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WPXV-TV, virtual channel 49/15 (Verizon FiOS only) (UHF digital channel 46), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Norfolk, Virginia, United States, serving the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia (comprising the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach, environs, and Richmond, VA but Verizon FiOS only), and the Outer Banks region of northeastern North Carolina. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks, and maintains studios and transmitting facilities on Nansemond Parkway in Suffolk, Virginia.

HistoryEdit

Before WJCB (1985–1989)Edit

Before WJCB signed on the air on May 29, 1989, WJCB and presumably Tidewater Christian Communications had a construction permit license for a television station on August 9, 1985. WJCB became DWJCB on January 23, 1987, as a possible indication that the WJCB construction permit license was going to be deleted by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC restored DWJCB to the WJCB calls on October 6, 1987, almost two years before WJCB signed on the air, thus granting WJCB and presumably Tidewater Christian Communications the construction permit needed to build a television station for over-the-air broadcasting.

WJCB (1989–1998)Edit

WPXV-TV signed on the air on May 29, 1989, as WJCB. The former WJCB call letters stood for W Jesus Christ Broadcasting. WJCB was initially owned by Tidewater Christian Communications. During its years as WJCB the station aired religious programming, infomercials and home shopping programming. In April 1997, WJCB went under new ownership when Tidewater Christian Communications sold WJCB to Lockwood Broadcasting of Hampton, Virginia. Lockwood Broadcasting purchased WJCB from Tidewater Christian Communications for $6.75 million. In December 1997, WJCB went under new ownership again when Lockwood Broadcasting sold WJCB to Paxson Communications (now Ion Media Networks) for $14.75 million, thus making WJCB into a Pax TV owned and operated station.

WPXV–TV (1998–present)Edit

Paxson Communications changed the WJCB calls letters from WJCB to WPXV on March 2, 1998, in order to reflect the station's new ownership with Paxson and the pending affiliation with Pax TV of which has not yet launched as an over the air broadcast television network. Religious programming and infomercials as well as shopping programming continued to air on WPXV until August 31, 1998, when the station started airing Pax programming in the late afternoons and evenings with infomercials and religious programming during the day, with the launch of the then new Pax network. WPXV aired rebroadcasts of WAVY-TV's 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. weeknights from 2003–2004 and had master control in WAVY's studios until 2004 when Paxson and NBC broke up the agreement.


TV stations in Commonwealth of Virginia
WPXV, Hampton Roads/Norfolk

WPXR, Roanoke
WRIC-DT2, Richmond
WPXW, Manassas/Washington, DC
WCAV-DT4, Charlottesville
WHSV-DT3, Harrisonburg/Staunton
WLFG-DT3, Grundy/Bristol

TV stations in the Hampton Roads region, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News, Virginia
WUND 2 (PBS)
WTKR 3 (CBS)
WSKY 4 (Ind)
WGBS-LD 7 (RTV)
WAVY 10 (NBC)
WVEC 13 (ABC)
W14DC 14 (HSN2)
WHRO 15 (PBS)
WYSJ-CA 19 (Classic TV)
WTPC 21 (TBN)
WVAD-LD 25 (Daystar)
WGNT 27 (CW)
WTVZ 33 (MNTV)
WJGN-CD 38 (NRB)
WVBT 43 (Fox)
WPXV 49 (Ion)
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