WEPA-CD

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WEPA-CD
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
Branding WEPA Pittsburgh
Channels Digital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 59 (PSIP)
Subchannels 59.1 Cozi TV
59.2 Movies!
59.3 Retro TV
Translators (see article)
Affiliations Defunct
Owner OTA Broadcasting, LLC
(OTA Broadcasting (PIT), LLC)
Founded February 28, 1989 [1]
First air date 1995 (1995)
Last air date October 25, 2017 (2017-10-25)
Call letters' meaning WEstern PA
Former callsigns W59BT (1989–1998)
WBGN-LP (1998–2009)
WBGN-LD (2009–2010)
WBGN-CD (2010–2014)
Former affiliations All News Channel
UATV
Retro TV
Cozi TV
Movies! (DT2)
Universal Sports (DT4), Live Well Network (DT4)
Transmitter power 8 kW(an) 14(dig)
Height N/A
Class DC
Digital Class-A
Facility ID 247012
Website www.wepatvpittsburgh.com

WEPA-CD was a Class A television station located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that was simulcast on ten other Class A television stations located throughout the Pittsburgh market. The simulcast network gave it coverage similar to or greater than that of full-power television stations in that market. The stations were founded and owned by Bruno-Goodworth Network, Inc. until sold on August 26, 2013 for $7.25 million to OTA Broadcasting, LLC (a company controlled by Michael Dell's MSD Capital).[1] After the sale, WEPA-CD became an affiliate of Cozi TV, Movies! and Retro Television Network. Because of the coverage it had, WEPA was one of the few Class A stations in the country that is "reportable" by Nielsen Media Research[citation needed]. However, on April 13, 2017, FCC announced that it had accepted OTA Broadcasting's bids totalling $73.9 million to sell the spectrum rights of WEPA-CD and four other Pittsburgh-area stations owned by OTA Broadcasting [2] in the FCC spectrum incentive auction. By October 25, 2017, OTA Broadcasting ceased transmissions and surrendered to the FCC for cancellation the licenses of WEPA-CD and five other Pittsburgh-area stations (including one whose spectrum had not been sold), and also temporarily shut transmissions of its five remaining Pittsburgh-area stations, which did not provide adequate over-the-air coverage in Pittsburgh itself and closer suburbs.

History[edit]

As WBGN-CD[edit]

WEPA-CD began broadcasting in 1995 on channel 59 with the call sign W59BT, and later WBGN (-LP 1998-2009, -LD 2009-2010, -CD 2010-2014) until November 2014. As WBGN-CD, the station broadcast a variety of programming including first run syndicated shows such as Martha, Reno 911!, Chappelle's Show, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Temptation and Jury Duty, along with former network hits such as Family Ties, Hawaii Five-O, Mission: Impossible, The Nanny, Mad About You, The Outer Limits, and America's Funniest Home Videos. The prime-time lineup was rounded out with programming syndicated from Canada such as Cold Squad, Stone Undercover and ReGenesis. The network also showed second-run movies, children's shows such as Beakman's World, live religious broadcasts and real estate shows. The station produced and/or aired a number of regularly scheduled local programs. It broadcast local news breaks and local high school and professional sporting events. In 2005, the station broadcast The It's Alive Show, a local program showcasing horror films and B-movies. In May 2006, the station also produced two-minute news and 30-second weather segments which aired every half hour during prime-time hours. In 2013, WBGN-CD also started airing a professional wrestling show called PWX Unleashed from local McKeesport promotion Pro Wrestling eXpress. This is PWX's second TV show since their TV show which was held at Eastland Mall (North Versailles, Pennsylvania).

Digital conversion[edit]

On July 12, 2009, WBGN-LD began broadcasting digitally in the Pittsburgh area on physical channel 16, the former analog designation of WINP-TV.

The station and its satellite stations signed off their analog signals on June 22, 2010, since many fell within the channel 52-Channel 69 spectrum that was freed up for other uses by the FCC. Like the main signal, the digital signal in New Castle aired on a former analog designation, in this case channel 27, the former analog home of CBS affiliate WKBN-TV in Youngstown, Ohio as did the digital signal in Greensburg which aired on the former analog designation of CW affiliate WPCW Pittsburgh/Jeannette, PA. By July 2010, WBGN-CD, becoming Class-A, and most of its satellite stations including New Castle (WPCP-CD), Butler (WNNB-CD), Beaver (WJMB-CD), and Greensburg (WEMW-CD) were transmitting digitally.

