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Carbondale, Illinois
United States
ChannelsDigital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
AffiliationsPBS (1970–present)
OwnerSouthern Illinois University
(Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University)
First air dateNovember 6, 1961 (57 years ago) (1961-11-06)
Call letters' meaningSouthern
Sister station(s)WSIU; WUSI
Former channel number(s)Analog: 8 (VHF, 1961–2009)
Digital: 40 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliationsNET (1961–1970)
Transmitter power53 kW
Height271.3 m (890 ft)
Facility ID4297
Transmitter coordinates38°6′11″N 89°14′40″W / 38.10306°N 89.24444°W / 38.10306; -89.24444
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
(satellite of WSIU-TV)
Olney, Illinois
United States
Brandingsee WSIU-TV infobox
ChannelsDigital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 16 (PSIP)
AffiliationsPBS (1970–present)
OwnerSouthern Illinois University
(Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University)
First air dateAugust 19, 1968 (50 years ago) (1968-08-19)
Call letters' meaningUniversity of
(anagram of WSIU)
Sister station(s)see WSIU-TV infobox
Former channel number(s)Analog: 16 (UHF, 1968–2009)
Former affiliationsNET (1968–1970)
Transmitter power46 kW
Height283.8 m (931 ft)
Facility ID4301
Transmitter coordinates38°50′19″N 88°7′47″W / 38.83861°N 88.12972°W / 38.83861; -88.12972 (WUSI-TV)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
satellite of WSIU-TV) Profile

satellite of WSIU-TV) CDBS

WSIU-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 8, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Carbondale, Illinois, United States. The station is owned by Southern Illinois University, and is a sister station to National Public Radio (NPR) member and Public Radio International (PRI) affiliate WSIU (91.9 FM), also licensed to Carbondale. WSIU-TV's studios are located on the university's campus in Carbondale, and its transmitter is located along US 51, near Tamaroa.

WUSI-TV, virtual channel 16 (UHF digital channel 19), licensed to Olney, Illinois, operates as a satellite station of WSIU-TV. The transmitter facilities of WUSI-TV are located at 7350 North Shipley Road (County Road 900 E) near Dundas. WUSI-TV is a sister station to WUSI (90.3 FM), also licensed to Olney, which airs the programming of WSIU(FM). WUSI also serves as the default PBS member station for the Illinois sides of both the Terre Haute (where its city of license is from) and Evansville DMAs (served by fellow PBS members Vincennes-based WVUT and WNIN, respectively).

WSIU-TV operates several UHF translators at the edges of its main coverage area where the station's signal is hard to receive, although it also operates a translator that serves Carbondale. All of these translators map to virtual channel 8 and use the WSIU-TV callsign even though the translators broadcast on different channels. These translators are located in Carbondale (operating on UHF channel 40), Cape Girardeau, Missouri (operating on UHF channel 28), Edwardsville, Illinois (operating on UHF channel 41), and Vienna, Illinois (operating on UHF channel 43).[1]


WSIU-TV first signed on the air on November 6, 1961; WUSI-TV signed on as a satellite of WSIU-TV on August 19, 1968.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Videouuhdix Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2][3]
8.1 / 16.1 1080i 16:9 WSIU HD / WUSI HD Main programming / PBS
8.2 / 16.2 480i 4:3 WORLD World
8.3 / 16.3 CREATE Create
8.4 / 16.4 16:9 WSIU 4 / WUSI 4 Audio simulcast of WSIU with DTV reception information
8.5 / 16.5 4:3 KIDS PBS Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WSIU-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, at 9 p.m. on January 29, 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 40 to VHF channel 8 for post-transition operations.[4][5]

WUSI-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 16, at 9 p.m. on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 19.[4][6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 16.


During Southern Illinois University's academic year, the stations broadcast a live student-produced newscast, River Region Evening Edition, which airs on Monday through Thursday evenings (on days when classes are held) at 5:00 p.m., with repeats of WSIU InFocus shown on Friday at 5:00 p.m. Three other student-produced programs also air on WSIU, 26:46, Studio A, and Scholastic Hi-Q. Both 26:46 and Studio A occasionally air on the station on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. with Scholastic Hi-Q airing each Sunday at 5:00 p.m.


  1. ^ Archived from the original on December 29, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  5. ^ WSIU sets digital conversion for later this month, PETE ROSENBERY, SIUC University, January 22, 2009 Archived January 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved February 6, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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