|WFSU: Tallahassee, Florida
WFSG: Panama City, Florida
WFSU: 32 (UHF)
WFSG: 38 (UHF)
|Owner||Florida State University|
|First air date||WFSU: September 20, 1960
WFSG: July 22, 1988
|Call letters' meaning||WFSU:
WFSG: WFSU Gulf Coast
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
11 (VHF, 1960-2009)
56 (UHF, 1988-2009)
|Former affiliations||WFSU: NET (1960-1970)
|Transmitter power||WFSU: 937.8 kW
WFSG: 49.2 kW
|Height||WFSU: 237 m
WFSG: 137 m
|Facility ID||WFSU: 21801
WFSU-TV is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member Public television station in Tallahassee, Florida. It is owned by the Florida State University with the studios located at the Public Broadcast Center on the Florida State campus.
WFSU-TV is seen on digital channel 32 (virtual channel 11) in Tallahassee and serves north central Florida and southwestern Georgia with the full PBS line-up.
WFSU's programming is also seen in the Panama City area on WFSG, digital channel 38 (virtual channel 56). WFSG signed on July 22, 1988, replacing a low-powered translator on channel 22 that had served Panama City since the late 1970s. Although Panama City is in the Central Time, all schedules are listed in Eastern Time.
WFSU also operates a statewide public affairs network, The Florida Channel, that covers the state legislature, a local version of C-SPAN. This network is seen on selected cable TV systems and Government-access television (GATV) channels throughout the state of Florida.
WFSU also operates "4FSU", which carries simulcasts of The Florida Channel and programming related to the university community; it also provides a training ground for students studying for careers in the broadcasting field.
WFSU went on the air for the first time on September 20, 1960 on Channel 11. The Federal Communications Commission had allocated only one VHF channel to Tallahassee. After a large chunk of southwest Georgia was collapsed into the Tallahassee market, Florida State persuaded the FCC to make channel 11 a noncommercial license as UHF was not seen as viable at the time. While this move assured north-central Florida and southwest Georgia of PBS service, it also meant that Tallahassee would have a long wait for full service from all three major commercial networks—another commercial station wouldn't sign on in Tallahassee until WECA-TV (now WTXL-TV) opened in 1976.
Today in the Legislature
In 1973, "Florida Public Broadcasting" (FPB), a joint venture between WFSU and WJCT in Jacksonville, and under the aegis of the Florida Public Broadcasting Service, began program coverage of the Florida Legislature, which was transmitted to and broadcast by the eight affiliated PBS television stations in Florida, from a mobile facility located on the grounds of the State Capitol. The program was called Today in the Legislature, and was the first of its kind in the United States, preceding Legislative programs in other states, and U.S. Congressional coverage by C-SPAN.
Reaction to the first year of Today in the Legislature was positive. The state legislature dedicated funds to expand the program, managed exclusively by WJCT-TV. Production facilties were moved inside the (old) Capitol building, with engineering and studio facilities constructed on the third floor. The first broadcast from the new facility was on April 2, 1974. Today In The Legislature became a 60 minute program produced Monday through Friday during the legislative session, with a one-hour Spanish language summary, Hoy en la Legislatura produced on Fridays. There was also a sign language program during this period. On air talent was provided by veteran broadcaster Jim Lewis, with additional commentary by Elizabeth "Bib" Willis. Research, engineering, and production crews were composed chiefly of recent graduates from the FSU department of communications, now Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts, nearly all under the age of 25, including Producer Elliott C. Mitchell, Director John P. Leu, and future Georgia Legislator Chesley V. Morton, as still photographer and cameraman. Today in the Legislature was described as a "unique blend of television of record and more conventional news coverage." A research study concluded that Today in the Legislature generated more positive attitudes about the legislature and increased political knowledge in adolescents who viewed the broadcast, although only 12% found the programming to be "interesting".
|xx.1||1080i||16:9||WFSU-DT||Main WFSU-TV programming / PBS|
|xx.2||480i||4:3||WFSU-D2||The Florida Channel|
In June 2011, it was revealed that WFSU will receive $2.8 million in funding for various services related to Florida government, including The Florida Channel. This is despite the $4.8 million of funding to other public radio and television stations vetoed by Governor Rick Scott in May 2011.
- “Today in the Legislature” The Florida Story - Roy - 2006 - Journal of Communication - Wiley Online Library| "Today in the Legislature" A Florida Story. David J. LeRoy, C. Edward Wotring, Jack Lyle. Journal of Communication. Volume 24, Issue 3. p.92-98 Sept 1974
- Reaction and Evaluation of "Today in the Legislature" by Legislators, Capital Press and the Public.| Reaction and Evaluation of "Today in the Legislature" by Legislators, Capital Press and the Public. Authors David C. LeRoy and C. Edward Wotring
- | American Bar Association Journal. Volume 60, p.1585. December, 1974
- John Patrick Leu Obituary: View John Leu's Obituary by Tallahassee Democrat
- Elliott C. MITCHELL III Obituary: View Elliott MITCHELL's Obituary by The Tennessean
- Public Television and Political Socialization; A Field Experiment on the Impact of a Public Television Series on the Political Knowledge, Attitudes and Communication Behaviors of Adolescents. Final Report.| Public Television and Political Socialization; A Field Experiment on the Impact of a Public Television Series on the Political Knowledge, Attitudes and Communication Behaviors of Adolescents. Authors: Charles K. Atkin and Bradley S. Greenberg
- St. Petersburg Times: "Gov. Rick Scott's veto of public TV and radio funds spares capital's WFSU", June 6, 2011.
- WFSU website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WFSU
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WFSG
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WFSU-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WFSG-TV