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WBFS
Miami, Florida
Branding UPN 33
Slogan South Florida's Hot Choice for News
Analog channel 33 (UHF)
Digital channel 32 (UHF)
Affiliations UPN
Owner CBS/Viacom
Founded December 1984
Callsign meaning
Former affiliations Independent
Website www.upn33.com

WBFS Channel 33 is a UPN affiliate owned by CBS. It is licensed to serve the Miami area. It runs a format consisting of first-run syndicated talk shows, court shows, reality shows, local news, off-network sitcoms, UPN programming, and movies. It also runs children's programming on weekends. Miami skyline, sunset. ... This article is about the concept in marketing. ... Look up Slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A slogan is a memorable phrase used in political or commercial context as a repetitive expression of an idea or purpose. ... For the Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact publication, see Astounding Magazine. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... Digital Signal represents more than one meaning. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... An affiliate is an entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... Ailalelylelelelalylelelelelalalalal! Hassan will live forever in our hearts. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major radio and television network in the United States. ... Viacom (short for Video & Audio Communications) [pronunciation: pre-Redstone/pre-1987: vee-a-com; post-Redstone acquisition: vi-a-com] (NYSE: VIA), (NYSE: VIAB) is an international media conglomerate. ... Wiktionary has a definition of: Foundation This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In broadcasting and radio communication, a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for a transmitting station. ... An affiliate is an entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... The front page of the English Wikipedia website. ... Ailalelylelelelalylelelelelalalalal! Hassan will live forever in our hearts. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major radio and television network in the United States. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ...


History

Prior to 1984, Channel 33 served as a repeater station for WCIX-TV because residents in Broward County had difficulty picking up the channel 6 signal from its broadcast towers in south Dade county.


The station signed on in December 1984. Grant Broadcasting was the original owner. At that time the station ran a lot of off-network classic TV sitcoms from the 1950's, 60's, and 70's, along with a lot of cartoons. It also ran some off-network drama shows, and some westerns were shown on Saturdays. It got decent ratings as a traditional independent station, billing itself "Florida's Super Station." Grant Broadcasting had sister stations at that time in Philadelphia and Chicago. Grant had sold stations in Dallas and Houston earlier in 1984. December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Dallas redirects here. ... Houston redirects here. ...


Unfortunately, while the station was profitable, Grant overextended himself buying programming for all 3 of his stations. After Christmas in 1986, he filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The pressure came from his debt with Viacom (who ironically would eventually own this station). Viacom had the distribution rights to about half the shows Grant owned in all the markets. 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Chapter 11 is a part of the United States Code dealing with bankruptcy. ... Viacom (short for Video & Audio Communications) [pronunciation: pre-Redstone/pre-1987: vee-a-com; post-Redstone acquisition: vi-a-com] (NYSE: VIA), (NYSE: VIAB) is an international media conglomerate. ...


In January 1987, a deal was made to cut back the runs of each of the shows the stations own and pay some reduced prices. The station continued to do well considering its problems. Still, in 1989, Grant Broadcasting was put into receivership due to the fact it could not get out of debt. January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The company that took over WBFS, along with the other 2 stations, consisted of executives from the program distributers Grant owned money to. (Grant got out of ownership for a while, but several years later Grant would get back into the business by buying Fox affiliates in such places as Iowa, Huntsville AL, and Lynchburg VA.) The company owning WBFS was known as Combined Broadcasting.


The company invested money into WBFS along with its Philadelphia station. However, its Chicago station primarily ran barter programming. In 1994, Combined sold WBFS along with 57 WGBS Philadelphia to Paramount Stations. (Its station in Chicago, WGBO, was sold to Univision.) 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... WGBO 66 is the Univision affiliate licensed to Joliet and serves the Greater Chicago area. ... Univisión is one of the largest Spanish language television channels in the United States. ...


Under Paramount ownership, WBFS continued its traditional independent schedule and also affiliated with the United Paramount Network (UPN) at its sign on in January 1995. The station has been known as UPN 33 since then. It had acquired more recent off-network sitcoms over the years. It began to add more first-run syndicated talk and reality shows. Like many independent stations (including UPN & WB stations), it began to cut back on children's programming from 1998 on. By 2002 it was only running a morning kids block. Also Paramount (whose parent company is Viacom) would acquire CBS, making WBFS a CBS-owned UPN affiliate. At that point, UPN 33 was airing newscasts produced by sister station WFOR-TV, a CBS O&O. When WAMI 69 flipped to Telefutura, WBFS picked up a few shows including Fox Kids (which by then was only offered on Saturdays). Today WBFS still runs Fox's 4Kids TV which WSVN does not run. The official logo for UPN. UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) is a television network in the United States, owned by Viacom Inc. ... January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major radio and television network in the United States. ... WFOR-TV (CBS4) is the CBS owned & operated television station in Miami, Florida. ... TeleFutura is a Spanish-language television network owned by Univisión with headquarters in Miami, Florida. ... 4Kids TV, formerly the FoxBox is a partnership between the Fox Broadcasting Company and 4Kids Entertainment. ... WSVN is a FOX affiliate in Miami, broadcasting on VHF Channel 7. ...


UPN also ended the kids block in the Fall of 2003 and WBFS began airing a morning newscast in that time slot. Today, UPN 33 is owned and operated by Viacom, the parent company of CBS.


External Links

  • WBFS UPN33 Homepage


Broadcast television in South Florida (Miami / Fort Lauderdale)

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