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For the airport with ICAO code KSMQ, see Somerset Airport (New Jersey).
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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) Analog:
15 (UHF, 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. The station changed to the current KSMQ callsign in 1984. 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]

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]

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.[5] However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former analog channel 15.

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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