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WGBY-TV Logo.png
SpringfieldHolyoke, Massachusetts
United States
CitySpringfield, Massachusetts
  • .1: WGBY 57
  • .2: WGBY World
  • .3: WGBY Kids
  • .4: WGBY Create
ChannelsDigital: 22 (UHF)
(to move to 13 (VHF))
Virtual: 57 (PSIP)
  • .1: 1080i WGBYDT1
  • .2: 480i WGBYDT2
  • .3: 480i WGBYDT3
  • .4: 480i WGBYDT4
OwnerWGBH Educational Foundation
First air dateSeptember 26, 1971 (47 years ago) (1971-09-26)
Call letters' meaningWestern Massachusetts
Great Blue Yonder
(referring to WGBH's transmitter and distance from mother station; all WGBH television stations include these two letters)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
57 (UHF, 1971–2008)
58 (UHF, 2000–2009)
Transmitter power50 kW
30 kW (CP)
Height306 m (1,004 ft)
302.9 m (994 ft) (CP)
Facility ID72096
Transmitter coordinates42°14′29.3″N 72°38′54.3″W / 42.241472°N 72.648417°W / 42.241472; -72.648417
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile

WGBY-TV, virtual channel 57 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Owned by the Boston-based WGBH Educational Foundation, it is a sister station to that organization's flagship and namesake, WGBH-TV. However, it brands as a separate, locally-focused PBS outlet. WGBY's transmitter is located on the peak of Mount Tom in Holyoke with the area's commercial television stations, and provides programming to much of western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut, with studios based in the Irene Mennen Hunter Public Media Center on Hampden Street alongside I-91 in downtown Springfield (named for the heiress to the Mennen personal care fortune and former WGBY board member). WGBY can also be received in Windham County, Vermont on Comcast channel 2.

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  • PBS Kids 1:30 PM Program Break (2018 WGBY-DT3)
  • Messing Around With Logos - WGBY Springfield (Episode 14)
  • PBS Kids Program Break (2017 WGBY-DT3)
  • PBS Kids 9:00 PM Commercial Break (2015 WGBY-DT3)
  • WGBY (2003)


Having fun with them, too. Major funding for this program has been provided by The National Science Foundation! Pato! Elly! Loula! *Loula Barks* *whispers* Sleepy Bird. POCOYO! Oh look, it's Pocoyo and Elly! Hello, Pocoyo! Hello, Elly! HELLO! >:( Oh dear, they seem to be having a quarrel. UGH UGH! What's this? Can any of you tell Pocoyo and Elly what Baby Bird and Caterpillar are carrying? *children* PRESENTS! *random other kid* They're carrying presents! That's right! They're presents! Today's Pato's Birthday! *gasp* Don't tell me you forgot! Pocoyo: Your Fault! Now, now, it's no one's fault. Let's just go and celebrate with the birthday boy. Look! *laughing* Happy Birthday! Your friends certainly are excited about your birthday, Pato! And look, Baby Bird has a present for you! Flowers! How lovely! Look! Caterpillar has a present for you, too. It's..... A stone.. Heh. Wonderful! What a thoughtful gift, Caterpillar! Now now, you two! At least Caterpillar thought to bring Pato a gift. What's that, Elly? You have something for Pato, too? Oh, I see. You're giving Pato a tea party for his birthday H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y And look, Pato! Pocoyo has a present for you, as well! Oh no! Pato's new ball has popped! Oh, Elly! Pocoyo, what are you doing!? Happy Birthday! *laughing* *laughing* *laughing maniacally* Pato, Pato?! *laughing* What's this? A cage? Happy Birthday! Elly! Thank goodness you rescued Pato from that cage, so he could really celebrate his birthday! Where's Pato? Pato is completely set solid! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! *horn sfx* HAHAHAHA Oh dear.. *laughing* This can't be much fun for Pato... Pocoyo, don't! YOOO! Oh dear, it looks as if Pato has finally had enough of your fighting! YOUR FAULT! Elly! Pocoy- Oh, they're really not listening! Perhaps we can get their attention if we tell them to stop fighting! Ready? *children* STOP! *random child* STOP FIGHTING! Pato is leaving because of all your fighting! Why don't you both shake hands and make up? Friend! Now, that's more like it. But you still have to keep Pato from leaving! Pato, you're not really going to leave us, are you? Oh, this is awful! Oh Pato, please don't go! What will we do without you?! *laughing* What the! This isn't a going away bus for Pato, It's a birthday party bus! Pato! I think Pocoyo wants everyone to say "Happy Birthday" to Pato! Come on! *children* Happy Birthday! *Random Child* Happy Birthday, Pato! Hurray for birthdays! Bye bye! See you soon! *Super Catchy Outro* See Super Why and the Super Readers! With my magnifying glass, I can find Peter Rabbit! Use their powers to save the day! Peter: Thanks, Super Readers! Calling all Super Readers! Super Why is next! Where can you hang out with all your favorite PBS Kids friends? On TV! Online! Or on the go! Best of all, PBS Kids is free so everyone can watch it! And free is good like a warm fuzzy hug! Play and have fun with all your friends on WGBY Kids or at You're watching WGBY Springfield. PBS Kids invite you to have a seat, then immediately start flipping out because Odd Todd is back! In the Odd Squad Movie Premiere, World Turned Odd! Odd Squad: The World Turned Odd January 15th on WGBY. Word of the Week! Word of the Week! PBS Kids Word of the Week! The Word of the Week is: Recipe! A recipe is a list of ingredients and directions that you follow when you want to cook something delicious! Recipe! It's the Word of the Week! The Word of the Week!



