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Channel 45 Alabama

WPXH Channel 45 is an Ion Media Networks station established in April 1986 and is licensed to Gadsden. It is stationed at Golden Crest Drive in Birmingham while transmitter is maintained near Highland Lake. The channel can be have on Charter Spectrum Channel 14.

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Slogan: Positively Entertaining

Sub-Channels: Ion

Qubo

QVC

Ion Life

HSN

Ion Shop

Website: www.iontelevision.com

History

It first signed on air as WNAL-TV after DuBose was permitted by Federal Communications Commission to build a station on UHF Channel 44 in Gadsden. The channel originally operated as broadcast relay station of Dubose-owned WDBB based in Tuscaloosa. WDBB then became the charter affiliate of Fox after the launch of the satellite WNAL-TV and following the launch of the network on Oct 6, 1986, however, the station and its satellite like other fox affiliates operated as de facto independent channels. Late night Talk show and movies were among the primarily aired content. The station was not profitable and was not able to attract the interest of cable carriers which resulted in Fox signing WTTO as its new affiliate in Birmingham in Jan 1991. Shortly after that Dubose signed an agreement with Abry Communications which would see WNAL and WDBB becoming the semi-satellites of their asset WTTO. Abry acquired the stations: WNAL and WDBB from DuBose in 1993 and turned them into full time satellites of WTTO.

The trio WTTO, WNAL and WDBB became the highest-ranked Fox affiliates in the country by 1994 and surpassed CBS affiliated WBMG as the third highest-rated service in central Alabama. Both WNAL and WDBB started broadcasting separate programs later that years; the content included local newscasts, sitcoms, and animated series. Also in 1994, WTTO with its fulltime satellites WNAL and WDBB was purchased by Sinclair Broadcast Group as Abry Communications submerged with Sinclair.

Under Ownership of Ion Media

After becoming a CBS affiliate under the ownership of Fant Broadcasting in Sep 1996, WNAL was released to Paxson Communications which would later become Ion Media Networks. The calls were changed to WPXH on Jan 31, 1998 and the affiliation with CBS ultimately dropped when Pax put the service under its Owned and Operated umbrella on Aug 1, 1999. It would then serve the areas of Gadsden and Anniston as a Pax O&O station.

Programming

Previously having the news sharing agreements with WIAT and WMTM, the channel in June 2005 decided to revoke the news sharing agreements and replaced it with the entertainment and lifestyle programming including seasons, movies and other informative shows.