|Slogan||Television worth sharing|
|Channels||Digital: 9 (VHF/PSIP)|
|Subchannels||9.3 - GPB Knowledge (480i)|
|Owner||Georgia Public Broadcasting
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
|First air date||September 17, 1963|
|Call letters' meaning||Ernest VANdiver, former governor of Georgia|
|Former channel number(s)||9 (VHF analog, 1963–2009)
13 (VHF digital, 2000–2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1963–1970)|
|Transmitter power||20 kW|
|Height||293 m (961 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WVAN-TV channel 9 is a non-commercial educational television station located in Savannah, Georgia, USA. WVAN-TV is part of the Georgia Public Broadcasting public television network and carries programming from PBS, GPB and other sources. The station's transmitter is co-located with sister radio station WSVH (91.1 FM) on a broadcast tower in Pembroke, west of Savannah and just north of Fort Stewart. Although it appears that the call letters stand for SaVANnah, they are actually a tribute to former Georgia governor, Ernest Vandiver.
The station's signal travels in about a 45-mile (75 km) radius from the TV antenna site. Like most stations in the Savannah media market, it also serves the extreme southern tip of South Carolina including Beaufort and Hilton Head Island.
In station IDs for GPB's television stations, each station lists two cities in its legal ID—the smaller community where the station is licensed (usually the transmitter location), and the larger city it serves. However, WVAN is actually licensed to serve Savannah. To conform to the pattern, WVAN's second city is Pembroke, where its transmitter is located. A similar situation exists for WJSP-TV, which is licensed to Columbus, Georgia with transmitter in Warm Springs.
WVAN-TV broadcasts the following digital subchannels:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|9.1||1080i||16:9||WVAN-TV||Main GPB programming / PBS|
WVAN-TV's temporary digital signal on channel 13 was activated, making it one of the first for GPB TV in 2000. The station discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, at midnight 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 relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 13 to channel 9. Requiring viewers to re-scan ATSC tuners to find the station's channels again. GPB did the same with at least two other stations.[which?]
- RabbitEars TV Query for WVAN
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- GPB website
- GPB stations map — includes WVAN coverage area
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WVAN
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WVAN-TV