|Nashua, New Hampshire
|Channels||Digital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||Heroes & Icons|
|Owner||OTA Broadcasting, LLC
(operated by New Hampshire 1 Network, Inc.)
(OTA Broadcasting (BOS), LLC)
|First air date||1988|
|Sister station(s)||WBIN-TV, WEMJ, WFNQ, WJYY, WLNH-FM, WNNH, WNHW|
|Former callsigns||W13BG (1985–1996)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
13 (VHF, 1988–2014)
The Family Channel
|Transmitter power||15 kilowatts|
|Public license information:||Profile
WYCN-CD is a Class A low-power digital television station licensed to Nashua, New Hampshire, United States. The station carries local community programming; however, most of its schedule is taken up by Queue Network programming. It is owned by OTA Broadcasting, LLC, a company controlled by Michael Dell's MSD Capital.
WYCN, along with three co-owned translators in Nashua, Manchester, and Concord, was sold by Center Broadcasting Corporation of New Hampshire to New Hampshire 1 Network, a company controlled by William H. Binnie, in 2010. The deal was completed January 3, 2012; in the meantime, Binnie would also acquire WBIN-TV in Derry. As a result of the sale, much of WYCN's community programming, including aldermen debates, was discontinued. In December 2012, the station's studios moved from Rivier University (where it had been based since 2004) to a location shared with sister station WFNQ.
New Hampshire 1 Network filed to sell WYCN to OTA Broadcasting on January 14, 2013; the three translators were not included in the deal, and now simulcast WBIN. Operation of WYCN will continue to be handled by New Hampshire 1. The FCC approved the sale on March 22, and it was completed on May 20.
WYCN resumed producing local programming soon after the sale to OTA Broadcasting; however, in June 2013, Comcast informed the station that it would be dropped from its lineup as of August 15 due to the earlier cessation of local programming, as well as its limited broadcast reach and continued analog broadcasting (even though WYCN had a construction permit to convert to digital operations and increase its broadcast range). Comcast subsequently pushed back the date of the removal to September 3, despite protests from viewers, politicians, and Nashua's public access station. WYCN has long considered cable carriage vital to its operation; the station was nearly dropped by Harron Cable on its Nashua-area systems in October 1999 to accommodate a must-carry request by WMFP, a move that could have led to the closure of channel 13 (even though its carriage on MediaOne in Nashua itself was not affected), but its carriage was ultimately continued by Adelphia Communications following its purchase of Harron (though the station was dropped for a time in 2000 after an additional must-carry request, from WYDN, while Adelphia rebuilt the systems). (Both the Harron/Adelphia and MediaOne systems are now owned by Comcast.)
Due to its low power, WYCN's analog signal reached only portions of Nashua, its city of license. In contrast, its digital signal is expected to reach Manchester and Boston. The digital facility was planned to sign on by December 2013, but was not licensed by the Federal Communications Commission until October 23, 2014. Their Digital signal is now on-the-air.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|13.1||480i||16:9||WYCNSD1||Heroes & Icons|
WYCN-CD shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, on October 23, 2014. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 36. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 13.
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