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WDSC-TV, virtual channel 15 (UHF digital channel 33) is an independent non-commercial educational public television station located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The station is a former member station of the Public Broadcasting Service, and is owned and operated by Daytona State College and has its studios at the Center for Educational Telecommunications on the DSC campus. It is licensed to nearby New Smyrna Beach.

HistoryEdit

In 1985, DSC (then known as Daytona Beach Community College), Bethune-Cookman College, Stetson University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Atlantic Center for the Arts formed the Coastal Educational Broadcasters in order to bring a public television station to Volusia and Flagler counties. They felt WMFE-TV, the PBS station in Orlando, was neglecting Daytona Beach. Channel 15 signed on February 8, 1988 as WCEU with a limited schedule of three hours a day, three days a week. Support in the area was enough that within nine months, it was recognized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. By January 1989, it was a full-fledged PBS member station, though it didn't expand to a fuller broadcast day until 1993.

In 1992, a signal expansion and must-carry rules expanded WCEU's audience to over 1.3 million viewers in Central Florida, including Orlando itself. It moved to its current facility in 1999. DBCC became the sole licensee in 2002.

In 2005, WCEU rebranded itself as DBCC 15 to better reflect its relationship with DBCC. In January 2008, it rebranded itself again merely as Channel 15, after DBCC became Daytona Beach College. The college subsequently changed its name again to Daytona State College; to reflect this, in November 2008, channel 15 changed its call letters to the current WDSC-TV, after purchasing the rights to the call letters from a radio station in Dillon, South Carolina.

With the advent of digital broadcasting, WDSC-TV began billing itself as a full-market PBS station, including Orlando. While it had been available on cable in Orlando for over a decade, its digital signal, located in Bithlo with most other television stations in the market, gives it an over-the-air coverage area comparable to the market's previous primary PBS station WMFE-TV. However, on June 16, 2011, WDSC and PBS announced that the station would leave PBS, as Daytona State College could no longer afford to purchase its programming, following $4.8 million of funding to Florida's public radio and television stations vetoed by Governor Rick Scott in May 2011. WMFE also left PBS on July 1 due to its now-failed acquisition by Daystar). These moves left WBCC of Cocoa, which began branding as WUCF-TV at that time, as the only PBS station in the Central Florida television market. (WUCF-TV moved to the former WMFE-TV in 2012, a move that led to WBCC, now WEFS, departing PBS as well.)

TV stations in Florida
Miami – Fort Lauderdale Tampa – St. Petersburg Jacksonville Orlando – Daytona Beach – Melbourne Gainesville West Palm Beach – Fort Pierce Panama City Fort Myers – Naples Pensacola / Mobile
WCAY-CD, Key West WPDS-LD, Largo WJXT, Jacksonville WDSC, Daytona Beach WRUF-LD, Gainesville WWCI-CD, Vero Beach WPCT, Panama City Beach WGPS-LP, Fort Myers WRBD-LP, Pensacola
WURH-CD, Miami WARP-CD, Tampa WQXT-CD, St. Augustine WRDQ, Orlando WBXG-CA, Gainesville WHDT, Stuart WBQP-CD, Pensacola
WBEC, Ft. Lauderdale WTAM-LD, Tampa WBXJ-CD, Jacksonville WFEF-LD, Orlando WYME-CD, Gainesville WBEC, Boca Raton WJTC, Pensacola
WMOR, Lakeland W39DF-D, Jacksonville WRCF-CD, Winter Park WXOD-LD, Wabasso WFBD, Destin
WZRA-CA, Oldsmar WEFS, Cocoa W05DH-D, Jupiter WPAN, Fort Walton Beach
WHDO-CD, Orlando WAWD, Fort Walton Beach
WZXZ-CD, Orlando
TV stations in East Central Florida and the Space Coast, including Orlando, Daytona Beach and Melbourne
WESH 2 (NBC)
WKMG 6 (CBS)
WFTV 9 (ABC)
WDSC 15 (ETV)
WKCF 18 (CW)
W21AU-D 21 (ATeVe)
WUCF 24 (PBS)
WOTF 26 (UMas)
WRDQ 27 (Ind)
WFEF-LD 28 (Comet)
WRCF-CD 29 (Escape)
WTMO-CD 31 (TLM)
W32DJ-D 32 (3ABN)
WOFL 35 (Fox)
WZXZ-CD 36 (SSN)
WHDO-CD 38 (Biz)
WVEN 43 (UNI)
WTGL 45 (Rel)
WATV-LD 47 (AZA)
WDTO-LD 50 (Daystar)
WHLV 52 (TBN)
WACX 55 (Rel)
WOPX 56 (Ion)
WRBW 65 (MNTV)
WEFS 68 (ETV)
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