West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting
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statewide West Virginia
United States
Channels Analog: See tables below
Digital: See tables below
Affiliations PBS (1970-present)
Owner West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority
First air date 1969 (1969)
Call letters' meaning See tables below
Former affiliations NET (1969-1970)
Transmitter power See tables below
Height See tables below
Facility ID See tables below
Transmitter coordinates See tables below
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Virginia Public Broadcasting Profile
Virginia Public Broadcasting CDBS
Website Official Website

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member non-commercial educational, public television state network in West Virginia, whose primary station is WPBY, based in Charleston, West Virginia. Its studios are located at 600 Capitol Street. The state network carries a basic PBS schedule, along with several local programming television shows.

WVPB also operates a statewide network of NPR affiliates.

Television[edit]

WPBY was the first public television station in West Virginia. It signed on July 14, 1969 under the callsign WMUL.

In 1980 WMUL and the public station at West Virginia University, WWVU (now WNPB) received new call letters to underline that the operations were managed by the state educational broadcasting authority, and not the university system.

In 1992 the state completed a microwave link that permitted it to convert WNPB and the state's third PBS station, WSWP in Beckley, West Virginia to become repeaters of WPBY and form a state network.

The state network has a total of eight low-powered repeaters serving other areas out of the range of the three full-powered stations, most notably Wheeling and Parkersburg. In the past the channel showed some Marshall University and West Virginia University sports content, but has abandoned this practice due to Conference USA/Big East exclusivity agreements with commercial and cable outlets.

The current local content consists of a daily recap of the state legislative session, half hour weekly shows produced by the State Bar and by the West Virginia University medical school, and student produced news from campus weekly products from Marshall University and West Virginia State University.

TV stations[edit]

Station City of license
(other cities served)
Channels First air date Call letters’
meaning
Former callsigns ERP
kW
HAAT
m (ft)
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WPBY-TV Huntington
(Charleston)
34 (UHF)
PSIP 33
July 14, 1969 Public
Broadcasting
for You
WMUL-TV
(1969-1981)
60.1 378.3 m (1,241 ft) 71657 38°29′41″N 82°12′3″W / 38.49472°N 82.20083°W / 38.49472; -82.20083 (WPBY-TV)
WSWP-TV Grandview
(Beckley, Bluefield)
10 (VHF)
PSIP 9
November 1, 1970 Southern
West Virginia
Public Television
24 317.9 m (1,043 ft) 71680 37°53′46″N 80°59′21″W / 37.89611°N 80.98917°W / 37.89611; -80.98917 (WSWP-TV)
WNPB-TV Morgantown
(Clarksburg, Weston, Fairmont)
33 (UHF)
PSIP 24
February 23, 1969 West Virginia
(Northern)
Public
Broadcasting
WWVU-TV
(1969-1983)
108 440.7 m (1,446 ft) 71676 39°41′45″N 79°45′45″W / 39.69583°N 79.76250°W / 39.69583; -79.76250 (WNPB-TV)

Translators[edit]

Broadcast translator of WPBY
Station City of license Channel ERP
kW
HAAT
m (ft)
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
W51EG-D Parkersburg 51 (UHF) 15 106 m (348 ft) 167359 39°12′43″N 81°35′31″W / 39.21194°N 81.59194°W / 39.21194; -81.59194 (W51EG-D)
Broadcast translators of WPBY
Station City of license Channel ERP
kW
HAAT
m (ft)
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
W07DN-D Wardensville 7 (VHF) 0.3 511 m (1,677 ft) 167352 39°8′38″N 78°26′9″W / 39.14389°N 78.43583°W / 39.14389; -78.43583 (W07DN-D)
W08EE-D Martinsburg 8 (VHF) 0.3 281 m (922 ft) 167357 39°27′36″N 78°3′45″W / 39.46000°N 78.06250°W / 39.46000; -78.06250 (W08EE-D)
W09CT-D Mathias 9 (VHF) 0.24 198 m (650 ft) 167353 38°49′15″N 78°53′56″W / 38.82083°N 78.89889°W / 38.82083; -78.89889 (W09CT-D)
W23DR-D Romney 23 (UHF) 15 267 m (876 ft) 167358 39°18′34.5″N 78°43′1.3″W / 39.309583°N 78.717028°W / 39.309583; -78.717028 (W23DR-D)
W30CO-D Wheeling 30 (UHF) 4.5 140 m (460 ft) 167354 40°3′41″N 80°45′8″W / 40.06139°N 80.75222°W / 40.06139; -80.75222 (W30CO-D)
W41DK-D Keyser 41 (UHF) 7 402 m (1,319 ft) 167356 39°12′43″N 81°35′31″W / 39.21194°N 81.59194°W / 39.21194; -81.59194 (W41DK-D)

Two translators that repeated WSWP have not yet been converted to digital.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

All digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1][2][3]
xx.1 1080i 16:9 WVPBS Main WVPBS programming / PBS
xx.2 480i 4:3 WVPBS.2 Create

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's stations shut down their analog signals 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 channel allocations post-transition are as follows:[4]

  • WPBY-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 33; The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 34.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 33.
  • WSWP-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 9; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 53, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to VHF channel 10.[6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 9.
  • WNPB shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 24; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 33.[7] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 24.

