WUPX-TV

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WUPX-TV
Morehead/Lexington, Kentucky
United States
Branding ION Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 21 (UHF)
Virtual: 67 (PSIP)
Subchannels 67.1 Ion Television
67.2 Qubo
67.3 ION Life
67.4 Ion Shop
67.5 QVC
67.6 HSN
Affiliations Ion Television (O&O; 2001–present)
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media Lexington License, Inc.)
First air date June 1998; 19 years ago (1998-06)
Call letters' meaning KentUcky's PaX
Former callsigns WAOM (1998–2001)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
67 (UHF, 1998–2009)
Former affiliations UPN (1998–2001)
Transmitter power 719 kW (digital)
Height 428 metres (1,404 ft) (digital)
Facility ID 23128
Transmitter coordinates 37°54′26″N 83°38′1″W / 37.90722°N 83.63361°W / 37.90722; -83.63361
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.iontelevision.com

WUPX-TV is a television station in Morehead, Kentucky, serving the Lexington market as an affiliate of the Ion Television network on digital channel 21. The station's broadcasting tower is located on McCausey Ridge in Menifee County. As such, its signal barely reaches its intended city.

History[edit]

A construction permit for WAOM was issued in October 1993.[1] The station really signed on the air in June 1998 as WAOM, a repeater of UPN-affiliated WBLU-LP, which broadcast on UHF channel 62. It was known on air as UPN 62 and UPN 67. Both stations simulcast programming from UPN and The WB and infomercials until WAOM was sold off in 2001. After WAOM was sold, WBLU-LP lost both the WB and UPN in 2003 and 2004, respectively, to become independent, and at some points became affiliated with MyNetworkTV and RTV. Currently, WBLU-LP is no longer broadcasting as it went dark in 2008.

In 2001, WAOM-TV was then sold to Paxson Communications, became a PAX affiliate and changed its letters to the current WUPX. PAX became the "i" network in 2005, and became ION Television in 2007.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
67.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
67.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
67.3 IONLife Ion Life
67.4 Shop Ion Shop
67.5 HSN HSN
67.6 QVC QVC

[2]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WUPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 67, 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 21.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 67, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

TV Spectrum Repack[edit]

WUPX will plan to move its channel allocation from digital channel 21 to digital channel 25 and it will remain on virtual channel 67 once is completed. [4]

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