|Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Treasure Coast|
|City of license||West Palm Beach|
|Slogan||PBS for the Palm Beaches|
|Channels||Digital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 42 (PSIP)
|Translators||W44AY-LP 44 (analog) Fort Pierce
W31DC-D 31 (digital) Fort Pierce
|Owner||WXEL Public Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||July 8, 1982|
|Call letters' meaning||EXcELlence|
|Former callsigns||WHRS-TV (1982-1985)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Transmitter power||400 kW (digital)|
|Height||440 m (digital)|
WXEL-TV is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member public television station serving South Florida and the Treasure Coast. It is licensed to West Palm Beach, the 38th largest television market out of 210 TV markets in the United States. The station’s over-the-air digital signal reaches nearly 5 million viewers from North Miami to Vero Beach. WXEL is a community-based public television station, independently owned and operated by The WXEL Public Broadcasting Corporation (referred to as the “Corporation”), a Florida not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational and cultural organization.
WXEL signed on-the-air on July 8, 1982 as WHRS-TV. The call letters refer to the Hagen Ranch School. Initially, the station’s mission was to serve migrant farming families and their children. On January, 1985, the station became known as WXEL-TV along with its sister radio station, WXEL-FM, now known as, WPBI. The first program broadcast by WXEL was Sesame Street.
In 1997, WXEL TV & FM was purchased by Barry University, a Catholic University located in Miami Shores, Florida. Over the intervening years the stations grew under the University’s stewardship and the station’s then CEO, Jerry Carr. In 2004, the station began digital broadcasting as part of the nation’s conversion to DTV and later, in 2009, turned off its analog signal and went completely digital. During this period, the University decided to sell WXEL-TV & FM as part of a change in strategic direction. It entered into a purchase agreement with the Educational Broadcasting Corporation (owners of New York City’s WNET and WLIW) and the Community Broadcast Foundation of Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast. This agreement was terminated in 2008 with the University subsequently selling WXEL-FM separately to the American Public Media Group in 2011. Mr. Carr retired in 2010.
While a number of organizations approached Barry University as candidates to purchase the television station, the University announced on February 27, 2012 that the station would be acquired by a group led by the station’s current CEO, Bernie Henneberg. Mr. Henneberg’s group formed the Corporation for the purpose of acquiring and operating the station. The Corporation sought and was granted approval by the Department of Education of the State of Florida to operate the station and continue to receive State financial support. In July 2012, after completing an extensive review of its application, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the Corporation the license to operate WXEL-TV. The sale was finalized on July 21, 2012. On February 7, 2013, the FCC issued a license renewal authorization for a term expiring on February 1, 2021.
WXEL, through its digital sub-channel capability, provides a number of program services. Channel numbers and television providers will vary depending on where viewers live and whether they subscribe to cable or satellite services or use an antenna. Please check with your local provider or television listings.
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WXEL-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 42, 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 UHF channel 27. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 42.
In addition to its main signals, WXEL is also carried on two repeaters.
|Call Letters||Channel||City of License||Licensee|
|W44AY-LP||44||Fort Pierce||WPBC||Analog repeater|
|W31DC-D||31||Fort Pierce||WPBC||Digital repeater|
WXEL's repeaters are necessary as WXEL's main signal does not reach all of its viewers in the Treasure Coast.
- Sesame Street Website - PBSkids.org
- Official Sesame Street Website
- Official FCC Website
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- WXEL website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WXEL
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WXEL-TV