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WFSU-TV, virtual channel 11 (UHF digital channel 32), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Tallahassee, Florida, United States, serving the Big Bend region of Florida and Southwest Georgia. Owned by Florida State University, it is a sister station to National Public Radio (NPR) members WFSU-FM (88.9 MHz) and WFSQ (91.5 FM). The three stations share studios at the Public Broadcast Center on the Florida State campus; WFSU-TV's transmitter is located near Bloxham, Florida.

WFSU-TV
WFSU Public Media logo.png
Tallahassee, Florida
United States
BrandingWFSU Public Media
ChannelsDigital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Affiliations11.1: PBS (1970–present)
11.2: The Florida Channel
11.3: Create
11.4: PBS Kids
OwnerFlorida State University
First air dateSeptember 20, 1960 (58 years ago) (1960-09-20)
Call letters' meaningFlorida
State
University
Sister station(s)WFSU-FM
WFSQ
WVFS
WFSW
Former channel number(s)Analog:
11 (VHF, 1960–2009)
Former affiliationsNET (1960–1970)
Transmitter power937.8 kW
Height237 m (778 ft)
Facility ID21801
Transmitter coordinates30°21′31.7″N 84°36′37.7″W / 30.358806°N 84.610472°W / 30.358806; -84.610472
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewfsu.org
WFSG
(satellite of WFSU-TV)
Panama City, Florida
United States
BrandingWFSU Public Media
ChannelsDigital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
Affiliations56.1: PBS
56.2: The Florida Channel
56.3: Create
56.4: PBS Kids
OwnerFlorida State University
First air dateJuly 22, 1988 (31 years ago) (1988-07-22)
Call letters' meaningWFSU Gulf Coast
Sister station(s)see WFSU-TV infobox
Former channel number(s)Analog:
56 (UHF, 1988–2009)
Digital:
38 (UHF, 2003–2019)
Former affiliationsnone
Transmitter power110 kW
Height151.7 m (498 ft)
Facility ID6093
Transmitter coordinates30°22′3″N 85°55′28″W / 30.36750°N 85.92444°W / 30.36750; -85.92444 (WFSG)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
(
satellite of WFSU-TV) Profile

(
satellite of WFSU-TV) CDBS

WFSU's programming is also seen in the Panama City area on satellite station WFSG, UHF digital channel 28 (virtual channel 56), with transmitter near Ebro. WFSG signed on July 22, 1988, replacing a low-powered translator on channel 22 that had served Panama City since the late 1970s. Although Panama City is in the Central Time Zone, all schedules are listed in Eastern Time.

WFSU also operates a statewide public affairs network, The Florida Channel, that covers the state legislature, a local version of C-SPAN. This network is seen on selected cable TV systems and government-access television (GATV) channels throughout the state of Florida.

WFSU also operates "4FSU", which carries simulcasts of The Florida Channel and programming related to the university community; it also provides a training ground for students studying for careers in the broadcasting field.

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HistoryEdit

WFSU went on the air for the first time on September 20, 1960 on channel 11. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had allocated only one VHF channel (channels 2-13) to the Tallahassee marketplace.[1] After the Tallahassee market was expanded to include a large portion of southwest Georgia, Florida State persuaded the FCC to make channel 11 a noncommercial license. Channels 14-69 in the UHF spectrum were available, but were not as easily accessible to television viewers, and were not seen as viable at the time.[1][2] While this move assured north-central Florida and southwest Georgia of PBS service, it also meant that Tallahassee would have a long wait for full service from all three major commercial networks, since the VHF channel was already allocated, and the available UHF channels were seen as undesirable. A commercial station wouldn't sign on in the Tallahassee market until WECA-TV (now WTXL-TV) opened in 1976.

