WQPX-TV, virtual channel 64 (UHF digital channel 32), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States and serving the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre television market. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks (the former Paxson Communications). WQPX's studios are located on Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Scranton, and its transmitter is located on Bald Mountain, northwest of Scranton and I-476.
WQPX has a digital fill-in translator on UHF channel 49. That translator is run by NextEra Energy Resources in Waymart. Wind turbines run by NextEra Energy Resources in the area surrounding Waymart interfere with full power television signals from the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre market.
History WQPX began broadcasting May 18, 1998 with test broadcasts; the official sign on took place June 1. Before WQPX signed on, the station's call sign was WSWB-TV, first used on channel 38 in the early 1980s (before its own sign-on) and currently used on that same station today. WSWB initially planned to sign on in July 1997, but delayed its launch so that it could construct a 5,000,000-watt signal to increase its must carry reach. Initially, WQPX aired Paxson's InfoMall format of infomercials and religious programming; on August 31, 1998, the station became one of the launch stations for Pax TV (the forerunner to Ion).
On October 5, 1998, WQPX added a secondary affiliation with UPN as part of a group deal between Paxson Communications and UPN; the network's programming aired in late night, following Pax's primetime lineup. UPN programming had previously aired in weekend late night timeslots on CBS affiliate WYOU (channel 22). WQPX dropped UPN in 1999.
From 2001 to 2005, WQPX aired rebroadcasts of newscasts from ABC affiliate WNEP-TV (channel 16); WNEP's owner, The New York Times Company, also took over WQPX's advertising sales through a joint sales agreement. The agreement was reached in October 2000 after negotiations with NBC affiliate WBRE-TV (channel 28) fell through; the arrangement with WNEP ended on June 30, 2005, after Paxson Communications terminated all joint sales agreements involving its stations.
|TV stations in Pennsylvania|
|WPPX, Wilmington, DE/Philadelphia, PA|
|TV stations in Northeastern Pennsylvania including Scranton, Wilkes Barre, and Hazelton|
|WNEP 16 (ABC)|