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WPAN, virtual and UHF digital channel 40, is a television station licensed to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States and also serving Pensacola. Owned by Franklin Media, it is currently an affiliate of Antenna TV. WPAN's transmitter is located north of US 98 in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

WPAN
Fort Walton BeachPensacola, Florida
United States
CityFort Walton Beach, Florida
ChannelsDigital: 40 (UHF)
(to move to 21 (UHF)[1])
Virtual: 40 (PSIP)
AffiliationsAntenna TV (2019–present)
OwnerFranklin Media
(B&C Communications, LLC)
First air dateFebruary 14, 1984 (35 years ago) (1984-02-14)
Call letters' meaningFlorida PANhandle (viewing area)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
53 (UHF, 1984–2009)
Virtual:
53 (PSIP, 2009–2013)
Translator:
W50CF Mobile, AL
Former affiliationsShop at Home
Jewelry TV
Cozi TV (2013)[2]
Soul of the South (2014–2016)
Vibrant TV Network (2016–2019)
Transmitter power33.5 kW
620 kW (CP)[1]
Height219 m (719 ft)
374.1 m (1,227 ft) (CP)[1]
Facility ID31570
Transmitter coordinates30°24′13.4″N 86°59′33.8″W / 30.403722°N 86.992722°W / 30.403722; -86.992722
30°42′21″N 87°24′12″W / 30.70583°N 87.40333°W / 30.70583; -87.40333 (CP)[1]
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS

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HistoryEdit

The station was founded on February 22, 1983 as an independent station. It was dark for much of 2013 and 2014.[3]

DirecTV carried the station on the Mobile–Pensacola–Fort Walton local channel package up until 2009 when it was dropped, but resumed carrying the channel in April 2012. For most of 2013, the channel guide did not accurately reflect the actual programming airing on the station (infomercials would air in place of Cozi TV programming), and since the fall of 2013, the station had a perpetual trouble slide on their DirecTV channel. The channel was removed once again in December 2013. At some point in late 2014, WPAN returned to the air as an affiliate of the Soul of the South Network. From January 7 to May 15, 2016, WPAN was off-the-air under special temporary authority to be silent; on May 16, WPAN returned to the air as an affiliate of the Vibrant TV Network, and then in February 2019, after the Vibrant TV network ceased operations, it switched to carrying Antenna TV.

CoverageEdit

The station used to have a repeater, W50CF in Mobile, Alabama, which broadcast on analog channel 50. The translator is now home to a low-powered station run by Word of Life Community Church in Chickasaw, Alabama. When WFGX moved its signal from its location in Gulf Breeze, Florida to sister station's WEAR tower located off CR 64 near Robertsdale, Alabama, W50CF had to sign off so it would not interfere (since WFGX broadcasts digitally on channel 50). W50CF has applied to the FCC to move to Channel 6.

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelEdit

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
40.1 480i 4:3 WPAN-DT Main WPAN programming Antenna TV

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Amendment to a Modification of a DTV Station Construction Permit Application
  2. ^ http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/65202/wpan-is-latest-station-to-get-cozi
  3. ^ Franklin Sr., John L. (December 30, 2013). "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPAN

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