WYDN

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WYDN
Lowell/Boston, Massachusetts
United States
City Lowell, Massachusetts[1]
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)
(shared with WPXG-TV; to move to 23 (UHF)[2])
Virtual: 48 (PSIP)
Translators W40BO-D Boston
Affiliations Daystar
Owner Word of God Fellowship, Inc.
(Educational Public TV Corporation)
First air date May 5, 1999 (19 years ago) (1999-05-05)
(in Worcester, Massachusetts; license moved to Lowell in 2018)
Call letters' meaning Were Your Daystar Network
(pre-dated ownership and existence of Daystar)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 48 (UHF, 1999–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 47 (UHF, until 2018)
Former affiliations Prime Time Christian Broadcasting (1999–2001)
Transmitter power 100 kW
80.6 kW (CP)
Height 344 m (1,129 ft)
342 m (1,122 ft) (CP)
Facility ID 18783
Transmitter coordinates 43°11′4″N 71°19′10″W / 43.18444°N 71.31944°W / 43.18444; -71.31944
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.daystar.com

WYDN, virtual channel 48 (UHF digital channel 47), is a Daystar owned-and-operated television station serving Boston, Massachusetts, United States that is licensed to Lowell. The station is owned by the Educational Public TV Corporation, a subsidiary of Daystar sister company Word of God Fellowship, Inc. WYDN's studios are located on Sprague Street in Dedham, and its shares transmitter facilities with Concord, New Hampshire-licensed Ion Television owned-and-operated station WPXG-TV (channel 21) on Fort Mountain near Epsom, New Hampshire. On cable, WYDN is available on Comcast Xfinity digital channel 295 and on Verizon FiOS channel 25.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on May 5, 1999, as an affiliate of the Prime Time Christian Broadcasting (the current-day network God's Learning Channel) as a straight simulcast of KMLM in Odessa, Texas.[3] Originally licensed to Worcester, Massachusetts, WYDN operated its analog transmitter atop Asnebumskit Hill in Paxton (a site which is and has been used by Worcester area FM and TV stations since FM pioneer Edwin Howard Armstrong erected the tower in the 1940s) until the June 12, 2009, digital transition; its digital transmitter operated from the WBZ-TV tower in Needham. By the early 2000s, the station switched to Daystar after it was acquired by its Word of God Fellowship, Inc. licensing subsidiary, and Daystar immediately pushed for successful must-carry carriage from local cable providers.

WYDN sold its frequency rights as part of the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 spectrum incentive auction[4] and reached a channel sharing agreement with Ion Television O&O WPXG-TV;[2] it began broadcasting from WPXG's transmitter on April 23, 2018.[5] As WPXG's broadcasting radius does not cover Worcester, WYDN changed its city of license to Lowell, Massachusetts.[1]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[6]
48.1 480i 16:9 WYDN-DT Daystar

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WYDN 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 continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 47.[7] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 48.

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