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WJBF

Augusta, Georgia
United States
Branding ABC 6 (general)
WJBF NewsChannel 6 (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage you can count on
Channels Digital: 42 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels 6.1 ABC
6.2 Me-TV
Affiliations ABC (secondary until 1967)
Owner Media General
(Media General Communications Holdings, LLC)
First air date November 23, 1953 (1953-11-23)
Call letters' meaning J.B. Fuqua
(founder of the station)
Sister station(s) WAGT
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (1953–2009)
Former affiliations NBC (1953–1974; secondary from 1967)
CBS (secondary, 1953–1954)
DuMont (secondary, 1953–1956)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 507 m (1,663 ft)
Facility ID 27140
Transmitter coordinates
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website .com.wjbfwww

WJBF, channel 6, is an USA. WJBF is owned by the broadcast division of Media General, and has its studios in Television Park, near the Augusta Mall in Augusta. The station's transmitter is located in Beech Island, South Carolina.

Through joint sales and shared services agreements, WJBF operates NBC affiliate WAGT (channel 26), which is owned by Schurz Communications.

Contents

  • Digital channels 1
  • History 2
    • Merger with WAGT 2.1
  • Local programming 3
  • News operation 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
6.1 720p 16:9 WJBF-HD Main WJBF programming / ABC
6.2 480i MeTV Me-TV[1]

WJBF replaced RTV with Me-TV on digital subchannel 6.2 on September 26, 2011, as part of a groupwide affiliation agreement with Media General; the channel replaced RTV on some Media General-owned stations in other markets.[2]

History

Augusta's first television station, WJBF-TV began operations on November 23, 1953.[3] The station was founded by local entrepreneur J. B. Fuqua,[4] who also owned NBC Radio Network affiliate WJBF (1230 AM). WJBF-TV was a primary NBC affiliate, but picked up programs from CBS, ABC and DuMont on a secondary basis. Sister station WJBF radio was sold by Fuqua in 1954 (it is now WEZO).[5] It lost CBS only three months later when WRDW-TV (channel 12) signed on.

On September 1, 1967 WJBF became a primary ABC affiliate.[6] The move relegated NBC to a shared secondary affiliation with WRDW-TV. This was an unusual situation for a then two-station market, especially one as small as Augusta. ABC, as the smallest and weakest of the big three networks, would not be on nearly the same footing with CBS and NBC until the 1970s, when most markets of Augusta's size grew large enough to support three full network affiliates. However, fellow NBC affiliate WTVC in Chattanooga, Tennessee, also ABC affiliates, to his portfolio.

When WATU (channel 26, now WAGT) began operations in December 1968, conventional wisdom suggested that it would become a full NBC affiliate. However, since many Augusta viewers still didn't have UHF-capable sets, NBC allowed WJBF and WRDW-TV to continue to cherry-pick most of its stronger programs. For its part, WJBF kept airing both the Today Show and The Tonight Show, which preempted ABC's The Dick Cavett Show among others. WATU was thus saddled with NBC's weaker programs, a major factor in the station going dark in 1970.[7] When WATU returned to the air in 1974 as a full-time NBC affiliate, WJBF became a full ABC affiliate.

Fuqua began breaking up his business empire in 1980. His television stations were among the first assets to be sold, with WJBF and WTVM going to Missoula, Montana-based Western Broadcasting Company.[8] In 1984, Western sold its broadcast holdings to the SFN Companies, then-parent of educational publisher Scott, Foresman and Company.[9] In 1986, SFN was sold to Pegasus Broadcasting, a new firm formed by members of SFN's management.[10] Spartan Radiocasting of Spartanburg, South Carolina purchased the station in 1992. Spartan was renamed Spartan Communications in 1995. Spartan merged with current owner Media General in 2000.

