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WPCT logo
BrandingBeach TV
Affiliations46.1: Tourist Info (1987–1995, 2001–present)
46.2: TrueReal
46.3: Defy TV
46.4: Newsy
46.5: GetTV
46.6: Newsmax TV
OwnerBeach TV Properties, Inc.
First air date
1987 (35 years ago) (1987)
Former call signs
W46AN (1987–1994)
Former channel number(s)
46 (UHF, 1987–2009)
47 (UHF, 2000–2018)
UPN (1995–2001)
Retro TV
Call sign meaning
W Panama City Television
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID4354
ERP160 kW
HAAT72 m (236 ft)
Transmitter coordinates30°10′53.4″N 85°46′48″W / 30.181500°N 85.78000°W / 30.181500; -85.78000
Public license information

WPCT (channel 46) is a television station in Panama City Beach, Florida, United States, which broadcasts information for local tourists. Owned by Beach TV Properties, Inc., the station maintains transmitter facilities on Warner Avenue (off Front Beach Road) just east of Panama City Beach.


The station was founded in 1987. It 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 day outside of prime time network programming until 2001, when UPN was dropped in favor of 24-hour tourist info programming.

Technical information[edit]


Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[1]
46.1 720p 16:9 WPCT-DT Tourist Info
46.2 480i 4:3 TRUEREAL TrueReal
46.3 DEFY Defy TV
46.4 NEWSY Newsy
46.5 GETTV GetTV
46.6 NEWSMAX Newsmax 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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