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Jellico/Knoxville, Tennessee
United States
CityJellico, Tennessee
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
ChannelsDigital: 23 (UHF)
(to move to 18 (UHF))
Virtual: 54 (PSIP)
OwnerIon Media Networks
(Ion Media Knoxville License, Inc.)
First air dateJanuary 1993 (26 years ago) (1993-01)
Call letters' meaningPaX TV Knoxville
Former callsignsWPMC (1993–1998)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
54 (UHF, 1993–2009)
Former affiliationsHSN (1993–1998)
Transmitter power1000 kW
889 kW (CP)
1000 kW (application)[1]
Height529 m (1,736 ft)
531 m (1,742 ft) (CP)
512.5 m (1,681 ft) (application)[1]
Facility ID52628
Transmitter coordinates36°0′13″N 83°56′34″W / 36.00361°N 83.94278°W / 36.00361; -83.94278
36°0′19″N 83°56′23″W / 36.00528°N 83.93972°W / 36.00528; -83.93972[1]
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

WPXK-TV, virtual channel 54 (UHF digital channel 23), is a Ion Television owned-and-operated television station serving Knoxville, Tennessee, United States that is licensed to the town of Jellico near the Kentucky state line. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks. WPXK-TV's studios are located on Executive Park Drive (near I-40/I-75) in west Knoxville, and its transmitter is located on Sharp's Ridge in North Knoxville, on a tower shared with ABC affiliate WATE-TV (channel 6).

On cable, WPXK-TV is available on Charter Spectrum channel 4 in standard definition and 704 in high definition, as well as Comcast Xfinity channels 3 and 1003, WOW! channels 3 and 900, and AT&T U-Verse channels 54 and 1054.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
54.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
54.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
54.3 IONPlus Ion Plus
54.4 Shop Ion Shop
54.5 QVC QVC
54.6 HSN HSN


Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WPXK-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 54, 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 23.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 54, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.


  1. ^ a b c "Modification of a DTV Station Construction Permit Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. March 4, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPXK
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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