call_letters = WPPX
station_branding = ION Television
analog = 61 (UHF)
digital = 31 (UHF)
ION Television(since 1998, formerly Pax until 2005 and i until 2007)
July 9, 1986
Wilmington, Delaware- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
callsign_meaning = Philadelphia PaX
former_callsigns = WTGI-TV (1986-1998)
owner = ION Media Networks, Inc.
licensee = Paxson Philadelphia License, Inc.
former_affiliations = independent (1986-1987)
effective_radiated_power = 3020 kW (analog)
200 kW (digital)
HAAT = 292 m (analog)
374 m (digital)
facility_id = 51984
coordinates = coord|39|41|43.3|N|75|17|53.7|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 (analog)
homepage = [http://www.iontelevision.com/ www.iontelevision.com]
WPPX is the
ION Televisionnetwork affiliate for the Philadelphiaarea, broadcasting on channel 61. It is owned and operated by ION Media Networks, formerly Paxson Communications. Its transmitter is located in South Harrison Township, New Jersey.
Wilmington, Delaware, the station began operating as WTGI-TV on July 9, 1986, originally as a general entertainment independent station. It mostly broadcast shows that the established Philadelphia stations did not desire, including drama shows, old movies, reruns of old game shows, religious shows, and some network shows that WPVI6 pre-empted. Reruns of Dynasty were WTGI's most prominent feature. A lack of cable system carriage and a transmitter located away from the heart of the Philadelphia market left the station with minimal viewership and an inability to sell ad time at a profit.
That November all the entertainment shows were dropped and WTGI took home shopping programming from services other than
Home Shopping Networkwhich bought its own station at that time as well. They continued to run some rejected ABC shows, infomercials, and religious programs part of the day.A few years later WTGI became an ethnic channel airing Telemundoprogramming part of the day and religious shows part of the day. In 1994 Trinity Broadcasting Networkmade an attempt to buy the station but the sale fell through. In 1995 the station was sold to Paxson Communications; it then became an all- infomercialchannel ("inTV") until the launch of the Pax TV network on August 31, 1998, at which time it became WPPX.
Channel 61 was originally allocated to
Reading, Pennsylvaniain the 1950s, when WHUM-TV occupied the channel as a CBS affiliate. The allocation was eventually reassigned to Wilmington after the Reading station went dark.
* [http://www.iontelevision.com/ iontelevision.com]
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