WGVU-TV

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WGVU-TV / WGVK
WGVU Logo.png
WGVU: Grand Rapids, Michigan
WGVK: Kalamazoo, Michigan
United States
Branding WGVU
Slogan West Michigan Public Broadcasting
Channels Digital:
WGVU: 11 (VHF)
WGVK: 5 (VHF)
Virtual:
WGVU: 35 (PSIP)
WGVK: 52 (PSIP)
Affiliations
Owner Grand Valley State University
First air date
  • WGVU: December 17, 1972; 44 years ago (1972-12-17)
  • WGVK: October 1, 1984; 32 years ago (1984-10-01)
Call letters' meaning WGVU:
Grand
Valley State
University
WGVK:
WGVU Kalamazoo
Former callsigns
  • WGVU:
  • WGVC (1972–1987)
  • WGVK: none
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • WGVU:
  • 35 (UHF, 1972–2009)
  • WGVK:
  • 52 (UHF, 1984–2009)
Transmitter power WGVU:
50 kW (digital)
WGVK:
10 kW (digital)
Height WGVU:
238 m (digital)
WGVK:
169 m (digital)
Facility ID WGVU: 24784
WGVK: 24783
Transmitter coordinates WGVU:
42°57′35″N 85°53′45″W / 42.95972°N 85.89583°W / 42.95972; -85.89583
WGVK:
42°18′23″N 85°39′25″W / 42.30639°N 85.65694°W / 42.30639; -85.65694 (WGVK)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: / WGVK Profile
/ WGVK CDBS
Website www.wgvu.org/television

WGVU-TV, virtual channel 35 (VHF digital channel 11), is a PBS member television station located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. WGVU operates a full-time satellite station, WGVK (virtual channel 52, VHF digital channel 5) in Kalamazoo. The two stations are owned by Grand Valley State University. WGVU's studios are located in the Meijer Public Broadcast Center, located in the Eberhard Center on the GVSU Pew Campus; WGVU's transmitter is located near the GVSU Campus in Allendale Charter Township, WGVK's transmitter is located in Kalamazoo's Westwood neighborhood.

History[edit]

The station signed on the air on December 17, 1972 as WGVC-TV, owned by what was then Grand Valley State College. Channel 35 originally operated from the basement of Manitou Hall on GVSC's Allendale campus.

WGVC-TV's signal was somewhat marginal in the southern portion of the vast West Michigan market (Kalamazoo and Battle Creek). It must conform its signal to protect fellow PBS member WNIT in South Bend, on adjacent channel 34. In much of this area, WGVC-TV could only be seen on cable. This was very similar to what the area's main ABC affiliate, WZZM-TV (channel 13), faced due to the presence of WTVG in Toledo, Ohio. To make up for this shortfall in coverage, Grand Valley State signed on WGVK as a satellite station in 1984. In 1986, the station relocated to its current studio facility at the Meijer Public Broadcast Center. The station's callsign was changed to WGVU in 1987, when Grand Valley State was elevated to university status.

Programming[edit]

Weekly[edit]

  • Ask The... – a live call-in show about a specific topic, hosted by Shelley Irwin; it airs Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Grand Valley State Sports Report (formerly GV Sports) – hosted by WZZM-TV sports anchor Brent Ashcroft, this program covers Grand Valley State University athletics. During the athletic season, it airs Mondays at 6 and 11 p.m., and does not air during the summer months.
  • West Michigan Week – a program discussing the week's news headlines, hosted by Patrick Center; it airs Fridays at 9:30 p.m.
  • WGVU Newsmakers – a program profiling people and issues, hosted by Patrick Center; it airs Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Specials[edit]

  • WGVU Community Connection – a monthly program hosted by Shelley Irwin. It spotlights non-profit agencies in West Michigan.
  • WGVU Family Health Matters – a program covering health issues.

Documentaries[edit]

WGVU produces documentaries. Notable documentaries are LZ Michigan (A “Landing Zone” to Remember, Honor, and Celebrate our Community’s Veterans and their Families), Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History, Surviving Auschwitz: Children of the Shoah and Defying Hitler.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

WGVU and WGVK's digital channels are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1][2]
xx.1 1080i 16:9 WGVU-DT
WGVK-DT
Main programming / PBS
xx.2 480i 4:3 WGVU-DT2
WGVKDT2
Create
xx.3 WGVU-DT3
WGVKDT3
MHz Worldview
xx.4 WGVU-DT4
WGVKDT4
Schedule & radio
xx.5 WGVU-DT5
WGVKDT5
PBS Kids

WGVU/WGVK's main channel offers programming in 1080i high definition; standard definition programs are shown with pillarboxing. WGVU/WGVK's fourth digital subchannel offers a scrolling still screen featuring schedule information for the station's three other subchannels, along with background audio from oldies radio sister station WGVU/WGVS (AM). WGVU-FM is available through the SAP channel.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Both stations shut down their analog signals respectively, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television:[3]

  • WGVU-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 35; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 11, using PSIP to display WGVU-TV's virtual channel as 35 on digital television receivers.
  • WGVK shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 52; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 5, using PSIP to display WGVK's virtual channel as 52 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

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