From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum

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WPXN-TV was a PBS affiliate located in New York City, New York, as WNYC-TV. Borrowing its name from the radio station of the same name, the station went on the air on November 5, 1961 and served as an NET affiliate until 1970. In 1995, the city decided to sell the station. Then in 1996, the station became independent, now owned by the Dow Jones company and ITT; taking on a hybrid format of sporting events and business news under the name of "S+", with the WNYC-TV call letter changed to WBIS-TV. This format failed, and the station was sold to Paxson Communications in 1998 (renaming it again as the current WPXN-TV); it became the flagship of the family-friendly Pax TV, which became Independent Television from 2005-2007 and Ion Television post-January 29, 2007.


1st Logo (1986-1996)

Visuals: On a black background with many blue, pink, and purple squares and rectangles flying all over the screen, we see the letters "WNYC" rotating into place, while the camera also rotates. A purple rectangle with the word "NEW YORK" on it in spaced-out white letters pushes upward, and finally a blue rectangle with "PRESENTS" on it flies in.

Technique: CGI by Ed Kramer and Fred Kessler at Compugraph Designs.

Audio: An orchestra tune accompanied by a downward synthesized xylophone.

Availability: Might turn up on some locally produced shows from the channel from this era, but it's very hard to find.

2nd Logo (Early 1990s-1996)

Visuals: The logo starts off with pictures of New York, with the text "WNYC/31" and "New York" on the bottom right corner. The text fades out and the images stop with an image of a staircase of an apartment complex. The text "WNYC" and "TV" with a diamond shape in-between slides in from the bottom left corner to the center.

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: A jazzy tune.

Availability: Search for VHS recordings from the early to mid 90s to find this logo.


Logo (2007-2008)

Visuals: Same as the Ion Television logo, with the station call letters WPXN, WPXU and WPXO seen on the bottom.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Music and Sounds: Same as the Ion Television logo.

Availability: Same as the Ion Television logo.

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