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WYCC Logo.png
Chicago, Illinois
City of license Chicago, Illinois
Branding Wise TV WYCC
Slogan Change Your Mind
Channel Digital: 21 (UHF)
Subchannels 20.1 PBS
20.3 MHz Worldview
Affiliations PBS
Owner City Colleges of Chicago
(College District #508, County of Cook)
First air date February 17, 1983
Callsign meaning We're
Former callsigns Digital:
WYCC-DT (2000–2009)
Former channels Analog:
20 (1983–2009)
Effective power 98.9 kW
Height 378 m
Facility ID 12279
Antenna coordinates 41°53′55.7″N 87°37′22.5″W / 41.898806°N 87.622917°W / 41.898806; -87.622917

WYCC is a PBS member television station in Chicago, Illinois which broadcasts over digital channel 21. Owned and operated by the City Colleges of Chicago, the station's studios are based at Kennedy-King College and the transmitter is atop the John Hancock Center.

WYCC is in a market which features two other member stations of PBS, WTTW in Chicago and WYIN, which is based in nearby Gary, Indiana and targets viewers in Northwest Indiana. As the Chicago market is well-served by PBS national programming by those two stations, WYCC focuses more on airing adult educational and other instructional programming, along with other programming obtained by producers outside of PBS, which provides only 13% of WYCC's weekly schedule.

Funding for the station is provided by the usual mix of member donations, pledge drives, and CPB funding, along with that of the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago via the City Colleges division.

The station makes the claim of being the largest public television station run by a minority operation, and reaches the 3.5 million households of Chicago, along with 6 million households in a four-state area.





As part of the City Colleges of Chicago, the television station provides distance learning courses. These courses, when viewed, may be credited towards an associate degree at any of the city colleges. The city colleges also use WYCC to air informational programs for neighborhood outreach and community service. Also, locally produced, is the political talk show Beyond the Beltway, which also airs nationally on radio.

British and Irish

WYCC is the Chicago-area carrier for "Out of Ireland," and "Tartan TV," the last of which focuses on Scotland. In addition, it carries "Monarch of the Glen," "Last of the Summer Wine," "Are You Being Served?," and "Monty Python's Flying Circus."

It has also carried Ballykissangel, an Irish comedy soap opera. As of this writing, WYCC and WTTW show a similar number of scripted British shows and both broadcast Monty Python's Flying Circus.


As a Public Broadcasting Service television station, WYCC provide children's programming. Favorites include Clifford the Big Red Dog, whose lead character was voiced by the late John Ritter.


WYCC offers comprehensive international news coverage. It offers Worldfocus, Germany's DW TV Journal, France 24, and Euronews. Popular news talk shows include those hosted by Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley.

Additionally, local news programming produced by undergraduate and graduate students at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism airs on WYCC. Students from the City Colleges of Chicago contribute to the production of these shows, too.


On April 16, 2009 at 6:00AM CDT, WYCC switched to all-digital broadcasting, becoming Chicago's first television station to stop broadcasting in an analog signal.[1] At the same time, the "WYCC" callsign was legally transferred from the now-defunct analog channel 20 to digital channel 21 and channel 21's pre-transition callsign "WYCC-DT" was officially discontinued. The use of PSIP allows WYCC's digital channel to be displayed as virtual channel 20.

Channel 20.3 offers international programming from MHz Networks' Worldview.[2]

Digital Television

WYCC's signal is multiplexed:

Channel Programming
20.1 WYCC-HD
20.2 WYCC-SD
20.3 MHz


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