The Associated Press
10:22 AM EDT, July 23, 2012
ROANOKE, Va. (AP)
Jones Broadcasting has acquired a television station in Roanoke that's been off the air for about two years.
President and CEO Gregory Jones tells The Roanoke Times that WDRL-TV is expected to be back on the air by mid-August with new call letters, WEFC.
The station's lineup will include religious programming, family-friendly shows, local and national sports and gospel music.
Jones says his company is the station, along with its Woodford headquarters, to a former movie theater at Crossroads Mall in Roanoke.
Jones Broadcasting owns 13 stations.
A legal dispute between the Roanoke station's former owners and Charter Communications forced it off the air and into a court-ordered receivership in July 2010.