|Pensacola State College Main Campus|
|Slogan||Public Television for the Gulf Coast|
|Channels|| 23 (UHF) analog,|
31 (UHF) digital
|Owner||Pensacola State College|
|Former affiliations||National Educational Television (1967-1970)|
|Transmitter Power|| 3020kW (analog) |
1000 kW (digital)
WSRE is the PBS member station for the Northwest Florida and South Alabama viewing area. The station has been broadcasting since 1967.
The station has recently gone under very significant growth, with the dedication of the new Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio, and numerous equipment and technical upgrades.
WSRE is home to three fully equipped television studios. The largest being WSRE's Studio A, otherwise known as the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio. Studio A is an 18,000 sq. foot television soundstage offering 500 seats of stadium seating, of which half is retractable to allow for more floor space. Studio B also offers all of the technical capability of Studio A, with more moderate floor space designed for live or pre-recorded programming without a live audience. Most of the station's local programming is produced in Studio B, including Open Forum, Connecting the Community, AWARE, PJC Today, Legislative Review and formerly Flavors of the Coast. Studio C is a much smaller studio and is almost exclusively used for television programs and segments designed for satellite uplinks. MSNBC's Scarborough Country used to be frequently produced (sometimes for weeks or maybe a month or two at a time) in Studio C when Joe Scarborough was home in Pensacola.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|23.1 / 31.1||WSRE HD - WSRE's signature programming (in HD when available )|
|23.2 / 31.2||WSRE World - PBS news, science, public affairs and nature programming.|
|23.3 / 31.3||WSRE Plus - features programming from the FL Knowledge Network, the FL Channel and how-to programming from Create.|
The station produces many local and regional programs, including:
- Open Forum - a topical discussion/call-in show
- Connecting the Community - a weekly program designed to keep members of the community aware of local community happenings, also a call-in show
- Garden Magic - A call-in gardening tips and information program hosted by Dr. Bill Bennett
- Food for Thought - features speeches by experts educated in an array of fields who are from or are visiting the Pensacola, FL area
- Aware - a local community feature show, aiming to keeping viewers best interests in mind by keeping viewers up to date on issues that may directly affect them and their families
- Rally - A televised political debate program that airs days before important local elections.
- PSC Today - News about what's happening around Pensacola State College.
- Legislative Review - Local state legislators are invited to appear on this program to discuss local political issues and answer questions from their constituents.
WSRE was also the home of the nationally-televised French cooking program, Gourmet Cooking, which was hosted by Earl Peyroux. The program first went into production as a local program in 1977, going into national public television syndication in 1982, and televised through the early-1990s. At age 78, Peyroux died of unreleased circumstances on October 23, 2003.