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Tele Isla Logo
Ponce/San Juan/Mayagüez/Arecibo, Puerto Rico
City Ponce, Puerto Rico
Branding Teleisla
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Subchannels 7.1 Independent
Univision (secondary)
40.1 Sistema TV/PBS
Translators WSTE-DT1 7 Ponce
WSTE-DT2 7 San Juan
WSTE-DT3 7 Mayagüez
WSTE-DT4 7 Arecibo
WLII-DT 11.2 Caguas
WSUR-DT 9.2 Ponce
Affiliations Independent (1958-1991, 1994-present)
Camarero Television
Owner Univision Communications
(WLII/WSUR License Partnership, G.P.)
First air date 2 February 1958
Call letters' meaning Siete (Spanish for seven)
Sister station(s) WLII-DT
Former callsigns WRIK-TV (1958–1979)
WLUZ-TV (1979–1987)
WSTE (1987–2009)
Former affiliations Univision (1991-1994)
Transmitter power 25 kW
Height 88 m
Facility ID 60341
Transmitter coordinates 18°2′45″N 66°39′15″W / 18.04583°N 66.65417°W / 18.04583; -66.65417

WSTE-DT, channel 7, is an independent television station that is licensed to Ponce, Puerto Rico. The station is owned by Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Univision owned-and-operated station WLII-DT (channel 11) and is also sister to radio stations WKAQ (580 AM) and WKAQ-FM (104.7). WSTE and WLII-DT share studios located in Guaynabo, WSTE's transmitter is located at Cerro La Marquesa in Aguas Buenas, at Cerro Maravilla in Ponce, at Cerro Canta Gallo in Aguada, and at the Monte del Estado in Mayagüez.


Edificio Darlington --on Calle Marina (PR-123), across from Parque de la Abolición, Ponce-- first home of WSTE-DT, then known as WRIK-TV

Early History (1958–1969)[edit]

The station first signed on as WRIK-TV on 2 February 1958, after receiving the FCC permit to go on the air on channel 7.[1] It was the first television station in Ponce, and the third in the island of Puerto Rico, after WKAQ-TV and WAPA-TV, both were established four years earlier. It was owned by Alfredo Ramírez de Arellano. Its news director was Manuel Morales-Flores, with Felix Suria as production manager and Edmund Reid as its chief engineer. It transmitted from the Darlington building on Calle Marina in Ponce,[2] Ponce's first multi-story building, completed in 1952.[3] Its transmission tower was located on Hotel Ponce Intercontinental.[4] It operated as an independent station, as did all stations in Puerto Rico at that time.[5] At a time, it carried some 18 daily programs, including news, movies, cartoons, and soap operas, among others.[6] In 1964, the station's staff had expanded to include president George A. Mayoral, general manager William Cortada, commercial manager and news director Luis A. Wito Morales, promotional manager Monsita M. Diaz, and chief engineer Americo Cintron.[7]

Rikavision (1969–1979)[edit]

In 1969, David V. Picker, president of United Artists Corporation, and Alfredo Ramirez de Arellano, president of Ponce Television, announced that United Artists would gain control of WRIK-TV, together with its affiliate WORA-TV (channel 5) in Mayaguez. WRIK began operating from color-equipped studios in Ponce and San Juan.[8] The station's slogan became "W-R-I-K Television Canal 7 Ponce: cubriendo a Ponce y San Juan" ("W-R-I-K Television Channel 7 Ponce: covering Ponce and San Juan"). In 1970, WRIK-TV was bought by United Artists and moved to San Juan, and rebranded as "Rikavisión".[9] The station's logo was a rooster. From San Juan, the station broadcast El Show de Tito Rodriguez for two seasons; the station also produced Ahi Va Eso (with Awilda Carbia, Jacobo Morales and Norma Candal), Contigo Anexo 3, Showtime (with Wilkins), Las Caribelles, El Show de Carol Myles, and the legendary children's show, Rikalandia (hosted by Sandra Zaiter). One notable 1971 show was "María", with Lucy Boscana.[10] The station continued some programming from Ponce, including local newscasts. Its news anchor was Rafael L. Torres, in whose name the Southern Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce later created an Excellence in Journalism award.

