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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
United States
Channels Digital: 40 (UHF)
Virtual: 40 (PSIP)
Subchannels 40.1 SSN
Translators W50CF Mobile AL
Affiliations SSN (2014–present)
Owner Franklin & Hoynacki Communications, LLC
First air date February 14, 1984; 33 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[1]
Transmitter power 33.5 kW (digital)
Height 219 m (digital)
Facility ID 31570
Transmitter coordinates 30°24′9″N 86°59′35″W / 30.40250°N 86.99306°W / 30.40250; -86.99306
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.wpantv.com

WPAN is a commercial television station in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, serving the Mobile, Alabama market on channel 53 (digital 40). The station was dark for much of 2013 and 2014.[2]


Founded February 22, 1983, the station is owned by Franklin & Hoynacki Communications, LLC, but is being sold.[2] The station's transmitter is located north of US 98 in Gulf Breeze, Florida.


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.

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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
40.1 480i 4:3 WPAN-DT Soul of the South Network


  1. ^ http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/65202/wpan-is-latest-station-to-get-cozi
  2. ^ a b Franklin Sr., John L. (December 30, 2013). "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPAN

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