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Amarillo, Texas
United States
City Amarillo, Texas
Branding Panhandle PBS
Slogan We Live Here
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations PBS
Owner Amarillo College
(Amarillo Junior College District)
First air date August 29, 1988 (29 years ago) (1988-08-29)
Call letters' meaning Amarillo College Voice
Sister station(s) KACV-FM
Former channel number(s) 2 (VHF analog, 1988–2009)
Transmitter power 5 kW
Height 519 meters (1,703 ft)
Facility ID 1236
Transmitter coordinates 35°22′29.7″N 101°52′57.3″W / 35.374917°N 101.882583°W / 35.374917; -101.882583
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.panhandlepbs.org

KACV-TV, virtual channel 2 (digital channel 8), is a PBS member public television station in Amarillo, Texas.[1]. The station is owned by the city's community college, Amarillo College, alongside its radio partner KACV-FM (89.9). Both KACV-FM-TV operate studios at Gilvin Broadcast Center[2] on Amarillo College's Washington Street campus, while KACV-TV's transmitter is located north of Amarillo in unincorporated Potter County.

On cable, KACV is carried on channel 3 on many cable systems.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [3]
2.1 1080i 16:9 KACV-HD Main KACV-TV programming / PBS
2.2 480i 4:3 KACV-SD PBS Kids
2.3 KACV-CR Create


Previous KACV-TV logo, used through 2008

KACV-TV was launched in 1988, making Amarillo one of the last major cities to get its own PBS station. Prior to then, viewers in the Texas Panhandle watched PBS either on Amarillo's commercial stations (on a per-program basis; Sesame Street was on KVII-TV), via cable from KTXT in Lubbock, or via translator from KRMA-TV in Denver. PBS programming was also available over the air via KWET (which is located in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, but serves the eastern portion of the Amarillo market) or via KENW-TV (which is located in Portales, New Mexico). In some areas of the eastern Texas Panhandle, cable operators continue to carry OETA instead of KACV. [4]

The station also produces local programming such as "artZONE," "A Conversation with Ken Burns" and "Braggin' Rights: The Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo."

On September 3, 2013, KACV announced its re-branding to "Panhandle PBS". [5]

On January 1, 2018, KACV began adding the Create network to its third digital subchannel.

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