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WOUB: Athens, Ohio
WOUC: Cambridge, Ohio
United States
Branding WOUB
Channels Digital:
WOUB: 27 (UHF)
WOUC: 35 (UHF)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations PBS
Owner Ohio University
Founded WOUB: January 7, 1963; 53 years ago (1963-01-07)
WOUC: July 26, 1973; 43 years ago (1973-07-26)
Call letters' meaning WOUB:
(or Bobcats)
Sister station(s) WOUB-FM
Former channel number(s) WOUB:
20 (UHF analog, 1963–2009)
44 (UHF analog, 1973–2009)
Former affiliations NET (1963–1970)
Transmitter power

250 kW (digital)

310 kW (digital)

242.3 m (digital)

385.1 m (digital)
Facility ID WOUB: 50147
WOUC: 50141
Transmitter coordinates WOUB:
39°18′52″N 82°8′59″W / 39.31444°N 82.14972°W / 39.31444; -82.14972
40°5′32″N 81°17′19″W / 40.09222°N 81.28861°W / 40.09222; -81.28861 (WOUC-TV)
Website www.woub.org
The Radio/Television Building at Ohio University, where WOUB is broadcast

WOUB-TV channel 20 is a non-commercial educational television station licensed to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. WOUB-TV's programming can also be seen on satellite station WOUC-TV channel 44, located in Cambridge, Ohio. Both stations are members of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

The WOUB/WOUC studios and offices are located in the Radio-TV building on the Athens campus of Ohio University, which owns the stations' licenses through the WOUB Center for Public Media. The Center is a non-academic unit of the Scripps College of Communication. The two stations combined serves southeastern Ohio and portions of neighboring West Virginia and Kentucky. The public media center also serves as a laboratory for Ohio University students who are interested in gaining experience in broadcasting and related technologies. In addition to radio (WOUB-FM) and television, WOUB is also active in online services and media production.

Unlike most PBS stations, the channel produces a regular local newscast by university students studying and training on television news casts at Ohio University. With that, they mainly focus on the area around Athens, which is mostly ignored by the Columbus, Zanesville and Huntington-Charleston stations that serve the Athens area.

Past students of the station (and alumni of Ohio University by extension) include current Today Show co-host Matt Lauer, along with numerous major market television news anchors and reporters.

Coverage area[edit]

Currently Athens County, Ohio is located in the fringes of the Columbus market. However, the combined power of the two stations reaches most of the Huntington/Charleston and Zanesville markets, as well as portions of the Columbus, Parkersburg and Wheeling/Steubenville markets. WOUC's over-the-air digital signal has even been picked up in parts of suburban Pittsburgh, roughly 100 miles from Cambridge. The station leases commercial fiber line to permit it to be carried on the Columbus local feeds of the DBS providers.

Digital programming[edit]

WOUB-TV and WOUC-TV's primary (.1) channels share the same programming. The offerings on the remaining subchannels are different on both stations, expanding the choices of programming for digital viewers within the coverage areas of both transmitters.


Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [1]
20.1 1080i 16:9 WOUB-HD Main WOUB-TV programming / PBS
20.2 480i 4:3 WOUB-CL PBS Encore
20.3 WOUB-LR MHz WorldView


Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [2]
44.1 1080i 16:9 WOUC-HD Main WOUC-TV programming / PBS
44.2 480i 4:3 WOUC-UN PBS Encore
44.3 WOUC-WR World

Digital transition[edit]

In 2009, when the analog to digital conversion was completed, WOUB-TV and WOUC-TV utilized channels 27 and 35, respectively for digital television operations. Following the transition the stations remained on those channels, but, it uses PSIP to display 20 and 44 as the stations' respective virtual channels. [3]


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