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Schenectady/Albany/Troy, New York
Branding WMHT
Slogan WMHT Connects the World and our Community
Channels Digital: 34 (UHF)
Subchannels 17.1 PBS
17.2 ThinkBright/Create
17.3 PBS World
Translators W04AJ Glens Falls
W04BD Schoharie
W42AE Poughkeepsie
Owner WMHT Educational Telecommunications
First air date March 26, 1962
Call letters’ meaning Mohawk
Sister station(s) WMHT-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog:
17 (1962-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1962-1970)
Transmitter Power 325 kW
Height 426 m
Facility ID 73263
Transmitter Coordinates 42°37′31″N 74°0′38″W / 42.62528°N 74.01056°W / 42.62528; -74.01056 (WMHT)

WMHT is the call sign for a television station and radio station in Schenectady, New York owned and operated by WMHT Educational Telecommunications. Its transmitter is located in the Helderberg Mountains in Albany County, New York.

WMHT signed on the air on March 26, 1962 on UHF channel 17 as the Capital District's first public television station and the second in the state of New York. From the outset the network was affiliated with NET and became one of PBS's charter affiliates after the two networks merged in 1970. In 1972, WMHT expanded into FM radio by launching the first noncommercial classical music station in the United States (a format that continues to this day).

In 1987, WMHT purchased the assets of independent station WUSV channel 45 and made it a secondary programming service under the calls WMHX. Due to financial difficulties, WMHT shut WMHX down in 1991 and returned it to the air three years later under the calls WMHQ. In the late 1990's, WMHQ's commercial licence became attractive and WMHT sold it to the Tribune Company for $18.5 million in 1999 with the station becoming WB affiliate WEWB that September (it today is CW affiliate WCWN, owned by Freedom Communications). The money from this sale allowed WMHT to expand into digital television and build a new state-of-the-art studio in Troy to replace their original facilities in Rotterdam.


Digital TV & transition

WMHT turned off its analog signal at 12 Noon on April 16, 2009.

WMHT-DT signed on in 2003 on channel 34, becoming the second digital television signal in the Capital Region (third if counting WCDC-DT). Currently there are three subchannels on WMHT-DT:

Video Aspect Programming
17.1 1080i 16:9 PBS
17.2 480i 4:3 ThinkBright/Create
17.3 480i 4:3 PBS World

Outlying translators

Also, W42AE in Poughkeepsie, owned by Dutchess Community College, repeats WMHT except for several hours a week when classes are in session.

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