|Slogan||The Rio Grande Valley's PBS Station|
|Channels||Digital: 38 (UHF)|
38.3 Valley Catholic Network / EWTN
|Owner||Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
(RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||September 1982 (as KZLN)
October 8, 1985 (as KMBH)
|Call letters' meaning||K McAllen Brownsville Harlingen|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
60 (UHF, 1985-2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KMBH is a public television station in Harlingen, Texas, broadcasting locally on digital channel 38 as a PBS member station for the Rio Grande Valley. Initially licensed sometime before 1979 and signing on on October 8, 1985, the station is owned by RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc., under the aegis of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville.
The first variation of PBS in the RGV launched in May 1982, as KZLN, channel 60. Prior to KZLN's arrival, PBS programming was provided to the valley's commercial stations, on a per-program basis, or via cable from KLRN in San Antonio. The station was operated by the Texas Consumer Education and Communications Development Committee, with the license held by the Diocese. KZLN suffered a lengthy delay from its original proposed sign-on of December 1979, due to lack of funds. The station's intent was to implement a bilingual schedule, which included Spanish-language programming aimed at residents of the colonias along the border. However, it soon left the air due to lack of support, with only 400 members at its peak. Three years later, the Diocese would try again, this time launching the more-successful KMBH on October 8, 1985, under the same license originally issued for KZLN.
KMBH carries general PBS fare, as well as some programming pertaining to the Catholic faith, including Sunday Mass, a Spanish-language Bible study program, and a Catholic family issues program. KMBH is one of at least two PBS members owned at least in part by a Catholic-related organization (WLAE-TV in New Orleans is the other), and one of at least three run by a religious organization in general (counting Provo, Utah's KBYU-TV).
|38.3||480i||4:3||Valley Catholic Network / EWTN|
Unlike other stations, KMBH never used virtual PSIP channels to display their digital channel as 60.1 to reflect their analog channel number, instead displaying their digital channel as 38.1. While the FCC mandates stations to use their analog number for PSIP identification, it allows stations to identify themselves by its digital channel instead.
- Official site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMBH
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMBH-TV