WOUB-TV

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WOUB-TV / WOUC-TV
WOUB: Athens, Ohio
WOUC: Cambridge, Ohio
Branding WOUB
Channels Digital:
WOUB: 27 (UHF)
WOUC: 35 (UHF)
Virtual:
WOUB: 20 (PSIP)
WOUC: 44 (PSIP)
Subchannels 20.1 WOUB-HD
20.2 Classic
20.3 Learns
44.1 WOUC-HD
44.2 Unlimited
44.3 Select[1]
Affiliations PBS
Owner Ohio University
Founded WOUB: January 7, 1963; 51 years ago (1963-01-07)
WOUC: July 26, 1973; 41 years ago (1973-07-26)
Call letters' meaning WOUB:
Ohio
University
Broadcasting
(or Bobcats)
WOUC:
W
Ohio
University
Cambridge
Sister station(s) WOUB-FM
Former channel number(s) WOUB:
20 (UHF analog, 1963-2009)
WOUC:
44 (UHF analog, 1973-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1963-1970)
Transmitter power

WOUB:
250 kW (digital)

WOUC:
310 kW (digital)
Height

WOUB:
242.3 m (digital)

WOUC:
385.1 m (digital)
Facility ID WOUB: 50147
WOUC: 50141
Transmitter coordinates WOUB:
39°18′52″N 82°8′59″W / 39.31444°N 82.14972°W / 39.31444; -82.14972
WOUC:
40°5′32″N 81°17′19″W / 40.09222°N 81.28861°W / 40.09222; -81.28861 (WOUC-TV)
Website www.woub.org
The Radio/Television Building at Ohio University, where WOUB is broadcast

WOUB-TV channel 20 is a non-commercial educational television station licensed to Athens, Ohio. WOUB-TV's programming can also be seen on satellite station WOUC-TV channel 44 licensed to Cambridge, Ohio. Both stations are members of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

The WOUB/WOUC studios and offices are located in the Radio-TV building on the Athens campus of Ohio University, which owns the stations' licenses through the WOUB Center for Public Media. The Center is a non-academic unit of the Scripps College of Communication. The two stations combined serves southeastern Ohio and portions of neighboring West Virginia and Kentucky. The telecommunications center also serves as a laboratory for Ohio University students who are interested in gaining experience in broadcasting and related technologies. In addition to radio (WOUB-FM) and television, WOUB is also active in distance learning, online services and media production.

Unlike most PBS stations, the channel produces a regular local news cast by university students studying and training on television news casts at Ohio University. With that, they mainly focus on the area around Athens, which is mostly ignored by the Columbus, Zanesville and Huntington-Charleston stations that serve the Athens area.

Alumni of the station (and Ohio University by extension) include current Today Show co-host Matt Lauer, along with numerous major market television news anchors and reporters.

Coverage area[edit]

Currently Athens County, Ohio is located in the fringes of the Huntington/Charleston, West Virginia market. However, the combined power of the two stations reaches all of the Huntington/Charleston and Zanesville markets, as well as portions of the Columbus, Parkersburg and Wheeling/Steubenville markets. WOUC's over-the-air digital signal has even been picked up in parts of suburban Pittsburgh, roughly 100 miles from Cambridge. The station leases commercial fiber line to permit it to be carried on the Huntington/Charleston local feeds of the DBS providers.

Digital television[edit]

WOUB-TV and WOUC-TV's primary (.1) subchannels share the same programming. The offerings on the remaining subchannels are different on both stations, expanding the choices of programming for digital viewers within the coverage areas of both transmitters.

The digital signals of WOUB and WOUC are both multiplexed:

WOUB[edit]

Channel Video Aspect Name Programming
20.1 1080i 16:9 WOUB-HD Main WOUB-TV programming / PBS
20.2 480i 4:3 WOUB-CL PBS Encore
20.3 WOUB-LR MHz WorldView

WOUC[edit]

Channel Video Aspect Programming
44.1 1080i 16:9 Main WOUC-TV programming / PBS
44.2 480i 4:3 PBS Encore
44.3 World

Digital transition[edit]

On June 12, 2009, when the analog to digital conversion was completed, WOUB-TV and WOUC-TV utilized channels 27 and 35, respectively for digital television operations. Following the transition the stations remained on those channels, using PSIP to display 20 and 44 as the stations' respective virtual channels.[2]

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