Cerro Maravilla incident[edit]

In 1978, two pro-independence activists attempted to blow up the WRIK-TV transmitter tower at the Cerro Maravilla mountain peak in an effort to call attention to their cause. Their plan was discovered by police and the two young men were ambushed by police at the peak during their operation. They were arrested and then murdered by the police while still under their custody.

Teleluz (1979–1987)[edit]

In 1979, WRIK-TV was acquired by Puerto Rican producer Tommy Muñiz, owner of AM radio station WLUZ (or Radio Luz); its callsign was subsequently changed to WLUZ-TV (branded as "Teleluz") on March 28, 1979.[11] Financial troubles forced Muñiz to sell the station to Malrite Communications Group, which subsequently rebranded the station as "SuperSiete".[12] On 18 February 1987, the station changed its call letters to WSTE.[13] The station experienced limited success at the time using colorful motion graphics and a new logo as well as major advertising in newspapers, and televising popular American sitcoms of the time, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Simpsons, along with major Hollywood movies. It also was acknowledged for its children's show El Show de Burbujita y Bolillo, produced by Milly Cangiano, and its Saturday morning cartoons. Around this time, one of Puerto Rico's longest-running shows, No te Duermas with Antonio Sánchez El Gangster, started airing on channel 7 as well. WSTE also produced a successful game show, La Hora de Oro with Hector Marcano and Sanchez, and two family-oriented sitcoms, Maripili and El Cuartel de la Risa. SuperSiete also broadcast 5 daily news segments named Noticapsulas (literal translation: news capsules) hosted by news reporter Doris Torres.

SuperSiete / TeleIsla (1987–present)[edit]

In 1991, Malrite bought WLII-TV and WSUR-TV and sold WSTE to Siete Grande Television, Inc., owned by Florida entrepreneur Jerry Hartman. WSTE was then branded as "El Nuevo SuperSiete" ("The New SuperSeven"). During the 1990s, WSTE was rebranded as "Tele-Isla" during the primetime hours. Due to the failure of the new programming, and the lack of full island coverage of WLII at the time, WSTE started re-broadcasting WLII's primetime programming mainly for the western and central areas of Puerto Rico.

In 1995, WLII entered into an affiliation agreement with WORA-TV. This created a conflict with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as WLII's programming was being rebroadcast by two different stations across the island; WLII and WSTE in the north, WSUR-TV and WSTE in the south, and WSTE, WNJX-TV and WORA-TV in the west. During this time, the channel proudly showed its coverage channels on its "ident", as 11-9-7-5-22. After admonishment by the FCC, WLII dropped WSTE and WNJX-TV coverage.

After that point (sometime in 1995) and until today, the station mostly airs infomercials, locally-produced advertisements for car dealerships and horse racing from Hipodromo Camarero.

On 23 March 2007, Siete Grande Television, Inc. announced it would sell WSTE to Univision Communications.[14] The sale was approved by the FCC on 11 October 2007. On 23 June 2009, the station's call letters were revised to WSTE-DT.[15]

The channel's SuperSiete "ident" animation, logo, and name survived for over 25 years, dating back to 1987. A new logo with the Teleisla branding was introduced a couple of months before the FCC-mandated digital transition date of June 12, 2009. On January 2, 2012, WSTE-DT introduced a new logo in the form of a four-color trebol (orange representing morning, green representing afternoon, violet representing weekend, and blue representing nightly programming). The station also expanded its broadcast day to 1 a.m. On 1 November 2012, Dish Network began carrying WSTE-DT to watch Teleisla on Channel 12. In early 2016, WSTE-DT expanded its broadcast schedule to 24 hours a day, and adding the health program, Hablando de Salud from 1AM to 7AM.


