CityCharleston, West Virginia
FoundedOctober 27, 1988
First air date
August 31, 1998 (25 years ago) (1998-08-31)
Former call signs
WKRP-TV (August–October 1998)
Former channel number(s)
29 (UHF, 1998–2009)
39 (UHF, 2001–2019)
Call sign meaning
Charleston's Pax
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID73189
ERP765 kW
HAAT327.2 m (1,073 ft)
Transmitter coordinates38°30′21.1″N 82°12′32.3″W / 38.505861°N 82.208972°W / 38.505861; -82.208972
Public license information

WLPX-TV (channel 29) is a television station licensed to Charleston, West Virginia, United States, broadcasting the Ion Television network to the Charleston–Huntington market. The station is owned and operated by the Ion Media subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company, and has offices on Prestige Park Drive in Hurricane; its transmitter is located near Milton, West Virginia.


After originating as a construction permit in 1987 and receiving several extensions, WLPX-TV applied for its license on September 11, 1998.[2] In the construction phase and for its first month on air, the station's calls were WKRP (the same as the fictional radio station in Cincinnati); it adopted its current call sign on October 5 of the same year. It has been a member of Ion (previously known as Pax TV and i: Independent Television) since its inception.

Technical information


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WLPX-TV[3]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
29.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
29.2 480i CourtTV Court TV
29.3 Bounce Bounce TV
29.4 Laff Laff
29.5 Defy TV Defy TV
29.6 SCRIPPS Scripps News
29.7 Jewelry Jewelry TV
29.8 HSN HSN
29.9 QVC QVC

Analog-to-digital conversion

WLPX-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 29, on June 12, 2009, the official date on which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 39.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 29.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WLPX-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "WLPX-TV Facility Data". FCCData. REC Networks.
  3. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for WLPX". www.rabbitears.info.
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.