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Semi-satellite of WOFL, Orlando, Florida
CityOcala, Florida
BrandingFox 51 WOGX; Fox 51 News
Affiliations51.1: Fox
for others, see § Subchannels
OwnerFox Television Stations, LLC
First air date
November 1, 1983 (40 years ago) (1983-11-01)
Former call signs
WBSP-TV (1983–1987)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 51 (UHF, 1983–2009)
Independent (1983–1991)
Call sign meaning
"Ocala–Gainesville's Fox"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID70651
ERP500 kW
HAAT259 m (850 ft)
Transmitter coordinates29°21′33.2″N 82°19′42.6″W / 29.359222°N 82.328500°W / 29.359222; -82.328500
Public license information

WOGX (channel 51) is a television station licensed to Ocala, Florida, United States (in the Orlando market), but primarily serving the Gainesville area as a Fox network outlet. Owned and operated by the network's Fox Television Stations division, the station maintains an advertising sales office on Northwest 53rd Avenue in Gainesville and a transmitter in unincorporated Marion County, between Williston and Fairfield.

Although identifying as a separate station in its own right, WOGX is actually considered a semi-satellite of WOFL (channel 35) in Orlando. As such, it clears all network programming as provided through its parent station and simulcasts most of WOFL's newscasts, but airs a separate offering of syndicated programming; there are also separate local commercials and legal station identifications. WOGX's master control, as well as most internal operations, are housed at the shared studios of WOFL and MyNetworkTV O&O WRBW (channel 65) on Skyline Drive in Lake Mary.

Gainesville is by far the smallest television market in the U.S. with a "Big Four" network O&O. The Gainesville market is located between several other Florida media markets. As a result, the Cox and Charter Spectrum systems in Marion County (which includes Ocala) do not carry WOGX but opt instead for WOFL, despite Ocala being WOGX's city of license. In addition, the Comcast Xfinity system in Marion County carries WOFL's HD signal on its digital tier in lieu of one from WOGX.

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The station began as independent WBSP-TV on November 1, 1983. The original owners, Big Sun Television, sold WBSP to Wabash Valley Broadcasting of Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1986;[2] the new owners changed the call letters to the current WOGX in 1987. The previous calls now belong to a repeater of Fort Myers Univision affiliate WUVF-LP.

On May 30, 1991, the station became a Fox affiliate. Prior to then, Gainesville did not have a Fox affiliate of its own. Cox's Gainesville system did not carry any of the nearest Fox affiliates—WOFL, Tampa Bay's WTOG (through 1988 when Fox moved to WFTS-TV, now an ABC affiliate), or Jacksonville's WAWS (now WFOX-TV). Marion County, home to Ocala, had received Fox programming through WOFL and WTOG (until 1988). Citrus County (which is part of the Tampa Bay market, but has long been claimed by WOGX as part of its primary coverage area) received Fox from W49AI (now WYKE-CD), which at the time was a repeater of WOFL (except for late night programming as W49AI signed off at midnight). W49AI was forced to discontinue Fox and WOFL programming upon WOGX's affiliation.

Channel 51 struggled for most of its first decade on the air, as Gainesville was not large enough for the station to be viable on its own. This was true even after the switch to Fox; until the network began airing a full week's worth of programming in 1994, most Fox stations were essentially programmed as independents. Finally, in 1996, Wabash Valley Broadcasting sold WOGX to the Meredith Corporation, owner of WOFL.[3] Meredith turned WOGX into a semi-satellite of WOFL, and closed down WOGX's separate facility on Southwest 37th Avenue in Ocala (along I-75). While Meredith retained a separate sales office for WOGX in Gainesville, most operations were merged at WOFL's studios in Lake Mary. In 2002, Meredith sold WOFL and WOGX to Fox Television Stations in a deal that also saw Meredith obtain KPTV in Portland, Oregon. This made WOFL and WOGX both Fox owned-and-operated stations as well as sister to WRBW (then a UPN affiliate).

