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Schenectady-Albany-Troy, New York
United States
City Schenectady, New York
Slogan Community, Culture, Connections.
Channels Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Subchannels 17.1 PBS
17.2 Create
17.3 World
17.4 PBS Kids
Translators W04AJ Schoharie
W04BD Glen Falls
W42AE Poughkeepsie
Owner WMHT Educational Telecommunications
First air date March 26, 1962; 55 years ago (1962-03-26)
Call letters' meaning Mohawk
Sister station(s) WMHT-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog:
17 (UHF, 1962–2009)
Former affiliations NET (1962–1970)
Transmitter power 325 kW
Height 426 m
Facility ID 73263
Transmitter coordinates 42°37′31″N 74°0′38″W / 42.62528°N 74.01056°W / 42.62528; -74.01056 (WMHT)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website http://www.wmht.org/home/

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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
17.1 1080i 16:9 WMHT-HD Main WMHT programming / PBS
17.2 480i WMHT-Cr Create
17.3 WMHT-Wo World
17.4 4:3 WMHT-Ki PBS Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 17.

Outlying translators[edit]

Also, W42AE in Poughkeepsie, owned by Dutchess Community College, repeats WMHT except for several hours a week when classes are in session.

Cable and satellite carriage[edit]

WMHT is carried on the following cable and satellite systems within the Albany/Schenectady/Troy market:

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-DT2 (Create) 324 N/A N/A 114 1275 N/A
WMHT-DT3 (World) 325 N/A N/A 115 1276 N/A
WMHT-DT4 (PBS Kids) 326 N/A N/A 116 1277 N/A

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