WPXQ-TV, virtual channel 69 (UHF digital channel 17), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station serving Providence, Rhode Island and New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States that is licensed to Newport, Rhode Island. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks (the former Paxson Communications) as part of a duopoly with New Bedford-licensed Ion Life owned-and-operated station WLWC (channel 28). The two stations share transmitter facilities on Champlin Hill in Hopkinton, Rhode Island.
Despite originally being licensed to Block Island, Rhode Island, the station was never carried by former cable operator Block Island Cable TV.
The FCC was persuaded to allocate channel 69 (WPXQ's original analog frequency) to Block Island by Ted Robinson, an island resident, who claimed during the allocation filing process in 1984–85 that an independent TV station providing niche programming from there would serve the public interest better. Robinson subsequently ran into local opposition to tower siting, and sold out his interest to Ray Yorke, who obtained the initial construction permit. The station began broadcasting a few hours of old movies daily in 1992 using the callsign WOST-TV (meaning Ocean State Television, the original owners). By 1996, the station was owned by Paxson Communications, which had implemented their infomercials (via their inTV network) and religious programming. The station became WPXQ in 1998, and in August of that year began to run programming from the Pax TV network (later i: Independent Television; now Ion Television).
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WJAR 10 (NBC)
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WSBE 36 (PBS)
WRIW-CD 51 (TLM)
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WPXQ 69 (Ion)