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Paducah, Kentucky/
Harrisburg, Illinois/
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
United States
City Paducah, Kentucky
Branding WPSD Local 6
Slogan Your Breaking News & Weather Authority
Channels Digital: 32 (UHF)
(to move to 19 (UHF))
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels 6.1 NBC
6.2 This TV[1]
6.3 Antenna TV
Affiliations NBC
Owner Paxton Media Group
First air date May 28, 1957 (60 years ago) (1957-05-28)
Call letters' meaning Paducah Sun-Democrat
Former callsigns WPSD (1957–1979)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1957–2009)
Former affiliations DT2:
RTV (2008–2012)
Heartland (2012–2016)
Transmitter power 906 kW
679 kW (CP)
Height 492 m (1,614 ft)
Class DT
Facility ID 51991
Transmitter coordinates 37°11′31″N 88°58′53″W / 37.19194°N 88.98139°W / 37.19194; -88.98139
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.wpsdlocal6.com

WPSD-TV is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Paducah, Kentucky, United States, serving Western Kentucky's Jackson Purchase region, Southern Illinois, the Missouri Bootheel, Northwestern Tennessee, and far Northeastern Arkansas. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 32 (or virtual channel 6 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky. On cable, the station can be seen on Comcast Xfinity channel 5, Mediacom channel 6, and Charter Spectrum channel 10. There is a high definition feed provided on Xfinity digital channel 432, Mediacom digital channel 706, and Spectrum digital channel 785.

Owned by the Paxton Media Group, WPSD has studios on Television Lane in Paducah. It formerly operated a low-powered VHF analog repeater W10AH (channel 10) in Carbondale, Illinois from a transmitter (sharing the WSIU-TV-FM tower) on the Southern Illinois University campus, but the station's license has since been cancelled by the FCC.


The station signed-on as WPSD on May 28, 1957 with an analog signal on VHF channel 6. It has been an NBC affiliate and owned by the Paxton family for its entire existence alongside Western Kentucky's major newspaper, The Paducah Sun. The station would add the -TV suffix to its call sign on April 23, 1979. The "PSD" letters in the calls stands for Paducah Sun-Democrat which was the paper's name at the time the station launched in 1957.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
6.1 1080i 16:9 WPSD-HD Main WPSD-TV programming / NBC
6.2 480i 4:3 WPSD-SD This TV[3]
6.3 WPSD-WX Antenna TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WPSD-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, 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 UHF channel 32.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 6.


Syndicated programming on the station includes Wheel of Fortune, Inside Edition, Jeopardy!, and Dr. Phil among others.

News operation[edit]

WPSD serves more than fifty counties in southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and north Western Tennessee. Among the area's big three outlets, the station focuses more on Western Kentucky since it is based in Paducah. In addition to its main studios, WPSD operates a bureau on South Illinois Avenue in Downtown Carbondale.

For several years, WPSD produced a nightly prime time newscast on Fox affiliate KBSI through a news share agreement, known as Local 6 News at 9 on Fox 23 and featured a regional summary of headlines because KBSI is based in Cape Girardeau. For a while, the broadcast competed with KFVS' own nightly prime time news at 9 seen on the area's low-powered CW affiliates WQTV-LP/WQWQ-LP which was cancelled on July 29, 2007. WPSD's partnership with KBSI expired on September 30, 2010. KBSI entered into a new partnership with KFVS presumably to refocus the prime time production to the Missouri Bootheel area and expand it to sixty minutes. On October 3, 2010, WPSD brought back its own newscast at 9 to its RTV and Antenna TV. Known as The Nine and seen every night for a half-hour, this is simulcasted on those two services.

On June 3, 2012, starting with the 5:00 p.m. newscast, WPSD-TV became the last station in the market to offer local news in high definition. Minor set and graphics changes have been made to accommodate the move.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


Over-the-air signal[edit]

WPSD's over-the-air signal can also reach some of the Nashville media market's far western areas, like in Henry County, including Paris. Parts of Trigg County, Kentucky, near the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area can also pick up the station's signal. Residents of Dawson Springs (Hopkins County, in the Evansville market), can also pick up the station's signal with an outdoor antenna as that area is just within range of the station's signal area. WPSD is the only station in the Paducah market that can reach that area.[5] The signal has also been known to reach as far as areas in northeastern Arkansas, such as Blytheville, Trumann and Osceola.

Until the 2009 digital television transition, the signal also used to be able to reach the far northern areas of Dyer and Gibson counties in northwest Tennessee, which is in the small Jackson, Tennessee market.

Out-of-market coverage[edit]

In Hopkinsville (Christian County (KY)), which is in the Nashville media market, WPSD and WPSD-DT3 (its Antenna TV subchannel) is carried on that area's local Charter Spectrum system.[6] WPSD's main channel is also carried on Mediacom cable channel 15 on that provider's system in the Cadiz and Trigg County areas (including the Land Between the Lakes area), which are also in the Nashville market.[7][8]

In Webster County, Kentucky, including Dixon (within the Evansville DMA), WPSD-TV's main channel is carried on Spectrum channel 37.[9]


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