For a few years, Pittsburgh had two public television stations … and they are WQED, which is still Pittsburgh’s public television station, and WQEX, which is now WINP, our city’s ION Television station. Now, WQEX was on Channel 16 here in Pittsburgh for a number of years … and they aired some fantastic programs, including British sitcoms, shows that weren’t on WQED’s schedule because Channel 13 had no room for them on its schedule and a fantastic show called “AgeWise Weekly” with Eleanor Schano.
Now, in the ’90s, I would sometimes watch WQEX mainly out of boredom. I would watch some fantastic shows on channel 16, including a fishing show called “Rod and Reel Streamside.” Now, I also remember some of WQEX’s IDs that they showed in the ’90s. At least one of them spooked me a little bit, but I think it was pretty neat. I also remember the music that went with it. I watch that channel before it started simulcasting WQED for a few years. After Channel 16 stopped simulcasting Channel 13, it became an affiliate of two different shopping channels, including America’s Store and ShopNBC, which is now ShopHQ. That is on Comcast Channel 89. Nowadays, it is an ION Television station … and it is WINP. WINP is mainly a generic ION station, showing a legal ID at the top of every hour.
Finally, it was airing its programs in black and white as late as the mid 1980s. From the late ’50s until 1985, it used the old WENS transmitter to air its programs. Now, WENS was originally on channel 16 back in the 1950s … and, believe it or not, the station had its studios on Ivory Avenue, which is where WPGH and WPNT have their operations today. I recently saw a video on YouTube … and it showed how WQEX aired its programs in black and white before 1985. The video was from 1983 … and, three years later, it finally started airing its shows in color.
So, while WQEX has been gone for several years, I can still remember the station for a long time. WQEX was (and still is) one of the best stations in Pittsburgh.