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WJPX
América Tevé Logo.png
San Juan, Puerto Rico
CitySan Juan, Puerto Rico
BrandingAmérica Tevé Puerto Rico
SloganSiempre Juntos
ChannelsDigital: 21 (UHF)
(shared with WTCV)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
Subchannels24.1 América Tevé
42.1 SBN
TranslatorsWKPV 20.1 Ponce
WJWN-TV 38.1 San Sebastian
AffiliationsAmerica Teve (2016–present)
OwnerAmerica CV Network
(America-CV Stations Group, Inc.)
First air dateFebruary 15, 1987
Call letters' meaningSan Juan Pax
Former callsignsWSJN-TV (1987–1998)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
24 (1987–2009)
Former affiliationsIndependent (1987–1990, 1993–1998, 2000–2004)
Silent (1990–1993)
Pax TV (1998–2000)
MTV (2004–2007)
America CV Network (2007–2012)
MundoFox/MundoMax (2012–2016)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height564 m
Facility ID39887
Transmitter coordinates18°10′3″N 66°34′35″W / 18.16750°N 66.57639°W / 18.16750; -66.57639
Websiteamericatevepr.com
WIRS
(semi-satellite of WJPX)
Yauco, Puerto Rico
CityYauco, Puerto Rico
BrandingSonlife Broadcasting Network
ChannelsDigital: 17 (UHF)
(shared with WVEO)
Virtual: 42 (PSIP)
Subchannels24.1 América Tevé
42.1 SBN
AffiliationsSonlife (2016–present)
OwnerAmerica CV Network
(America-CV Stations Group, Inc.)
First air dateDecember 1, 1991
Former channel number(s)Analog:
42 (1991–2009)
Former affiliationsReligious independent (1991–2004)
MTV (2004–2007)
America CV Network (2007-2012)
América Tevé (2012-2016)
MundoFox/MundoMax (2012-2016)
Teveo (2016)
Transmitter power42 kW
Height372 m
Facility ID58340
Transmitter coordinates18°16′38.5″N 65°51′13.1″W / 18.277361°N 65.853639°W / 18.277361; -65.853639
Websitewww.sonlifetv.com

WJPX is a full-power television station in San Juan, Puerto Rico transmitting over digital channel 21, virtual 24, which serves as a Spanish-language Independent television station. The station brands itself as América Tevé Puerto Rico.

WIRS is also a full-power television station in Yauco, Puerto Rico, transmitting over digital channel 17, virtual 42. It serves as semi-satellite of WJPX. The station is an affiliate of the Sonlife Broadcasting Network.

The two stations share studio facilities located in Amelia Industrial Park in Guaynabo (shared studios with Mega TV owned-and-operated WTCV), and shared its transmitter facilities with WTCV located at Barrio Cubuy in Canovanas and the transmitter located at the WVEO transmitter site at Cerro Canta Gallo in Aguada.

There are owned by America CV Stations Group.

History[edit]

Former logo as a MundoMax affiliate, used from 2015 until 2016.

The station was founded in 1987 and was a 24-hour news station branded as WSJN 24 Horas, El Canal de Noticias. Some Puerto Rican television reporters started their careers at WSJN, such as Maria Celeste Arraras, Ada Torres Toro, Sol Sostre, Nelson Bermejo, Tony Dandrades, Lyanne Melendez, Edna Schmidt and Roberto Cortes.

In 1993, WSJN-TV returned to the air, and was owned by El Nuevo Comandante Racetrack corporation, broadcasting Horse racing, and it is branded as Telenet.

On January 13, 1998, WSJN-TV changed its callsign to the current WJPX, after Paxson Communications purchased the station. On August 31, 1998, WJPX, along with the rest of the Paxson stations, premiered the new Pax TV television network, with a programming mix of infomercials, off-network reruns labeled as "family entertainment", and The Worship Network during overnights.

WJPX was later owned by LIN TV, which branded the station MTV. At that time, the station broadcast MTV programs (both locally produced and imported from the main MTV network), videos and horse races. The MTV branding and programming were licensed from Viacom, which, incidentally, once owned two of WJPX's then-sister stations: WWHO in Columbus, Ohio and WNDY-TV in Indianapolis, before those stations were sold to LIN in 2005.

On October 19, 2006 LIN TV announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell WJPX along with sister station WAPA-TV to InterMedia Partners for $130 million in cash.[1] The sale was completed on March 30, 2007.

InterMedia Partners then sold the station again to Caribevision Station Group. The sale was completed in October 2007.

From March 19, 2009 the subchannel digital 24.2 began transnmiting Camarero Racetrack.

