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WQMY
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Williamsport / Scranton /
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
City of license Williamsport
Branding My TV WQMY
Slogan Northeastern Pennsylvania's
MyNetworkTV
Channel Digital: 29 (UHF) &
WOLF-DT 45.3 (UHF)
Subchannels 53.1 MyNetworkTV
53.2 WOLF-TV
53.3 WSWB
Owner New Age Media, LLC
(New Age Media of Pennsylvania License, LLC)
First air date December 30, 1988
Callsign meaning MYNetworkTV
Sister station(s) WOLF-TV
WSWB
Former callsigns WILF (1992-2006)
Former channels 53 (UHF analog, 1992-2009)
Former affiliations Fox (as satellite of WOLF-TV, 1988-1998)
primary WB / secondary UPN (as satellite of WSWB, 1998-2006)
Effective power 50 kW
420 kW (WOLF-DT3)
Height 243 m
488 m (WOLF-DT3)
Facility ID 52075
73375 (WOLF-DT3)
Antenna coordinates 41°12′1″N 77°7′13″W / 41.20028°N 77.12028°W / 41.20028; -77.12028
41°10′58.2″N 75°52′11.5″W / 41.182833°N 75.869861°W / 41.182833; -75.869861 (WOLF-DT3)

WQMY is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Northeastern Pennsylvania that is licensed to Williamsport. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 29 from a transmitter in Nisbet. The station can also be seen on Service Electric channel 4 and Comcast channel 8. Owned by New Age Media, they are sister to Fox affiliate WOLF-TV and CW affiliate WSWB. All three share studios on SR 315 in the Fox Hill section of Plains Township.

Syndicated programming on WQMY includes: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Extra, TMZ on TV, and Family Feud. Although their transmitter is in Williamsport, the station is considered part of the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre market. However, its over-the-air signal does not reach those two locations. Therefore, WQMY is offered on WOLF-TV's third digital subchannel. This broadcasts on UHF channel 45.3 from a transmitter at the Penobscot Knob antenna farm near Mountain Top.

History

The station began broadcasting on December 30, 1988 as a satellite of Fox affiliate WOLF-TV (then on channel 38) under the call letters WILF. Airing an analog signal on UHF channel 53, it was intended to improve coverage of that station in the far northern part of the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre market. On November 1, 1998, WOLF (now WSWB) became a WB affiliate after WYLN-LP dropped it and converted WILF to that affiliation. WSWB's other satellite, WWLF who became WOLF-TV, became the Fox station for northeastern Pennsylvania.

WSWB and WILF also picked up UPN as a secondary affiliation. Select programming from the network aired on Saturday nights without the branding. At 8, the stations would air America's Next Top Model and at 9 o'clock would be WWE SmackDown. Whenever America's Next Top Model was in repeats, they would air Veronica Mars instead. All UPN programming was also available on cable via WWOR-TV from New York City, WPSG from Philadelphia, and WLYH-TV from Harrisburg.

On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN networks announced that they would end broadcasting and merge. The new combined network would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of its corporate parents, CBS (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner. On February 22, News Corporation announced that they would start up another new broadcast television network called MyNetworkTV. This new network, which would be sister to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created in order to give UPN and WB stations, not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates, another option besides becoming independent. It was also created to compete against The CW.

On May 1, Pegasus Television (then owner of WSWB and WILF) announced that WILF would become a separate station and become the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate. Also at that point, WSWB was announced as being affiliated with The CW. Due to the limitation of WILF's signal in the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre area, it was also announced that the station would become offered on a new third digital subchannel of WOLF-TV. WILF changed its call sign to the current WQMY on July 7 to reflect its affiliation change. MyNetworkTV began broadcasting on September 5 and this station introduced a new MynetworkTV logo. As a WSWB repeater, they did not have a logo so the current one is the first ever.

WSWB began broadcasting The CW on September 18. Due to Pegasus' bankruptcy, WQMY along with sister stations WWSB and WOLF-TV was bought out by CP Media, LLC. That company eventually founded a new broadcasting group, New Age Media. On February 17, 2009, the station shut down its analog signal and became digital exclusive.

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