|WSIU: Carbondale, Illinois
WUSI: Olney, Illinois
WSIU: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
WUSI: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 16 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||PBS (since 1970)|
|Owner||Southern Illinois University
(Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University)
|First air date||WSIU: November 6, 1961
WUSI: August 19, 1968
|Call letters' meaning||WSIU:
WUSI: University of
(anagram of WSIU)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
8 (VHF, 1961–2009)
16 (UHF, 1968–2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1961–1970)|
|Transmitter power||WSIU: 53 kW
WUSI: 46 kW
|Height||WSIU: 271.3 m
WUSI: 283.8 m
|Facility ID||WSIU: 4297
|Public license information:||/ WUSI-TV Profile
/ WUSI-TV CDBS
WSIU-TV, virtual channel and VHF digital channel 8, is a PBS member television station located in Carbondale, Illinois, United States. The station is owned by Southern Illinois University, and is a sister station to NPR member and Public Radio International affiliate WSIU (00.0 FM). WSIU maintains studio facilities on the university's campus in Carbondale, and its transmitter is located along US 51, near Tamaroa.
WSIU-TV also operates several UHF translators at the edges of its main coverage area where the station's signal is hard to receive, although it also operates as a translator that serves Carbondale. All of these translators map to virtual channel 8 and use the WSIU-TV callsign even though the translators broadcast on different channels. These translators are located in Carbondale (operating on UHF channel 40), Cape Girardeau, Missouri (operating on UHF channel 28), Edwardsville, Illinois (operating on UHF channel 41), and Vienna, Illinois (operating on UHF channel 43).
WSIU first signed on the air on November 6, 1961; WUSI signed on as a satellite of WSIU on August 19, 1968.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name
|PSIP Short Name
|8.1 / 16.1||1080i||16:9||WSIU HD||WUSI HD||Main WSIU/WUSI programming / PBS HD|
|8.2 / 16.2||480i||4:3||WSIU 2||WORLD||World|
|8.3 / 16.3||WSIU 3||CREATE||Create|
|8.4 / 16.4||16:9||WSIU 4||WUSI 4||Audio simulcast of WSIU with DTV reception information|
WSIU-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, at 9 p.m. on January 29, 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 40 to VHF channel 8 for post-transition operations.
WUSI-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 16, at 9 p.m. on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 19. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 16.
During Southern Illinois University's academic year, the station broadcasts a live student-produced newscast, River Region Evening Edition, which airs on Monday through Thursday evenings (on days when classes are held) at 5:00 p.m., with repeats of WSIU InFocus shown on Friday at 5:00 p.m. Three other student-produced programs also air on WSIU, alt.news 26:46, Studio A, and Scholastic Hi-Q. Both alt.news 26:46 and Studio A occasionally air on the station on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. with Scholastic Hi-Q airing each Sunday a 5:00 p.m.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WSIU
- RabbitEars TV Query for WUSI
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- WSIU sets digital conversion for later this month, PETE ROSENBERY, SIUC University, January 22, 2009
- WSIU official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WSIU
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WUSI
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WSIU-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WUSI-TV