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WPWR-TV, channel 50, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Gary, Indiana, and serving the Chicago, Illinois area. WPWR-TV is owned by Fox Television Stations, a division of the News Corporation, and is a sister station to Fox network outlet WFLD-TV (channel 32). The two stations share studio facilities in the Chicago Loop, and WPWR's transmitter is located atop the Willis Tower.


The station began as a split, two-station operation on April 4, 1982 on channel 60. Fred Eychaner's Metrowest Corporation (later to become Newsweb Corporation), which was the original applicant for the channel 60 license in 1978, launched WPWR-TV with a large percentage of its broadcast schedule dedicated to a new pay television service called Sportsvision, which Eychaner had developed in a deal with Chicago White Sox co-owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn. For the service, viewers had to pay for a set top converter and subscription fees to watch their favorite sports teams. However, Sportsvision was not a success and moved to cable in January 1983, eventually becoming SportsChannel Chicago. With Sportsvision gone, Eychaner began running public domain movies and old sitcoms from the early to middle-1950s as well as old cartoons. In 1984, familiar classic sitcoms and newer barter cartoons were mixed in.

WPWR shared the channel 60 frequency with another station, Spanish-language WBBS-TV, owned by Chicago resident Marcelino Miyares, who assisted Eychaner in...
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