WYVN first started out as a Fox affiliate in 1991 serving areas when network O&O WTTG cannot reach its signal, but due it lost the affiliation in 1993 due to a combination of issues; low finances with the news department, low viewership, competition from nearby Washington, D.C., high channel number, and most notoriously technical issues (the color for the station would switch on and off occasionally). It went dark afterwards.
WYVN then signed back on a year later as an independent. It was short lived, however, and it shut down after a few months.
In 1996, the station signed back on as WSHE. It was owned by Paxson Communications (now known as Ion Media), and it aired mainly infomercials.
The station later became a PAX affiliate in 1998. In 2002, the station couldn't afford to pay its 5 staff members, so it became a satellite of WPXW-TV so it could only have two employees to pay.