WEPA-CD

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WEPA-CD
Green Tree Hill (Pittsburgh, PA)
City of license Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Channels Digital: 16 (UHF)
Translators (see article)
Affiliations Movies!
Owner OTA Broadcasting, LLC
(OTA Broadcasting (PIT), LLC)
Founded February 28, 1989 [1]
Call letters' meaning WEstern PA
Former callsigns W59BT (1989-1998)
WBGN-LP (1998-2009)
WBGN-LD (2009-2010)
WBGN-CD (2010-2014)
Former affiliations All News Channel, UATV
Universal Sports (on DT4)
Transmitter power 8 kW(an) 14(dig)
Height N/A
Class DC
Digital Class-A
Facility ID 247012
Website wbgn.com

WEPA-CD is a Class A television station located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An affiliate of Movies!, the station is owned and operated by OTA Broadcasting, LLC (a company controlled by Michael Dell's MSD Capital), who purchased the station on August 26, 2013. Before then, it was owned by Bruno-Goodworth Network, Inc., who owned the stations since their inception. WEPA simulcasts on nine (9) Class A television stations that are strategically located throughout the Pittsburgh DMA. This combined signal makes WEPA's coverage equal to or greater than the existing full power network affiliates in the Pittsburgh Market. WEPA is one of the few Class A stations in the country that is "reportable" by Nielsen Media Research.[citation needed]

As WBGN[edit]

WEPA-CD began broadcasting in 1995 on channel 59 with the call sign W59BT, and later WBGN until November 2014. As WBGN, the station broadcast a variety of programming including first run syndicated shows such as Martha, Reno 911, Chappelle's Show, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Temptation and Jury Duty, along with former network hits such as Family Ties, Hawaii Five-O, Mission: Impossible, The Nanny, Mad About You, The Outer Limits, and America's Funniest Home Videos. The prime-time lineup was rounded out with programming syndicated from Canada such as Cold Squad, Stone Undercover and ReGenesis. The network also showed second-run movies, children's shows such as Beakman's World, live religious broadcasts and real estate shows. The station produced and/or aired number of regularly scheduled local programs. It broadcast local news breaks and local high school and professional sporting events. In 2005, the station broadcast The It's Alive Show, a local program showcasing horror films and B-movies. In May 2006, the station also produced two-minute news and 30-second weather segments which aired every half hour during prime-time hours. In 2013, WBGN also started airing a professional wrestling show called PWX Unleashed from local McKeesport promotion Pro Wrestling eXpress. This is PWX's second TV show since their TV show which was held at Eastland Mall (North Versailles, Pennsylvania).

Digital Conversion[edit]

On July 12, 2009, WBGN began broadcasting digitally in the Pittsburgh area on physical channel 16 (485 MHz), the former analog designation of WINP-TV.

The main WBGN signal plus all of its satellite stations signed off their analog signals on June 22, 2010, since many fell within the channel 52-Channel 69 spectrum that was freed up for other uses by the FCC. Like the main signal, the digital signal in New Castle airs on a former analog designation, in this case channel 27, the former analog home of CBS affiliate WKBN-TV in Youngstown, Ohio as does the digital signal in Greensburg which airs on the former analog designation of CW affiliate WPCW Pittsburgh/Jeanette, PA. By July 2010, WBGN and all of its satellite stations including New Castle (WPCP), Butler (WNNB), Beaver (WJMB), and Greensburg (WEMW) were transmitting digitally.

Station sale[edit]

On August 26, 2013, Bruno-Goodworth Network, Inc. completed the sale of all 9 of their stations to OTA Broadcasting, LLC, upon which its main signal became a full-time affiliate of RetroTV. As OTA Broadcasting has been buying up stations only so OTA could auction off the station's license and spectrum during the FCC's 2016 spectrum incentive auction, this has led to speculation that WEPA-CD and its various stations will be shut down altogether in order to free up spectrum for other uses.

During late 2014, the station moved it's operations to WQED-TV, and became a full-time affiliate of Movies!. The only remaining local programs are a daily noon mass from St. Mary's Church in downtown Pittsburgh, reruns of Cappelli & Company, and The It's Alive Show. On November 20, 2014, OTA Broadcasting changed the call sign on the station from WBGN-CD to WEPA-CD due to the fact that the previous call sign was a direct reference to the station's previous owners.

Station availability[edit]

WEPA-CD is carried on Verizon FiOS. Including the broadcast on channel 16 in Pittsburgh, WEPA is available over-the-air to almost all households in South-Western Pennsylvania, the Northern-Panhandle of West Virginia, and East-Central Ohio through the 9 stations that simulcast WEPA in the Pittsburgh market.

Stations[edit]

Call Sign Ch. #

(Digital)

City
WEPA-CD 16 Pittsburgh
WPCP-CD 27 New Castle, Pennsylvania
WNNB-CD 30 Beaver, Pennsylvania
WJMB-CD 17 Butler, Pennsylvania
WKHU-CD 44 Kittanning, Pennsylvania
WEMW-CD 19 Greensburg, Pennsylvania
WWLM-CA 20 Washington, Pennsylvania
WWKH-CA 47 Uniontown, Pennsylvania
WMVH-CD 40 Charleroi, Pennsylvania
WJPW-CD 18 Weirton, West Virginia
WVTX-CD 28 Bridgeport, Ohio

Currently, four standard definition channels are being provided by the station.

Subchannel PSIP Name Programming
59.1 WEPA main WEPA programming / Movies!
59.2 QVC QVC
59.3 RTV Retro Television Network
59.4 LWN Live Well Network

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