WMUM-TV

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WMUM-TV
Georgia Public Broadcast 2010 logo.png
Cochran-Macon, Georgia
United States
City of license Cochran, Georgia
Branding GPB
Slogan Television Worth Sharing
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 29 (PSIP)
Subchannels

29.1 - GPB/PBS HD (1080i)
29.2 - GPB Create TV (480i)

29.3 - GPB Knowledge (480i)
Affiliations PBS
Owner Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission
First air date January 1, 1968 (1968-01-01)
Call letters' meaning Mercer University Macon
Sister station(s) WMUM-FM
Former callsigns WDCO-TV (1968–2006)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
15 (UHF, 1968–1990)
29 (UHF, 1990–2009)
Former affiliations NET (1968–1970)
Transmitter power 31 kW
Height 369 m (1,211 ft)
Facility ID 23935
Transmitter coordinates 32°28′12.2″N 83°15′18″W / 32.470056°N 83.25500°W / 32.470056; -83.25500
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.gpb.org

WMUM-TV, virtual channel 29 (VHF digital channel 7), is a PBS member television station serving Macon, Georgia, United States that is licensed to Cochran. The station is owned by the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission, and is a sister station to NPR member radio station WMUM-FM (89.7). WMUM maintains studio facilities located on the Mercer University campus on Montpelier Avenue (just east of I-75) in Macon, and its transmitter is located in rural northeastern Bleckley County (northeast of Cochran). The station is operated as part of the Georgia Public Broadcasting television network.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on January 1, 1968 as WDCO-TV, originally broadcasting on UHF channel 15. In 1990, the station moved its signal to UHF channel 29, in order to avoid interference with a U.S. Department of Defense early warning ballistic missile detection facility that was located at Robins Air Force Base; it was the only instance prior to the 2009 digital transition in which one of Georgia Public Broadcasting's television stations changed channel frequencies. It was the tenth and last PBS member station established in the state of Georgia, as well as the last television station to be built and signed on by GPB. In the summer of 2006, the station changed its call letters to WMUM-TV, in reference to the Macon-based Mercer University, reflecting the university's involvement in GPB's television and radio operations in the Macon market.

Digital television[1][edit]

WMUM-TV broadcasts the following digital subchannels:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
29.1 1080i 16:9 WMUM-DT Main GPB programming / PBS
29.2 480i Kids Create TV
29.3 4:3 Knowled GPB Knowledge

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WMUM-TV signed on its digital signal on VHF channel 7 in April 2008. The station discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 29, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 7,[2] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 29.

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