TV Technical Profile: WPGX


Channel:
9
Programming:
28.1 - Fox
28.2 - Bounce TV
28.3 - Grit TV
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] In the Youngstown community, north of Panama City, on Blue Springs Road at Gainer Road.
Power (ERP):
24.1 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
712 feet
Antenna:
Directional
Other Information:
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
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Owned by Lockwood Broadcasting
History:
This station dates back to May 1988, when it came on the air as a Fox affiliate for the Panama City market on RF channel 28.  Originally owned by Waitt Media, the station was sold to Raycom in 2003.  At one time, Fox 28 carried The Tube on its subchannel.  As with most Raycom stations, WPGX picked up Bounce TV when it debuted in 2011. Grit TV was added to the lineup on 28.3 in the summer of 2014.

The station was briefly knocked off the air by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

Raycom Media and Gray Television Inc. agreed to a merger in June 2016, for $3.6 billion.  The merger was approved in December 2018.  Due to Gray and Raycom having too many stations in the market, they were forced to divest this station; it was sold to Lockwood Broadcasting.