WWPX-TV

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WWPX-TV
(satellite of WPXW-TV,
Manassas, Virginia/Washington, D.C.)
Martinsburg, West Virginia/
Hagerstown, Maryland/
Winchester, Virginia
United States
City Martinsburg, West Virginia
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
(to move to 13 (VHF))
Virtual: 60 (PSIP)
Subchannels
Affiliations Ion Television (O&O; 1998–present)
Owner Ion Media Networks
(Ion Media Martinsburg License, Inc.)
Founded May 21, 1990
First air date October 1, 1991 (27 years ago) (1991-10-01)
Call letters' meaning West Virginia's PaX; satellite of WPXW-TV
Sister station(s) WPXW-TV
Former callsigns WYVN (1991–1996)
WSHE-TV (1996–1998)
Former channel number(s) 60 (UHF analog, 1991–2009)
Former affiliations Fox (1991–1993)
Independent (1993–1994)
Dark (1994–1996)
inTV (1996–1998)
Transmitter power 23 kW
Height 314 m (1,030 ft)
Class DT
Facility ID 23264
Transmitter coordinates 39°27′27″N 78°3′52″W / 39.45750°N 78.06444°W / 39.45750; -78.06444
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: (satellite of WPXW-TV,
Manassas, Virginia/Washington, D.C.)
Profile
(satellite of WPXW-TV,
Manassas, Virginia/Washington, D.C.)
CDBS
Website www.iontelevision.com

WWPX-TV is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States, and serving the northwestern portion of the Washington, D.C. television market.[1] Owned by Ion Media Networks, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 (or virtual channel 60 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Boyds Gap west of Martinsburg. It is currently a relay of the main Ion station for the Washington area, Manassas, Virginia-licensed WPXW-TV (channel 66).

History

Channel 60 signed on in 1991 as WYVN, a Fox affiliate, with studios located on Discovery Road in Martinsburg. A news department was quickly set up, and offered more news than other stations in the area. However, Flying A Communications, the owner, found itself in financial trouble, due to this local news commitment and relatively poor ratings (partially caused by its location on cable, which was higher than other stations). In addition to this, the station's signal would go back and forth between black and white and color; Fox itself was once appalled by the sighting of the station running The Simpsons episode "Lisa the Beauty Queen" in black and white; management responded by saying "we don't even have an engineer."[2] This led to the station shutting down two years later, in 1993, after a sale to Benchmark Communications (who would have converted the station to a CBS affiliate for Winchester, Virginia, and Hagerstown, Maryland, under the WUSQ-TV callsign) fell through. A few months later, WYVN returned as an independent station, owned by Green River. The station tried to restore some local programming (including the newscast and a new talk show hosted by Gay Dawson), but further financial trouble caused this era to also end up being short-lived, abruptly ending in 1994.

The station returned again on September 1, 1996, as WSHE-TV, a Paxson Communications station that aired the company's standard infomercial format, with religious programming in some dayparts. The station changed its call letters to WWPX at the beginning of 1998, and became a charter member of Pax TV along with most of Paxson's other stations on August 31 of that year. It has remained with the network, later known as i: Independent Television and now known as Ion Television, ever since.

WWPX was originally a full affiliate of Pax. In 2002, it converted to a satellite of WPXW. The station could no longer afford its own staff of five master-control operators, and becoming a satellite allowed it to carry only the legal minimum of one manager and one engineer.[3]

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
60.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
60.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
60.3 IONLife Ion Life
60.4 Shop Ion Shop
60.5 QVC QVC
60.6 HSN HSN

[4]

Analog-to-digital conversion

WWPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 60, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 12.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 60, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

References

  1. ^ Hughes, Dave. "Washington DC/Baltimore Area TV Stations". dcrtv.com. Archived from the original on May 19, 2006. Retrieved May 21, 2006.
  2. ^ https://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?451691-Worst-TV-stations-ever&p=5362857&viewfull=1#post5362857
  3. ^ Greene, Julie (1 February 2002). "Financial woes hit area TV stations". Hagerstown Herald-Mail.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WWPX
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designation for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.

External links

  • ION Television website
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for WWPX
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WWPX-TV


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