West Virginia Public Broadcasting
|statewide West Virginia|
|Channels||Digital: See tables below|
|Slogan||Telling West Virginia's Story|
|Owner||West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority|
First air date
|July 14, 1969|
Call sign meaning
|See tables below|
|Facility ID||See tables below|
|ERP||See tables below|
|HAAT||See tables below|
|Transmitter coordinates||See tables below|
West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) is the public television and radio state network serving the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is owned by the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Authority, an agency of the state government that holds the licenses for all Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) member stations licensed in West Virginia. It is headquartered in Charleston with studios in Morgantown and Beckley.
The first public television station in West Virginia signed on July 14, 1969 under the callsign WMUL-TV, broadcasting from Marshall University in Huntington. In 1981, WMUL-TV changed its call letters to WPBY-TV; two years later, the public station at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WWVU-TV, was renamed WNPB-TV. WPBY-TV and WNPB-TV received their new call letters to underline that the operations were managed by the state educational broadcasting authority, and not the university system. In 1992, the state completed a microwave link that permitted it to convert WNPB and the state's third PBS station, WSWP-TV in Grandview to become repeaters of WPBY-TV in Huntington and form a state network. On January 5, 2015, WPBY-TV changed its call letters to WVPB-TV as part of an effort to unify all of West Virginia Public Broadcasting's services under a single brand; the television network had previously been branded as "West Virginia PBS," a name that was phased out starting on January 1, 2015.
The state network has a total of five low-powered repeaters serving other areas out of the range of the three full-powered stations, most notably Wheeling and Parkersburg. In the past the network showed some Marshall University and West Virginia University sports content, but has abandoned this practice due to Conference USA/Big 12 exclusivity agreements with commercial and cable outlets.
The current local content consists of a daily recap of the state legislative session, shows produced by the West Virginia University medical school, and student produced news from campus weekly products from Marshall University and West Virginia State University. It also broadcasts original documentaries on West Virginia history and culture, as well as live musical performances of Mountain Stage and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
|Station||City of license
(other cities served)
|First air date||Call letters' meaning||Former callsigns||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Public license information|
|July 14, 1969||West
|23 kW||358.1 m (1,175 ft)||71657||Profile|
|November 1, 1970||Southern
|8.8 kW (STA)
29.9 kW (CP)
|280.1 m (919 ft) (STA)
292.6 m (960 ft) (CP)
|February 23, 1969||(Northern)
|660 kW||448.1 m (1,470 ft)||71676||Profile|
|City of license||Callsign||Translating||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Owner|
|Cedarville||W28DR-D||WSWP-TV 9||28||10.1 kW||185 m (607 ft)||181586||West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority|
|Keyser||W41DK-D||WNPB-TV 24||16||7 kW||389 m (1,276 ft)||167356||West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority|
|Martinsburg||W08EE-D||WNPB-TV 24||8||0.3 kW||271 m (889 ft)||167357||West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority|
|Moorefield||W22CV-D||WNPB-TV 24||22||0.095 kW||4,631 m (15,194 ft)||127707||West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority|
|Parkersburg||W34FE-D||WVPB-TV 33||34||15 kW||129 m (423 ft)||167359||Valley TV Cooperative, Inc.|
|Romney||W21DZ-D||WNPB-TV 24||21||15 kW||260 m (853 ft)||167358||West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority|
|Wheeling||W17EF-D||WNPB-TV 24||17||15 kW||139 m (456 ft)||167354||West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority|
W34FE-D (previously W51EG-D) has been silent since February 2020, when T-Mobile began using its spectrum for wireless services; it is to relocate to channel 34 in 2021.
On June 1, 2016, West Virginia Public Broadcasting announced a plan to shut down five of its translators — W07DN-D, W08EE-D, W09CT-D, W30CO-D, and W41AO — due to state budget cuts and changes in viewing habits. All five translators were originally planned to be taken silent for a year in order to determine a long-term plan. Operations on W08EE-D (Martinsburg) and W30CO-D (Wheeling) resumed on August 10, 2016, while the licenses for W07DN-D (Wardensville), W09CT-D (Mathias), and W41AO (Hampshire) were surrendered to the FCC for cancellation on May 26, 2017.
