This article is about the public television station in upstate New York. For the pair of public radio stations in New York City, see WNYC.
Syracuse, New York
United States
Slogan Connected to YOU
Channels Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
Subchannels 24.1 PBS
24.2 Create
24.3 World
24.4 PBS Plus
Translators W22DO-D Utica
Affiliations PBS (1970–present)
Owner Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York
First air date December 20, 1965 (1965-12-20)
Call letters' meaning Central New York
Former channel number(s) Analog:
24 (UHF, 1965–2009)
Former affiliations NET (1965–1970)
Transmitter power 97 kW (digital)
Height 393 m (digital)
Facility ID 53734
Transmitter coordinates 42°56′42″N 76°7′7″W / 42.94500°N 76.11861°W / 42.94500; -76.11861
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.wcny.org
Deerfield, New York
Slogan Connected to YOU
Channels Digital: 22 Utica (UHF)
Affiliations PBS
Owner Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York
First air date October 27, 2011 (2011-10-27)
Call letters' meaning Central New York
Former channel number(s) Analog:
59 (UHF, - Oct 2011)
Transmitter power 1.55 kW (digital)
Height 393 m (digital)
Facility ID 167539
Transmitter coordinates 43°8′38″N 75°10′39″W / 43.14389°N 75.17750°W / 43.14389; -75.17750
Website www.wcny.org

WCNY-TV is a non-commercial educational public television station located in Syracuse, New York and serving as the area's PBS member station. The station is owned by The Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York, who also owns 91.3 WCNY-FM (Classic FM), and broadcasts on UHF channel 25, using PSIP to bitmap its signal to its former analog channel 24. WCNY-TV's programming is also seen in Utica on low-powered digital repeater W22DO-D channel 22.

WCNY-TV's studios, as well as those of WCNY-FM, are located on West Fayette Street in Syracuse's Near Westside neighborhood, with its transmitter located in Pompey.


WCNY was established on December 20, 1965 by the Onondaga County School Board Association under a charter by the New York State Department of Education.[1] A non-profit organization known as the Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York was set up to manage the station. WCNY intended to use the call letters WHTV, but chose WCNY after the station now known as WWNY-TV in Watertown gave up the call letters.[2]

The new station's equipment were donated by General Electric, whose plant in the nearby town of Salina manufactured broadcast equipment. General Electric also provided WCNY with its studios, located on Old Liverpool Road in the eastern end of Salina. (WCNY's entire TV & radio operations would be based there until 2013, when it moved to its current location.) WCNY initially broadcast in monochrome, using cameras used to tape The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, but switched to color in 1971.[2]

WCNY was initially a member station of NET. When NET was replaced by the Public Broadcasting Service in 1970, WCNY became a member station of PBS. Over the years, WCNY has been responsible for producing programs and specials of local interest, some of which were distributed nationally by PBS and/or other outlets. Among the programs produced by WCNY and seen nationally include Old Enough To Care, a six-part drama that was picked up by PBS and distributed to their member stations in 1982, and Pappyland, a children's television program co-produced with Craftsmen and Scribes' Creative Workshop and telecast for three years on TLC's Ready Set Learn block, in addition to various PBS member stations.[2]

In 2006,[3] WCNY-TV became the first television station in the Syracuse market to produce and broadcast their own programs in high definition.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel PSIP Short Name Video Aspect Programming[4]
24.1 WCNY-1 1080i 16:9 Main WCNY-TV programming / PBS
24.2 WCNY-2 480i 4:3 Create
24.3 WCNY-3 World
24.4 WCNY-4 PBS Plus

WCNY-TV operates four digital programming subchannels, which also simulcast on W22DO-D.

Analog-to-digital conversion

WCNY-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 24, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 25.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 24.

Prior to March 2013, WCNY-TV's main programming was broadcast in SD-only (480i) on subchannel 24.1, while continuous HD (1080i) programming was offered on subchannel 24.4.

A fifth channel, WCNY2-“Your How To“, had been available on cable only.[6]

Previous logos


  1. About WCNY
  2. 1 2 3 Casciano Burns, Christine, Fox, Tim, and Gulino, Lou (2013). Images of America: Syracuse Television. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 95, 96, 104, 108, 110, 118.
  3. October 20, 2006 (2006-10-20). "WCNY Converts to HD With Pro-Bel". TvTechnology. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  4. RabbitEars TV Query for WCNY
  5. "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  6. WCNY-TV channels, WCNY-TV Syracuse NY

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