Idaho Public Television
|Channels||Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
|Owner||Idaho State Board of Education|
|First air date||see table below|
|Transmitter power||see table below|
|Height||see table below|
|Facility ID||see table below|
|Transmitter coordinates||see table below|
Idaho Public Television (Also known as IdahoPTV) is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member network serving the state of Idaho. It comprises five television stations, operated and funded by the Idaho State Board Of Education. The network is headquartered in Boise, with satellite studios at the University of Idaho in Moscow and Idaho State University in Pocatello.
The network's first station, KUID-TV, signed on from the UI campus in September 1965. KBGL-TV signed on in July 1971 from ISU in Pocatello, followed that December by KAID-TV in Boise, licensed to Boise State University. After a decade, KBGL changed its call letters to KISU-TV in 1981. The three stations shared many programs, but were largely operated independently at first. However, in 1981, two KUID-produced documentaries--one about logging practices, another about lead exposure--caused such an outcry that the state legislature yanked nearly all funding for public television. Citing budget restrictions in early 1981, the state legislature cut 90% of the state funding for public television, and the stations relied on federal funding and private donations. A year later, the legislature ordered the merger of the three stations into a single network. The licenses for all three stations were transferred to the state board of education. Two other stations in Coeur d'Alene and Twin Falls were added in 1992.
Combined, the five stations and their extensive translator network reach almost all of Idaho, as well as parts of Washington, Montana, and Oregon. The north Idaho stations of Coeur d'Alene and Moscow are in the Pacific Time Zone, while the south Idaho stations of Boise, Twin Falls, and Pocatello are in the Mountain Time Zone. There is a one hour video delay for stations in the Pacific Time Zone so that all programs are broadcast at the same local time (i.e. a printed schedule would be valid in both time zones). The exception is for viewers in Montana tuned to a north Idaho station, as the time is one hour later.
|Station||City of license||Channels
|First air date||Call letters’
|Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|Boise||21 (UHF)||4||December 31, 1971||Ada County, IDaho||725 kW||858 m||62442|
|KCDT||Coeur d'Alene||45 (UHF)||26||September 22, 1992||Coeur
|38 kW||465 m||62424|
|KIPT||Twin Falls||22 (UHF)||13||January 19921||Idaho
|50 kW||181.9 m||62427|
||Pocatello||17 (UHF)||10||July 7, 1971||Idaho
|189 kW||451.1 m||62430|
|KUID-TV||Moscow||12 (VHF)||12||September 6, 1965||University of IDaho||78 kW||339.7 m||62382|
- 1. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KIPT signed on January 18, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on January 17.
- 2. KISU-TV used the call sign KBGL-TV from its 1971 sign-on until December 7, 1981. (The ISU athletic teams are the Bengals.)
- 3. KUID-TV was on analog channel 12 until its digital channel signed on; the analog signal was moved to Channel 35, which had previously been assigned as KUID's digital allocation.
Idaho Public Television has 4 digital subchannels.
|xx.1||Main programming / PBS HD|
|xx.3||Learn - a combination of adult learning courses & Create|
Idaho Public Television has a network of low power translators across Idaho, which are rapidly being converted to digital (analog translators marked after the city):
KCDT - Coeur D' Alene, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 26.x by PSIP)
- K44KK-D Channel 44 Bonners Ferry
- K49JD-D Channel 49 Kellogg
- K42GT-D Channel 42 Priest Lake
- K30LS-D Channel 30 Sandpoint
KAID - Boise, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 4.x by PSIP)
- K11PB-D Channel 11 Cambridge
- K09LO-D Channel 9 Cascade
- KAID Channel 17 Cascade
- K11WR-D Channel 11 Council
- K41EO-D Channel 41 Crouch/Garden Valley
- K51FL-D Channel 51 Garden Valley
- KAID Channel 32 Glenns Ferry
- KAID Channel 17 Idaho City
- K05FG Channel 5 McCall - ANALOG (digital channel under construction)
- K11WT-D Channel 11 McCall
- K41HS-D Channel 41 McCall
KIPT - Twin Falls, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 13.x by PSIP)
KISU - Pocatello, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 10.x by PSIP)
- K12LS-D Channel 12 Challis/Ellis
- K13QE-D Channel 13 Driggs
- K15GO-D Channel 15 Georgetown
- K14MC-D Channel 14 Lava Hot Springs
- K14IJ-D Channel 14 Leadore
- K15HR Channel 15 Mackay - ANALOG (digital channel under construction)
- K35GW-D Channel 35 Malad City
- K23DO-D Channel 23 Malta
- K43JD-D Channel 43 Rexburg
- K19CY-D Channel 19 Rockland
- K49IC-D Channel 49 Salmon
- K13QH-D Channel 13 Swan Valley/Irwin
KUID - Moscow, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 12.x by PSIP)
- K46HX-D Channel 46 Grangeville
- K43GE-D Channel 43 Juliaetta
- K05GQ-D Channel 5 Kooskia/Stites
- K51HY-D Channel 51 Lewiston
- K23HT-D Channel 23 St. Maries
- Snow, Ruth (October 20, 2001). "IPTV could shift back into university control". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 10A.
- "Public TV report due". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 14, 1981. p. 9.
- "Public TV funds sought". Spokane Daily Chronicle. UPI. September 10, 1981. p. 3.
- "Idaho PBS future fuzzy". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. February 8, 1982. p. 8.
- "Idaho public TV hot issue". Spokane Daily Chronicle. UPI. February 8, 1992. p. 5.
- "Idaho public TV stations to have single manager". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. April 6, 1982. p. 5.
- Idaho PTV's website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KAID
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KCDT
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KIPT
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KISU
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUID
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KAID-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCDT-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KIPT-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KISU-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUID-TV