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From October 1981 to August 1987, the WPHL studios hosted a weekday afternoon dance show called Dancin' On Air, hosted by Eddie Bruce, as well as a spin-off on the USA Network called Dance Party USA, whose host, Dave Raymond, was better known as the Phillie Phanatic mascot seen during Phillies games.
Those shows marked the on-air debut of a young girl from nearby Voorhees, New Jersey named Kelly Ripa.
The network's officials were on record as preferring The WB and UPN's "strongest" stations for their new network, and Philadelphia was one of the few markets where the affiliates of both networks were both relatively strong.
WPHL was slated to revert to its previous independent status, but on May 15, 2006, Tribune announced that it would affiliate channel 17 (and two other WB affiliates that were not included in the CW affiliation deal) with My Network TV, making WPHL the largest station in terms of market size affiliated with the network that was not owned by its then-parent company News Corporation (which became 21st Century Fox in June 2013 after spinning off most of its non-entertainment properties).
Taft Jr., the former president of the Cincinnati-based Taft Television and Radio Company, the longtime owners of rival WTAF-TV.
The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company, and maintains studios in the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia; it shares transmitter facilities with Vineland, New Jersey-licensed Univision owned-and-operated station WUVP-DT (channel 65) on the Roxborough tower farm.With no takers willing to give Field what it wanted for the station, WKBS-TV ceased operations one year later on August 29, 1983, and WPHL picked up various syndicated programs, cartoons, movies and production equipment from WKBS.In 1987, the Providence Journal Company sold WPHL-TV to a consortium headed by Dudley S.In the summer of 1982, WKBS went on the market after its owner, Field Communications, decided to exit broadcasting.
The Providence Journal Company was among those who were bidding for channel 48's license.
The new owners restored some cartoons to the schedule.