Idaho Public Television
|Channels||Digital: See below|
|Branding||Idaho Public Television PBS|
|Owner||State of Idaho |
(State Board of Education, State of Idaho)
|Founded||September 6, 1965|
First air date
|Facility ID||See below|
|Transmitter coordinates||See below|
Idaho Public Television (also known as IdahoPTV and Idaho Public TV) is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member network serving the U.S. state of Idaho. Consisting of five television stations, it is operated and funded by the Idaho State Board of Education, an agency of the Idaho state government that holds the licenses to all PBS member stations in the state. The network is headquartered in Boise, with satellite studios at the University of Idaho in Moscow and Idaho State University in Pocatello.
Funding for Idaho Public Television comes from three major sources. 65% of funding comes from private contributions and an annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 31% is provided by the State of Idaho. 4% is provided by the Federal Government.
The network's first station, KUID-TV, signed on from the UI campus in September 1965. KBGL-TV signed on in July 1971 from ISU in Pocatello, followed that December by KAID-TV in Boise, licensed to Boise State University. After a decade, KBGL changed its call letters to KISU-TV in 1981. The three stations shared many programs, but were largely operated independently at first. However, in 1981, two KUID-produced documentaries—one about logging practices, another about lead exposure—caused such an outcry that the state legislature yanked nearly all funding for public television. Citing budget restrictions in early 1981, the state legislature cut 90% of the state funding for public television, and the stations relied on federal funding and private donations. A year later, the legislature ordered the merger of the three stations into a single network. The licenses for all three stations were transferred to the state board of education. Two other stations in Coeur d'Alene and Twin Falls were added in 1992.
In 2001, Idaho PTV began broadcasting its HD channel, KAID HD, using the default PBS HD schedule. Once the digital switchover had occurred in July 2009 and after a two-year acclimation process, the main HD channel became the home of the regular IdahoPTV schedule in August 2011, and the second standard definition channel was converted from the regular IdahoPTV schedule into a "Plus" subchannel, featuring an alternate schedule of programming.
Combined, the five stations and their extensive translator network reach almost all of Idaho, as well as parts of Washington, Montana, and Oregon. The north Idaho stations of Coeur d'Alene and Moscow are in the Pacific Time Zone, while the south Idaho stations of Boise, Twin Falls, and Pocatello are in the Mountain Time Zone.
|Station||City of license1||Channels
(RF / VC)
|First air date||Call letters'
|ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Public license information|
|December 31, 1971||Ada County, IDaho
(county where Boise is based)
|725 kW||858 m (2,815 ft)||62442||Profile|
|KCDT||Coeur d'Alene||18 (UHF)
|September 22, 1992||Coeur
50 kW (CP)
|465 m (1,526 ft)||62424||Profile|
|KIPT||Twin Falls||22 (UHF)
|77.98 kW||181.9 m (597 ft)||62427||Profile|
|July 7, 1971||Idaho
|189 kW||451.1 m (1,480 ft)||62430||Profile|
|September 6, 1965||University of IDaho||78 kW||339.7 m (1,115 ft)||62382||Profile|
- 1. Aside from their transmitters, KCDT and KIPT do not maintain any physical presence in their cities of license.
- 2. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KIPT signed on January 18, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on January 17.
- 3. KISU-TV used the call sign KBGL-TV from its 1971 sign-on until December 7, 1981. (The ISU athletic teams are the Bengals.)
- 4. KUID-TV was on analog channel 12 until its digital channel signed on; the analog signal was moved to Channel 35, which had previously been assigned as KUID's digital allocation.
The digital signals of IdahoPTV's stations are multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|xx.1||1080i||16:9||IDPTVHD||Main PBS programming|
|xx.3||LEARN||Learn (12 a.m.-6 a.m.)|
Create (6 a.m.-12 a.m.)
Plus, originally launched in high definition, carried same-day repeats of HD content packaged and distributed by PBS. In 2011 Plus switched to standard definition to differentiate its content from the primary channel, as well as to establish a place for higher-rated programs in standard definition.
