|Slogan||Television Worth Sharing|
|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||8.3 - GPB Knowledge (480i)|
|Owner||Georgia Public Broadcasting
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
|First air date||November 19, 1961|
|Call letters' meaning||Way- X (-cross) GeorgiA|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 8 (VHF, 1961–2009)
Digital: 9 (VHF, 2001–2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1961–1970)|
|Transmitter power||35.3 kW|
|Public license information:||
(satellite of WGTV,
Athens/Atlanta, Georgia) Profile
(satellite of WGTV,
Athens/Atlanta, Georgia) CDBS
WXGA-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 8, is a PBS member television station serving Valdosta, Georgia, United States that is licensed to Waycross. The station is owned by the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission, and is a sister station to NPR member radio station WXVS (90.1 FM). WXGA-TV maintains transmitter facilities located on TV Tower Road in unincorporated Ware County. The station is operated as part of the Georgia Public Broadcasting television network.
The station first signed on the air on November 19, 1961; it was the third educational television station to sign on in the state of Georgia (after WETV (now WPBA-TV) in Atlanta and sister station WGTV in Athens). It was the first in a group of three educational stations that were founded by the Georgia State Board of Education in the early 1960s, along with WVAN-TV in Savannah and WJSP-TV in Columbus. In 1965, the University of Georgia and the board merged their efforts as Georgia Educational Television, which evolved into the present GPB Television network.
WXGA-TV broadcasts the following digital subchannels:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|8.1||1080i||16:9||WXGA-DT||Main GPB programming / PBS|
In 2001, WXGA began transmitting a digital signal on VHF channel 9; however, the signal operated at a low power of only 20 kilowatts, in order to prevent interference with sister station WVAN, which broadcast its analog signal on channel 9.
WXGA-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television station in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 9 to former VHF analog channel 8.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Georgia Public Broadcasting official website
- GPB stations map – includes WXGA coverage area
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WXGA
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WXGA-TV