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WOUB-TV PBS logo.png
CityAthens, Ohio
BrandingPBS WOUB
First air date
January 7, 1963
(59 years ago)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 20 (UHF, 1963–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 27 (UHF, mid 2000s–2019)
NET (1963–1970)
Call sign meaning
"Ohio University Broadcasting"
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID50147
ERP250 kW
HAAT245.5 m (805 ft)
Transmitter coordinates39°18′52″N 82°8′59″W / 39.31444°N 82.14972°W / 39.31444; -82.14972
Public license information
Satellite station
CityCambridge, Ohio
First air date
July 26, 1973
(49 years ago)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 44 (UHF, 1973–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 35 (UHF, mid 2000s–2019)
Call sign meaning
"Ohio University, Cambridge"
Technical information
Facility ID50141
ERP7.11 kW
HAAT337.8 m (1,108 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°5′32″N 81°17′18″W / 40.09222°N 81.28833°W / 40.09222; -81.28833
Public license information

WOUB-TV (channel 20) is a PBS member television station in Athens, Ohio, United States. The station's transmitter is located west of the city off SR 56. Its programming can also be seen on satellite station WOUC-TV (channel 44) in Cambridge, with transmitter near Fairview, Ohio.

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, serve 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 AM and 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 newscasts at Ohio University. With that, they mainly focus on the area around Athens, which is mostly ignored by the Columbus, Zanesville and HuntingtonCharleston stations that serve the Athens area.

Coverage area[edit]

Athens and surrounding Athens County are 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 WheelingSteubenville markets. The station leases commercial fiber line to permit it to be carried on the Columbus local feeds of the DBS providers.

Technical information[edit]

As of April 11, 2018, when they expanded to six broadcast streams per transmitter,[1] WOUB-TV and WOUC-TV share the same programming.[2]


The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[3]
20.1 / 44.1 1080i 16:9 WOUB-HD Main WOUB-TV programming / PBS
20.2 / 44.2 480i 4:3 Classic PBS Encore
20.3 / 44.3 World World
20.4 / 44.4 Create Create
20.5 / 44.5 Ohio The Ohio Channel
20.6 / 44.6 Kids PBS Kids
20.7 / 44.7 VoiceCo Audio

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

In 2009, when the analog to digital conversion was completed, WOUB-TV and WOUC-TV used 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.[4] In 2019, both stations moved to new physical channels as part of the FCC's spectrum re-pack process.



  1. ^ "WOUB-TV to Double Content Offerings Starting April 11 - WOUB Digital". 6 April 2018.
  2. ^ "WOUB-TV Schedules - WOUB Digital".
  3. ^ "WOUB-TV ATHENS, OH". www.rabbitears.info.
  4. ^ "Data" (PDF). hraunfoss.fcc.gov.

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