WMHT (TV)

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WMHT
WMHT TV logo.png
SchenectadyAlbanyTroy, New York
United States
CitySchenectady, New York
BrandingWMHT
SloganCommunity. Culture. Connections.
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
TranslatorsW23ER-D Poughkeepsie
Affiliations17.1: PBS
17.2: Create
17.3: World
17.4: PBS Kids
OwnerWMHT Educational Telecommunications
First air dateMarch 26, 1962 (58 years ago) (1962-03-26)
Call sign meaningMohawk
Hudson
Television
Sister station(s)WMHT-FM
Former channel number(s)Analog:
17 (UHF, 1962–2009)
Digital:
34 (UHF, 2004–2019)
Translators:
W04AJ Schoharie
W04BD Glens Falls
Former affiliationsNET (1962–1970)
Transmitter power75.4 kW (STA)
480 kW (CP)
Height349 m (1,145 ft) (STA)
426 m (1,398 ft) (CP)
Facility ID73263
Transmitter coordinates42°37′31.3″N 74°0′36.7″W / 42.625361°N 74.010194°W / 42.625361; -74.010194 (WMHT)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.wmht.org

WMHT, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 25), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Schenectady, New York, United States and serving New York's Capital District (Albany–Schenectady–Troy) as well as Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Owned by WMHT Educational Telecommunications (formerly known as the Mohawk-Hudson Council on Educational Television, Inc.), it is a sister station to National Public Radio (NPR) member WMHT-FM (89.1 MHz). The two stations share studios in the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush (with a Troy mailing address) and transmitter facilities in the Helderberg Escarpment in New Scotland.

WMHT operates digital translator W23ER-D (channel 23) in Poughkeepsie (part of the New York City market). The translator's ownership was transferred from Dutchess Community College to WMHT in the late 2000s.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The Mohawk-Hudson Council on Educational Television was formed in 1953, through financial support from commercial station WRGB (channel 6), its then-parent company General Electric (which was based in Schenectady) and many supporters and local businesses in the Albany/Capital Region. In the beginning, Mohawk-Hudson produced educational programs on WRGB; however, due to the station's tight scheduling, the council decided to form a non-commercial educational television station of its own. WMHT signed on the air on March 26, 1962 on UHF channel 17 as the second educational TV station in the state of New York. From the outset the station was a member of National Educational Television (NET) and became one of PBS' charter members after the two stations merged in 1970. In 1972, WMHT expanded into FM radio by launching the first non-commercial classical music station in the United States (a format that continues to this day).

In 1987, WMHT purchased the assets of independent station WUSV (channel 45) and made it a secondary programming service under the calls WMHX. Due to financial difficulties, WMHT shut WMHX down in 1991 and returned it to the air three years later under the calls WMHQ. In the late 1990s, WMHQ's commercial license became attractive and WMHT sold it to the Tribune Company for $18.5 million in 1999 with the station becoming WB affiliate WEWB that September (it is now CW affiliate WCWN, owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group). The money from this sale allowed WMHT to expand into digital television. It also allowed the station to replace its original facility in Rotterdam with a state-of-the-art facility in the Rensselaer Tech Park.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
17.1 1080i 16:9 WMHT-HD Main WMHT programming / PBS
17.2 480i WMHT-Cr Create
17.3 WMHT-Wo World
17.4 4:3 WMHT-Ki PBS Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WMHT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 17 at noon on April 16, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 34.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 17. During the 2019 digital television repack, WMHT relocated to UHF channel 25 from UHF channel 34.

Former translators[edit]

  • W04AJ Schoharie (analog; off-air upon 2009 digital transition, and no longer licensed to WMHT)
  • W04BD Glens Falls (analog; off-air upon 2009 digital transition, and no longer licensed to WMHT)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WMHT
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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