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Kannapolis / Charlotte, North Carolina
Branding TV 64
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)
Virtual: 64 (PSIP)
Translators W42DR-D 42 (UHF) (6.2) Marion, NC
Affiliations independent
Owner Cox Enterprises, Inc.
(WSOC Television, Inc.)
First air date October 15, 1994
Call letters’ meaning AXN=Action
(from former on-air name, "Action 64")
Sister station(s) WSOC-TV
Former callsigns WKAY (1994-1996)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
64 (1994-2009)
Former affiliations Pax TV (third-party, 1998-2000)
Transmitter Power 91 kW
Height 348 m
Facility ID 12793
Transmitter Coordinates 35°15′41.2″N 80°43′36.6″W / 35.261444°N 80.726833°W / 35.261444; -80.726833

WAXN-TV (Digital channel 50, virtual channel 64) is an independent television station in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is owned by Cox Enterprises, and is licensed to Kannapolis, North Carolina; however, its operations are housed with sister station WSOC-TV just north of downtown Charlotte. WAXN operates with an ERP of 91 kW. Its digital transmitter is co-located with WSOC-TV's digital transmitter in the Newell neighborhood of northeastern Charlotte.



The station debuted on October 15, 1994 as WKAY-TV, owned by Kannapolis Television Company, a subsidiary of Truth Temple, a church in Kannapolis. It had originally received a construction permit as WDZH, but changed the calls to WKAY on November 15, 1989.[1] The pastor of Truth Temple, Garland Faw, named the station WKAY after his wife, Kay. The station aired a mix of religious programming, old movies, and barter syndicated programming.

Kannapolis Television entered into a joint sales agreement with WSOC-TV[2] and formally changed the call letters to WAXN-TV in August of 1996. [1] Under this agreement, Cox invested over $3 million toward relaunching the station and other improvements.[3] Under the agreement, WSOC-TV took over WAXN's operations and rebranded the station as "Action 64."

Soon after the agreement took effect, WAXN significantly upgraded its programming. The station also boosted its signal to a level comparable with the other Charlotte stations. Previously, the station could only be seen on cable in most of the Charlotte area; its over-the-air signal barely made it out of Cabarrus County.

From 1998 to 2000, WAXN-TV aired many programs from Pax TV, although it was never formally affiliated with the network. (Charlotte is the largest market not to have a Pax/i/Ion affiliate.) WAXN later began airing repeated episodes of Dr. Phil and Oprah in primetime that had aired earlier in the day on WSOC-TV.

On August 5, 1999 the Federal Communications Commission reversed its long standing regulations against duopoly ownerships in the same television market.[4] As stipulated in the original joint sales agreement, Cox was now able to purchase the station outright for $3 million.[2] The sale was officially approved by the FCC in 2000.[5]

In 2007, WAXN-TV dropped the "Action" moniker, and is now known as "TV 64."

On May 10, 2009 WAXN-TV increased its digital transmission power from 50Kw to 91Kw with the addition of a larger transmitter. It has a CP with the FCC to increase power to 150Kw with a directional antenna sometime in later 2010.


Since 1996, WAXN-TV has aired a 10 o'clock newscast called "Action News at 10PM", produced by WSOC-TV. The station is #1 in that timeslot beating rival efforts on WCCB and WJZY (produced by WBTV). The strong lead-ins of Dr. Phil and Oprah has been cited as a contributing factor for this success.

WAXN-TV aired the first High Definition 10 O'Clock News in the Charlotte market in October of 2008. The newscasts had already been produced in HD by WSOC, but down-converted for broadcast through the stations' shared master control facility.

Digital television

WAXN-TV shut down its analog transmitter at 11:59:45pm on February 17, 2009. WAXN-TV opted to keep its digital broadcasts on channel 50. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display the station's virtual channel as 64.

WAXN-TV programming can be seen on translator, W42DR-D, located near Connelly Springs, NC. It is 16x9, 480i on 6.2, WAXN-TR. A digital replacement translator will go on the air in April 2010 near Salisbury, WAXNTV1, on channel 36.

Channel Programming Digital Cable Channel
64.1 / 50.1 WAXN-TV (main WAXN programming) TWC 238


External links


  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2007-01-31.  
  2. ^ a b Spanberg, Erik (2000-05-05). "The little (TV) station that could". The Charlotte Business Journal (American City Business Journals). Retrieved 2007-01-31.  
  3. ^ Spanberg, Erik (1997-12-19). "Patient Cox money will let WAXN keep up fight". The Charlotte Business Journal (American City Business Journals). Retrieved 2007-01-31.  
  4. ^ Federal Communications Commission (1999-08-05). "FCC Revises Local Television Ownership Rules". Press release. Retrieved 2007-01-31.  
  5. ^ "Television Application For Assignment Of License Granted". Federal Communications Commission. 2000-01-31. Retrieved 2007-01-31.  

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