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(satellite of WPXW-TV,
Manassas, Virginia/Washington, DC)
Martinsburg, West Virginia/Hagerstown, Maryland
United States
Branding ION Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 60 (PSIP)
Subchannels 60.1 Ion Television
60.2 Qubo
60.3 ION Life
60.4 Ion Shop
Affiliations Ion Television (O&O; 2007-present)
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media Martinsburg License, Inc.)
First air date October 1, 1991 (1991-10-01)
Call letters' meaning West Virginia's PaX; satellite of WPXW-TV
Former callsigns WYVN (1991-1996)
WSHE-TV (1996-1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog: 60 (1991-2009)
Former affiliations Fox (1991-1993)
independent (1993-1994)
silent (1994-1996)
inTV (1996-1998)
Pax TV (1998-2005)
i (2005-2007)
Transmitter power 23 kW
Height 314 m
Facility ID 23264
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Licensing authority FCC
Public license information:
(satellite of
Manassas, Virginia/Washington, DC) Profile

(satellite of
Manassas, Virginia/Washington, DC) CDBS
Website www.iontelevision.com

WWPX-TV is the Ion Television (formerly PAX and i) affiliate licensed to Martinsburg, West Virginia, and serving the northwestern portion of the Washington, DC television market.[1] The station is owned by ION Media Networks, and broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 12, displayed as virtual channel 60. It is currently a relay of the main Ion affiliate for the Washington area, WPXW-TV.


Channel 60 signed on in 1991 as WYVN, a Fox affiliate. A news department was quickly set up, and offered more news than other stations in the area. However, Flying A Communications, the owner, found itself in financial trouble, due to this local news commitment and relatively poor ratings (partially caused by its location on cable, which was higher than other stations), leading to the station shutting down two years later, in 1993, after a sale to Benchmark Communications (who would have converted the station to a CBS affiliate for Winchester, Virginia and Hagerstown, Maryland under the WUSQ-TV callsign) fell through. A few months later, WYVN returned as an independent station, owned by Green River. The station tried to restore some local programming (including the newscast and a new talk show hosted by Gay Dawson), but further financial trouble caused this era to also end up being short-lived, abruptly ending in 1994.

The station returned again in 1996 as WSHE-TV, a Paxson Communications station that aired the company's standard infomercial format, with religious programming in some dayparts. The station changed its call letters to WWPX in 1998, and soon after became a charter member of Pax TV along with most of Paxson's other stations. It has remained with the network, later known as i and now known as Ion Television, ever since. Throughout that time, it has been a full-time satellite of WPXW.

Digital television[2]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
60.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
60.2 480i 4:3 Qubo Qubo
60.3 IONLife Ion Life
60.4 Shop Ion Shop

Analog-to-digital conversion

WWPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 60, on June 12, 2009, the official date in 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 VHF channel 12.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 60, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.


  1. Hughes, Dave. "Washington DC/Baltimore Area TV Stations". dcrtv.com. Archived from the original on May 19, 2006. Retrieved May 21, 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. RabbitEars TV Query for WWPX
  3. "DTV Tentative Channel Designation for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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