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Norfolk, Virginia
United States
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
ChannelsDigital: 46 (UHF)
(to move to 32 (UHF))
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
OwnerIon Media Networks
(Ion Media License Company, LLC)
First air dateMay 29, 1989 (30 years ago) (1989-05-29)
Call letters' meaningPaX Virginia
Former callsignsWJCB (1989–1998)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
49 (UHF, 1989–2009)
Former affiliationsReligious Ind. (1989–1997)
inTV (1997–1998)
Transmitter power1000 kW
395 kW (CP)
865 kW (application)[1]
Height360 m (1,181 ft)
376 m (1,234 ft) (CP)
347.7 m (1,141 ft) (application)[1]
Facility ID67077
Transmitter coordinates36°48′31″N 76°30′13″W / 36.80861°N 76.50361°W / 36.80861; -76.50361
36°49′0″N 76°28′5″W / 36.81667°N 76.46806°W / 36.81667; -76.46806 (application)[1]
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

WPXV-TV, virtual channel 49 (UHF digital channel 46), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Norfolk, Virginia, United States, serving the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia (comprising the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach and environs), and the Outer Banks region of northeastern North Carolina. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks. WPXV-TV's studios and transmitter are located on Nansemond Parkway in Suffolk, Virginia.


Before WJCB (1985–1989)[edit]

Before WJCB signed on the air on May 29, 1989, WJCB and presumably Tidewater Christian Communications had a construction permit license for a television station on August 9, 1985.[2] WJCB became DWJCB on January 23, 1987, as a possible indication that the WJCB construction permit license was going to be deleted by the Federal Communications Commission.[2] The FCC restored DWJCB to the WJCB calls on October 6, 1987, almost two years before WJCB signed on the air, thus granting WJCB and presumably Tidewater Christian Communications the construction permit needed to build a television station for over-the-air broadcasting.[2]

WJCB (1989–1998)[edit]

WPXV-TV signed on the air on May 29, 1989, as WJCB. The former WJCB call letters stood for W Jesus Christ Broadcasting.[3] WJCB was initially owned by Tidewater Christian Communications.[3] During its years as WJCB the station aired religious programming, infomercials and home shopping programming. In April 1997, WJCB went under new ownership when Tidewater Christian Communications sold WJCB to Lockwood Broadcasting of Hampton, Virginia.[4] Lockwood Broadcasting purchased WJCB from Tidewater Christian Communications for $6.75 million.[4][5] In December 1997, WJCB went under new ownership again when Lockwood Broadcasting sold WJCB to Paxson Communications (now Ion Media Networks)[4] for $14.75 million, thus making WJCB into a Pax TV owned and operated station.[4][5]

WPXV–TV (1998–present)[edit]

WPXV "Pax 49" logo, used from 1998 to 2005.

Paxson Communications changed the WJCB calls letters from WJCB to WPXV on March 2, 1998, in order to reflect the station's new ownership with Paxson and the pending affiliation with Pax TV of which has not yet launched as an over the air broadcast television network.[2] Religious programming and infomercials as well as shopping programming continued to air on WPXV until August 31, 1998, when the station started airing Pax programming in the late afternoons and evenings with infomercials and religious programming during the day, with the launch of the then new Pax network.[3] WPXV aired rebroadcasts of WAVY-TV's 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. weeknights from 2003–2004 and had master control in WAVY's studios until 2004 when Paxson and NBC broke up the agreement.[6][7]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
49.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
49.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
49.3 IONLife Ion Plus
49.4 Shop Ion Shop
49.5 QVC QVC
49.6 HSN HSN


The Worship Network was previously seen on WPXV-TV's fourth digital subchannel [3] however, Ion dropped The Worship Network on all Ion owned and operated stations on January 31, 2010, at midnight.[9]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WPXV-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 49, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[10] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 46, using PSIP to display WPXV-TV's virtual channel as 49 on digital television receivers.


  1. ^ a b c "Modification of a DTV Station Construction Permit Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. March 7, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Call Sign History". Licensing.fcc.gov. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  3. ^ a b c d "VARTV.com | Hampton Roads". Hamptonroads.vartv.com. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  4. ^ a b c d "Paxson Snatches Up Wjcb-tv - Daily Press". Articles.dailypress.com. 1997-12-05. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  5. ^ a b "Hampton Roads By The Numbers - Daily Press". Articles.dailypress.com. 1998-02-05. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-05-28. Retrieved 2004-05-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/23/business/media/23pax.html
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPXV
  9. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2010-01-23. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  10. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations

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