WYCX-CD

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WYCX-CD
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Manchester, Vermont
United States
City of license Manchester/Londonderry, Vermont/South Charlestown, New Hampshire[1]
Branding YCN
Slogan Your Local View
Channels Digital: 2 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels x.1 Outside Television
x.2 Tuff TV
x.3 Retro TV
x.4 PBJ
Translators WYCU-LD 26 Charlestown, New Hampshire/Rockingham, Vermont[2]
Affiliations Outside Television (2003-present)
Owner Cross Hill Communications, LLC
Founded January 24, 1996
First air date March 1998 (1998-03)
Call letters' meaning Yankee Communications X
Former callsigns W49BU (1996–1998)
WVBK-LP (1998–2003)
WVBK-CA (2003–2013)
WVBK-CD (2013)
Former affiliations Independent station (1998 and 2000)
UPN (1998–2000)
America One (2000–2003)
Transmitter power 1.56 kW
Class Class A
Facility ID 26996
Transmitter coordinates 42°58′28″N 72°36′10″W / 42.97444°N 72.60278°W / 42.97444; -72.60278Coordinates: 42°58′28″N 72°36′10″W / 42.97444°N 72.60278°W / 42.97444; -72.60278
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.ycnnow.com

WYCX-CD is the Outside Television affiliate for southern Vermont, licensed in Manchester and Londonderry, as well as South Charlestown, New Hampshire.[1] The station's digital transmissions are on VHF channel 2; it is also carried on area cable systems, and formerly branded as TV 12 and 20 in recognition of this. The station currently brands as YCN, an initialism for "Yankee Communications Network." WYCX-CD is owned by Cross Hill Communications. Programming is also seen on WYCU-LD (channel 26) in Charlestown, New Hampshire and Rockingham, Vermont.[2]

History[edit]

A construction permit for what is now WYCX-CD was granted on January 24, 1996 for operation on UHF channel 49, to serve Manchester;[3] the new station was issued the call sign W49BU.[4] The original owners, Heritage Broadcasting Company of New York (the subsidiary of Heritage Media that held the license to WXXA-TV, channel 23, in Albany, New York prior to that station's sale to Clear Channel Communications in 1994, several months after Heritage applied for channel 49), sold the station to Vision 3 Broadcasting on June 19, 1997.[5][6] Vision 3 modified the permit to add Londonderry as a second city of license on January 8, 1998.[7] The station was designed to be a repeater of WVBG-LP (channel 25) from Albany; however, when channel 49 signed on in March 1998 as an independent station, it was the second of Vision 3's three stations to launch,[8] after W39CE (channel 39, later renamed WVBX-LP) in Easton, New York, which signed on in December 1997,[9] and WVBG itself, which debuted in August 1998.[10] Channel 49 became WVBK-LP on April 24, 1998.[4]

On October 5, 1998, WVBK, along with parent station WVBG, became a UPN affiliate;[11] it already carried the UPN Kids block,[12] but the network's primetime programming had previously been seen in the Capital District through secondary affiliations with Fox affiliate WXXA[12] and Pax station WYPX (channel 55),[13] as well as cable carriage of WSBK-TV from Boston.[11][13] The lineup of UPN and syndicated programming was supplemented by several sports packages, including Big East football and basketball, the Boston Red Sox (the telecasts of which were dropped following a territorial complaint by the New York Yankees),[14] and the Boston Celtics.[15]

The UPN affiliation ended at the start of 2000 when cable-only "WEDG-TV" (known later as "UPN 4") signed on as a joint operation between Time Warner Cable and WXXA.[16] WVBK would then revert to being an independent station, heavily emphasizing its status as a primarily over-the-air station;[17] that June, Vision 3 put its sister stations, WVBG and WVBX, up for sale,[18] and by 2001 much of the station's schedule was taken up by programming from America One[19] and the Resort Sports Network (RSN), the predecessor to Outside Television.[20] While WVBG was sold to Wireless Access in 2001[21] (subsequently moving to channel 41 in Greenwich) and WVBX was sold to Venture Technologies Group in 2003[22] (subsequently moving to channel 15 first as WNYA-CA in Albany, then as WEPT-CA in Kinderhook), Vision 3 kept WVBK, making it a separate station. America One was dropped in 2003, making the station a full RSN affiliate.[23][24] The station moved to channel 2 in 2004[25] and upgraded to class A status.[26]

On February 28, 2005, Vision 3 purchased the construction permit for W47CS[27] (channel 47) in Windsor[28] from MTC North,[29] who was granted the permit on April 22, 2003.[28] Vision 3 changed its call letters to WVBQ-LP on June 16, 2005,[27] moved the station to Newport and Charlestown, New Hampshire on February 16, 2006,[30] and signed it on that March[31] as a satellite of WVBK.

