HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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WCTX (WBNE)

(originally) Channel 59 Analog.
Channel 39 Digital.

A construction permit (CP) was issued for this station in 1953 with the licensee listed as the Connecticut Radio Foundation. The foundation was never able to get the station on-the-air and sold the permit to Impart Systems in 1967. From the late-1970s in 1994, the channel served as a New Haven translator for NBC affiliate WVIT in W. Hartford.     
     On November 5, 1994, the channel finally began broadcasting as a stand-alone indie station as WTVU.  The 40-plus years it had taken to get on the air was longer than any other US station. I
nitially running at low power with Shop at Home  programming for most of the day.  The station featured extensive coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder trial which gained it some recogniation.
    
The upgrade to full power status took place in April 1995,  LIN TV took over control of the station through a local marketing agreement (LMA) with WTNH in June of 1995 and as a result the station became affiliated with The WB.  Along with some other syndicated show, it also picked up the Hartford Whalers hockey which continued to air on the station until the team moved our of state in '97.
    
On April 1, 1996, the station changed its call letters to WBNE (for "WB New England"). 
     After Tribune Broadcasting 
purchased the area's UPN affiliate WTXX, WBNE and that station swapped network affiliations (an action that took place on January 1, 2001). With the new network relationship came the current WCTX calls and use of the on-air identity "The X".  On September 19, 2005, WCTX became known as "UPN 9" which highlighted its channel position on some areas. 
     On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced that they would cease broadcasting and merge to create a new network called The CW. It was to be jointly owned by CBS and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner. WTXX was chosen as Connecticut's CW affiliate leaving WCTX to tentatively become an independent station once again. However on April 26, WCTX announced it would join MyNetworkTV a new program service launched by News Corporation. That network began broadcasting on September 5, and as a result, WCTX did not carry the final two weeks of programming from UPN. With its new network affiliation, the station changed its branding to the current "My TV 9".
    
On June 12, 2009, WCTX left channel 59 and moved to channel 39 when the analog to digital conversion was completed. They are also considered an alternate ABC affiliate airing that network's programs when WTNH is unable to do so such as during a breaking news emergency or local special.

Host Carla and Steve Emirzian
Carla Yarbrough, host of WBNE's "What's Goin' On!" with producer Steve Emirzian.

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