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WNPS-TV

Location

Nextonville, Tennessee

Branding

The Disney 13
Keen 13 (1975-1983)

Slogan

Great News for the Nextonvillian Community.

Channel(s)

Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)

subchannel(s)

WNPS-DT 13.1
Disney Channel 13.2
Disney Junior 13.3
Disney XD 13.4
Toon Disney 13.5
Vault Disney 13.6

Affiliation

The Disney Network (September 1988-present)

First air date

February 29, 1960

Owner

NextonVideo Industries

Former channel number

Analog: 13 (VHF) (1960-2009)

Former Affiliation

Independent (February 1960-September 1988)

WNPS-TV, VHF digital channel 13, is a Disney Network-affiliated television station licensed to Nextonville, Tennessee, United States. WNPS-TV's callsign letters stand for "Nextonville Programming Services," which refers to the sub-company of WNPS-TV's current owner, Nextonville Programming Services.

HistoryEdit

The station signed-on the air on February 29, 1960 (Leap Day), licensed by the Federal Communications Commision to broadcast an over-the-air signal on VHF channel 13. Most commercial independent television outlets in Tennessee usually only borrowed programming from other distributors, while WNPS-TV was no exception. Originally broadcasting in black and white, the station transitioned to color in late 1963. On February 1, 1975, like fellow independent station WNVI (now a Fox affiliate), the station underwent its first rebrand as Keen 13. Before becoming one of the original affiliates of the Disney Network, WNPS-TV syndicated throughout the 1980s such shows as Soul Train, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Sanford and Son, Three's Company, and The Flintstones.

On September 9, 1988, WNPS-TV became a charter affiliate of the Disney Network at its inception, although the station retained most of its programming schedules from before.

Digital channels and analog switchoverEdit

Like most other Disney Network stations, WNPS-TV's subchannels consist of normal Disney Network programming (13.1), Disney Channel programming (13.2), Disney Junior programming (13.3), Disney XD programming (13.4), Toon Disney (13.5), and Vault Disney (13.6).

WNPS-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, at 12:30 PM on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-powered television stations were required to transition to digital broadcasting under federal mandate. The station's digital signal was relocated from pre-transition UHF channel 23 to VHF digital channel 13. Using PSIP, viewers can display WNPS-TV's virtual channel. When WNPS-TV signed-off the air, the sign-off video which was aired from 1983 to 2001 was used for the final time. Before that, a montage of WNPS-TV's 49-year history was displayed.

Broadcast schedule from October 2-8, 1983 (WIP)Edit

Sign-off announcement historyEdit

1975-1980Edit

1980-1983Edit

1983-2001Edit

You were watching WNPS-TV, channel 13, in Nextonville. WNPS-TV is owned and operated by Nextonville Programming Services, Inc., a subsidiary of NextonVideo Industries, and is also an equal employment opportunities employer. Our studios and offices are located near the shopping plaza at 1567 Southwest Blvd in Nextonville, Tennessee, while the transmitter is located approximately eight miles west of Nextonville's Pointy Dome Tower. WNPS-TV operates with a total power output of 125,000 watts visual power, and 75,000 watts aural power, as licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. The entire staff at WNPS-TV advises you to join us again tomorrow. We thank you for being an important part of our broadcast day, and we hope you have a very pleasant good night.

2001-2006, transmitter maintenance announcementEdit

WNPS-TV will leave the air for tonight, in order to technically adjust our equipment. The programs you would normally see at this time will return tomorrow at their regularly scheduled time.

2009, final analog sign-offEdit

Since exactly February 29, 1960, WNPS-TV, channel 13, in Nextonville, Tennessee, has been broadcasting on this channel for more than 49 years. We've provided great service to the Nextonvillian community with local independent and Disney Network programming. But, the FCC has required us to stop using those analog signals and switch directly to digital. If your TV is a digital TV or is equipped with a digital converter box, you should be able to see the crystal clear picture of the Disney 13. Additionally, we have more than just the Disney 13: 13.2 has the Disney Channel, where shows like Hannah Montana and Sesame Street are found. 13.3 has Playhouse Disney, for little kids and preschoolers, 13.4 has Disney XD, for all the action and comedy. 13.5 has Toon Disney, where you can enjoy your favorite Disney cartoons locally, and finally, Vault Disney on 13.6, where you can watch Disney movies and shows from the past. Cable and satellite viewers in Nextonville can also watch The Ident Channel, where station idents come to play, 24 hours a day, RMT, where you can watch your favorite TV commercials, past and present, at your convenience, Promo Central, where you can visit a world full of classic TV promos, time to time, and a bunch of other extra Disney-owned networks. Please rescan your TV if you're seeing this, otherwise, we will play the sign-off video from the 80s for you. See you in digital!

