Rocky Mountain PBS
|Branding||Rocky Mountain PBS|
|Channels||Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
|Owner||Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, Inc.|
|First air date||see table below|
|Call letters' meaning||see table below|
|Former callsigns||see table below|
|Former affiliations||see table below|
|Transmitter power||see table below|
|Height||see table below|
|Facility ID||see table below|
|Transmitter coordinates||see table below|
The Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, known on-air as Rocky Mountain PBS, is the flagship Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member network in Colorado. It reaches one million viewers in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico. The network is headquartered in downtown Denver.
The network's flagship station, KRMA-TV, channel 6 in Denver, signed on January 30, 1956 as an educational television station owned by the Denver Public Schools, with University of Denver instructor Jim Case as program director. It is the oldest public television station in the Rockies. Its studio was located in a converted body shop at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in downtown Denver. Originally a member of National Educational Television, it joined PBS in 1969.
Originally broadcasting only two hours of programming a day during the week, KRMA soon became a key PBS member, bringing PBS programming to many areas in the Rocky Mountain region that didn't have stations of their own. From the 1960s onward, it began building translators across Colorado and surrounding states. It was also picked up by nearly every cable television system in Colorado and eastern Wyoming. Denver Public Schools sold KRMA to Channel Six, Inc., a community group, in 1987. In 1992, KRMA moved into its present–day studios at 1089 Bannock St. in Denver. Prior to KRMA moving in, the same building use to house KUSA before the move to their current home located at 500 Speer.
In response to requests from viewers on the Western Slope, KRMA applied for and won a construction permit for channel 18 in Grand Junction in August 1995. That station signed on for the first time in August 1997 as KRMJ. Before then, KRMA had been available on cable in western Colorado for decades, and also operated numerous translators in the region. Soon afterward, KRMA dropped its longtime branding of "Six" and relaunched as Rocky Mountain PBS, and Channel Six, Inc. changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network.
In 1999, KTSC, channel 8 in Pueblo joined the network. Formerly owned by Colorado State University - Pueblo, KTSC had been the PBS station for Pueblo, Colorado Springs and southern Colorado since 1971.
On December 3, 2004 KRMU, channel 20, in Durango, Colorado signed on to serve southwestern Colorado and a small portion of northwestern New Mexico. When KRMU received its license in 2001, it was the nation's first digital television station without a prior analog assignment.
On February 2, 2007, Rocky Mountain PBS added its fifth full-service station and second station in western Colorado--KMAS-TV, channel 24 in Steamboat Springs. KMAS had been Denver's Telemundo station, and brought its programming into Denver itself by way of low-powered satellites. However, its status was placed in doubt when NBC purchased KDEN-TV and moved Telemundo programming there. NBC finally decided to donate KMAS to Rocky Mountain PBS rather than shut it down. On September 4, 2007, the station's call letters were changed to KRMZ, reflecting its identity as a Rocky Mountain PBS station.
On January 16, 2013, it was announced that the I-News Network (a non-profit investigative journalism outlet) and public radio station KUVO would merge with Rocky Mountain PBS. The merger is intended to broaden the reach of their content to new platforms and ensure formal collaboration between the outlets. The deal is expected to close in April 2013.
Rocky Mountain PBS produces several local programs, such as the weekly "Colorado State of Mind" and the seasonal "Spirit of Colorado" and "LifeWise." However, the network has focused much of its production efforts on local documentaries, which often take months or years to produce. Many of these documentaries, such as "La Raza de Colorado" and "Jewel of the Rockies," have earned multiple Emmy Awards over the years.
KRMJ and KTSC maintain their own studios at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and CSU-Pueblo, respectively. The satellites occasionally break away from the master control center at KRMA to provide programming targeted for their communities, and each airs local promotions and underwriting. KRMU and KRMZ, however, are full satellites of KRMJ and KRMA, respectively. Citing costs at each station, Rocky Mountain PBS applied for and received waivers of the FCC's main studio rule, which requires that each full-service station maintain a main studio within its local service area.
Rocky Mountain PBS is not affiliated with the other PBS member in Denver, KBDI-TV. KBDI is a "beta" or secondary PBS station serving the same market.
- CEO: Doug Price
- COO: Harris Ravine
- CFO: Beth Flambures
- CTO: Tom Craig
- Chief Content Officer: Donna Sanford
- Executive Producer: Cynthia Hessin
- Writer/Producer/Director: Julie Speer
- Videographer: Janine White
- Editor: Daniel Mercure
- Graphics: Tom Manion
|Station||City of license||Channels
TV / RF
|First air date||Call letters’
|Former affiliations||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|January 30, 1956||Knowledge for the
|NET (1956-1970)||115 kW||331 m||14040|
|February 3, 19711||Television for
|22.4 kW||720 m||69170|
|KRMJ||Grand Junction||18 (PSIP)
|January 1, 1997||KRMA Grand Junction||17.7 kW||409 m||14042|
|December 3, 2004||KRMA DUrango||12.6 kW||130 m||84224|
|KRMZ2, 3||Steamboat Springs||24 (PSIP)
|May 1988||KRMA Z||Telemundo (until 2007)||0.481 kW||175.2 m||20373|
- 1. KTSC joined RMPBS in 1999 and also covers Colorado Springs.
