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West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) is the public television and radio state network serving the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is owned by the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Authority, an agency of the West Virginia state government that holds the licenses for all Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) member stations licensed in West Virginia. It is headquartered in Charleston with studios in Morgantown and Beckley.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting
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statewide West Virginia
United States
SloganTelling West Virginia's Story
ChannelsAnalog: See tables below
Digital: See tables below
AffiliationsPBS (1970–present)
NPR (1973–present)
PRI
APM
BBC
APT
OwnerWest Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority
First air date1969; 50 years ago (1969)
Call letters' meaningSee tables below
Former affiliationsNET (1969–1970)
Transmitter powerSee tables below
HeightSee tables below
Facility IDSee tables below
Transmitter coordinatesSee tables below
WebsiteOfficial Website

On January 1, 2015, West Virginia PBS and West Virginia Public Radio merged their brands, branding exclusively as "West Virginia Public Broadcasting" across radio and television.[1]

Contents

TelevisionEdit

The first public television station in West Virginia signed on July 14, 1969 under the callsign WMUL-TV, broadcasting from Marshall University in Huntington. In 1981, WMUL-TV changed its call letters to WPBY-TV;[2] two years later, the public station at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WWVU-TV, was renamed WNPB-TV.[3] WPBY-TV and WNPB-TV received their new call letters to underline that the operations were managed by the state educational broadcasting authority, and not the university system. In 1992, the state completed a microwave link that permitted it to convert WNPB and the state's third PBS station, WSWP-TV in Grandview to become repeaters of WPBY-TV in Huntington and form a state network. On January 5, 2015, WPBY-TV changed its call letters to WVPB-TV[2] as part of an effort to unify all of West Virginia Public Broadcasting's services under a single brand; the television network had previously been branded as "West Virginia PBS," a name that was phased out starting on January 1, 2015.[4]

The state network has a total of five low-powered repeaters serving other areas out of the range of the three full-powered stations, most notably Wheeling and Parkersburg. In the past the network showed some Marshall University and West Virginia University sports content, but has abandoned this practice due to Conference USA/Big 12 exclusivity agreements with commercial and cable outlets.

The current local content consists of a daily recap of the state legislative session, shows produced by the West Virginia University medical school, and student produced news from campus weekly products from Marshall University and West Virginia State University. It also broadcasts original documentaries on West Virginia history and culture, as well as live musical performances of Mountain Stage and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

TV stationsEdit

Station City of license
(other cities served)
Channels
(RF/VC)
First air date Call letters' meaning Former callsigns ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Public license information
WVPB-TV Huntington
(Charleston)
34 (UHF)
(to move to 9 (VHF))
33 (PSIP)
July 14, 1969 (50 years ago) (1969-07-14) West
Virginia
Public
Broadcasting
WMUL-TV
(1969–1981)
WPBY-TV
(1981–2015)
76.3 kW
23 kW (CP)
360.5 m (1,183 ft)
358.1 m (1,175 ft) (CP)
71657 38°29′41.3″N 82°12′2.5″W / 38.494806°N 82.200694°W / 38.494806; -82.200694 (WVPB-TV) Profile
CDBS
WSWP-TV Grandview
(Beckley/Bluefield)
10 (VHF)
(to move to 8 (VHF))
9 (PSIP)
November 1, 1970 (48 years ago) (1970-11-01) Southern
West Virginia
Public Television
24 kW
29.9 kW (CP)
317.9 m (1,043 ft)
292.6 m (960 ft) (CP)
71680 37°53′46.4″N 80°59′20.3″W / 37.896222°N 80.988972°W / 37.896222; -80.988972 (WSWP-TV) Profile
CDBS
WNPB-TV Morgantown
(Clarksburg/Weston/Fairmont)
34 (UHF)
24 (PSIP)
February 23, 1969 (50 years ago) (1969-02-23) (Northern)
West Virginia
Public
Broadcasting
WWVU-TV
(1969–1983)
168.3 kW
660 kW (CP)
456.7 m (1,498 ft)
449.6 m (1,475 ft) (CP)
71676 39°41′45″N 79°45′44″W / 39.69583°N 79.76222°W / 39.69583; -79.76222 (WNPB-TV) Profile
CDBS

