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CityNewport, Rhode Island
BrandingIon Television
First air date
April 2, 1992; 32 years ago (1992-04-02) (in Block Island, Rhode Island; license moved to Newport in 2018[1][2])
Former call signs
WOST-TV (1992–1998)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 69 (UHF, 1992–2009)
Call sign meaning
Technical information[3]
Licensing authority
Facility ID50063
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT228 m (748 ft)
Transmitter coordinates41°29′41.7″N 71°47′4.7″W / 41.494917°N 71.784639°W / 41.494917; -71.784639
Public license information

WPXQ-TV (channel 69) is a television station licensed to Newport, Rhode Island, United States, broadcasting the Ion Television network to the Providence area. Owned and operated by the Ion Media subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company, it shares transmitter facilities with former sister station WLWC (channel 28) on Champlin Hill near Ashaway.

Despite originally being licensed to Block Island, Rhode Island, WPXQ was never carried by former cable operator Block Island Cable TV.[a]


The FCC was persuaded to allocate channel 69 (WPXQ's original analog frequency) to Block Island by Ted Robinson, an island resident, who claimed during the allocation filing process in 1984–85 that an independent TV station providing niche programming from there would serve the public interest better. Robinson subsequently ran into local opposition to tower siting, and sold out his interest to Ray Yorke, who obtained the initial construction permit. The station began broadcasting a few hours of old movies daily in 1992 using the callsign WOST-TV (meaning Ocean State Television, the original owners). By 1996, the station was owned by Paxson Communications, which had implemented their infomercials (via their inTV network) and religious programming. The station became WPXQ in 1998, and in August of that year began to run programming from the Pax TV network (later i: Independent Television; now Ion Television).

Technical information


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WPXQ-TV[4]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
69.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
69.2 480i Laff Laff
69.3 Scripps News Scripps News
69.4 Bounce Bounce TV
69.5 Jewelry Jewelry Television
69.6 HSN HSN
69.7 QVC QVC
69.8 HSN2 HSN2

Analog-to-digital conversion

WPXQ-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 69, 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 17,[5] using virtual channel 69.


  1. ^ This cable company ceased operations on October 31, 2006. Since then, there has been no cable television service on the island.


  1. ^ WPXQ-TV Petition for Rule Making Nov 2017
  2. ^ "Amendment of Section 73.622(i) Digital Television Broadcast Stations (Block Island and Newport, Rhode Island)" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WPXQ-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPXQ
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
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