|Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida
|Slogan||West Central Florida's PBS Station|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
|Owner||Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc.|
|First air date||October 17, 1958|
|Call letters' meaning||EDUcation|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
3 (VHF, 1958–2009)
54 (UHF, until 2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1958–1970)|
|Transmitter power||25 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WEDU, virtual channel 3 (VHF digital channel 13), is a PBS member television station located in Tampa, Florida, United States and serves the Tampa Bay Area including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota and Lakeland. The station is owned by Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting. WEDU's studio facilities are located on North Boulevard in Tampa, and its transmitter is located in Riverview. WEDU is one of two PBS stations in the Tampa Bay market. It carries the main PBS schedule, while WUSF-TV, channel 16, carries alternate PBS programming.
The station first signed on the air on October 17, 1958. For many years, WEDU has been one of the highest-rated stations in the PBS system. At one point, it was the third most-watched PBS member station in the country.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|3.1||1080i||16:9||WEDU-HD||Main WEDU programming / PBS|
|3.3||World||World (7 a.m.-7 p.m.)
The Florida Channel (7 p.m.-7 a.m.)
WEDU shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 3, on February 17, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television (which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 54. That channel was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcast service. So WEDU relocated to VHF channel 13 on June 12, 2009. Channel 13 originally was the analog channel for Fox owned-and-operated station WTVT but that station vacated Channel 13 on the rescheduled date of the digital television transition, using PSIP to display WEDU's virtual channel as 3 on digital television receivers.
Current on-air staff
- Rob Lorei - host of Florida This Week
- Geoff Simon - host of Suncoast Business Forum
- Cathy Unruh - host of Up Close
- WEDU history section from 2002 archive of Website
- "WEDU.org". Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WEDU
- Congress delays digital TV switch, but WEDU will switch this month, Eric Deggans, St. Petersburg Times, February 5, 2009
- List of Digital Full-Power Stations
- WEDU FCC DTV status report