- 2. KRMZ used the callsigns KSBS-TV from 1988 to 2000, and KMAS-TV from 2000 to 2007.
- 3. KRMZ (then KMAS-TV) joined RMPBS in 2007.
In addition to its five full-service television stations, Rocky Mountain PBS operates one of the largest translator networks in the country, serving portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska and Utah. KRMA feeds two translators in Boulder and Ft. Collins, Colorado. KTSC feeds 10 translators in rural southern Colorado, and KRMJ feeds 13 translators serving rural western Colorado. Other translator operators in the state pick up one of the 3 Rocky Mountain PBS regional feeds, and carry the signals onward through their systems.
All 25 translators within the RMPBS system are digital, and as such carry the primary and 2 sub-channels from their respective translators.
The list below is a mixture of RMPBS and other translator operators carrying one of the RMPBS network feeds.
(all are analog stations unless otherwise specified)
 KRMA translators
- Akron: K13XW, channel 13
- Anton: K17KX-D, digital channel 17
- Ashcroft: K21HF-D, digital channel 21
- Boulder: K44CT, channel 44
- Collbran: K11PS, channel 11
- Crawford: K24JO-D, digital channel 24
- Dolores: K10MZ-D, digital channel 10
- Dove Creek: K23GF-D, digital channel 23
- Eagle: K44DF, channel 44 (digital signal will be on channel 44)
- Fort Collins: KRMA-TV, channel 47
- Dolores: K30CR, channel 30
- Glenwood Springs: K06LX, channel 6; K45KC-D, digital channel 45
- Grand Junction: K41AE, channel 41
- Grand Junction: K49IO, channel 49
- Grand Valley: K28HA-D, digital channel 28
- Haxtun: K39HM-D, digital channel 39
- Holyoke: K19EG-D, digital channel 19
- Idalia: K24EZ-D, digital channel 24
- Julesburg: K51IL-D, digital channel 51
- Lake George: K29HM-D, digital channel 29
- Meeteetse, Wyoming: K29IH-D, digital channel 29
- New Castle: K06GW-D, digital channel 6
- Nucla: K13SN-D, digital channel 13
- Peetz: K18FN-D, digital channel 18
- Pleasant Valley: K20GK-D, digital channel 20
- Rulison: K32HL-D, digital channel 32
- Silt: K49AH-D, digital channel 49
- South Fork, Wyoming: K02LG, analog channel 2; K24HW-D, digital channel 29
- Sterling: K47NQ-D, digital channel 47
- Thomasville: K14LQ, channel 14
- White Sulphur Springs, Montana: K08LI-D, digital channel 8
- White Sulphur Springs, Montana: K26LQ-D, digital channel 26
- Wolf Point, Montana: K19JR-D, digital channel 19
- Wood River, Wyoming: K07RT, analog channel 7; K31JO-D, digital channel 31
- Wray: K50FJ-D, digital channel 50
- Yuma: K36AC-D, digital channel 36
 KTSC translators
|Station||City of license||Channel||ERP||Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|K40LS-D||Cheyenne Wells||40||0.750 kW||10789|
|K43AH-D||Crested Butte, Etc.||43||0.460 kW||25628|
|K47BL-D||Crested Butte, Etc.||47||0.170 kW||25607|
|K46JO-D||Del Norte||46||0.250 kW||167427|
|K41DJ||Del Norte-South Fork||41||0.398 kW||61093|
|K51CL||Deora, Etc.||51||0.832 kW||3584|
|K20JW-D||Jack's Cabin, Etc.||20||0.197 kW||25609|
|K42ID-D||La Veta||42||0.250 kW||167428|
|K29JL-D||Las Animas||29||0.754 kW||4783|
|K07PA-D||Manitou Springs||7||0.037 kW||69004|
|K09PJ-D||Ouray, Etc.||9||0.030 kW||14129|
|K33IV-D||Ouray, Etc.||33||0.712 kW||11513|
|K31IW-D||Ridgeway, Etc.||31||0.632 kW||11512|
|K02JH||Salida, Etc.||2||0.009 kW||10089|
|K31IX-D||Salida, Etc.||31||2.270 kW||68949|
|K44IX-D||San Luis||44||0.250 kW||167426|
|K32IK-D||San Luis Valley, Etc.||32||6.590 kW||69185|
|K18DE||South Fork, Etc.||18||0.118 kW||61091|
|K07UN||SW Baca County||7||0.085 kW||3580|
|K15GL-D||Trinidad, Valdez, Etc.||15||0.730 kW||69153|
|K51DI-D||Waunita Hot Springs||51||0.813 kW||25605|
 KRMJ translators
|Station||City of license||Channel||ERP||Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
- RabbitEars.Info Digital TV Market Listing for KRMA-TV
- Ostrow, Joanne. "RMPBS, KUVO and I-News merge, redefining Colorado public media". Denver Post. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "Request for Main Studio Waiver - KRMU". Federal Communications Commission. 2005-07-08. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
- "Request for Main Studio Waiver - KMAS". Federal Communications Commission. 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
- Rocky Mountain PBS Web site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KRMA-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTSC - Colorado Springs
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KRMJ - Grand Junction
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KRMU
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KRMZ
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRMA-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTSC-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRMJ-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRMU-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRMZ-TV