call_letters = WLIW
station_slogan = New York Public Television
station_branding = WLIW 21
analog = 21 (UHF)
digital = 22 (UHF)
subchannels = (see article)
affiliations = PBS
founded = January 1969 [The "Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook" says January 6, while the "Television and Cable Factbook" says January 14.]
location = Garden City - New York, New York
callsign_meaning = Long Island West
owner = Educational Broadcasting Corporation
licensee =
sister_stations = WNET
former_affiliations = NET (1969-1970)
effective_radiated_power = 2735 kW (analog)
92 kW (digital)
HAAT = 122.9 m (analog)
111 m (digital)
facility_id = 38336
coordinates = coord|40|47|20.4|N|73|27|7.1|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.wliw.org/ www.wliw.org]

WLIW, channel 21, is a noncommercial television station licensed to Garden City, New York which serves as a secondary PBS member station for the New York City television market. WLIW is owned by the New York City-based Educational Broadcasting Corporation, and is a sister station to New York City's flagship PBS member station, WNET. Its studios and transmitter are located in Plainview, New York; while its operations are housed at WNET's studios in Midtown Manhattan.


WLIW began broadcasting in January 1969 and is the third-most watched PBS station in the country, behind WNET and KCET in Los Angeles. In February 2003, its original owner, the Long Island Educational TV Council, merged with the Educational Broadcasting Corporation. WLIW's operations were merged with those of WNET. The Long Island Educational TV Council was retained as WLIW's governing board and fundraising arm.

WLIW promotes itself as a more locally-oriented station than WNET, as evidenced by its on-air moniker of "New York Public Television." However, it is a major producer of PBS programming in its own right. Among its more prominent shows are the innovative Visions series and many music specials featuring noted American performers like Frank Sinatra, Neil Sedaka, Rick Nelson and international stars like Helmut Lotti and Sarah Brightman. Regular hosts of these specials produced for PBS include Laura Savini, Terrel Cass, Joe Campbell, Mark Simone and Lisa Jandovitz.

The current on-air identity, including logo, color palette and on-air graphics, was designed and conceived by Trollback + Company in 2005. It was the station's first corporate branding initiative since its launch in 1969.

WLIW is the distributor for BBC World News in the United States, which is seen on 229 PBS member stations.

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

In 2009, WLIW will remain on channel 21 when the analog to digital conversion is complete.http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf]

External links

* [http://www.wliw.org/ WLIW Website]
* [http://www.visionsof.org/ WLIW's Visions Series Website]


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