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Georgia Public Broadcasting

Georgia Public Broadcasting
statewide Georgia
United States
Branding GPB
Slogan Television:
Television Worth Sharing
Channels Digital: See below
Virtual: See below
Subchannels xx.1 GPB-HD
xx.2 Create TV
xx.3 GPB Know
Affiliations Television: PBS
Radio: NPR
Owner Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission
First air date Television: May 23, 1960
Radio: 1984
Former affiliations Television: NET (1960–1970)
Transmitter power See below
Height See below
Facility ID See below
Transmitter coordinates See below
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Public Broadcasting Profile
Public Broadcasting CDBS

Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) is a Columbus (which relays Troy University Public Radio from WTSU-FM in Troy, Alabama)). The broadcast signals of the nine television stations and 19 radio stations cover almost all of the state, as well as parts of Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The network's headquarters and primary radio and television production facility is located on 14th Street in Midtown Atlanta, located just west of the Downtown Connector in the Home Park neighborhood.


  • History 1
  • GPB Television 2
    • Television stations 2.1
    • WUGA-TV 2.2
    • Digital television 2.3
      • Analog-to-digital conversion 2.3.1
  • Cable and satellite availability 3
    • Broadcast translators 3.1
      • Former translators 3.1.1
    • Television programs 3.2
      • Series 3.2.1
      • Specials 3.2.2
  • GPB Radio 4
    • WRAS-Atlanta Controversy 4.1
    • Programming 4.2
    • Radio stations 4.3
  • GPB Education 5
  • Departments 6
    • GPB News 6.1
    • GPB Sports 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8


GPB offices in Atlanta

On May 23, 1960, the board that oversees GPB.

In 1984, the GPTC entered into Macon and Columbus. These formed the nuclei of Peach State Public Radio, which was eventually renamed Georgia Public Radio in 2001. During the 1980s and 1990s, stations that had been operated by other educational institutions and community groups became affiliated with the network.

In 1995, the GPTC began using "Georgia Public Broadcasting" as its corporate name. This would eventually become the umbrella title for all GPB operations in early 2004, when GPTV and Georgia Public Radio simultaneously rebranded under the Georgia Public Broadcasting name.

GPB's 14th Street office/production facility in Midtown Atlanta (located north of the credit at the end of each episode (production of that series was moved to Los Angeles for its second and final season). As of the summer of 2014, another syndicated court program, Lauren Lake's Paternity Court, now uses the GPD facilities under the same arrangement.

GPB has experienced significant controversy within the past 20 years or so, including extravagant expenses in constructing the Midtown Atlanta studios mentioned above, accusations of political manipulation by the

GPB Television

GPB Television broadcasts PBS programming and statewide programs produced specifically for the GPB network 24 hours a day on a network of nine full-power stations as well as numerous legislative session early in the year.

WGTV station identification on the GPB Knowledge channel; note the prior logo.

GPB Television also operates two digital subchannels that are carried on most of its stations: GPB Kids launched in January 2009 as the second digital subchannel of the GPBTV stations, replacing the standard-definition feed (which mirrored each station's analog feed) of GPB's main channel. During December 2008, the subchannel carried only a static station identification for all nine stations (including the GPB/PBS Kids logo), and the electronic program guide for the channel continued to show main channel information for the GPBTV stations. GPB Knowledge, carried as a third digital subchannel, debuted in September 2008, but officially launched on October 1 of that year. GPB Knowledge carries programming from the World network during prime time hours, and GPB documentary and news programming (including BBC World News) at other times. It replaced GPB Education, which is still available to schools statewide on demand over the Internet.

Television stations

Each of GPB's television stations identify themselves with two locations – usually, the smaller off-air from March 1, 2007 to April or May 2008, due to a radio tower collapse caused by a tornado.
2 At the time of its sign-on in 1968, WMUM-TV was known as WDCO-TV and broadcast on UHF channel 15. WDCO-TV moved to channel 29 in 1990, and adopted its current call letters in 2006.
3 At the time of its sign-on in 1967, WNGH-TV was known as WCLP, which changed from WCLP-TV (1979) to its current call letters in 2008 to match the new GPB FM station.


