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West Virginia Public Broadcasting
WV Public TV.jpg
statewide West Virginia
Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations PBS
Owner West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority
First air date 1969
Call letters’ meaning see table below
Former affiliations NET (1969-1970)
Transmitter Power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter Coordinates see table below

West Virginia Public Broadcasting is the statewide PBS network of television stations in West Virginia, whose flagship station is WPBY, based in Charleston, West Virginia. Its studios are located at 600 Capitol Street. The network carries a basic PBS schedule, along with several programs of local production.

The origins of WV Public Broadcasting date back to WMUL on July 14, 1969, copying the call letters of Marshall's student radio station, although the television station has never been a student-run operation. It began broadcasting in 1967.

In 1980 WMUL and the public station at West Virginia University, WWVU (now WNPB) received new call letters to underline that the operations were managed by the state educational broadcasting authority, and not the university system.

In 1992 the state completed a microwave link that permitted it to convert WNPB and the state's third PBS station, WSWP in Beckley, West Virginia to become de facto repeaters of WPBY. WNPB broadcasts on Channel 24 and WSWP on Channel 9.

The network has low power repeaters on Channel 15 in Wardensville, Channel 17 in Mathias, Channel 48 in Keyser, Channel 41 in rural Hampshire County and Channel 69 in Romney. Because all of these locations are in the Washington, DC television market, the station's shows are the only real source of West Virginia program content in those areas. In the past the channel showed some Marshall University and West Virginia University sports content for this reason, but has abandoned this practice due to Conference USA/Big East exclusivity agreements with commercial and cable outlets. The station is also repeated on Channel 41 in Wheeling and Channel 57 in Parkersburg, making it receivable in almost all of the state.

The current local content consists of a daily recap of the state legislative session, half hour weekly shows produced by the State Bar and by the West Virginia University medical school, and student produced news from campus weekly products from Marshall University and West Virginia State University.



Station City of license
(other cities served)
First air date Call letters’
Former callsigns ERP
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WPBY-TV Huntington
34 (UHF)
July 14, 1969 Public
for You
60.1 kW 378.3 m 71657 38°29′41″N 82°12′3″W / 38.49472°N 82.20083°W / 38.49472; -82.20083 (WPBY-TV)
WSWP-TV Grandview
(Beckley, Bluefield)
10 (VHF)
November 1, 1970 Southern
West Virginia
Public Television
24 kW 317.9 71680 37°53′46″N 80°59′21″W / 37.89611°N 80.98917°W / 37.89611; -80.98917 (WSWP-TV)
WNPB-TV Morgantown
(Clarksburg, Weston, Fairmont)
33 (UHF)
February 23, 1969 West Virginia
108 kW 440.7 m 71676 39°41′45″N 79°45′45″W / 39.69583°N 79.7625°W / 39.69583; -79.7625 (WNPB-TV)

The network is also relayed on the following translators, which bring the WPBY and WNPB signals to mountainous and remote areas.

Directly repeating WPBY:

Directly repeating WNPB:

Digital television

The networks digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Programming
xx.1 main WVPBS/PBS programming
xx.2 PBS Create

Analog-to-digital conversion

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion took place by law on June 12, 2009: [1]

  • WSWP-TV used channel 10 for its digital broadcasts; [2]
  • WNPB and WPBY-TV remained on their respective, pre-transition channel numbers (33 and 34). [3] [4]

Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display virtual channels for each WVPBS station corresponding to their previous analog channel numbers.


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