|New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Channels||Digital: 50 (UHF)
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||49.1 WPXL / ion HD
49.3 ion life
ion life (DT3)
|Owner||ION Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media New Orleans License, Inc.)
|First air date||March 19, 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||PaX Louisiana|
|Former callsigns||WCCL (1989-1998)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
49 (UHF, 1989-2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1989-1990)
Pax TV (1998-2005)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
The station's digital signal on UHF 50, is multiplexed:
|49.1||720p||16:9||ION||Main WPXL programming / ion|
On June 12, 2009, WPXL ceased analog broadcasting on channel 49 and continued broadcasting its digital signal on channel 50, completing its analog to digital transition. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WPXL-TV's virtual channel as "49".
The station was formerly WCCL, an independent station. The station went silent from the spring of 1990 until May 25, 1994, where it was returned to the air by Flinn Broadcasting Corporation. Before Pax TV was born, the station carried Home Shopping Network programming.
After Hurricane Katrina until the end of 2005, WPXL simulcasted NBC affiliate WDSU (channel 6), whose transmitter building in Chalmette, Louisiana was flooded out during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The station also added the signals for The Worship Network, also local Tribune stations WGNO (Channel 26, ABC) and WNOL (Channel 38, CW) to their digital multicasting channels for those in the New Orleans area that could receive digital television signals. On March 29, 2008, WPXL was finally able to launch qubo programming on channel 49-2 and Ion Life programming on 49-3, which each launched a year and a half after Katrina, as WGNO and WNOL had moved their digital transmissions to WNOL's UHF channel 15.
The Worship Network, which had been broadcasting on digital subchannel 49-4, was removed from all Ion-owned stations including WPXL, on February 1, 2010.
- Ion Television site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WPXL
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WPXL-TV