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CorningElmira, New York
United States
CityCorning, New York
ChannelsDigital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 48 (PSIP)
BrandingBig Fox
Affiliations48.1: Fox (1997–present)
48.2: MyNetworkTV
48.3: MeTV
OwnerVision Communications, LLC
(sale to Standard Media pending[1])
(WYDC, Inc.)
FoundedOctober 2, 1989
First air date
September 6, 1994 (26 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
ERP7.6 kW
5.36 kW (CP)
HAAT334 m (1,096 ft)
342 m (1,122 ft) (CP)
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, virtual channel 48 (UHF digital channel 30), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Corning, New York, United States, serving the Twin Tiers of Southern Upstate New York (including Elmira) and Northern Pennsylvania. Owned by Vision Communications, it is a sister station to low-powered MyNetworkTV affiliate WJKP-LD (channel 39). The two outlets share studios on East Market Street in Downtown Corning; WYDC's transmitter is located on Higman Hill. On cable, the station is available on Spectrum channel 13 in both standard and high definition.


A construction permit for WYDC was given in 1993 to an engineer and his wife, and the station signed on as an independent station the following year under the branding Big TV. The station later joined the United Paramount Network (UPN) in 1995. Vision Communications bought the station in 1997, upgraded its facilities, and signed an affiliation deal with Fox; prior to WYDC's affiliation with Fox, the network's programming was only available to cable and satellite viewers in the Elmira market via the Foxnet service. UPN programming still ran as a secondary affiliation for a few years.[2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

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


In addition to its main signal, WYDC can also be seen on five low-powered repeaters (one analog and four digital). WYDC will have to shut down all remaining analog operations by July 13, 2021 due to the FCC's LPTV transition. 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′32.0″N 77°40′26.0″W / 42.292222°N 77.673889°W / 42.292222; -77.673889 (W19ET-D)
Corning W19EO-D 19 15 kW 109 m (358 ft) 125480 42°03′48.2″N 76°31′26.7″W / 42.063389°N 76.524083°W / 42.063389; -76.524083 (W19EO-D)
Elmira W26BF 26 (Analog) 1.09 kW 196 m (643 ft) 15570 42°07′51.2″N 76°47′19.8″W / 42.130889°N 76.788833°W / 42.130889; -76.788833 (W26BF)
Hornell W16BE-D 16 0.277 kW 102 m (335 ft) 43451 42°17′32.0″N 77°40′26.0″W / 42.292222°N 77.673889°W / 42.292222; -77.673889 (W16BE-D)
Corning W15EG-D 15 4.0 kW 123.5 m (405 ft) 128780 42°08′31.0″N 77°04′39.0″W / 42.141944°N 77.077500°W / 42.141944; -77.077500 (W15EG-D)


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.[5] All weather forecasts are provided through an outsourcing agreement by WeatherVision of Jackson, Mississippi.[6] The prime time update competes with a weeknight thirty-minute newscast at 10 seen on WETM-DT2.


  1. ^ "Standard Media to acquire nine stations". Standard Media. November 25, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "About Us". WYDC Big Fox. WYDC-TV. Archived from the original on October 10, 2004. Retrieved 5 May 2016.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WYDC
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  5. ^ http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCSGrid.do?stnNum=35307&channel=48.1
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXLRXAaEBPE

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