|Schenectady-Albany-Troy, New York
|City||Schenectady, New York|
|Slogan||Community, Culture, Connections.|
|Channels||Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
17.4 PBS Kids
W04BD Glen Falls
|Owner||WMHT Educational Telecommunications|
|First air date||March 26, 1962|
|Call letters' meaning||Mohawk
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
17 (UHF, 1962–2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1962–1970)|
|Transmitter power||325 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WMHT "PBS 17" is the PBS member station for the Capital District of New York State (NY). WMHT is licensed to the city of Schenectady, New York and it's owned and operated by WMHT Educational Telecommunications (formerly known as Mohawk-Hudson Council on Educational Television, Inc.) along with sister radio station WMHT-FM. The WMHT transmitter is located in the Helderberg Escarpment in New Scotland. The studios are located in the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush with a Troy mailing address
The Mohawk-Hudson Council on Educational Television was formed in 1953, through the financial support from television station WRGB Channel 6, its then-parent company General Electric and many supporters and local businesses in the Albany/Capital Region. In the beginning, Mohawk-Hudson produced educational programs on WRGB; however, due to the station's tight scheduling, the council decided to form a non-commercial educational television station of its own. WMHT signed on the air on March 26, 1962 on UHF channel 17 as the second educational in the state of New York. From the outset the station was a member of National Educational Television (NET) and became one of PBS' charter members after the two stations merged in 1970. In 1972, WMHT expanded into FM radio by launching the first non-commercial classical music station in the United States (a format that continues to this day).
In 1987, WMHT purchased the assets of independent station WUSV (channel 45) and made it a secondary programming service under the calls WMHX. Due to financial difficulties, WMHT shut WMHX down in 1991 and returned it to the air three years later under the calls WMHQ. In the late 1990s, WMHQ's commercial licence became attractive and WMHT sold it to the Tribune Company for $18.5 million in 1999 with the station becoming WB affiliate WEWB that September (it today is CW affiliate WCWN, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group). The money from this sale allowed WMHT to expand into digital television. It also allowed the station to replace its original facility in Rotterdam with a state-of-the-art facility in the Rensselaer Tech Park.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|17.1||1080i||16:9||WMHT-HD||Main WMHT programming / PBS|
WMHT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 17 at noon on April 16, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 34. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 17.
Cable and satellite carriage
|Station||Comcast||DirecTV||Dish Network||Mid-Hudson Cable||Spectrum||Verizon FiOS|
|WMHT-SD / WMHT-HD||323||17||17||2||11 / 80 / 1221||11 / 511|
|WMHT-DT4 (PBS Kids)||326||N/A||N/A||116||1277||N/A|
- RabbitEars TV Query for WMHT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.