WFXZ-CD

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WFXZ-CD
WFXZ-CD logo.png
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
BrandingWFXZ 24
ChannelsDigital: 5 (VHF)
(shared with WGBH-TV)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
Affiliations
OwnerWGBH Educational Foundation
FoundedNovember 30, 1989
First air date2000; 19 years ago (2000)
Sister station(s)WCRB, WGBH, WGBH-TV, WGBX-TV
Former callsigns
  • W29BA (1989–1999)
  • W24CM (1999–2000)
  • WVXN-LP (2000–2001)
  • WVXN-CA (2001–2003)
  • WFXZ-CA (2003–2010)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 24 (UHF, 2000–2010)
  • Digital:
  • 25 (UHF, 2010–2015)
  • 24 (UHF, 2015–2017)
  • 19 (UHF, 2017–2019; shared with WGBH-TV)
Former affiliations
Transmitter power700 kW
Height374 m (1,227 ft)
ClassClass A
Facility ID64833
Transmitter coordinates42°18′37″N 71°14′14″W / 42.31028°N 71.23722°W / 42.31028; -71.23722 (WFXZ-CD)Coordinates: 42°18′37″N 71°14′14″W / 42.31028°N 71.23722°W / 42.31028; -71.23722 (WFXZ-CD)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS

WFXZ-CD, virtual channel 24 (VHF digital channel 5), is the BizTV-affiliated television station located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The station is owned by the WGBH Educational Foundation.[2] WFXZ-CD maintains studio facilities located in Woburn; its transmitter, shared with sister PBS member station WGBH-TV (channel 2) under a channel sharing agreement, is located at 350 Cedar Street (southwest of Interstate 95) in Needham.

History[edit]

Logo as MundoFox

The station's construction permit was originally granted on November 30, 1989 as W29BA, operating on channel 29, which would be licensed to nearby Lawrence.[3] However, by the time finally it signed on the air with a home shopping service in early 2000, it had moved to channel 24, was licensed to Boston and adopted the W24CM call sign.[4]

A few months later, channel 24 changed its call letters to WVXN-LP. In 2001, the station was upgraded to Class A status and dropped home shopping programming in favor of affiliating with MTV2.[5] The station changed its callsign to WFXZ-CA in 2003. In July 2006, the station became the Boston affiliate of the Azteca América network.[6]

WFXZ-CD logo under its second Azteca América affiliation

WFXZ flash-cut its signal to digital transmission in 2010. Longtime owner Randolph Weigner agreed to sell WFXZ to Prime Time Partners in December 2011.[2] The station became a charter MundoFox affiliate when the network formally launched on August 13, 2012,[7] with Azteca America programming moving to its second digital subchannel; it returned to primary status early on December 1, 2016 due to MundoFox ending operations (changing to MundoMax in its last year). During its affiliations with MundoFox/MundoMax and Azteca América, WFXZ-CD was carried on Comcast Xfinity digital channels 721 and 981, and Verizon FiOS channel 20.

In the FCC's incentive auction, WFXZ-CD sold its spectrum for $63,949,770 and indicated that it would enter into a post-auction channel sharing agreement.[8] On September 8, 2017, the station entered into a channel sharing agreement with WGBH-TV (channel 2); concurrently, Prime Time Partners agreed to donate the WFXZ license to the WGBH Educational Foundation.[9][10] WFXZ shut down its UHF digital channel 24 transmitter on December 3, 2017 and began channel-sharing on WGBH-TV's channel 19 transmitter;[11] WGBH's acquisition of the station was completed on December 21, 2017,[12] at which point the station dropped Azteca América for BizTV. Concurrently, the station's carriage on Comcast Xfinity and Verizon FiOS was discontinued.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[13]
24.1 480i 16:9 WFXZ Main WFXZ-CD programming / BizTV

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hope Channel in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Tampa! |accessdate=2014-12-14
  2. ^ a b "Boston Class A TV sold". Television Business Report. December 15, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Application Details (WFXZ-CA)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2006-11-06.
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (2000-04-07). ""Quick," What's On 93.5/93.9?". North East RadioWatch. The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved 2006-11-06.
  5. ^ Fybush, Scott (2001-10-08). "Ackerley Signs Off". North East RadioWatch. The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved 2006-11-06.
  6. ^ "Azteca America opens Boston station". Boston Business Journal. 2006-08-02. Retrieved 2006-11-06.
  7. ^ Seyler, Dave (August 9, 2012). "MundoFOX adds four large markets". Television Business Report. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  8. ^ "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Auction 1001 Winning Bids" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. April 4, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Amendment to a Modification of a Licensed Facility for Digital Class A TV Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  11. ^ "NOTICE OF SUSPENSION OF OPERATIONS OF STATION WFXZ-CD ON PRE-AUCTION CHANNEL" (PDF). Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. November 30, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Notice. Federal Communications Commission. December 21, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  13. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WFXZ-CD

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