WCVE-TV

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WCVE-TV
WCVE-TV WVPT VPM PBS logo.png
Richmond, Virginia
United States
BrandingVPM PBS
ChannelsDigital: 42 (UHF)
(shared with WNVT; to move to 22 (UHF)[1])
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
Affiliations23.1: PBS
23.2: Create
23.3: MHz Worldview
23.4: PBS Kids
OwnerCommonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation
First air dateSeptember 10, 1964 (55 years ago) (1964-09-10)
Call letters' meaningCentral
Virginia
Educational
Sister station(s)WCVW, WNVT, WCVE-FM
Former channel number(s)Analog:
23 (UHF, 1964–2009)
Former affiliationsNET (1964–1970)
Transmitter power160 kW
150 kW (CP)
Height346.3 m (1,136 ft)
327.3 m (1,074 ft) (CP)
Facility ID9987
Transmitter coordinates37°30′45.6″N 77°36′4.8″W / 37.512667°N 77.601333°W / 37.512667; -77.601333
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitevpm.org
WCVW
Richmond, Virginia
United States
BrandingVPM Plus
ChannelsDigital: 44 (UHF)
(to move to 29 (UHF))
Virtual: 57 (PSIP)
AffiliationsPBS
OwnerCommonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation
First air dateDecember 24, 1966 (52 years ago) (1966-12-24)
Call letters' meaningDisambiguation of WCVE
Sister station(s)WCVE-TV, WNVT, WCVE-FM
Former channel number(s)Analog:
57 (UHF, 1966–2009)
Transmitter power112 kW
93 kW (CP)
Height328 m (1,076 ft)
327.3 m (1,074 ft) (CP)
Facility ID9989
Transmitter coordinates37°30′45.6″N 77°36′4.8″W / 37.512667°N 77.601333°W / 37.512667; -77.601333
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
WHTJ
(satellite of WCVE-TV)
Charlottesville, Virginia
United States
BrandingVPM PBS
ChannelsDigital: 46 (UHF)
(shared with WNVC; to move to 26 (UHF)[2])
Virtual: 41 (PSIP)
Affiliations41.1: PBS
41.2: WCVW simulcast
41.3: MHz Worldview
41.4: PBS Kids
41.5: Create
OwnerCommonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation
First air dateMay 19, 1989 (30 years ago) (1989-05-19)
Call letters' meaningHome of Thomas Jefferson
Sister station(s)WNVC
Former channel number(s)Analog:
41 (UHF, 1989–2009)
Transmitter power165 kW
124 kW (CP)
Height331.6 m (1,088 ft)
335 m (1,099 ft) (CP)
Facility ID9990
Transmitter coordinates37°59′0″N 78°29′1″W / 37.98333°N 78.48361°W / 37.98333; -78.48361 (WHTJ)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
(
satellite of WCVE-TV) Profile

(
satellite of WCVE-TV) CDBS

WCVE-TV, virtual channel 23 (UHF digital channel 42), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Richmond, Virginia, United States. The station is owned by the Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation. WCVE-TV's studios and transmitter are located on 23 Sesame Street in Bon Air, a suburb of Richmond.

WHTJ (virtual channel 41, UHF digital channel 46) in Charlottesville operates as a full-time satellite of WCVE-TV; this station's transmitter is located atop Carters Mountain. WCVE-TV also operates a sister station in Richmond, WCVW (virtual channel 57, UHF digital channel 44), whose transmitter is co-located with WCVE-TV.

The three stations were collectively known locally as the Community Idea Stations and began using their call letters for identification in 2008, with each referring to itself as a Community Idea Station. On August 5, 2019, WCVE-TV and WHTJ rebranded as VPM PBS with WCVW becoming VPM Plus.[3]

History[edit]

The community-owned public broadcasting company was established in 1961 by Thomas Boushall (Chairman of the Richmond School Board and an officer of the Bank of Virginia) and a group of concerned citizens to employ television for educational purposes. The patron saints of public broadcasting in central Virginia were Boushall, E. Claiborne Robins, Sr., Mary Ann Franklin, and Bill W. Spiller. Mrs. Franklin first approached Boushall and Henry I. Willett, then Superintendent of Richmond City Schools, with the idea of establishing an educational television station. Boushall and Franklin then recruited Spiller, who was hired in December 1963 and began working for them in January 1964.

