|Channels||Digital: 40 (UHF)
Virtual: 18 (PSIP)
|Translators||K18HD-D 18 Bakersfield|
|Owner||Valley Public Television, Inc.|
|First air date||April 10, 1977|
|Call letters' meaning||Valley
|Former callsigns||KMTF (1977-1990)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
18 (UHF, 1977-2009)
|Transmitter power||250 kW|
KVPT virtual channel 18, known on-air as Valley PBS, is the sole source of public television broadcasting in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley. Based in Fresno, California, Valley PBS is licensed to Digital Channel 40, but continues to use its historic analog channel 18 as its virtual channel (which appears via PSIP as Channel 18.1). In September 2010, KVPT changed its branding to "Valley PBS". Previously, the station had been known as "Valley Public Television".
KVPT is also broadcast in Bakersfield digitally on K18HD-D, a low-power television station. K18HD-D was formerly affiliated with Multimedios Television. KVPT bought the station from Michael Mintz of Mintz Broadcasting in March 2007. The station flash-cut to digital on April 25, 2008.
The station debuted in 1977 as KMTF, a service of the Fresno County public schools. (Previously, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) programs had been made available to the area's commercial broadcasting stations on a per-program basis, or via cable from KVIE in Sacramento.) It became a community license in 1987. In 1990, it added a low-power translator in Bakersfield on channel 65, making Bakersfield one of the last markets to receive public television terrestrially. Later that year, the calls were changed to KVPT. The original call letters, KMTF are now used by a CW television station in Helena, Montana.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|18.1||1080i||16:9||KVPT-DT||Main KVPT programming / PBS|
KVPT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 18, 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. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 40. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 18. On September 27, 2010 KVPT renamed its channel to Valley PBS but kept the call letters KVPT. With KCET's departure from PBS in January 2011 (KCET has a translator in Bakersfield), KVPT is now the only PBS station from Merced to Bakersfield and all across the Central Valley between those cities.
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- RabbitEars TV Query for KVPT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Valley Public Television Web site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KVPT
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K18HD-D
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVPT-TV