WTBL-CD was a class A television station in Lenoir, North Carolina. It broadcast over-the-air on channel 49, and on cable channel 13 in the Lenoir area. It was an independent station with some programming from FamilyNet. WTBL-CD was last owned by OTA Broadcasting, LLC, a company controlled by Michael Dell's MSD Capital. WLNN-CD in Boone provided its newscasts and other local programming for the station, and broadcast full-time on WTBL-CD's second digital subchannel.
|Branding||WTBL Community Television|
|Founded||March 11, 1988|
First air date
Last air date
|October 25, 2017|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
|53, 49 (analog)|
|FamilyNet (1988-June 30, 2017)|
On April 13, 2017, the FCC identified WTBL-CD will be compensated $8.2 million to go off-the-air as part of the spectrum auction. WTBL-CD ceased operations October 25, 2017; its license was surrendered on October 30.
As W53AO edit
WTBL-CD started as W53AO, on Channel 53. The station was mentioned in the April 1994 edition of Popular Communications magazine, in which it made mention of the station's attempt to be carried on the local cable television system.
Digital television edit
|49.1||TBLTV||480i||4:3||Main WTBL-CD programming|
|49.2||Simulcast of WLNN-CD|
- "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. April 13, 2017. p. 1. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
- "Suspension of Operations of a Digital Class A Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
- "Cancellation Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
- Popular Communications, April 1994; retrieved February 5, 2019.