Station sale[edit]

On August 26, 2013, Bruno-Goodworth Network, Inc. completed the sale of all 11 of their stations to OTA Broadcasting, LLC for $7.25 million.[1]

During late 2014, the station moved its operations to 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, and became a full-time affiliate of Movies!, Cozi TV, and Retro Television Network. The only remaining local programs are a daily noon mass from St. Mary's Church in downtown Pittsburgh, The Weird Paul Variety Show, Cappelli & Company, Pro Wrestling Express, and The It's Alive Show. On November 20, 2014, OTA Broadcasting changed the call sign on the station from WBGN-CD to WEPA-CD because the previous call sign was a direct reference to the station's previous owners.

Spectrum sale[edit]

On April 13, 2017, the FCC announced that five of OTA Broadcasting's Pittsburgh-area stations — WEMW-CD, WEPA-CD, WNNB-CD, WPCP-CD, and WVTX-CD — were successful bidders in the spectrum auction and would be relinquishing their spectrum; WEMW's spectrum was sold for $12,394,400, WEPA's spectrum was sold for $20,093,644, WNNB's spectrum went for $19,185,317, WPCP received $16,162,391 for its spectrum, and WVTX's spectrum went for $6,100,391.[2] At the time, all five stations indicated they would enter into post-auction channel sharing agreements. WEMW-CD ceased operations July 20, 2017;[3] OTA Broadcasting surrendered its license to the FCC for cancellation on July 21, 2017.[4] WEPA-CD, WNNB-CD, WPCP-CD, WVTX-CD, and another station whose spectrum had not been sold, WJPW-CD, ceased transmissions October 25, 2017[5][6][7][8][9] and surrendered their licenses on October 26.[10][11][12][13][14]

Station availability[edit]

On July 21, 2017, at the time of WEMW-CD's shutdown, WEPA-CD's station manager told the press that WEPA-CD, WNNB-CD, WPCP-CD, and WVTX-CD would later also be shut down, but, after that, WEPA-CD programming would continue to be broadcast by OTA Broadcasting's other Pittsburgh-area stations and carried on Verizon's FiOS, revealing no technical or commercial hurdles.[15] However, on October 24, 2017, the same manager informed the press that, without WEPA-CD's signal to retransmit, the company's remaining Pittsburgh-area stations would also need to go off-air, and that the company would be seeking alternatives to bring them back in some form in the future.[16] Before the shutdown, those remaining stations provided over-the-air coverage only to exurbs located south/southwest and north/northeast of Pittsburgh.

Stations[edit]

Call Sign RF
Channel
Virtual
Channel
City
WEPA-CD sold (used to be 16) 59 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WPCP-CD sold (used to be 27) 56 New Castle, Pennsylvania
WNNB-CD sold (used to be 30) 66 Beaver, Pennsylvania
WJMB-CD 17 60 Butler, Pennsylvania
WKHU-CD 44 60 Kittanning, Pennsylvania
WEMW-CD sold (used to be 19) 56 Greensburg, Pennsylvania
WWLM-CD 20 20 Washington, Pennsylvania
WWKH-CD 47 35 Uniontown, Pennsylvania
WMVH-CD 40 26 Charleroi, Pennsylvania
WJPW-CD cancelled (used to be 18) 18 Weirton, West Virginia
WVTX-CD sold (used to be 28) 28 Bridgeport, Ohio

Before the shutdown, WEPA-CD provided three standard definition channels.

Subchannel PSIP Name Programming[17]
59.1 WEPA Main WEPA-CD programming / COZI TV
59.2 MOVIES! Movies!
59.3 RTV Retro Television Network

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "OTA deals for Pittsburgh-based Class A cluster". Radio+Television Business Report. Streamline Publishing Inc. May 20, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction — Auction 1001 Winning Bids" (PDF). Electronic Document Management System. Federal Communications Commission. April 4, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Suspension of Operations of a Digital Class A Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. July 21, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Cancellation Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. July 21, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Suspension of Operations of a Digital Class A Station Application (WEPA-CD)". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Suspension of Operations of a Digital Class A Station Application (WNNB-CD)". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Suspension of Operations of a Digital Class A Station Application (WPCP-CD)". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Suspension of Operations of a Digital Class A Station Application (WVTX-CD)". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Suspension of Operations of a Digital Class A Station Application (WJPW-CD)". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Cancellation Application (WEPA-CD)". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Cancellation Application (WNNB-CD)". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Cancellation Application (WPCP-CD)". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Cancellation Application (WVTX-CD)". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Cancellation Application (WJPW-CD)". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Channel 56 in Greensburg bites dust to make room for broadband". Trib Live. Tribune Review. July 21, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  16. ^ "8 TV stations in Western Pennsylvania to shut down Wednesday". Trib Live. Tribune Review. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  17. ^ Rabbitears.info: OTA Broadcasting

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