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WJSP-TV
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West-central Georgia
City of license Columbus, Georgia
Branding GPB
Slogan Bringing You the Best
Channels Digital: 23 (UHF)
Subchannels 28.1 - GPB/PBS HD (1080i)

28.2 - GPB Kids (480i)

28.3 - GPB Knowledge (480i)
Translators former W49AD Carrollton
Owner Georgia Public Broadcasting
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
First air date August 10, 1964
Call letters’ meaning James S. Peters
Sister station(s) WJSP-FM 88.1
Former channel number(s) Analog:
28 (1964-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1964-1970)
Transmitter Power 250 kW
Height 462 m
Facility ID 23918
Transmitter Coordinates 32°51′6.9″N 84°42′5.6″W / 32.851917°N 84.701556°W / 32.851917; -84.701556
Website www.gpb.org/

WJSP-TV 23 (DTV 28.1/2/3), part of the GPB network, serves Columbus, Georgia and the surrounding west-central Georgia and far east-central Alabama region. The transmitter and radio antenna are located just south of Warm Springs on the same radio tower as WJSP-FM 88.1. It's one of only two GPB stations actually licensed to a major Georgia city, the other being WVAN-TV in Savannah. However, to conform to GPB's pattern of naming two cities in station IDs, the station's shown as "WJSP-DT 28, Columbus/Warm Springs".

The station's signal travels in about a 45-mile (75 km) radius from the transmitter site, though this is variable since it uses a directional antenna.[1] The signal also reaches far south-southwest metro Atlanta, and is a better source for GPB in that area than its main station, WGTV TV 8 from east of Atlanta.

WJSP primarily serves the northern and central part of the Columbus TV market. The southern part of the Columbus market is served by Dawson's WACS-TV. While WJSP is the official GPB station for Columbus, the city generally gets a better signal strength from WACS.

The station had originally chosen to return to channel 28 for digital TV during the first-round digital channel election, but due to an interference conflict it was forced to remain permanently on 23.

There was also one broadcast translator, W49AD, channel 49 in downtown Carrollton, in the southwest corner of the Atlanta television market. That translator's digital companion channel is W13DJ-D on channel 13, on-air since July/August 2009, but officially relaying WGTV. It is east-southeast of town, immediately southeast of the Oak Mountain Championship Golf Course.

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Digital TV

WJSP-TV broadcasts the following digital subchannels:

Channel Label Programming
28.1 GPB (mainly PBS) main programming, with some HDTV content (1080i)
28.2 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
28.3 GPB Knowledge (mainly PBS World) in standard definition (480i)

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

History

WJSP-TV signed on August 10, 1964 as the fifth public television station in Georgia. Its somewhat reduced-power digital signal, on channel 23, began in 2003. In 2009, analog transmissions permanently ceased at midnight on the night of February 17.

The channel 28 frequency was originally home to WTVM from 1953 to 1960, when they moved to channel 9.

WJSP's callsign is from the initials of long-time Georgia legislator and member of the state's board of education, James S. Peters of Manchester, Georgia.

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