Post by simpsonsfan on Sept 30, 2009 12:35:35 GMT -5
Known on air as WPXT Home of the CW
Digital Signal: Channel 43
Virtual Signal: Channel 51
Affiliation: 51.1 The CW; 51.2 ME-TV
Owned by: New Age Media
First air date: September 14th, 1986
Call letter meaning: Portland's Exciting Television
FOX (1986- 2001)
The WB (2001- 2006)
WPXT launched September 14th, 1986 and was Independent for a few months before switching to a FOX affiliation. WPXT 51.
WPXT was affiliated with FOX from 1986 to 2001. In 2001 WPXT's owner had a dispute with FOX causing WPXT to switch to The WB.
The WB Era:
WPXT was affiliated with The WB from 2001 to 2006. WPXT was known on air from 2001 to 2004 as Maine's WB 51 and then Maine's WB from 2004 to 2006. In 2006 The WB and UPN announced they were merging to become one network called The CW. WPXT announced on March 9th, 2006 that they would become Portland's CW affiliate.
WPXT became affiliated with The CW on September 18th, 2006. WPXT became known on air as The CW Portland. In 2007 WPXT changed their on air logo to reflect their call letters rather than the city. On May 2nd, 2011 WPXT launched ME-TV on digital sub channel 51.2.