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WPXJ-TV, virtual channel 51 (UHF digital channel 23), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Batavia, New York, United States and serving the Buffalo and Rochester television markets. Owned by Ion Media Networks, WPXJ maintains offices on Exchange Street in Buffalo, and its transmitter is located in Pavilion, approximately halfway between the station's two target cities, Buffalo and Rochester; it is the only station in Western New York to serve both markets with the same signal (WNYB also serves both markets, but relies on translators and cable carriage to do so), although what little local programming the station has carried has traditionally favored Buffalo, and Ion also maintains a separate Rochester affiliation on the fourth digital subchannel of WHEC-TV.

History[]

The station signed on the air on June 17, 1999 as an owned-and-operated station of Ion predecessor Pax TV, and was founded by Paxson Communications (the former name of Ion Media Networks). WPXJ-TV was Paxson's second effort at launching a television station in Western New York; the first was Jamestown-based WNYP-TV (channel 26), an affiliate of Canadian television network CTV, which Pax founder Lowell W. "Bud" Paxson majority owned from 1966 to 1969. In February 2006, WPXJ-TV was added to Dish Network's Buffalo channel lineup on channel 51.


TV stations in New York
WPXN, New York City

WYPX, Amsterdam
WPXJ, Buffalo
WHEC-DT4, Rochester
WSPX, Syracuse
WICZ-DT3, Binghamton
WENY-DT4, Corning

TV stations in Western New York, including Buffalo and Niagara Falls
WGRZ 2 (NBC)
WIVB 4 (CBS)
WKBW 7 (ABC)
WNED 17 (PBS)
WNLO 23 (CW)
WVTT 25 (THIS)
WNYB 26 (TCT)
WUTV 29 (Fox)
WDTB-LD 39 (Daystar)
WNYO 49 (MNTV)
WPXJ 51 (Ion)
WBXZ-LP 56 (Cozi)
WBBZ 67 (Ind.)
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