WOST

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WOST
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
BrandingAzteca Puerto Rico
ChannelsDigital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
Subchannels
Translators(see table)
AffiliationsAzteca America (O&O) (2018-present)
OwnerHC2 Holdings
(HC2 Station Group, Inc.)
Founded2004
First air date
  • 1970 (original incarnation)
  • 1986 (second incarnation)
  • 2004 (third incarnation)
  • March 20, 2007 (current incarnation)
Sister station(s)W20EJ-D
Former callsignsWMGZ (1970s)
WTRA (1986–1999)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 16 (1970–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 22 (2009-2018)
  • Virtual:
  • 16 (2009–2010)
Former affiliations
Transmitter power95 kW
Height606.7 m
ClassFull service
Facility ID60357
Transmitter coordinates18°18′51″N 67°11′24″W / 18.31417°N 67.19000°W / 18.31417; -67.19000

WOST (digital channel 20, virtual channel 14) is an Azteca América owned-and-operated television station, licensed to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. The station is owned by HC2 Holdings. WOST maintains its studios in Puerta del Condado in San Juan, with additional studios in Yauco. The transmitter is situated in Monte del Estado in Maricao. Until August 31, 2017, the station was a satellite of the now-defunct WMEI in Arecibo. The station was previously owned by Corporate Media Consultants Group, LLC, which 51% was owned by Power Television International and 49% was owned by Max Media. On August 29, 2018, the station was purchased by HC2 Holdings for $2,850,000. The sale was completed on January 22, 2019.[1] Upon completion of the sale, the station became an Azteca owned and operated station.

History[edit]

In March 2007, WOST signed on the air as its digital-only television station in Mayagüez, and served as a satellite station of WMEI in Arecibo.

WOST switched affiliations becoming an affiliate of Spanish Broadcasting System's Mega TV on November 23, 2009;[2] the Mega TV affiliation was previously on WSJU-TV. Prior to this, WOST had carried a Spanish-language version of The Local AccuWeather Channel.

WOST, along with WMEI and its satellite stations, was off the air for several months in early 2009. This was due to WMEI and WOST having shut down their analog signals in January 2009 to prepare for the digital transition. However, due to the transition date being delayed until June 12, 2009 (from its original February 17 date) and WTIN and WNJX-TV opting to retain their analog signals on WMEI and WOST's post transition channels until June, WMEI and WOST could not begin digital broadcasts until WTIN and WNJX terminated their analog signals.

WOST became affiliated once again in February 2013, this time with TeLe-Romántica, U.S. Spanish Entertainment Network, whose programming included: Telenovelas, Movies, Series & Documentaries. TeLe-Romántica resumed operations in August 2014 due to the station's website failure, and moved its programming to WSJU-TV channel 31.2.

In November 2013, Power Television International acquired the non-license assets of WMEI & its Satellite Stations from Corporate Media Consultants Group for $18 million.[citation needed]

WOST was affiliated with PBJ from 2014 to 2016.

On January 12, 2016, WMEI, WOST and its satellite stations sold its spectrum, and participated in the 2016 FCC Spectrum auction (originally scheduled for sometime in 2015, then pushed back a year). The officers said that once the auction is complete, the station would go off the air, or moving to another channel.[citation needed]

On April 1, 2016, WOST changed its branding, reflecting on the station's digital channel number. Also, WOST switched affiliations to Retro Television Network, and broadcast daily from 5AM to 6PM. No programming changes were expected, and WOST retained as a Tuff TV affiliate. Also, the station affiliated with Gun TV upon that network's launch the same day. Gun TV broadcast from 12AM to 5AM daily.[citation needed]

WMEI was most recently a dual affiliate of Tuff TV & The Family Channel, while WOST remained an affiliate of the Spanish version of The Local AccuWeather Channel.

On October 18, 2016, WOST went off the air as stated in the form. Station engineers had determined that one of the station’s power amplifiers was damaged during a thunder storm. The station was awaiting the delivery of parts to complete the repair to the power supply. It was expected that it might be another couple of weeks before the repairs were to be completed.

The licensee respectfully requested Special Temporary Authority pursuant to FCC Rule 73.1635(a)(4). The circumstances of the storm were beyond the control of the licensee. It was acting diligently to repair the station to restore operations but had to wait on vendors to deliver equipment.

The licensee also requested a one-day waiver of the 30-day filing deadline to request silent authority. The 30th day for filing the silent STA request was miscalculated. The LMS form would not allow the proper date to be checked that the station went off the air.

On November 11, 2016, WWKQ-LP changed its callsign to WWKQ-LD licensed, as digital operation.

In April 2017, WMEI announced that it would shut down on August 31, following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s incentive auction. The station sold its spectrum for $9,696,619.[3] Also, WOST would move their channel positions to channel 20, and WQQZ-CD to channel 16.

On May 2, 2017, WOST resumed broadcasting operations with a reduced power of 2 kW.

On September 12, 2017, the WMEI license was cancelled. The WMEI intellectual unit was moved to WOST and satellite stations. Also, the station switched with Azteca America on August 1, 2018.

Digital television[edit]

WOST's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
14.1 720p 16:9 WOST-LD Main WOST programming / Azteca America
14.2 480i 4:3 WOST-LD OnTV4U
14.3 WOST-LD Revenue Frontier

Satellite stations[edit]

WOST rebroadcasts on the following stations:

Station City of license Channels
TV (RF)
First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WWKQ-LD Quebradillas 34 (UHF)
14 (PSIP)
December 28, 1994 2.48 kW 163.7 m 60369 18°28′45.7″N 66°55′34.6″W / 18.479361°N 66.926278°W / 18.479361; -66.926278 (WWKQ-LD)
WQQZ-CD Ponce 24 (UHF)
14 (PSIP)
February 12, 1999 15 kW 613 m 32142 18°04′38.8″N 66°45′01.6″W / 18.077444°N 66.750444°W / 18.077444; -66.750444 (WQQZ-CD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 24 January 2019, Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Mega TV available island wide in Puerto Rico". HispanicAd. November 24, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  3. ^ "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Auction 1001 Winning Bids" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WOST

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