|Martinsburg, West Virginia/
|City||Martinsburg, West Virginia|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
(to move to 13 (VHF))
Virtual: 60 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||Ion Television (O&O; 1998–present)|
|Owner||Ion Media Networks
(Ion Media Martinsburg License, Inc.)
|Founded||May 21, 1990|
|First air date||October 1, 1991|
|Call letters' meaning||West Virginia's PaX; satellite of WPXW-TV|
|Former callsigns||WYVN (1991–1996)
|Former channel number(s)||60 (UHF analog, 1991–2009)|
|Former affiliations||Fox (1991–1993)
|Transmitter power||23 kW|
|Height||314 m (1,030 ft)|
|Public license information:||
(satellite of WPXW-TV,
Manassas, Virginia/Washington, D.C.) Profile
(satellite of WPXW-TV,
Manassas, Virginia/Washington, D.C.) CDBS
WWPX-TV is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States, and serving the northwestern portion of the Washington, D.C. television market. Owned by Ion Media Networks, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 (or virtual channel 60 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Boyds Gap west of Martinsburg. It is currently a relay of the main Ion station for the Washington area, Manassas, Virginia-licensed WPXW-TV (channel 66).
Channel 60 signed on in 1991 as WYVN, a Fox affiliate, with studios located on Discovery Road in Martinsburg. A news department was quickly set up, and offered more news than other stations in the area. However, Flying A Communications, the owner, found itself in financial trouble, due to this local news commitment and relatively poor ratings (partially caused by its location on cable, which was higher than other stations), leading to the station shutting down two years later, in 1993, after a sale to Benchmark Communications (who would have converted the station to a CBS affiliate for Winchester, Virginia, and Hagerstown, Maryland, under the WUSQ-TV callsign) fell through. A few months later, WYVN returned as an independent station, owned by Green River. The station tried to restore some local programming (including the newscast and a new talk show hosted by Gay Dawson), but further financial trouble caused this era to also end up being short-lived, abruptly ending in 1994.
The station returned again on September 1, 1996, as WSHE-TV, a Paxson Communications station that aired the company's standard infomercial format, with religious programming in some dayparts. The station changed its call letters to WWPX at the beginning of 1998, and became a charter member of Pax TV along with most of Paxson's other stations on August 31 of that year. It has remained with the network, later known as i: Independent Television and now known as Ion Television, ever since.
WWPX was originally a full affiliate of Pax. In 2002, it converted to a satellite of WPXW as it could no longer afford its own staff of master-control operators.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Network|
WWPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 60, 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 12. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 60, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
- Hughes, Dave. "Washington DC/Baltimore Area TV Stations". dcrtv.com. Archived from the original on May 19, 2006. Retrieved May 21, 2006.
- Greene, Julie (1 February 2002). "Financial woes hit area TV stations". Hagerstown Herald-Mail.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WWPX
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designation for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- ION Television website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WWPX
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WWPX-TV