|Slogan||In God We Trust|
For a Better Life
|Channels||Digital: 40 (UHF)|
(to move to 7 (VHF))
Virtual: 55 (PSIP)
|Translators||WWRP-LP 9 Tallahassee|
(Associated Christian Television System, Inc.)
|First air date||March 6, 1982|
|Call letters' meaning||Associated Christian (referring to owner) X = Christ|
|Former callsigns||WIYE (1982–1988)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
55 (UHF, 1982–2006)
|Former affiliations||TBN (1990s–2006)|
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW|
53.2 kW (CP)
49.2 kW (application)
|Height||493.6 m (1,619 ft)|
510.5 m (1,675 ft) (application)
|Public license information||Profile|
WACX, virtual channel 55 (UHF digital channel 40), is a religious independent television station serving Orlando, Florida, United States that is licensed to Leesburg, with studios in Altamonte Springs and transmitter near Bithlo. The station is locally owned by the Bowers family and their company, Associated Christian Television System; its schedule consists primarily of national and local religious programming.
WACX operates on a commercial license, even though it, like most religious stations, is viewer supported.
The station's owner, Associated Christian Television System, is not the same entity as either American Christian Television Services, owner of WTLW in Lima, Ohio, or the defunct cable network the American Christian Television System.
WACX first signed on the air on March 6, 1982 as WIYE, operating on analog channel 55 and owned by Claud and Freeda Bowers. However, it has roots in a local Christian cable station begun by the Bowers and several other Lake County residents in 1977.
Channel 55's signal originally didn't make it too far out of Lake County. However, the station had grown enough that by 1987 it was able to move to a new transmitter capable of 5 million watts of power, boosting its coverage area to the entire Central Florida area. It became WACX in 1988, and began branding itself as "SuperChannel 55" because at the time it was the only station airing at the maximum power allowed for a UHF station.
From the 1990s through September 2006, WACX was affiliated with TBN, regularly airing select programs from the network; this affiliation ceased after TBN acquired its own station in the market. Since then, the station has regularly featured programming from The Inspiration Network (INSP) and periodically from God TV.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|55.1||480i||4:3||WACX-D1||Main WACX programming|
|55.5||WACX-D5||Vida Vision (Spanish)|
|55.6||WACX-D6||Believer's Voice of Victory Network|
WACX shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 55, in March 2006. The station's digital signal continued to be broadcast on its pre-transition UHF channel 40. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 55, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
WACX operates two low-power translators and satellites that rebroadcast its programming:
In addition, WACX's programming is streamed on its website.
Previously, WACX operated an additional translator, WLWA-LP channel 14 in Lakeland (part of the Tampa Bay market), but that station signed off on June 15, 2006 after losing its transmitter site; its license was revoked by the Federal Communications Commission on April 24, 2009. Additionally, W40CQ-D replaced analog translator W69AY.
In August 2011, it was announced that Restoration Place, Inc. will be acquiring WACX-LP Tallahassee, in which the station will become WWRP-LP.
The station previously operated a translator in Madison, W03AO channel 3. This translator has since closed down and is no longer listed in the FCC database.
In 2001, Claud Bowers, the owner of WACX, began construction of the Majesty Building, an 18-story office building in Altamonte Springs. However, no work was done on the building for over a decade, and is dubbed "The I-4 Eyesore" by many locals in the area. Construction largely resumed in 2018, and Bowers has stated that he is aiming for the building to be thoroughly completed during the summer of 2019.
- "WACX-DT 55.1 Leesburg/Orlando Program Schedule". Superchannel.com. Associated Christian Television System. November 28, 2018.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WACX
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 26, 2006. Retrieved May 25, 2009.
- Hashemzadeh, Hossein (April 24, 2009). "Re: WLWA-LP, Lakeland, FL" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 25, 2009.
- FCC Public Notice Report #534: "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions", August 31, 2011. Archived October 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "The 'I-4 Eyesore' has been under construction since 2001. It's showing glimmers of life". Tampa Bay Times. 2018-07-26. Retrieved 2019-05-11.