|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)|
Virtual: 30 (PSIP)
30.2 PBS Kids
30.3 Create/OH Chan.
|Owner||Public Broadcasting Foundation of Northwest Ohio|
|Founded||October 10, 1960|
|Call letters' meaning||We're Greater|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
30 (UHF, 1960–2009)
|Former affiliations||Primary: NET (1960–1970)|
DT2: PBS Encore (branded as WGTE Family) (2000s–2017)
|Transmitter power||49.5 kW|
|Height||313.6 m (1,029 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
WGTE is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Toledo, Ohio, United States, serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 29 (or virtual channel 30 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Corduroy Road in Oregon, Ohio. Owned by the Public Broadcasting Foundation of Northwest Ohio, WGTE maintains studios on South Detroit Avenue in Toledo.
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WGTE began in 1953 as a low-power television station on the University of Toledo campus, with a broadcast antenna in the belltower of University Hall. It began regular operations in 1959, receiving a full license on October 10, 1960.
WGTE has been digital-only since February 17, 2009.
In 2017, WGTE announced that it will not have to make any changes as a result of the spectrum auction, and will be allowed to remain on UHF 29. WGTE plans to broadcast in ATSC 3.0 in the future, and there are plans to broadcast in 4K Ultra HD, support mobile television, support 3-D broadcasting, and more technological advances.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming |
|30.1||1080i||16:9||WGTE-HD||Main WGTE-TV programming / PBS|
|30.3||Create||Create (8:00 a.m.–midnight)|
Ohio Channel (midnight–8:00 a.m.)
WGTE can be received in quite a large part of the Detroit area; its over-the-air signal reaches far into Detroit's southern inner-ring suburbs. The station has long claimed southeastern Michigan as part of its primary coverage area, and even airs some Michigan-related programming.
WGTE's over the air signal reaches as far north as Taylor, Michigan, as far south as Findlay, Ohio, as far east as Sandusky, Ohio, and as far west as Wauseon, Ohio. The station's signal radius to the north is significantly reduced due to co-channel interference from CIII-DT-29 in Sarnia, which also broadcasts on channel 29. That station however, is moving to channel 35. Coverage of WGTE should extend to Hamtramck, Michigan.
WGTE is carried on most cable systems in northwestern Ohio. In addition, the station and all of its subchannels are available on Comcast in Melvindale, Ann Arbor and Lenawee County, Michigan, as well as on Wyandotte Municipal Cable and Buckeye Cable in the Toledo area and in the areas of Michigan where Buckeye is available. The station has not been carried on any cable systems in Canada (specifically Windsor and Essex County, Ontario) since the late 1980s.