|WNEO: Alliance/Youngstown, Ohio
WEAO: Akron, Ohio
|Branding||Western Reserve PBS|
WNEO: 45 (UHF)
WEAO: 50 (UHF)
WNEO: 45 (PSIP)
WEAO: 49 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||45.1/49.1 WNEO/WEAO HD
45.3/49.3 MHz Worldview
|Owner||Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, Inc.|
|First air date||WNEO: May 30, 1973
WEAO: September 21, 1975
|Call letters' meaning||
WNEO: North Eastern Ohio
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
WNEO: 45 (UHF, 1973-2009)
WEAO: 49 (UHF 1975-2009)
WNEO: 46 (UHF)
180 kW (digital)
305 m (digital)
|Facility ID||WNEO: 49439
WNEO and WEAO are Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member public television stations in northeastern Ohio, simulcasting together as Western Reserve PBS. Until October 1, 2008, the stations were known as PBS 45 & 49.
WNEO and WEAO are operated from studio facilities in Kent, Ohio by Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, which is a consortium of the University of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State University.
WNEO first began broadcasting in 1973. Licensed to Alliance, Ohio, the station serves the Youngstown area from a transmitter site in Salem, Ohio. WNEO also operates W44CR-D, a digital translator in Youngstown serving low-lying Mahoning Valley areas shadowed from the main WNEO signal. The digital translator, which went on the air in 2009, is a conversion of the former W58AM analog translator at the same location.
WEAO first began broadcasting in 1975. Licensed to Akron, Ohio, it broadcasts from a transmitter site in Copley, Ohio and provides the Cleveland area with a second PBS member station, alongside WVIZ. Previously, channel 49 had been the home of Akron's WAKR-TV from 1953 until 1967. WAKR-TV moved to Channel 23, and is now WVPX-TV.
On October 1, 2008 at 5:30 A.M., WNEO and WEAO changed on-screen branding to Western Reserve PBS, a part of the station's overall branding change to Western Reserve Public Media. The rebranding was done to make the station's identity better reflect the viewing area, and due to the fact that the combined WNEO/WEAO operations are broadcast on different cable channels. The studios of Western Reserve PBS, and the headquarters of Western Reserve Public Media, are located in Kent on the campus of Kent State University, northeast of Akron and roughly west of Youngstown.
|45.1 & 49.1||Western Reserve PBS HD|
|45.2 & 49.2||Western Reserve PBS Fusion|
|45.3 & 49.3||MHz Worldview|
|45.4 & 49.4||V-me|
On November 19, 2008, WNEO signed off its analog signal on channel 45, and then moved its digital signal to channel 45 on November 21, 2008. WEAO continued to broadcast both an analog 49 signal and a digital 50 signal until June 12, 2009.
WEAO continued to broadcast an analog signal till June 12, 2009. 45.2 and 49.2 began airing a new service, "Fusion", following the analog signoff; a third subchannel began airing on June 13, "MHz Worldview".
WNEO and WEAO recently added the V-me network to 45.4 and 49.4.
WNEO and WEAO carried Create on DT 1 and the Ohio Channel on DT 3 until August 2007 when they were removed to make room for their high definition channel. The analog simulcast of WNEO/WEAO remained on DT 2 until the June 12 transition to digital. On June 12, 2009 the analog feed of both channels was discontinued and replaced with Western Reserve PBS Fusion, a local service which aired concerts and music-related programs until August 1, 2009 at which point, a local mix of programming began to air, as well as adding MHz Worldview on DT3. On September 19, 2009 WNEO and WEAO added V-Me on 45.4 and 49.4
WNEO/WEAO's former logo, "PBS 45 & 49".
- "Organization Profile". WesternReservePublicMedia.org. Western Reserve Public Media. 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009. "The operations center, administrative offices, main studio and location of public files are housed at 1750 Campus Center Drive, Kent, Ohio, 44240. The organization’s Western Reserve Production Hub is located on the first floor of the United Building in downtown Akron."
- FCC TV query for W44CR-D
- PBS 45 & 49 to Change Name to Western Reserve Public Media
- PBS 45 & 49 Announces New Name and Stakes Its Claim in the Western Reserve
- WNEO/WEAO official website
- Station history
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WNEO
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WEAO
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WNEO-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WEAO-TV