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WVEN-TV digital channel 49 is a television affiliate of Univision licensed to serve Daytona Beach, Floridamarker, but with sufficient signal to cover Orlandomarker and Melbourne, Floridamarker. The station is owned by Entravision and offers a Spanish language entertainment format. WVEN takes its call letters from the word "Ven", which in English means "Come". The studios for WVEN are located in Altamonte Springsmarker and the studios are shared by WOTF-TVmarker (owned by Univision but managed by Entravision).

WVEN can also be seen on WVCI-LP channel 16 in Orlandomarker and W46DB channel 46 in Melbournemarker.

History

Beach TV partners signed on Channel 26 and named them WAYQ on January 2, 1988. The station would simulcast 56 WAYK (now WOPXmarker) in Melbourne, which had a poor signal in Orlando and no signal in Daytona Beach. Orlando was then served by 2 stations with a poor signal -- channel 26's transmitter was, located near Piersonmarker, the northernmost town in Volusia Countymarker. While channel 26 would cover Daytona Beach with a city grade signal, it was too far north to provide Orlando with a clear signal.

The stations ran a general entertainment format with cartoons, drama shows, first run syndicated shows and old movies. Nearly the entire schedule was supported by barter.

In 1992 the stations were both sold to Robert Rich, to move the stations toward more paid programming. The stations were renamed WIRB 56 and WNTO 26. In 1996 Paxson bought 56 WIRB while Entravision bought 26 WNTO. At that time, Entravision moved its low-powered Univision affiliate, WVEN-LP channel 63 to the channel 26 signal (which was re-called with the WVEN calls), increasing its viewership across east central Florida. Meanwhile, channel 56 became WOPX and ran Paxson's programming.

Digital

WVEN's main digital signal on channel 49, originates near Orange Citymarker. It's Digital signal now covers the greater Orlando area quite well.

News

WVEN has a 6:00 PM newscast called Noticias Univision Orlando a las 6 and an 11:00 PM newcast called Noticias Univision Orlando a las 11 as well as a short news segment during Univision's Despierta America show called "Despierta Orlando".

Main Personalities

  • Paul Gamache (Anchor)
  • Myrna Ortega (Anchor)
  • Henry Golac (Weather Anchor)
  • Addiel Gomez (Despierta Orlando)


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