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
Charter cable subscribers
on Channel 20

Transmission System

 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.

March 1994
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"

March 1997
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 Cable System
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 Cable System.

April 1, 2013 - WGBS continues to be Tidewater Virginia's RETRO TV affiliate.

Source:    TV Technology Magazine - December 22, 2010
                   FCC Sides With Class A Licensee in 'Must-Carry' Dispute


WGBS Coverage
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.

 carried on
 Channel 20 on
Charter Cable
system servicing the  the following 11 Virginia Communities

Isle of Wight County
Southampton County