Previous WGBY logo; variations of this logo (generally modifying the PBS logo) were used from 2000 until 2010.
Previous WGBY logo; variations of this logo (generally modifying the PBS logo) were used from 2000 until 2010.

The station was first signed on the air on September 26, 1971. Its digital programming channels include WGBY Kids, Create and World, which are similar to the WGBH channels of the same names seen in Boston on WGBH-TV and WGBX-TV, but have some changes made to include locally produced WGBY programs. In October 2006, WGBY became the first television station in New England to produce all of its local programming content in high definition.

Unlike its Boston counterpart, WGBY does not operate an affiliated NPR member station; the area is instead served by the Five College Consortium's WFCR in Amherst and WNNZ/WAIC. The WGBH Educational Foundation held the license of WFCR from 1961 until its transfer to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967, four years before WGBY-TV began operations. Some Spanish-language programming is also broadcast for Springfield's Hispanic & Latino community.

Digital television

On August 4, 2008, WGBY filed a request with the FCC to discontinue regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 57, on November 5, 2008—some three months prior to the original mandated analog shut-off date. The petition cited the need to replace the current analog antenna with the post transition digital 22 antenna.[1] WGBY also filed for an STA to operate at 50% analog power prior to the early shut down date due to equipment failure[2] Although it had an assigned digital channel that it would move to post-transition that differed from its original digital channel, WGBY continued to broadcast its digital signal on its pre-transition allocation (UHF channel 58). On April 27, 2009, the station's digital signal later moved to UHF channel 22,[3] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 57, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

As a result of the FCC's 2016 spectrum auction, the WGBH Educational Foundation accepted a $57 million offer to move WGBY-TV to the VHF spectrum in 2019 on channel 13, along with WGBH-TV for $161.7 million.[4]

On January 16, 2017, the station launched the newest iteration of the PBS Kids Channel on their third subchannel.[5]


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  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  4. ^ "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Auction 1001 Winning Bids" (PDF). 13 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  5. ^ Kelly, Ray (January 13, 2017). "WGBY-TV, Channel 57, making PBS Kids a 24/7 offering". The Republican. MassLive Media. Retrieved January 30, 2017.

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