[15][16][17][18][19][20] At the time, UHF stations could only be seen with a separately purchased converter and UHF antenna (television sets were not required to have UHF tuners until 1964, after passage of the All-Channel Receiver Act), and even then the picture quality was spotty at best. Despite having a highly powerful signal that offered double the coverage of WPGH-TV's (5 million watts visual, compared to WPGH-TV's 2.345 million), WPTT-TV became unable to acquire newer shows, and ended up with programming that no other stations wanted. As a result, Meredith put WPGH-TV up for sale in 1985. The station's digital signal is multiplexed: Along with all Sinclair-owned stations, WPGH-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 53, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (the deadline was later extended to June 12). However, the station continues to air Duquesne Dukes men's and women's basketball, Penn State Nittany Lions men's ice hockey, and the annual Arizona Bowl college football game on the main channel in addition to the ASN subfeed. [8] On August 14, 2006, WPMY rebranded itself as MyPittsburghTV; the channel 22 reference was excluded from the new brand as cable providers in the market carry WPMY on different channels (the official brand name is "My Pittsburgh TV", although the logo has it appear to read as "My TV Pittsburgh"). Unlike many other former WB affiliates switching to MyNetworkTV (and despite WNPA being CBS-owned), WPMY continued to air The WB's primetime schedule in the late night hours until September 18, 2006, when The CW launched. [67] The deal is expected to receive FCC approval sometime in the first half of 2018. Staffs from both WPGH-TV and WPTT-TV experienced layoffs. WPTT-TV affiliated with UPN when the network launched on January 16, 1995, and changed its on-air branding to "UPN 22". The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, as part of a duopoly with Fox affiliate WPGH-TV (channel 53). Channel 11 News on Fox 53 debuted just over two weeks later on January 30; the program originates from WPXI's studios on Evergreen Road in Pittsburgh's Summer Hill neighborhood, next to the US 19 Truck/I-279 interchange. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, as part of a duopoly with Fox affiliate KDVR, channel 31. After that, WPTT-TV added some more recent shows, cartoons, and movies. [68][69][70][71][72][73][74][75][76][77] The deal has brought concerns by Fox who see Sinclair as a competitor towards conservative-leaning news, as well as increased leverage by Sinclair on reverse compensation to air Fox programming. Sinclair's air time on the station increased later that year to begin at 6 a.m. as well; by 1997, WPTT-TV and WPGH-TV consolidated their operations into one building. Among the more successful programs included a Polka dance show videotaped at the WPGH-TV studios, and attempting to copy the popular Chiller Theatre program on NBC competitor WIIC-TV, it aired Thing Theater; a show produced around B-grade horror movies, hosted by a man calling himself "Scorpio". KZJO, virtual channel 22, is a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated television station licensed to Seattle, Washington, United States and also serving Tacoma. WPTT-TV also originated more of its own local programming with Prize Bowling, which originally began as Bowling for Dollars on ABC network competitor WTAE-TV for many years until host Nick Perry was jailed for a lottery broadcast scam. WGPT 36 (PBS) However, must-carry only applies to a main signal, allowing Fox to possibly affiliate with a digital subchannel on WINP-TV and other Ion stations. WHVL-LD, Altoona/Johnstown Coincidentally, WLTJ also shares its transmitter facilities with WPGH-TV and WPNT. But Eddie Edwards acquired WPTT-TV without programming and began to run Home Shopping Network programming 24 hours a day on WPTT-TV in September, which led to the station being dropped from the market's cable systems. [57][58][59][60][61][62] Coincidentally, KEMO-TV, like WPGH-TV, had been a U.S. Communications property.[63]. Also, the station was airing the Action Pack programming block in 2000. WPXI 11 (NBC) WVTV-DT2 continues to utilize the separate branding of My 24 from when it was a separate full-power station, along with its channel 24 designation. [35][36] The Pittsburgh station call letters were changed to WECO-TV for one of his daughters, Elizabeth Clark Overmyer.[37][38][39]. WQED 13 (PBS) The station gradually added more hours to its programming lineup, broadcasting about 18 hours a day by the end of the decade. In 1996, to coincide with the launch of its news department, WPGH-TV launched a new logo based around the colors of black and gold to match that of the city's local sports teams. The station is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of ViacomCBS, as part of a duopoly with Pittsburgh-licensed CBS owned-and-operated station KDKA-TV. Rising out of the ashes of WENS-TV, channel 22 finally signed on the air on September 26, 1978, as WPTT-TV (which stood for Pittsburgh Twenty Two, in reference the UHF channel on which it broadcast), the market's second commercial independent station and its fourth UHF station (after WPGH-TV). WPTT-TV also made a deal to increase Home Shopping Network programming hours to at least 15 hours a day with the option of running the programming the entire day. As part of a deal, the group sold WPTT-TV to its operations manager Eddie Edwards (who had been with WPTT-TV since its launch in 1978, and had become best known as host of the station's locally produced public affairs program Eddie's Digest, targeted towards local African-Americans). On August 14, 2006, WPMY rebranded itself as MyPittsburghTV; the channel 22 reference was excluded from the new brand as cable providers in the market carry WPMY on different channels (the official brand name is "My Pittsburgh TV", although the logo has it appear to read as "My TV Pittsburgh"). The two stations share studios on Westlake Avenue in Seattle's Westlake neighborhood; KZJO's transmitter is located near the Capitol Hill section of Seattle. WCWB, meanwhile, later decided to affiliate with MyNetworkTV, another new network owned by News Corporation's Fox Entertainment Group and 20th Television divisions. As part of the SAFER Act,[86] WPGH-TV and WPNT kept their analog signals on the air until March 19 to inform viewers of the digital television transition through a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters. The station originally signed on the air with a test pattern on July 14, 1953 as WKJF-TV, with regular programming starting August 1. The deal took effect on January 6, 1992 with WPTT-TV airing cartoons, sitcoms, movies and dramas that Sinclair had no room to air on WPGH-TV. WRLH-TV's studios are located on Westmoreland Street in the North Side area of Richmond, and its transmitter is located in Bon Air at the studios of PBS member stations WCVE-TV and WCVW. WQMY, Hazelton/Pittston/Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, WTAE 4 (ABC) [79], On December 6, 2017, it was reported that Sinclair and Fox were working on a deal that would see its Fox affiliates renew their affiliation agreement in exchange for Sinclair selling some of its Fox affiliates directly to Fox Television Stations.