|Channels||Digital: 36 (UHF)
(to move to 32 (UHF))
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||28.1 Ion Television
28.3 ION Life
28.4 Ion Shop
|Affiliations||Ion Television (O&O; 1998–present)|
|Owner||Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media License Company, LLC)
|Founded||July 28, 1986|
|First air date||January 23, 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||Nashville PaX|
|Former callsigns||WMTT (1989–1993)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
28 (UHF, 1989–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1989–1995)
The WB (1995–1998)
|Transmitter power||733 kW|
|Height||428.7 m (1,406 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WNPX-TV is an Ion Television-owned-and-operated television station serving Nashville, Tennessee, United States that is licensed to Cookeville. Owned by Ion Media Networks, the station broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 36 (or virtual channel 28 via PSIP) from a transmitter located in Whites Creek, Tennessee, 7 miles (11 km) north of Nashville. Its callsign is derived from "Nashville PaX", in reference to a former name for Ion Television. Because the Bowling Green, Kentucky market does not have an ION Television affiliate of its own, WNPX also serves the Bowling Green area by default.
The station was signed on by Dove Broadcasting on January 23, 1989 as WMTT, an independent station serving Cookeville. A few months later, Dove sold the station to Steven J. Sweeney. InaVision Broadcasting bought WMTT in 1993, changed its call sign to WKZX in 1994, and affiliated the station with The WB in 1995. Also in 1995, WKZX launched a nightly 6:30 p.m. newscast (which was repeated at 10 p.m.) branded as News 28. In 1997, InaVision Broadcasting sold the station to St. Louis, Missouri-based Roberts Broadcasting. A year later, Roberts Broadcasting sold the station to Paxson Communications (now Ion Media Networks), who closed WKZX's news operation, moved and upgraded its transmitter to begin focusing on the Nashville market, and changed the callsign to WNPX; on August 31, 1998, the station began broadcasting programming from Pax TV, the forerunner of Ion Television.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Network|
WNPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 28, 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 36. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 28.
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