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WVPT: Staunton/Harrisonburg, Virginia
WVPY: Front Royal, Virginia
Channel Digital:
WVPT: 11 (VHF)
WVPY: 21 (UHF)
Subchannels 51.1/42.1 PBS-HD
51.2/42.2 Create
51.3/42.3 V-me[1]
Affiliations PBS
Owner Shenandoah Valley Educational Television Corporation
First air date WVPT: September 9, 1968
WVPY: August 22, 1996
Callsign meaning Western
Former channels Analog:
51 (1968-2009)
42 (1996-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1968-1970)
Effective power WVPT:
3.2 kW (digital)
50 kW (digital)
Height WVPT:
680 m (digital)
400 m (digital)
Facility ID WVPT: 60111
WVPY: 66378
Antenna coordinates WVPT:
38°9′54″N 79°18′51″W / 38.165°N 79.31417°W / 38.165; -79.31417
38°57′36″N 78°19′52″W / 38.96°N 78.33111°W / 38.96; -78.33111 (WVPY)

WVPT is a public television station in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It is the PBS member station for the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia. The station is licensed to Staunton, and is located on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg. It is owned by Shenandoah Valley Educational Television Corporation, along with satellite station WVPY channel 42 in Front Royal, Virginia.

WVPT signed on for the first time on September 9, 1968. WVPY was added in 1996.

WVPY is available over-the-air in much of the Virginia and West Virginia portions of the Washington metropolitan area (Front Royal is located within the Washington television market), while WVPT is available on cable in Lynchburg. Additionally, the station is carried on the Harrisonburg DirecTV feed and the Washington DirecTV and Dish Network feeds, boosting its potential viewing audience to over 6.1 million people in four states and the capital.

On Wednesday, October 1, 2008 WVPT started broadcasting in all HD.


WVPT is the smallest PBS station licensed to Virginia, but serves one of the largest coverage areas of any PBS member. It primarily serves 22 counties and independent cities in Virginia and nine counties in West Virginia. Much of this area is very mountainous. Its two main transmitters operated at only 525,000 watts and 141,000 watts in analog, and even in digital they are not nearly strong enough to cover this vast and rugged area. As a result, it operates several translators and a digital distributed transmission system. It also relies heavily on cable and satellite for its viewership.

Community Transmitter location Digi.
WVPT Staunton:
Charlottesville 37°59′0″N 78°29′2″W / 37.983333°N 78.48389°W / 37.983333; -78.48389 40 watts, VHF 11
Monterey 38°20′39″N 79°35′47″W / 38.34417°N 79.59639°W / 38.34417; -79.59639 8 watts, VHF 11
WVPY Front Royal:
Fulks Run 38°36′31″N 78°54′7″W / 38.60861°N 78.90194°W / 38.60861; -78.90194 100 watts, UHF 21
Luray 38°36′5″N 78°37′57″W / 38.60139°N 78.6325°W / 38.60139; -78.6325 100 watts, UHF 21
Ruckersville 38°28′43″N 78°24′58″W / 38.47861°N 78.41611°W / 38.47861; -78.41611 500 watts, UHF 21

The Charlottesville translator was the only over-the-air source of PBS programming in central Virginia until WHTJ signed on in 1989 as a satellite of WCVE-TV in Richmond.

WVPT and WVPY are rebroadcast digitally on the same frequencies as the parent stations under an experimental license. For instance, WVPT can be seen digitally as WVPT1-DT Charlottesville on VHF channel 11, virtual channel 51.1 (same channels as WVPT-DT).[2]

Communities listed above are as they appear on the NTSC-M broadcast translator licences on the FCC database. For synchronised on-channel digital transmitters used to provide "fill-in" distributed transmission system coverage, content is bitwise-identical to the main signal and the legal city of license is that of the respective main station. Digital DTS callsigns are based on those of the respective main stations, suffixed with a sequential number.


  1. ^ WVPT digital channel lineup, WVPT Virginia Public Television, 2008
  2. ^ Renewal request for experimental license WVPT1-DT, a DTV booster station on Channel 11 in Charlottesville, Virginia

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