TranslatorsEdit

Broadcast translator of WVPB-TV
Station City of license Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
W51EG-D Parkersburg 51 (UHF) 15 kW 106 m (348 ft) 167359 39°12′43″N 81°35′31″W / 39.21194°N 81.59194°W / 39.21194; -81.59194 (W51EG-D)
Broadcast translators of WNPB-TV
Station City of license Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
W08EE-D Martinsburg 8 (VHF) 0.3 kW 281 m (922 ft) 167357 39°27′36″N 78°3′45″W / 39.46000°N 78.06250°W / 39.46000; -78.06250 (W08EE-D)
W22CV-D Moorefield 22 (UHF) 95 W 463 m (1,519 ft) 127707 38°58′57.3″N 78°54′30″W / 38.982583°N 78.90833°W / 38.982583; -78.90833 (W22CV-D)
W23DR-D Romney 23 (UHF) 15 kW 267 m (876 ft) 167358 39°18′34.5″N 78°43′1.3″W / 39.309583°N 78.717028°W / 39.309583; -78.717028 (W23DR-D)
W30CO-D Wheeling 30 (UHF) 4.5 kW 140 m (459 ft) 167354 40°3′41″N 80°45′8″W / 40.06139°N 80.75222°W / 40.06139; -80.75222 (W30CO-D)
W41DK-D Keyser 41 (UHF) 7 kW 402 m (1,319 ft) 167356 39°12′43″N 81°35′31″W / 39.21194°N 81.59194°W / 39.21194; -81.59194 (W41DK-D)
Broadcast translator of WSWP-TV
Station City of license Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
W28DR-D Cedarville 28 (UHF) 10.1 kW 185 m (607 ft) 181586 38°43′42″N 80°39′48″W / 38.72833°N 80.66333°W / 38.72833; -80.66333 (W28DR-D)

W22CV-D is independently owned by Valley TV Cooperative, Inc., of Moorefield.

On June 1, 2016, West Virginia Public Broadcasting announced a plan to shut down five of its translators — W07DN-D, W08EE-D, W09CT-D, W30CO-D, and W41AO — due to state budget cuts and changes in viewing habits.[5] All five translators were originally planned to be taken silent for a year in order to determine a long-term plan. Operations on W08EE-D (Martinsburg) and W30CO-D (Wheeling) resumed on August 10, 2016, while the licenses for W07DN-D (Wardensville), W09CT-D (Mathias), and W41AO (Hampshire) were surrendered to the FCC for cancellation on May 26, 2017.

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

All digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[6][7][8]
xx.1 1080i 16:9 WVPBS Main WVPB programming / PBS
xx.2 WVPBS.2 PBS Encore (6 p.m.–midnight)
World (midnight–6 p.m.)
xx.3 480i WVPBS.3 PBS Kids[9]

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's stations shut down their analog signals 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 channel allocations post-transition are as follows:[10]

  • WPBY-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 33; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 34.[11] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 33.
  • WSWP-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 9; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 53, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to VHF channel 10.[12] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 9.
  • WNPB-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 24; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 33.[13] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 24.

RadioEdit

 
Trey Kay and Deborah George at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards for The Great Textbook War, broadcast on WVPB

WVPB's state radio network includes eleven full-powered stations and seven low-powered translators, all on the FM band. The state network carries programs from NPR, PRI and other distributors, as well as classical and folk music. WVPB produces original weekly programs, including EclecTopia, A Change of Tune, Inside Appalachia and Sidetracks, plus the nationally distributed Mountain Stage. The network was known as "West Virginia Public Radio" until WVPB's 2015 transition to a single brand.[4]

