WGUN-TV is a commercial-free UHF Independent television station specializing in sensationalistic programming, on channel 45. It is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. It was originally launched as a pirate television station in the 1970's which its first broadcast consisted of a water pistol with "WGUN 45 TV" in cutout letters mounted on a phonograph turntable with audio from "an unmercifully scratchy Baja Marimba Band album". The station was located by radio station technicians after being informed by the mother of a young viewer who found the station while tuning the UHF TV band. When asked, the young unnamed pirate stated he purchased the transmitter, an EMC Model TXRU-100 UHF transmitter, at a rummage sale from a church that had intended to start a UHF TV station. Upon being informed that his broadcasts were illegal the station was shut down. The transmitter was reportedly re-sold at a yard sale. Later, in 1980, the channel was relaunched as a licensed station by the same radio station technicians who located the station as an RKO Network affiliate.
At 12:00:01 a.m. ET on September 27, 1996, the owners switched the station from being an RKO Network affiliate to a independent station that currently specializes in sensationalistic programming. It had (and still has) a cartoon block called "Cartoon Carnival" with Inspector Gadget, Darkwing Duck, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, and Monica and Friends.
The owners, still owning the station, with operation of the station by "KLZ-TV Television Corporation, Inc.", have it listed as a community television station, but its current transmitter is older than the genre.