WPWR held by Fox Corporation through its subsidiary Fox Television Stations, LLC. makes one of two commercial stations in Chicago that are licensed on Indiana side of the market; the other is non-affiliated WJYS. It shares duopoly with Fox O&O WFLD. The two channels have studios located at Michigan Plaza on North on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago Loop with a transmitter installed on the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in Loop business district.
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History as WBBS-TV
WPWR on April 4, 1982 signed as WBBS-TV as a shared station and broadcasted on UHF ch 60. The channel was shared between WPWR and WBBS, a Spanish service. A large part of WPWR’’s content was scheduled to be occupied by SportsVision, a new pay television service. WBBS-TV broadcasted programs including movies, telenovelas, Imagen and other programs targeting Latino content. In 1987, the station moved to UHF Ch 50.
WPWR became a United Paramount Network affiliate on Nov 10, 1993. It officially became a UPN channel on Jan 16, 1995 and continued to add syndicated programs to its lineup.
WPWR became a MyNetworkTV O&O affiliate on Sep 5, 2006.
It moved to CW on Sep 1, 2016 and kept MyNetworkTV as its secondary affiliate. It was the first time a network O&O service had chosen to carry a network owned by its parent as a secondary affiliation. Apart from that the station was the largest CW affiliate not held by CBS Corporation or Tribune Media. It dropped The CW affiliation in 2019. The channel was branded as My50 Chicago on Sep 1, 2019 to reflect its primary affiliation with MyNetworkTV. WPWR switched from analog to digital signal on June 12, 2009.
The Dr. Oz Show, The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, Family Feud and Chicago P.D. are the syndicated programs aired by WPWR. Latest local, national and international news, weather and sports updates, traffic reports, Chicago local stories, videos, contests and health and entertainment news. Follow the station on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here is the website: https://www.fox32chicago.com