WECN

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WECN
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Naranjito, Puerto Rico/Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Branding ViVe (on DT1)
teleSUR (on DT2)
Channels Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 18 (PSIP)
Affiliations ViVe/TeleSUR
Owner teleSUR Media Group
(Encuentro Christian Network Corp.)
Founded June 20, 1983
First air date 1986
Call letters' meaning Encuentro;
Encuentro Christian Network
El Canal de Naranjito
Former callsigns WART (1983-1986)
WMPE (1986)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
64 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Former affiliations Religious (1986-2007)
Independent (2007-2010)
Transmitter power 50 kW
Height 221 m
Facility ID 19561

WECN is a Spanish-language independent television station in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, serving eastern Puerto Rico on digital channel 18. The station is owned by teleSUR Media Group. under its licensee, Encuentro Christian Network. As of 2014, is currently Silent.

History[edit]

WECN began operations in 1986; branded as Telecadena ECN or Encuentro Christian Network, better known as El Canal de Naranjito. WECN thereafter is a Religious Independent station. The station was founded by Televangelist Rafael Torres Ortega. in the 1990's, WIRS channel 42 in Yauco, (now operated by America CV Network) joins the network and started bradcasting religious programming, throughout the northern Puerto Rico. In 1997, WRUA channel 34 in Fajardo, started broadcasting & joins the Telecadena ECN network, changed its branding to Encuentrovision.

In 2004, Lin Media, the former owners of WAPA-TV & WJPX purchased WIRS for $50,000, leaving WECN & WRUA as the remaiming religious stations.

From 2006 to 2007, WRUA operated as a standard independent station, using the Citytv branding, under license from CHUM Limited – it was the first Citytv franchise on American soil.[1] Rogers Media discontinued the licensing for WRUA, after its acquisition of Citytv, and the station now serves as a translator for WECN.

Both prior to its time as Citytv and after, WRUA was and still is a religious station.

WECN & WRUA forces to shut down on October 22, 2014, due to financial reasons. as of 2014, WECN is currently Silent, and its sale is pending to a the new officers & directors under a minority-owned Broadcaster. On March 1, 2015; WRUA returns to the air, and will become a Satellite of WVQS-LD, repeating Telemicro Internacional on Channel 33.1 & The Retro Channel on 33.2. On April 17, WRUA will become a full-time Locally-owned Independent station, broadcasting Retro Music Videos on channel 33.1, just before WVQS-LD moves CTNi to 50.1 & Telemicro Internacional to WSJU-TV channel 31.1. teleSUR programming is still available on WVDO-LD channel 10.1 in Carolina & WNTE-LD channel 36.1 in Mayaguez.

Digital television[edit]

WECN's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming
18.1 480i 4:3 WECN-D1 main WECN programming / ViVe
18.2 WECN-D2 teleSUR


On February 17, 2009, WECN and WRUA signed off their analog signals. Both WECN/WRUA had completed its digital transmissions, although some people had believed that WECN went digital after WRUA.[citation needed]

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