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WFXR is the local FOX TV station for Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville and the New River Valley, providing news, weather, sports and lifestyle coverage for Southwest Virginia. WFXR TV covering Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia
Station WFXR-TV • Analog Channel 27, DTV Channel 17 • Roanoke, VA Expected Operation on June 13: Appendix B Facility Digital Appendix B (solid): 400 kW ERP at 594 m HAAT, Network: Fox vs. Analog (dashed): 2690 kW ERP at 607 m HAAT, Network: Fox Market: Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA Coverage gained after DTV transition No symbol = no change in coverage
View Address, Phone Number, and Services for WFXR News, a TV Producer, TV Station at Valleypark Drive, Roanoke, VA. Name WFXR News Address 5305 Valleypark Drive Roanoke, Virginia, 24019 Phone 540-344-2127 Services TV Station ⇈ Table of Contents. Other Film & TV Companies at this Location. Nexstar Broadcasting Group (TV Station) WFXR Fox 27 ...
- Early History of UHF Channel 27 in Roanoke
- WFXR Station History
- Merger with Wjpr/Wwcw
- Acquisition by The Nexstar Broadcasting Group
The UHF channel 27 frequency in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market was originally occupied by WROV-TV, which operated for less than five months from February to July 1953. It was the first UHF television station in the United States to cease operation. Southwestern Virginia is very mountainous and the difficulties faced by UHF stations at the time due to the lack of television sets manufactured with built-in UHF tuners (which was not made a requirement until the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed the All-Channel Receiver Act in 1961) were magnified by the area's rugged terrain. Its facilities were eventually sold to the Times-World Corporation to launch its new station, WDBJ-TV (channel 7), in October 1955. Later occupying the channel 27 frequency was WRFT, which operated as the market's secondary ABC affiliate from 1966 to 1974. At the time, the area's primary ABC affiliate, WLVA-TV (channel 13, now WSET-TV) in Lynchburg, provided only marginal signal coverage in Roanoke.
The current incarnation of channel 27 signed on the air on March 10, 1986 as WVFT, a Christian-oriented independent station that was originally owned by Roanoke Christian Television. Initially, the station ran only religious programming; soon after its sign-on, the station was sold to Family Group Television. Beginning that fall, the station began transitioning towards a general entertainment programming format; by 1987, WVFT had become a conventional independent station. The station originally operated from studio facilities located on Colonial Avenue Southwest (along I-581/U.S. 220) in Roanoke's Franklin-Colonial section.
When WVFT became a conventional independent, it seemingly filled a void left when WJPR (channel 21, now WWCW) joined Fox at its inception on October 6, 1986. However, the fledgling network would not air a full week's worth of programming until September 1993, so WVFT was still programmed as an independent. The Roanoke/Lynchburg market was not large enough at the time to support what were essentially two independent stations, and both channels 21 and 27 suffered from the tight competition between one another. However, by 1990, WVFT's financial problems were more pronounced; the station suffered from declining viewership and was unable to pay for the rights to acquire stronger syndicated programming. In 1991, the Jefferson-Pilot Corporation, then-owner of WJPR, proposed to merge WVFT's stronger programming inventory onto WJPR's schedule and turn WVFT into a full-time satellite station of WJPR. Family Group readily accepted the offer, and WJPR and WVFT began their joint simulcast later...
On November 6, 2013, the Irving, Texas-based Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it would purchase the Grant stations, including WFXR and WWCW, for $87.5 million. The sale was approved by the FCC on November 3, 2014, and was finalized one month later on December 1. In March 2015, Joseph McNamara—who was appointed as vice president for the stations three months earlier in December 2014—announced that Nexstar planned to move WFXR/WWCW's operations and staff into a new, larger 14,830-square-foot (1,000 m2) studio facility at the Valleypointe office park in northeastern Roanoke County, near Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport. WFXR and WWCW migrated their operations into the new facility—which cost $3 million to build—during the week of September 14, 2015.
The local community served by WFXR 602.0 Digital TV is Roanoke, Virginia. WFXR is licensed by: NEXSTAR BROADCASTING, INC. This Roanoke TV Station is affiliated with the FOX network. Television station address for WFXR: Monica Taylor 5305 Valleypark Drive Suite 1 Roanoke,VA 24019