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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
WVVH-CD, Southampton
WLNY, Riverhead/New York City
WBXZ-LP, Buffalo
WETM-DT2, Elmira
WBBZ, Springville/Buffalo
TV stations in Central New York, including Syracuse
W42EB-D 42 (Ind.)
WBLZ-LD 49 (Ind.)
WNYI 52 (Daystar)
WSPX 56 (Ion)
WSYT 68 (Fox)