Pelham-Albany, Georgia
United States
Branding GPB
Slogan Bringing You the Best
Channels Digital: 6 (VHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)

14.1 - GPB/PBS HD (1080i)
14.2 - GPB Create TV (480i)

14.3 - GPB Knowledge (480i)
Affiliations PBS (1970–present)
Owner Georgia Public Broadcasting
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
First air date January 2, 1967 (1967-01-02)
Call letters' meaning We Serve AlBany and West Georgia
Former channel number(s) Analog:
14 (UHF, 1967–2009)
5 (VHF, until 2009)
Former affiliations NET (1967–1970)
Transmitter power 10.5 kW
Height 379 m (1,243 ft)
Facility ID 23917
Transmitter coordinates 31°8′5″N 84°6′16″W / 31.13472°N 84.10444°W / 31.13472; -84.10444
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.gpb.org/

WABW-TV digital channel 6 (Ex-Analog Channel 14) part of the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) public broadcasting network, serves Albany and southwestern Georgia, from its transmitter in Pelham. The station's signal travels in about a 50-mile (80-km) radius from the transmitter site, carrying it into the Tallahassee and central north Florida area also.

The broadcast tower was shared by W232AB 94.3 Camilla, which retransmitted GPB Radio from WABR FM 91.1 Tifton until its license was cancelled on August 27, 2015.

Albany is served by two GPB TV channels, with WACS-TV in Dawson as the other, but WABW is Albany's GPB station of record.


WABW-TV signed on January 2, 1967 as part of the Georgia Educational Television Network. It was the seventh educational television station in Georgia.

Digital television[1]

WABW-TV broadcasts the following digital subchannels:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
14.1 1080i 16:9 GPB-HD Main GPB programming / PBS
14.2 480i 4:3 Kids Create TV
14.3 4:3 Know GPB Knowledge

Analog-to-digital conversion

WABW-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated on its pre-transition VHF channel 5 to channel 6 (used by WCTV for analog operations).[2][3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 14.

See also


  1. RabbitEars TV Query for WABW
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2009.
  3. "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
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