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WACX
WACX.jpg
Leesburg/Orlando, Florida
Branding SuperChannel WACX-TV
Slogan In God We Trust
For a Better Life
Channel Digital: 40 (UHF)
Translators WACX-LP 9 Tallahassee
W03AO Madison
W40CQ-D Alachua/Gainesville
Affiliations Christian independent
Owner Associated Christian Television System, Inc.
(Bowers family)
First air date March 6, 1982
Callsign meaning Associated
Christian (referring to owner)
X = Christ
Former callsigns WIYE (1982-1988)
Former channels Analog:
55 (1982-2006)
Former affiliations TBN (1990s-2006)
Effective power 1000 kW
Height 493.6 m
Facility ID 60018
Antenna coordinates 28°35′12.6″N 81°4′57.5″W / 28.586833°N 81.082639°W / 28.586833; -81.082639
Website www.wacxtv.com

WACX is a Christian television station serving Orlando, Florida, licensed to nearby Leesburg with studios in Altamonte Springs. It is locally owned by the Bowers family and their company, Associated Christian Television System. It broadcasts on UHF channel 40, which is a digital signal. The station's schedule consists primarily of locally-produced religious programming. Currently, channel 40 is operating as an independent station.

WACX is technically a commercial station, even though it, as with most religious stations, is viewer supported.

The station's owner, Associated Christian Television System, should not be confused with American Christian Television Services, owners of WTLW in Lima, Ohio, or the defunct television network the American Christian Television System.

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History

WACX first signed on the air on March 6, 1982 as WIYE, operating on analog channel 55 and owned by Claud and Freeda Bowers. However, it has roots in a local Christian cable station begun by the Bowers and several other Lake County residents in 1977.

Channel 55's signal originally didn't make it too far out of Lake County. However, the station had grown enough that by 1987 it was able to move to a new transmitter capable of 5 million watts of power, boosting its coverage area to the entire Central Florida area. It became WACX in 1988, and began branding itself as "SuperChannel 55" because at the time it was the only station airing at the maximum power allowed for a UHF station.

WACX signed off its analog signal in March 2006, becoming the first established station in Central Florida to shut down its analog transmitter.

From the 1990s through September 2006, WACX was affiliated with TBN. This affiliation ceased after TBN acquired its own station in the market.

Relays

WACX operates three low-power translators and satellites that rebroadcast channel 40's programming. Two of them are located in the Tallahassee market and continue to broadcast analog signals; the third, a digital translator, serves the Gainesville area.

  • W03AO channel 3 Madison
  • WACX-LP channel 9 Tallahassee
  • W40CQ-D channel 40 Alachua

In addition, channel 40's programming is streamed on its website.

Previously, WACX operated an additional translator, WLWA-LP channel 14 in Lakeland (part of the Tampa Bay market), but that station signed off on June 15, 2006 after losing its transmitter site[1]; its license was revoked by the Federal Communications Commission on April 24, 2009.[2] Additionally, W40CQ-D replaced analog translator W69AY.

At one point, WACX controlled the SuperChannel TBN channel on the Sky Angel religious satellite service, but this was replaced with the national TBN service in 2006.

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