WPXD TV Channel 31 Ann Arbor


Translator station: W48AV Ch. 48 Detroit

Slogan: Positively Entertaining

Web site: www.iontelevision.com

E-mail: visit web site


Power/Height: 184,000 watts / 1076 feet, directional
- Service Area

Digital Channel: 31

Construction permit: 345,000 watts / 961 feet, directional
- Service Area

Digital Channel: 50

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Call Sign History:

  • WPXD: 2/4/1998
  • WBSX: 7/14/1989
  • WIHT: 2/1/1981
  • WRHT: on air 1/13/1981

Call Sign Origin: Pax TV Detroit

Network Affiliation History:

  • 7/1/2005: ION
  • 8/31/1998: Pax
  • sign on: independent

On Air Date: January 13, 1981

Owner: Ion Media Networks

Telephone: (734) 973-7900


  • 10/2009: Construction permit granted to move to DTV Ch. 50 from Southfield. If constructed, WPXD will for the first time have a full-market signal across metro Detroit.
  • 8/2009: The FCC modified the Post-Transition Table of DTV Allotments to reflect that WPXD will be moving from Ch. 31 to Ch. 50. The station will apply for a construction permit for DTV Ch. 50 in Southfield which will shift its broadcast area to the east and add approximately 1.8 million viewers to its over-the-air coverage area.
  • 2/17/2009: Regular programming on analog channel 31 ends as the station moves its digital-only regular broadcasts to Channel 31 from Ch. 33.
  • 2009: Proposal filed to move broadcast tower from west of Ann Arbor to Southfield. Initial proposal to use Ch. 19 was rejected by Canada however an update specifies using Ch. 50 from Southfield.
  • 8/2008: Post-transition digital construction permit modified to specify 184,000 watts @ 1076 feet. License to cover granted in August 2011.
  • 3/2008: Construction permit granted for post-transition digital facilities on Channel 31. Effective radiated power will be 105,600 watts @ 1076 feet.
  • 8/2007: The FCC's final digital channel assignment report shows that WPXD will be using Channel 31 once the conversion to all-digital broadcasts is completed on February 17, 2009.
  • 1/29/2007: Network repositions from simply "i" to ION, most evening programming is sitcom reruns.
  • 2006: Paxson Communications becomes Ion Media Networks.
  • 11/2005: License granted for digital facilities on Ch. 33.
  • 8/18/2005: Construction permit granted for digital facilities.
  • 7/1/2005: Pax Network rebrands itself as "i" - programming to shift to shows from independent producers.
  • 8/1999: Application filed for digital facilities on channel 33
  • 10/13/1998: Granted a construction permit to increase its ERP to 2,090,000 watts from the current 1,230,000 watts.
  • 9/16/1998: Station succeeds in its attempt to have the FCC modify its market area. This modification now allows WPXD to insist on cable coverage in Oakland, Wayne, Monroe, and Livingston counties. The FCC did not allow WPXD's market area to expand into Macomb or Genesee county.
  • 8/31/1998: Launch of Pax Network which featured family friendly programming.
  • Mid 1998: Infomercials daytime, Worship Network at night.
  • 1997: Purchased by Paxson Communications
  • 1987-early 1998: Home Shopping Network
  • 1991: Channel 48 in Detroit is owned by Glenn Plummer, who later sold the station to Blackstar for simulcasts of channel 31. Plummer moved on to own channel 26 in Detroit.
  • 1989: Purchased by Blackstar
  • 1982-Fall 1985: Scrambled signal (IT-TV) with the National Weather Service radio from Lansing as audio part time. Also during this period the station was free and unscrambed at times with programming that varied from syndicated reruns to simulcasts of the now defunct Financial News Network.
  • 1/13/1981: Station signs on as an independent. First programming is a college basketball game between Texas Tech and Baylor.

Transmitter location:

Washtenaw County


CP transmitter location:

Oakland County












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