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Austin-Rochester, Minnesota
Branding KSMQ
Slogan Beyond Television... Infinite Possibilities...
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
Subchannels 15.1 PBS
15.2 MHz Worldview
15.3 Create
15.4 Minnesota Channel
Affiliations PBS
Owner KSMQ Public Service Media, Inc.
First air date December 1971[1]
Call letters' meaning Southern
Former callsigns KAVT-TV (1971–1984)
Former channel number(s) 15 (UHF analog, 1971–2009)
Transmitter power 319.2 kW
Height 302.7 m
Facility ID 28510
Transmitter coordinates 43°38′34″N 92°31′35″W / 43.64278°N 92.52639°W / 43.64278; -92.52639
Website www.ksmq.org

KSMQ-TV is the PBS member station in Austin, Minnesota. It broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 20 (virtual channel 15.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in rural east-central Mower County, northwest of Ostrander. Locally-owned by KSMQ Public Service Media, Inc., the station maintains studios on the campus of Riverland Community College on 8th Avenue Northwest (near I-90) in Austin.


The station signed on the air in December 1971[1] as KAVT-TV, broadcasting on analog UHF channel 15 from a transmitter located near Austin. It was owned by the Austin school board. The station changed to the current KSMQ callsign in 1984. The school board sold the station to KSMQ Public Media, a community group, in 2004

While most of the station's programming comes from PBS (which the station has been a member station since its inception), the station features additional programming supplied by Minnesota Public Television. In the mid-2000s, the station signed on its digital signal on UHF channel 20 from the Ostrander tower shared by Fox affiliate KXLT-TV.

During the early morning hours of September 5, 2012, KSMQ's STL tower collapsed due to damaging straight-line winds as severe thunderstorms moved through the Austin area, partially falling onto a building that housed the station's power equipment.[2] The station set up alternate transmitter facilities the following evening by installing a microwave dish atop its studios that was manually redirected at its transmitter near Grand Meadow.[3] While insurance is expected to cover the costs of constructing a new broadcast tower, the station subsequently set up a fund for the construction due to a minimum $7,000 deductible that the station must pay.[3][4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

This station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
15.1 480i 4:3 KSMQ-DT Main KSMQ programming / PBS
15.2 KSMQ-WV MHz Worldview ("KSMQ MHz Worldview")
15.3 KSMQ-CR Create ("KSMQ Create")
15.4 KSMQ-MN Minnesota Channel ("KSMQ MN")

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KSMQ-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 15, on May 1, 2009.[5] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 20, using PSIP to display KSMQ-TV's virtual channel as 15 on digital television receivers.

Cable and satellite[edit]

KSMQ is carried by Dish Network and DirecTV, and by cable operators in southeast Minnesota.

KSMQ is available alongside KTCA on Charter Cable in Mankato area.


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