(to change to Leipsic, Ohio)
|Branding||ABC Lima (general)|
Your News Now (newscasts)
|Slogan||Your Hometown Lima Stations|
|Channels||Analog: 25 (UHF)|
Digital: 27 (UHF)CP
|Translators||WOHL-CD 35 (UHF) Lima|
(West Central Ohio Broadcasting, Inc.)
|Founded||May 28, 1996|
|Sister station(s)||WAMS-LP, WOHL-CD, WLIO|
|Former callsigns||W18BP (1996–1999)|
|Former channel number(s)||18 (UHF, 1996–2009)|
|Former affiliations||Fox (1996–1999, as repeater of WOHL-CA)|
America One (secondary)
|Transmitter power||Analog: 7.5 kW|
Digital: 15 kW (CP)
|Height||Analog: 187 m (614 ft)|
Digital: 134.9 m (443 ft) (CP)
|Public license information|
(to become translator
of WOHL-CD) Profile
(to become translator
of WOHL-CD) CDBS
WPNM-LP, UHF analog channel 25, is a low-powered television station licensed to Lima, Ohio, United States. It simulcasts the primary subchannel of digital Class A station WOHL-CD (channel 35), which is affiliated with ABC. WPNM-LP's transmitter is located on Rice Avenue in the city. Owned by Block Communications, it is a sister station to WOHL-CD, full-powered dual NBC/Fox affiliate WLIO (channel 8), and low-powered analog station WAMS-LP (channel 38, which simulcasts WOHL-CD's CBS-affiliated second subchannel). All of the stations share studios on Rice Avenue northwest of downtown.
The station signed-on May 28, 1996 with the calls W18BP as a full-time translator of sister station WOHL-CA (now WOHL-CD). It aired an analog signal on UHF channel 18. The channel was spun off in 1999 and became a UPN affiliate in 1999 with the calls WLQP-LP.
In 2006, UPN merged with The WB to form The CW and chose as its Lima affiliate WB 100+ station "WBOH", operated by then-rival NBC affiliate WLIO. At the same time, Fox, the network with which WOHL-CA, WLQP-LP's sister station, was affiliated, was forming MyNetworkTV for UPN and WB affiliates that were not chosen. Metro Video Productions, both stations' owners, opted to pursue the MyNetworkTV affiliation on behalf of WOHL-CA and signed an affiliation deal for WLQP-LP with ABC. The deal took effect on September 1, restoring ABC to the Lima area for the first time since WLIO dropped its secondary ABC affiliation in 1982; thereafter, the network's affiliates in Dayton (first WDTN, then WKEF after August 2004), Fort Wayne (WPTA), and Toledo (first WNWO-TV, then WTVG after October 1995) served as the network's default affiliates for the southern, western, and northern portions of the market. At one point, WLQP-LP carried America One on secondary basis that was shared with WLMO. In 2006, WLQP-LP applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to perform a "flash-cut" of its signal to digital. However, in mid-2009, the station decided instead to apply for a displacement low-power digital station on UHF channel 45 with the calls WLQP-LD. On June 8, 2010, the FCC granted WLQP-LP a construction permit for their new digital signal. On September 28, 2009, WLMO terminated their analog operations and programming was shifted to WOHL-CD.
On November 29, 2008, it was announced that Metro Video Productions would sell its stations to West Central Ohio Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Block Communications (owner of WLIO). While Block assumed control of the station's operations after the sale's completion, it was initially stated that the company would not consolidate WLQP-LP's facilities on South Central Avenue with WLIO. It has since been stated that some consolidation would take place with this station moving to WLIO's studios on Rice Avenue.
On September 28, 2009, WLQP-LP terminated its analog operations  and programming was shifted to WOHL-CD. Fox and MyNetworkTV programming which had been seen on that channel continues to be aired on WLIO-DT2 as well as Charter Spectrum channel 9 and in high definition on digital channel 709. To avoid automatic license termination, on June 10, 2010, the FCC granted WLQP-LP special temporary authority to restore analog service on WOHL's former analog allotment on channel 25 because of interference with NBC affiliate WISE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana which is currently operating its digital signal on channel 18. WLQP's analog signal was restored on September 13. WLQP-LP's previous logo looks similar to Medford, Oregon's KDRV which is also an ABC affiliate. However, neither station is related to the other.
On November 7, 2018, WLQP-LP's call sign was changed to WPNM-LP. By 2019, Block Communications had filed with the FCC to eventually convert WPNM-LP into a digital translator of WOHL-CD for the northern part of the market, licensed to Leipsic, Ohio, offering ABC and CBS programming over digital channels 27.5 and 27.6, virtually mapped to channels 35.1 and 35.2, respectively, in likely anticipation of the new July 13, 2021 low-power analog television shutdown date announced by the FCC on May 17, 2017. Meanwhile, WPNM-LP's eventual date of transition from analog to digital has not yet been announced; thus, this station continues to operate exclusively in analog (and from its current transmitter location in Lima), for the time being. WPNM-LP will be obligated to convert to digital by July 13, 2021 as part of the Digital TV transition for low-powered TV stations.
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