida that is licensed to Lake City. It broadcasts a low-powered analog signal on VHF channel 11 from a transmitter in the Lacymark section of the city. Owned by New Age Media, the station is sister to CBS affiliate WGFL and NBC affiliate WNBW-DT (owned by MPS Media, LLC and operated by local marketing agreement).  All three stations share studios on Northwest 80th Boulevard in Gainesville along I-75/FL 93.  Syndicated programming on WMYG includes: Two and a Half Men, Family Guy, Judge Judy, and Frasier.

It operates a Class A repeater in Gainesville, WYPN-CA. This broadcasts an analog signal on UHF channel 45 from a transmitter south of the city along I-75/FL 93. Due to its low-powered status, WMYG does not broadcast a digital signal of its own. Instead, there is one offered on WGFL's second digital subchannel (UHF channel 28.2) from a transmitter in Newberry. WMYG's city of license, Lake City, is within the Jacksonville market. Despite that, Comcast does not carry WMYG or its own affiliate, WAWS-DT2, on its system there. In Gainesville, WMYG can be seen on Cox channel 11.

The station began as WLCF-LP when it launched in 1997. Airing on UHF channel 15, it was a repeater for WGFL's now defunct analog signal. The station changed its calls to the current WMYG-LP in 2002 and moved to VHF channel 11. On January 24, 2006, UPN and The WB announced that the networks would cease broadcasting and merge. The new combined operation would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of its corporate parents: CBS (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner.

On February 22, News Corporation announced that it would start up another new network called MyNetworkTV. This new service, which would be a sister network to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created in order to give UPN and WB stations, not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates, another option besides becoming Independent.

In June 2008, WGFL announced that it would be launching a new digital-only television station on September 8. Originally known since 1996 by its construction permit number, 960920WR, the station received the WNBW calls on August 18. Its signal was activated for testing on September 4. [1] New Age Media launched the station on December 31, 2008 at 11:59 P.M. [2] On that date, WNBW began regular programming bringing local NBC service back to Gainesville since WCJB-TV switched its affiliation from NBC to ABC in 1973. [2]

This station holds rights to enforce black-outs on out-of-market stations carrying NBC and syndicated programming such as WESH in Orlando, which originally served Gainesville as the de-facto affiliate. [3] Cox began to offer WNBW on cable channel 9 beginning January 16. [4] However, WESH's analog and digital channels remain on the system.

 

On October 27, 2010, WGFL launched a news department in partnership with the Independent News Network, began sharing it with WMYG and WNBW, and have weeknight broadcasts in high definition known as Gainesville Television Network News (or GTN News for short).

Currently, WGFL airs a show at 5:30, WNBW at 6, and on WMYG at 7. For the late shows, WMYG offers a prime time broadcast at 10 and WGFL/WNBW simulcast a show at 11 (this may be preempted on one channel due to network obligations). Each channel offers repeats of the broadcasts. There are local cut-ins during the weekday morning national shows on WGFL and WNBW.

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