WFSU-TV 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. It is owned by the Florida State University with the studios located at the Public Broadcast Center on the Florida State campus.

WFSU-TV
WFSU Public Media logo.png
Tallahassee, Florida
United States
BrandingWFSU Public Media
ChannelsDigital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Subchannels11.1 PBS
11.2 The Florida Channel
11.3 Create
11.4 PBS Kids
AffiliationsPBS (1970–present)
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
Websitewww.wfsu.org
WFSG
(satellite of WFSU-TV)
Panama City, Florida
United States
BrandingWFSU Public Media
ChannelsDigital: 38 (UHF)
(to move to 28 (UHF))
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
Subchannels56.1 PBS
56.2 The Florida Channel
56.3 Create
56.4 PBS Kids
AffiliationsPBS
OwnerFlorida State University
First air dateJuly 22, 1988 (30 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)
Former affiliationsnone
Transmitter power158 kW
110 kW (CP)
Height133 m (436 ft)
151.7 m (498 ft) (CP)
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
Websitewww.wfsu.org

WFSU-TV broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 32 (or virtual channel 11 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Bloxham, Florida.

WFSU's programming is also seen in the Panama City area on satellite station WFSG, UHF digital channel 38 (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 had allocated only one VHF channel to Tallahassee. After a large chunk of southwest Georgia was collapsed into the Tallahassee market, Florida State persuaded the FCC to make channel 11 a noncommercial license as UHF was not seen as viable at the time. 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—another commercial station wouldn't sign on in Tallahassee 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.[1]

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2][3]
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:[4]

  • 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.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roy, 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.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WFSU
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WFSG
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  5. ^ "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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