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CityCorning, New York
BrandingBig Fox
Affiliations48.1: Fox
48.2: MyNetworkTV
48.3: MeTV
  • Coastal Television Broadcasting Company LLC
  • (CTNY License LLC)
FoundedOctober 2, 1989
First air date
September 6, 1994 (27 years ago) (1994-09-06)
Former channel number(s)
48 (UHF, 1994–2009)
50 (UHF, 2001–2009)
Independent (1994–1995)
UPN (1995–2004; secondary from 1997)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID62219
ERP55 kW
HAAT311 m (1,020 ft)
Transmitter coordinates42°8′31.2″N 77°4′38.8″W / 42.142000°N 77.077444°W / 42.142000; -77.077444
Public license information

WYDC (channel 48) is a television station licensed to Corning, New York, United States, serving as the Fox affiliate for the Elmira area. It is owned by Coastal Television Broadcasting Company LLC alongside low-power MyNetworkTV affiliate WJKP-LD (channel 39). Both stations share studios on East Market Street in Downtown Corning, while WYDC's transmitter is located on Higman Hill.


On June 9, 1988, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted a construction permit to Rural New York Broadcasting, owned by Robert Walker of Albany, to build a new television station in Corning. In 1992, Walker moved to Florida and donated the permit to Cornerstone Television, a Christian broadcaster from Pittsburgh.[1] Cornerstone never built the station, and instead it was Molly and David Grant, with investors known as Standfast Broadcasting, who put WYDC on the air in 1994 as independent "Big TV".[2]

Big TV rapidly grew. It built translators in Elmira and Bath, became an affiliate of UPN and The WB in 1995,[3] and added Fox in October 1996.[4]

Vision Communications, headed by William Christian, leased the station with an option to buy in 1997 and moved to shift the station's focus to Fox, eliminating UPN programs.[5] The new ownership upgraded the facilities with a $2 million investment.[6] The Grants went on to start another station known as Big TV, UPN affiliate WBGT-LP in Rochester, which Vision acquired in 2002.[7]

Vision Communications filed to sell its broadcast properties to Standard Media in 2019.[8] The sale was never consummated.[9]


Syndicated programming on this station includes Family Feud, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, and The People's Court among others. According to television listings, WYDC airs ten-minute update on weeknights known as Big Fox News at 10.[10] All weather forecasts are provided through an outsourcing agreement by WeatherVision of Jackson, Mississippi.[11] The prime time update competes with a weeknight thirty-minute newscast at 10 seen on WETM-DT2.

Technical information[edit]


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[12]
48.1 720p 16:9 WYDC Main WYDC programming / Fox
48.2 WJKP Simulcast of WJKP-LD / MyNetworkTV
48.3 480i 4:3 MeTV MeTV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WYDC shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 48, 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 UHF channel 50 to channel 48.[13]


In addition to its main signal, WYDC can also be seen on five low-power digital repeaters. WYDC was also formerly repeated on WMYH-LP in Elmira/Watkins Glen, which is no longer licensed.

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Bath W19ET-D 19 15 kW 137 m (449 ft) 43452 42°17′32″N 77°40′26″W / 42.29222°N 77.67389°W / 42.29222; -77.67389 (W19ET-D)
Corning W15EG-D 15 4 kW 234.2 m (768 ft) 128780 42°8′31″N 77°4′39″W / 42.14194°N 77.07750°W / 42.14194; -77.07750 (W15EG-D)
Elmira WECY-LD 19 0.8 kW 128.2 m (421 ft) 125480 42°8′31″N 77°4′39″W / 42.14194°N 77.07750°W / 42.14194; -77.07750 (WECY-LD)
W26BF-D 26 5 kW 199.7 m (655 ft) 15570 42°7′36″N 76°47′35″W / 42.12667°N 76.79306°W / 42.12667; -76.79306 (W26BF-D)
Hornell, Alfred W17ED-D 16 1 kW 6.7 m (22 ft) 43451 42°43′23.4″N 77°40′32.66″W / 42.723167°N 77.6757389°W / 42.723167; -77.6757389 (W17ED-D)


  1. ^ Lowman, Jim (September 26, 1992). "Corning may tune in religious network". Star-Gazette. pp. 1A, 2A. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  2. ^ Wilson, Larry (September 17, 1994). "The Big TV picture comes to Corning: WYDC-TV starts broadcasting 24 hours a day next week". Star-Gazette. pp. 1A, 2A. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  3. ^ Wilson, Larry (September 12, 1995). "Big TV gets even bigger, expands into Bath, Elmira". Star-Gazette. pp. 1A, 5A. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  4. ^ Wilson, Larry (October 25, 1996). "Corning station will become a Fox affiliate". Star-Gazette. p. 1B. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  5. ^ Finger, Ray (August 5, 1997). "Corning's Fox affiliate WYDC-TV gets new manager". Star-Gazette. p. 3B. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  6. ^ Fernandez, Lydia (September 17, 1998). "Corning's a Fox when it comes to station growth". Star-Gazette. p. 1C. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  7. ^ Aaron, G. Jeffrey (November 12, 2002). "WYDC-TV owner buys Rochester UPN station". Star-Gazette. p. 8A. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  8. ^ "Standard Media to acquire nine stations". Standard Media. November 25, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Notification of Non-consummation". fcc.gov. January 3, 2021.
  10. ^ http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCSGrid.do?stnNum=35307&channel=48.1
  11. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "WYDC Big Fox ELmira, Ny". YouTube.
  12. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WYDC
  13. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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