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TV station launches children's channel

August 21, 2017
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A local PBS affiliate has launched a 24/7 children’s channel that will feature educational programming year-round.

WGVU Public Media has launched WGVU-PBS KIDS 24/7, available on channels 35.2/52.2 and via live stream on It also is available on the PBS KIDS Video app for mobile and tablet devices.

Michael Walenta, WGVU general manager, said the service ensures programs are available to children and caregivers on a platform and at a time that works for them, including primetime, weekends and other out-of-school times when they are most likely to tune in.

“WGVU has been an integral part of the community for years, delivering content and services that parents trust and that move the needle in early learning,” Walenta said. “We are excited to build on the work we do every day for West and Southwest Michigan families by adding these new 24/7 services, ensuring that our educational content is accessible anytime and anywhere to all kids.”

PBS KIDS 24/7 will feature more than 20 programs, including “Bob the Builder,” “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Odd Squad,” “Peg + Cat,” “Sesame Street,” “Super Why,” “Thomas & Friends,” “WordGirl” and more.

The PBS KIDS 24/7 channel is in addition to WGVU’s current primary PBS channel, WGVU-HD, which will continue to feature a PBS KIDS daytime component, combined with dramas, documentaries and investigative journalism.

The schedule of children’s programming on WGVU-HD will be different from the 24/7 channel, offering families a variety of options.

Local station scheduling information is available online.

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