|Channels||Digital: 9 (VHF)|
|First air date||February 23, 1959|
|Call letters' meaning||VI = Roman numeral 6
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
6 (VHF, 1959-2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1959-1970)|
|Transmitter power||33 kW|
KVIE is the local PBS public television station in Sacramento, California, USA. Its transmitter is located near Walnut Grove, California. The station broadcasts from a 2000 foot (610 meter) tall tower owned by KTXL. The VI in the station's call letters stand for the Roman numeral 6 and the E stands for education.
KVIE's audio signal was heard on 87.7 MHz on the FM dial in Sacramento and surrounding areas until June 12, 2009, when television stations made the transition to digital broadcasting.
KVIE was incorporated in 1955 as Central California Educational Television (CCET) and signed on the air on February 23, 1959. During its early years, it operated daily only in the afternoons and evenings (during the school year) and nearly all day on the weekends. By the end of the 1970s it was on all day throughout, and in the mid-1980s moved to 24-hour-a-day programming.
In addition to PBS programming, KVIE produces in-house programs for distribution locally, regionally and nationwide. Examples of current and past series include Studio Sacramento, America's Heartland, ViewFinder, Central Valley Chronicles, California Heartland, Rob on the Road, and New Valley.
Like other PBS stations, KVIE has held many fund-raising events. For over three decades until the early 1990s, it held an annual auction during the early summer months from many different venues, and emceed by numerous personalities from Sacramento broadcasting. The station's annual art auction has been on the air for 30 years and has been airing recently in September for three days. The 2011 auction was the station's 30th anniversary auction. The station also has pledge drives throughout the year covering approximately 70 days of the year with the majority of it in the months of March, June, August and December.
Among KVIE's personalities have been former news anchors George Reading (KOVR,KRON, KTVU, KUSI) and Pat McConahay (KTXL), former weather anchor Bette Vasquez (KCRA), and Christina Dillon.
On June 17, 2011, KVIE became the first broadcaster in the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto television market to launch a mobile DTV channel with the launch of KVIE-GO.
The station is independently owned and operated, governed by a volunteer board of directors.
|6.1||KVIEHD||Primary KVIE programming / PBS|
|6.2||KVIE2||KVIE 2 (Secondary Channel - Additional PBS, PBS Kids Go)|
KVIE ended programming on its analog signal, on VHF channel 6, on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States. On June 12, 2009 KVIE transitioned from pre-transition digital channel 53 to post-transition digital 9. PSIP is used to display KVIE's virtual channel as 6.
- Official KVIE 6 Web Site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KVIE
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVIE-TV