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WITF-TV
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Harrisburg/Lancaster/York, Pennsylvania
Channels Digital: 36 (UHF)
Translators W38AN Chambersburg
W24CS Reading
Affiliations PBS
Owner WITF, Inc.
First air date November 22, 1964
Call letters’ meaning Where It's Top Flight
Former channel number(s) Analog:
33 (UHF, 1964-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1964-1970)
Transmitter Power 50 kW
Height 411 m
Facility ID 73083
Transmitter Coordinates 40°20′43.5″N 76°52′7.5″W / 40.345417°N 76.86875°W / 40.345417; -76.86875
Website www.witf.org

WITF-TV is a PBS member station available on digital channel 36 (and formerly available on analog channel 33), based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. WITF broadcasts throughout the Susquehanna Valley viewing area, and is a sister station to the area's NPR member station, WITF-FM. Its transmitter is located in Susquehanna Township, with studios at the WITF Public Media Center in Swatara Township (which shares a post office with Harrisburg). The station's programming can also be seen on low-powered translators W38AN, channel 38 in Chambersburg and W24CS, channel 24 in Reading.

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History

Channel 33 began as WEEU-TV, a commercial television station licensed to Reading in the 1950s. The station failed after the Philadelphia stations boosted their signals to cover Reading, and the channel was reallocated to the Harrisburg area for non-commercial educational use. The South Central Educational Broadcasting Council was formed in 1963, and it quickly snapped up the channel 33 license. WITF-TV signed on for the first time on November 22, 1964 from "temporary" studios in Hershey, near the Hershey Theatre. In 1982, it moved to studios in northeast Harrisburg. In 2007, it moved to its first-ever purpose-built home in Swatara Township.

In 1998, WITF-TV made history in Pennsylvania by launching the Commonwealth's first digital television channel. As broadcasters across the country switch from 50-year old analog technology to the federally mandated digital format, WITF became one of the first in the nation to meet the technological, financial and educational challenges.

Locally produced programming

  • Our Town
  • Explore PA
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • Smart Talk
  • Life Styles
  • Health Smart

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed. Analog service on channel 33 was shut down on February 17, 2009, during the United States' DTV transition. PSIP is in use so the digital signal will appear as channel 33 on receivers.

Digital channels

Channel Programming
33.1 main WITF-TV/PBS programming
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PBS HD channel

WITF was offering the "PBS-HD channel" on channel 33.3; however, that channel no longer exists.

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