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Georgia Public Broadcast 2010 logo.png
Savannah/Pembroke, Georgia
United States
Branding GPB
Slogan Television worth sharing
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF/PSIP)

9.1 - GPB/PBS HD (1080i)
9.2 - GPB Create TV (480i)

9.3 - GPB Knowledge (480i)
Owner Georgia Public Broadcasting
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
First air date September 17, 1963; 53 years ago (1963-09-17)
Call letters' meaning Ernest VANdiver, former governor of Georgia
Sister station(s) WSVH
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)
Facility ID 23947
Transmitter coordinates 32°8′49.2″N 81°37′4.3″W / 32.147000°N 81.617861°W / 32.147000; -81.617861
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.gpb.org

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.


WVAN-TV began broadcasting on September 17, 1963 as the fourth educational TV station in the state of Georgia.

Station ID[edit]

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.

Digital television[1][edit]

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
9.2 480i 4:3 Create Create TV
9.3 4:3 Knowled GPB Knowledge

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[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?]


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