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(satellite of WKLE, Lexington, Kentucky)
Kentucky Educational Television logo.svg
Covington, Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
CityCovington, Kentucky
BrandingKET (general)
KET: The Kentucky Network (secondary)
SloganWhere Learning Comes to Life
ChannelsDigital: 24 (UHF)
(to move to 22 (UHF))
Virtual: 54 (PSIP)
Affiliations54.1: KET/PBS
54.2: KET2/PBS Encore
54.3: KY Channel
54.4: KET PBS Kids
OwnerKentucky Authority for Educational Television
First air dateSeptember 8, 1969 (49 years ago) (1969-09-08)
Call letters' meaningW CoViNgton
Former channel number(s)Analog:
54 (UHF, 1969–2009)
Transmitter power53.5 kW
39.9 kW (CP)
Height117 m (384 ft)
127.8 m (419 ft) (CP)
Facility ID34204
Transmitter coordinates39°1′51″N 84°30′23″W / 39.03083°N 84.50639°W / 39.03083; -84.50639
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
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WCVN-TV, virtual channel 54 (UHF digital channel 24), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Covington, Kentucky, United States. Owned by the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television, the station is operated as part of the statewide Kentucky Educational Television (KET) network. WKOH's transmitter is located near the Interstate 275 interchange with KY 16 near Winston Park, in Kenton County.[1]

It is one of three PBS member stations serving the Cincinnati market, alongside WCET/Cincinnati and WPTO/Oxford, a unit of WPTD/Dayton.


Although KET commenced broadcasting in September 1968, the network did not sign on WCVN-TV to the air until September 8, 1969. WCVN is the twelfth KET station to sign on, and the thirteenth educational television station to broadcast within the Commonwealth. Before then, the northernmost areas of the state of Kentucky had already been receiving an educational television signal from WCET for 15 years as it signed on in July 1954, as well as WMUB-TV (now WPTO) of Oxford, Ohio for almost ten years before WCVN. Therefore, after WCVN began broadcasting, the Cincinnati metropolitan area has three choices for educational programming courtesy of PBS, although WPTO didn't have any presence on the Kentucky side of the river until their digital signal upgrade after the 2009 digital television transition that was mandated by the FCC. All three were members of National Educational Television (NET) before joining PBS in October 1970. In the Cincinnati market, KET often competes with WCET and WPTO, but KET, through WCVN, does have viewership in the Cincinnati metro area, including a few contributors of KET's Fund for Excellence.

WCVN was one out of three satellites that were slated to be part of the network, but signed on later than the other ten charter satellites; the other two were WKMU/Murray and WKMJ-TV/Louisville, which signed on in October 1968 and September 1970, respectively. In the Kentucky side of the Cincinnati market, however, before WCVN's inaugural sign-on, WKON/Owenton was the default KET satellite in the northern Kentucky area for more than eleven months after KET's ten charter stations signed on.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital television companion signal, WCVN-DT, along with the digital companions of thirteen other KET stations (except WKPC and WKMJ) signed on the air in May 2002.

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
54.1 720p 16:9 KET Main KET programming / PBS
54.2 480i 4:3 KET2 PBS Encore / KET2
54.3 KET KY Kentucky Channel


Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WCVN-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 54 in compliance with the 2009 digital television transition. Although the mandatory deadline was June 12, 2009, the analog signal was shut down on April 16. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 17. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 54, which was among the high-band UHF channels (channels 52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.[3][4]

Spectrum incentive auction results[edit]

WCVN currently holds a construction permit to move its digital signal to UHF channel 22 as part of the network's participation in the 2016–17 FCC Spectrum incentive auction. WCVN must relocate its digital signal to its new allocation no later than the time period between September 2019 and early October 2019.[5][6]

Coverage area[edit]

Signal coverage[edit]

WCVN's signal covers Kentucky's northernmost counties, along with southwestern Ohio and southeastern Indiana. It can reach north to south from northern Harrison County, Kentucky to near Germantown, Ohio, and west-to-east from Vevay and Brookville, Indiana to rural central Brown County, Ohio and Bracken County, Kentucky. The signal does cover some of the same areas as that of WKON from Burlington to near Owenton, Kentucky.[7] The WCVN signal also covers portions of the small coverage area of low-powered translator W20CT-D of Augusta, which repeats the broadcast signal of Morehead-licensed WKMR.

Cable and satellite availability[edit]

KET's statewide cable coverage includes Charter Spectrum (former Time Warner Cable) systems in northern Kentucky. Spectrum also carries the first three subchannels in the metro Cincinnati area along with WPTO and WCET.[8] All three public television stations in the Cincinnati market are also available on satellite via Dish Network and DirecTV.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Rabbitears.info.
  2. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WCVN
  3. ^ "Calls come after KET, WKYT digital TV transition". Lexington Herald-Leader. April 17, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Digital Transition: The Malcolm (Mac) Wall Years". KET. Kentucky Educational Television. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  5. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Rabbitears.info.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2018-10-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2018-10-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ [1][dead link]

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