WNVT Spotsylvania

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WNVT owned by Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation and launched on March 1, 1972 is a MHz Worldview- affiliate broadcasting in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia and Richmond. The transmitter of the channel is located in the Richmond suburb of Bon Air in Chesterfield County. WNVC, a Culpeper-based channel is the sister of WNVT and operates in Charlottesville form a transmitter located on Carters Mountain.

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Sisters: WCVE-TV, NVC and WCVW

 

History

WNVT went on air on March 1, 1972 as a PBS affiliate; it was originally licensed to Goldvein, Virginia and served Washington, D.C. market. Central Virginia Educational Television (later Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation) acquired the station in 1974. The transmitter of the channel was installed in independent Hill, Virginia which made its reception difficult in the populated northern portions. To overcome this difficulty W14AA, Arlington translator was launched in 1976. Commonwealth then started to build WNVC in 1981. WNVT was originally located at Northern Virginia Community College. The sister WNVC went on air in May 1983 on Ch 56 and was licensed to Fairfax; it was originally known as WIAH.

The translator W14AA was released in 1981 and later became WMDO-CD. Washington market already hosting two PBS stations: WMPT and WETA, didn’t allow WNVT to make WNVC its repeater in the area. WNVC was rebranded as World View TV on Sep 1, 1994 while WNVT maintained its status as a PBS service until 1999. It disaffiliated with the network on Jan 1, 2000 to sign with MHz Networks; the two stations: WNVT and WNVC then from 2001 onwards became MHz1 and MHz2. The educational programming of WNVT was branded as MHz Learn though it aired MuchMusic in the evenings.

MHz Networks was spun off in 2013 and MHz Worldview was launched as it sold the towers for both WNVT and WNVC. On March 31, 2017 Commonwealth revealed that it had sold the licenses of WNVT and WNVC in FCC’s conducted spectrum reallocation auction. You can watch the station online and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.