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WYFX-LP is a low-powered television station that is licensed to Youngstown, Ohiomarker. It broadcasts an analog signal on UHF channel 62 from a transmitter on Sunset Boulevard in Boardman Townshipmarker. WFXI-CA is a Class A television station that is licensed to Mercer, Pennsylvaniamarker. Airing an analog signal on UHF channel 17, it has a transmitter in Hermitagemarker. Together, the two stations serve eastern Ohiomarker and western Pennsylvaniamarker as the area's FOX affiliates. Owned by New Vision Television, the stations are sister to CBS affiliate WKBN-TVmarker and ABC affiliate WYTVmarker (along with its MyNetworkTV subchannel). WYTV is owned by Parkin Broadcasting, LLC but operated by New Vision Television though a shared services agreement (SSA).

All of the stations share studios on Sunset Boulevard in Boardman Township (although the mailing address is Youngstown). Syndicated programming on WYFX and WFXI includes Sex and the City, Two and a Half Men, Family Guy, and King of Queens. Due to low-powered and Class A status, they do not air digital signals of their own. However, there is one broadcasting in high definition on WKBN-DT2. This has the added benefit of greatly increasing the over-the-air range of the stations since WKBN's digital signal is very strong and the WYFX and WFXI signals are weak, barely extending outside the Youngstown and Mercer limits.

History

The stations were launched in 1998 as the area's first full-time FOX affiliates. Previously, ABC affiliate WYTV showed some FOX Sports events from 1994 until 1998.

With digital television in its infancy at the time, WYFX and WFXI were launched with their own signals as opposed to future stations "WBCB" and "My YTV" which were both launched on new second digital subchannels of WFMJ-TVmarker and WYTV respectively. This resulted in WYFX and WFXI having their own license with the FCC. Because of duopoly rules at the time, which would be partially repealed only two years later, WYFX was launched in low-power and WFXI as a Class A station. The two were originally branded "FOX 17 / 62" for most of their first ten years.

Although the stations do not qualify under must-carry rules due to being low-power and Class A, they are carried on all area cable systems that are part of the Youngstown market as part of the compensation for carrying WKBN. They are, however, noticeably absent from Comcast cable systems in New Castle, Pennsylvaniamarker, which despite being considerably closer to Youngstown, is part of the Pittsburghmarker market.

In 2008, the stations started slowly re-branding themselves as "FOX Youngstown" in some advertisements despite still using the then-current logo. This was done because the on-air branding of "FOX 17/62" would be rendered useless once they would be forced to sign-off their low-powered and Class A analog signals in 2012. Low-powered and Class A analog signals have a later deadline for sign-off than the June 12, 2009 sign-off for full-powered analog signals like WKBN. Another fact is that WYFX and WFXI are carried on different channel positions on cable. The stations introduced a new logo for the start of the fall season similar to the old logo except that the "17 / 62" designation is removed as well as the WYFX calls being omitted from the logo. Some advertisements still use "FOX 17 / 62" branding, but as of October 2008, the stations have all but fully renamed itself as "FOX Youngstown". A completely redesigned logo would later debut in February 2009 to match that of WKBN's redesigned logo, and by that point the station was completely known as "FOX Youngstown."

On February 8, 2009, WKBN did a "dual HD" test airing both college basketball on 41.1 and the Gatorade Duel (the qualifying race for the Daytona 500) on 41.2 in a possible attempt to broadcast both signals in high definition full-time. Previously, WKBN-DT2 was broadcast in standard-definition television with special sporting events using 41.3 in HD. WKBN had to compress both signals to the 720p format in order to make it possible. The station began broadcasting both channels in high definition full-time the next day making WKBN the eighth station nationally to broadcast two subchannels in high definition on the same signal.

Newscasts

On January 23, 2006, the WKBN-produced First News at 10 on FOX 17 / 62 became the market's only hour-long evening newscast on weeknights. With the rebranding in 2008, the news title was changed as well. There is also a two-hour long weekday morning newscast that airs while WKBN broadcasts CBS's The Early Show. All news programming originates from a secondary set.

FOX Youngstown Morning News
(Weekday Mornings 7 to 9)
  • Anchors:
    • Jeff Levkulich
    • Amy Radinovic
  • Weather:
    • Rich Morgan
  • Reporters:
    • Valerie Smock
    • Dennis Biviano


First News at 10 on FOX Youngstown
(Weeknights 10 to 11)
  • Anchors (rotating weekly):
    • Whitney Ward
    • Dave Sess
  • Weather:
    • Don Guthrie
  • Sports:
    • Joe Aulisio


(Weekends 10 to 10:30 P.M.)
  • Anchor:
    • Mandy Hackman
  • Weather
    • Paul Wetzl
  • Sports:
    • Chad Krispinsky


WYFX and WFXI feature additional news personnel from WKBN. See that article for a complete listing.

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