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WOGX
(semi-satellite of WOFL
Orlando, Florida)
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Ocala / Gainesville, Florida
Branding Fox 51 (general)
Fox 35 News (newscasts)
Channel Digital: 31 (UHF, PSIP 51)
Subchannels 51.1 Fox HD
Owner Fox Television Stations
(Fox Television Stations, Inc.)
First air date November 1, 1983
Callsign meaning Ocala / Gainesville X
Sister station(s) WOFL
WRBW
Former callsigns WBSP-TV (1983-1987)
Former channels 51 (UHF analog, 1983-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1983-1991)
Effective power 500 kW
Height 259 m
Facility ID 70651
Antenna coordinates 29°21′33.2″N 82°19′42.6″W / 29.359222°N 82.3285°W / 29.359222; -82.3285
Website wogx.com

WOGX is the Fox owned-and-operated television station for Ocala and Gainesville, Florida. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 31 from a transmitter in Marion County between Williston and I-75. Owned by Fox Television Stations, WOGX is sister to Fox affiliate WOFL and MyNetworkTV affiliate WRBW. Although WOGX maintains offices in Ocala (along I-75 on Southwest 37th Avenue) and Gainesville (on Northwest 43rd Street), master control of the station is located at the WOFL and WRBW studios on Skyline Drive in Lake Mary.It is the smallest station in the country that is a O&O of any major network.

Although considered a station in its own right, WOGX is also considered a semi-satellite of WOFL. It airs most of that station's non-network programming, though sometimes at different times. There are also programs that only air on WOGX, while some are only seen on WOFL. WOGX also airs separate commercials and station identifications.

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Digital television

Subchannel Programming
51.1 WOGX / Fox HD

History

The station began as independent WBSP-TV on November 1, 1983. The original owners, Big Sun Television, sold WBSP to Wabash Valley Broadcasting of Terre Haute, Indiana in 1986[1], who changed the call letters to the current WOGX in 1987. The previous calls now belong to a repeater of WUVF-CA, Southwest Florida's Univision affiliate.

In 1991, the station became a Fox affiliate. Prior to this, Gainesville did not have a Fox affiliate of its own, with the local Cox cable system not carrying any of the nearest Fox affiliates (WOFL, Tampa Bay's WTOG <through 1988, when Fox moved to WFTS-TV>, or Jacksonville's WAWS). Marion County had received Fox through WOFL and (until 1988) WTOG, while Citrus County (which is assigned to the Tampa Bay market, but is considered by WOGX to be within its viewing area) received Fox from W49AI (now WYKE-LP), at that time a repeater of WOFL (except for late-night programming, as W49AI signed off at midnight); W49AI was forced to discontinue Fox and WOFL programming upon WOGX's affiliation.

In 1996, WOGX was sold to Meredith Corporation[2], and had its operations moved to WOFL's studios. In 2002, Meredith sold WOFL and WOGX to Fox Television Stations, in a deal that also saw Meredith obtain KPTV in Portland, Oregon. This made WOFL and WOGX Fox owned-and-operated stations, as well as sister to WRBW (then a UPN affiliate).

WOGX began simulcasting WOFL's newscasts when they launched in March 1998. It airs all news programs from that station except for weeknights at 6. There is no separate news open seen on WOGX or local inserts targeted to the Gainesville / Ocala area. See WOFL for a complete listing of news team personalities.

Sometime in late 2009, WOGX redesigned its Web site to match other Fox-owned stations (including WOFL) although it still does not use a "myFox"-style URL. It has been using a logo which is similar to those of the other Fox O&O stations for the past two years.

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