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Background: WHYY-TV is a PBS affiliate located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware.

1st Logo

WHYY (1964-1982)Logo: On a black background, we see a large number "12" in red with the words "WHYY-TV WILMINGTON" in blue.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: TBA.

Availability: Extinct.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo

Nickname: "The Scrolling Ticker"

Logo: TBA



Availability: TBA

Editor's Note: TBA

3rd Logo

Nickname: "The Liberty Bell"

Logo: On a light blue background, a 2D picture of the Liberty Bell cracks and moves to the left, revealing red, white, and blue striped stars, which form a "FROM" in an Arial font, and "W H Y Y" in a much bolder font. All of the text is on the right side of the screen.

FX/SFX: Typical and really choppy 70's effects.

Music/Sounds: A single bell ring.

: Seen on a few national shows from WHYY during this time, such as rock concerts, and early episodes of Hometime. Might have also appeared onMark of Jazz.

Editor's Note: None.

4th Logo

WHYY-TV (1982-1986)Logo: On a black background, we see a gigantic yellow "12" and below are the words "WHYY TV/WILMINGTON" in yellow. It's basically 2D at first, but the perspective changes to 3D. Leaving Behind is an olive-bordered photograph lens.

FX/SFX: None, or simple 3D animation.

Music/Sounds: Just a male announcer saying the station's name andnumber.

Availability: Probably extinct. So far the only known use of this was as a local ID during that time.

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo

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Nickname: "The Weird Nintendo/Turner-like Logo"

Logo: On a black background, blue flares flash down the screen, revealing the WHYY logo over the period, which consists of the letters "WHYY", colored blue, and having the "W" and second "Y" connected by a line forming an oblong shape, like in the Turner and Nintendo logos. The word "FROM" fades in above the logo, but "PHILADELPHIA", colored golden brown, flies up to position itself underneath the logo.

  • Sometimes, "WILMINGTON" (in the same font as "PHILADELPHIA") would also appear in the logo; it would slide up with "PHILADELPHIA" with a white line separating the two words. This might have a copyright stamp. On one such occasion, it was superimposed.
  • There were two (or three if counted altogether) superimposed versions:
    • A version with a gray background was seen on The Bombing of Osage Avenue.
    • Another version was superimposed into the closing part of the show:
      • This one is the normal version.
      • On The Making of Super Sloppy Double Dare, as mentioned above, it had the WILMINGTON/PHILADELPHIA byline with a copyright stamp reading "©WHYY, INC. 1989".

FX/SFX: The light blue flares, which are an example of '80s animation.

Music/Sounds: A downward piano jingle after a laser zap sound, followed by a rising synth bass-piano jingle.

Music/Sounds Variant:
  • OnHometimeand The Making of Super Sloppy Double Dare, the logo would have the show's theme song playing over it.
  • The 2nd variant was silent.
  • On The Dinosaurs, there is no laser zap.

Availability: Notably seen on Hometime episodes of this era. This can also be found on PBS Video/PBS Home Video releases of David Macaulay's Castle and Cathedral, at the end (as opposed to having the "skyline" logo for WTVS in Detroit and the "Flash of Doom" for WGBH in Boston, respectively, at the beginning).

Editor's Note: The darkness and light flares could spook some. Nevertheless, this is an interesting logo.

6th Logo
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Logo: On an dark background, the WHYY logo (in gold) appears. Under it is the words "Wilmington" and "Philadelphia". Both words are separated with a red line.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: An announcer saying "This is WHYY Wilmington"

Availability: Extinct. An "Sign Off" logo and may have been used as an station ID

Editor's Note: None.

7th Logo
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Logo: On an granite background, the WHYY logo fades in. The bottom text says "Wilmington" which then flips under to reveal texts that says "Philadelphia". Some gloss then shines over the WHYY logo. Then the logo fades out.

FX/SFX: Gloss, Text flipping.

Music/Sounds: An announcer saying "This is TV 12, WHYY Wilmington"

Availability: Extinct. Same as the 6th logo.

Editors Note: Much better than the previous logo. This actually has animation.

8th Logo

WHYY-TV (1997-2002)Logo:On a background of a poppy blooming, we see a yellow circle on the left with a lightning bolt shape segmented out of it (like a superhero's belt). Next to that circle is "whyy" in white. Underneath is "TV 12" in red.


Music/Sounds: TBA.

Availability: Unknown

Editor's Note: None.

9th Logo

Logo: On a black/medium blue/orange-striped background, we see the current WHYY logo (consisting of the blue "WHYY" letters in Franklin Gothic Heavy font with a blue circle behind the last "Y," making it white) in front. Below are the words "WILMINGTON, DE" fading in.

FX/SFX: Just "WILMINGTON, DE" fading.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 4th ident (closing theme of Hometime playing over), though on other shows, a long ethereal synth note is heard.

Availability: Currently in use.

Editor's Note
: None.

10th Logo

WHYY (2007)
Logo: TBA


Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability: TBA

Editor's Note: TBA

11th Logo

WHYY (2011)WHYY (2015)

Logo: TBA


Music/Sounds: TBA

Availability: TBA

Editor's Note: TBA