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|Slogan||Public Television for the Gulf Coast|
|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)|
(to move to 24 (UHF))
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||23.1: PBS (1970–present)|
23.4: PBS Kids
|Owner||Pensacola State College|
(The District Board of Trustees, Pensacola State College)
|First air date||September 11, 1967|
|Call letters' meaning||Santa Rosa and Escambia counties|
|Former callsigns||WSRE-TV (1967–1981)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
23 (UHF, 1967–2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1967–1970)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
849 kW (CP)
|Height||549 m (1,801 ft)|
551.6 m (1,810 ft) (CP)
|Public license information||Profile|
WSRE, virtual channel 23 (UHF digital channel 31), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed in Pensacola, Florida, United States. The station is owned by Pensacola State College. WSRE's studios are located at the Kugelman Center for Telecommunications on the Pensacola State main campus and its transmitter is located near Robertsdale, Alabama.
WSRE is home for a lot of television studios. The Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio is a fully featured 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) television soundstage offering stadium-style seating, which is retractable to allow for more soundstage space. Studio B offers all the technical capabilities of the performance studio, but with more moderate floor space designed for live or pre-recorded programming without a live audience. Most of the station's local programming is produced in Studio B. Studio C is a smaller studio and is almost exclusively used for television programs and segments designed for satellite uplinks. MSNBC's Scarborough Country (now known as Morning Joe) was often produced in Studio C when former representative Joe Scarborough was in Pensacola.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|23.1||1080i||16:9||WSRE-HD||Main WSRE programming / PBS|
|23.3||WSRE-3||The Florida Channel (5 a.m.-5 p.m.)|
Create (5 p.m.-5 a.m.)
WSRE discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 23, 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 31. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 23.
At midnight on February 18, 2009, WSRE's analog transmitters, which were located at the main campus of then–Pensacola Junior College, were turned off permanently. WSRE ceased analog transmissions on the original DTV transition date, even though the date was pushed back to June 12. The analog close-down was marked with a special retrospective, featuring portions of the previous WSRE sign-offs and sign-ons, an explanation of sign-offs, vintage studio photos and a final farewell; the special was broadcast on both analog and digital signals. After the analog signal closed, the digital transmission (broadcasting from a facility shared with other stations in Robertsdale) went to color bars and signed back on a couple of hours later.
WSRE's analog signal operated from a transmitter on Fairfield Drive in Pensacola. In 2006, it activated its full-power digital transmitter in Robertsdale, where most of the other stations in the Mobile–Pensacola market have their transmitters. Recently, the station has begun branding itself as a full-market PBS station, challenging Alabama Public Television's Mobile outlet, WEIQ. It claims to be the only PBS station that provides a full-power signal to the entire market.
The station produces many local and regional programs, including:
- Open Forum - a discussion/call-in show
- Connecting the Community - a weekly program designed to keep members of the community aware of local community happenings, also a call-in show
- Garden Magic - A call-in gardening tips and information program hosted by Bill Bennett
- Food for Thought - features speeches by experts educated in an array of fields who are from or are visiting the Pensacola area
- Aware! - a local community feature show, aiming to keep viewers best interests in mind by keeping viewers up to date on issues that may directly affect them and their families
- Rally - A televised political debate program that airs days before important local elections.
- Pensacola State Today - News about what's happening around Pensacola State College.
- Legislative Review - Local state legislators are invited to appear on this program to discuss local political issues and answer questions from their constituents.
- Flavors of the Coast - A cooking program featuring recipes exclusively found on the gulf coast.
WSRE was also the home of the nationally televised French cooking program, Gourmet Cooking, which was hosted by Earl Peyroux. The program first went into production as a local program in 1977, going into national public television syndication in 1982, and televised through the early 1990s. At age 78, Peyroux died on October 23, 2003.
WLNE was a local educational-access television channel operated by WSRE targeted towards young children and teachers. The channel's "call sign" was the acronym "Where Learning Never Ends". The channel was only available on Cox Cable channel 19 in Pensacola. This WLNE should not be confused with the ABC affiliate in New Bedford, Massachusetts, which holds the callsign "WLNE-TV".
WSRE discontinued WLNE on September 30, 2008, because the Annenberg Foundation discontinued its satellite service (from which most of WLNE's education programming originated).
- "Amos Studio | COMMUNITY | WSRE". Amos Studio | COMMUNITY | WSRE. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WSRE
- "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.
- Station history
- "Gourmet Cooking | LOCAL PROGRAMS | WSRE". Gourmet Cooking | LOCAL PROGRAMS | WSRE. Retrieved 2019-08-05.