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  1. WAXN-TV is an Independent station in Charlotte, North Carolina that is licensed to Kannapolis. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 50 from a transmitter near Reedy Creek Park in the Newell section of Charlotte. Owned by Cox Enterprises, the station is sister to ABC affiliate WSOC-TV and the two share studios on North Tryon Street (U.S. 29/NC 49) in Downtown Charlotte. Syndicated programming on WAXN includes: Friends, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Judge Joe Brown. The station can also be seen on W42DR-D channel 42 in Marion from a transmitter southwest of Connelly Springs, WSOCTV1 channel 30 from Crowder's Mountain, and WAXNTV1 channel 36 in China Grove from a transmitter northwest of the town.
Kannapolis / Charlotte, North Carolina
Branding TV 64 (general)

Eyewitness News

Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)

Virtual: 64 (PSIP)

Subchannels 64.1 Independent
Translators 36 (UHF) China Grove, NC
Owner Cox Enterprises

(WSOC Television, Inc.)

First air date October 15, 1994
Call letters' meaning AXN = "action"

(from former on-air name "Action 64")

Sister station(s) WSOC-TV
Former callsigns WKAY (1994-1996)
Former channel number(s) 64 (UHF analog, 1994-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1994-1998)

Pax (1998-2000)

Transmitter power 91 kW
Height 304 m
Facility ID 12793
Transmitter coordinates 35°15′41.2″N 80°43′36.6″W / 35.261444°N 80.726833°W / 35.261444; -80.726833

[edit] History[]

The station debuted on October 15, 1994 as WKAY-TV. It was owned by Kannapolis Television Company, a subsidiary of Truth Temple, a church in Kannapolis. It had originally received a construction permit as WDZH but changed the calls to WKAY on November 15, 1989. [1] The pastor of Truth Temple, Garland Faw, named the station WKAY after his wife Kay. The station aired a mix of religious programming, old movies, and barter syndicated programming. Kannapolis Television entered into a joint sales agreement (JSA) with WSOC [2] and formally changed the call letters to WAXN-TV in August 1996. [1]

Under this agreement, Cox invested over $3 million toward relaunching the station and other improvements.[3] Under the agreement, WSOC took over WAXN's operations and re-branded the station as "Action 64". Soon after the agreement took effect, WAXN significantly upgraded its programming. The station also boosted its signal to a level comparable with other Charlotte stations. Previously, the station could only be seen on cable in most of the Charlotte area. Its over-the-air signal barely made it out of Cabarrus County. From 1998 to 2000, WAXN aired many programs from Pax although it was never formally affiliated with the network. Charlotte is the largest market not to have a Pax/i/Ion affiliate. The channel later began airing repeated episodes of Dr. Phil and Oprah in primetime that had aired earlier in the day on WSOC.

On August 5, 1999, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reversed its long standing regulations against duopoly ownerships in the same television market. [4] As stipulated in the original joint sales agreement, Cox was now able to purchase this station outright for $3 million. [2] The sale was officially approved by the FCC in 2000. [5] In 2007, WAXN dropped the "Action" moniker and is now known as "TV 64". On May 10, 2009, it increased its digital transmission power from 50 to 91 kW with the addition of a larger transmitter.

[edit] Newscasts[]

Since 1996, WAXN has aired a nightly 10 o'clock newscast produced by WSOC. The station is number one in the time slot beating rival efforts on WCCB and WJZY (produced by WBTV). The strong lead-ins of Dr. Phil and Oprah has been cited as a contributing factor for this success. WAXN aired the first high definition prime time broadcast in the Charlotte market in October 2008. The newscasts had already been produced in HD by WSOC since April 22, 2007 but was down-converted for airing through the stations' shared master control facility. In September 2010, WAXN will add a two-hour long extension of WSOC's weekday morning show at 7. [6]

Eyewitness News Daybreak (weekday mornings 7 to 9) Eyewitness News Midday (weekdays noon to 1 p.m.)

  1. Anchors:
    • Scott Wickersham
    • Robyn McGlohn
  2. Weather:
    • Keith Monday
  3. Traffic:
    • Jamie Bowers
  4. Reporter:
    • Kara Lusk - weekday mornings

Eyewitness News at 10 (10 to 10:35 p.m.) Weeknights

  • Anchors:
    • Erica Bryant
    • Blair Miller
    • Natalie Pasquarella
  • Weather:
    • Steve Udelson
  • Sports:
    • Tiffany Wright


  • Anchor:
    • TBD
  • Weather:
    • John Ahrens
  • Sports:
    • Bill Voth

WAXN features additional personnel from WSOC. See that article for a complete listing.

[edit] Logos[]

[edit] References[]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2007-01-31.
  2. ^ a b Spanberg, Erik (2000-05-05). "The little (TV) station that could". The Charlotte Business Journal (American City Business Journals). Retrieved 2007-01-31.
  3. ^ Spanberg, Erik (1997-12-19). "Patient Cox money will let WAXN keep up fight". The Charlotte Business Journal (American City Business Journals). Retrieved 2007-01-31.
  4. ^ Federal Communications Commission (1999-08-05). "FCC Revises Local Television Ownership Rules". Press release. Retrieved 2007-01-31.
  5. ^ "Television Application For Assignment Of License Granted". Federal Communications Commission. 2000-01-31. Retrieved 2007-01-31.
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[edit] External links[]

  1. REDIRECT Chronology of call letters WAXN