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West Palm Beach, Florida
Branding WXEL
Channels Digital: 27 (UHF)
Subchannels 42.1 PBS HD
42.2 PBS Create
42.3 V-Me
42.4 Florida Knowledge          Network/
         The Florida Channel
Translators W44AY 44 Fort Pierce
WHDC-D 31 Fort Pierce
Affiliations PBS
Owner Barry University
(Barry Telecommunications, Inc.)
First air date July 8, 1982
Call letters’ meaning EXcELlence
Sister station(s) WXEL (FM)
Former callsigns WHRS-TV (1982-1985)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
42 (1982-2009)
Transmitter Power 400 kW (digital)
Height 440 m (digital)
Facility ID 61084
Transmitter Coordinates 26°34′37″N 80°14′32″W / 26.57694°N 80.24222°W / 26.57694; -80.24222

WXEL-TV is the PBS member station serving South Florida, and is licensed to West Palm Beach. WXEL is owned by Barry University, a Catholic university based in Miami; despite the Catholic-based ownership, WXEL shows no religious programming (other than documentaries provided by PBS). In addition, Barry also owns public radio station WXEL (FM) 90.7. The station reaches viewers from the Treasure Coast all the way down to Miami-Dade County.

WXEL signed on July 8, 1982 as WWPF-TV. They later changed their call letters to WHRS. On January 1, 1985, the station became known as WXEL.

WXEL is one of at least three PBS members owned and operated by a Catholic-related organization (WLAE-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana and KMBH in the Rio Grande Valley are the others), and one of at least four run by a religious organization in general (counting Provo, Utah's KBYU-TV).

In early 2007, Barry University announced a pending purchase of WXEL-FM and WXEL-TV by a group consisting of Educational Broadcasting Corporation (owners of New York City's WNET and WLIW) and the Community Broadcast Foundation of Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast, a local volunteer organization. The purchase agreement was terminated in May, 2008. [1] Currently the station remains for sale and both the Palm Beach County School District and the Community Television Foundation of South Florida, which owns WPBT, have expressed interest in purchasing the station.[2]

WXEL moved its digital broadcasts to channel 27. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display WXEL's virtual channel as 42.

The WXEL call sign was previously used on channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio, on what is now WJW.


In addition to its main signals, WXEL is also carried on two repeaters.

Call Letters Channel City of License Transmitter Location Licensee
W44AY 44 West Palm Beach Fort Pierce Barry University Analog repeater
WHDC-D 31 West Palm Beach Fort Pierce Barry University Digital repeater

WXEL's repeaters are necessary as WXEL's main signal does not reach all of its viewers in the Treasure Coast.

WHDC moved its digital broadcasts to channel 31. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display WHDC's virtual channel as 44.

Digital television

WXEL's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Programming
42.1 PBS HD
42.2 PBS Create (6AM to 7PM only)
42.3 V-Me
42.4 Florida Knowledge Network (Weekdays 6AM to 6PM only)
The Florida Channel (weekdays 6PM to 7PM, weekends 6AM to 7PM)

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