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WXGA-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 8, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station serving Valdosta, Georgia, United States that is licensed to Waycross. Owned by the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission, it is a sister station to National Public Radio (NPR) member WXVS (90.1 FM). WXGA-TV's transmitter is located on TV Tower Road in unincorporated Ware County. The station is operated as part of the statewide Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) television network.
|Slogan||Television Worth Sharing|
|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)|
(to move to 7 (VHF))
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
8.3: GPB Knowledge
8.4: PBS Kids
|Owner||Georgia Public Broadcasting|
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
|First air date||November 19, 1961|
|Call letters' meaning||Way- X (-cross) GeorgiA|
|Sister station(s)||TV: WGTV, WVAN-TV, WABW-TV, WNGH-TV, WCES-TV, WACS-TV, WJSP-TV, WMUM-TV|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
8 (VHF, 1961–2009)
9 (VHF, 2001–2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1961–1970)|
|Transmitter power||35.3 kW|
150 kW (CP)
|Height||311.4 m (1,022 ft)|
315.1 m (1,034 ft) (CP)
|Public license information|
(satellite of WGTV,
Athens/Atlanta, Georgia) Profile
(satellite of WGTV,
Athens/Atlanta, Georgia) CDBS
The station first signed on the air on November 19, 1961; it was the third educational television station to sign on in the state of Georgia (after WETV [now WPBA-TV] in Atlanta and sister station WGTV in Athens). It was the first in a group of three educational stations that were founded by the Georgia State Board of Education in the early 1960s, along with WVAN-TV in Savannah and WJSP-TV in Columbus. In 1965, the University of Georgia and the board merged their efforts as Georgia Educational Television, which evolved into the present GPB Television network.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|8.1||1080i||16:9||WXGA-DT||Main GPB programming / PBS|
In 2001, WXGA began transmitting a digital signal on VHF channel 9; however, the signal operated at a low power of only 20 kilowatts in order to prevent interference with sister station WVAN, which broadcast its analog signal on channel 9.
WXGA-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal over VHF channel 8 on February 17, 2009, which was the original target date on 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 9 to channel 8.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WXGA
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.