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WPXA-TV
Ion Television logo.svg
Rome/Atlanta, Georgia
Branding ION Television
Channels Digital: 51 (UHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
Subchannels 14.1 - ion HD (720p)
14.2 - qubo (480i)
14.3 - ion Life (480i)
14.4 - Worship (480i)
Affiliations Ion Television
Owner ION Media Networks
(Paxson Atlanta License, Inc.)
First air date 1988[1]
Call letters’ meaning PaX TV Atlanta
Former callsigns WAWA-TV (1988-1990)
WTLK-TV (1990-1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
14 (UHF, 1988-2009)
Former affiliations independent (1988-1994)
inTV (1994-1998)
Pax TV (1998-2005)
i (2005-2007)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW (digital)
Height 622 m (digital)
Facility ID 51969
Transmitter Coordinates 34°18′47.3″N 84°38′55.6″W / 34.313139°N 84.648778°W / 34.313139; -84.648778
Website www.ionline.tv

WPXA-TV 14 is a television station on analog channel 14 and digital channel 51 in the metro Atlanta area, and carries Ion Television network programming. The station is licensed to Rome, with its transmitter and antenna on Bear Mountain, overlooking Lake Arrowhead near Waleska, near the Cherokee/Bartow county line several miles northwest of Atlanta. The TV studio was located in Marietta, next to Six Flags White Water along Cobb Parkway (U.S. 41). It is owned and operated by ION Media Networks.

The station's broadcast range extends into parts of Alabama and 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.

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History

The station was issued a construction permit in 1984 on Channel 14 as WZGA but never went on-air. The station went on-air in 1988 as WAWA with studios on Shorter Avenue in Rome and TV tower on Mount Alto nearby. The station was owned by American Communications, and had a general entertainment format of low-budget shows, public domain movies, local TV news, and pre-empted network TV programs. It also aired several CBS, ABC and NBC shows that WAGA-TV, WSB-TV and WXIA-TV 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 Jesse 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 Worship Network at night. Pax TV was launched in 1998 and WTLK became WPXA as a charter affiliate. Pax TV later became i and ION television. During the Pax era, WPXA aired a late-night replay of WXIA's 11 pm newscast. Most Pax stations had similar arrangements with the NBC stations in their markets.

The station's broadcast tower on Bear Mountain was also the first location for WCHK-FM 105.5, now WWVA-FM 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 television (over the air)

The station's over the air digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Label Size Programming
14.1 ION 720p WPXA main programming from the Ion Television network
14.2 qubo 480i qubo
14.3 IONLife 480i ION Life
14.4 Worship 480i The Worship Network

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.[2]

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

External links

References

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says January 15, while the Television and Cable Factbook says February 29.
  2. ^ FCC application BFRECT-20050210ADZ
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