|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2014)|
|Channels||Digital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
11.2 MHz Worldview
11.3 KTWU Enhance (Create and PBS Encore)
36 (UHF) Emporia
36 (UHF) Lawrence
47 (UHF) Manhattan
|Affiliations||PBS (since 1970)|
(Washburn University of Topeka)
|First air date||October 21, 1965|
|Call letters' meaning||Kansas
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
11 (VHF, 1965-2009)
23 (UHF, 2003-2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1965-1970)|
|Transmitter power||25 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTWU, on digital channel 11, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television station in Topeka, Kansas. The station is operated by Washburn University and provides public television service to eastern Kansas. The station also is carried by many cable systems and satellite providers in the Kansas City area and throughout eastern Kansas reaching a potential viewing audience of 1.6 million.
In its on-the-hour ID, KTWU actively promotes its repeater, K30AL-D channel 30, licensed to Iola, Kansas, with its transmitter located near Moran. K30AL-D serves the Iola, Fort Scott, and Chanute areas in southeast Kansas. It switched to digital-only rebroadcast of KTWU's signal in 2009.
On October 21, 1965, KTWU signed on as the first public television station in the state.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|11.1||720p||16:9||KTWU-HD||Main KTWU programming / PBS|
|11.2||480i||4:3||KTWU-DT2||MHz Worldview (8 p.m.-6 p.m.)
PBS Kids (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)
KTWU shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, 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 relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 23 to VHF channel 11.
KTWU had applied for construction permits for Lawrence, Manhattan and Emporia for UHF translator stations, but due to the high cost of purchasing, installation and operating the proposed translators, combined with the loss of state and federal funding, they were unable to proceed with the construction.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTWU
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTWU-TV