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WFYI logo 215.png
Indianapolis, Indiana
Slogan For Your Information
Channels Digital: 21 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
Subchannels 20.1 WFYI 1
20.2 WFYI 2
20.3 WFYI 3
Affiliations PBS
Owner Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, Inc.
First air date October 4, 1970
Call letters' meaning For Your Information
For You Indiana
Sister station(s) WFYI-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog:
20 (UHF, 1970-2009)
Former affiliations NET (October 4, 1970-October 5, 1970)
Transmitter power 200 kW
Height 236 m (HAAT)
238 m (AGL)
Class DT
Facility ID 41397
Transmitter coordinates 39°53′56.9″N 86°12′02.4″W / 39.899139°N 86.200667°W / 39.899139; -86.200667 (WFYI)

WFYI channel 20 (digital channel 21) is the local Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member public television station for Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, and surrounding areas since it first signed on October 4, 1970. It is currently run by Lloyd Wright, president and CEO, who is also a member of the national board of directors of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Its most notable original series include Across Indiana, Indiana Expeditions with Rick Crosslin, INside Indiana Business, Indiana PrimeTime, Indiana Lawmakers, Reel Time and Indiana Week in Review. Locally-originated TV programming has garnered WFYI 30 regional Emmy awards over the past five years.

Now known as WFYI Public Media, the station is operated by Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, Inc., which also operates WFYI-FM (90.1), a National Public Radio member station. Its studios are located just north of downtown Indianapolis, along that city's Television Row in the former Indiana Gas building at 1630 N. Meridian Street. WFYI’s transmitter and tower are sited at 2300 West 79th Street on the northwest side of the city.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming1
20.1 1080i 16:9 WFYI 1 Main WFYI Programming / PBS
20.2 480i 4:3 WFYI 2 V-me
20.3 WFYI 3 Create (04a-04p)
Indiana Channel (04p-01a)
Classic Arts Showcase (01a-04a)

The main digital channel (20.1, stylized as WFYI 1) carries most PBS programming as well as locally produced offerings. The V-me network is shown on subchannel 20.2 (stylized as WFYI 2) and airs Spanish language programming. At present, subchannel 20.3 (stylized as WFYI 3) airs a mix of Create programming in the daytime, various PBS programs in prime time, and Classic Arts Showcase overnight. It also now features the beginnings of the new Indiana Channel in the afternoons on certain weekdays.

Analog-to-digital conversion

WFYI shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 20, at 11:59 p.m. 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 last few minutes of the station's analog signal was the overview of its new digital channel renamed WFYI 1, with two other subchannels (WFYI 2 and WFYI 3). Then it looked back on WFYI's 38 and a half years of analog television before again over viewing the station's three new digital channels, before officially concluding analog transmission.

As of June 12, the station's digital signal remained on pre-transition UHF channel 21.2 Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 20.

WFYI (TV) was originally seen on translator W39AA in Fort Wayne in the early-1980s (previously occupied by Bowling Green's WBGU-TV); that channel became a separate, full-powered PBS affiliate WFWA in December 1986.


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