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WNVT: Goldvein, Virginia
WNVC: Fairfax, Virginia
Branding MHz Networks
Slogan Programming for Globally-Minded People
Channels Digital:
WNVT: 30 (UHF)
WNVC: 24 (UHF)
Subchannels (see article)
Owner Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation
First air date WNVT: March 1, 1972
WNVC: June 1, 1983
Call letters’ meaning Northern Virginia Television
Northern Virginia College
Former channel number(s) Analog:
WNVT: 53 (UHF, 1972-2003)
WNVC: 56 (UHF, 1983-2008)
WNVC: 57 (UHF)
Former affiliations PBS (1972-2001)
Transmitter Power WNVT: 160 kW
WNVC: 160 kW
Height WNVT: 229 m
WNVC: 221 m
Facility ID WNVT: 10019
WNVC: 9999
Transmitter Coordinates WNVT:
38°37′43″N 77°26′21″W / 38.62861°N 77.43917°W / 38.62861; -77.43917 (WNVT)
38°52′28″N 77°13′24″W / 38.87444°N 77.22333°W / 38.87444; -77.22333 (WNVC)

MHz Networks is a Northern Virginia based independent, non-commercial educational broadcaster operated by Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation. The legal broadcast callsigns for the two stations of MHz Networks are WNVC (ex-analog channel 56) and WNVT (ex-analog channel 53). Rebranded as MHz Networks, WNVC is licensed to Fairfax, Virginia with studios in Falls Church, Virginia [1] and WNVT is licensed in Goldvein, Virginia, and shares TV studio facilities in Falls Church.



WNVT first signed on March 1, 1972 on Channel 53 as a public broadcasting station independent of PBS. On June 6, 1981 Channel 56 signed on as a similar station (as WIAH) and in 1982, changed its call letters to WNVC. Since channel 56 signed on, the two stations were operated from the same Northern Virginia studios, and were run as sister stations. The WNVT studios were originally at Northern Virginia Community College. When the station was under construction, the school offered an associate of arts in broadcast engineering technology. Prior to WNVT, channel 53 had a brief experimental transmission from somewhere in downtown Washington, D.C.

In 2001, the two stations became known as MHz Networks, with WNVC becoming MHz and WNVT becoming MHz2. In 2003, WNVT became digital-only on channel 30. On September 1st, 2008, WNVC ceased broadcasting in analog permanently and took the digital broadcast silent off to perform technical modifications. WNVC has a construction permit (now on-air) to relocate its digital signal to channel 24, after WUTB in Baltimore vacated its analog signal on June 12, 2009.[1]


Channel numbers given are digital virtual channels, with five being transmitted by each station. Both stations feature international programming 24 hours daily. Program Schedule

  • MHz1 (30.1) MHz Worldview international programming (in English or with English subtitles)
  • MHz2 (30.2) 24-hour NHK World TV programming (in Japanese and English; previously on 57.2)
  • MHz3 (30.3) 24-hour Metro Chinese Network programming (in Mandarin and English)
  • MHz4 (30.4) 24-hour Russia Today TV news programming (in English)
  • MHz5 (30.5) 24-hour Al Jazeera English

Services formerly offered

Some subchannels were formerly available prior to WNVC's suspension of its digital signal. However, they remained available by cable and satellite television. They became available again over the air after the digital transition[2]:

These digital subchannels are no longer offered:

See also


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