The Full Wiki

WETA-TV: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

WETA-TV logo
Washington, D.C.
Branding WETA
Slogan Be more... (which is PBS' current slogan used since 2002)
Channels Digital: 27 (UHF)
Affiliations PBS
Owner Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association
First air date October 2, 1961
Call letters’ meaning Washington
Sister station(s) WETA-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog:
26 (UHF, 1961-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1961-1970)
Transmitter Power 90 kW
Height 254 m
Facility ID 65670
Transmitter Coordinates 38°57′1″N 77°4′47″W / 38.95028°N 77.07972°W / 38.95028; -77.07972

WETA-TV is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) network television station serving the Washington, D.C. area of the United States. Its studios are located in Arlington, Virginia. WETA produces many nationally syndicated programs for PBS including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Washington Week, and performance specials such as "The Kennedy Center Presents: The 2006 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor." The station has also been the production partner of filmmaker Ken Burns for more than 20 years.



In 1952, the FCC allocated 242 channels for non-commercial use across the U.S.. Channel 26 was allocated for use in Washington, DC.

In 1953, the Greater Washington Educational Television Association was formed to develop programming for channel 26.

In 1957, Elizabeth Campbell, thought by many to be the major force in founding WETA was elected president of the association.

In the early days, before it was granted a license for its own channel, the GWETA produced educational programming for WTTG.

Finally, on 2 October 1961, the GWETA was granted a license by the FCC to activate channel 26. Until WETA moved to Howard University in 1964, WETA operated from Yorktown High School.

In 1967, WETA produced Washington Week in Review, its first nationally syndicated program for non-commercial educational stations.

Around 1970, the Greater Washington Educational Television Association changed their name to the Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association to reflect the oversight of the new WETA-FM.

In the 1990s, WETA established itself as a leader in developing forms of communication.

In 1992, WETA broadcast the first over-the-air HDTV signal in the U.S. In 1995, WETA launched, becoming one of the first PBS stations in the country to have a website.

WETA has always been a powerful force in the communities that it serves.

In 1995, WETA acquired CapAccess, an interactive computer network. From that acquisition, WETA helped connect public schools, public libraries and local government agencies to the internet. WETA's community efforts continue to this day.

In 1996, WETA launched its first national educational project, LD Online, a web site that seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. It was joined in 2001 by Reading Rockets, a multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. In 2003, Reading Rockets spun off Colorín Colorado, a free, web-based, service that provides information, activities, and advice for educators, and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).

In 1997, WETA tested its new full-power HDTV transmitter and began to showcase it to the public in 1999.

In 2002, WETA became one of the first stations to offer digital subchannels, which initially included WETA Prime, WETA Plus, and WETA Kids.

In January 2006, WETA relaunched the subchannels lineup with WETA Create, WETA Family, and WETA World, after the closure of national services PBS You and PBS Kids.

Digital television

WETA's digital channel is 27, using PSIP to display its virtual channel as 26. it is multiplexed into the following digital subchannels.

Digital channels[1]:
Channel Programming
26.1 WETA HD
26.2 Create
26.3 WETA Kids Channel
26.4 WETA-TV

Like many American television stations, WETA-TV turned off its analog signal and went digital-only on June 12, 2009. The station is now digital-only as WETA-DT on channel 27.

Author, Author!

"Author, Author!" is a videoblog hosted by journalist and critic Bethanne Patrick. This project of, the website for WETA-TV, launched in September 2007. The site showcases authors and books through reviews and video interviews. Visitors are invited to contribute thoughts and ideas to the site through the blog's comments feature.

Past and future blog guests include:


External links



Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address