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WPXA-TV, virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 31),[citation needed] is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station serving Atlanta, Georgia, United States that is licensed to Rome. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks. WPXA-TV's offices are located on North Cobb Parkway (US 41) in Marietta, and its transmitter is located on Bear Mountain, near the CherokeeBartow county line.

WPXA-TV
Rome/Atlanta, Georgia
United States
CityRome, Georgia
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
ChannelsDigital: 31 (UHF)
(to move to 16 (UHF))
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
Affiliations
47.1: Telemundo[1]
OwnerIon Media Networks
(Ion Media Atlanta License, Inc.)
First air dateFebruary 29, 1988 (31 years ago) (1988-02-29)[2]
Call letters' meaningPaX TV Atlanta
Former callsigns
  • WAWA-TV (1988–1990)
  • WTLK-TV (1990–1998)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 14 (UHF, 1988–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 51 (UHF, 2002–2015)
Former affiliations
Transmitter power1000 kW
670 kW (CP)
Height600 m (1,969 ft)
596 m (1,955 ft) (CP)
ClassDT
Facility ID51969
Transmitter coordinates34°18′47.6″N 84°38′55.2″W / 34.313222°N 84.648667°W / 34.313222; -84.648667Coordinates: 34°18′47.6″N 84°38′55.2″W / 34.313222°N 84.648667°W / 34.313222; -84.648667
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websiteiontelevision.com

The station's broadcast range extends into parts of Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee and even the southwest corner of North Carolina. However, terrain shielding not accounted for in radio propagation models prevents this from regularly occurring, due to the north Georgia mountains.

On cable, WPXA-TV is available in standard definition on channel 12 on Comcast Xfinity and channel 11 on Charter Spectrum, and in high definition on Xfinity channel 812 and Spectrum channel 711.

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HistoryEdit

The station was issued a construction permit in 1984 on Channel 14 as WZGA but never went on-air. The station went on-air February 29, 1988 as WAWA with studios on Shorter Avenue in Rome and transmitter on nearby Mount Alto. The station was owned by Sudbrink Broadcasting of West Palm Beach, Florida, and had a general entertainment format of low-budget shows, public domain movies, and local newscasts. It also aired several ABC, CBS and NBC shows that WSB-TV (channel 2), WAGA-TV (channel 5) and WXIA-TV (channel 11) turned down.

In 1990, the station changed its calls to WTLK-TV and moved its studios to Marietta and transmitter to Bear Mountain (west of Canton). Rebranding as "Talk TV", it featured national talk shows like Phil Donahue and Sally Jessy Raphael. It also aired local shows (with TV studio audiences) with WSB's Neal Boortz, former Miss America Suzette Charles, Hosea Williams, Michael Young, WVEE's Mike Roberts, WGST's Brian Wilson and others. The station never took off in metro Atlanta as WTLK was not a must-carry on cable TV. The other independent on the fringe of the market, WNGM-TV (channel 34, now WUVG) had the same problem. Later in the 1990s, WTLK ran blocks of country music videos along with infomercials.

In 1996 the station was sold to Paxson Communications. The must-carry rules for cable systems took effect about the same time. WTLK, WNGM and WATC would be added to most metro cable systems immediately. The station's format consisted of infomercials by day and the Worship Network at night. Pax TV was launched in 1998 and WTLK became WPXA as a charter affiliate. Pax TV later became i: Independent Television and is now Ion Television. During the Pax era, WPXA aired a late-night replay of WXIA's 11 p.m. newscast. Most Pax stations had similar arrangements with the NBC affiliates in their markets.

The station's broadcast tower on Bear Mountain was also the first location for WCHK-FM 105.5, now WRDA 105.7 on Sweat Mountain.

Rome also had a previous full-power TV station (ABC/CBS/NBC/DuMont) WROM-TV channel 9, from 1953–1957. That was later moved to Chattanooga and became what is now WTVC.

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
14.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
14.2 480i 4:3 Qubo Qubo
14.3 IONLife Ion Life
14.4 Shop Ion Shop
14.5 QVC QVC
47.1 16:9 TLMD Simulcast of WKTB-CD / Telemundo

WPXA-TV also has a Mobile DTV feed of subchannel 14.2, labelled "WPXA - ION", broadcasting at 3.67 Mbit/s. This is the highest bitrate of any Metro Atlanta television station mobile feed.[3][4][5]

The Worship Network was originally on 14.4 until the end of January 2010, when it was dropped from all Ion stations.

The station had selected 14 as its permanent digital channel in the digital channel election, but had to remain on 51 due to a co-channel RF interference conflict.[6]

The station's digital facility is at maximum power (1000 kW), while its analog was not (3800 kW instead of the 5000 kW allowed for analog stations). Its digital TV antenna is also 15 meters (49 ft) higher on the same tower, improving the broadcast range further.

In August 2013, the station contracted with local Telemundo affiliate WKTB-CD (channel 47) to provide a full-market signal for the low-power station, along with probable retransmission consent to fold it in with WPXA's negotiations. This precluded WPXA from Ion's agreement to carry the over-the-air signal of Home Shopping Network on its DT6 subchannel later in the year, though HSN already is carried by W45DX-D (channel 45) over-the-air in the market.

On July 6, 2015, WPXA-TV was licensed by the FCC to shift their digital signal from channel 51 to channel 31 to allow T-Mobile US to use the adjacent channel 52 frequency for LTE data and voice services without interference, requiring a tuner re-scan for viewers to continue to receive the station; using PSIP to display WPXA-TV's virtual channel as 14 on digital television receivers.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Digital TV Market Listing for WPXA". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  2. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says January 15, while the Television and Cable Factbook says February 29.
  3. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=atscmph
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 17, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 17, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ FCC application BFRECT-20050210ADZ

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