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WNEO, virtual and UHF digital channel 45, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Alliance, Ohio, United States. The station's programming is simulcast on satellite station WEAO (virtual channel 49, UHF digital channel 24) in Akron. The two stations utilize the unified brand Western Reserve PBS. WNEO is the PBS member station of record for the Youngstown market, while WEAO provides the Cleveland market with a second choice for PBS programming alongside the market's flagship PBS station, WVIZ (channel 25).

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Alliance/Youngstown, Ohio
United States
CityAlliance, Ohio
BrandingWestern Reserve PBS
ChannelsDigital: 45 (UHF)
(to move to 29 (UHF))
Virtual: 45 (PSIP)
Affiliations45.1: PBS
45.2: Fusion
45.3: MHz Worldview
OwnerWestern Reserve Public Media
(Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, Inc.)
First air dateMay 30, 1973 (46 years ago) (1973-05-30)
Call letters' meaningNorth Eastern Ohio
Former channel number(s)Analog:
45 (UHF, 1973–2008)
46 (UHF, 2003–2008)
Transmitter power500 kW
365 kW (CP)
Height253 m (830 ft)
251.1 m (824 ft) (CP)
Facility ID49439
Transmitter coordinates40°54′23.2″N 80°54′39.3″W / 40.906444°N 80.910917°W / 40.906444; -80.910917
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
(satellite of WNEO)
Akron/Canton, Ohio
United States
CityAkron, Ohio
Brandingsee WNEO infobox
ChannelsDigital: 24 (UHF)
(shared with WRLM)
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
Affiliations49.1: PBS
49.2: Fusion
49.3: MHz Worldview
OwnerWestern Reserve Public Media
(Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, Inc.)
First air dateSeptember 21, 1975 (44 years ago) (1975-09-21)
Call letters' meaningEAstern Ohio
Former channel number(s)Analog:
49 (UHF, 1975–2009)
24 (UHF, 2004–2019)
Transmitter power550 kW (STA)
191 kW (CP)
Height215.5 m (707 ft) (STA)
293.6 m (963 ft) (CP)
Facility ID49421
Transmitter coordinates41°4′58″N 81°38′1″W / 41.08278°N 81.63361°W / 41.08278; -81.63361 (WEAO)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
satellite of WNEO) Profile

satellite of WNEO) CDBS

WNEO and WEAO are owned by Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, which is a consortium of the University of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State University. The two stations operate from studios on Kent State's campus in Kent,[1] northeast of Akron and roughly west of Youngstown. WNEO's transmitter is located in Salem, while WEAO's transmitter is based in Copley Township.

WNEO also operates W44CR-D, a low-power digital translator in Youngstown, which serves low-lying areas in the Mahoning Valley that are not covered from the main WNEO signal. The digital translator, which signed on the air in 2009, is a conversion of a former analog translator, W58AM, which broadcast at the same location.[2]


WNEO/WEAO's former logo as "PBS 45 & 49".

WNEO first signed on the air on May 30, 1973. It was originally intended to serve all of northeast Ohio from Youngstown to Cleveland. Its city of license, Alliance, is split between both major markets in the region. Most of the city is in Stark County, which is in the Cleveland market; a small portion is in Mahoning County, home to Youngstown. However, it was later decided to reorient WNEO to serve Youngstown and sign on a satellite station to serve Akron and Cleveland. That station, WEAO, signed on the air more than two years later on September 21, 1975. Prior to WEAO's sign-on, the channel 49 allocation in the Cleveland/Akron market was occupied by Akron-based WAKR-TV from 1953 to 1967, when that station moved to UHF channel 23 (WAKR now operates as Ion Television owned-and-operated station WVPX-TV).

Until October 1, 2008, WEAO and WNEO were jointly branded as "PBS 45 & 49". On October 1, 2008 at 5:30 a.m., WNEO and WEAO changed their on-air branding to "Western Reserve PBS", as part of the parent organization's overall branding change to Western Reserve Public Media.[3] The rebranding was done to make the station's identity better reflect the viewing area, and due to the fact that the combined WNEO/WEAO operations are broadcast on different cable, satellite and UHF antenna channels in their respective service areas.[4]

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5][6]
720p 16:9 WNEO-D1
Main programming / PBS
480i WNEO-D2
Fusion: The Ohio Channel 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
NHK Newsline/BBC World News/DW News 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Educational independent: 7 p.m.–11 p.m.
Classic Arts Showcase 11 p.m–9 a.m.;

Saturday and Sunday 11 p.m.–noon

MHz Worldview

WNEO and WEAO carried Create on digital channels 45.3 and 49.3 and the Ohio Channel on digital channels 45.4 and 49.4 until August 2007, when the two subchannels were removed to make room for their high definition feeds. The analog simulcast of WNEO/WEAO remained on digital channels 45.2 and 49.2 until the June 12, 2009 digital transition, when they were replaced with Western Reserve PBS Fusion, a local service which aired concerts and music-related programs until August 1, 2009, at which point it switched to a mix of local programming; WNEO/WEAO then added MHz Worldview to digital channels 45.3 and 49.3 on June 13.[7] WNEO and WEAO carried V-Me on digital channels 45.4 and 49.4 on September 19, 2009. The channel was discontinued in April 2017.

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

WNEO discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 45, on November 19, 2008. Two days later on November 21, the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 46 to channel 45 for post-transition operations.[8]

WEAO discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 49, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 50,[8] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 49.


  1. ^ "Organization Profile". Western Reserve Public Media. 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009. The operations center, administrative offices, main studio and location of public files are housed at 1750 Campus Center Drive, Kent, Ohio, 44240. The organization’s Western Reserve Production Hub is located on the first floor of the United Building in downtown Akron.
  2. ^ FCC TV query for W44CR-D
  3. ^ PBS 45 & 49 to Change Name to Western Reserve Public Media
  4. ^ PBS 45 & 49 Announces New Name and Stakes Its Claim in the Western Reserve
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WNEO
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WEAO
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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