WCVE-TV's sister station, WCVW-TV (channel 57) signed on in 1967. Richmond became the first community in Virginia to have dual stations, and only the eighth in the nation to do so, doubling the amount of instructional programming provided to schools in central Virginia. Over 40 years later, both WCVE-TV and WCVW are still in operation.

In 1974, Commonwealth Public Broadcasting took over WNVT-TV, a Fairfax public TV station on the verge of financial insolvency, in order to protect instructional television and educational services for schools in northern Virginia. In 1981, a second Northern Virginia station, WNVC-TV, was established. Today, these two stations provide international programming in English and several other languages tailored to the needs of the Washington, D.C. area's culturally diverse population.

In 1988, Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education announced plans to give up its public radio license for WRFK, which had assumed a fine music format from WFMV. To ensure public radio would remain in Richmond, WCVE-FM radio went on the air as a National Public Radio (NPR) member station. The following year, the company established WHTJ in Charlottesville. Before WHTJ's sign-on, Charlottesville had no full-powered PBS station; only a repeater of Harrisonburg's WVPT served the area.

A 25,000-square-foot (2,323 m2) TV and radio studio-office complex was added in 1991.

After signing off at midnight almost daily for over 40 years, WCVE-TV and WCVW became 24-hour stations most days of the week in the fall of 2006. Starting in early 2008, the stylized "i" logo became the station's secondary logo, and the stations adopted a family of similar primary logos displaying their call letters.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

WCVE-TV[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4][5][6][7]
23.1 1080i 16:9 WCVE-HD Main WCVE-TV programming / PBS
23.2 480i WCVE-D2 Create
23.3 WNVT-D3 Simulcast of WNVT / MHz Worldview
23.4 WCVE-D4 PBS Kids

WCVW[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8][9]
57.1 1080i 16:9 WCVW-HD Main WCVW programming / PBS

WHTJ[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[10][11]
41.1 1080i 16:9 WHTJ-HD Main WHTJ programming / PBS
41.2 WHTJ-D2 Alternate PBS schedule (simulcast of WCVW)
41.3 480i WNVC-D3 Simulcast of WNVC / MHz Worldview
41.4 4:3 WHTJ-D4 PBS Kids
41.5 16:9 WHTJ-D5 Create

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WCVE-TV, WCVW and WHTJ shut down their analog signals on March 30, 2009:[12]

  • WCVE-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 23.
  • WCVW shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 57; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 44. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 57, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
  • WHTJ shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 41; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 46. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 41.

Programming[edit]

Like most public television stations, this trio broadcasts shows distributed by PBS and American Public Television, but they also create a range of local programs. WCVE-TV produces Virginia Currents, a program profiling residents of the state, both typical and notable, which is aired by other PBS stations in Virginia such as Blue Ridge PBS and WVPT. WHTJ offers Charlottesville Inside-Out, hosted by musician Terri Allard.[13] All of the programs are produced by WCVE-TV's studios in Richmond.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WNVT channel sharing application ENG 02-15-2018
  2. ^ WNVC channel sharing application ENG 02-15-2018
  3. ^ Curran, Colleen. "Community Idea Stations changing its name to VPM". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WCVE
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WCVW
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WHTJ
  7. ^ http://ideastations.org/tv/schedules
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WCVW
  9. ^ http://ideastations.org/tv/schedules
  10. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WHTJ
  11. ^ http://ideastations.org/tv/schedules
  12. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  13. ^ Hook staff (2007-11-15). "'Inside-Out' fest: WHTJ celebrates local talk with Terri". The Hook. Charlottesville. Retrieved 2008-02-25.

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