WITF-TV, virtual channel 33 (UHF digital channel 36), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States and serving the Susquehanna Valley region (Harrisburg–Lancaster–Lebanon–York). Owned by WITF, Inc., it is a sister station to the area's National Public Radio (NPR) member, WITF-FM (89.5). The two stations share studios at the WITF Public Media Center in Swatara Township (though with a Harrisburg mailing address); WITF-TV's transmitter is located in Susquehanna Township, next to the transmitter of CBS affiliate WHP-TV (channel 21).
On cable television, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 6 and in high definition on digital channel 803. WITF's programming is relayed on a low-powered digital translator station: W33CR-D (channel 33) in Chambersburg.
History[edit | edit source]
The UHF channel 33 allocation in Central Pennsylvania was previously occupied by WEEU-TV, a commercial television station licensed to Reading that operated in the 1950s. The station shut down in June 1955 after the television stations out of Philadelphia boosted their signals to cover Reading.
The channel 33 allocation was reassigned to Hershey, a suburb of Harrisburg, for non-commercial educational use. The South Central Educational Broadcasting Council was formed in 1963, and it quickly filed for the channel 33 license. WITF-TV first signed on the air on November 22, 1964 from a "temporary" studio facility near the Hershey Theatre. In 1982, the station moved its operations to studio facilities on Locust Lane in northeast Harrisburg. Around this time, it also changed its city of license to Harrisburg. In 2007, it moved to a purpose-built facility in Swatara Township.
In 1998, WITF-TV made history in Pennsylvania by becoming the Commonwealth's first television station to operate a digital signal. As broadcasters across the country began the gradual federally mandated conversion from analog to digital broadcasts, WITF became one of the first in the nation to meet the technological, financial and educational challenges.
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|TV stations in the Susquehanna Valley, including Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York|
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