|Slogan||Beyond Television... Infinite Possibilities...|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
15.2 MHz Worldview
15.4 Minnesota Channel
|Owner||KSMQ Public Service Media, Inc.|
|First air date||December 1971|
|Call letters' meaning||Southern
|Former callsigns||KAVT-TV (1971-1984)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
15 (UHF, 1971-2009)
|Transmitter power||319.2 kW|
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 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. 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. 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.
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")|
On May 1, 2009, KSMQ turned off its analog transmitter and converted its broadcasts to digital television exclusively, remaining on its pre-transition UHF digital channel 20. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former analog channel 15.
Cable and satellite
KSMQ is carried by Dish Network and DirecTV, and by cable operators in southeast Minnesota.
|Cable & Satellite|
|Rochester area||Dish Network ||8246 ("15")||5264 ("15-01")|
|Rochester area||DirecTV ||"15"|
- Storms downs Austin’s KSMQ tower, Albert Lea Tribune, September 5, 2012.
- KSMQ station operating again, Austin Daily Herald, September 6, 2012.
- What’s the deal with KSMQ? - design.j5mc.org
- Official site
- KSMQ Membership
- KSMQ Overview
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSMQ-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KSMQ-TV