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Norfolk, Virginia
Branding ION Television
Channels Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
Affiliations Ion Television
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media License Company, LLC)
First air date May 29, 1989
Former callsigns WJCB (1989-1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
49 (1989-2009)
Former affiliations religious independent (1989-1997)
inTV (1997-1998)
Pax TV (1998-2005)
i (2005-2007)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 360 m
Facility ID 67077
Transmitter coordinates

36°48′31″N 76°30′13″W / 36.80861°N 76.50361°W / 36.80861; -76.50361


WPXV-TV is the Ion Television owned and operated station for the Hampton Roads area, licensed to Norfolk, Virginia. The station is owned by ION Media Networks, and operates on UHF digital channel 46.


Pre-WJCB (1985-1989)

Before WJCB (WPXV-TV) signed on the air on May 29, 1989, WJCB and presumably Tidewater Christian Communications had a construction permit license for a television station on August 9, 1985.[1] WJCB became DWJCB on January 23, 1987 as an possible indication that the WJCB construction permit license was going to be deleted by the Federal Communications Commission.[1] The Federal Communications Commission restored DWJCB back to the WJCB calls on October 6, 1987 about almost two years before WJCB signed on the air thus granting WJCB and presumably Tidewater Christian Communications the construction permit needed to build a television station for over the air broadcasting.[1]

WJCB (1989-1998)

WPXV-TV signed on the air on May 29, 1989 as WJCB. The former WJCB call letters stood for W Jesus Christ Broadcasting.[2] WJCB (WPXV-TV) was initially owned by Tidewater Christian Communications.[2] During its years as WJCB the station aired religious programing, infomercials and shopping programing. In April 1997 WJCB went under new ownership when Tidewater Christian Communications sold WJCB to Lockwood Broadcasting of Hampton, Virginia.[3] Lockwood Broadcasting purchased WJCB from Tidewater Christian Communications in the amount $6.75 Million dollars.[3][4] In December 1997 WJCB went under new ownership again when Lockwood Broadcasting sold WJCB to Paxson Communications of which is now Ion Media Networks.[3] Paxson Communications of which is now Ion Media Networks purchased WJCB from Lockwood Broadcasting in the amount of $14.75 Million dollars thus making WJCB (WPXV-TV) into a PAX owned and operated station.[3][4]

WPXV and WPXV-TV (1998-present)

Paxson Communications change the WJCB calls letters from WJCB to WPXV on March 2, 1998 in order to reflect the station's new ownership with Paxson Communications (Ion Media Networks) and the pending affiliation with the PAX Network of which has not yet launched as an over the air broadcast television network.[1] Religious programing and infomercials as well as shopping programing continued to air on WPXV until August 31, 1998 when the station started airing PAX programing in the late afternoons and evenings with infomercials and religious programing during the day with the launch of the then new PAX Network (Ion Television).[2] WPXV aired rebroadcasts of WAVY-TV's 6 P.M. and 11 P.M. weeknight newscasts at 7 P.M. and 11:30 P.M. weeknights from 1999-2001. WPXV had a Local Marketing Agreement with WAVY-TV in airing rebroadcasts of WAVY-TV's weeknight newscasts however, the Local Marketing Agreement ended with WAVY-TV since rebroadcasts of WAVY-TV's weeknight newscasts left WPXV's weeknight schedule.[2] There was no weekend rebroadcasts of WAVY-TV's weekend evening 6 P.M. and 11 P.M. newscasts on WPXV at 7 P.M. and 11:30 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday nights. WPXV became a I Television Network owned and operated station on June 28, 2005 when the PAX Network changed its name to The I Television Network. Sometime in 2006 Paxson Communications of which owns WPXV and the then I Television Network change its name from Paxson Communications to the current Ion Media Networks name. On January 29, 2007 WPXV-TV became an Ion Television owned and operated station after the I Television Network changed its name to the current Ion Television Network name in order to reflect is ownership with Ion Media Networks.[2] WPXV call letters remains unchanged from the PAX Network era, even after the name change from the PAX Network to I Television Network and its current name to Ion Television Network. On June 12, 2009 between the hours of 7 A.M. to 9 A.M in the morning WPXV had to shut down their analog transmitter broadcasting on analog channel 49 and continued to broadcast on their post digital transition channel 46 because the Federal Communications Commission mandated all full power stations nationwide or in the United States like WPXV to broadcast only on digital transmitters and shut down their analog transmitters.[2] Three days later on June 15, 2009 after WPXV had to shut down the analog transmitter of which was broadcasting on analog channel 49, changed the call letters to the (WPXV-DT) digital signal broadcasting on digital channel 46 from WPXV-DT to the current WPXV-TV call letters.[1][2]

Digital programming

The Worship Network was previously seen on WPXV-TV's fourth digital subchannel [2] however, ION dropped The Worship Network on all ION owned and operated stations on January 31, 2010 at midnight.[5]


External links

  • ION Television website
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for WPXV
  • Query TV Fool's coverage map for WPXV
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WPXV-TV
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