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(Class A digital repeater of WWLP)
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Springfield/Holyoke, Massachusetts
United States
Branding 22 News
The CW Springfield (CD2)
Slogan Working For You
Dare To Defy (CD2)
Channels Digital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 22 (PSIP)
Subchannels 22.1 NBC
22.2 CW
22.3 Ion Television
Affiliations NBC (2006–present)
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(WWLP Broadcasting, LLC)
First air date May 6, 1987; 29 years ago (1987-05-06)
Call letters' meaning refers to unfulfilled
Fox affiliation
Former callsigns W11BJ (1988–2006)
W28CT (2006)
WXCW-CA (2006)
WFXQ-CA (2006–2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1987–2006)
28 (UHF, 2006–2009)
Former affiliations DT1:
Independent (1987–2004)
UPN (2004–2006, as repeater of WCTX)
TheCoolTV (2010–2013)
Transmitter power 0.024 kW
Height 260 m
Class Class A digital
Facility ID 2650
Transmitter coordinates 42°15′5.0″N 72°38′43.0″W / 42.251389°N 72.645278°W / 42.251389; -72.645278

WFXQ-CD is a Class A television station for the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts that is licensed to Springfield. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, it broadcasts a low-powered digital signal on UHF channel 28 (or virtual channel 22.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter at the old Mount Tom Ski Area summit in Holyoke. The station serves as a full-time repeater of NBC affiliate WWLP and its CW-affiliated second digital subchannel.


The station first went on-the-air May 6, 1987 on VHF channel 11. Using the calls W11BJ, it originally aired a low-powered analog signal from the Rattlesnake Mountain transmitter site of Connecticut's Fox affiliate WTIC-TV. The station was an Independent that aired local shows to a senior retirement community in Farmington, Connecticut. It used a live skycam weather forecast which consisted of a character generator and a home video camera with shots of the window from the transmitter building. The owner of the station was the Chase family (who also owned WTIC).

When LIN TV bought W11BJ in 2004, there was a construction permit approved to broadcast this station on UHF channel 28 from a new transmitter on Mount Tom in Holyoke. During the building of this transmitter, WWLP temporarily put on a simulcast of Connecticut's UPN affiliate WCTX (a sister station) through an off-air pickup. In early-2006, W28CT signed-on from the top of Mount Tom and the W11BJ transmitter on Rattlesnake Mountain was shut down. Right from the start, the station began to simulcast WWLP in a full-time manner. LIN TV had initially changed the call sign to WXCW-CA in reference to The CW in anticipation of it becoming an affiliate of that network. This affiliation eventually went to cable-only WB affiliate "WBQT".

As a result, the channel's call sign was changed again to WFXQ-CA referring to a possible Fox affiliation. This caused rumors on several television industry message boards that it would become an affiliate of that network. Speculation also existed that WFXQ might affiliate with Fox's new sister network, MyNetworkTV. At the time, cable television viewers in the Springfield/Holyoke market received Fox from WTIC-TV and the network's owned-and-operated station in Boston, WFXT, with MyNetworkTV coming from WCTX.

On November 16, 2007, the Springfield Republican reported that ABC affiliate WGGB-TV would be launching a Fox affiliate on a new second subchannel which was expected to launch at the end of that year. This was ultimately delayed until the end of March 2008 when the new service took on a primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV affiliation. Up to that time, Springfield held the distinction of being the largest television market without a Fox affiliate of its own.

Until December 9, 2008, WFXQ's analog signal transmitted on the same frequency as CW affiliate WLWC. After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a construction permit, the station "flash-cut" to digital sometime after June 12, 2009 although, at the time, the station was still assigned a "-CA" suffix. Eventually, the FCC updated its listing and this channel began using the WFXQ-CD calls.

On March 21, 2014, Media General announced that it would purchase LIN Media and its stations, including WWLP and WFXQ-CD, in a $1.6 billion merger.[1] The merger was completed on December 19.[2]

On September 8, 2015, Media General announced that it would acquire the Meredith Corporation for $2.4 billion, with the combined group to be renamed Meredith Media General once the sale is finalized. Because Meredith already owns WGGB-TV, and the Springfield-Holyoke market does not have enough full-power television stations to legally allow a duopoly in any event (WGGB-TV and WWLP are the only full-power licenses assigned to the market), the companies will be required to sell either WGGB-TV or WWLP to comply with FCC ownership rules as well as recent changes to those rules regarding same-market television stations that restrict sharing agreements. Meredith-owned CBS affiliate WSHM-LD (channel 3) is the only one of the three stations affected by the merger that can legally be acquired by Meredith Media General, as FCC rules permit common ownership of full-power and low-power stations regardless of the number of stations within a single market.[3][4][5] On January 27, 2016, however, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Media General, who subsequently abandoned its plans to purchase Meredith.[6]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
22.1 1080i 16:9 WWLP-DT Main WFXQ-CD programming / NBC
22.2 720p WWLP-D1 The CW Springfield
22.3 480i 4:3 WWLP-D2 Ion Television


On December 23, 2014, as part of a long-term affiliation renewal with the network, Media General announced that WWLP and WFXQ-CD would affiliate their respective second digital subchannels with The CW, allowing the former cable-exclusive "WBQT" channel serving the market to have an over-the-air presence.[8] As a result, on April 1, 2015, WFXQ-CD and WWLP began carrying CW programming (via The CW Plus) on digital subchannel 22.2, under the brand "The CW Springfield". The subchannel is available on Comcast channel 16 and Charter channel 13 (both in standard definition) to viewers in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties. Comcast began carrying a high definition feed of WWLP-DT2 on digital channel 820 on April 1, 2015, with Charter adding the feed on digital channel 788 in mid-April 2015 (for viewers in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties), making CW programming available in HD in the Springfield-Holyoke market for the first time.[9][10][11]


On November 5, 2015, WWLP soft-launched a standard definition feed of Ion Television's main signal on both 22.3 and WFXQ-CD3 as part of Media General's carriage agreement of the network in markets without a dedicated Ion affiliate. New London, Connecticut-based WHPX-TV has served as the market's nominal affiliate for years with some cable coverage, though over-the-air coverage of that station is generally poor in the Pioneer Valley.


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