Radio[edit]

WVPB's state radio network includes eleven full-powered stations and seven low-powered translators, all on the FM band. The state network carries programs from NPR, PRI and other distributors, as well as classical and folk music. WVPB produces original weekly programs, including EclecTopia, Inside Appalachia and Sidetracks, plus the nationally distributed Mountain Stage (for NPR and the Voice of America).

FM stations[edit]

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP/Power
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
WVDS 89.5 FM Petersburg 71659 10,000 321.9 m (1,056 ft) B 39°12′7″N 79°16′31″W / 39.20194°N 79.27528°W / 39.20194; -79.27528 (WVDS) FCC
WVBL (FM) 88.5 FM Bluefield 173309 50,000 31.5 m (103 ft) B 37°16′33.6″N 81°15′3.6″W / 37.276000°N 81.251000°W / 37.276000; -81.251000 (WVBL) (FM) FCC
WVEP 88.9 FM Martinsburg 70643 3,600 473 m (1,552 ft) B 39°8′38″N 78°26′9″W / 39.14389°N 78.43583°W / 39.14389; -78.43583 (WVEP) FCC
WVNP 89.9 FM Wheeling 71658 25,000 152 m (499 ft) B 40°12′58″N 80°33′31″W / 40.21611°N 80.55861°W / 40.21611; -80.55861 (WVNP) FCC
WVBY 91.7 FM Beckley 71689 10,400 280 m (920 ft) B 37°53′46″N 80°59′21″W / 37.89611°N 80.98917°W / 37.89611; -80.98917 (WVBY) FCC
WVPB 88.5 FM Charleston 70604 44,000 134.2 m (440 ft) B 38°22′34.3″N 81°39′24″W / 38.376194°N 81.65667°W / 38.376194; -81.65667 (WVPB) FCC
WVPG 90.3 FM Parkersburg 70642 9,000 98 m (322 ft) B1 39°12′44″N 81°35′30″W / 39.21222°N 81.59167°W / 39.21222; -81.59167 (WVPG) FCC
WVPM 90.9 FM Morgantown 70645 5,000 439 m (1,440 ft) B 39°41′45″N 79°45′45″W / 39.69583°N 79.76250°W / 39.69583; -79.76250 (WVPM) FCC
WVPW 88.9 FM Buckhannon 71687 14,000 259 m (850 ft) B 39°2′4″N 80°33′47″W / 39.03444°N 80.56306°W / 39.03444; -80.56306 (WVPW) FCC
WVWV 89.9 FM Huntington 71656 8,100 355 m (1,165 ft) B 38°29′41″N 82°12′3″W / 38.49472°N 82.20083°W / 38.49472; -82.20083 (WVWV) FCC
WVWS 89.3 FM Webster Springs 176879 850 265 m (869 ft) A 38°35′46.4″N 80°23′54.4″W / 38.596222°N 80.398444°W / 38.596222; -80.398444 (WVWS) FCC

Translators[edit]

In addition to five low-powered, separate-frequency translators, two low-powered boosters also extend coverage. Boosters are licensed on the same frequency as the parent station but at a different location. They are given the same callsign as the parent station with a number added to differentiate the transmitter site.

Broadcast translators of WVPW
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W203AE 88.5 Elkins 10 364 m (1,194 ft) D FCC
W297AA 107.3 Clarksburg 95 146.4 m (480 ft) D FCC
Broadcast translators of WVEP
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WVEP-FM1 88.9 Charles Town 210 63 m (207 ft) D FCC
Broadcast translators of WVNP
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WVNP-FM1 89.9 Wheeling 41 176 m (577 ft) D FCC
Broadcast translators of WVPB
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W218AT 91.5 Union 17 387 m (1,270 ft) D FCC
W219BM 91.7 Matewan 10 −80 m (−260 ft) D FCC
W220BK 91.9 Logan 10 214 m (702 ft) D FCC

Additional television translators[edit]

In Moorefield, West Virginia WNPB-TV is rebroadcast on W22CV-D.[8][9] W22CV-D is not owned and operated by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and is owned by Valley TV Cooperative, INC. WNPB-TV also is rebroadcast in Hampshire, West Virginia on W41AO that is owned and operated by the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority.[10] W41AO does not seem like on the FCC data that W41AO is a digital translator.

The West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority has two construction permits for two digital low-powered translators for WSWP-TV of which these digital translators may not be on the air yet.[11][12]

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