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WASA-LD is a low-power television station officially licensed to Port Jervis, New York, but actually serves the New York City market, broadcasting from a transmitter located at the former Condé Nast Building in Manhattan. It is owned by Liberman Broadcasting, and formerly aired on UHF digital channel 25 until March 5, 2018.

WASA briefly used virtual channel 64 to match its former analog channel number, then later changed its virtual channel to 24. It does not use its actual digital TV channel assignment on the air, because WNYE-TV calls itself Channel 25, its long-time analog channel number. WNYE-TV's digital channel is actually 24.

In April 2009, Venture Technologies, owner of WASA-LD, said it would sell the station to Liberman Broadcasting of Burbank, California, for $6 million, making New York the sixth market served by Liberman. The deal closed on March 1, 2010.

HistoryEdit

W64AAEdit

In the 1970s, the station signed on using UHF channel 64 as W64AA. The original owner was Metromedia. It was one of several television translators in New York City which operated at the upper end of the UHF television band in order to provide reliable coverage to sections of New York where reception was compromised by construction of the World Trade Center. This translator station relayed WNEW-TV (now WNYW), which at the time operated over VHF channel 5.

Originally, most New York City television stations operated their main transmitters from the Empire State Building. However, reliable reception was compromised for some viewers once the majority of the World Trade Center was constructed, thus necessitating the use of the UHF translators. In response, nearly all of the TV stations, including WNEW-TV, relocated to the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 1975.

In 1982, UHF channels 70 through 83 were decommissioned for use as television stations, and the frequencies were reassigned for the Advanced Mobile Phone System, an analog mobile phone system standard developed by Bell Labs which was officially introduced in the Americas in 1983. TV stations operating on these channels were either switched to other broadcast channels, sold, or deleted, depending on the owners' intentions.

While some stations, such as WPIX and WCBS-TV, continued broadcasting over relay translators by moving to lower channels, WNEW-TV ultimately decide to shut down channel 64. The allocation remained inactive for eighteen years, until channel 11 WPIX temporarily used channel 64 as a translator station in 2001, following the September 11 attacks. Within a few weeks, WPIX service over channel 11 was fully restored. The channel 64 allocation was once again deleted by the end of 2001.

Infomercials and Chinese programmingEdit

Two years later, W64CW was signed on over UHF channel 64 on January 30, 2003 by Venture Technologies. It originally operated with 30 watts, and its transmitter was located at a site just west of downtown Port Jervis, at the triangle where New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania meet. The call sign was changed on January 12, 2007 to WASA-LP. The station had planned to carry Estrella TV in September 2008, but that network was picked up instead by a subchannel of WPIX.

WASA had a problem: it appeared its signal would go off the air every few minutes and then turn back on, resulting in a tear-down pixelation visual effect. This was corrected when the station dropped the NYC Slideshow video airing on Virtual 64.2 since its DTV inception in favor of two new subchannels promoting a launch of English and Chinese feeds of ICN (Information Culture News) Channel.

Originally, WASA aired a looping rotation of five half-hour infomercials running 24 hours a day on its primary channel. Technically, the five shows each interspersed with the legal station ID were recorded on one DVD and played on a Philips DVD player (whose screensaver is seen when the loop ends and is not restarted). The infomercials included Nu-Wave Oven, TriVita Super B-12, Sweet Soul of the '70s, Montel William's Living Well Health Master Blender, and The H2O Ultra Steam Mop. This looping rotation was ceased in January 2011. On April 22, 2011, the looping infomercial programming was restored.

Switch to digital televisionEdit

As a low-power station, WASA-LP was not required to turn off its analog signal on June 12, 2009, which was the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations.

WASA-LP has since built its digital transmitter, and flash-cut its operations on digital channel 25 in 2010. The station is broadcasting from the Condé Nast Building in Manhattan, with its call sign changed to WASA-LD.

The ICN (Information Culture News) Channel, a Chinese-American channel, was expected to begin broadcasting on 64.2 in English and 64.3 in Chinese in October 2010. That programming actually launched on February 23, 2011.

