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Augusta, Georgia & Aiken, South Carolina region
City of license Wrens, Georgia (USA)
Branding GPB
Slogan Bringing You the Best
Channels Digital: 6 (VHF)
Subchannels 20 .1 - GPB/PBS HD (1080i)

20 .2 - GPB Kids (480i)

20 .3 - GPB Knowledge (480i)
Translators W11DD-D 11 Hartwell/Royston
Owner Georgia Public Broadcasting
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
First air date September 12, 1966
Call letters’ meaning We're Central-
East Georgia and
South Carolina
Former channel number(s) Analog: 20 (1966 Sep 12 to 2009 Feb 17)
Digital: 2 (2003-2009?)
Former affiliations NET (1966-1970)
Transmitter Power 30 kW
Height 436 m
Facility ID 23937
Transmitter Coordinates 33°15′32.9″N 82°17′7.5″W / 33.259139°N 82.285417°W / 33.259139; -82.285417

WCES-TV channel 20 (DTV 6) is a part of the Georgia Public Broadcasting network, and was Georgia's sixth non-commercial educational TV station. It serves Augusta, Georgia and the surrounding east-central Georgia and west-central South Carolina area, along the Savannah River valley (also known locally as the "Georgia-Lina" region).

The transmitter and radio antenna are located southwest of Augusta in Wrens, Georgia, its city of license. From there, its signal travels in roughly a 50-mile (80 km) radius from the transmitter site, though a directional antenna (possibly a three-panel antenna) gives the station a somewhat triangularly-lobed radiation pattern.[1]

The station chose to keep its digital on channel 2 in the first-round digital channel election, but requested channel 6 in the third round. This is because the low VHF (band I) has a lot of RF noise, which is worst on the lowest channels.

The radio tower is a 446.7-meter-high guyed mast, located at 33°15'34"N and 82°17'8"W. It was built in 1966.[2]



Both translators are or were located near the state's border with South Carolina, in areas where coverage from a full-powered GPB transmitter is insufficient, due to the distance from the main transmitters and the hilly terrain in northeast Georgia.

  • W11DD-D Hartwell & Royston, replaced analog W22AC on 22
  • W60AE Elberton, applied for digital on 10, deleted in 2007

W22AC was temporarily off-air for two months in early 2008, when GPB broadcast engineers had to borrow its TV transmitter to get WACS-TV back on-air. That station was destroyed by a tornado in March 2007, and had to begin broadcasting again within a year, or its license would have been automatically canceled by law.


WCES-TV channel 20 began on September 12, 1966 on the National Educational Television (NET) TV network, and on October 5, 1970 it and all nine stations affiliated to NET in Georgia became part of the new PBS network. Its digital TV signal on channel 2 started in 2003.

Digital TV

WCES-TV broadcasts the following digital subchannels:

Channel Label Programming
20.1 GPB (mainly PBS) main programming, with some HDTV content (1080i)
20.2 GPB Kids (PBS Kids) channel in SD (480i), since January 2009 Formerly main GPB programming in SD and GPB Radio on SAP, changed in mid-December 2008 to a placeholder station ID for future GPB Kids
20.3 GPB Knowledge (mainly PBS World) in standard definition (480i)

Programming is the same on all nine stations, but channel labels differ somewhat between them.

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