All digital signals are multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|xx.1||1080i||16:9||WVPBS||Main WVPB programming / PBS|
|xx.2||WVPBS.2||West Virginia Channel (6 p.m.–midnight)|
World (midnight–6 p.m.)
West Virginia Public Broadcasting's stations shut down their analog signals on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital channel allocations post-transition are as follows:
- WPBY-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 33; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 34. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 33.
- WSWP-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 9; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 53, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to VHF channel 10. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 9.
- WNPB-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 24; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 33. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 24.
WVPB's state radio network includes eleven full-powered stations and seven low-powered translators, all on the FM band. The state network carries programs from NPR, PRI and other distributors, as well as classical and folk music. WVPB produces original weekly programs, including EclecTopia, A Change of Tune, Inside Appalachia and Sidetracks, plus the nationally distributed Mountain Stage. The network was known as "West Virginia Public Radio" until WVPB's 2015 transition to a single brand.
|Call sign||Frequency||City of license||Facility ID||Class||ERP
|WVBY||91.7 FM||Beckley||71689||B||10,400||280 m (920 ft)|
|WVBL||88.5 FM||Bluefield||173309||B||50,000||31.5 m (103 ft)|
|WVPW||88.9 FM||Buckhannon||71687||B||14,000||259 m (850 ft)|
|WVPB[a]||88.5 FM||Charleston||70604||B||44,000||134.2 m (440 ft)|
|WVWV||89.9 FM||Huntington||71656||B||8,100||355 m (1,165 ft)|
|WVEP||88.9 FM||Martinsburg||70643||B||3,600||473 m (1,552 ft)|
|WVKM||106.7 FM||Matewan||67039||C3||4,300||229 m (751 ft)|
|WVPM||90.9 FM||Morgantown||70645||B||5,000||439 m (1,440 ft)|
|WVPG||90.3 FM||Parkersburg||70642||B1||9,000||98 m (322 ft)|
|WVDS||89.5 FM||Petersburg||71659||B||10,000||321.9 m (1,056 ft)|
|WSHC[b]||89.7 FM||Shepherdstown||71678||A||950||−3 m (−10 ft)|
|WVWS||89.3 FM||Webster Springs||176879||A||850||265 m (869 ft)|
|WVNP||89.9 FM||Wheeling||71658||B||25,000||152 m (499 ft)|
In addition to five low-powered, separate-frequency translators, two low-powered boosters also extend coverage. Boosters are licensed on the same frequency as the parent station but at a different location. They are given the same callsign as the parent station with a number added to differentiate the transmitter site.
|City of license||Facility ID||Class||ERP
|WVEP-FM1||88.9||Charles Town||161967||D||210||63 m (207 ft)||WVEP (via booster)|
|W297AA||107.3||Clarksburg||71684||D||95||146.4 m (480 ft)||WVPW|
|W203AE||88.5||Elkins||71686||D||10||364 m (1,194 ft)||WVPW|
|W220BK||91.9||Logan||81396||D||10||214 m (702 ft)||WVBY|
|W218AT||91.5||Union||70646||D||17||387 m (1,270 ft)||WVBY|
|WVNP-FM1||89.9||Wheeling||161955||D||41||176 m (577 ft)||WVNP (via booster)|
|W217CH||91.7||Williamson||71664||D||10||256 m (840 ft)||WVPB|
Website and online services
WVPB also operates a free website with educational videos and games for teachers, parents and students called West Virginia LearningMedia, part of PBS LearningMedia.
- "West Virginia Public Broadcasting merges brands". The Montgomery Herald. Montgomery, West Virginia: Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- "Call Sign History (WVPB-TV)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- "Call Sign History (WNPB-TV)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- "West Virginia Public Broadcasting merges brands". Montgomery Herald. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- "Request to Extend a LPTV Translator Engineering STA Application".
- Finn, Scott (June 1, 2016). "Educational Broadcasting Authority Approves Translator Plan". West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WVPB
- RabbitEars TV Query for WSWP
- RabbitEars TV Query for WNPB
- Kabler, Phil (December 7, 2016). "WV public broadcasting to add PBS Kids". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- CDBS Print
- CDBS Print
- "WVPB, NPR Programs Now on WSHC 89.7 FM Shepherdstown". West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
- "Shepherd radio station adds NPR news show to schedule". Hagerstown Herald-Mail. 5 April 2018.