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KAET logo 2006.png
Phoenix, Arizona
United States
ChannelsDigital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
BrandingArizona PBS
OwnerArizona State University
(Arizona Board of Regents for Arizona State University)
First air date
January 30, 1961; 59 years ago (1961-01-30)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 8 (VHF, 1961–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 29 (UHF, 2001–2009)
NET (1961–1970)
Call sign meaning
(AET also resembles the pronunciation of eight)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID2728
ERP25.1 kW
HAAT548 m (1,798 ft)
Transmitter coordinates33°19′59.2″N 112°3′51.2″W / 33.333111°N 112.064222°W / 33.333111; -112.064222Coordinates: 33°19′59.2″N 112°3′51.2″W / 33.333111°N 112.064222°W / 33.333111; -112.064222
Translator(s)See below
Public license information

KAET, virtual and VHF digital channel 8, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by Arizona State University. KAET's studios are located at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on the campus of ASU Downtown Phoenix, and its transmitter is located on South Mountain on the south side of Phoenix. Its signal is relayed across Arizona on a network of 13 translator stations.


KAET was launched on January 30, 1961, as an affiliate for National Educational Television.[1] Its programming originally consisted of educational programming directed at students attending ASU but its focus eventually widened along with that of PBS. In the mid-1990s, when the Phoenix market was undergoing a significant realignment of network affiliations, KAET was one of two major English-language stations (the other being KPNX) that did not change. In June 1999, KAET was issued a permit to construct digital television facilities on UHF channel 29. KAET-DT went on the air in April 2001 and was licensed on June 12, 2001, becoming the fifth licensed digital television station in Arizona.

Known for years as "Channel 8," the station began using "Arizona PBS" as a secondary brand in 2005. In 2006, the station relaunched as "Eight, Arizona PBS" (stylized as "ei8ht" in logos). When spoken, the moniker was similar to Five in the United Kingdom. This brand was dropped in 2015 in favor of simply "Arizona PBS."

Financial crisis[edit]

Due to the effects from the late-2000s recession, fundraising efforts at KAET have consistently fallen behind projections, resulting in two major rounds of layoffs. The first round came in late October 2008, when the station, having missed its fundraising targets by hundreds of thousands of dollars, had to lay off six workers.[2][3] The second round of layoffs came in April 2009, when 13 workers were laid off.[4]

The financial crisis also delayed KAET's move to its new headquarters in downtown Phoenix;[3] they moved there by late 2009.


KAET produces several of its programs in-house, such as its current events program, Horizon, its Hispanic-focused current events counterpart, Horizonte, and its Arizona Collection documentaries about the people, places and history of the state. The Emmy Award-winning Over Arizona, produced in 1995 with KCTS Seattle, is an aerial adventure over Arizona's diverse landscapes and was the first high-definition television program produced by an Arizona broadcast entity.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
8.1 720p 16:9 AZ PBS Main KAET programming / PBS
8.2 480i Life Arizona PBS Life
8.3 World World
8.4 AZ KIDS PBS Kids
8.5 KBAQ Audio simulcast of KBAQ

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KAET's digital signal has been on the air since 2001, originally operating on UHF channel 29, and presently carries four subchannels under the Arizona PBS Digital Broadcasting brand. The station shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on April 29, 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 29 to VHF channel 8.[5]

Station presentation[edit]

Station branding[edit]

  • KAET TV-8 (1970s-early 1990s)
  • KAET Channel 8 (mid 1990s-2005)
  • Channel 8, Arizona PBS (2005–2006)
  • Eight, Arizona PBS (2006–2015)
  • Arizona PBS (2015–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Arizona's Very Own Public Station" (1970s)
  • "TV Worth Watching" (1980s)
  • "Turn to Us" (early 1990s)
  • "KAET Channel 8, Phoenix: The Station You Support" (until the 2000s)
  • "KAET Channel 8: Programs You Count On – Count On You!" (until 2005)


KAET's signal is relayed on the following translator stations:

City Callsign City Callsign
Bullhead City K03IL-D Meadview K36FZ-D
Camp Verde K47IK Parks K20ML-D
Cottonwood K35MU-D Prescott K23NJ-D
Flagstaff K14KK-D Snowflake / Show Low K03FB-D
Globe-Miami K31NV-D Topock K27NR-D
Kingman K33OD-D Yuma K19CX*
Lake Havasu City K31GZ-D

† - Digital station; virtual channel 8
* K19CX serves as the default PBS member station for the Yuma market, which does not have a PBS member station of its own.


  1. ^ "Eight History". Eight - Arizona State University. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22.
  2. ^ Sneed, Adam (23 October 2008). "Channel 8 feels effects of bad economic times". The State Press. Arizona State University Student Media. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  3. ^ a b Fenske, Sarah (24 November 2008). "Channel Eight, Arizona's Biggest PBS Station, Needs Money to Relocate — but Have Viewers Already Moved On?". Phoenix New Times. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  4. ^ Stern, Ray (15 April 2009). "PBS Channel 8 (KAET-TV) Slashes 13 Jobs in Latest Media Layoff". Phoenix New Times. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  5. ^ "CDBS Print". FCC. Retrieved 2009-03-17.

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