WNSC-TV, virtual channel 30 (UHFdigital channel 15), is a PBSmembertelevision station located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States. The station is owned by the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, and operates as a sister station to news/talk radio station WNSC-FM (88.9). WNSC-TV maintains studio facilities located on the campus of York Technical College in Rock Hill, and its transmitter is located in southeastern York County (east of I-77). WNSC-TV operates as a member station of South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV). On cable, WNSC-TV is available on channel 15 throughout most of the Charlotte, North Carolinatelevision market.

History

The station first signed on the air on January 3, 1978. WNSC debuted as the sixth full-power station aligned with SCETV, and the third public television station to serve the Charlotte area, after WTVI (channel 42) and Concord, North Carolina-based UNC-TV station WUNG-TV (channel 58). Previously, South Carolina ETV programming had been seen in the Rock Hill area via a low-powertranslator station on UHF channel 55 (channel now occupied by MyNetworkTVowned-and-operated stationWMYT-TV).

WNSC-TV originates some local programming, including Piedmont Politics, and also carries national and statewide programs from PBS and SCETV. Its digital subchannels carry the South Carolina Channel and ETV World.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[2]
30.11080i16:9ETVMain SCETV programming / PBS
30.2480i4:3SCC"SC Channel" (PBS Encore from 6 p.m.-12 a.m./Create from 12 a.m.-6 p.m.)
30.3ETVWETV World

Analog-to-digital conversion

WNSC-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 30, at midnight on February 18, 2009 (along with the other SCETV stations), the day after some full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts (February 17 was the original target date for the transition until the Federal Communications Commission moved the transition date to June 12 earlier in the month). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 30.

Local and regional programming

  • Talk of the Town - a community affairs talk show hosted by Bill Curry
  • Mary Long's Yesteryear - hosted by Mary Long
  • Fret & Fiddle - a songwriter performance showcase
  • Metrolina Illustrated Newsmagazine" created, hosted and produced by Chuck Smith (1988–1991)
  • Rock Hill - Primetime - created and produced by Chuck Smith (1991–1992)
  • Carolina Weekends - created, hosted and produced by Chuck Smith (1988–1991)