To effectively cover all of Puerto Rico, WSTE used booster-type translator facilities across the island prior to the analog shutdown. In order for this booster system to have worked without any interference, WSTE's main transmitter had to be kept silent. The Ponce area was thus served from an auxiliary station transmitting at 100 kW. WSTE now uses a four-site, digital distributed transmission system to cover the island as the booster system had done before it.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[16]
7.1 1080i 16:9 WSTE-HD Main WSTE-DT programming / Teleisla
40.1 720p WMTJ-TV Sistema TV / PBS

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WSTE shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, at noon 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 relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 8 to channel 7 for its post-transition operations.[17]

Transmitter facilities[edit]

WSTE-DT's facilities
Station City Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WSTE-DT1 Ponce 7 (VHF) 25 kW 88 m 60341 18°2′45″N 66°39′15″W / 18.04583°N 66.65417°W / 18.04583; -66.65417
WSTE-DT2 San Juan 7 (VHF) 25 kW 336 m 60341 18°16′22″N 66°6′48″W / 18.27278°N 66.11333°W / 18.27278; -66.11333
WSTE-DT3 Mayagüez 7 (VHF) 6 kW 370 m 60341 18°19′18″N 67°10′26″W / 18.32167°N 67.17389°W / 18.32167; -67.17389
WSTE-DT4 Arecibo 7 (VHF) 0.1 kW 65 m 60341 18°27′14″N 66°45′15″W / 18.45389°N 66.75417°W / 18.45389; -66.75417
WSTE's old analog booster system
Station Type City Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
(Kept silent)
Ponce 7 (VHF) 186 kW 826 m 60341 18°9′10.5″N 66°33′15.4″W / 18.152917°N 66.554278°W / 18.152917; -66.554278
WSTE Auxiliary Ponce 7 (VHF) 100 kW 88 m 60341 18°2′45″N 66°39′15″W / 18.04583°N 66.65417°W / 18.04583; -66.65417
WSTE1 Booster San Juan 7 (VHF) 310 kW 341 m 91770 18°16′22″N 66°6′48″W / 18.27278°N 66.11333°W / 18.27278; -66.11333
WSTE2 Booster Mayagüez 7 (VHF) 24.1 kW 386 m 91773 18°19′18″N 67°10′26″W / 18.32167°N 67.17389°W / 18.32167; -67.17389
WSTE3 Booster Arecibo 7 (VHF) 1 kW 62 m 91771 18°27′14″N 66°45′15″W / 18.45389°N 66.75417°W / 18.45389; -66.75417


  1. ^ PUERTO RICO. Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook. Broadcasting Yearbook. 1969. Page A-77. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  3. ^ Carmelo Rosario Natal. Ponce En Su Historia Moderna: 1945-2002. Published by Secretaría de Cultura y Turismo of the Government of the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 2003. p. 54.
  4. ^ Luis Fortuno Janeiro. Album Historico de Puerto Rico (1692-1963). Page 408. Ponce, Puerto Rico: Imprenta Fortuno. 1963. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  5. ^ Independent TV in 1965. Independent TV. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  6. ^ Guillermo A. Baralt. Historia de El Nuevo Dia (1909-2000). Fundacion El Nuevo Dia. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Editores: Publicaciones Puertorriqueñas. 2002. p.262. ISBN 1-881720-82-9.
  7. ^ Ponce County. 1964. Broadcasting Yearbook. Page A-80. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  8. ^ From the Music Capitals of the World. Antonio Contreras. Billboard. August 9, 1969. Page 98. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  9. ^ PUERTO RICO. Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  10. ^ Lucy Boscana. Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular. 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  11. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WSTE-TV. Rabbit Ears.Info Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  12. ^ PUERTO RICO. Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  13. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WSTE-TV. Rabbit Ears.Info Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  14. ^ Deals - 7/16/2007 - Broadcasting & Cable
  15. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WSTE-TV. Rabbit Ears.Info Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  16. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WSTE
  17. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 

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