WGBS TV7 Cares
The management of WGBS TV7 understands that a TV Broadcast License is a "Public Trust" and is committed to airing programs that will improve lives and uplift Tidewater Families.
G7HD STudios original programming airs on WGBS
WGBS reaches over 1.5 million population
over-the-air in tidewater virginia
(NORFOLK - PORTSMOUTH - NEWPORT NEWS - MARKET #45)
Charter cable subscribers
on Channel 20
WGBS Broadcasting Anthology
October 7, 1993
WGBS received its license (FCC facility ID no. 31350) on October 7,1993. This
initial authority allowed the WGBS signal to reach viewers primarily in portions
of Hampton and a small section of Newport News. W07CZ-TV, VHF Channel 7,
known as Genesis TV7, offers inspirational, family oriented programs.
Genesis TV7 Corporation was formed in 1994 and later changed its name to Genesis
7 Media, Inc. in June 2004 . The media company was formed to produce
quality family television programming.
Source: Daily Press November 10, 1994
"Inspirational TV: Genesis TV7 brings new line of family show"
WGBS is carried on the Warner Cable Line-up during the mid-nineties on
Channel 15. When the Warner Cable Hampton system is purchased by Cox Cable, WGBS
is dropped from the lineup.
News outlets in Hampton Roads covered the negotiations for WGBS to
stay on the Cox lineup but unfortunately WGBS is removed in the late 90's.
Source: Daily Press June 1, 1998
"Pair Fights To Keep Genesis TV on Cable"
July 10, 2003
On July 10, 2003, the FCC granted WGBS permission to increase its Effective
Radiated Power (ERP) from 242 Watts to 2500 Watts. The power upgrade moved WGBS TV7
into the category of a "Medium Power" station. TV7 was originally based in
Hampton during the nineties but now would broadcast with over ten times its original
power from a tower location in Portsmouth, VA.
December 24th, 2004
This new broadcast facility, complete with new analog transmitter
and antennas began broadcasting from Portsmouth in time for New
Years 2005 placing a Grade A signal over one of the world's largest and busiest
ports - Norfolk, Virginia. This signal was carried on the Old Dominion
University Cable System. The signal blankets a population of over one million.
January 21, 2009
On January 21st, 2009, WGBS received its Construction Permit to build a Digital
Broadcast Channel. Now the station, would have to invest in encoders, a Digital
modulator new antenna system and a host of HD cameras and switchers and move from VHF 7 to VHF
channel 11. With financing from a local Hampton Bank the board of
directors obtained the funding in summer of 2009 and procured the equipment.
This signal broadcasts multiple channels including one High Definition and two
Standard Definition channels. The digital Transmission by the FCC reallocated
the spectrum and was assigned to the Virginia Beach TBN affiliate WHRE.
November 26th, 2009 - Thanksgiving Digital Launch
Genesis 7 Media is well positioned to leverage the increased demand for
video through the use of its high definition video
production capability, expertise in web video streaming, and utilization of
its digital broadcast television station.
WGBS now broadcasts over the air in all of Tidewater Virginia on VHF
channel 11 but with the magic of digital television, you can pick us up on 7.1,
7.2 and 7.3. The Launch Date for Genesis 7
HD was targeted for Thanksgiving 2009 with broadcast testing beginning
November 29th, 2009.
The TV7 signal covers
Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Suffolk, Poquoson, York
County, Newport News, Virginia Beach and Isle of Wight. Expansion to
Tidewater cable and Verizon viewers is in the works. Stay Tuned!
January 1, 2010 - WGBS Endures the Digital Transition
The Digital Transition required over-the-air viewers to switch
digital converter boxes or use Digital TV Receivers. 2010 is
challenging for all VHF digital channels with regard to viewership
because of low power limits set by the FCC. The Board of Directors of
WGBS know cable coverage is key to surviving and the General Manager
Joan Wright goes on a mission to obtain cable coverage for the station
using the seldom
used "must carry" laws for rural viewers.
December 17th, 2010 - WGBS To be Carried on Charter Isle of Wight
The FCC announces WGBS is a
qualified TV Station and should be carried
on the Charter Cable System in 60 days. The Management of WGBS Looks
Forward to a successful partnership with Charter.
February 14th, 2011 - WGBS is Carried on Charter Isle of Wight
April 1, 2013 - WGBS continues to be Tidewater Virginia's
RETRO TV affiliate.
Source: TV Technology Magazine - December
FCC Sides With Class A Licensee in 'Must-Carry' Dispute
The signal contour data of WGBS based on US Census (2010) DMA, estimates
a potential audience of 1.5 million persons.
The independent resources provide a WGBS-LD over-the-air average
audience estimate of 1.6 million.
Source: Envest Media, L.L.C.
WGBS TV is
Channel 20 on
system servicing the the following 11 Virginia Communities:
Isle of Wight County