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WGBY-TV, virtual channel 57 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Owned by the Boston-based WGBH Educational Foundation, it is a sister station to that organization's flagship and namesake, WGBH-TV. However, it brands as a separate, locally-focused PBS outlet. WGBY provides programming to much of western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut, with studios based in the Irene Mennen Hunter Public Media Center on Hampden Street alongside I-91 in downtown Springfield (named for the heiress to the Mennen personal care fortune and former WGBY board member). Its transmitter is located on the peak of Mount Tom in Holyoke with the area's commercial television stations. WGBY can also be received in Windham County, Vermont on Comcast channel 2.

HistoryEdit

The station first signed on the air on September 26, 1971 as a PBS member station. Prior to the station's sign-on (and for the network's first year of existence), viewers in Western Massachusetts were only able to view PBS programming over the air via WMHT from Albany or WEDH from Hartford (the latter remains available on most cable providers in the Springfield market). Its digital programming channels include WGBY Kids, Create and World, which are similar to the WGBH channels of the same names seen in Boston on WGBH-TV and WGBX-TV, but have some changes made to include locally produced WGBY programs. In October 2006, WGBY became the first television station in New England to produce all of its local programming content in high definition. Some Spanish-language programming is also broadcast for Springfield's Hispanic and Latino community.

Unlike its Boston counterpart, WGBY has not been networked with an affiliated NPR member station in the past; the area has been served by the Five College Consortium's WFCR in Amherst and WNNZ/WAIC, collectively known as New England Public Radio. The WGBH Educational Foundation held the license of WFCR from 1961 until its transfer to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967, four years before WGBY-TV began operations.

On April 11, 2019, WGBY and WFCR announced that they would consolidate operations under the New England Public Media banner, effective in July; WGBH will retain the WGBY-TV license, with NEPM operating the station under a program service operating agreement. All of the various NEPR stations and WGBY will continue to have their licenses and facilities owned by their individual organizations and schools.


TV stations in New England
WEDH, Bridgeport/Hartford/New Haven/Norwich

WCBB, Augusta/Bangor/Biddeford/Calais/Presque Isle
WGBH/WGBX, Boston; WGBY, Springfield
WENH, Durham/Keene/Littleton
WSBE, Providence
WETK, Burlington/St. Johnsbury/Rutland/Windsor

TV stations in the Pioneer Valley region, including Springfield
WSHM-LD 3 (CBS)
WWLP 22 (NBC)
WFXQ-CD 22 (NBC)
WGGB 40 (ABC)
WHTX-LD 43 (UNI)
WDMR-LD 50 (TLM)
WGBY 57 (PBS)
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