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Richmond/Lexington, Kentucky
United States
CityRichmond, Kentucky
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 67 (PSIP)
OwnerIon Media Networks
(Ion Media Lexington License, Inc.)
FoundedOctober 1993 (1993-10)
First air dateJune 1, 1998 (21 years ago) (1998-06-01)
(in Morehead, Kentucky; license moved to Richmond in 2018[1])
Call letters' meaningKentUcky's PaX
Former callsignsWAOM (1998–2001)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
67 (UHF, 1998–2009)
21 (UHF, until 2019)
Former affiliationsUPN (1998–2001)
Transmitter power465 kW[2]
Height354.11 m (1,162 ft)[2]
Facility ID23128
Transmitter coordinates37°47′18″N 84°40′49″W / 37.78833°N 84.68028°W / 37.78833; -84.68028[2]
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

WUPX-TV, virtual channel 67 (UHF digital channel 25), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station serving Lexington, Kentucky, United States that is licensed to Richmond. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks. WUPX-TV's sales office is located on McCausey Ridge Road in Frenchburg,[3] and its transmitter is located on High Bridge Road north of Bryantsville.


A construction permit for WAOM was issued in October 1993.[4] 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.[1] No changes to the station's technical facilities were made.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
67.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
67.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
67.3 IONLife Ion Life
67.4 Shop Ion Shop
67.5 QVC QVC
67.6 HSN HSN


Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WUPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 67, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 21.[6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 67, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

TV spectrum repack[edit]

WUPX plans to move its channel allocation from digital channel 21 to channel 25 and it will remain on virtual channel 67 once the move is completed;[7] the station has an application to relocate its transmitter to a tower southwest of Lexington formerly used by Fox affiliate WDKY-TV (channel 56).[2]


  1. ^ a b "Amendment of Section 73.622(i), Digital Television Broadcast Stations Morehead and Richmond, Kentucky" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 11, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Amendment to a Modification of a DTV Station Construction Permit Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "WUPX Station Information". Ion Media. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  4. ^ WUPX-TV MOREHEAD, KY @ RabbitEars.Info
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WUPX
  6. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  7. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=WUPX

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