call_letters = WMFD-TV
digital = 12 (VHF)
subchannels = (see article)
affiliations = independent
January 10, 1986
June 1, 1992
callsign_meaning = MansFielD
former_callsigns = WCEO-TV (1986-1987)
former_channel_numbers = Analog:
68 (1986-1989, 1992-2008)
owner = Mid-State Television, Inc.
former_affiliations = Silent (1989-1992)
effective_radiated_power = 269 kW (analog, former)
4.8 kW (digital)
HAAT = 180 m (analog, former)
161 m (digital)
facility_id = 41893
coordinates = coord|40|45|50|N|82|37|2.7|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.wmfd.com/ www.wmfd.com]
WMFD-TV is a television station broadcasting from
Mansfield, Ohioand serving the North Central Ohio area. The station was licensed on June 1, 1992and began broadcasting on analog channel 68.
The station is owned by Mid-State Television, Inc. headed by Gunther Meisse, who also owns television station
WOHZ-CAchannel 50, and radio stations WVNO-FM106.1 and WRGM(AM) 1440.
WMFD's 68.2 digital subchannel carries a simulcast of WOHZ-CA.
In 1998, WMFD-TV began digital transmission on channel 12, claiming to be the first independent digital TV station in the
June 16, 2008, WMFD-TV permanently shut down analog channel 68, eight months before the planned analog-to-digital switchover in the United States, to upgrade its digital facilities to a final, improved state. [http://www.wmfd.com/dtv.asp]
WMFD-TV continues to broadcast as a digital-only station on channel 12, though WMFD-DT continues (via
PSIP) to identify to its viewers as channel 68.1. WMFD airs only standard definitionprogramming, and its signal continues to be offered to analog cable viewers in the Mansfield area. It also continues to be a part of the Cleveland DirecTVlocal standard definition channel lineup, in North Central Ohio and beyond.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
Programming and history
As the only television station serving the North Central Ohio area, the station concentrates on local programming with hour long early evening and 10 p.m. newscasts. It fills out its schedule with syndicated programming and infomercials. As WMFD is a part of the Cleveland DirecTV local channels lineup, it can be seen by the satellite company's customers throughout Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
Channel 68 was previously the home of WCEO-TV licensed
January 10, 1986, which became WCOM on July 24, 1987. This station attempted to enter the Columbus market using a transmitter with a very high tower south of Mansfield in Butler, but it never achieved cable carriage and went dark in 1989. It returned to the air with its current channel and call letters on June 1, 1992.
WMFD were the call letters of present day
WECT-TVin Wilmington, North Carolinafrom the station's start in 1954until 1958.
*Tallest structures in the United States, relating to the old WCOM tower.
* [http://www.wmfd.com/ Station web site]
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