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Burlington/ Greensboro/ Winston-Salem/
High Point, North Carolina
United States
CityBurlington, North Carolina
Channels Digital: 26 ( UHF)
Virtual: 16 ( PSIP)
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
Owner Ion Media Networks
(sale to the E. W. Scripps Company pending; to be resold to INYO Broadcast Holdings thereafter)
(Ion Media Greensboro License, Inc.)
FoundedSeptember 7, 1982
First air date
August 7, 1984 (36 years ago) (1984-08-07)
Former call signs
WRDG (1984–1990)
WAAP (1990–1998)
Former channel number(s)
16 (UHF, 1984–2009)
14 (UHF, until 2019)
Independent ( religious) (1984–1993)
Independent (general entertainment) (1993–1996)
inTV (1996–1998)
Call sign meaning
Greensboro's PaX TV
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID65074
ERP125 kW [1]
HAAT502.4 m (1,648 ft) [1]
Transmitter coordinates 35°52′13.5″N 79°50′24″W / 35.870417°N 79.84000°W / 35.870417; -79.84000 [1]
Public license information
Website iontelevision.com

WGPX-TV, virtual channel 16 ( UHF digital channel 26), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated station licensed to Burlington, North Carolina, United States and serving the Piedmont Triad region ( GreensboroWinston-SalemHigh Point). The station is owned by West Palm Beach, Florida-based Ion Media Networks (the former Paxson Communications). WGPX-TV's offices are located on North O'Henry Boulevard in Greensboro, and its transmitter is located in Randleman, North Carolina. The station is carried on cable channel 12 in most parts of the market ( NBC affiliate WXII-TV, which broadcasts over the air on virtual channel 12, is instead carried on channel 11).


The station first signed on the air on August 7, 1984 as WRDG, originally operating as a religious independent station. It changed its call letters to WAAP in 1990, continuing to air religious programs while adding home shopping programming from Shop at Home. The station added cartoons during the early mornings and afternoons in the fall of 1992, and some low-budget barter entertainment shows during the evening hours that winter. In 1991, WAAP ran a local newscast, titled News Source 16. Austin Caviness, now a meteorologist at WXII-TV (channel 12), was among the on-air staffers; the newscast was cancelled in 1992.

By 1993, WAAP had become a general entertainment station running mostly barter shows and professional wrestling from the United States Wrestling Association, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment). However, it never was able to gain much traction against the established non- Big Three stations in the market, Fox affiliate WNRW (channel 45, now ABC affiliate WXLV-TV) and its satellite WGGT (channel 48, now MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYV), and WBFX (channel 20, now CW affiliate WCWG). The Triad market was not large enough at the time to support what were essentially three independent stations, and channel 16 barely registered in the ratings. The station originally desired to affiliate with UPN and/or The WB when those networks launched in January 1995, but both of them affiliated with other area stations instead (The WB with WBFX; UPN on a secondary basis with WXLV/WGGT). By the fall of that year, WAAP did manage to acquire a few syndicated cartoons from WXLV and WGGT when those stations took the ABC affiliation from WGHP.

Paxson Communications bought the station in July 1996, and by the end of the year, WAAP became an affiliate of the Infomall Television Network (inTV), airing infomercials and religious programs for most of the day and overnight programming from The Worship Network. The station changed its call letters to WGPX-TV in January 1998, and became a charter owned-and-operated station of Pax TV (now Ion Television) when it launched on August 31 of that year.

The station broadcast its signal from a transmitter located in the Cane Creek Mountains near Snow Camp for many years. It later moved its transmitter to southern Rockingham County.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
16.1 720p 16:9 ION Main Ion Television programming
16.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
16.3 IONPlus Ion Plus
16.4 Shop Ion Shop
16.5 QVC QVC
16.6 HSN HSN

Analog-to-digital conversion

WGPX-TV shut down its analog signal on June 12, 2009, as part of the FCC-mandated transition to digital television for full-power stations. [2] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 14, using PSIP to display WGPX-TV's virtual channel as 16 on digital television receivers.

Out-of-market cable and satellite carriage

In recent years, WGPX has been carried on cable in multiple areas within the Raleigh media market in North Carolina. On DirecTV, WGPX has been carried in Grayson County, Virginia, which is part of the Roanoke market. [3]


  1. ^ a b c "Modification of a DTV Station Construction Permit Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. March 4, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  2. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  3. ^ http://svtvstations.webs.com/satcoveragefornondma.htm

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