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WQEX-TV
Image:WQEX-logo.gif
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Branding WQEX: America's Store
Channels 16 (UHF) analog,
26 (UHF) digital
Affiliations America's Store
Owner WQED Multimedia
(brokered to America's Store)
Founded March 10, 1953;
Returned as WQEX March 20, 1959
Call letters meaning "Q.E.X." Quad Erdo EXtra
Former callsigns WENS (1953-1957)
Former affiliations Independent (1953-57)
NET / PBS (1959-04)
Website WQEX site at WQED

WQEX-TV is a television station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It broadcasts its analog signal on UHF channel 16, and its digital signal on UHF channel 26. It currently airs programming from America's Store. Image File history File links WQEX-logo. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded 1758 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area    - City 151. ... A brand is a collection of images and ideas representing an economic producer; more specifically, it refers to the concrete symbols such as a name, logo, slogan, and design scheme. ... In broadcasting, a channel is a range of frequencies (or, equivalently, wavelengths) assigned by a government for the operation of a particular broadcast station. ... Ultra high frequency (UHF) designates a range (band) of electromagnetic waves whose frequency is between 300 MHz and 3. ... Analog television (or analogue television) encodes television picture and sound information as an analog signal, that is, by varying the amplitude and/or frequencies of the signal. ... Ultra high frequency (UHF) designates a range (band) of electromagnetic waves whose frequency is between 300 MHz and 3. ... Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV or DTT) is an implementation of digital technology to provide a greater number of channels and/or better quality of picture and sound through a conventional antenna (or aerial) instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... Americas Store is a US shopping television network. ... Americas Store is a US shopping television network. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (70th in leap years). ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in Leap years). ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... The color NET logo was incorporated into a model building at the beginning and end of Mister Rogers Neighborhood from 1969 to 1970. ... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded 1758 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area    - City 151. ... Americas Store is a US shopping television network. ...


History

Channel 16 in Pittsburgh started out as WENS-TV, a commercial station which operated from 1953 to 1957 before going dark. The station became WQEX in March 1959, after WQED acquired the station for use as their secondary channel for their educational programs; it went dark in November 1961, but returned to the air over a year later, in January 1963. 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WQED-TV (channel 13, digital channel 38) is a PBS television station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


WQEX-TV was one of the last stations in Pittsburgh (if not North America) to convert to color, in the 1980s (for decades, it had used the old black-and-white WENS transmitter). Having to live in the shadow of the much more powerful WQED, the money had never been available to convert WQEX to a color picture format. However, that changed in February of 1985, when the transmitter had broke down and the necessary parts to fix the obsolete transmitter were no longer available, forcing the station to go dark.


With limited time to restore WQEX to the air (to avoid forfeiture of the license), WQED-TV became far more aggressive in its pursuits to raise money to pay for a new transmitter, at times risking WQED's image along the way. Since pledge monies had to be diverted to WQEX, WQED had to reduce its broadcast hours in order to lower its own operating costs. The money saved went towards the transmitter piggybank.


WQEX finally returned to the air in the summer of 1986 in living color. They explained their extended time off the air between programs with a vignette called "The Little Transmitter That Could...couldn't anymore." One Pittsburgh radio engineer said there was nothing little about the old transmitter...that it "was the size of a Port Authority Transit Bus".


WQEX also became one of the first TV stations in the Pittsburgh market to introduce then-state-of-the-art Beta tape technology for airing its shows. Most local programming among its competitors had been delivered on film, reel videotape, or U-matic videocassetttes. Though Beta had already been long-abandoned by the consumer video market, it still produced a high-quality picture with crisp on-air resolution that gained popularity among television broadcast stations not only because of its quality, but also because of its smaller size and ease of storage.


After switching to color, they had a schedule for awhile that resembled an independent station, with reruns, movies and Britcoms. They even had an on-camera host, Pip Theodor, who introduced the programs, similar to what was done on MTV and Britain's ITV. By the late-1980s, they returned to more educational fare. A British sitcom is a situation comedy (sitcom) produced in the United Kingdom. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... ITV (Independent Television) is the name popularly given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. In England, Wales and southern Scotland, the network has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of...


What was notable about this station during this era was its nightly sign-off -- WQEX-TV ended each night with a comedy sketch involving some men trying to make it home from a bar after 2AM, set to the song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Monty Python's The Life of Brian. This sketch is accompanied by fake closing credits -- viewers could have their name in these credits by making a pledge to WQEX-TV as part of the QEX Sign-Off Society. [1] The 1991 reissue of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life is a popular song written by Eric Idle which originally featured in the 1979 film Monty Pythons Life of Brian and has gone on to become a common singalong... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... Life of Brian is a film from 1979 by Monty Python which deals with the life of Brian (played by Graham Chapman), a young man born at the nearly the same time as, and in a manger right down the street from Jesus. ...


The station's sign on message also developed an on-air persona of its own...with the message followed by the 1955 Chuck Berry hit "Sweet Little 16" introduced as a "morning wake-up call from Mr. Charles Berry."


When funds began to run low in the early 1990s, the station began to simulcast WQED instead. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


The station was almost sold to Cornerstone Television in 1999. The original plan was to move WPCB-TV from channel 40 to channel 16, with Paxson Communications buying channel 40 and converting it to a Pax TV affiliate. However, the religious shows proposed for air on the station were not deemed educational, breaching a requirement in WQEX's license as an educational station. Although the FCC reversed its position, Cornerstone withdrew its application and the sale was cancelled, keeping WQEX-TV as a WQED-TV simulcast.[2] 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... WPCB-TV is an independent Christian UHF station in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania DMA. It broadcasts its analog signal on UHF channel 40, and its digital signal on UHF channel 50. ... Ion Media Networks (formerly known as Paxson Communications) is an American television broadcasting company that owns and operates over 60 television stations in most major American markets. ... i: Independent Television, or simply i, is a broadcast and cable television network first broadcast on August 31, 1998 under the name Pax TV (early on in its development, it was called PaxNet). ... The abbreviation FCC can refer to: Face-centered cubic (usually fcc), a crystallographic structure Federal Communications Commission, a US government organization Farm Credit Corporation/Farm Credit Canada, a Canadian government organization Families with Children from China, an adoption support organization Florida Christian College, a college in central Florida Fresno City...


Since 2004, WQEX-TV has brokered much of its airtime to America's Store, a discount shopping channel from Home Shopping Network, with WQED-TV presenting three hours of required Educational / Informational (E/I) programming for kids on Tuesday mornings, plus repeats of WQED's news magazine, OnQ. Speculations of the station being redesignated as a commercial license still arise occasionally. Americas Store is a US shopping television network. ... The Home Shopping Network (HSN) is a mostly 24-hour shopping network that is seen on cable, satellite, and some terrestrial channels in the United States. ... Example of an E/I bug; this one used for PBS programs. ...


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WQEX - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (686 words)
WQEX is a television station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The station became WQEX in March 1959, after WQED acquired the station for use as their secondary channel for their educational programs; it went dark in November 1961, but returned to the air over a year later, in January 1963.
WQEX was one of the last stations in Pittsburgh (if not North America) to convert to color, in the 1980s (for decades, it had used the old fl-and-white WENS transmitter).
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