Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
Subchannels 31.1 Daystar
49.1 KRBK
Affiliations Daystar
Fox Broadcasting Company
Owner Daystar Television Network
(Word of God Fellowship, Inc.)
First air date January 26, 2001
Call letters' meaning The WB
(reflecting former affiliation)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
31 (UHF, 2001-2009)
Former affiliations The WB (2001-2006)
myNetworkTV (2006-2009)
Transmitter power 191 kW
Height 339 m
Facility ID 78314
Transmitter coordinates

36°42′17.9″N 93°3′44.8″W / 36.704972°N 93.062444°W / 36.704972; -93.062444

KWBM is an affiliate of the Daystar Television Network in Springfield, Missouri. Its main transmitter, on channel 31, is licensed in Harrison, Arkansas and located northeast of Branson, Missouri. Formerly with repeaters, KBBL-LP channel 56, in Springfield (renamed on July 14, 2006), and on KNJE-LP Channel 58 in Aurora.

Coincidentally, KBBL is a radio station in the fictional town of Springfield in The Simpsons.

KWBM signed on in 2001 as The WB affiliate for Southwest Missouri. It flipped to MyNetworkTV in 2006. Former owner Equity Broadcasting went bankrupt in December 2008, and KWBM was sold to Daystar at auction in 2009.

Digital television

KWBM turned off its analog signal on June 12, 2009. However, its digital transmitter was not ready to broadcast until nearly a month later, on July 3. The sign-off of KWBM's analog signal resulted in the station disappearing from Dish Network and DirecTV, due to the lack of unique local programming from the main Daystar national feed, and a revocation of the retransmission consent agreement after the sale from Equity to Daystar. Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Charter continue to receive a direct satellite feed of the station, and Daystar is likely to maintain carriage of the station on those systems via must-carry.

KBBL-LP 56 and KNJE-LP 58, as low-power broadcasting stations, were not required to cease analog operation in 2009 but needed to different channels because UHF channels 52-69 were auctioned off by the FCC and will be no longer used for broadcast television. These stations were not sold with KWBM to Daystar. The FCC cancelled KNJE-LP's license on August 6, 2010 and deleted the KNJE-LP call sign from its database. KBBL is currently dark with a construction permit to build on channel 24.

KWBM leases a subchannel to FOX affiliate KRBK to extend their coverage.


External links

  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KWBM
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KWBM-TV
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