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Rochester, New York
Branding WXXI
Channels Digital: 16 (UHF)
Affiliations PBS
Owner WXXI Public Broadcasting Council
First air date September 6, 1966
Call letters’ meaning XXI = Roman numeral 21 (former analog channel)
Sister station(s) WXXI (AM), WXXI-FM
Former channel number(s) 21 (UHF analog, 1966-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1966-1970)
Transmitter Power 180 kW (digital)
Height 130 m (digital)
Facility ID 57274
Transmitter Coordinates 43°8′7″N 77°35′3″W / 43.13528°N 77.58417°W / 43.13528; -77.58417

WXXI is a public television station which operates on Channel 21 in Rochester, New York, and is the PBS member station for that city and the surrounding metro area. The station is owned by the WXXI Public Broadcasting Council group, which also operates WXXI-AM (1370), WXXI-FM (91.5), and Reachout Radio, a service for those with visual impairments or blindness.

WXXI's national public television productions include Warrior in Two Worlds, Echoes from the Ancients, Out of the Fire, Albert Paley: Man of Steel and Flight to Freedom. WXXI also produces Assignment: The World, a weekly current-events program for schools, which airs on approximately 100 public television stations nationwide, and is the nation's longest-running instructional television program.

Digital Television

WXXI entered the digital era in September 2003 when WXXI-DT signed on with Rochester’s first full-power digital television signal. The digital channel is subdivided into three digital subchannels, which include:

  • WXXI-HD (21-1) is the station's HDTV public broadcasting service. Until December 17, 2008, the national PBS HD feed was available on ch 21-1 (also on Time Warner Cable 1011).
  • PBS World (21-2, also airs Classic Arts Showcase from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.), features documentary, public affairs and news programming from public television’s award-winning signature series and acclaimed independent filmmakers. (also on Time Warner Cable 524).
  • Create (21-3), a digital channel that carries Create, showcasing the best cooking, travel, fine living and how-to programming public television has to offer. (also on Time Warner Cable 433).

Former Programming

ThinkBright, broadcast from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on 21-3 until the digital transition when it was removed, making way for 24 hours of Create programming.

WXXI-TV (21-4) was originally a digital standard definition simulcast of WXXI's analog signal but is not currently transmitting, as 21-1 is identical.

WXXI broadcasts are digital-only, effective June 12, 2009. WXXI had been awarded a $202,498 federal contract for an outreach initiative to help Rochester's over-the-air viewers prepare for the digital transition.[1]

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