KWCM-TV

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KWCM-TV / KSMN-TV
Pioneer Public Television logo
KWCM: Appleton, Minnesota
KSMN: Worthington, Minnesota
Branding Pioneer Public Television
Slogan Proudly Serving (area town)
Channels Digital: KWCM: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Digital: KSMN: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
Subchannels 10.1/20.1 PBS (HD)
10.2/20.2 Create
10.3/20.3 MN Channel
10.4/20.4 World
Translators K20JY-D 20 Olivia
K27KN-D 27 Alexandria
K30AF 30 Alexandria
K44AE-D 44 Willmar
K49FA-D 49 Fergus Falls
Affiliations PBS
Owner West Central Minnesota Educational Television Company
First air date KWCM: January 21, 1966[1]
KSMN: March 2, 1997
Call letters' meaning

KWCM:
West
Central
Minnesota

KSMN:
Southern MiNnesota
Former channel number(s) Analog:
KWCM:
10 (1966-2009)
KSMN:
20 (1997-2009)
Digital:
KWCM: 31
Former affiliations NET (1966-1970)
Transmitter power

KWCM:
50 kW (digital)

KSMN:
200 kW (digital)
Height

KWCM:
381 m (digital)

KSMN:
290.1 m (digital)
Facility ID KWCM: 71549
KSMN: 71558
Transmitter coordinates KWCM:
45°10′3″N 96°0′2″W / 45.16750°N 96.00056°W / 45.16750; -96.00056 (KWCM-TV)
KSMN:
43°53′52″N 95°56′50″W / 43.89778°N 95.94722°W / 43.89778; -95.94722 (KSMN)
Website www.pioneer.org

KWCM-TV is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member Public television station for southwest and west-central Minnesota. The station is licensed to the town of Appleton, and airs on digital channel 10, which is also its virtual channel. It operates a full-time satellite, KSMN-TV (digital channel 15, virtual channel 20) in Worthington. It is operated by the West Central Minnesota Educational Television Company.

Together, the two stations are known as Pioneer Public Television. Signals from the stations can also be received in parts of Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota. Several other translators carry the signal into other communities.

KWCM went on the air for the first time on February 7, 1966. In the early years, it repeated the signal of KTCA-TV in the Twin Cities. It adopted the Pioneer Public Television name in 1982, and added KSMN in 1997. The Appleton Old City Hall became Pioneer headquarters in 1980. [2]

KSMN is available on the Sioux Falls DirecTV and Dish Network feeds, as Worthington is part of the Sioux Falls market. KWCM is currently working on making its signal available to satellite subscribers in the Twin Cities market.[3]

KWCM and KSMN's broadcasts are now digital-only, effective 9pm June 12, 2009.[4]

Digital television[edit]

KWCM and KSMN's digital television signals contain four subchannels.

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
10.1/20.1 720p 16:9 KWCM-HD/KSMN-HD Main KWCM-TV programming / PBS
10.2/20.2 480i 4:3 Create Create
10.3/20.3 KWCM-MN/KSMN-MN Minnesota Channel
10.4/20.4 KWCM-DT/KSMN-DT World

Pioneer-produced shows[edit]

On March 24, 1975, KWCM premiered their first locally developed program, which featured the Future Farmers of America. It was taped at KTCA but developed and produced locally. [5]

Some locally-produced shows include Postcards, Prairie Sportsman, Funtime Polka, Your Legislators, Country Spires and programs produced with the University of Minnesota Morris, Prairie Yard and Garden, Academic Challenge, Echoes of Cry of the Marsh and Minnesota Rivers and Fields. Some of these shows have also been shown on the Minnesota Channel, a statewide network originated at KTCI 17 Twin Cities which carries local programs on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Broadcast Translators[edit]

A network of digital translators in western Minnesota extends the reach of the primary KWCM and KSMN signals.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KWCM signed on February 7, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on January 21.
  2. ^ Minutes of a meeting of the Board of Directors, April 17, 1980
  3. ^ Per Pioneer Public TV's Facebook page, November 16, 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.morrissuntribune.com/articles/index.cfm?id=16452&section=News
  5. ^ Minutes of a meeting of the KWCM Board of Directors, April 1975