WGBY-TV (formerly known as Channel 57) a division of WGBH Educational Foundation began its broadcasting service in Springfield, Massachusetts as the western link of the Massachusetts Public Broadcasting Network on September 26, 1971.
WGBY has a demographic of over 950,000. It is extremely proud of its award winning documentaries and story- telling skills that celebrate local heritage and individuals, its weekly WGBY produced local programming, its education and outreach programs that compliment and expand its programming through a multiple of media venues, and its numerous partnerships with organization throughout its entire viewing area. These programs are all imprinted with WGBY’s mission to connect the people of our region with ideas, events and each other. WGBY is unique in public broadcasting. While licensed to the WGBH Educational Foundation by the FCC and operated under the Foundation’s IRS status, WGBY has been programmed and managed separately since 1971. WGBY holds its own membership in the Public Broadcasting Service.
Today, WGBY-TV continues to engage, educate, explore, and entertain. As in 1971, WGBY strives to be a unique community asset worthy of being considered by the citizens as the foremost public television station for western New England.