WPGX

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WPGX
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Panama City, Florida
United States
Branding Fox 28
Slogan WPGX Marks the Spot
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
Subchannels 28.1 Fox
28.2 Bounce TV
28.3 Grit
Affiliations Fox
Owner Raycom Media
(WPGX License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air date May 1988 (1988-05)[1]
Call letters' meaning Panama City & Gulf Coast Fox
Sister station(s) WDFX-TV, WSFA
Former channel number(s) Analog:
28 (UHF, 1988-2009)
Former affiliations The Tube (DT2)
Transmitter power 34 kW
Height 225 m
Class DT
Facility ID 2942
Transmitter coordinates 30°23′42″N 85°32′2″W / 30.39500°N 85.53389°W / 30.39500; -85.53389
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS

WPGX is the Fox-affiliated television station in Panama City, Florida. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 9 (or virtual channel 28.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Blue Springs Road, in unincorporated Bay County, northwest of Youngstown. The station can also be seen on Comcast and WOW! channel 8 as well as Mediacom channel 10 (with HD on Comcast digital channel 434, Mediacom digital channel 810, and WOW! digital channel 905). Owned by Raycom Media, WPGX has studios on West 23rd Street/Alternate SR 390/SR 368 in Panama City. Syndicated programming on the station includes Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Judge Judy, and The People's Court among others.

History[edit]

The station began operations in May 1988 and aired on analog signal on UHF channel 28. Its previous owner, Waitt Media, sold WPGX to Raycom in 2003. At one point under Raycom Media ownership, WPGX previously maintained facilities (known as the "Fox Television Center") on Luverne Avenue in a building shared with a Suntrust Bank branch. In May 2010, it launched a website for the first time under Raycom's control.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
28.1 720p 16:9 WPGX-DT Main WPGX programming / Fox
28.2 480i 4:3 WPGX-SD Bounce TV
28.3 WPGX-GR GritTV

Originally, WPGX-DT2 was an affiliate of The Tube but the 24-hour music video network was dropped after going dark in 2007. In its place, the station was considering to offer This TV but decided not to in the end. WBIF had been carrying the 24-hour movie network but dropped the programming service after becoming owned by Daystar. In July 2010, ABC affiliate WMBB broadcast This TV on their second digital subchannel and later changed to Me-TV as of August 2013.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WPGX shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 28, 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 9.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 28.

Programing[edit]

In January 2010, local ABC outlet WMBB (owned by the Hoak Media Corporation) began producing local weather cut-ins for this station through an arrangement. Although there was speculation this agreement would eventually be expanded into a prime time newscast at 9, these plans never came to fruition. The weather segments ceased airing at some point and this Fox affiliate now features weather forecasts produced in advance by WeatherVision, normally featuring Meteorologist Brandon Bouché. [4]

WPGX also currently broadcasts a local 30 minute talk/public affairs show that airs in the weeknight time slot after Fox prime time programming, called News View, hosted by former United States Air Force Lieutenant colonel Don Arias. The program is taped in advance and features topics that tend to be presented from a conservative perspective (owing to the South's traditional conservative values). [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says May 21, while the Television and Cable Factbook says May 20.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPGX
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr2OnHJt1gI
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/NewsViewDonArias

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