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WBZK
WBZK logo (Super Bowl LI)
Special logo commemorating the newly crowned Super Bowl LI World Champions, the New England Patriots with the trademark Pat Patriot, special Patriot-themed colors, and a "28" once again colored with gradients from New England Patriots' logo.

Location

Boston, MA

Branding

ABN Boston
WBZK Channel 28.1 Boston

Channel(s)

28.1 (UHF)

Subchannels

ABN - 28.1
ABN Kids - 28.2
UBC - 28.3
ABN Telemundial - 28.4
ABN Women - 28.5
ABN Maxx - 28.6
ABN Sports - 28.7

Affilliation

American Broadcast Network (ABN)

First air date

January 3, 1966

Former call letters

WROT

Former channel number

none

Former affilliation

Champion Television (1955-1965)

Parent

CenTell Communications Company

Owner

Primary Owner: Kenny Broadcasting
Secondary Owner: ABN Domestic Television Corporation/SABH

WBZK is the ABN affiliate that serves the Boston Metro, MA broadcast area, broadcasting on UHF channel 28.

Website History

  • www.wbzk28.com (1996-2003)
  • www.abnbostontelevision.com (2003-2006)
  • www.abn28boston.com (2006-2009)
  • www.abnboston.com (2009-present)

EAS zombie hoax

On February 11, 2013, hackers broke into the EAS networks in Boston Metro, MA, New York City, Wichita Falls, TX and Lawton, OK,  Reynosa, Matamoros and Kingsville, Texas, Toronto, Canada, and Buffalo, New York to broadcast an emergency alert that zombies have risen from their graves in several counties in those metioned cities. WBZK (Boston), along with stations WPAR-TV and WNYSM in New York City, KRBW in Wichita Falls, TX/Lawton, OK, XHRDN-TV and XRKOMR in Reynosa, Matamoros/Kingsville, Texas, and CBRD and CJPNY-DT in Toronto, Canada - Buffalo, New York broke into programming to broadcast the false alerts. Details on the hacking incident remain unknown at present, though a representative for Monroe Electronics, a maker and distributor of EAS equipment, mentioned that some stations do not change their logins or passwords, opting to use factory presets instead. Because of this, trade groups, including the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association, urged broadcasters to change their passwords and to recheck their security measures.

Logo timeline

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