WXGA-TV

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This article is about the WXGA-TV television station in Georgia (U.S. state). For the computer graphics format referred to as WXGA, see Wide XGA.
WXGA-TV
(satellite of WGTV,
Athens/Atlanta, Georgia)
Georgia Public Broadcast 2010 logo.png
Waycross-Valdosta, Georgia
United States
Branding GPB
Slogan Television Worth Sharing
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels

8.1 - GPB/PBS HD (1080i)
8.2 - GPB Kids (480i)

8.3 - GPB Knowledge (480i)
Affiliations PBS
Owner Georgia Public Broadcasting
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
First air date November 19, 1961; 53 years ago (1961-11-19)
Call letters' meaning Way- X (-cross) GeorgiA
Sister station(s) WXVS
Former channel number(s) Analog: 8 (VHF, 1961–2009)
Digital: 9 (VHF, 2001–2009)
Former affiliations NET (1961–1970)
Transmitter power 35.3 kW
Height 308 m
Facility ID 23929
Transmitter coordinates 31°13′22.7″N 82°34′40.4″W / 31.222972°N 82.577889°W / 31.222972; -82.577889
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information:
(satellite of
WGTV,
Athens/Atlanta, Georgia) Profile

(satellite of
WGTV,
Athens/Atlanta, Georgia) CDBS
Website www.gpb.org

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.

History[edit]

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.

Digital television[edit]

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
8.2 480i Kids GPB Kids
8.3 4:3 Knowled GPB Knowledge

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[1]

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