WWPI-LD
Fort Kent/Presque Isle, Maine
United States
CityFort Kent, Maine
ChannelsDigital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 16 (PSIP)
BrandingWWPI NBC 16 (general)
NewsSource 8 on NBC 16 (newscasts)
Programming
Affiliations16.1: NBC
Ownership
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
WAGM-TV, WCAX-TV, WABI-TV
History
First air date
January 7, 2020 (20 months ago) (2020-01-07)
Call sign meaning
WW Presque Isle
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
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
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WWPI-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 16, is a low-powered NBC-affiliated television station serving Presque Isle, Maine, United States that is licensed to Fort Kent. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to 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. There is no separate website for WWPI-LD; instead, it is integrated with that of sister station WAGM-TV.

The station is the only NBC affiliate in Maine not tied in with the Tegna-owned News Center Maine network (consisting of WCSH Portland and WLBZ 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.

Digital channel

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

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.

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.