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WCNY-TV is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Syracuse, New York, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 25 (or virtual channel 24 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Pompey. Its programming is also seen in Utica on low-powered digital translator W22DO-D (channel 22), licensed to Deerfield.

Owned by the Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York, WCNY-TV is sister to classical music radio station WCNY-FM (91.3). The two stations share studios on West Fayette Street in Syracuse's Near Westside neighborhood.

HistoryEdit

WCNY was established on December 20, 1965 by the Onondaga County School Board Association under a charter by the New York State Education Department. A non-profit organization known as the Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York was set up to manage the station. WCNY intended to use the call letters WHTV, but chose WCNY after the station now known as WWNY-TV in Watertown gave up the call letters.

The new station's equipment was donated by General Electric, whose plant in the nearby town of Salina manufactured broadcast equipment. General Electric also provided WCNY with its studios, located on Old Liverpool Road in the eastern end of Salina. (WCNY's entire TV and radio operations would be based there until 2013, when it moved to its current location.) WCNY initially broadcast in monochrome, using cameras used to tape The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, but switched to color in 1971.

WCNY was initially a member station of National Educational Television (NET). When NET was replaced by the Public Broadcasting Service in 1970, WCNY became a member station of PBS. Over the years, WCNY has been responsible for producing programs and specials of local interest, some of which were distributed nationally by PBS and/or other outlets. Among the programs produced by WCNY and seen nationally include Old Enough To Care, a six-part drama that was picked up by PBS and distributed to their member stations in 1982, and Pappyland, a children's television program co-produced with Craftsmen and Scribes' Creative Workshop and telecast for three years on TLC's Ready Set Learn block, in addition to various PBS member stations.

In 2006, WCNY-TV became the first television station in the Syracuse market to produce and broadcast their own programs in high definition.

In 2007, the station discontinued its pledge drive, making it the only PBS member station to do so. According to WCNY's President and CEO, the station is "focused on truly eliminating our dependence on any state and federal funding".


TV stations in New York
WNET, Newark/New York City

WLIW, Garden City/Long Island
WNJN/WNJB, Trenton/New Brunswick
WPBS/WNPI, Watertown/Norwood
WMHT, Schenectady/Albany
WNED, Buffalo
WXXI, Rochester
WCNY/W22DO-D, Syracuse/Deerfield
WSKG/WSKA, Binghamton/Corning
WCFE, Plattsburgh

TV stations in Central New York, including Syracuse
WSTM 3 (NBC)
WTVH 5 (CBS)
WSYR 9 (ABC)
WONO-CA 11 (COR)
WSTQ-LP 14 (CW)
WTVU-CD 22 (COR)
WCNY 24 (PBS)
WWLF-LP 35 (AMGTV)
W42EB-D 42 (Ind.)
WNYS 43 (MNTV)
WBLZ-LD 49 (Ind.)
WHSU-CD 51 (HSN)
WNYI 52 (Daystar)
WSPX 56 (Ion)
WSYT 68 (Fox)
TV stations in the Mohawk Valley, including Utica and Rome, New York
WKTV 2 (NBC)

WPNY-LP 11 (MNTV)
WUTR 20 (ABC)
W22DO-D 24 (PBS)
WFXV 33 (Fox)
WVVC-LD 40 (ANT)

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