|Martinsburg, West Virginia|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
|Owner||Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media Martinsburg License, Inc.)
|First air date||October 1, 1991|
|Call letters' meaning||satellite of WPXW-TV|
|Former callsigns||WYVN (1991-1996)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
60 (UHF, 1991-2009)
|Former affiliations||Fox (1991-1993)
Pax TV (1998-2005)
|Transmitter power||23 kW|
WWPX-TV is the Ion Television (formerly PAX and i) affiliate licensed to Martinsburg, West Virginia, and serving the northwestern portion of the Washington, DC television market. The station is owned by ION Media Networks, and broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 12, displayed as virtual channel 60. It is currently a relay of the main Ion affiliate for the Washington area, WPXW-TV.
Channel 60 signed on in 1991 as WYVN, a Fox affiliate. A news department was quickly set up, and offered more news than other stations in the area. However, Flying A Communications, the owner, found itself in financial trouble, due to this local news commitment and relatively poor ratings (partially caused by its location on cable, which was higher than other stations), leading to the station shutting down two years later, in 1993, after a sale to Benchmark Communications (who would have converted the station to a CBS affiliate for Winchester, Virginia under the WUSQ-TV callsign) fell through. A few months later, WYVN returned as an independent station, owned by Green River. The station tried to restore some local programming (including the newscast and a new talk show hosted by Gay Dawson), but further financial trouble caused this era to also end up being short-lived, abruptly ending in 1994.
The station returned again in 1996 as WSHE-TV, a Paxson Communications station that aired the company's standard infomercial format, with religious programming in some dayparts. The station changed its call letters to WWPX in 1998, and soon after became a charter member of Pax TV along with most of Paxson's other stations. It has remained with the network, later known as i and now known as Ion Television, ever since. Throughout that time, it has been a full-time satellite of WPXW.
- ION Television website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WWPX
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WWPX-TV