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Cookeville/Nashville, Tennessee
United States
Branding ION Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
Subchannels 28.1 Ion Television
28.2 Qubo
28.3 ION Life
28.4 Ion Shop
28.5 QVC
28.6 HSN
Affiliations Ion Television (O&O; since 2007)
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media License Company, LLC)
First air date January 23, 1989 (1989-01-23)
Call letters' meaning Nashville PaX
Former callsigns WMTT (1989-1993)
WKZX (1993-1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
28 (UHF, 1989-2009)
Former affiliations independent (1989-1995)
The WB (1995-1998)
Pax TV (1998-2005)
i (2005-2007)
Transmitter power 733 kW
Height 428.7 m
Facility ID 28468
Transmitter coordinates

WNPX-TV is a U.S. television station licensed to Cookeville, Tennessee, which broadcasts on channel 28 (digital 36). It is owned and operated by ION Media Networks. WNPX's transmitter is located at Whites Creek, Tennessee, 7 miles (11 km) north of Nashville. WNPX is affiliated with the Ion Television network. The callsign is derived from "Nashville PaX," in reference to a former name for Ion Television. Because the Bowling Green, Kentucky market does not have an ION Television affiliate of its own, WNPX also serves the Bowling Green area by default.


  • History 1
  • Digital television 2
    • Digital channels 2.1
    • Analog-to-digital conversion 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The station was signed on by Dove Broadcasting on January 23, 1989 as WMTT, an independent station serving Cookeville. A few months later, Dove sold the station to Steven J. Sweeney.[1] InaVision Broadcasting bought WMTT in 1993,[2] changed its call sign to WKZX in 1994, and affiliated the station with the WB Television Network in 1995. Also in 1995, WKZX launched a nightly 6:30 p.m. newscast (which was repeated at 10 p.m.) branded as News 28.[3] In 1997, InaVision Broadcasting sold the station to St. Louis, Missouri-based Roberts Broadcasting.[4][5] A year later, Roberts Broadcasting sold the station to Paxson Communications (now Ion Media Networks),[6] who closed WKZX's news operation, moved and upgraded its transmitter to begin focusing on the Nashville market, and changed the callsign to WNPX; on August 31, 1998, the station began broadcasting programming from Pax, the forerunner of Ion Television.

Until 2015, the station also utilized a translator on WNPX-LP channel 20, also located at Whites Creek. The translator was sold to Daystar on March 26, 2015.[7]

Digital television[8]

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
28.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
28.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
28.3 IONLife Ion Life
28.4 Shop Ion Shop
28.5 QVC QVC
28.6 HSN HSN

Analog-to-digital conversion

WNPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 28, 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 36.[9] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 28.


  1. ^ "Application Search Details (1)". CDBS Public Access.  
  2. ^ "Application Search Details (2)". CDBS Public Access.  
  3. ^ Other News Opens, Closes, and Themes -
  4. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF).  
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (3)". CDBS Public Access.  
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (4)". CDBS Public Access.  
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WNPX
  9. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

External links

  • Query the FCC's TV station database for WNPX
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WNPX-TV
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