WNIN, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Evansville, Indiana, United States, serving the Tri-State area of southwestern Indiana, northwestern Kentucky and southeastern Illinois. Owned by WNIN Tri-State Public Media, it is sister to National Public Radio (NPR) member station WNIN-FM (88.3). The two outlets share studios in downtown Evansville and transmitter facilities near Pelzer, Indiana.

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Evansville, Indiana/
Henderson/Owensboro, Kentucky
United States
BrandingWNIN PBS
SloganBuilding a Better Tri-State, Together
ChannelsDigital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
Affiliations9.1: PBS (1970–1972 and since 1973)
9.2: Create
OwnerWNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc.
First air dateMarch 5, 1970 (50 years ago) (1970-03-05)
Call sign meaningChannel NINe
Sister station(s)WNIN-FM
Former channel number(s)Analog:
9 (VHF, 1970–2009)
12 (VHF, 2003–2009)
Former affiliationsNET (March–October 1970)
Dark (1972–1973)
Transmitter power19 kW
27 kW (application)
Height304 m (997 ft)
305.1 m (1,001 ft) (application)
Facility ID67802
Transmitter coordinates37°59′1″N 87°16′13″W / 37.98361°N 87.27028°W / 37.98361; -87.27028 (WNIN)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

On cable, WNIN is available on Charter Spectrum channel 9 in both standard and high definition, and on WOW! channels 2 (SD) and 802 (HD).


WNIN signed on for the first time on March 5, 1970 owned by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. After a few months as a member of National Educational Television (NET), it joined PBS in October.

Despite having the advantage of being on one of two VHF frequencies in the Tri-State, EVSC soon found itself in over its head running a full-service public television station. Within a year, WNIN was $59,000 in the red. Unable to raise enough money to close the gap, it took WNIN off the air in 1972. A year later, a group of Tri-State citizens formed Southwest Indiana Public Television (later known as Tri-State Public Teleplex and now known as Tri-State Public Media) and returned the station to the air. It bought the Carpenter House in 1986 and retired the mortgage on it three years later with the help of a capital campaign.

WNIN also programs and transmits two local cable channels: WNIN Learn (Cable 12) and WNIN Create (Cable 13). WNIN Learn airs local Government-access television (GATV) for Vanderburgh County and Evansville City government meetings produced off-site inside the Carpenter House via remote-controlled cameras located in the Vanderburgh County Civic Center. WNIN Learn also airs repeats of some PBS Kids programs. WNIN Create simulcasts the national Create channel which features how-to, creative and cooking programs.

Local programs produced by WNIN include Lawmakers and Newsmakers, as well as various live debates and local documentaries. As of 2010, all local programming is available online via the station's implementation of PBS' COVE platform.

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
9.1 1080i 16:9 WNIN-HD Main WNIN programming / PBS
9.2 480i 4:3 WNIN-SD WNIN Create

The station carries Create on digital channel 9.2. Until October 2012, the station offered an audio simulcast of sister NPR member station WNIN-FM on digital channel 9.3.

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

WNIN discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, 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 relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 12 to channel 9.[2]

Indiana ChannelEdit

WNIN was the programming hub of the Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations (IPBS) project, the Indiana Channel. From 2006 to 2016, the Indiana Channel had run on digital subchannel 9.2 (WNIN Create) from 4 to 7 p.m. every weekday.


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WNIN
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

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