|Branding||Public TV 13|
|Slogan||Public TV for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
13.3 PBS Encore
|Owner||Northern Michigan University
(Board of Control, Northern Michigan University)
|First air date||December 28, 1972|
|Call letters' meaning||Northern
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
13 (VHF, 1972–2009)
33 (UHF, until 2009)
|Transmitter power||15.4 kW (digital)|
|Height||323.3 m (digital)|
|Public license information:||Profile
The station first went on the air in 1972. The station is owned and operated by Northern Michigan University. When the station first went on the air, its call letters were WNPB.
WNMU serves all communities in the UP, over the air on channel 13 in the central UP, and on cable regionwide, including portions of northern Wisconsin not served by Wisconsin Public Television stations WPNE-TV or WLEF-TV.
It is also seen on Charter cable in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, instead of WCMU-TV, which the rest of its market get via transmitters throughout the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. In most of the Eastern U.P., cable or satellite are required to receive any PBS service; when the digital conversion took place in 2009, the Eastern U.P. lost terrestrial PBS service when WCMU satellite WCML in Alpena lowered its transmitter power for its digital broadcasts. Neither WCMU nor WNMU currently have plans to expand into the Eastern U.P. to fill the void left by the departure of WCML from the Eastern U.P. airwaves.
The future of WNMU radio and TV was threatened in recent years, as budget cuts led to a proposed sale or closure of the stations. However, new funding was approved, keeping the station on the air.
WNMU Produces a number of shows directly from their studios.
- High School Bowl, hosted by Jim Koski
- Media Meet, hosted by Bill Hart is a weekly public affairs program focused on issues important to residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula
- Ask The... A live call-in series hosted by a panel of experts where viewers may call and have their question discussed on air. There are several shows including Ask The Doctors, Ask The DNR, Ask The Lawyers, and more.
- What's Up? A brief community calendar interview program.
- Public Eye News, a 15-minute news broadcast run by students at NMU.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|13.1||480i||4:3||WNMU-TV||Main WNMU programming / PBS|
WNMU discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 33 to VHF channel 13.
- , Press release on 2012 Good News Awards. Retrieved Feb 9, 2013.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WNMU
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.