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CityEdison, New Jersey
First air date
March 1991 (32 years ago) (1991-03)
Former call signs
  • W36AS (1991–2005)
  • W39CQ (2005)
  • WDVB-CA (2005–2013)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 39 (UHF, 1991–2013)
  • Digital: 23 (UHF, 2010–2019)
  • Asian Independent (1991–2004)
  • ImaginAsian (2004–2010)
  • The Country Network (2010–2018)
  • Hillsong Channel (2018–2021)
Call sign meaning
Deepak Viswanath Broadcasting (referring to previous owner)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID168834
ERP15 kW
HAAT300.3 m (985.2 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°44′54″N 73°59′9″W / 40.74833°N 73.98583°W / 40.74833; -73.98583
Public license information

WDVB-CD (channel 23) is a low-power, Class A TBN Inspire owned-and-operated television station licensed to Edison, New Jersey, United States, and serving the New York City television market. Owned by the Tustin, California–based Trinity Broadcasting Network, it is sister to Jersey City, New Jersey–licensed TBN owned-and-operated station WTBY-TV (channel 54). The two stations share studios on East 15th Street in the Union Square neighborhood in Manhattan and transmitter facilities at the Empire State Building.


Logo for WDVB-CA while on channel 39

This station signed on over UHF channel 36 with the alphanumeric call sign W36AS in March 1991. The station aired Asian independent programming. In 2004, it became an affiliate of ImaginAsian and dropped the independent format. On January 4, 2005, the station vacated channel 36 to avoid causing interference to full-power WNJU Linden, which was assigned channel 36 for its DTV operations. The station moved to channel 39, and was assigned alphanumeric call sign W39CQ. The station requested and was granted Class A status. On February 16, 2005, the call sign was changed to WDVB-CA. In early 2010, ImaginAsian was dropped. With no programming immediately available to replace it, WDVB-CA was only airing a color bars test pattern.

In March 2013, WDVB's class A status was transferred from an analog station to a digital station (which became WDVB-CD), and the analog license was turned in;[2] the analog signal had left the air for technical reasons on February 9.[3] Shortly afterward, Edison Broadcasting filed to sell the station to LocusPoint Networks.[4] The sale closed on August 19, 2013.[5] In 2017, TBN O&O WTBY-TV began channel sharing with WDVB-CD. In 2018, LocusPoint Networks sold WDVB-CD to TBN, creating a duopoly with WTBY-TV.


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WDVB-CD
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
23.1 720p 16:9 Hilsong TBN Inspire
23.2 480i 4:3 COMBO Smile[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WDVB-CD". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Re: LPTV Facility WDVB-CA ... Surrender of Analog License for Cancellation" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  4. ^ Seyler, Dave (March 18, 2013). "LocusPoint Class A spending spree continues". Television Business Report. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "LocusPoint Closes on $20 Mil Low Power New York Station". August 19, 2013.
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