Press Releases and Awards


CHICAGO – July 1st, 2016

This Friday, July 1st at 4:00pm, JBTV began aweekend-long “pop-up” broadcast runningthrough the Independence Day weekend. Television audiences can find the limited edition marathon on the digital channel 24.7, a sub-channel of WPVN-TV. The special edition showcase consists of non-stop, commercial-free content straight from America’s longest running music television program.

Created by Jerry Bryant in 1984, JBTV is dedicated to breaking new, local, independent, rock, and alternative music and artists.

Throughout its existence, JBTV has broadcasted over 9,680 episodes of musical artists, and Bryant intends to show as many of them as possible viathe brief spot on 24.7 available through the end of the Fourth of July holiday.

According to Bryant, “I hope someone tunes into the station to see what I’ve been doing 20 hours a day, 365 days a year in making these TV shows with the passion of making people happy… and music is the bond to do that! Tune in all weekend on Chicago’s first POP UP TV station.”

When not taking over a TV signal, JBTV also broadcasts episodes each Saturday night at 1:00am on WJYS-TV 62.1, with a repeat airing on Wednesday nights at 11:30pm on WJYS-TV’s digital sub-channel 62.3. The national version of JBTV is shown on TUFF TV each Monday-Friday from 4:00pm-5:00pm, as well as on Saturdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 7:00pm. TUFF TV airs in Chicago on WPVN-TV 24.3. Additionally, content is available 24/7 through the live stream on the home page of the JBTV website.

Looking for more awesome music-related content? Check out JBTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!



CHICAGO – June 23rd, 2016

“JBTV, the leading source for new music programming, reaching millions of viewers nationwide, today announced that it has been honored three times in the 37th Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition honoring the best in film and television production, receiving over 13,000 entries annually from all 50 states and multiple foreign c

‘We’re so honored to be recognized once again as a global music destination with cutting edge television production right in the heart of Chicago. The best new artists come here from all around the world – first!” stated JBTV founder Jerry Bryant. ‘This Summer at JBTV will be historic. JBTV music director Greg Corner is booking numerous new bands for the JBTV Sound Stage including many performing at Lollapalooza 2016.’

2016 Telly awards were for projects with breakout music performers “The Struts” and “Cage The Elephant” all filmed at the JBTV soundstage.

‘This is JBTV’s seventh Telly win in the past two years, our team rocks it out of the park again,’ stated JBTV’s West Coast Producer Christian White. ‘We’ve got some exciting plans as the year continues and winning again speaks to the deep level of commitment and passion for music programming that has continued for the past 34 years with over 9,689 shows and broadcasting non-stop 52 weeks a year.’

Breaking new ground this fall with advanced 8k filming techniques and new VR technology, JBTV continues to increase the depth and quality of production. ‘The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,’ said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. ‘JBTV’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.'”

Jerry Bryant and Telly awards