WJSP-TV

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WJSP-TV
Georgia Public Broadcast 2010 logo.png
Columbus-Warm Springs, Georgia
Branding GPB
Slogan Bringing You the Best
Channels Digital: 23 (UHF)
Subchannels

28.1 - GPB/PBS HD (1080i)
28.2 - GPB Kids (480i)

28.3 - GPB Knowledge (480i)
Translators former W49AD Carrollton
Network PBS
Owner Georgia Public Broadcasting
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
First air date August 10, 1964; 49 years ago (1964-08-10)
Call letters' meaning James S. Peters
Sister station(s) WJSP-FM 88.1
Former channel number(s) Analog:
28 (1964-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1964-1970)
Transmitter power 250 kW
Height 462 m
Facility ID 23918
Transmitter coordinates 32°51′6.9″N 84°42′5.6″W / 32.851917°N 84.701556°W / 32.851917; -84.701556
Website www.gpb.org/

WJSP-TV 23 (DTV 28.1/2/3), part of the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member Public broadcasting network, serves Columbus, Georgia and the surrounding west-central Georgia and far east-central Alabama region. The transmitter and radio antenna are located just south of Warm Springs on the same radio tower as WJSP-FM 88.1. It's one of only two GPB stations actually licensed to a major Georgia city, the other being WVAN-TV in Savannah. However, to conform to GPB's pattern of naming two cities in station IDs, the station's shown as "WJSP-DT 28, Columbus/Warm Springs".

The station's signal travels in about a 45-mile (75 km) radius from the transmitter site, though this is variable since it uses a directional antenna.[1] The signal also reaches far south-southwest metro Atlanta, and is a better source for GPB in that area than its main station, WGTV.

WJSP primarily serves the northern and central part of the Columbus TV market. The southern part of the Columbus market, as well as much of Columbus itself, is served by Dawson's WACS-TV. While WJSP is the official GPB station for Columbus, its signal is marginal at best in much of the city.

The station had originally chosen to return to channel 28 for digital TV during the first-round digital channel election, but due to an interference conflict it was forced to remain permanently on channel 23.

There was also one broadcast translator, W49AD, channel 49 in downtown Carrollton, in the southwest corner of the Atlanta market. That translator's digital companion channel is W13DJ-D on channel 13, on-air since July/August 2009, but officially relaying WGTV. It is east-southeast of town, immediately southeast of the Oak Mountain Championship Golf Course.

Digital TV[edit]

WJSP-TV broadcasts the following digital subchannels:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
28.1 1080i 16:9 Main GPB programming / PBS
28.2 480i GPB Kids
28.3 4:3 GPB Knowledge


History[edit]

WJSP-TV signed on August 10, 1964 as the fifth public television station in Georgia. Its somewhat reduced-power digital signal, on channel 23, began in 2003. In 2009, analog transmissions permanently ceased at midnight on the night of February 17.

The channel 28 frequency was originally home to WTVM from 1953 to 1960, when it moved to channel 9.

WJSP's callsign is from the initials of long-time Georgia legislator and member of the state's board of education, James S. Peters of Manchester, Georgia.

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