WFXR-TV launched on March 10, 1986 and owned by Nexstar Media Group is a Fox affiliate broadcasting in Roanoke, Virginia. It shares duopoly with WWCW in Lynchburg broadcasting on channel 21. The two sisters are located at the Valleypointe office park in Hollins. The transmitter of the channel is located on Poor Mountain in unincorporated southwestern Roanoke County. Despite having its own digital signal, its reception in eastern parts Roanoke-Lynchburg is insufficient. In order to overcome that it is simulcasted in HD over WWCW’s second digital sub-channel.
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WROV-TV was the original recipient of the UHF Ch 27 position which retained that position less than five months after its launch in Feb 1953 becoming the first UHF station in the country to cease its operations. The vacated broadcasting position was filled by WRFT as it operated as market’s secondary ABC affiliate from 1966 to 1974. During that time WLVA, ABC network primary affiliate in the Lynchburg provided limited coverage in Roanoke area.
WFXR was launched on March 10, 1986 as a religious Christian independent service under the ownership of Roanoke Christian Television. The Christian channel was acquired by Family Group Television soon after it went on air. Under the new ownership it started to pick a general entertainment format and became a conventional independent channel by year 1987. It broadcasted from studio facilities on Colonial Avenue Southwest in Roanoke’s Franklin-Colonial section.
The channel was purchased by Jefferson-Pilot Corporation in 1991 who decided to merge WVFT’s programming into that of WJPR and convert int into a fulltime satellite of WJPR. Both WJPR and WVFT were purchased by Grant Broadcasting System on Sep 15, 1993. The calls of the channel were changed to WFXR-TV in Oct 1993. It was purchased by Nexstar Broadcasting Group on Nov 6, 2013 as other Grant Broadcasting assets including WWCW and WFXR were also transferred to Nexstar in the start of Dec 2014. WFXR became a digital station on June 12, 2009 when it shut down its analog signal.
TMZ on TV, Maury, Family Feud, Judge Judy, Jerry Springer, Divorce Court, Mike and Molly and The Big Bang Theory are the syndicated programs cleared by the channel. It presently hosts 27 hours of locally produced news each week with 5 hours on weekdays and each hour on Sat and Sun. You can watch News, weather and sports updates, local news contests and more online. Follow WFXR on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Here is the website: https://www.wfxrtv.com/