Vision 3 filed to sell WVBK and WVBQ to New Hampshire 1 Network, a company controlled by William H. Binnie, in November 2010;[32] the deal was called off in June 2011.[33] Vision 3 then filed to sell WVBQ to Cross Hill Communications that November; under the terms of the deal, Cross Hill also held an option to acquire WVBK,[34] which was exercised in June 2012.[35] Under Cross Hill, the station increased its local programming, including the addition of a half-hour weeknight newscast (which originally aired at 6 p.m. with repeats at 6:30 p.m. and from 10–11 p.m., and as a result was initially branded as YCN News Hour).

WYCU-LD began broadcasting in digital on channel 26 in December 2012; although this facility was applied for as WVBQ's digital companion channel, Cross Hill ended broadcasts on analog channel 47 on December 20, 2012 and returned the analog WVBQ-LP license to the FCC,[2] which canceled it on January 3, 2013.[27] Channel 26 had changed its call letters from WVBQ-LD to WYCU-LD on December 13, 2012.[36] In May 2013, WVBK converted to digital broadcasts;[1] on October 18, it changed its call letters to WYCX-CD.[4] Following their digital conversions, WYCX and WYCU added subchannels to carry RTV, Tuff TV, and PBJ.[37]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[38]
2.1 480i 4:3 WVBK-DT Main WYCX-CD programming / Outside Television
2.2 Tuff TV
2.3 Retro Television Network
2.4 PBJ

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "APPLICATION FOR CLASS A TELEVISION BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE (WVBK-CD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. May 2, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "APPLICATION FOR CLASS A TELEVISION BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE (WVBQ-LD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 14, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Application Search Details (WYCX-CD, 1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Call Sign History (WYCX-CD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (WYCX-CD, 2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (WYCX-CD, 3)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (WYCX-CD, 4)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Owen, Rob (March 27, 1998). "WVBG channels make slow debut". Albany Times-Union. p. D4. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ Owen, Rob (December 9, 1997). "`Daily' takes shot at the whole year". Albany Times-Union. p. D6. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (August 31, 1998). "Most powerful of low-power trio of TV stations goes on air". The Business Review. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b McGuire, Mark (September 30, 1998). "Channel 25 is now affiliated with UPN". Albany Times-Union. p. D6. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Owen, Rob (August 14, 1997). "Cable systems may not carry new TV station". Albany Times-Union. p. D4. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b McGuire, Mark (September 4, 1998). "Pax TV, UPN form contradictory alliance". Albany Times-Union. p. D1. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ Dougherty, Pete (September 18, 1998). "WVBG forced to stop showing Red Sox games". Albany Times-Union. p. C2. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ Dougherty, Pete (February 19, 1999). "WVBG shoots airballs on two Celtics' telecasts". Albany Times-Union. p. C8. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ McGuire, Mark (November 17, 1999). "WVBG hurt by UPN deal". Albany Times-Union. p. D5. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (February 14, 2000). "WVBG/TV 25 proving there is life after UPN". The Business Review. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  18. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (June 12, 2000). "Vt. owner puts independent WVBG/TV 25 on the block". The Business Review. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ "FCC 398 Children's Television Programming Report (WVBK-LP)". Federal Communications Commission. July 10, 2001. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  20. ^ McGuire, Mark (February 14, 2001). "Westminster purebreeds pure ratings for USA". Albany Times-Union. p. D1. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Application Search Details (WVBG-LP)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Application Search Details (WEPT-CA)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ "FCC 398 Children's Television Programming Report (WVBK-LP)". Federal Communications Commission. November 3, 2003. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  24. ^ "FCC 398 Children's Television Programming Report (WVBK-CA)". Federal Communications Commission. March 11, 2004. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  25. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CLASS A TELEVISION BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE (WVBK-CA)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 13, 2004. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  26. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CLASS A TELEVISION BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE (WVBK-CA)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 17, 2002. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  27. ^ a b c "Call Sign History (WVBQ-LP)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  28. ^ a b "Application Search Details (WVBQ-LP, 1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Application Search Details (WVBQ-LP, 2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Application Search Details (WVBQ-LP, 3)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  31. ^ "APPLICATION FOR A LOW POWER TV, TV TRANSLATOR OR TV BOOSTER STATION LICENSE (WVBQ-LP)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 30, 2006. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Binnie buy to lead to something bigger for the Granite State?". Television Business Report. December 28, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  33. ^ Carbonara, Daniel N. (June 29, 2011). "Notification of Non-consummation". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  34. ^ "APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF A CORPORATE LICENSEE OR PERMITTEE, OR FOR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE OR PERMIT OF TV OR FM TRANSLATOR STATION OR LOW POWER TELEVISION STATION". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 4, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  35. ^ Seyler, Dave (June 22, 2012). "Second LPTV for New England owner". Television Business Report. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Call Sign History (WYCX-CD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  37. ^ Marcucci, Carl (September 18, 2012). "Luken, Canny, Yankee Comm. sign triple play deal". Television Business Report. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  38. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WYCX

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