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The UHF Morgue

This is a special, albeit morbid, page on the History of UHF Television site. Below is a table listing the 120 stations that began -- and ended -- operation during the first 30 years of UHF. The database compiled for the Channels section was used to create this table, which lists stations in order of their last day of operation. We have also included the dates that the construction permit was granted for each station and the first on-air date for each.

Not included are:

  • Stations that later resumed operation and remained on the air.
  • Stations that went dark to change channels and did not subsequently go dark on the new channel.
  • Stations which merged operations with another station.
  • Stations which were relicensed facilities, either by the original permittee or a subsequent owner.
  • Stations for which CPs were issued but never went on the air.
  • Stations which operated for brief test periods after going dark.

Notes have been added to explain exceptions to the above. Interim dark periods of one month or less in duration are not noted. Stations are listed with the call letters they held at the time they went dark. Non-commercial educational stations are indicated with an asterisk (*) following the channel number. This page is titled "The UHF Morgue" as a tribute to Peter Q. George's former site of the same name (most of the articles from that site have been imported here and expanded with additional information).

Calls/Channel, City State CP Grant Date Original On-Air Date Date Went Dark
WROV-TV/27, Roanoke VA 9/17/1952 2/23/1953 7/18/1953
WBES-TV/59, Buffalo NY 12/23/1952 9/14/1953 12/18/1953
KCTY/25, Kansas City MO 1/22/1953 6/6/1953 3/1/1954
WOSH-TV/48, Oshkosh WI 11/26/1952 6/30/1953 3/22/1954
KRTV/17, Little Rock AR 9/17/1952 4/5/1953 3/31/1954
KACY/14, Festus MO 12/31/1952 11/26/1953 4/20/1954
WKLO-TV/21, Louisville KY 11/26/1952 10/14/1953 4/2/1954
WTAC-TV/16, Flint MI 11/19/1952 10/28/1953 4/20/1954
WBKZ-TV/64, Battle Creek MI 10/29/1952 5/22/1953 4/23/1954
KFAZ-TV/43, Monroe LA 12/10/1952 8/24/1953 5/1/1954
WFPG-TV/46, Atlantic City NJ 10/29/1952 12/21/1952 5/17/1954
WECT-TV/18, Elmira NY 2/25/1953 9/30/1953 5/26/1954
WFTV/38, Duluth MN 10/23/1952 6/7/1953 7/11/1954
KBID-TV/53, Fresno CA 8/12/1953 2/13/1954 7/15/1954
WRAY-TV/52, Princeton IN 3/11/1953 12/6/1953 7/17/1954
WCHA-TV/46, Chambersburg PA 3/11/1953 9/15/1953 7/18/1954
WKAB-TV/48, Mobile AL 8/6/1952 12/29/1952 8/1/1954
WCOC-TV/30, Meridian MS 12/23/1952 1/1/1954 8/1/1954
KSTM-TV/36, St. Louis MO 1/14/1953 10/20/1953 8/3/1954
KTHE/28*, Los Angeles CA 8/28/1952 11/29/1953 9/10/1954
KETX-TV/19, Tyler TX 1/29/1953 8/30/1953 10/23/1954
WPMT/53, Portland ME 2/11/1953 8/27/1953 12/16/1954
KCEB/23, Tulsa OK 2/25/1953 3/13/1954 12/25/1954
WFTL-TV/23, Fort Lauderdale FL 7/30/1952 4/7/1953 12/29/1954
WBTM-TV/24, Danville VA 12/17/1952 1/6/1954 12/31/1954
KMPT/19, Oklahoma City OK 2/11/1953 11/22/1953 2/4/1955
