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Panama City Beach, Florida
United States
BrandingBeach TV
ChannelsDigital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 46 (PSIP)
Subchannels46.1 Tourist Info
46.2 Retro TV
AffiliationsTourist Info (1987–1995, 2001–present)
OwnerBeach TV Properties
First air date1987 (32 years ago) (1987)
Call letters' meaningW Panama City Television
Sister station(s)WPFN-CD
Former callsignsW46AN (1987–1995)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
46 (UHF, 1987–2009)
47 (UHF, 2009–2018)
Former affiliationsUPN (1995–2001)
Transmitter power160 kW
Height72 m (236 ft)
Facility ID4354
Transmitter coordinates30°10′59″N 85°46′42″W / 30.18306°N 85.77833°W / 30.18306; -85.77833
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
WebsiteBeach TV

WPCT is an informational television station in Panama City Beach, Florida, broadcasting locally on virtual channel 46 (digital 33) with information for local tourists.


Founded 1987, the station is owned by Beach TV Properties, Inc. The station was originally the UPN affiliate for the Panama City market, airing tourist information during the overnight hours as well as carrying some syndicated talk shows, drama series, movies, and off-network sitcoms during the entire day outside of prime time network programming until 2001, when UPN was dropped in favor of 24-hour tourist info programming.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
46.1 480i 4:3 WPCT-DT Tourist Info
46.2 Retro TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WPCT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 46, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 47.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 46.


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPCT
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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