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WPBT
WPBT Logo.png
Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida
City of license North Miami
Branding WPBT 2
2HD
Slogan Explore Your Possibilities
Channels Digital: 18 (UHF)
Subchannels 2.1 WPBT HD
2.2 Create
2.3 V-me
Affiliations PBS (since 1970)
Owner Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Inc.
Founded November 1953 by Community Television Foundation of South Florida
First air date August 12, 1955
Call letters’ meaning Public
Broadcasting
Television
Former callsigns WTHS-TV (1955-1979, timeshare partner)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (1955-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1955-1970)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 309 m
Facility ID 13456
Transmitter Coordinates 25°57′30.9″N 80°12′43.3″W / 25.958583°N 80.212028°W / 25.958583; -80.212028
Website www.channel2.org

WPBT is a PBS affiliate public television station located in North Miami, Florida, that serves the entire South Florida region. The station is owned and operated by the Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Inc., a private nonprofit multi-media organization that serves the communities of South Florida, reaching 1.5 million families weekly from Martin County to the Florida Keys. Some of WPBT's notable national programs include Jack Horkheimer's Star Gazer, ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, and the Nightly Business Report. Programs for local consumption include Check, Please! South Florida, a restaurant review show based on a program created by Chicago station WTTW.

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History

WPBT is Florida's first public television station and was organized in November 1953. WPBT signed on for the first time August 12, 1955 as WTHS-TV (meaning Worlds To Hear and See, licensed to the Dade County Board of Public Instruction).[1] During the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, the Community TV Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, shared channel 2 with the DCBPI (each entity had its own transmission tower and its own call letters). The School Board would broadcast educational programming for five hours in the daytime on WTHS, then the CTF would broadcast two hours of programming in the evenings on WPBT.[1][2] This arrangement, a rarity in American television, would continue until 1979, when the Dade County School Board returned the license of WTHS to the Federal Communications Commission. The CTF continued broadcasting on WPBT, now on a fulltime basis.

Digital television

WPBT's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Programming
2.1 WPBT HD programing
2.2 WPBT Create
2.3 WPBT V-me

Original Productions

WPBT is involved in producing several original and local programs. Currently there are three public affairs shows being broadcast on the channel including: Issues, Viewpoint and Pulse. Issues is a weekly half-hour public affairs and news program hosted by Helen Ferre that addresses issues in the local community. Viewpoint is a monthly program hosted by Steve Gushee addressing religion and ethics. Pulse is the newest public affairs program hosted by Jessy Schuster which addresses Caribbean and Caribbean-American issues.

WPBT also has produced two nature series called Wild Florida and Changing Seas. Wild Florida hosted by Hunter Reno explores Florida’s ecosystems and wildlife. Changing Seas is a twelve-part series narrated by Peter Thomas. The series explores the oceans surrounding Florida.

WPBT also creates several documentaries about the South Florida area. Projects in development include: Stranahan House, Florida’s State Parks, Into the Wild, and Lost in Florida.

uVu

Newuvulogowiki.jpg

Launched in 2007, uVu (pronounced you view) is a South Florida community video website hosted by WPBT. uVu consists of user-generated video along with content created and submitted to the site by community groups and cultural/educational institutions. Re-purposed broadcast content, previously aired on WPBT, is also available for viewing and sharing in clip format.

In April 2009, uVu was relaunched with a redesigned website and new URL. Along with video hosting the site now includes personal blogs, profiles and message boards. A relaunch party was held at WPBT2 studios on April 2nd and invited organizations from around South Florida and individuals who work closely with uVu.

uVu TV Episode 106

In October 2007 WPBT launched a weekly companion TV show called uVu TV on on digital subchannel 2.2. uVu TV travels around the South Florida community highlighting local organizations, places or activities.

References

  1. ^ 1972 Broadcasting Yearbook TV Markets defined - The Broadcasting Guide to Spot Planning - Broadcasting
  2. ^ Ruling of U.S. Court of Appeals, Tele-Media Corporation v. Federal Communications Commission" (1983) - appeal of FCC ruling of 1977

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