Plus is a "best of" channel with nightly themes. Sunday's theme is history programming while Mondays is local content and exploration. Tuesdays' theme is science, Wednesdays, drama; Thursdays, British comedies; Fridays, natural history; and Saturdays, performance.
By investing $250,000 for new encoders and a multiplexer, Idaho Public Television plans to switch Plus back to high definition in July 2017. The new equipment will allow running two HD channels and three SD widescreen channels, one of which will be PBS Kids.
IdahoPTV's stations shut down their analog signals on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital channel allocations post-transition are as follows:
- KAID shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 21. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.
- KCDT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 26; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 45. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 26.
- KIPT shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 13; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 22. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 13.
- KISU-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 10; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 17. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 10.
- KUID-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 35; the station's digital signal broadcasts on its pre-transition VHF channel 12.
Idaho Public Television has a network of digital low power translators across Idaho:
KCDT – Coeur D' Alene, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 26.x by PSIP)
KAID – Boise, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 4.x by PSIP)
- K11PB-D Channel 11 Cambridge
- K09LO-D Channel 9 Cascade
- KAID Channel 17 Cascade
- K11WR-D Channel 11 Council
- K08QB-D Channel 8 Crouch/Garden Valley
- K51FL-D Channel 26 Garden Valley
- KAID Channel 32 Glenns Ferry
- KAID Channel 17 Idaho City
- K11WT-D Channel 11 McCall
- K25OR-D Channel 25 McCall
- K20NT-D Channel 20 McDermitt, NV
KIPT – Twin Falls, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 13.x by PSIP)
KISU-TV – Pocatello, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 10.x by PSIP)
- K12LS-D Channel 12 Challis/Ellis
- K13QE-D Channel 13 Driggs
- K15GO-D Channel 15 Georgetown
- K25PO-D Channel 25 Holbrook
- K14MC-D Channel 14 Lava Hot Springs
- K14IJ-D Channel 14 Leadore
- K15HR-D Channel 15 Mackay
- K35GW-D Channel 22 Malad City
- K23DO-D Channel 23 Malta
- K20MQ-D Channel 20 Rexburg
- K19CY-D Channel 19 Rockland
- K49IC-D Channel 29 Salmon
- K13QH-D Channel 13 Swan Valley/Irwin
KUID-TV – Moscow, Idaho (digital channels displayed as 12.x by PSIP)
- K35MJ-D Channel 35 Grangeville
- K43GE-D Channel 43 Juliaetta
- K11KO-D Channel 11 Kamiah
- K25OP-D Channel 25 Kellogg
- K05GQ-D Channel 5 Kooskia/Stites
- K51HY-D Channel 51 Lewiston
- K23HT-D Channel 23 St. Maries
- By The Numbers - 2018
- "Education TV station opens". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 3, 1965. p. 14.
- Snow, Ruth (October 20, 2001). "IPTV could shift back into university control". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 10A.
- "Public TV report due". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 14, 1981. p. 9.
- "Public TV funds sought". Spokane Daily Chronicle. UPI. September 10, 1981. p. 3.
- "Idaho PBS future fuzzy". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. February 8, 1982. p. 8.
- "Idaho public TV hot issue". Spokane Daily Chronicle. UPI. February 8, 1992. p. 5.
- "Idaho public TV stations to have single manager". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 6, 1982. p. 5.
- Sefton, Dru (June 11, 2012). "Multicasts tailored to local priorities". Current. American University SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION. Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KAID
- RabbitEars TV Query for KCDT
- RabbitEars TV Query for KIPT
- RabbitEars TV Query for KISU
- RabbitEars TV Query for KUID
- Sefton, Dru (15 January 2017). "Launch of PBS Kids streaming channel reshapes multicast lineups". current.org. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Idaho PTV's website
- KAID in the FCC's TV station database
- KCDT in the FCC's TV station database
- KIPT in the FCC's TV station database
- KISU in the FCC's TV station database
- KUID in the FCC's TV station database
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KAID-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCDT-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KIPT-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KISU-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUID-TV