WKNA-TV/49, Charleston WV 3/4/1953 9/17/1953 2/12/1955
WCAN-TV/25, Milwaukee WI 2/4/1953 9/7/1953 2/27/1955
WLAM-TV/17, Lewiston ME 7/8/1953 11/26/1953 3/25/1955
WRTV/58, Asbury Park NJ 10/1/1952 1/22/1954 4/1/1955
KGTV/17, Des Moines IA 3/25/1953 11/15/1953 4/15/1955
WFMZ-TV/67, Allentown PA 7/5/1953 12/4/1954 4/15/1955
KTVU/36, Stockton CA 1/7/1953 12/18/1953 4/30/1955
WOKA/47, Macon GA 2/11/1953 8/21/1953 (as WETV) 5/31/1955
WEEU-TV/33, Reading PA 9/3/1952 4/15/1953 6/30/1955
WTVU/73, Scranton PA 8/13/1952 8/17/1953 7/1/1955
WACH-TV/33, Newport News VA 2/4/1953 10/6/1953
(dark 3/26/1954-8/1/1954)
7/1/1955
WPFA-TV/15, Pensacola FL 11/12/1952 10/16/1953
(dark 10/31/1954-12/10/1954)
12/18/1955
KTVE/32, Longview TX 2/4/1953 10/25/1953 12/25/1955
WCOS-TV/25, Columbia SC 9/17/1952 5/1/1953 1/21/1956
WIRK-TV/21, West Palm Beach FL 12/17/1952 9/13/1953 3/1/1956
WGVL/23, Greenville SC 1/22/1953 8/1/1953 4/29/1956
KEDD/16, Wichita KS 2/18/1953 8/15/1953 4/30/1956
WKNY-TV/66, Kingston NY 1/22/1953 5/24/1954 7/25/1956
WHUM-TV/61, Reading PA 9/3/1952 2/10/1953 9/4/1956
WTOM-TV/54, Lansing MI 2/4/1953 9/20/1953 (as WILS-TV) 10/9/1956
WTVE/24, Elmira NY 11/5/1952 6/15/1953
(dark 10/15/1954-5/6/1956)
2/13/1957
WCMB-TV/27, Harrisburg PA 9/17/1952 9/8/1954 4/9/1957
WTOB-TV/26, Winston-Salem NC 2/4/1953 10/1/1953 5/11/1957
KVVG/27, Tulare CA 4/2/1953 11/16/1953 (as KCOK-TV) 8/6/1957
WENS/16, Pittsburgh PA 12/23/1952 8/29/1953 8/31/1957
WJHP-TV/36, Jacksonville FL 6/3/1953 12/13/1953 10/25/1957
WLEV-TV/51, Bethlehem PA 10/29/1952 5/8/1953 10/31/1957
WGLV-TV/57, Easton PA 12/17/1952 8/14/1953 10/31/1957
WCDB/29, Hagaman NY 2/9/1956 4/2/1956 12/1/1957
WPAG-TV/20, Ann Arbor MI 9/25/1952 4/3/1953 12/31/1957
WITV/17, Fort Lauderdale FL 7/30/1952 11/26/1953 1/19/1958
WNOW-TV/49, York PA 7/9/1952 11/9/1953 5/31/1958
WBLN/15, Bloomington IL 3/4/1953 11/26/1953
(dark 2/7/1957-5/10/1957 &
6/3/1957-12/1/1957)
6/5/1958
WFLB-TV/18, Fayetteville NC 4/13/1954 8/29/1955 6/20/1958
KTRX/31, Kennewick WA 8/1/1957 1/28/1958 11/5/1958
WCBC-TV/26, Anderson IN 2/2/1955 1/28/1958 3/20/1959
WBPZ-TV/32, Lock Haven PA 5/8/1957 3/1/1958 9/4/1959
KHTV/27, Portland OR 5/8/1958 7/6/1959 11/1/1959
KVUE/40, Sacramento CA 11/5/1958 11/1/1959 3/21/1960
WICC-TV/43, Bridgeport CT 7/9/1952 4/1/1953
(dark 8/12/1959-11/7/1959)
12/8/1960
KTAG/25, Lake Charles LA 12/17/1952 11/15/1953 8/13/1961
KBAS-TV/16, Ephrata WA 5/4/1955 2/15/1957 (on ch. 43) 11/30/1961
WXTV/45, Youngstown OH 11/2/1955 11/15/1960 2/28/1962
WTVI/19, Fort Pierce FL 4/19/1955 11/23/1960
(dark 2/16/1961-9/10/1961)
3/9/1962
KCHU/18, San Bernardino CA 7/26/1961 3/6/1962 6/24/1964
KSLN-TV/34, Salina KS 11/14/1960 1/2/1962
(dark 4/23/1963-8/1/1964)
11/1/1965
KCFT-TV/42, Concord CA 5/25/1965 3/3/1966 9/20/1966
WITA-TV/30, San Juan PR 6/16/1965 6/24/1966 6/30/1967
KLPR-TV/14, Oklahoma City OK 2/24/1965 6/1/1966 12/1967
(exact date unknown)
WICA-TV/15, Ashtabula OH 2/4/1953 9/19/1953
(dark 6/16/1956-12/15/1965)