IAVC also launched on 24-3. Between its launch and February 25, 2011, a technical problem existed in which only the audio for this service aired on 24-3 with an EBU test pattern. This has since been corrected.

WASA-LD began identifying itself as WASA 24-1 and 24-4, ICN 24-2 and IAVC 24-3 through PSIP.

On April 22, 2011, the looping infomercial programming was restored to WASA 24-1 and 24-4. 24-2 was renamed ICNCH. 24-3 was renamed ICN TV. A fourth sub channel was added, relaying Estrella TV as WASA SD.

In 2015 two new subchannels were added: 24-4 Sinovision and 24-3 Sinovision English Channel. WASA SD moved to a fifth sub-channel relaying Estrella TV. Eventually, infomercial programming on 24-1 was switched to a high-definition broadcast of Estrella TV, with the standard definition broadcast continuing on 24-5.

On March 5, 2018, WWOR-TV was reassigned to channel 25 from channel 38 after the Spectrum auction in 2017. Due to the reassigned channel, WASA-LD has no plans to share or move the channel, which is no longer viewable. This is the first time the low-digital station has been removed without further notice being shown on their channel frequency prior to WWOR-TV's move on channel 25. Currently WASA-LD and other subchannels are still available on cable. It has yet to plan to move this new digital channel frequency.

TV stations in New York
Religious stations Spanish-language stations Ethnic and/or public secular stations Other stations
WNYB, Jamestown WNYN-LD, New York City WNDT-CD, New York City WEPT-CD, Newburgh
WDTB-LD, Buffalo WXTV, Paterson/New York City WNYE, New York City WVTT-CD, Olean
W44CT-D, Albany WNJU, Linden/New York City WMBQ-CD, New York City WNCE-CD, Glens Falls
WNYI, Ithaca WFTY, Smithtown/New York City WXNY-LD, New York City WJLP, Middletown Township/New York City
WTBY, Jersey City/New York City WPXO-LD, East Orange WNYX-LD, New York City WYCI, Saranac Lake
WDVB-CD, Edison WASA-LD, Port Jervis WNXY-LD, New York City W41DO-D, New York City
W20CQ-D, Hempstead WBQM-LD, Brooklyn WMBC, Newton/New York City WVBG-LP, Greenwich
WZME, Bridgeport/New York City WKOB-LD, New York City WRNN, New Rochelle/New York City
WVVH-CD, Southampton
WLNY, Riverhead/New York City
WBXZ-LP, Buffalo
WETM-DT2, Elmira
WBBZ, Springville/Buffalo
TV Stations in the New York City Metropolitan Area
Long Island:

WLIW 21 (PBS)|WVVH-CD50 (YTA)|WLNY 55 (IND)|WFTY 68 (UNM)
New York City:
WCBS 2 (CBS) |WNBC 4 (NBC)|WNYW 5 (FOX)|WABC 7 (ABC)|WPIX 11 (CW)|WNDT-CD 14 (MHz)|W20CQ-D 20 (HPC) |WASA-LD 24 (ESTRELLA)|WNYE 25 (ETV)|WYNX-LD 26 (CGTN)|WPXN 31 (ION)|WXNY-LD 32 (CGTN)|WNYX-LD 35 (CGTN)|WNYN-LD 39 (AZA)|WKOB-LD 42 (IND)|WNXY-LD 43 (CGTN)|WMBQ-CD 46 (MHz)|WRNN 48 (IND)|WBQM-LD 51 (SIN)|W41DO-D 60 (HSN)
Southwestern Conneticut:
WZME 43 (SBN)|WEDN 49 (PBS)
Upper NJ:
WWOR 9 (MNTV)|WNET 13 (PBS)|WDVB-CD 23 (HILLSONG)|WJLP 33 (MeTV)|WXTV 41 (UNI)|WNJU 47 (TLM)|WNJN 50 (PBS)|WTBY 54 (TBN)|WNJB 58 (PBS)|WMBC 63 (IND)|WFUT 68 (UNM)
Defunct Stations:
WNTA 13 (IND)|WMUN-CD 45 (IND)|WNYJ 66 (ETV)


New York
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