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WPXS, virtual channel 13 (UHF digital channel 21), is a Daystar owned-and-operated television station serving St. Louis, Missouri, United States that is licensed to Mount Vernon, Illinois (a city within the Paducah, Kentucky–Cape Girardeau, Missouri–Harrisburg, Illinois television market). The station is owned by the Daystar Television Network. WPXS' transmitter is located near Saint Rose, Illinois.

HistoryEdit

The station first signed on the air on March 13, 1983 as WCEE, which branded itself on-air as "C-13". It was the second independent station to serve the Paducah–Cape Girardeau–Harrisburg market, following WDXR-TV, which operated from 1971 to 1981, when it donated the station's broadcast license to the PBS member network Kentucky Educational Television. WCEE was a typical independent station airing a mix of first-run and off-network syndicated programs, and movies. It also aired simulcasts of NBA games from the Chicago Bulls, and Cubs and White Sox Major League Baseball games from WGN-TV in Chicago. Unusual for a small-market independent station, WCEE produced a half-hour newscast on weekdays, and also carried PM Magazine.

In 1998, the station was sold to Paxson Communications (the forerunner of Ion Media Networks), and changed its callsign to the current WPXS. At the same time, it signed on a translator station in St. Louis, KUMO-LP (channel 51). WPXS and KUMO became charter affiliates of Paxson's family-oriented broadcast network Pax TV when the network launched on August 31, 1998, serving as that network's owned-and-operated station for both the Paducah–Cape Girardeau–Harrisburg and St. Louis markets. WPXS' transmitter, which was located north of Kell, Illinois, was close enough to St. Louis to cover most of the Illinois portion of the St. Louis market; St. Louis itself was served by KUMO-LP. In 2004, the station affiliated with the Daystar religious broadcast network. The following year, Equity Broadcasting bought the station from Paxson; WPXS subsequently rejoined Pax (which rebranded as i: Independent Television that summer, and then to Ion Television in 2007).

In 2005, WPXS affiliated with the Retro Television Network, a network owned by Equity at the time. By this time, the bulk of the station's audience was located in St. Louis. In 2010, Daystar purchased WPXS outright; this resulted in the station switching back to the network on August 12 of that year. With that move, DirecTV pulled WPXS from its St. Louis local station lineup on September 11, 2010, as WPXS had become a straight simulcast of Daystar's national feed (unlike fellow religious network, TBN, Daystar's television stations do not produce any local programming). On Dish Network, the provider lists Daystar programming as airing on WPXS, though the provider continues to offer the Retro Television Network feed.

TV stations in Illinois
Chicago market independent stations: Chicago market Spanish stations: Chicago market religious stations: Other stations:
WGN, Chicago WOCK-CD, Chicago WEDE-CD, Arlington Heights W15BU-D, Johnson City
WESV-LD, Chicago WWTO, Naperville WTJR, Quincy
WMEU-CD, Chicago WSNS, Chicago WDCI-LD, Chicago WHOI, Peoria
WXFT, Aurora WLPD-CD, Chicago WCHU-LD, Rochelle
WPVN-CD, Aurora WTCT, Chicago WWME-CD, Chicago
WGBO, Aurora WPXS, Mount Vernon, IL/St. Louis, MO WRJK-LP, Chicago
WYCC, Chicago
W40CN-D, Sugar Grove
WLCF-LD, Decatur
WBXC-CD, Champaign
WCHU-LD, Rochelle
W25DW-D, Chicago
WMWC, Galesburg
TV stations in Missouri
Daystar: WPXS, Mount Vernon, IL/St. Louis, MO: KCDN-LD, Kansas City

CTN: KNLJ, Jefferson City
HSN: KPTN-LD, St. Louis: K45IO-D, Kansas City
TBN: KTAJ, St. Joseph: KCLJ-LP2, Joplin
Spanish-language stations: KRFT-LD, Springfield: KNPG-LD3, St. Joseph: KUKC-LD, Kansas City
Other stations: KDTL-LD, St. Louis: KNLC, St. Louis: KDKZ-LD, Farmington: K39CP, Poplar Bluff: KBNS-CD, Branson: KCLJ-LP, Joplin: KJPX-LP, Joplin

TV Stations in Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee, including Paducah, Cape Girardeau and Harrisburg
Paducah, KY Cape Girardeau, MO Harrisburg/Carbondale, IL Illinois Missouri Northwest Tennessee
WPSD 6 (NBC) KFVS 12 (CBS) WSIL 3 (ABC) WPXS 13 (Daystar) KPOB 15 (ABC) WUWT-CD 26 (RTV)
WQTV-LP/WQWQ-LP 9/24 (CW) KBSI 23 (Fox) WSIU 8 (PBS) KDKZ-LD 18 (AMGTV)
WKMU/WKPD 21/29 (PBS) W15BU-D 15 (3ABN) K39CP 39 (Ind.)
WDKA 49 (MNTV) WTCT 27 (TCT)
TV stations in the Greater St. Louis and Metro East Illinois areas
KTVI 2 (Fox)
KMOV 4 (CBS)
KSDK 5 (NBC)
KPTN-LD 7 (HSN)
KETC 9 (PBS)
KPLR 11 (CW)
WPXS 13 (Daystar)
KDTL-LD 16 (RTV)
KEFN-CD 20 (EWTN)
KNLC 24 (MeTV)
K25NG-D 25 (3ABN)
W29CI-D 29 (3ABN)
KDNL 30 (ABC)
KBGU-LP 33 (Buzzr)
K38HD-D 38 (HSN)
WODK-LD 45 (Cozi TV)
WRBU 46 (Ion)
W50CH 50 (Ind)
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