WVTX-CD

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WVTX-CD
(satellite of WBGN-CD,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Bridgeport, Ohio / Wheeling, West Virginia
Branding WBGN-TV
Slogan The family's all here
Channels Digital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 59
Affiliations Independent
Owner Bruno-Goodworth Network
Founded December 15th, 1998
Call letters' meaning West Virginia Transmitter (TX)
Former callsigns W28AS (1989-2004)
WDBW-CA (2004)
WVTX-CA (2004-2013)
Former affiliations UPN
Transmitter power 150 kW(analog)
Class Class-A
Facility ID 68408
Website wbgn.com

WVTX-CD is a Class-A television station that retransmits WBGN-CD from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on channel 28. The station serves the Wheeling, West Virginia area, and is officially licensed to the nearby city of Bridgeport, Ohio. WVTX-CD, along with its transmission facilities, are owned by Bruno-Goodworth Network, which also owns eleven other Class A television stations.

History[edit]

WVTX-CD was originally a satellite station for independent Pittsburgh station WBGN-CD with the W28AS call sign. The station's call sign was later changed to WDBW-CA, and again to WVTX-CA on February 17, 2004.

Under a Local Marketing Agreement that began in late 2004, Bruno-Goodworth Network retained ownership of WVTX-CA, the station increased power, ceased transmitting WBGN programming, and started its own newscast, produced locally by WVTX Inc, which also shared ownership with cable-only WBWO-18.

WVTX-CA became the only UPN affiliate serving West Virginia viewers, and produced programming such as a daily 5:30 pm newscast and coverage of local church services. WVTX-CA also enjoyed carriage on several area cable systems including Comcast, which carried the station on channel 3.

After a failed attempt at running the station, WVTX Inc. returned WVTX-CA to The Bruno Goodworth Network in September 2006. WVTX-CD — the station has since begun broadcasting digitally, and assumed its current call sign on May 2, 2013 — is now Wheeling's only independent television station. WVTX-CD airs a mix of local programs and first run syndicated programming. The station is no longer carried on the Comcast system, but remains available over the air.

WVTX no longer rebroadcasts WGBN from Pittsburgh. It now duplicates WTRF's FOX and ABC (7.2 and 7.3) channels on channel 28.

Network affiliation[edit]

WVTX was affiliated UPN from December, 2004 to September, 2006. When UPN and the WB merged to form The CW Television Network in on September 16th, 2006, WVTX lost its network affiliation and became independent. The CW affiliation was granted to WBWO, a cable only channel in the Wheeling-Steubenville area.

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