Today in the LegislatureEdit

In 1973, "Florida Public Broadcasting" (FPB), a joint venture between WFSU and WJCT in Jacksonville, and under the aegis of the Florida Public Broadcasting Service, began program coverage of the Florida Legislature, which was transmitted to and broadcast by the eight affiliated PBS television stations in Florida, from a mobile facility located on the grounds of the State Capitol. The program was called Today in the Legislature, and was the first of its kind in the United States, preceding legislative programs in other states, and U.S. Congressional coverage by C-SPAN.[3]

Reaction to the first year of the program was positive.[4][5] The state legislature dedicated funds to expand the program, managed exclusively by WJCT-TV.[6] Production facilities migrated into the (old) Capitol building, with engineering and studio facilities constructed on the third floor. The first broadcast from the new facility was on April 2, 1974. Today in the Legislature expanded into an hour-long weekday program during the legislative session, with a one-hour Spanish language summary, Hoy en la Legislatura produced on Fridays as well as a sign language program. It was hosted by veteran broadcaster Jim Lewis, with additional commentary by Elizabeth "Bib" Willis.[7] Research, engineering, and production crews were comprised chiefly of recent graduates from the Florida State University Department of Communications (now the Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts), nearly all under the age of 25, including producer Elliott C. Mitchell and director John P. Leu, as well as future Georgia legislator Chesley V. Morton, who worked as a still photographer and camera operator for the program .[8][9][10] Today in the Legislature was described as a "unique blend of television of record and more conventional news coverage."[3][11] A research study concluded that the program generated more positive attitudes about the legislature and increased political knowledge in adolescents who viewed the broadcast, although only 12% found the programming to be "interesting".[12]

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[13][14]
11.1
56.1
1080i 16:9 WFSU-DT
WFSG-DT
Main programming / PBS
11.2
56.2
480i 4:3 WFSU-D2
WFSG-D2
The Florida Channel
11.3
56.3
WFSU-D3
WFSG-D3
Create
11.4
56.4
WFSU-D4
WFSG-D4
PBS Kids

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

WFSU-TV and WFSG shut down their analog signals 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 channel allocations post-transition are as follows:[15]

  • WFSU-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 32. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 11.
  • WFSG shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 56; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 38. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 56, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

ControversyEdit

In June 2011, it was revealed that WFSU will receive $2.8 million in funding for various services related to Florida government, including The Florida Channel. This is despite the $4.8 million of funding to other public radio and television stations vetoed by Governor Rick Scott in May 2011.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Television Broadcast Frequencies". Over-the-Air Digital TV. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "The History of UHF TV". Historys Dumpster. March 15, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b LeRoy, David J. (1974). ""Today in the Legislature" The Florida Story". Journal of Communication. 24: 92–98. doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.1974.tb00395.x.
  4. ^ "Reaction and Evaluation of "Today in the Legislature" by Legislators, Capital Press and the Public [microform] / David J. LeRoy and C. Edward Wotring". National Library of Australia. 1974. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  5. ^ American Bar Association (December 1974). ABA Journal. American Bar Association. p. 1585. ISSN 07470088.
  6. ^ Public affairs become more and more public, Broadcasting Magazine, August 18, 1974.
  7. ^ Network Meets in Sarasota, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 23, 1984.
  8. ^ "(Obituary) John Patrick Leu". Tallahassee Democrat. February 18, 2008. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "(Obituary) Elliott C. Mitchell III". The Tennessean. February 2, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "House Resolution 1285" (PDF). Georgia House of Representatives. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Today in the Legislature Keeps Viewers Informed of Happenings in Tallahassee". Google News -St. Petersburg Times. March 31, 1974. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  12. ^ Charles K. Atkin; Bradley S. Greenberg (March 1974). "Public Television and Political Socialization; A Field Experiment on the Impact of a Public Television Series on the Political Knowledge, Attitudes and Communication Behaviors of Adolescents". ERIC. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  13. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WFSU
  14. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WFSG
  15. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  16. ^ "St. Petersburg Times: "Gov. Rick Scott's veto of public TV and radio funds spares capital's WFSU", June 6, 2011". Archived from the original on June 9, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2011.

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