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Fort Walton BeachPensacola, Florida
United States
City Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Channels Digital: 40 (UHF)
(to move to 21 (UHF)[1])
Virtual: 40 (PSIP)
Translators W50CF Mobile, AL
Affiliations Vibrant TV Network (2016–present)
Owner Franklin Media
(B&C Communications, LLC)
First air date February 14, 1984 (34 years ago) (1984-02-14)
Call letters' meaning Florida PANhandle (viewing area)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
53 (UHF, 1984–2009)
53 (PSIP, 2009–2013)
Former affiliations Shop at Home
Jewelry TV
Cozi TV (2013)[2]
Soul of the South (2014–2016)
Transmitter power 33.5 kW
620 kW (CP)[1]
Height 219 m (719 ft)
374.1 m (1,227 ft) (CP)[1]
Facility ID 31570
Transmitter coordinates 30°24′13.4″N 86°59′33.8″W / 30.403722°N 86.992722°W / 30.403722; -86.992722
30°42′21″N 87°24′12″W / 30.70583°N 87.40333°W / 30.70583; -87.40333 (CP)[1]
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

WPAN, virtual and UHF digital channel 40, is a television station licensed to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States and also serving Pensacola. Owned by Franklin Media, it is currently an affiliate of the Vibrant TV Network. WPAN's transmitter is located north of US 98 in Gulf Breeze, Florida.


The station was founded on February 22, 1983. It was dark for much of 2013 and 2014.[3]

DirecTV carried the station on the Mobile–Pensacola–Fort Walton local channel package up until 2009 when it was dropped, but resumed carrying the channel in April 2012. For most of 2013, the channel guide did not accurately reflect the actual programming airing on the station (infomercials would air in place of Cozi TV programming), and since the fall of 2013, the station has had a perpetual trouble slide on their DirecTV channel. The channel was removed once again in December 2013. At some point in late 2014, WPAN returned to the air as an affiliate of the Soul of the South Network. From January 7 to May 15, 2016, WPAN was off-the-air under special temporary authority to be silent; on May 16, WPAN returned to the air as an affiliate of the Vibrant TV Network.


The station used to have a repeater, W50CF in Mobile, Alabama, which broadcast on analog channel 50. The translator is now home to a low-powered station run by Word of Life Community Church in Chickasaw, Alabama. When WFGX moved its signal from its location in Gulf Breeze, Florida to sister station's WEAR tower located off CR 64 near Robertsdale, Alabama, W50CF had to sign off so it would not interfere (since WFGX broadcasts digitally on channel 50). W50CF has applied to the FCC to move to Channel 6.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
40.1 480i 4:3 WPAN-DT Vibrant TV Network


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