According to the FCC, on August 25, 1999, WNPA (UPN/Ch. 19), filed a petition for its digital channel assignment to be changed from 30 to 49 (http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvchan.html
). As far as I know, there's been no action on that petition.
Back in June, I wrote to the FCC asking why there had been no action so far. I got this reply:
"Thanks for contacting the FCC. I appreciate the opportunity to respond.The FCC is reviewing this application, but the application raises many technical and other issues that must be resolved. For example, due to the station's proximity to the Canadian border, the application also must be approved by Canada. Please be assured that the FCC will issue a decision on this matter as expeditiously as possible."
Writing back, I asked if it was likely that there would be any action in the near future. This was the response:
"Unfortunately, the timing for a decision on this petition cannot be predicted. The FCC, however, will issue a decision as expeditiously as possible."
Four years and counting! Now that's really what I call expeditious!
I have no idea why WNPA (engineered by Viacom's KDKA) applied for the channel reassignment ... but it sure seems its unlikely that there will be a digital signal from WNPA anytime soon. Even if the FCC finally acted on the petition, it would probably take a year to actually get the station on the air.
I, too, have written to KDKA/WNPA, but their "contact us" email addresses only seem to flow in one direction.