12/26/1967
KICU-TV/43, Visalia CA 11/9/1960 12/23/1961 10/18/1968
WRLO/30, Portsmouth OH 8/19/1964 5/14/1966 1969
(exact date unknown)
WTAF/31, Marion IN 3/28/1962 10/1/1962 3/14/1969
WJZB-TV/14, Worcester MA 6/17/1953 12/4/1953 (as WWOR-TV)
(dark 9/5/1955-12/1/1958)
5/1969
(exact date unknown)
KVVV-TV/16, Galveston TX 10/19/1966 3/18/1968 8/31/1969
KFWT-TV/21, Fort Worth TX 1/6/1966 9/19/1967 9/5/1969
KKOG-TV/16, Ventura CA 12/9/1966 12/14/1968 9/13/1969
WSUN-TV/38, St. Petersburg FL 10/8/1952 5/31/1953 2/23/1970
KAEC-TV/19, Nacogdoches TX 6/20/1957 9/20/1958 (as KTES)
(dark 8/25/1959-7/29/1969)
3/18/1970
WXPO-TV/50, Manchester NH 12/21/1966 10/30/1969 5/9/1970
WSWO-TV/26, Springfield OH 9/17/1965 7/14/1968 6/22/1970
WLXT/60, Aurora IL 7/12/1968 5/18/1969 7/17/1970
WUBC/48, Greensboro NC 3/18/1967 11/6/1967 7/26/1970
KRET-TV/23*, Richardson TX 9/3/1959 2/29/1960 8/31/1970
WMKG/54, Muskegon MI 10/21/1966 4/3/1967 1971
(exact date unknown)
KDCD-TV/18, Midland TX 5/11/1961 12/9/1961
(dark 2/16/1962-6/8/1969)
3/16/1971
KCIT-TV/50, Kansas City MO 3/22/1966 10/29/1969 7/7/1971
WJJY-TV/14, Jacksonville IL 4/1/1966 8/18/1969 9/15/1971
KWIH/44, Winona MN 7/31/1969 7/31/1971 1972
(exact date unknown)
WMET-TV/24, Baltimore MD 12/9/1953 3/1/1967 1/14/1972
WFAN-TV/14, Washington DC 2/24/1954 3/15/1963 (as WOOK-TV) 2/12/1972
KFIZ-TV/34, Fond du Lac WI 3/29/1967 9/16/1968 11/30/1972
KMXN-TV/34, Lubbock TX 10/20/1965 10/20/1967 (as KKBC-TV)
(dark 7/21/1970-10/24/1970)
12/31/1972
WMGZ/16, Mayaguez PR 10/16/1963 4/15/1970 1973
(exact date unknown)
WPSJ/14, Ponce PR 10/16/1963 4/15/1970 1973
(exact date unknown)
WTSJ/18, San Juan PR 10/16/1963 8/25/1964 1973
(exact date unknown)
KWCS-TV/18*, Ogden UT 3/9/1960 10/10/1960 10/1973
(exact date unknown)
KFTY/50, Santa Rosa CA Unknown 8/29/1972 8/8/1973
WRFT-TV/27, Roanoke VA 7/2/1965 3/4/1966 4/30/1974
WUHY-TV/35*, Philadelphia PA 3/29/1956 9/16/1957 (as WHYY-TV) 1975
(exact date unknown)
WKBF-TV/61, Cleveland OH 4/20/1966 1/19/1968 4/24/1975
WHFV/69, Fredericksburg VA Unknown 10/4/1973 5/29/1975
KVST-TV/68*, Los Angeles CA Unknown 5/5/1974 12/23/1975
KLNI-TV/15, Lafayette LA 9/13/1967 9/16/1968 1976
(exact date unknown)
KPEC-TV/56*, Lakewood Center WA 10/22/1958 4/28/1960 1/4/1976
WGSF/31, Newark OH 4/25/1962 3/18/1963 (on ch. 28) 6/30/1976
KVFD-TV/50, Fort Dodge IA 1/29/1953 11/23/1953 (as KQTV on ch. 21)
(dark 7/15/1955-9/1955)
5/4/1977
WRLP/32, Greenfield MA 7/5/1956 6/1/1957 4/9/1978
KIDZ-TV/24*, Wichita Falls TX 4/13/1973 11/15/1973 6/17/1980
WEDB-TV/40*, Berlin NH 10/19/1966 4/30/1969 1981
(exact date unknown)
WHED-TV/15*, Hanover NH 5/26/1966 4/11/1968 1981
(exact date unknown)
WKBS-TV/48, Burlington NJ 7/8/1964 9/1/1965 8/29/1983
KQOL-TV/45, Lawton OK 6/29/1981 1982 (as KGPC)
(exact date unknown)
8/23/1984

We are always on the lookout for documentation that will "fill in" missing dates. Please let us know if you have any by using the feedback form.

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