TAMPA — After 51 years broadcasting educational television for the Tampa Bay area, WUSF TV channel 16 went off the air Sunday.

Earlier this year, the University of South Florida, which holds the station's license, agreed to sell the television signal as part of the Federal Communication Commission's nationwide Spectrum auction, the university said.

WUSF's two radio stations — WUSF 89.7 and Classical WSMR — were not be affected by the sale. USF trustees said the $18.7 million from the sale will go toward initiatives at the university.

WUSF General Manager JoAnn Urofsky said the radio stations' operations will continue to depend on listener support for local and NPR programming. WEDU television is planning to offer the Create and PBS Kids channels and also will broadcast some programs currently aired on WUSF.

The Tampa campus studios of WUSF will continue to be used for student education and other video productions.