KPXG-TV

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KPXG-TV
Portland/Salem, Oregon
United States
City of license Salem, Oregon
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 22 (PSIP)
Subchannels 22.1 - Ion HD (720p)
22.2 - qubo (480i)
22.3 - Ion Life (480i)
22.4 - Ion Shop (480i)
22.5 - QVC (480i)
22.6 - HSN (480i)
22.7 - Telemundo (480i)
Translators KPXG-LD Portland
K14LP-D Cottage Grove
Affiliations Ion Television
Owner Ion Media Networks
(Ion Media Portland License, Inc.)
First air date November 21, 1981
Call letters' meaning PaX TV OreGon
Former callsigns KECH (1981–1986)
KWVT (1986–1987)
KHSP (1987–1988)
KBSP-TV (1988–1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
22 (UHF, 1981–2008)
Digital:
4 (VHF, 2004–2008)
Former affiliations independent (1981–1987)
FNN (1982–1985)
HSN (1987–1998)
Pax TV (1998–2005)
i (2005–2007)
Transmitter power 745 kW
Height 510 m
Facility ID 5801
Transmitter coordinates 45°31′21″N 122°44′45″W / 45.52250°N 122.74583°W / 45.52250; -122.74583
Website www.ionline.tv

KPXG-TV, UHF digital channel 22, is an Ion Television-affiliated television station serving Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, United States that is licensed to Salem, Oregon. The station's studios and offices are located on Southwest Naito Parkway in downtown Portland, and its transmitter is located in the Sylvan-Highlands section of the city. KPXG's signal is relayed on two translator stations: KPXG-LD (UHF digital channel 42) as a fill-in translator in Portland, and K14LP-D in Cottage Grove. KPXG-TV also reaches some portions of the Eugene television market over-the-air and on cable.

History[edit]

The first signed on the air on November 21, 1981 as KECH. It was founded by general partners Chris Desmond and Arnold Brustin; both were formerly associated with CBS.[1] It originally operated as a general entertainment independent station, broadcasting classic movies and television series, it was branded as "Catch 22". By mid-1982, the station began carrying the ONTV subscription television service; customers would be supplied with small yagi antenna, an amplifier if needed and a set-top box in order to receive ONTV programming.

The station reverted to a general entertainment format in 1984, and changed its call sign to KWVT on October 1, 1986. Soon afterward, in 1987, the station affiliated with the Home Shopping Network; initially carried only in the overnight hours, HSN programming expanded to the midday hours later that year, and began to air full-time by 1987. At that point, the station was sold to Blackstar Broadcasting, and changed its call sign first to KHSP on September 17, 1987, and then KBSP-TV on April 21, 1988. During that year, the station carried the Oregon Megabucks drawings; the program was produced in conjunction with the Oregon Lottery, which discontinued the program by 1990.

Blackstar sold the station to Paxson Communications (now Ion Media Networks) on January 19, 1996, and the station began to air religious programming in the morning, informercials in the afternoon and evening, and Worship Network programming during the overnight hours. On July 1, 1998, the station changed its call letters to KPXG, and upon the launch of Pax TV on August 31, the station began airing the network's programming from noon to midnight (reduced to 4 to 11 p.m. by 2003, when the network reduced its programming schedule). It remains an affiliate of the restructured Ion Television network, following the network's rebrandings from Pax TV and i.

KPXG-LD history[edit]

KPXG-LD was initially a separately operated station, signing on in the spring of 1994 as K43EK, operating on UHF channel 43. The station was formerly licensed to VVILPTV Inc., which aired home shopping programming from ValueVision for four years. In 1998, K43EK was bought by Paxson Communications, which transitioned the station into a translator of KPXG to cover areas of the Portland market that receive a rimshot signal of KPXG, and soon changed the calls to KPXG-LP. The station later moved to channel 54, and then to channel 42 upon transitioning to digital television in August 2009. Other call letters assigned to the station in the past was K60DW. On December 15, 2014, Ion reached a deal to donate KPXG-LD to Word of God Fellowship, parent company of the Daystar network.[2]

Digital television[3][edit]

KPXG and KPXG-LD's over-the-air digital channel is multiplexed through channels 22 and 42:

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
22/42.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
22/42.2 480i 4:3 Qubo Qubo
22/42.3 IONLife Ion Life
22/42.4 ShopTV Ion Shop
22/42.5 QVC QVC
22/42.6 HSN HSN
22/42.7 TMDO Telemundo

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KPXG shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 22, on December 3, 2008 (seven months before most full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts on June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 4 to its former UHF analog channel 22 for post-transition operations.[4]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • The Valley News (1980s, as KECH)
  • Northwest NewsChannel 8 @ Ten on Pax (2003-2005; produced by KGW)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "One Good Thing Leads To Another" (1982 to mid-1980s)
  • "Here's The Thing To Do Catch 22" (mid-1980s to 1987)

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