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WOUB: Athens, Ohio
WOUC: Cambridge, Ohio
Branding WOUB
Channels Digital:
WOUB: 27 (UHF)
WOUC: 35 (UHF)
Subchannels 20.1 WOUB-HD
20.2 Classic
20.3 Learns
44.1 WOUC-HD
44.2 Unlimited
44.3 Select[1]
Affiliations PBS
Owner Ohio University
Founded WOUB: January 1963
WOUC: July 1973[2]
Call letters’ meaning WOUB:
(or Bobcats)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
20 (1963-2009)
44 (1973-3009)
Former affiliations NET (1963-1970)
Transmitter Power WOUB:
250 kW (digital)
310 kW (digital)
Height WOUB:
242.3 m (digital)
385.1 m (digital)
Facility ID WOUB: 50147
WOUC: 50141
Transmitter Coordinates WOUB:
39°18′52″N 82°8′59″W / 39.31444°N 82.14972°W / 39.31444; -82.14972
40°5′32″N 81°17′19″W / 40.09222°N 81.28861°W / 40.09222; -81.28861 (WOUC-TV)
The Radio/Television Building at Ohio University, where WOUB is broadcast

WOUB-TV channel 20 is a PBS member station at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. WOUB-TV's programming can be seen in southeastern Ohio on digital channel 27. It is also seen in east central Ohio on WOUC-TV, digital 35, originating from Cambridge, Ohio.

The WOUB studios and offices are located in the Radio-TV building on the Athens campus of Ohio University, part of the WOUB Center for Public Media. The Center is a non-academic unit of the Scripps College of Communication. WOUB services southeastern Ohio, and portions of neighboring West Virginia and Kentucky. The telecommunications center also serves as a laboratory for Ohio University students who are interested in gaining experience in broadcasting and related technologies.

In addition to radio and television, WOUB is also active in distance learning, online services, and media production.

Currently Athens County is located in the fringes of the Huntington-Charleston market, but the TV station can be received in parts of the Columbus market, all of the Zanesville market, and portions of the Parkersburg and Wheeling / Steubenville markets. The station leases commercial fiber line to permit it to be carried the Huntington-Charleston local packages of the DBS providers, which allows the entire market to view the station.

Unlike most PBS stations, the channel produces a regular local news cast by university students studying and training on television news casts at Ohio University. With that, they mainly focus on the area around Athens, which is mostly ignored by the Columbus and Huntington-Charleston stations that serve the Athens area.

Alumni of the station include Matt Lauer and numerous major market television news anchors and reporters, such as Matt Barnes, weekend sports reporter for WRDW in Augusta, Georgia.


Digital Television

Even though WOUB and WOUC share the same analog programming, the digital offerings are different on both channels, expanding the choices of programming for digital viewers within the coverage areas of both transmitters.

Services from WOUB are: WOUB-HD (20.1), WOUB Classic (20.2) and WOUB Learns (20.3).

Services from WOUC are: WOUC-HD (44.1), WOUB Unlimited (44.2), and WOUB Select (44.3).

As of January 2009 WOUC-44's analog signal is operating at low power because of equipment failure.[3]


Digital transition

In 2009, when the analog to digital conversion was complete, WOUB-TV and WOUC-TV kept their digital TV on channels (27 & 35), but will still use (20 & 44) as their virtual channels. [4] WOUB 20 (analog) and WOUC 44 (analog) ceased operation on June 12, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.

External links


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  2. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says WOUC-TV signed on July 23, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on July 26.
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