WNPX-TV

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WNPX-TV
Cookeville/Nashville, Tennessee
United States
City Cookeville, Tennessee
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 36 (UHF)
(to move to 32 (UHF))
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
Subchannels 28.1 Ion Television
28.2 Qubo
28.3 ION Life
28.4 Ion Shop
28.5 QVC
28.6 HSN
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; 28 years ago (1989-01-23)
Call letters' meaning Nashville PaX
Former callsigns WMTT (1989–1993)
WKZX (1993–1998)
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)
Class DT
Facility ID 28468
Transmitter coordinates 36°16′4″N 86°47′44″W / 36.26778°N 86.79556°W / 36.26778; -86.79556
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.iontelevision.com/

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.

History[edit]

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.[1] InaVision Broadcasting bought WMTT in 1993,[2] 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.[3] In 1997, InaVision Broadcasting sold the station to St. Louis, Missouri-based Roberts Broadcasting.[4][5] A year later, Roberts Broadcasting sold the station to Paxson Communications (now Ion Media Networks),[6] 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.

Until 2015, the station also utilized an analog translator, WNPX-LP on channel 20, also located at Whites Creek. The translator was sold to Daystar on March 26, 2015.[7]

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
28.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
28.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
28.3 IONLife Ion Life
28.4 Shop Ion Shop
28.5 QVC QVC
28.6 HSN HSN

[8]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[9] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 28.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Application Search Details (1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Application Search Details (2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Other News Opens, Closes, and Themes - NashvilleTV.org
  4. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. October 14, 1996. p. 43. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (3)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (4)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WNPX
  9. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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