On December 23, 2010, the Toccoa, with most of the content coming from its GPB Knowledge subchannel.[1] The station filed with the FCC to convert WNEG's station license to non-commercial status.[2][3] The new partnership between UGA and GPB is due to a reduction of advertising dollars, resulting from the economic downturn and the loss of WNEG's CBS affiliation (the station had been with CBS since August 1995, receiving affiliation as a by-product of the CBS programming moving in the adjacent Atlanta market from WAGA-TV to WGCL-TV in December 1994).[4] At 5:30 a.m. on May 1, 2011, the station began carrying GPB Knowledge programming; the following day, its call letters were changed to WUGA-TV.[5] UGA sold WUGA-TV to Marquee Broadcasting in 2015; at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2015, the new owners dropped all GPB Knowledge programming, changed the station's call letters to WGTA, and returned the station to commercial operation with programming from the Heroes & Icons, Decades, and Movies! networks.[6]

Digital television

WGTV, WXGA-TV, and WVAN-TV were the first GPB stations to begin operating their own digital television signals. The other six stations signed on their digital signals in July 2008. The ERP/HAAT figures listed within the table for those stations are based on those listed in the stations' individual WorldHeritage articles, though some of the stations were operating at low power, and only upgraded to full-power when the digital transition occurred.

Georgia Public Broadcasting broadcasts the following digital subchannels:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
x.1 1080i 16:9 GPB-HD Main GPB programming / PBS
x.2 480i 4:3 CREATE Create TV
x.3 4:3 Know GPB Knowledge

All nine stations carry the same programming from each of the three channels, but channel labels differ somewhat between the stations.

Analog-to-digital conversion

The GPB Television stations shut down their analog signals on February 17, 2009, the original target date for full-power television stations in the United States to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12).[7][8][9]

Each stations' post-transition digital allocations are as follows:

  • The digital signals of WACS-TV, WNGH-TV, WJSP-TV and WMUM-TV remained on their respective pre-transition digital channel allocations (8, 33, 23 and 7), using their former analog channels (on channels 25, 18, 28 and 29) as their virtual channels using PSIP.[10][11][12][13]
  • WGTV, WXGA-TV and WVAN-TV relocated their digital signals (on channels 12, 9 and 13) to their respective former analog channel allocations (8, 8, and 9);[14][15][16]
  • WABW-TV and WCES-TV each moved to channel 6 for their digital broadcasts, using their former analog channels (14 and 2) as their virtual channels using PSIP; both stations had originally planned to use their former analog allocations as their post-transition digital allocations.[17][18]

GPB has placed most of its stations on VHF due to the lower effective radiated power requirements (20 or 32 kW instead of 1000 kW), which in turn reduces the cost of purchasing the transmitter and using the electrical power for it. For WABW and WCES, this makes them one of the few television stations in the country to operate on low-band VHF channels (2 to 6), which require larger receiving antennas, are prone to tropospheric ducting (weather) and impulse noise, make mobile TV (ATSC-M/H) difficult, and for 5 and 6 are also an obstacle to expanding the FM broadcast band. The high-band VHF channels also have these problems, but not to a major extent.

Cable and satellite availability

GPB Television's various stations are carried on all cable providers in Georgia (the station that is available on a given provider varies on the jurisdiction). Additionally, Savannah's WVAN is carried on cable systems in Hargray, located in southeastern South Carolina; Columbus' WJSP is carried on cable systems in Phenix City and Auburn, Alabama; and Augusta's WCES is carried on most cable systems in Aiken and Edgefield, South Carolina. WABW is carried on Comcast's system in Tallahassee, Florida.