Ident historyEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The sign-off video which WNPS-TV aired to end its broadcast schedule from 1983 to 2001 revolved around a 16-year old, dark blonde-haired teenage girl, who, not noticing that her TV (which apparently, is showing static) is still on, goes into her bedroom, and changes into her pajamas from her shirt, jeans, and socks. The sign-on video which WNPS-TV aired during that time does vice versa, with the teenage girl waking up, undressing from her pajamas, and putting on her shirt, jeans, and socks. Her clothes and pajamas may vary depending on the sign-off sequence, but most of the time, she wears purple pajamas with long pants. This sign-off video is one of the rare instances in which a girl's undergarment can be seen. The sign-off and sign-on sequences were taped on March 19, 1983, and were directed by Stanley Kubrick, who previously directed 2001: A Space Oddysey, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining.
    • An alternative version was made for WNPS-TV's sign-offs and sign-ons in the month of October (for Halloween), in which instead of changing out of her/into her shirt, jeans, and socks, the teenage girl changes out of her/into a Halloween costume with fishnets (specifically a wolf costume). In the sign-on, when we see the girl removing her pajama pants, she puts on the fishnets from her Halloween costume, and then she proceeds to put on the Halloween costume as a whole.
    • Another alternative version was made for WNPS-TV's sign-offs and sign-ons in December, just in time for Christmas. In the sign-off, the teenage girl, still wearing her pajamas, leaves cookies for Santa Claus, while in the sign-on, we see her checking for presents under the Christmas tree (remaining in her pajamas).
    • Yet another alternative version was made in May 1984 for Funky Week, a themed program week in which WNPS aired 1970s-themed movies, like Saturday Night Fever. In that version, the teenage girl turns the TV off like normal, but instead of changing into her pajamas, she walks to the dance floor with a disco ball and dances for the remainder of the sign-off sequence, while still wearing her shirt, jeans, and socks. The sign on sequence had the teenage girl (still in her shirt, jeans and socks) walking out of the dance floor and back to her room and turning on he TV.
    • A special sign-on sequence was made for WNPS-TV (for New Year's Eve/Day), which replaced all footage of the teenage girl with the old year turning around to reveal the new year.
    • A sign-on and sign-off sequence was made specifically for WNPS-TV on the Fourth of July. In the sign-on, a slideshow of all presidents of the United States, past and present, would be shown in place of the teenage girl footage. The sign-off would just show the Nextonville skyline with the sun setting, and fireworks shooting out in the sky.
    • For WNPS-TV's anniversary sign-offs and sign-ons, all footage of the teenage girl was replaced by a montage on classic WNPS-TV idents ranging from 1960 up until present day. This sign-off and sign-on sequence alternated with all of the above ones.
    • When WNPS-TV transitioned to a 24-hour service, a special sign-off version was made. The girl (now 34 years old) turns off the TV like normal. Instead of changing into her pajamas, she packs up her suitcase, puts on a hat, turns out all the lights, and then walks out the door. The sequence then cuts to the girl walking the distance with the sun setting in the city neighborhood, followed by an iris out to the skyline of Nextonville at night. However, the normal version continued to air when WNPS-TV went off the air for transmitter maintenance, and was aired for the final time when when WNPS-TV shut down its analog transmitter permanently. It was one of the few stations in the Nextonvillian market to commence 24-hour broadcasting.
    • According to an episode of Trivia Time! on cable network Signoff Station and a blog entry on WNPS-TV's website, the girl's name was revealed to be Mackenzie Johnson (born March 6, 1967).


Television Stations in Nextonville, Tennessee
WTNO-TV 3 (ABC)

WNVI 5 (Fox)
WNXT-TV 6 (NBC)
WBSY-TV 9 (CBS)
WNPS-TV 13 (TDN)
WUON 17 (PBS)
WNG-TV 21 (Indie)
WNAT-TV 25 (Indie superstation)
WXFT 28 (Freemont)
WCNW-TV 39 (Indie)

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