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WCEU logo
New Smyrna Beach/Daytona Beach, Florida
Branding Channel 15
Slogan Public television that matters
Channel Digital: 33 (UHF)
Subchannels 15.1 PBS-HD
15.2 DSC-ED / FL
Owner Daytona State College
(Daytona State College, Inc.)
First air date February 8, 1988
Callsign meaning Daytona
Former callsigns WCEU (1988-2008)
Former channels Analog:
15 (1988-2008)
Effective power 308 kW
Height 491 m
Facility ID 12171
Antenna coordinates 28°36′36.3″N 81°3′34.6″W / 28.610083°N 81.059611°W / 28.610083; -81.059611

WDSC-TV is a PBS member station in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is owned and operated by Daytona State College and has its studios at the Center for Educational Telecommunications on the DSC campus. It is licensed to nearby New Smyrna Beach.

In 1985, DSC (then known as Daytona Beach Community College), Bethune-Cookman College, Stetson University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Atlantic Center for the Arts formed the Coastal Educational Broadcasters in order to bring a public television station to Volusia and Flagler counties. They felt WMFE, the PBS station in Orlando, was neglecting Daytona Beach. In February 1988, channel 15 signed on as WCEU with a limited schedule of three hours a day, three days a week. Support in the area was enough that within nine months, it was recognized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. By January 1989, it was a full-fledged PBS station, though it didn't expand to a fuller broadcast day until 1993.

In 1992, a signal expansion and must-carry rules expanded WCEU's audience to over 1.3 million viewers in Central Florida, including Orlando itself. It moved to its current facility in 1999. DBCC became the sole licensee in 2002.

In 2005, WCEU rebranded itself as DBCC 15 to better reflect its relationship with DBCC. In January 2008, it rebranded itself again merely as Channel 15, after DBCC became Daytona Beach College. The college subsequently changed its name again to Daytona State College; to reflect this, in November 2008, channel 15 changed its call letters to the current WDSC-TV, after purchasing the rights to the call letters from a radio station in Dillon, South Carolina.[1]

WDSC shut down its analog signal on December 15, 2008, some two months before the end of full-service analog broadcasting; this came after the transmitter suffered a failure on September 25, forcing the station to broadcast at reduced power.[2]

Recently, WDSC has begun billing itself as a full-market PBS station, including Orlando. While it had been available on cable in Orlando for over a decade, its digital signal gives it an over-the-air coverage area comparable to WMFE.


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