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WUPX-TV is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station serving Lexington, Kentucky, United States that is licensed to Richmond. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 21 (or virtual channel 67 via PSIP) from a transmitter on McCausey Ridge in Menifee County. Owned by Ion Media Networks, WUPX maintains a sales office on McCausey Ridge Road in Frenchburg, Kentucky.

Even though WUPX transmits a digital signal of its own, the broadcasting radius of the station's full-power signal does not reach the far western portions of the market (including the state capital of Frankfort). Therefore, it must rely on cable and satellite carriage to cover these areas.

HistoryEdit

A construction permit for WAOM was issued in October 1993. Originally licensed to Morehead, Kentucky, the station signed on the air on June 1, 1998 as a repeater of low-powered UPN affiliate WBLU-LP, which broadcast on UHF channel 62. Both stations simulcast programming from UPN and The WB as well as infomercials until WAOM was sold off in 2001. After WAOM was sold, WBLU-LP lost both The WB and UPN in 2003 and 2004, respectively, to become independent, and at some point became affiliated with MyNetworkTV and RTV. WBLU-LP is no longer broadcasting as it went dark in 2009 after its parent company went bankrupt.

In 2001, WAOM-TV was sold to Paxson Communications, became a Pax TV owned-and-operated station and changed its callsign to the current WUPX-TV. Pax TV became i: Independent Television in 2005, and then Ion Television in 2007.

On December 11, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted WUPX-TV's petition to change its city of license from Morehead to Richmond, Kentucky. The move was conditioned upon the station providing continued service to Morehead. No changes to the station's technical facilities were made.


TV stations in Kentucky
WUPX, Richmond

WDRB-DT3, Louisville

TV stations in Central Kentucky Bluegrass region, including Lexington and Frankfort
WOBZ-LD 9 (BUZZR)
W10BM 10 (AMGTV/WHT)
WLEX 18 (NBC)
WKYT 27 (CBS)
WKSO 29 (PBS)
WKHA 35 (PBS)
WTVQ 36 (ABC)
WKMR 38 (PBS)
WKLE 46 (PBS)
WVTN-LP 48 (Rel.)
WKON 52 (PBS)
WDKY 56 (Fox)
WYMT 57 (CBS)
WLJC 65 (Cozi)
WUPX 67 (Ion)
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