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WRTD-CD Telemundo 54 Raleigh logo.jpg
Raleigh, North Carolina
United States
Channels Digital: 15 ( UHF)
(shared with WRAZ [1])
Virtual: 54 ( PSIP)
BrandingTelemundo 54 Raleigh
Affiliations Telemundo ( O&O, 2018–present; also 2005–2010)
Owner Telemundo Station Group
(a subsidiary of NBCUniversal)
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
Founded1991 (29 years ago) (1991)
Former call signs
W60BT (1991–1999)
WHOA-LP (1999–2005)
WZGS-CA (2005–2013)
WZGS-CD (2013–2018)
Former channel number(s)
44 (UHF, 2013–2018)
49 (UHF, 2018–2019)
44 (PSIP, 2013–2018)
America's Store ( c. 2002–2003)
Independent (2010–2018)
Call sign meaning
Raleigh/ Research Triangle TelemunDo
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID41095
ERP805.4 kW
HAAT607 m (1,991 ft)
Transmitter coordinates 35°40′29″N 78°31′39″W / 35.67472°N 78.52750°W / 35.67472; -78.52750
Public license information

WRTD-CD, virtual channel 54 ( UHF digital channel 15), is a Class A Telemundo owned-and-operated television station licensed to Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. The station is owned by the Telemundo Station Group subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast).

Under a channel sharing agreement, WRTD-CD shares transmitter facilities with Fox affiliate WRAZ (channel 50, owned by locally based Capitol Broadcasting Company) near Auburn, North Carolina. Despite WRTD-CD legally holding a low-power Class A license, it transmits using WRAZ's full-power spectrum. This ensures complete reception across the Research Triangle television market (Raleigh− DurhamChapel HillFayetteville).


The station signed on in 1991 as W60BT. Its call sign was changed to WHOA-LP in 1999, and to WZGS-CA in 2005.

WZGS-CA went silent on April 1, 2010 due to losing its first affiliation with the Spanish-language Telemundo network. [2] It then became an independent station, airing English, Spanish and Portuguese programming. Telemundo returned to North Carolina in June 2017 on the second digital subchannel of Charlotte's WSOC-TV (channel 9).

WZGS-CA resumed broadcasting on March 25, 2011. [3] The station changed its call sign to WZGS-CD on May 31, 2013. [4]

On December 4, 2017, NBCUniversal's Telemundo Station Group announced its purchase of ZGS Communications' 13 television stations, including WZGS-CD. The sale marks NBCUniversal's re-entry into the Raleigh–Durham market, as they owned WNCN (channel 17) from 1996 to 2006 (it is now a CBS affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group). [5] The sale was completed on July 20, 2018. [6] NBCUniversal changed the station's call letters to WRTD-CD [7] on July 25, 2018; [4] the station also rejoined Telemundo.

Digital channel

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming [8]
54.1 480i 16:9 WRTD-CD Main WRTD-CD programming / Telemundo


  1. ^ "WZGS / WRAZ Channel Share Agreement" (PDF). Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. April 27, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 25, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
  3. ^ "Resumption of Operations". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 30, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Call Sign History (WRTD-CD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  5. ^ Miller, Mark K. (December 4, 2017). "NBCU Adding ZGS Stations To Telemundo". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WRTD-CD RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved July 31, 2018.

External links

  • WRTD in the FCC's TV station database