|Branding||Fox 51 (general)
Fox 35 News
Fox 51 News
|Slogan||So Fox 51 (general)
See the Difference
|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 51 (PSIP)
|Owner||Fox Television Stations
|First air date||November 1, 1983|
|Call letters' meaning||We're Ocala/
|Sister station(s)||WOFL, WRBW|
|Former callsigns||WBSP-TV (1983–1987)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 51 (UHF, 1983–2009)|
|Former affiliations||Independent (1983–1991)|
|Transmitter power||500 kW|
WOGX, virtual channel 51 (UHF digital channel 31), is the Fox owned-and-operated television station that is licensed to Ocala, Florida, United States. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. Although identifying as a separate station in its own right, WOGX is actually considered a semi-satellite of WOFL in Orlando. As such, it clears all network programming as provided through its parent station but airs a separate offering of syndicated programming. WOGX does, however, air The People's Court and The Simpsons as WOFL but at different times. It also features separate local commercials and legal identifications.
Master control and most internal operations of WOGX originate from the studios of WOFL and sister station WRBW on Skyline Drive in Lake Mary (along I-4), and its transmitter is located along CR 316, in unincorporated Marion County, between Williston and Fairfield. WOGX maintains an advertising sales office on Northwest 43rd Street in Gainesville.
The Gainesville television market is located between several other Florida media markets. As a result, the Bright House Networks system in Ocala (part of the Orlando market) does not carry WOGX but opts instead for WOFL. In addition, the Comcast system in Ocala carries WOFL in high definition on its digital tier in lieu of one from WOGX.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|51.1||720p||16:9||WOGX-DT||Main WOGX programming / Fox|
WOGX shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 51, 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 UHF channel 31. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 51.
The station began as independent station WBSP-TV on November 1, 1983. The original owners, Big Sun Television, sold WBSP to Wabash Valley Broadcasting of Terre Haute, Indiana in 1986 which changed the call letters to the current WOGX in 1987. The previous calls now belong to a repeater of Fort Myers Univision affiliate WUVF-LP. On May 30, 1991, the station became a Fox affiliate. Prior to this, Gainesville did not have a Fox affiliate of its own. Cox Cable's Gainesville system didn't carry any of the nearest Fox affiliates--WOFL, Tampa Bay's WTOG (through 1988 when Fox moved to WFTS-TV), or Jacksonville's WAWS.
Marion County, home to Ocala, had received Fox programming through WOFL and WTOG (until 1988). Citrus County (which is assigned to the Tampa Bay market, but has long been claimed by WOGX as part of its primary coverage area) received Fox from W49AI (now WYKE-CD). At the time, this was a repeater of WOFL (except for late night programming as W49AI signed-off at midnight). W49AI was forced to discontinue Fox and WOFL programming upon WOGX's affiliation.
Channel 51 struggled for most of its first decade on the air, as Gainesville was not large enough for the station to be viable on its own. Finally, in 1996, Wabash Valley Broadcasting sold WOGX to the Meredith Corporation, owner of WOFL. Meredith turned WOGX into a semi-satellite of WOFL, and closed down WOGX' separate facility on Southwest 37th Avenue in Ocala (along I-75). The two stations' operations were merged at WOFL's studios in Lake Mary. In 2002, Meredith sold WOFL and WOGX to Fox Television Stations in a deal that also saw Meredith obtain KPTV in Portland, Oregon. This made WOFL and WOGX both Fox owned-and-operated stations as well as sister to WRBW (then a UPN affiliate).
Sometime in late 2009, the station redesigned its website to match other Fox-owned stations (including WOFL) although it still does not use a "MyFox"-style web address. In addition, the domain names "MyFoxGainesville.com" and "MyFoxOcala.com" both link to WOGX's website, WOGX.com.
WOGX began simulcasting WOFL's local news programs when its news department launched in March 1998. Currently, it clears all newscasts from the Orlando station except for the 9:00 a.m. hour of the weekday morning program, the weeknight 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts, as well as the weekend morning newscast from 8:00-10:00 a.m. There is no separate title open seen on WOGX or local inserts targeted to the Gainesville/Ocala area since there are no news-related personnel based out of this outlet's facility. WOFL will provide regional coverage (such as events at the University of Florida) when conditions warrant. There is a separate weather forecast segment targeting the greater North Central Florida area that is taped in advance. 
Current on-air staff
WOFL's primary news anchors are Sonni Abatta (weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.), John Brown (weekday mornings on Good Day from 6:00-9:00 a.m.), Bob Frier (weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.), Tracy Jacim (weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter), Amy Kaufeldt (weekday mornings on Good Day from 6:00-9:00 a.m.), Keith Landry (weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter) and Luanne Sorrell (weekday mornings on Good Day from 4:30-9:00 a.m.).
The Fox 35 Weather team includes chief meteorologist Glenn Richards (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.), meteorologists Rob Eicher (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval; weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.), Leslie Hudson (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval; freelance meteorlogist, normally seen weekends) and Jayme King (NWA Seal of Approval; weekday mornings on Good Day from 4:30-9:00 a.m.) and weather anchor Liz Horton (fill-in weather anchor; also weekday morning traffic reporter from 4:30-9:00 a.m.).
The station's reporting staff includes Valerie Boey (weekday morning reporter from 4:30-9:00 a.m.), Holly Bristow (general assignment reporter), Shannon Butler (general assignment reporter), Steve Gelbach (general assignment reporter), Tom Johnson (general assignment and sports reporter), Kelly Joyce (general assignment reporter), Melissa Mahadeo (general assignment reporter), David Martin (special projects reporter), Darrol Nail (general assignment reporter), Ray Raymundi (weekday morning reporter from 4:30-9:00 a.m.), Mike Synan (general assignment reporter), Tiffany Teasley (general assignment reporter) and Kimberly Wiggins (general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor).
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- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "Application Search Details (1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
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- MyFoxOrlando.com - WOFL official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WOGX