|Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas
|City of license||Dallas, Texas|
|Channels||Digital: 14 (UHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
|Translators||K44GS-D 44 (UHF), Wichita Falls, Texas|
|Owner||North Texas Public Broadcasting|
|First air date||September 14, 1960|
|Call letters' meaning||New ERA in broadcasting|
|Sister station(s)||KERA (FM), KKXT|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
13 (VHF, 1960–2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1960–1970)|
|Transmitter power||475 kW|
KERA-TV, virtual channel 13 (UHF digital channel 14), is the PBS member television station located in Dallas, Texas, United States which also serves Fort Worth and the surrounding metropolitan area. The station is owned by North Texas Public Broadcasting Inc. KERA maintains offices located on Harry Hines Boulevard in downtown Dallas, and its transmitter is located in Cedar Hill. The station's signal is relayed on low-power translator station K44GS-D in Wichita Falls, which provides PBS programming to the Texas side of the Wichita Falls–Lawton market. 
The station's call letters, which are said to represent a "new era in broadcasting", are shared with Dallas NPR member station KERA-FM (90.1); while there is cross-promotion between the two stations, each operates its own pledge drives.
KERA-TV also serves as the default PBS station for the Abilene, San Angelo and Tyler/Longview/Lufkin/Nacogdoches markets, as well as the Texas side of the Sherman/Ada market as there are no full-power PBS stations in any of these areas. It is also available on cable in Hillsboro, Waco and Texarkana. KERA was formerly carried on cable in Amarillo, until PBS station KACV-TV signed on in that market in 1988.
KERA-TV began its life as a broadcasting arm of the Dallas Independent School District and was developed by local nonprofit Area Education Television Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the district. DISD superintendent W. T. White announced in October 1958 that the station was expected to be on the air by the beginning of the 1959-60 school year, with programming to include Spanish language instructional programming for area elementary school students. The foundation had difficulty in meeting its fundraising goals to start broadcasting; by May 1959, the foundation was said to be $265,000 short of its $890,000 target to cover the proposed station's first two years of broadcasting.
KERA's early operation benefitted frequently from help from the commercial broadcasters in the Metroplex. The stations's original license application had received FCC permission to broadcast from the State Fair of Texas, but in 1960 the station applied to be permitted to broadcast from studios on Harry Hines Boulevard set to be vacated by local station WFAA (channel 8), which was building new studios at Young and Houston streets to accommodate its television, radio and newspaper operations; the building on Harry Hines had been used by WFAA from its sign-on (as KBTV) in 1949. KERA-TV signed on the air on September 14, 1960; it used the original WFAA-TV transmitting facility until it moved its transmitter to a tower at Cedar Hill that is shared with KTVT (channel 11).
In 1974, KERA became the first television station in the United States to broadcast episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus, and is often credited with introducing the program to American audiences.
KERA parent North Texas Public Broadcasting signed on a secondary PBS member station in the market, KDTN (channel 2), in 1990. KERA used the station primarily to run educational and instructional programming that had previously filled much of the station's daytime schedule. KERA then shifted to offering primarily entertainment programming from PBS and other public television distributors. KERA sold KDTN to religious broadcaster Daystar (which bought the station in order to get a better signal in the market, selling its original flagship KMPX, channel 29, in turn) in 2004. However, through a special arrangement, KERA announced plans to continue its digital programming on KDTN's digital signal, in order to free up bandwidth on KERA's main digital signal to allow the station to upgrade to high definition broadcasts. However, KERA has not needed additional subchannel bandwidth from KDTN as it operates only one additional subchannel service outside of its main signal.
Prior to the sign-on of KERA's Wichita Falls translator, it had a unique arrangement to distribute its programming to one of the few areas of Texas (and the country) without a PBS station of its own. A group headed by longtime State Representative Ray Farabee launched KIDZ-TV on UHF channel 24 in 1973; the station was a regular ("full-power") license but operated at a power of only 2.82 kilowatts. In those pre-cable days, the goal were simple; among them, to make the popular children's program Sesame Street available to Wichita Falls (at the time, it was standard for PBS to offer programs to commercial stations in areas without their own PBS stations, but for whatever reasons none of the three stations in the Wichita Falls-Lawton market were interested). The local group had planned to apply for and build a translator. In those days, translators were only allowed to use signals picked up off the air, and KERA's signal was marginal at best in that part of North Texas.
KIDZ-TV shared tower space with KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls. It rebroadcast KERA-TV during all of the hours that KAUZ was on the air, roughly between 6 a.m. and midnight. This meant that some specials that aired on weekends were cut off early when the KAUZ engineers (who tended channel 24 as a public service) went home.
By the late 1970s, rules changed to allow the microwave feed to be used to feed the translator class of station. KERA was therefore able to build its own translator in Wichita Falls, also on channel 24, as K24AD. The translator provided a better picture, and could operate during all of the hours KERA was on the air. It moved to UHF channel 44 in 2005 and changed its callsign to K44GS. In September 2009, the FCC granted the station a construction permit to convert its signal to digital; the permit is valid until September 2012 (the current occupant of channel 24, K24HH-D, is unrelated to K24AD or the earlier KIDZ-TV).
In October 2009, North Texas Public Broadcasting applied to the FCC for a translator license in Tyler. The application requested a license to operate on UHF channel 25. The application was dismissed in March 2011. Two additional applications are still pending for UHF channels 35 and 44, but no apparent actions have been taken on these applications to date.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|13.1||1080i||16:9||KERA||Main KERA-TV programming / PBS|
In 2003, KERA signed on its digital signal on UHF channel 14. KERA-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, on June 12, 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 remained on its transition period UHF channel 14, using PSIP to display KERA-TV's virtual channel as 13 on digital television receivers.
PBS programs produced/distributed by KERA
- The U.S. - Mexican War (1995-2006; broadcast by PBS)
- Newsroom (1970–1976)
- The 9 O'Clock Report (1976–January 1977)
- The 7 O'Clock Report (January–February 1977)
- 13 Report (February–September 1977)
- "Turn to the Best, Turn to 13" (1984–1987)
- "TV Worth Watching" (1987–2000; also used by KDTN)
- "Members Make the Difference" (1990–2000; also used by KDTN)
- "Television Unlimited"/"Intelligence Unlimited" (2000–present)
- (No author.) "White sets plans for TV school", The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 15, 1958, page 8A.
- "Weather Vane" (news briefs column), The Dallas Morning News, May 3, 1959, page 29.
- (No author.) "Approval by FCC asked by station", The Dallas Morning News, Jan. 16, 1960, page 2.
- (No author.) "Contracts OK'd for building of WFAA studios", The Dallas Morning News, Dec. 31, 1959, page 1A.
- Peppard, Alan (2011-08-25). "Alan Peppard: Bob Wilson hailed in KERA documentary". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1975, page B-136
- FCC data for K24HH-D
- FCC application for digital translator service, filed 10-2-2009. Retrieved 10-11-2009.
-  fcc.gov. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
-  fcc.gov. Retrieved 09-07-2012.
-  fcc.gov. Retrieved 09-07-2012.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KERA
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Shannon, Mike (January, 2004). Dallas-Fort Worth TV Station History. The History of Dallas–Fort Worth Radio and Television.
- KERA-TV Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KERA
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K44GS
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KERA-TV
- DFW Radio/TV History