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Georgia Public Broadcasting

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Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) is the public broadcasting network in the state of Georgia. It owns all the PBS and NPR stations in Georgia except WPBA in Atlanta.

It began in 1960 when the University of Georgia signed on WGTV, Georgia's second public television station. From 1960 to 1964, the state Board of Education opened eight stations across the state. In 1965, the university and the board merged their efforts as Georgia Educational Television. It became Georgia Public Television in 1982, a year after authority for the stations was transferred to the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission.

In 1984, the commission entered public radio for the first time, signing on stations in Macon and Columbus. These formed the nuclei of Peach State Public Radio, which became Georgia Public Radio in 2001. During the 80s and 90s, stations that had been operated by numerous educational institutions and community groups affiliated with the network.

On New Year's Day 2004, the two networks officially became known as Georgia Public Broadcasting, which had been the official corporate name since 1995.


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Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio

GPB Radio broadcasts 24 hours per day on FM (and one AM) stations across the state, except ironically in Atlanta. The network' had a translator station in Atlanta (callsign W264AE) with a tower located downtown. However, it was forced to go dark when a full-power station was moved in from Alabama on an adjacent channel. However, GPB Radio can still be heard on the second audio program (SAP) of GPB TV at most times. It reaches nearly all of Georgia plus parts of Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.

Georgia Public Broadcasting Television

GPB Television broadcasts PBS and GPB programming 24 hours per day on nine GPB-owned stations across the state, plus numerous low-power LPTV translator stations (especially in the mountains). The Descriptive Video Service can be heard on the SAP channel when the current program offers it, and GPB Radio can be heard when it does not. It reaches nearly all of Georgia, plus parts of Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Georgia Public Broadcasting Education

GPB Education serves state agencies and the Georgia learning community through the use of telecommunications technology. GPB delivers high quality educational programming that reflects state standards to Georgia classrooms using the GPB satellite network, open air television, and the GPB video streaming portal. GPB provides professional development to Georgia educators through face-to-face trainings, satellite-delivered programs, and interactive webcasts. GPB also meets the training needs of state agencies through its video production, satellite broadcast, and interactive webcasting services, as well as through its extensive digital library.

Television stations

Radio stations

  • WJSP 88.1 Warm Springs/Columbus (flagship station)
  • WDCO 89.7 Cochran/Macon
  • WSVH 91.1 Savannah
  • WUGA 91.7/97.9 Athens
  • WACG 90.7 Augusta
  • WUNV 91.7 Albany
  • WWET 91.7 Waycross
  • WUWG 90.7 Carrollton
  • WPPR 88.3 Demorest
  • WNGU 89.5 Dahlonega
  • WJWV 90.9 Fort Gaines
  • WABR 91.1 Tifton
  • WXVS 90.1 Waycross
  • WWIO 88.9 Brunswick/1190 AM St. Mary's+

+ WWIO is a satellite of WSVH and operates 1190 AM as a daytime signal reaching Jacksonville.

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