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This article is about the Radio Station in Nevada. For the independence movement in West Papua, see KNPB (west papua).
Reno, Nevada
United States
City of license Reno
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels 5.1 PBS
5.2 Create
5.3 V-me
Translators see list below
Affiliations PBS
Owner Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, Inc.
First air date September 29, 1983 (1983-09-29)
Call letters' meaning Nevada Public Broadcasting
Former channel number(s) Analog:
5 (VHF, 1983–2009)
Transmitter power 32.3 kW
Height 149.4 m
Facility ID 10228
Transmitter coordinates 39°35′2″N 119°47′55″W / 39.58389°N 119.79861°W / 39.58389; -119.79861
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
KNPB Studio

KNPB, virtual channel, 5, is the PBS–affiliate television station for Northwestern Nevada's Truckee Meadows licensed to Reno. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 15 (virtual channel 5.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter facility shared with KAME-TV on Red Hill between US 395 and SR 445 in Sun Valley. The station can also be seen on Charter channel 5 and in high definition on digital channel 785. Founded on April 19, 1982, the station is owned and operated by Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, Inc, a community licensee.


KNPB began broadcasting on September 29, 1983, with the first program being "Sesame Street." The station's studios and offices were located in the College of Education building on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to 1983, PBS programming was made available to Reno either from the city's commercial stations on a per-program basis, (i.e. "Sesame Street" was on KOLO) or via cable from KVIE in Sacramento, the nearest PBS station available.

In the early 1990s, KNPB moved into its current facility on Virginia Street, also on the university campus. The station's main transmitter is located on Red Peak in Sun Valley. A low-power digital translator, licensed as KNPB-LD and also broadcasting on channel 15, serves the communities surrounding Lake Tahoe and the Truckee, California region from a location on the flanks of Mt. Rose. A network of other community translators retransmit KNPB's signal across much of northern Nevada and bordering portions of California.

KNPB Online went active on September 29, 1997.


  • A Gathering of Gamblers
  • A Gathering of Governors
  • A Gathering of Speakers
  • Art Beat
  • Book Talk
  • Capitol Issues
  • Corporate Quiz
  • Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance Vs. Judas Priest
  • Great Expectations
  • High School Academic Challenge
  • House With A History
  • Kitchen Coach
  • Lights, Camera, Auction
  • Open Line
  • Teen Driving Minutes
  • The Nevada Experience
  • Wild Nevada

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

On September 29, 2000, KNPB became the first TV station in Northern Nevada to offer digital broadcasts, and the smallest PBS station in the nation to do so (at that time).

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
5.1 1080i 16:9 KNPB1 Main KNPB programming / PBS
5.2 480i 4:3 KNPB2 Create
5.3 KNPB 3 V-me

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KNPB shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5.



  1. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KNPB". Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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