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WWSG-TV was launched in June 1981 by William S. Gross, running programming from the Financial News Network during the day, and SelecTV, a subscription TV service at night. In 1983, they would drop all FNN programming and become a full-time subsription TV service airing programming from the PRISM pay-cable television service.



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After Milton Grant purchased the station from William Gross months earlier, Grant would change the station's call sign to WGBS-TV, and relaunch the station with a general entertainment format under the branding Philly 57. Grant would end up selling WGBS and sister stations WBFS-TV and WGBO-TV in 1989 to Combined Broadcasting, a company controlled by Grant's creditors.

1994–January 1995


January–December 1995

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In January 1995, WGBS became an affiliate of the upstart United Paramount Network; the station briefly identified as "UPN Philly 57", before being shortened to simply "UPN 57". On August 25, 1995, the Paramount Stations Group would purchase the station, making WGBS a UPN O&O station.


December 1995–2001

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In December 1995, WGBS changed its callsign to WPSG (for its then-new owners Paramount Stations Group, which sold WTXF-TV to Fox Television Stations after they purchased the station from Combined Broadcasting a few months prior). During this logo's run, Paramount's parent company, Viacom purchased CBS Corporation in 2000. This made WPSG a sister station to CBS O&O, KYW-TV.




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In September 2002, when UPN debuted a new on-air look, WPSG's on-air branding was changed to simply "UPN" for the 2002-2003 television season, before reverting back to "UPN 57" the following season.


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This logo is similarly designed to some its sister stations, including then-sister station KAUT-TV where the UPN logo is placed over the channel position.


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In September 2006, WPSG revived the "Philly 57" moniker dropped in 1995 (though many viewers still called the station by that name afterward) as part of the station's new branding as a CW owned-and-operated station, "The CW Philly 57", although on-air promotions refer to the station only as "The CW Philly."