WTVE, virtual channel 51 ( UHF digital channel 25), is an independent television station serving the Delaware Valley region that is licensed to Reading, Pennsylvania, United States. The station is owned by NRJ TV, LLC. WTVE maintains studios on North 11th Street, and its transmitter is located on Skyline Drive in Reading.
WTVE was the first television station to go on the air in the Elmira- Corning, New York market. An affiliate of the DuMont Television Network, it broadcast from studios on Market Street in Elmira, transmitting on UHF channel 24.
The station was blown off the air in 1954 when its tower on South Mountain was blown down by Hurricane Hazel. Not long after, the DuMont network itself shut down. The station remained on the FCC books until at least 1960. At one point, the licensee held a construction permit for VHF channel 9, according to BostonRadio.com.
However, the station never signed back on the air. Both channels 9 and 24 were reallocated to Syracuse, New York, where they are occupied by WSYR-TV (originally WNYS and then WIXT) and WCNY-TV, respectively. The WTVE call letters were reallocated to a station in Reading, Pennsylvania.
It is notable that Hazel also knocked WLBR-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania off the air, though it came back on under new ownership within a few years.
Category:Defunct terrestrial television stations in the United States Category:Television channels and stations established in 1953 Category:1954 disestablishments in New York Category:Television channels and stations disestablished in 1954 Category:1953 establishments in New York Category:Elmira, New York