Northeastern Pennsyvania originally had two ABC network affiliates in northeastern Pennsylvania. WILK-TV, operating on channel 34 and owned by WILK radio took to the air from Wilkes-Barre on September 16, 1953.
Scranton-licensed WARM-TV, broadcasting on channel 16 and owned by future Governor William Scranton along with WARM radio, in February 1954.
WILK-TV and WARM-TV merged in 1957, with WARM-TV becoming WNEP-TV.
Transcontinent sold WNEP to Taft Broadcasting Corporation in 1964, in turn, sold channel 16 to a group of WNEP-TV station employees and executives known as NEP Communications due to its overlap with WTAF-TV in Philadelphia.
Following its purchase by Tegna (which made WNEP as its first property in Pennsylvania), a Change.org petition was started asking viewers to sign the petition to ask Tegna not to drop the song in favor of Tegna's proprietary "C Clarity" theme. On March 4, 2020, the station began using Tegna's standardized news graphics but retained the Schwarz version of "Move Closer to Your World", also known as the "WPXI News Theme", as its theme as opposed to using "C Clarity", seen somewhat as a compromise.
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