WWPI-LD
WWPI logo 2020.png
CityFort Kent, Maine
Channels
BrandingWWPI NBC 16
Programming
Affiliations16.1: NBC
Ownership
Owner
WAGM-TV, WCAX-TV, WABI-TV
History
First air date
January 7, 2020 (2 years ago) (2020-01-07)
Call sign meaning
Presque Isle
Technical information
Facility ID181585
ClassDT
ERP4.1 kW
HAAT52.6 m (173 ft)
Transmitter coordinates46°43′43.0″N 68°00′1.0″W / 46.728611°N 68.000278°W / 46.728611; -68.000278

WWPI-LD (channel 16) is a low-power television station licensed to Fort Kent, Maine, United States, serving the Presque Isle, Maine area as an affiliate of NBC. It is owned by Gray Television alongside CBS/Fox/CW+ affiliate WAGM-TV (channel 8). The two stations share studios on Brewer Road in Presque Isle, where WWPI-LD's transmitter is also located.

WWPI-LD is the only NBC affiliate in Maine not tied in with the Tegna-owned News Center Maine network (consisting of WCSH in Portland and WLBZ in Bangor). Prior to WWPI's sign-on as an NBC affiliate, WLBZ served as the default affiliate for Aroostook County.

History

On June 3, 2019, Gray Television changed the call letters of W16DA-D in Fort Kent, previously a translator of WAGM-TV, to WWPI-LD, after having filed with the FCC on May 21 for a construction permit to move the translator's city of license from Fort Kent to Presque Isle (the FCC granted that CP on August 7);[1] WWPI-LD then fell silent.[2] On June 24, 2019, Gray announced that WWPI-LD would be converted into an NBC affiliate by the end of 2019; however, this was delayed pending completion of the station's new transmitter.[3] The station officially signed-on January 7, 2020,[4] which leaves ABC as the only network to not have an over-the-air affiliate in Presque Isle; that network's programming is carried on cable via WVII-TV from the adjacent Bangor market.

News operation

WWPI-LD mostly simulcasts all of WAGM-TV's weekday newscasts, airing the 6 p.m. newscast an hour later at 7 p.m. WWPI-LD does not air newscasts on weekends, opting for syndicated programming.

Subchannel

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[5]
16.1 1080i 16:9 WWPINBC Main WWPI-LD programming / NBC

References

  1. ^ "FCCdata.org - powered by REC". fccdata.org.
  2. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". www.rabbitears.info.
  3. ^ "WAGM announces launch of NBC Affiliation". WAGM-TV. Gray Television. June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "WAGM-TV". www.facebook.com.
  5. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". www.rabbitears.info.