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WHRO-TV
Whro tv.gif
Hampton-Norfolk, Virginia
Branding WHRO
Slogan Hampton Roads' Own
Channels Digital: 16 (UHF)
Subchannels 15.1 PBS
15.2 PBS World
15.3 PBS Kids
Create (Cox/Verizon only)
Owner Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.
First air date September 27, 1961
Call letters' meaning HomeRoom One
(reflects roots in instructional programming)
Sister station(s) WHRE, WHRO-FM, WHRV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
15 (1961-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1961-1970)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 360.6 m
Facility ID 25932
Transmitter coordinates 36°48′31.8″N 76°30′11.3″W / 36.808833°N 76.503139°W / 36.808833; -76.503139
Website www.whro.org

WHRO-TV digital channel 15 is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member Public television station for Hampton Roads, Virginia (the NorfolkPortsmouthNewport News television market DMA). The station is licensed to both Hampton and Norfolk with the studios at the Public Telecommunications Center for Hampton Roads next to the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Its transmitter is located in Suffolk, Virginia.

It is owned by the Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association (HRETA), a consortium of 19 Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore school systems—Accomack, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, Mathews, Middlesex, Sussex, Southampton, Northampton and York counties and the independent cities of Norfolk, Hampton, Franklin, Newport News, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Poquoson, and Williamsburg.

History[edit]

Former WHRO logo, used from mid-1990s to 2011.

The station signed on September 27, 1961, as the first educational station licensed in Virginia. The channel 15 position was previously occupied by then-NBC and now current ABC affiliate WVEC-TV, now on channel 13. It was a member of National Educational Television and owned by the Norfolk and Hampton school systems. Only two years later, it moved to its current facility in Norfolk, which was heavily renovated in 1990. Eight other school systems began using WHRO's services in 1966 and HRETA was formed two years later. It became a charter member of PBS in 1970.

WHRO is well known for its instructional programming, much of which is distributed to other PBS stations as well as member/owner and other school systems and health systems through a private educational broadcast network.

WHRO also had an annual fundraising auction marathon, The Great TV Auction, which featured local celebrities as auctioneers.

WHRO also sponsors the Consortium for Interactive Instruction (CII), which is a partnership among all the Hampton Roads area school divisions as well as many private schools for the advancement of technology in the school curriculum. One of the key events that CII sponsors is the Great Computer Challenge. This is a competition for students at all levels of K-12 education in many areas of computer technology. For example, students at the middle and high school levels compete in categories varying from web design to C++, Visual Basic and Java programmimng, as well as music composition and Computer Aided Design and Desktop Publishing and Desktop Presentations (PowerPoint).

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, WHRO changed its logo on January 1, 2011.

Eastern Shore translators[edit]

There are two low-powered translators of WHRO-TV that are located in the Eastern Shore of Virginia and are municipally owned by Accomack County rather than the HRETA.[1][2] WHRO-TV and HRETA do not own and operate any translators in the Greater Hampton Roads area.

WHRO-TV previously had a translator with the call sign W20CW serving Craddockville – the license for this translator was cancelled on July 9, 2012.

Digital television[edit]

Channel Programming
15.1 Main WHRO-TV programming / PBS
15.2 WHRO World
15.3 WHRO Kids

They also provide 3 other channel exclusive to cable/FiOS including WHROCreate, The VTC Channel (Virginia-Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education), and the Norfolk Neighborhood Channel.

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