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KAET logo 2006.png
Phoenix, Arizona
Branding Eight, Arizona PBS
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels See below
Translators See below
Affiliations PBS
Owner Arizona State University
(Arizona Board of Regents)
First air date January 30, 1961
Call letters' meaning Arizona
(AET also resembles the pronunciation of eight)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
8 (VHF, 1961-2009)
29 (UHF, 2001-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1961-1970)
Transmitter power 25.1 kW
Height 549 m
Facility ID 2728
Transmitter coordinates 33°19′59.2″N 112°3′51.2″W / 33.333111°N 112.064222°W / 33.333111; -112.064222
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.azpbs.org

KAET is the PBS member television station in Phoenix, Arizona. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 8 from a transmitter on South Mountain in Phoenix. Its signal is relayed across Arizona on a network of 13 translator stations. Owned by the Arizona Board of Regents and operated by Arizona State University, KAET maintains studios at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on the campus of ASU Downtown Phoenix.


KAET was launched on January 30, 1961, as an affiliate for National Educational Television.[1] Its programming originally consisted of educational programming directed at students attending ASU but its focus eventually widened along with that of PBS. In the mid-1990s, when the Phoenix market was undergoing a significant realignment of network affiliations,KAET was one of two major English-language stations (the other being KPNX) that did not change. In June 1999, KAET was issued a permit to construct digital television facilities on UHF channel 29. KAET-DT went on the air in April 2001 and was licensed on June 12, 2001, becoming the fifth licensed digital television station in Arizona.

In 2006, the station underwent a major rebranding campaign, which saw the end of the long-used "Channel 8" on-air identity. The station is now known as Eight/KAET and Eight, Arizona PBS, with the word eight rendered as "ei8ht" in logos.

Financial crisis[edit]

Due to the effects from the late-2000s recession, fundraising efforts at KAET have consistently fallen behind projections, resulting in two major rounds of layoffs. The first round came in late October 2008, when the station, having missed its fundraising targets by hundreds of thousands of dollars, had to lay off six workers.[2][3] The second round of layoffs came in April 2009, when 13 workers were laid off.[4]

The financial crisis has also delayed KAET's move to its new headquarters in Downtown Phoenix.[3]


KAET produces several of its programs in-house, such as its current events program, Horizon, its Hispanic-focused current events counterpart, Horizonte, and its Arizona Collection documentaries about the people, places and history of the state. The Emmy Award-winning Over Arizona, produced in 1995 with KCTS Seattle, is an aerial adventure over Arizona's diverse landscapes and was the first high-definition television program produced by an Arizona broadcast entity.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Aspect Video PSIP Short Name Programming
8.1 16:9 720p EIGHT H Main KAET programming / PBS
8.2 16:9 480i Life Eight Life
8.3 World PBS World
8.4 KBAQ KBAQ radio

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KAET's digital signal has been on the air since 2001, originally operating on UHF channel 29, and presently carries four subchannels under the Eight Digital Broadcasting brand. KAET shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on April 29, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 29 to VHF channel 8.[5]

Station presentation[edit]

Station branding[edit]

  • KAET TV-8 (1970s-early 1990s)
  • KAET Channel 8 (mid 1990s-2005)
  • Channel 8, Arizona PBS (2005–2006)
  • Eight, Arizona PBS (2006–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Arizona's Very Own Public Station" (1970s)
  • "TV Worth Watching" (1980s)
  • "Turn to Us" (early 1990s)
  • "KAET Channel 8, Phoenix: The Station You Support" (until the 2000s)
  • "KAET Channel 8: Programs You Count On – Count On You!" (until 2005)


KAET's signal is relayed on the following translator stations:

City Callsign City Callsign
Bullhead City, Arizona K03IL-D Meadview, Arizona K36FZ-D
Camp Verde, Arizona K47IK Parks / Williams / Ash Fork, Arizona K47GQ-D
Cottonwood / Clarkdale / Prescott Valley, Arizona K42AC-D Prescott, Arizona K43LW-D
Flagstaff, Arizona K14KK-D Snowflake / Show Low, Arizona K03FB
Globe / Miami, Arizona K43IB-D Topock / Bullhead City, Arizona K42EU-D
Kingman, Arizona K49GE-D Yuma, Arizona K19CX
Lake Havasu City, Arizona K31GZ-D

† - Digital station; virtual channel 8


  1. ^ "History". KAET-TV. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  2. ^ Sneed, Adam (23 October 2008). "Channel 8 feels effects of bad economic times". The State Press. Arizona State University Student Media. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  3. ^ a b Fenske, Sarah (24 November 2008). "Channel Eight, Arizona's Biggest PBS Station, Needs Money to Relocate — but Have Viewers Already Moved On?". Phoenix New Times. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  4. ^ Stern, Ray (15 April 2009). "PBS Channel 8 (KAET-TV) Slashes 13 Jobs in Latest Media Layoff". Phoenix New Times. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  5. ^ "CDBS Print". FCC. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 

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