|Channels||Analog: 48 (UHF)
Digital: 25 (construction permit)
|Owner||Columbus Hispanic Media, LLC
(TVO Media, LLC)
|Founded||January 29, 1985|
|Call letters' meaning||W
PaX (former affiliation)
|Former callsigns||W62BE (1985-95)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1985-1998)
Azteca America (2007-2010)
|Transmitter power||150 kW|
WCPX-LP is a low-power television station in Columbus, Ohio, was broadcasting locally as analog channel 48 until March 2010 as an affiliate of Azteca América. Founded January 29, 1985, the station is owned currently by Columbus Hispanic Media, LLC.
WCPX ceased operations on channel 48 due to the impending move of full-power WSYX to broadcast its digital signal on channel 48. Because low-power television is a "secondary" service, a full-power station can displace a low-power station to improve the full-power station's coverage. WSYX received permission in 2009 to move its digital broadcast from channel 13 (a VHF channel) to channel 48 so as to better replicate WSYX's original analog full-power coverage.
Prior to the station joining Azteca América in January 2008, the station was a translator of WSFJ-TV, at that time an ION Television affiliate; even though network owner ION Media Networks did not own WSFJ, it did own WCPX-LP. Until 1995, the station (as W62BE, though it branded as "WCLS-TV") was an independent broadcast station operating on analog channel 62, with studios located in the Greater Columbus Convention Center until 1994.
Between March and June 2010, WCPX broadcasted Azteca America programming on WCSN-LD's digital channel 32.1. In June 2010, Columbus Hispanic Media, LLC and Columbus Television, LLC (owners of WCSN-LD) ended their relationship as Columbus Hispanic Media, LLC's owners struggled to determine their company's direction and future after the untimely death of founder Stephen Marriott.
WCPX holds a construction permit to build digital facilities on channel 25. WCPX had an application to flash-cut to digital on channel 48 that was dismissed when WSYX received authorization to move to channel 48.
WCPX has also signed up for an affiliation with Mexicanal, a Spanish-language television channel for Mexican-Americans; the station's plans for the channel have yet to be announced. Mexicanal is also seen on WCSN-LD since March 15, 2011.
On March 1, 2011, Azteca America disaffiliated with WCPX-LP, moving its programming to W23BZ-D subchannel 23.2.
- Official site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WCPX-LP
- Columbus Dispatch article on the station's launch
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