WPGX

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WPGX
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Panama City, Florida
United States
BrandingFox 28
Bounce Panama City (on DT2)
SloganWPGX Marks the Spot
ChannelsDigital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
Affiliations28.1 Fox
28.2 Bounce TV
28.3 Grit
28.4 Court TV
OwnerLockwood Broadcast Group
(Panama City TV, LLC)
First air dateMay 1988 (31 years ago) (1988-05)[1]
Call letters' meaningPanama City and
Gulf Coast's FoX
Sister station(s)WDFX-TV
Former channel number(s)Analog:
28 (UHF, 1988–2009)
Former affiliationsDT2:
The Tube (until 2007)
Transmitter power24.1 kW
Height217 m (712 ft)
ClassDT
Facility ID2942
Transmitter coordinates30°23′42″N 85°32′2″W / 30.39500°N 85.53389°W / 30.39500; -85.53389
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewpgxfox28.revrocket.us

WPGX is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Panama City, Florida, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 9 (or virtual channel 28 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Blue Springs Road in unincorporated Youngstown, Bay County. Owned by Lockwood Broadcast Group, WPGX has studios on West 23rd Street/SR 368 in Panama City, though most of its on-air master control operations originate from Gray Television's WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama, its former sister Fox affiliate until the start of 2019.

History[edit]

The station began operations in May 1988 and aired an analog signal on UHF channel 28. Its previous owner, Waitt Media, sold WPGX to Raycom Media in 2003. At one point under Raycom ownership, WPGX previously maintained its facilities in Panama City on Luverne Avenue in a building (known as the "Fox Television Center") shared with a Suntrust Bank branch. In May 2010, it launched a website for the first time under Raycom's control. It mainly serves as an advertorial web address with various promotions from Panama City businesses and has limited station-related content, including FCC public file and EEO disclosures.

Atlanta-based Gray Television announced its acquisition of Raycom on June 25, 2018; Gray immediately put WPGX on the market, as it already owned WJHG-TV (channel 7).[2] On August 20, 2018, Gray announced that WPGX, along with fellow Fox affiliates WTNZ in Knoxville, Tennessee, WFXG in Augusta, Georgia, and WDFX-TV in Dothan, Alabama, would be sold to Lockwood Broadcast Group.[3] The sale was completed on January 2, 2019.[4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
28.1 720p 16:9 WPGX-DT Main WPGX programming / Fox
28.2 480i 4:3 WPGX-SD Bounce TV
28.3 16:9 GritTV
28.4 Court TV

WPGX-DT2 was a charter affiliate of The Tube Music Network before its ended operations in October 2007. The subchannel was relaunched in 2013 to carry Bounce TV, with Grit joining WPGX on its third subchannel in September 2014 and Court TV joining WPGX on its forth subchannel in May 2019.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WPGX 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 VHF channel 9.[6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 28.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on the station includes TMZ on TV, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Judge Judy among others. In January 2010, local ABC outlet WMBB (then owned by Hoak Media) began producing local weather cut-ins for this station (recorded in advance) through an arrangement. Although there was speculation this agreement would eventually be expanded into a prime time newscast at 9, these plans never came to fruition. The weather segments ceased airing at some point and this Fox affiliate now features taped weather forecasts produced by WeatherVision.

WPGX broadcasts a local hour block of programming weekday mornings at 6:30, The Panhandle Outdoor Show and Ask the Master Auto Technician. The former is hosted by outdoorsman Winston Chester, with the latter produced by the James Auto Center and carrying car care tips and other topics of interest to the host, James Morris.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says May 21, while the Television and Cable Factbook says May 20.
  2. ^ Miller, Mark K. (June 25, 2018). "Gray To Buy Raycom For $3.6 Billion". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheckMedia. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Aycock, Jason (August 20, 2018). "Gray sets divestitures in eight more markets for Raycom deal". Seeking Alpha. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Gray Completes Acquisition of Raycom Media and Related Transactions", Gray Television, January 2, 2019, Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". rabbitears.info.
  6. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

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