On satellite, WGTV, WVAN, WCES, WJSP, WNUM, WABW, WNGH, WXGA and WACS are carried on the Atlanta, Savannah, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Albany, Chattanooga, Jacksonville and Tallahassee DirecTV and Dish Network feeds, respectively.

Broadcast translators

GPB Television operates several low-power translator stations located in the hilly terrain of the north Georgia mountains. These include:

Station City of license Notes
(channel 13)
Carrollton Digital signal reaches parts of Carroll County in northern west-central Georgia, replaced W49AD in late summer 2009
(channel 68)
Toccoa Signal reaches parts of Habersham counties in northeastern Georgia, and replaced W68AF
(channel 11)
Royston Signal reaches Hart and neighboring counties in northeastern Georgia, replaced analog W22AC
(channel 12)
Young Harris Located on Brasstown Bald (highest point in state) with future GPB station WBTB FM;
was formerly W04BJ, whose signal from a different site reached parts of Union counties in far north-northeastern Georgia,
off-air since May 2008 due to an equipment failure
(channel 50)
Hiawassee Signal reached parts of

GPB Sports

GPB Sports produces news coverage and commentary on sports throughout the state. It produces the programs GPB SportsCentral, PrepSports and Road to the Dome.


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  3. ^ Gainesville Times: "WNEG to join Georgia public broadcasting", December 24, 2010.
  4. ^ "UGA TV station to join GA.'s state network", Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via the Associated Press), December 25, 2010.
  5. ^ Station officially changes hands, The Red & Black, May 2, 2011.
  6. ^ Shearer, Lee (July 6, 2015). "WGTA-TV is now broadcasting and WUGA-TV is no more".  
  7. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  8. ^ Public TV to end analog era, Kristi E. Swartz, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 14, 2009.
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External links

  • Georgia Public Broadcasting website
  • GPB television stations map includes coverage areas
is the news department of Georgia Public Broadcasting. It is responsible for providing news updates to both GPB Radio and GPB Television, and collaborates with the GPB News

GPB News


GPB is currently transitioning its GPB Education programming from direct broadcast satellite to digital terrestrial television, through its GPB Knowledge subchannel.[34]

GPB Education (formerly known as Peachstar) serves state agencies and the Georgia learning community through the use of video production, satellite broadcast, and interactive webcasting services, as well as through its extensive digital library.

GPB Education

Except for W250AC in Athens and the former W264AE in Atlanta, none of the translator stations are owned by GPB/GPTC, but rather by Radio Assist Ministry and Edgewater Broadcasting, two related companies that speculatively apply for such stations during FCC filing windows, assign them to non-commercial educational "parent" stations to avoid broadcast license fees, then rent or sell them to other stations for a profit. While many more RAM/EB stations are assigned to rebroadcast GPB stations in the FCC database, only these five are listed by GPB.

WGPB and WNGH were commercial radio stations purchased by a GPB foundation in the late 2000s, hence their location outside of the 88-92 MHz reserved band.

Location Frequency Call sign Notes
Albany 91.7 FM WUNV
Athens 91.7 FM WUGA
Augusta 90.7 FM WACG-FM
Atlanta 88.5 FM WRAS separate feed from other GPB stations;
GPB portion of station schedule
from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday,
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Brunswick 88.9 FM WWIO-FM relays WSVH
Carrollton 90.7 FM WUWG Airs some local content from University of West Georgia
Chatsworth 98.9 FM WNGH-FM Simulcasts WGPB
Cochran/Macon 89.7 FM WMUM-FM Airs some local programming from Mercer University
Dahlonega 89.5 FM WNGU
Demorest 88.3 FM WPPR Relayed on translator W300AY (107.9 FM) in Hartwell
Folkston 91.3 FM WATY
Fort Gaines 90.9 FM WJWV Relayed on translator W257BS (99.3 FM) in Bainbridge
Rome 97.7 FM WGPB Feeds Chatsworth
Savannah 91.1 FM WSVH Feeds WWIO and WWIO-FM
St. Marys 1190 AM WWIO Relays Savannah
Tifton 91.1 FM WABR Relayed on translator W232AB (94.3 FM) in Camilla
Valdosta 91.7 FM WWET Relayed on translator W279BD (103.7 FM) in Thomasville
Columbus 88.1 FM WJSP-FM
Waycross 90.1 FM WXVS
Young Harris 90.3 FM WBTB Not yet on air

