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Rochester, New York
Branding WXXI
Channels Digital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 21 (PSIP)
Affiliations PBS
Owner WXXI Public Broadcasting Council
First air date September 6, 1966
Call letters' meaning XXI = Roman numeral 21 (virtual channel)
Sister station(s) WXXI (AM), WXXI-FM
Former channel number(s) 21 (UHF analog, 1966-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1966-1970)
Transmitter power 180 kW (digital)
Height 130 m (digital)
Facility ID 57274
Transmitter coordinates 43°8′7″N 77°35′3″W / 43.13528°N 77.58417°W / 43.13528; -77.58417
Website www.wxxi.org

WXXI is a public television station which operates on Channel 21 in Rochester, New York, and is the PBS member station for that city and the surrounding metro area. The station is owned by the WXXI Public Broadcasting Council group, which also operates WXXI-AM (1370), WXXI-FM (91.5), and Reachout Radio, a service for those with visual impairments or blindness.

WXXI's national public television productions include Warrior in Two Worlds, Echoes from the Ancients, Out of the Fire, Albert Paley: Man of Steel and Flight to Freedom. WXXI also produced Assignment: The World, a weekly current-events program for schools, which aired on approximately 100 public television stations nationwide, and was the nation's longest-running instructional television program. Due to funding cuts, its last episode was on May 23, 2013.

Digital television[edit]

WXXI entered the digital era in September 2003 when WXXI-DT signed on with Rochester’s first full-power digital television signal. The digital channel is subdivided into three digital subchannels, which include:

Channel Call Sign Programming
21.1 WXXI-HD Main WXXI Programming / PBS
21.2 WXXI-W World
21.3 WXXI-C Create (Also airs PBS Kids programs (not part of Create) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

Former Programming[edit]

ThinkBright, broadcast from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on 21-3 until the digital transition.

WXXI-TV (21-4) was originally a digital standard definition simulcast of WXXI's analog signal but is not currently transmitting, as 21-1 is identical.

WXXI broadcasts are digital-only, effective June 12, 2009. WXXI had been awarded a $202,498 federal contract for an outreach initiative to help Rochester's over-the-air viewers prepare for the digital transition.[1]


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