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Hampton-Norfolk, Virginia
United States
Branding WHRO
Slogan Hampton Roads' Own
Channels Digital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
Subchannels 15.1 PBS
15.2 PBS World
15.3 PBS Kids
Create (Cox/Verizon only)
Affiliations PBS (1970-present)
Owner Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.
First air date September 27, 1961
Call letters' meaning Dual meaning:
*HomeRoom One
(reflects roots in instructional programming)

*Hampton ROads
Sister station(s) WHRE, WHRO-FM, WHRV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
15 (UHF, 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
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
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.


Former WHRO logo, used from mid-1990s to December 31, 2010

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]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
15.1 1080i 16:9 WHRO-HD Main WHRO-TV programming / PBS
15.2 480i 4:3 WORLD World
15.3 KIDS WHRO Kids

WHRO-TV also provides WHRO Create exclusively to cable/FiOS.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WHRO-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 15, on February 17, 2009, as part of the federally mandated from analog to digital television (which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12).[4] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 16, using PSIP to display WHRO-TV's virtual channel as 15 on digital television receivers.


External links[edit]

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PROMO: A Jewish History of Tidewater Virginia - WHRO TV March 2015

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OUR ISLAND HOME - director James Spione on WHRO TV

Filmmaker James Spione discusses his just-released DVD "Our Island Home" (www.ourislandhomefilm.com) on WHRO Public Television in Norfolk, Virginia.

Glass on Fire - (entry for your consideration) - WHRO-TV 15 NORFOLK VA

This was produced by WHRO-TV 15 in Norfolk, Virginia. This video is online for viewing only for awards-entry purposes. Thank you.

WHRO June 2015 TV Fundraiser Sizzle

TONIGHT AT 7 ON THE PBS NEWSHOUR - WHRO-TV 15 promo - March 28, 2013

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Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power Of Music - WHRO-TV 15 December 1, 2013

Join Ethan Bortnick, in this exciting new National Television Concert on WHRO-TV 15, Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8pm. It was recorded before a live ...

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Daily Press

Daily Press
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:22:30 -0800

WHRO-TV will broadcast a special one-hour airing of the 2014 Virginia International Tattoo at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. The station is available on Cox Cable Channel 15. The Veteran's Day broadcast of “The Virginia International Tattoo – A Scottish ...
Augusta Free Press
Sat, 17 Oct 2015 05:53:44 -0700

wl-university A procession of the country's political stars, including presidents, cabinet officials and campaign strategists, has traveled to Lexington, Virginia, every four years since 1908 to participate in Washington and Lee University's ...

Daily Press

Daily Press
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:28:56 -0700

The Virginia International Tattoo has been called many things — military band parade, fifes and drums extravaganza, bagpipers spectacle. But Scott Jackson, who produces the annual event for the Virginia Arts Festival, likes to use the metaphor of a ...
Daily Press
Thu, 07 May 2015 09:55:00 -0700

WHRO-TV 15, PBS renewed its lease of 2,444 square feet at 1408 Richmond Road in Williamsburg. H&R Block Eastern Enterprises Inc. renewed its lease of 2,000 square feet in Newmarket Shopping Center at 5015 W. Mercury Blvd. in Newport News.


Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:32:03 -0800

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Veterans Day Ceremonies took place across Hampton Roads Tuesday, honoring those who served our country and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice. WAVY's Anita Blanton attended the Tidewater ...

Tidewater News

Tidewater News
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:48:35 -0700

Quarstein, a regional author, preservationist and historian, often narrates historical events on WHRO-TV. His talk at the Southampton County Administration Building centered on Darden's life and achievements, which were astronomical, he said. The son ...

Daily Press (blog)

Daily Press (blog)
Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:22:26 -0700

America's passion for fine food took a huge leap forward in the 20th century through the work of two special cooks, Julia Child and James Beard. Child has gotten her due of late with the 2009 film, “Julie & Julia,” and a recent WHRO-TV fete celebrating ...

William and Mary News

William and Mary News
Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0800

Wednesday night's airing on PBS (local WHRO-TV Channel 15) was the first two-hour episode of “Monarchy, The Royal Family,” a BBC documentary that chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family. The “State Visit” episode and included a ...

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