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WFYI, virtual channel 20 (UHF digital channel 21), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The station is owned by Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, and is a sister station to NPR member radio station WFYI-FM (90.1). WFYI maintains studio facilities located between Pierson and Illinois Streets (using a North Meridian Street address) in northwestern Indianapolis, within the city's Television Row section, and its transmitter is located on West 79th Street and Township Line Road on the city's northwest side (near Meridian Hills).

On cable, WFYI is available in standard definition on Comcast Xfinity channel 3 and Charter Spectrum and AT&T U-verse channel 20, and in high definition on Xfinity and U-verse channel 1020, and Spectrum digital channels 1020 and 1329.

History[]

Local community leader Ardath Y. Burkhart formed a small grassroots campaign to launch a non-commercial educational television station to serve Indianapolis. Burkhart (whose group became known as "Ardath's Army") quickly gained support in the community by stating her case to residents in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. The volunteers raised enough funds over the course of a few weeks to cover a year's worth of operating expenses.

The station first signed on the air on October 4, 1970; for its first two days on the air, it served as a member station of National Educational Television (NET), before becoming a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) when it launched on October 6, 1970. WFYI's transmitter originally operated at low power, providing a signal reach not far outside of downtown Indianapolis. It started with a small staff of nine employees from its Meridian Street studio facilities (located just north of downtown), which formerly housed the headquarters of utility company Indiana Gas; despite the fact that color television had become commonplace at the time, the station could only afford to purchase three cameras that were only capable of recording locally produced programming in black-and-white. The station eventually increased its transmitter power to allow its signal to cover a 58-mile (93 km) radius from the tower, expanding to cover a larger portion of Central Indiana.

In the early 1980s, WFYI's programming was originally relayed on translator station W39AA in Fort Wayne (the low-powered repeater previously relayed fellow PBS station WBGU-TV in Bowling Green); that translator was previously a stopgap to provide educational programming to Fort Wayne, as UHF channel 39 was allocated for educational use. Channel 39 became a separate, full-powered PBS member outlet, WFWA, in December 1986.

The station's current president and CEO, Lloyd Wright, also serves on PBS's national board of directors.


TV stations in Indiana
WFYI, Indianapolis

WTIU, Bloomington
WIPB, Muncie
WYIN, Gary/Chicago
WVUT, Vincennes
WFWA, Fort Wayne
WNIT, South Bend
WNIN, Evansville

TV stations in Central Indiana, including Indianapolis, Bloomington and Muncie
WTTV 4 (CBS)
WRTV 6 (ABC)
WISH 8 (CW)
WTHR 13 (NBC)
WREP-LD 15 (Youtoo)
WIIH-CD 17 (GetTV)
WDNI-CD 19 (TLM)
WFYI 20 (PBS)
WNDY 23 (MNTV)
WSOT-LD 27 (NRBTV)
WUDZ-LD 28 (Buzzr)
WTTK 29 (CBS)
WTIU 30 (PBS)
WSDI-LD 30 (Quest)
WHMB 40 (FBC)
WCLJ 42 (Bounce TV)
WALV-CD 46 (MeTV)
WBXI-CD 47 (Start TV)
WIPB 49 (PBS)
WIWU-CD 51 (Rel)
WXIN 59 (Fox)
WIPX 63 (Ion)
WDTI 69 (Daystar)
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