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South Bend, Indiana
Branding WNIT Public Television
Slogan Michiana's Public Television--television worthy of your trust.
Channel Digital: 35 (UHF)
Subchannels 34.1 PBS-HD
34.2 PBS
Affiliations PBS
Owner Michiana Public Broadcasting Corporation
First air date February 1974[1]
Callsign meaning Northern
Former callsigns WNIT-TV (1974-1989)
Former channels Analog:
34 (1974-2008)
Effective power 50 kW
Height 332.9 m
Facility ID 41671
Antenna coordinates 41°36′49″N 86°11′20″W / 41.61361°N 86.18889°W / 41.61361; -86.18889 (WNIT)

WNIT is the PBS member station for South Bend, Indiana. Its studios are located in Elkhart. WNIT broadcasts on digital channel 35 (virtual channels 34.1 and 34.2).[2]

The station has been serving Michiana since February 1974, when it signed on UHF channel 34. Previously, PBS programs had been offered to the market's commercial stations on a per-program basis, or via cable from WTTW in Chicago.

On February 26 2008, the klystron tube that powered WNIT's transmitter failed,[3] which reduced WNIT's analog signal strength to only 15 percent of its normal 1.38 million-watt ERP. On March 25, the transmitter's major signal amplifiers failed, completely disabling the station's analog signal. With analog broadcasting due to end in the United States in 2009, the station opted to broadcast solely in digital.

Most viewers did not lose access to WNIT programming due to the high penetration of cable and satellite television in the area.

On January 11, 2009, a fire in WNIT's administrative offices severely damaged the building; there were no injuries and WNIT's broadcast facilities and programming were unaffected. Local program production had already been moved as on December 17, 2008 WNIT had acquired and taken possession of the 30000 square-foot former WSBT-TV building at Lafayette and Jefferson in downtown South Bend with the assistance of an in-kind donation by WSBT (CBS 22) owner Schurz Communications; that station had moved to new facilities in Mishawaka in September 2008.[4]


External links


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says February 14, while the Television and Cable Factbook says February 18.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Request for Silent STA for analogue WNIT TV 34
  4. ^


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