Merger with WAGT

In October 2009, the parent companies of WJBF and WAGT announced that they would enter into joint sales and shared services agreements in January 2010. This resulted in the two combining their sales and other operational services.[11] It was later announced that WJBF would control all of WAGT's news and advertising operations while that station handles programming and the maintaining of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. Most of WAGT's managerial staff was dismissed, and other employees were reassigned to different positions.[12]

Media General had initially intended to move WAGT into an expanded wing of the WJBF building in downtown Augusta. Both WJBF and WAGT have had a longstanding presence in the downtown area. Channel 6's facility on Reynolds Street was built around 1956, and channel 26 moved into its Broad Street building, a converted theatre, in 1981. However, it soon became apparent that WJBF's facility could not sustain the expansion necessary to house both stations. Media General instead chose to construct a new building for the stations. The new facility, located at the Augusta West Shopping Center in a former Barnes & Noble retail location, was opened in October 2011.[13]

Local programming

Since 1954 WJBF has produced and aired the Sunday morning gospel music program Parade of Quartets, one of the longest-running local programs of any kind on American television. The program has been a showcase for regionally and nationally known African-American gospel performers, and has also featured appearances from political and social figures. Augusta native James Brown, Shirley Caesar, Al Green, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Dorothy Norwood and Jesse Jackson are among those who have appeared on the program.

The station also produces an urban music video program, Power Hitz, which airs on Sunday evenings. Power Hitz has been on the air since 2001.[14]

News operation

The WJBF news open seen nightly at 6.

Appropriately for being the first television station in the area, WJBF has led the ratings for most of its history, with rival WRDW-TV usually the runner-up. In recent years, WJBF and WRDW-TV had usually traded first and second place, while WAGT almost always placed third.

In the 1980s, its newscasts were branded NewsWatch 6. After being acquired by Spartan Radiocasting in 1992, WJBF and some other stations acquired by the company changed their branding to NewsChannel. This station and most of its sister affiliates still use this branding today after being acquired by Media General. However, long after Spartan bought the station, WJBF retained the "groovy 6" logo it had used in one form or another since the late 1970s. This changed in 2002, when it adopted the "arc" logo used by most Media General stations.

In the 1990s, WJBF reached an agreement with the Augusta Mall to run a closed-circuit "Mall TV" feed on television screens throughout the mall featuring the day's news and coverage of some local special events. WJBF operated this service until the late-1990s. They also had a local agreement with Comcast to air a rebroadcast of the 6 p.m. show on the cable provider's channel 66. This arrangement ended in 2004 with the launch of a nightly 10 o'clock newscast on Fox affiliate WFXG (channel 54). The production uses different graphics and duratrans concealing the WJBF logos. The launch came after its studios were renovated.

In December 2009, WAGT and WJBF partnered under a shared services agreement, with WJBF producing WAGT's news, sales, and other programming. Schurz Communications still owns WAGT in part. Current WJBF reporter Paige Tucker is the face of WAGT's 6, 7, and 11pm newscasts.

On Monday, October 17, 2011, WJBF launched local newscasts in high definition starting with the morning newscast. It is the third station in the area to do so behind WFXG and WRDW-TV.

References

  1. ^ WJBF website TV listings
  2. ^ Me-TV Beefs Up Roster With 10 New Stations, TVNewsCheck, September 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Seven new TV outlets go on the air." Broadcasting - Telecasting, November 30, 1953, pg. 68.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Fountain firm buys WJBF for $125,000." Broadcasting - Telecasting, July 5, 1954, pg. 66.
  6. ^ "WJBF (TV) goes primary ABC." Broadcasting, August 14, 1967, pg. 52. [2]
  7. ^ "One (network) to a customer." Broadcasting, March 29, 1971, pg. 67. [3]
  8. ^ [4], July 28, 1980, pp. 82-83Broadcasting"Changing Hands."
  9. ^ , January 16, 1984, pg. 41Broadcasting"Western sale."
  10. ^ , July 14, 1986, pg. 66Broadcasting"Changing hands."
  11. ^ http://www2.wjbf.com/jbf/news/special_reports/article/wjbf_wagt_enter_into_partnership/28655/
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^

External links

  • WJBF website
  • WJBF mobile
  • websiteParade of Quartets
  • WAGT "NBC Augusta 26"
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for WJBF



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