WPXM-TV 35, is the local affiliate
An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity.- Corporate structure :A corporation may be referred to as an affiliate of another when it is related to it but not strictly controlled by it, as with a subsidiary relationship, or when it is desired to avoid...

 for the Ion Television network in the South Florida area (Miami
Miami, Florida
Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625...

 and Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, on the Atlantic coast. It is the county seat of Broward County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 165,521. It is a principal city of the South Florida metropolitan area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010...

). Formerly known as Pax TV and i, Ion is the smallest of the seven national commercial TV networks in the United States
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From 2002 through the 2005 season, WPXM was the flagship TV station of the Florida Marlins
Florida Marlins
The Miami Marlins are a professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. Established in 1993 as an expansion franchise called the Florida Marlins, the Marlins are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The Marlins played their home games at...

, the baseball
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 team that won the World Series
World Series
The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball, played between the American League and National League champions since 1903. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff and awarded the Commissioner's Trophy...

 in 1997 and 2003. It also aired on sister station
Sister station
In broadcasting, sister stations or sister channels are radio and/or television stations operated by the same ownership....

 WPXP TV in West Palm Beach.

WPXM began its operations in October 1992 as independent station WMLB-TV. The station transmits along with many other local broadcast station
Television station
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s from the very tall radio tower
Radio masts and towers
Radio masts and towers are, typically, tall structures designed to support antennas for telecommunications and broadcasting, including television. They are among the tallest man-made structures...

 along U.S. 441 in Miami Gardens, near the Miami-Dade/Broward county line.

Digital television

In 2009, WPXM moved its digital transmission from 26 back to RF
Radio frequency
Radio frequency is a rate of oscillation in the range of about 3 kHz to 300 GHz, which corresponds to the frequency of radio waves, and the alternating currents which carry radio signals...

 TV channel 35 on February 18, after it ended analog on 35 the day before. This requires viewers to manually add or re-scan ATSC tuner
ATSC tuner
An ATSC tuner, often called an ATSC receiver or HDTV tuner is a type of television tuner that allows reception of digital television television channels transmitted by television stations in North America, parts of Central America and South Korea that use ATSC standards...

s to find the station again. (Selecting a channel 35.5 to 35.99 may also force the tuner to find the station.) It is the only Miami-licensed station which has applied to end analog on the original date, even though the DTV Delay Act extends the deadline to June 12.

Channel 35 was the station's choice in the first round of the digital channel election
Digital channel election
A digital channel election was the process by which television stations in the United States chose which physical radio-frequency TV channel they would permanently use after the analog shutdown in 2009. The process was managed and mandated by the Federal Communications Commission for all...

, and it was able to keep it despite a conflict with another station.
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