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Satellite of WGTV, Athens/Atlanta, Georgia
GaPublicBroadcasting Logo.svg
Savannah/Pembroke, Georgia
United States
CitySavannah, Georgia
ChannelsDigital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
SloganTelevision Worth Sharing
Affiliations9.1: GPB/PBS
9.2: Create
9.3: GPB Knowledge
9.4: PBS Kids
OwnerGeorgia Public Broadcasting
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
Radio: WSVH
First air date
September 17, 1963 (57 years ago) (1963-09-17)
Former channel number(s)
9 (VHF, 1963–2009)
13 (VHF, 2000–2009)
NET (1963–1970)
Call sign meaning
Ernest VANdiver, former governor of Georgia
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID23947
ERP36.5 kW
HAAT389 m (1,276 ft)
Transmitter coordinates32°8′49″N 81°37′4″W / 32.14694°N 81.61778°W / 32.14694; -81.61778
Public license information

WVAN-TV, virtual channel 9 (VHF digital channel 8), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Savannah, Georgia, United States. Owned by the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission, it is a sister station to National Public Radio (NPR) member WSVH (91.1 FM). WVAN-TV's transmitter is located in Pembroke, west of Savannah and north of Fort Stewart. The station is operated as part of the statewide Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) television network. Although the call letters could be mistaken as a reference to SaVANnah, they are a tribute to former Georgia governor Ernest VANdiver.

Like other stations in the Savannah media market, WVAN-TV also serves the southern tip of South Carolina including Beaufort and Hilton Head Island, giving that area a second option for PBS programming alongside SCETV station WJWJ-TV (channel 16).


On September 17, 1963, WVAN-TV broadcast its first program as the fourth educational television station of the Georgia state.

Station ID[edit]

In legal identifications for GPB's television stations, each station lists two cities: one where the station is licensed, which is often a small community where the transmitter is located, and a second a typically larger city that it serves. WVAN is unusual in that it is licensed to Savannah, with its much smaller second city, Pembroke, housing the transmitter. A similar station is WJSP-TV, which is licensed to Columbus with its transmitter in Warm Springs.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
9.1 1080i 16:9 WVAN-TV Main GPB programming / PBS
9.2 480i Create Create
9.3 Knowledge GPB Knowledge
9.4 Kids PBS Kids


Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WVAN-TV's temporary digital signal on channel 13 was activated in 2000, making it one of the first for GPB TV. The station discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, at midnight on February 17, 2009. This was the original deadline for the federal mandate requiring full-power television stations in the United States to transition from analog to digital broadcasts. (The deadline was ultimately extended until June 12, 2009.) The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 13 to channel 9;[2] 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?]


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WVAN
  2. ^ "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.

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