WJSP-TV


WJSP-TV

Infobox_Broadcast
call_letters = WJSP-TV
(satellite of WGTV,
Athens/Atlanta, Georgia)

city =
station_
station_slogan = Bringing You the Best
station_branding = GPB
analog = 28 (UHF)
digital = 23 (UHF)
other_chs =
affiliations = PBS
network =
founded =
airdate = August 10, 1964
location = Columbus/Warm Springs, Georgia
callsign_meaning = James S. Peters
former_callsigns =
former_channel_numbers =
owner = Georgia Public Broadcasting
licensee = Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission
sister_stations = WJSP-FM
former_affiliations = NET (1964-1970)
effective_radiated_power = 5000 kW (analog)
250 kW (digital)
HAAT = 461 m (analog)
462 m (digital)
class =
facility_id = 23918
coordinates = coord|32|51|6.9|N|84|42|5.6|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.gpb.org/ www.gpb.org]

WJSP-TV channel 28 (DTV 23), part of the GPB network, serves Columbus, Georgia and the surrounding west-central Georgia and far east-central Alabama region. The transmitter and radio antenna are located just south of Warm Springs, on the same radio tower as WJSP-FM 88.1. It is one of only two GPB stations actually licensed to a major Georgia city, the other being WVAN-TV in Savannah. However, to conform to GPB's pattern of naming two cities in station IDs, the station is shown as "WJSP-TV 28, Columbus / Warm Springs".

The station's signal travels in about a 45-mile (72km) radius from the transmitter site, though this is variable since it uses a directional antenna. [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/FMTV-service-area?x=TV153698.html] The signal also reaches far south-southwest metro Atlanta.

There is also one broadcast translator, W49AD, channel 49 in Carrollton, in the southwest corner of the Atlanta television market; that translator's digital companion channel is a construction permit for W13DJ-D on channel 13, not yet on-air as of January 2008.

WJSP primarily serves the northern and central part of the Columbus TV market. The southern part of the Columbus market is served by Dawson's WACS-TV. While WJSP is the official GPB station for Columbus, the city generally gets a better signal from WACS.

The station had originally chosen to return to channel 28 for digital TV during the first-round digital channel election, but due to an interference conflict it was forced to remain permanently on 23.

History

WJSP-TV signed on August 10, 1964 as the fifth public television station in Georgia. Its somewhat reduced-power digital signal, on channel 23, began in 2003.

The channel 28 frequency was originally home to WTVM from 1953 to 1960, when they moved to channel 9.

WJSP's callsign is from the initials of long-time Georgia legislator and member of the state's board of education, James S. Peters of Manchester, Georgia.

External links

* [http://www.gpb.org/ GPB Website]
*TVQ|WJSP
**TVQ|W49AD
**TVQ|W13DJ-D
*BIA|WJSP|TV|TV


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