WNYI is a Daystar owned-and-operated television station licensed to Ithaca, New York, United States and serving the Elmira, Binghamton and Syracuse television markets. Owned by Word of God Fellowship, the station broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 20 (or virtual channel 52 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Truxton, near the Labrador Hollow Unique Area. It is rebroadcast in Syracuse on WDSS-LD, a low-power translator station that broadcasts on UHF channel 38 from a transmitter in Onondaga.
The original construction permit was issued to "Ithaca 52 Inc." in December 1999, valid for three years, with the first program tests run in late 2002 to meet an FCC deadline. The initial broadcast consisted of 26 kW of color bars from a tower location near Ithaca College.
The station was sold to Caroline Pawley in June 2003 and to Equity Broadcasting in 2004; as a Univision affiliate it had been fed remotely via satellite from Equity's central automated satellite hub in Little Rock, Arkansas since 2004. WNYI, licensed as a full service station despite its low signal power terrestrially, had applied for must-carry access to Time Warner Cable in Syracuse in May 2005. While Ithaca is nominally in the Syracuse market area, the terrestrial WNYI signal had always been inadequate to reach Syracuse or other communities outside of Ithaca itself. The station had made various applications for an increase in licensed power but no decisions had been made by the Federal Communications Commission on these requests.
WNYI was the only full-service television station in upstate New York to provide Spanish language programming.
At auction on April 16, 2009, Daystar bought WNYI, pending approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Daystar changed programming to its namesake network. Univision's national feed was quickly returned to Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum), causing little to no impact for viewers, and due to various technical issues which often plagued Equity's stations, steadied the area's access to the network.
|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-DT, 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-DT, 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|
|WLNY, Riverhead/New York City|
|TV stations in Central New York, including Syracuse|
|WSTM 3 (NBC) |
WTVH 5 (CBS)
WSYR 9 (ABC)
WONO-CA 11 (COR)
WSTQ-LP 14 (CW)
WTVU-CD 22 (COR)
WCNY 24 (PBS)
WWLF-LP 35 (AMGTV)
W42EB-D 42 (Ind.)
WNYS 43 (MNTV)
WBLZ-LD 49 (Ind.)
WHSU-CD 51 (HSN)
WNYI 52 (Daystar)
WSPX 56 (Ion)
WSYT 68 (Fox)