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WSFX-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station for the Cape Fear area of North Carolinamarker that is licensed to Wilmingtonmarker. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 30 from a transmitter west of Winnabow. They can also be seen on Time Warner, Charter, and ATMC channel 9. For high definition digital cable, the station is on Time Warner and ATMC digital channel 920 as well as Charter channel 709. WSFX is owned by Southeastern Media Holdings but operated through a shared services agreement (a.k.a. SSA) by Raycom Media. This makes it a sister station to NBC affiliate WECTmarker and the two share studios on Shipyard Boulevard in downtown Wilmington. It operates an analog repeater, W19CA channel 19, that is licensed to Lumbertonmarker with a transmitter in Lumber Bridgemarker. Syndicated programming on WSFX includes: Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld, Two and a Half Men, and Divorce Court.

Digital programming

Their signal is multiplexed. On WSFX-DT2 and Charter digital channel 174 is This TV. It has not yet been added on Time Warner systems.

RF channel
Video Aspect Programming
26.1 30.1 1080i 16:9 main WSFX programming / Fox HD
26.2 30.2 480i 4:3 WSFX-DT2 This TV


The station began on September 24, 1984 as WJKA, a CBS affiliate. Prior to then, Wilmington was one of the few cities in the country without its own affiliate of the network. Future sister station WECT aired some CBS programming until cable arrived in Wilmington in the 1970s and WBTWmarker in Florence, South Carolinamarker covered most of the market with a Grade B signal. From the 1970s until WJKA's sign-on, local cable systems piped in either WTVDmarker from Durhammarker, WNCT-TVmarker from Greenvillemarker, or WBTW.

In 1994 after CBS lost broadcasting rights of the NFL to Fox, WJKA dropped CBS in favor of that network. In the process, the station changed its call letters to the current WSFX-TV. Before then, cable systems offered either WLFLmarker in Raleighmarker or WFAYmarker in Fayettevillemarker. Today's call letters stand for Super FoX. This was because until 1996 it was the default Fox affiliate for the Florencemarker / Myrtle Beach, South Carolinamarker area as that area did not have an affiliate of its own. However, WSFX's over-the-air signal does not reach Florence. The Pee Dee area thus had to rely on cable for Fox programming until WGSE-TV (now WFXBmarker) in Myrtle Beach took the affiliation.

As a result of WSFX's affiliation switch, Wilmington was without an over-the-air CBS affiliate until March 2000 when low-powered UPN station WILM-LPmarker switched its primary affiliation to CBS. During that time, cable systems piped in either WRAL-TVmarker in Raleighmarker, WNCT in Greenville, or WBTW. In 2003, WSFX was sold to Southeastern Media Holdings and began to be operated by Raycom Media through a shared service agreement with WECT. They then moved into that station's studios. On May 8, 2008, the FCC announced that five stations in Wilmington, including WSFX, had agreed to voluntarily cease analog broadcasting on September 8. The Wilmington market had been billed as the first in the United Statesmarker to convert to all-digital due to its role as the FCC's digital transition test market. Hawaiimarker shut down analog broadcasting in January 2009 followed by more, but not all, full-power television broadcasters on February 17.

Robeson County, North Carolinamarker that is now in the Myrtle Beach market was previously part of Wilmington and prior to that the Raleigh DMA In the late-1990s, Time Warner Cable in Lumberton began to drop Wilmington stations. Currently, WFXB in Myrtle Beach is the only Fox affiliate offered in that area. The northern and western areas of Robeson County (St. Paulsmarker, Parktonmarker, and Red Springsmarker) also do not carry WSFX even though its translator is located nearby in Lumber Bridge. To this date, by the South Carolinamarker state line in southern end of Robeson County in Rowland, it is also not known whether WSFX was ever carried on cable there. WSFX's analog translator W19CA on channel 19 is located in Lumber Bridge at the intersection of NC 20 and NC 71 near the Hoke Countymarker line. It has a directional signal and covers Robeson County fairly well. The translator station can be seen as far north as Raeford in Hoke County and Hope Millsmarker in Cumberland Countymarker in the Raleigh / Durham area.


As a CBS affiliate, WJKA operated on a shoestring budget with virtually no local news. In the mid-1980s, it had a weekday Noon show called Midday which offered news and entertainment reports. In the early-1990s, they launched a news department and aired broadcasts under the branding Action News 26 but this short lived. Since September 22, 2003, WECT has been producing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast for WSFX. It is currently the only prime time news in the market. On September 13, 2006, WECT began to produce an hour-long extension of their weekday morning show on WSFX at 7. All news programs on this station broadcast from a secondary set at WECT's studios. On August 31, 2008, that station became the first in Wilmington to air news in high definition. The launch came with a new graphics package and the WSFX broadcasts were included in the upgrade. WSFX and WECT are the only stations to air weekend newscasts after WWAY stopped carrying local weekend broadcasts on August 1, 2009.

Carolina in the Morning

(Weekday Mornings 7 to 8)
  • Anchors:
    • Bob Townsend
    • Kim Ratcliff
  • Weather:
    • Eric Davis

Fox 26 News at 10 (10 to 10:30 P.M.)

  • Anchor:
    • Jon Evans
    • Genevieve Barker
  • Weather:
    • Robb Ellis
  • Sports:
    • Bob Bonner

  • Anchors:
    • Claire Simms
    • Max Winitz - Sundays
  • Weather:
    • Colin Hackman
  • Sports
    • Kevin Hull

WSFX uses additional news personnel from WECT. See that articlemarker for a complete listing.


Image:WJKAlogo.png|WJKA's logo used in 1986.Image:WSFXlogoprev.jpg|WSFX's previous logo similar to WNAC-TVmarker.

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