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Rock Hill, South Carolina
United States
ChannelsDigital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 30 (PSIP)
BrandingETV Carolinas
Affiliations30.1: PBS (1978–present)
30.2: South Carolina Channel
30.3: ETV World
30.4: PBS Kids
OwnerSouth Carolina Educational Television Commission
First air date
January 3, 1978 (43 years ago) (1978-01-03)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 30 (UHF, 1978–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 15 (UHF, until 2019)
Call sign meaning
North and South Carolina
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID61009
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT209.9 m (689 ft)
Transmitter coordinates34°50′23.3″N 81°1′6″W / 34.839806°N 81.01833°W / 34.839806; -81.01833 (WNSC-TV)Coordinates: 34°50′23.3″N 81°1′6″W / 34.839806°N 81.01833°W / 34.839806; -81.01833 (WNSC-TV)
Public license information

WNSC-TV, virtual channel 30 (UHF digital channel 34), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States. Owned by the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, it is sister to news/talk radio station WNSC-FM (88.9). WNSC-TV's studios are located on the campus of York Technical College in Rock Hill, and its transmitter is located in southeastern York County (east of I-77).

WNSC-TV operates as a member station of South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV). Master control and most internal operations are based at SCETV's headquarters on George Rogers Boulevard in Columbia, across from Williams-Brice Stadium on the campus of the University of South Carolina. On cable, WNSC-TV is available on channel 15 throughout most of the Charlotte, North Carolina television market.


The station first signed on the air on January 3, 1978,[1] initially broadcasting instructional programs during the day before beginning full-time broadcasting in July.[2] (WPRV, now WNSC-FM, signed on the same day.) WNSC debuted as the sixth full-power station aligned with SCETV, and the third public television station to serve the Charlotte area, after WTVI (channel 42) and Concord-based UNC-TV station WUNG-TV (channel 58). Previously, SCETV programming had been seen in the Rock Hill area via low-power translator station W55AA on UHF channel 55 (that channel was later occupied by MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYT-TV).

WNSC-TV originates some local programming, including Piedmont Politics, and also carries national and statewide programs from PBS and SCETV. Its digital subchannels carry the South Carolina Channel, ETV World and SCETV PBS Kids.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
30.1 1080i 16:9 ETV Main SCETV programming / PBS
30.2 480i SCC South Carolina Channel (local documentaries / Create from 12 midnight to 6 pm)
30.3 ETVW ETV World (PBS west coast feed and block programming from BBC, DW-TV and NHK World)
30.4 ETVK PBS Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WNSC-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 30, at midnight on February 18, 2009 (along with the other SCETV stations), the day after some full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts (February 17 was the original target date for the transition until the Federal Communications Commission moved the transition date to June 12 earlier in the month). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 30.

Local and regional programming[edit]

  • Talk of the Town - a community affairs talk show hosted by Bill Curry
  • Mary Long's Yesteryear - hosted by Mary Long
  • Fret & Fiddle - a songwriter performance showcase
  • Metrolina Illustrated Newsmagazine created, hosted and produced by Chuck Smith (1988–1991)
  • Rock Hill - Primetime - created and produced by Chuck Smith (1991–1992)
  • Carolina Weekends - created, hosted and produced by Chuck Smith (1988–1991)


  1. ^ Schumpert, Mary (January 3, 1978). "2 Stations Reach Out To Teach". The Charlotte Observer. p. 13A. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Colver, Bob (July 14, 1978). "Heartbeat of public radio is sounding stronger". The Charlotte News. p. 4. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WNSC
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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