WUXP-TV

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WUXP-TV
Wuxp my tv banner.png
Nashville, Tennessee
Branding My30
Channels Digital: 21 (UHF)
Virtual: 30 (PSIP)
Subchannels 30.1 MyNetworkTV
30.2 GetTV
Affiliations MyNetworkTV (since 2006)
GetTV (DT2; since 2014)
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(WUXP Licensee, LLC)
First air date February 18, 1984; 30 years ago (1984-02-18)
Call letters' meaning exploits the U and P from UPN (former affiliation), X from former WXMT calls
Sister station(s) WNAB, WZTV
Former callsigns WCAY-TV (1984–1989)
WXMT (1989–1996)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
30 (UHF, 1984–2009)
Former affiliations independent (1984–1987, 1990–1995)
Fox (1987–1990)
UPN (1995–2006)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 413 m
Facility ID 9971
Transmitter coordinates 36°15′50″N 86°47′39″W / 36.26389°N 86.79417°W / 36.26389; -86.79417
Website www.mytv30web.com

WUXP-TV, virtual channel 30 (UHF digital channel 21), is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, and is sister to Fox affiliate WZTV (channel 17, also wholly owned by Sinclair) and CW affiliate WNAB (channel 58, owned by Tennessee Broadcasting but operated by Sinclair through an outsourcing agreement). All three share studios on Mainstream Drive along the Cumberland River, WUXP's transmitter is located in Whites Creek, Tennessee. Syndicated programming on WUXP includes Jeopardy!, Judge Judy, The People's Court and Family Feud.

History[edit]

The station signed on the air on February 18, 1984 as independent station WCAY-TV; it was owned by the TVX Broadcast Group, which had signed on a few stations in other markets. The station maintained a general entertainment format featuring cartoons, sitcoms, movies and drama series. Along with the other TVX stations, WCAY became a Fox affiliate on April 5, 1987 as part of a groupwide affiliation deal. Fox affiliated with all of TVX's stations as a condition of affiliating with WNOL-TV in New Orleans. However, there was a catch: if one of TVX's underperforming stations was sold, that particular station that was sold could lose their Fox affiliation in the event that there is a higher rated independent station in the market available for affiliation.

In 1987, TVX acquired Taft Broadcasting's Fox affiliates and independent stations. Unfortunately, the deal left TVX heavily leveraged. After the 1987 stock market "bump", the larger investors started pulling their funding. One large investor used his voting shares and influence to force TVX to sell some of its underperforming medium-market stations. WCAY and sister station WMKW in Memphis (now WLMT) were sold to MT Communications, which was headed by – and named after – Michael Thompson. WCAY then changed its call letters to WXMT.

In 1990, WZTV's owner, Act III Broadcasting – who was known for buying its competitors' stronger programming assets and having the competitor change formats to religious or home shopping programming and in one case, even having it go dark altogether – offered to buy WXMT's entire syndicated programming inventory and move most of the shows over to WZTV, alongside programs that were already broadcast on that station. Fox also planned to exercise its option to moving its Nashville area affiliation to WZTV. Originally, WXMT was to switch to a hybrid format of home shopping for 18 hours a day and religious programs for six hours a day, but MT Communications still wanted some of the programming and to keep some entertainment shows on the schedule. The deal was called off early in February. But in the middle of the month when Fox moved over to WZTV, negotiations resumed and immediately it was decided that WZTV would get only cash programming (including sitcoms, movies, and some of the cartoons), while WXMT would keep barter cartoons, a few barter sitcoms as well as some religious shows.

The deal took effect later in February 1990. By this time, WXMT's schedule now featured cartoons from 7-9 a.m., religious programming from 9 a.m.-noon, Home Shopping Network programming from noon to 4 p.m. and after 9 p.m., and low-rated barter syndicated shows from 4 to 9 p.m. Gradually, more first run talk shows, sitcoms and cartoons were added to WXMT's schedule. By 1994, WXMT was once again running general entertainment programming full-time.

On January 16, 1995, the station became an affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN), and began branding itself as "UPN 30". By then, WZTV was owned by Abry Communications; later that year, WZTV entered into a local marketing agreement with WXMT. MT Communications sold the station to a local owner, but WZTV would handle programming responsibilities for the station. The station's call letters were changed to the current WUXP on August 23, 1996 with its on-air branding changing to "UXP30" and later "UPN Nashville" before reverting to "UPN 30" in 2002.

Before it entered into the LMA with WZTV, WXMT had planned to build a state-of-the-art studio facility along the "south loop" of Interstate 40 in Nashville. For many years, even after the plans had been abandoned, a retaining wall on the site featured a mural reading "Future Home of WXMT-30". The LMA continued after Sinclair acquired Abry. As time went on, cartoons (such as The Wacky World of Tex Avery, Pokémon and RoboCop: Alpha Commando) disappeared from the schedule gradually and more first-run reality and talk shows were added. In 2000, Sinclair Broadcast Group bought WUXP outright.

On February 22, 2006, News Corporation announced the formation of MyNetworkTV, a sister network to Fox that would affiliate with WB and UPN stations that were not named as affiliates of fellow upstart network The CW.[1][2] In February 2006, WUXP, along with most of Sinclair's WB and UPN affiliates, was announced as a charter affiliate of MyNetworkTV. On September 5 of that year, WUXP changed its on-air branding to "My 30" and carried the last three weeks of UPN programming outside of prime time during the late night hours. WUXP may carry CW or Fox programming should WNAB or WZTV preempt in the event of a local special or an emergency such as a breaking news story.

WUXP has been the long-time home to Southeastern Conference football and basketball games from Jefferson-Pilot/Raycom Sports since the early 2000s,[3] now syndicated through SEC TV from 2009 to 2014. This would end in 2014 due to all those games being moved to the new SEC Network that is to launch in August 2014 due to a new contract between the Southeastern Conference and ESPN to launch that new network.[4]

From 1995 to 2006, WUXP was the default UPN affiliate for the Bowling Green, Kentucky market, and was the default MyNetworkTV affiliate from since 2006. However, WCZU-LD signed on with a secondary MyNetworkTV and primary Antenna TV during the 2013-2014 winter. WUXP is still the default MyNetworkTV affiliate for Bowling Green on cable since WCZU-LD is only available over-the-air in the Bowling Green market currently. However, WCZU's MyNetworkTV affiliation is still in question.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
30.1 720p 16:9 WUXP-MY Main WUXP-TV programming / MyNetworkTV
30.2 480i 4:3 GetTV Get-TV

As a part of an affiliation agreement involving several Sinclair-owned stations, WUXP began carrying TheCoolTV on digital subchannel 30.2 on September 18, 2010. It was dropped on August 31, 2012, as part of a groupwide removal of the network. The station launched Get-TV on their second digital subchannel during the wee hours of Saturday, June 28, 2014 as part of a deal with Sinclair that would add 33 markets to the GetTV affiliate roster. [6]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WUXP-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 30, 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 21.[7][8] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 30.

Newscast[edit]

In 1991, WXMT debuted the Nashville market's first primetime newscast at 9 p.m. (predating WZTV's 9 p.m. newscast by six years) through a news share agreement with NBC affiliate WSMV-TV (channel 4). The hour-long weeknight newscast, which featured WSMV's anchors and reporting staff, lasted less than two years before it was cancelled and replaced with syndicated programming.

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