digital channel 8, part of the GPB
network is licensed to Waycross
. It serves the southeastern corner of the state, including the lower portions of the Georgia Atlantic Coast
and the Okefenokee Swamp
, from a transmitter
located south of Hasty
; the signal travels in about a 50-mile (80-km) radius from the transmitter site.
On November 19, 1961, WXGA-TV channel 8 signed on as Georgia's third educational television station, following Atlanta
's WETV (now WPBA-TV
) and Athens
. It was the first in a group of three educational stations brought online by the state board of education in the early 1960s, along with WVAN-TV
. In 1965, UGA and the board merged their efforts as Georgia Educational Television, which evolved into the present GPB Television network.
In 2001 WXGA began digital transmission on channel 9. However, since sister station WVAN broadcasts its analog signal on channel 9, WXGA-TV operated at only 20 kilowatts in digital at 286m HAAT. Following the 2009 digital conversion, the station relocated its digital signal to channel 8, broadcasting at 35.3kw, 353m HAAT.
- — includes WXGA coverage area