WDSE is an educational television station in Duluth, Minnesota, serving portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin as a PBS member station on channel 8, with studios located on campus at the University of Minnesota Duluth. WDSE is a "border station" serving residents of both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Along with programming from PBS, Minnesota Public Television, and Wisconsin Public Television, locally produced programs such as Minnesota Legislative Report, WDSE Cooks, Almanac North, Venture North, Native Report, Great Gardening, Lawyers on the Line, and Doctors on Call are area favorites included in the broadcast schedule. WDSE produces, broadcasts, and supplies to the networks an intensive schedule of local and regional programming.
In addition to regular television programming, WDSE broadcasts computer data on a full-time basis, a service called "datacasting." The stream consists of Datacast Wisconsin, a service of Wisconsin Public Television. One Mbs of WDSE's 19.3 Mbs digital stream is devoted to Datacast Wisconsin.
In November 1982 WDSE was the first Minnesota television broadcaster to utilize a circularly polarized broadcast antenna, in April 1985 the first in Minnesota to begin full-time stereo television broadcasting, and in May, 2003 WDSE became the first broadcaster in Minnesota to launch a channel, 8.2 PBS-HD, fully devoted to high-definition programming. In June 2008 WDSE became the first station in the Duluth-Superior market to begin producing local programming in High Definition - HD. In another first, WDSE/WRPT was the first station in the Duluth-Superior market to begin broadcasting in 5.1 Dolby surround sound starting June 12, 2009.
In late August 2010 WDSE was rebranded from "PBS eight" to "PBS North" to reflect their extended coverage with WRPT into more of northeastern Minnesota.
During the school year WDSE airs educational/instructional programming from Wisconsin Public TV from 9AM to 11:30AM and 1PM to 2:00PM during daytime hours, and the overnight "block feed" for pre-recording purposes from 1AM to 3AM.