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Newscenter 22 (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 22 (PSIP)
22.3 PBS Kids
(Board of Trustees for the Vincennes University)
|First air date||February 15, 1968|
|Call letters' meaning||Vincennes
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
22 (UHF, 1968–2009)
52 (UHF, until 2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1968–1970)|
|Transmitter power||57 kW|
|Height||163.9 m (538 feet)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WVUT, virtual and UHF digital channel 22, is a PBS member television station located in Vincennes, Indiana, United States. The station is owned by Vincennes University. WVUT maintains studio facilities located on North 2nd Street and Rosedale Avenue in Vincennes, and its transmitter is located along U.S. 41/U.S. 150 in unincorporated Sullivan County (south of Farmersburg).
The station's history traces back to the launch of a television station in Princeton, WRAY-TV (channel 52), a commercial independent station that signed on in October 1959; it was co-owned with radio station WRAY (1250 AM), which shared studio space with WRAY-TV. With competition from two television stations – WTVW and WFIE-TV – out of the nearby Evansville market, WRAY-TV was never successful and ceased operations. The station's studio equipment was donated to Vincennes University; however, the license itself was surrendered to the Federal Communications Commission in February 1961.
By the time that Vicennes University applied for a new station license, the old channel 52 allocation had been reassigned to UHF channel 34, and the construction permit originally issued on February 8, 1966 was re-issued under that allocation, only to be changed by the FCC to channel 22 a few weeks later as part of a nationwide shuffling of channel allocations for stations that had not yet been built. WVUT first signed on the air on February 15, 1968, as a member station of National Educational Television (NET). WVUT joined PBS when the reorganized network launched on October 5, 1970.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|22.1||1080i||16:9||WVUT-HD||Main WVUT programming / PBS|
WVUT discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 22, 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 signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 52, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era UHF channel 22 for post-transition operations.
Local programming on WVUT includes a student-produced newscast, titled NewsCenter 22, which airs during Vincennes University's fall, winter and spring semesters, as well as the weekly public affairs program 22 Magazine.
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says February 15, while the Television and Cable Factbook says February 19.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WVUT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- www.wvut.org – WVUT official website
- WVUT page on the Vincennes University website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WVUT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WVUT-TV
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