FM stationsEdit

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP Height Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
WVBL 88.5 FM Bluefield 173309 50,000 W 31.5 m (103 ft) B 37°16′33.6″N 81°15′3.6″W / 37.276000°N 81.251000°W / 37.276000; -81.251000 (WVBL) FCC
WVBY 91.7 FM Beckley 71689 10,400 W 280 m (919 ft) B 37°53′46″N 80°59′21″W / 37.89611°N 80.98917°W / 37.89611; -80.98917 (WVBY) FCC
WVDS 89.5 FM Petersburg 71659 10,000 W 321.9 m (1,056 ft) B 39°12′7″N 79°16′31″W / 39.20194°N 79.27528°W / 39.20194; -79.27528 (WVDS) FCC
WVEP 88.9 FM Martinsburg 70643 3,600 W 473 m (1,552 ft) B 39°8′38″N 78°26′9″W / 39.14389°N 78.43583°W / 39.14389; -78.43583 (WVEP) FCC
WVKM 106.7 FM Matewan 67039 4,300 W 229 m (751 ft) C3 37°36′49.0″N 82°11′22.0″W / 37.613611°N 82.189444°W / 37.613611; -82.189444 (WVKM) FCC
WVNP 89.9 FM Wheeling 71658 25,000 W 152 m (499 ft) B 40°12′58″N 80°33′31″W / 40.21611°N 80.55861°W / 40.21611; -80.55861 (WVNP) FCC
WVPB 88.5 FM Charleston 70604 44,000 W 134.2 m (440 ft) B 38°22′34.3″N 81°39′24″W / 38.376194°N 81.65667°W / 38.376194; -81.65667 (WVPB) FCC
WVPG 90.3 FM Parkersburg 70642 9,000 W 98 m (322 ft) B1 39°12′44″N 81°35′30″W / 39.21222°N 81.59167°W / 39.21222; -81.59167 (WVPG) FCC
WVPM 90.9 FM Morgantown 70645 5,000 W 439 m (1,440 ft) B 39°41′45″N 79°45′45″W / 39.69583°N 79.76250°W / 39.69583; -79.76250 (WVPM) FCC
WVPW 88.9 FM Buckhannon 71687 14,000 W 259 m (850 ft) B 39°2′4″N 80°33′47″W / 39.03444°N 80.56306°W / 39.03444; -80.56306 (WVPW) FCC
WVWS 89.3 FM Webster Springs 176879 850 W 265 m (869 ft) A 38°35′46.4″N 80°23′54.4″W / 38.596222°N 80.398444°W / 38.596222; -80.398444 (WVWS) FCC
WVWV 89.9 FM Huntington 71656 8,100 W 355 m (1,165 ft) B 38°29′41″N 82°12′3″W / 38.49472°N 82.20083°W / 38.49472; -82.20083 (WVWV) FCC

One additional station broadcasts a partial schedule of WVPB programming:

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP Height Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info Broadcast times
WSHC 89.7 FM Shepherdstown 71678 950 W 1 m (3 ft) A 39°25′51.6″N 77°48′18″W / 39.431000°N 77.80500°W / 39.431000; -77.80500 (WSHC) FCC 6–9 a.m., 4–6 p.m. weekdays
6–10 a.m., 8 p.m.–midnight weekends[14][15]

TranslatorsEdit

In addition to five low-powered, separate-frequency translators, two low-powered boosters also extend coverage. Boosters are licensed on the same frequency as the parent station but at a different location. They are given the same callsign as the parent station with a number added to differentiate the transmitter site.

Broadcast translators of WVBY
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W218AT 91.5 Union 17 387 m (1,270 ft) D FCC
W220BK 91.9 Logan 10 214 m (702 ft) D FCC
Broadcast translators of WVEP
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WVEP-FM1 88.9 Charles Town 210 63 m (207 ft) D FCC
Broadcast translators of WVNP
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WVNP-FM1 89.9 Wheeling 41 176 m (577 ft) D FCC
Broadcast translators of WVPB
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W217CH 91.7 Williamson 10 256 m (840 ft) D FCC
Broadcast translators of WVPW
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W203AE 88.5 Elkins 10 364 m (1,194 ft) D FCC
W297AA 107.3 Clarksburg 95 146.4 m (480 ft) D FCC

Website and online servicesEdit

West Virginia Public Broadcasting maintains a website with West Virginia news and free access to original video and audio productions. It also provides its videos through its YouTube page.

WVPB also operates a free website with educational videos and games for teachers, parents and students called West Virginia LearningMedia, part of PBS LearningMedia.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "West Virginia Public Broadcasting merges brands". The Montgomery Herald. Montgomery, West Virginia: Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History (WVPB-TV)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Call Sign History (WNPB-TV)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "West Virginia Public Broadcasting merges brands". Montgomery Herald. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  5. ^ http://wvpublic.org/post/educational-broadcasting-authority-approves-translator-plan#stream/0
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WVPB
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WSWP
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WNPB
  9. ^ Kabler, Phil (December 7, 2016). "WV public broadcasting to add PBS Kids". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  11. ^ CDBS Print
  12. ^ CDBS Print
  13. ^ CDBS Print
  14. ^ "WVPB, NPR Programs Now on WSHC 89.7 FM Shepherdstown". West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
  15. ^ "Shepherd radio station adds NPR news show to schedule". Hagerstown Herald-Mail. 5 April 2018.

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