Sometime in late 2009, the station redesigned its website to match other Fox-owned stations (including WOFL); it never took up FTS's defunct 'myfox(community).com' web address standard outside of redirects from 'myfoxocala' and 'myfoxgainesville' to its standard callsign-inspired address to prevent cybersquatting.

Until WNBW-DT signed on, WOGX was the only commercial television station in the Gainesville–Ocala market to never have changed its affiliation.

On December 14, 2017, The Walt Disney Company, owner of ABC (affiliated network of WCJB-TV, channel 20), announced its intent to buy WOGX's parent company, 21st Century Fox, for $66.1 billion; the sale, which closed on March 20, 2019, excluded WOGX and Orlando sister stations WOFL and WRBW as well as the Fox network, the MyNetworkTV programming service, Fox News, Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Television Stations unit, which were all transferred to the newly-formed Fox Corporation.[4][5]

Aborted trade to Sinclair Broadcast Group

On December 6, 2017, it was reported that Fox considered trading WOFL and WOGX to Sinclair Broadcast Group in exchange for some larger market Fox affiliates from Sinclair in NFL markets, as part of Sinclair's larger deal to acquire Tribune Media. This would have made the station a sister station to WGFL, WNBW, and their various low-powered sister stations. Since Sinclair does not own either WGFL or WNBW outright, it would have been able to own WOGX while continuing to operate WGFL and WNBW under a master service agreement, leaving WCJB-TV as the only commercial network station in the market not operated by Sinclair.[6] However, on May 9, 2018, Fox officially announced which television stations it would purchase from Sinclair. The deal gave Sinclair the option to acquire Fox stations KTBC in Austin, Texas, as well as WFLD in Chicago.[7] This meant that WOGX, along with WOFL, would not be sold to Sinclair and would remain Fox owned-and-operated stations. The Tribune Media deal was aborted in full on August 9, 2018, effectively making their side deals with Fox Television Stations fully moot.

News operation

WOGX simulcasts all of WOFL's newscasts, which are billed on-air as Fox 51 News. The station does not carry any news programming specific to the Gainesville region but does carry quick local weather cut-ins targeted towards Gainesville from WOFL's weather team. WOGX began simulcasting WOFL's newscasts when its news department launched in March 1998. Since September 2023, it has cleared all newscasts from the Orlando station, with the weeknight 11:00 p.m. news (Fox 35 Late News at 11:00 and Fox 35 SportsZone) becoming the last newscast to be added to WOGX. The 9:00 a.m. Good Day Xtra weekday morning hour was not originally a part of it, but WOGX subsequently added that.[8] It has also started to carry the hour-long weeknight 6:00 p.m. news and even the weekend morning edition of Good Day Orlando from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. (now running from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.) from WOFL.

Technical information


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WOGX[9]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
51.1 720p 16:9 WOGX-DT Main WOGX programming / Fox
51.2 480i Movies! Movies![10]
51.3 ion-tv Ion Television
51.4 Decades Catchy Comedy
51.5 Fox WX Fox Weather

Analog-to-digital conversion

WOGX discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 51, on June 12, 2009, the official date on which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 31.[11] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 51.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WOGX". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Application Search Details (1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  3. ^ "Application Search Details (2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  4. ^ "Disney Buys Big Chunk Of Fox In $66.1B Deal". TVNewsCheck. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Murdoch: New Fox Interested In More Stations". TVNewsCheck. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  6. ^ Jones, Scott (November 30, 2017). "Exclusive! Sinclair to Sell 6-10 Stations to Fox Television". FTV Live. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  7. ^ Battaglio, Stephen (May 9, 2018). "Sinclair Broadcast Group agrees to sell seven TV stations to Fox". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Lots of changes within the Gainesville market that I didn't know about... The Changing Newscasts Blog, September 13, 2014.
  9. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WOGX
  10. ^ Fox O&O, Weigel Launch Movies! Digi-Net, Broadcasting & Cable, January 28, 2013.
  11. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

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