WBPN-LP, VHF analog channel 10, is a low-powered MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Binghamton, New York, United States and serving the Eastern Twin Tiers of Southern Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. The station is owned by the Stainless Broadcasting subsidiary of Northwest Broadcasting, and is sister to Fox affiliate WICZ-TV (channel 40). The two stations share studios on Vestal Parkway East (NY 434) in Vestal; WBPN's transmitter is located on Ingraham Hill Road in the town of Binghamton.
Due to its analog signal transmitting at an extremely low power, the broadcast range only includes the immediate areas south of the Susquehanna River North Branch and does not even reach most of the city of Binghamton. However, in order to serve the entire market, WBPN is simulcast on the second digital subchannel of WICZ. This can be seen in 720p high definition on VHF channel 8.2 (or virtual channel 40.2 via PSIP) from the same transmitter tower. Prior to an upgrade to WICZ's transmitter, the digital simulcast of WBPN on WICZ-DT2 was only seen in 480i standard definition. WBPN is also offered on Charter Spectrum channel 8 (hence the on-air branding My 8) and in HD on digital channel 1215.
History[edit | edit source]
The station, as translator W10CO, was purchased by Northwest Broadcasting in 2000. At this point, the call sign became WBPN-LP after it upgraded to low-powered status. The channel assumed the market's UPN affiliation from WICZ which had been previously aired the network in a secondary manner since the late-1990s.
On September 16, 2013, it was announced Mission Broadcasting would acquire WBPN and WICZ from Northwest Broadcasting. Upon the deal's completion, the stations' operations would have been taken over by Nexstar Broadcasting Group making them sister stations to WIVT and WBGH-CD. Northwest withdrew the license assignment application on March 18, 2015 following the deal's cancellation.
The station has a construction permit to air a low-powered digital signal of its own on UHF channel 23 under the call sign WBPN-LD. It is unknown when this signal will officially sign-on, however. WICZ-DT2 currently serves as WBPN's digital signal since, as a low-powered analog outlet, it does not operate one of its own.
|TV stations in New York|
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|TV stations in Central Southern Tier of New York including Binghamton|
|WBPN-LP 10 (MNTV) |
WBNG 12 (CBS)
WBGH-CD 20 (NBC)
WIVT 34 (ABC)
WICZ 40 (Fox)
WSKG 46 (PBS)