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Parkersburg, West Virginia
Marietta, Ohio
United States
CityCharleston, West Virginia
ChannelsDigital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 29
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
OwnerIon Media Networks
(a subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company)
(Ion Television License, LLC)
First air date
August 31, 1998 (22 years ago) (1998-08-31)
Former call signs
WKRP-TV (August–October 1998)
Former channel number(s)
29 (UHF, 1998–2009)
39 (UHF, until 2019)
Call sign meaning
CharLeston's PaX
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID73189
ERP765 kW
HAAT327.2 m (1,073 ft)
Transmitter coordinates38°30′21.1″N 82°12′32.3″W / 38.505861°N 82.208972°W / 38.505861; -82.208972
Public license information

WLPX-TV, virtual channel 29 (UHF digital channel 18), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated station licensed to Charleston, West Virginia, United States and also serving Huntington. The station is owned by the Ion Media Networks subsidiary of the Cincinnati-based E. W. Scripps Company. WLPX-TV's studios are located on Prestige Park Drive in Hurricane, and its transmitter is located near Milton, West Virginia.


After originating as a construction permit in 1987 and receiving several extensions, WLPX-TV applied for its license on September 11, 1998.[1] In the construction phase and for its first month on air, the station's calls were WKRP (the same as the fictional radio station in Cincinnati); it adopted its current call sign on October 5 of the same year. It has been a member of Ion (previously known as Pax TV and i: Independent Television) since its inception.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
29.1 720p 16:9 ION Main WLPX-TV programming / Ion Television
29.2 480i CourtTV Court TV
29.3 Bounce Bounce TV
29.4 Grit Grit
29.5 QVC QVC
29.6 HSN HSN

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WLPX-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 29, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 39.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 29.


  1. ^ "WLPX-TV Facility Data". FCCData. REC Networks.
  2. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for WLPX". www.rabbitears.info.
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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