CityJellico, Tennessee
Subchannels54.1: Ion Television
for others, see § Subchannels
First air date
January 1993 (31 years ago) (1993-01)
Former call signs
WPMC (1993–1998)
Former channel number(s)
54 (UHF, 1993–2009)
23 (UHF, until 2019)
HSN (1993–1998, moved on DT6, now on DT8)
Call sign meaning
Pax TV Knoxville
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID52628
ERP1,000 kW[2]
HAAT512.5 m (1,681.4 ft)[2]
Transmitter coordinates36°0′19″N 83°56′23″W / 36.00528°N 83.93972°W / 36.00528; -83.93972[2]
Public license information

WPXK-TV (channel 54) is a television station licensed to Jellico, Tennessee, United States, broadcasting the Ion Television network to the Knoxville area. Owned and operated by the Ion Media subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company, the station has offices on Executive Park Drive in west Knoxville, and its transmitter is located on Sharp's Ridge in North Knoxville. Despite Jellico being WPXK-TV's city of license, the station maintains no physical presence there.

Technical information


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WPXK-TV[3]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
54.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
54.2 480i CourtTV Court TV
54.3 Laff Laff
54.4 Mystery Ion Mystery
54.5 Scripps Scripps News
54.6 Jewelry JTV
54.7 QVC QVC
54.8 HSN HSN
54.9 QVC2 QVC2

Analog-to-digital conversion

WPXK-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 54, 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 23.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 54, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WPXK-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPXK
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.