Radio stations

GPB Radio stations in southern and southeastern Georgia also relay Atlantic Coast or the Florida Panhandle. Signs along interstate and other major highways in the region direct the evacuee to the nearest GPB Radio station carrying the emergency information.

Previously, GPB Radio was transmitter over the second audio program feed of GPB's television stations at most times prior to the 2009 digital television transition. GPB Radio is still audible through this function on DirecTV, but not GPB's digital television stations or on cable for unknown reasons.

Most of the stations presently air a mix of classical music, and news and talk programming sourced from NPR; however, some stations carry select locally-produced programming. WRAS airs NPR news and talk programming during the hours that GPB programs it.


[33] who would presumably be turning away from WABE, which, despite criticisms from devotees of NPR news, talk, and feature programs, has resisted pressure to reduce daytime classical music for years. Indeed, many NPR staples weren't heard at all in Atlanta until WABE launched an all-news station on one of its [31][30][29] Despite these threats, though, the network has announced plans to increase news and talk programming later in 2014 to cater to WRAS listeners,

[28] and its underwriters.[27] This has led to a public effort to boycott GPB [26] On May 6, 2014,

WRAS-Atlanta Controversy

GPB Radio broadcasts 24 hours a day on several WABE and WCLK instead.

GPB Radio

  • Georgia Aquarium: Keepers of the Deep
  • Georgia Gazette
  • Georgia Graduation Stories
  • Georgia High School Sports
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • Georgia Quilts: Stitches And Stories
  • Georgia Read More
  • Georgia Serenade
  • Georgia Valor
  • Georgia Weekly
  • Georgia's Civil War
  • Georgia's Historic Inns
  • Historic Houses of Georgia: The Antebellum Years
  • Main Street Georgia
  • Quarterly Pledge Drives
  • Secret Seashore: Georgia's Barrier Islands (see The Golden Isles of Georgia)
  • Sites to Behold: The History of Georgia's State Parks
  • Sustainable Georgia
  • The Georgia Meth Invasion
  • The South Takes Flight: 100 Years of Aviation in Georgia
  • The Thomas B. Murphy Story (see Tom Murphy)
  • Vanishing Georgia
  • Lost Atlanta: The Way We Were
  • The Day Atlanta Stood Still
  • On the Story
  • Lawmakers


  • Gardening in Georgia
  • Georgia's Backroads and More Georgia Backroads
  • Georgia's Business
  • Georgia Outdoors
  • Georgia Traveler
  • On the Story
  • Salsa
  • Lawmakers


Television programs

City of license Channel # Notes
Carnesville 52 Signal reached parts of Franklin County in northeastern Georgia
Cedartown 65 Signal reached parts of Floyd counties in northwestern Georgia
Draketown 27 Signal reached parts of Paulding counties in northwestern Georgia
Elberton 60 Signal reached parts of Elbert County in northeastern Georgia
Flintstone 51 Signal reached parts of Walker, Dade, and Catoosa Counties in Northwestern Georgia, as well as parts of Hamilton County and Chattanooga, Tennessee
LaFayette 35 Signal reached parts of Dade counties in northwestern Georgia

The following translators were abandoned by GPB, which had their licenses (and in some cases, digital applications and permits) cancelled by the FCC, apparently at GPB's request, possibly due to the expense of running and upgrading them.

Former translators
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