On August 13, 2012, WJPX began broadcasting MundoFox; at that time, América Tevé moved to WIRS channel 42.1. On June 15, 2015, MundoFox (which became MundoMax the following month) was moved to channel 24.1 on WKPV in Ponce, WIRS, and WJWN-TV in San Sebastian, while América Tevé moved to channel 42.1 on WJPX, WKPV, and WJWN.

WJPX airs infomercials 8 hours a day (2am to 10am), 10 hours on Saturdays (2am to 9am & 10am to 12pm) and 11 hours on weekends (2am to 1pm).

WJPX's affiliation with MundoMax ended on August 1, 2016. At that time, the station began to carry América Tevé on channel 24.1.[2]On that same date, WIRS launched a new programming format called Teveo, which is stylized as a 24-hour news channel that airs each weekday from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and weekends from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Teveo carries all of the station's live newscasts, along with rebroadcasts of its 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts and its public affairs programs. It also added live weekday hour-long 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. newscasts on that date, making it the only station in Puerto Rico with newscasts in those timeslots. On weekends, Teveo carries a "week-in-review" selection of its news programs. Paid programming is shown at other times of the day. The channel is simulcast on WIRS digital channel 42.1, and is carried on Liberty channel 41, Claro TV channel 10 and Dish Network channel 7. On November 12, 2016, WIRS was disaffiliated with Teveo and switched to the Sonlife Broadcasting Network, a religious television network, owned by televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, which is also seen on W26DK-D channel 25.2 un San Juan, W31DL-D channel 36.2 in Ponce and W51DJ-D channel 51.2 in Mayaguez.

Local programs produced by WJPX[edit]

  • Ultra Fit al Dia
  • Aqui Llegamos
  • De Show con Henry Lugo (also on WORA-TV, Punto2 and WOLE-DT)
  • La Bohemia TV
  • Tartak
  • Autofertas
  • Mundo Natural
  • Enfocate
  • Chinchorreo TV
  • Recuerdos de mi vida
  • Clasificados TV

Digital television[edit]

WJPX's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[3]
24.1 480i 4:3 ACV-PR Main WJPX programming / America TeVe Puerto Rico
42.1 SBN-PR Sonlife Broadcasting Network

WIRS's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[4]
24.1 480i 4:3 ACV-PR America TeVe Puerto Rico
42.1 SBN-PR Main WIRS programming / Sonlife Broadcasting Network


WJPX and WJWN-TV shut down their analog signals over UHF channels 24 and 38, 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. WKPV and WIRS shut down their analog signals on channels 20 and 42 on April 17. The stations' digital signals remained on their pre-transition UHF channels 21, 19, 41 & 39. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the stations' virtual channels at UHF channels 24, 42, 20 and 38.

Satellite stations[edit]

WJPX and WIRS can be seen across Puerto Rico on the following stations:

Station City of license Digital channel First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WKPV Ponce 36 (UHF)
(shared with WVOZ-TV)
(PSIP: 20)
August 6, 1985 23.5 kW 250 m (820 ft) 58341 18°4′42″N 66°44′52″W / 18.07833°N 66.74778°W / 18.07833; -66.74778 (WKPV)
WJWN-TV San Sebastián 33 (UHF)
(PSIP: 38)
1986 621 kW 625.7m 58342 18°8′53.1″N 66°58′58.6″W / 18.148083°N 66.982944°W / 18.148083; -66.982944 (WJWN-TV)

FCC spectrum auction & WJPX/WIRS sale[edit]

In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission announced they were going to hold a voluntary Incentive Auction for a portion of the radio frequency spectrum that is currently used by Digital Television broadcasters across the country. WJPX & WIRS announced he would participate in the auction, since it was estimated the stations would net somewhere in the range of $291 & $264 Million USD, much more than it would be worth on the open market otherwise. Since that time the auction estimate has increased to somewhere between $220 & $198 Million USD, with the auction currently scheduled to take place in early 2016.

Spectrum reallocation[edit]

On April 13, 2017, it was revealed that WKPV and WIRS's over-the-air spectrum had been sold in the FCC's spectrum reallocation auction, fetching $6,945,255 and $6,657,792 respectively. WKPV and WIRS will not sign off, but it will later share broadcast spectrum with WVEO in Aguadilla and WVOZ-TV in Ponce, both of them are Mega TV owned and operated. America CV stated that WJPX had a better signal than that of WKPV and WIRS.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LIN TV to Sell Puerto Rico Operations". Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  2. ^ "America Teve Expands Its Coverage In NY And Puerto Rico" (Press release). Hialeah Gardens, Fla.: America CV Network. PRNewswire. August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WJPX
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WIRS