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Idaho Public Television
Idaho PBS Logo.svg
statewide Idaho
United States
ChannelsDigital: See below
BrandingIdaho Public Television PBS
Programming
AffiliationsPBS
Ownership
OwnerState of Idaho
(State Board of Education, State of Idaho)
History
FoundedSeptember 6, 1965
First air date
See below
KUID-TV:
NET (1965–1970)
Technical information
Facility IDSee below
ERPSee below
HAATSee below
Transmitter coordinatesSee below
Links
Websitewww.idahoptv.org

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. Approximately 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.[1]

Broadcast and online programs produced by Idaho Public Television include Outdoor Idaho, Idaho Reports, Idaho Experience, Dialogue, Idaho in Session, Science Trek and The 180 with Marcia Franklin.

History[edit]

The network's first station, KUID-TV, signed on from the University of Idaho campus in September 1965.[2] KBGL-TV signed on in July 1971 from Idaho State University 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.[3] Citing budget restrictions in early 1981, the state legislature cut 90% of the state funding for public television,[4] and the stations relied on federal funding and private donations.[5] A year later, the legislature ordered the merger of the three stations into a single network.[6][7] The licenses for all three stations were transferred to the state board of education.[8] 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.[9]

Stations[edit]

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'
meaning
ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Public license information
KAID
(Flagship station)
Boise 21 (UHF)
4
December 31, 1971 (49 years ago) (1971-12-31) Ada County, IDaho
(county where Boise is based)
725 kW 858 m (2,815 ft) 62442 43°45′20.8″N 116°5′57″W / 43.755778°N 116.09917°W / 43.755778; -116.09917 (KAID) Profile
LMS
KCDT Coeur d'Alene 18 (UHF)
26
September 22, 1992 (29 years ago) (1992-09-22) Coeur
D'Alene
Television
54.7 kW
50 kW (CP)
465 m (1,526 ft) 62424 47°43′53.6″N 116°43′50.6″W / 47.731556°N 116.730722°W / 47.731556; -116.730722 (KCDT) Profile
LMS
KIPT Twin Falls 22 (UHF)
13
January 1992 (29 years ago) (1992-01)2 Idaho
Public
Television
77.98 kW 181.9 m (597 ft) 62427 42°43′45.9″N 114°24′56.5″W / 42.729417°N 114.415694°W / 42.729417; -114.415694 (KIPT) Profile
LMS
KISU-TV3 Pocatello 17 (UHF)
10
July 7, 1971 (50 years ago) (1971-07-07) Idaho
State
University
172 kW 464.8 m (1,525 ft) 62430 43°30′3.6″N 112°39′43.9″W / 43.501000°N 112.662194°W / 43.501000; -112.662194 (KISU-TV) Profile
LMS
KUID-TV Moscow 12 (VHF)4
12
September 6, 1965 (56 years ago) (1965-09-06) University of IDaho 78 kW 339.7 m (1,115 ft) 62382 46°40′54″N 116°58′17″W / 46.68167°N 116.97139°W / 46.68167; -116.97139 (KUID-TV) Profile
LMS
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
Download coordinates as: KML

Notes:

  • 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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital subchannels[edit]

The digital signals of IdahoPTV's stations are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[10][11][12][13][14]
xx.1 1080i 16:9 IDPTVHD IDAHO is the main channel with PBS and local programming
xx.2 PLUS PLUS airs a variety of programs on theme nights: history (Sundays), local content and exploration (Mondays), science (Tuesdays), drama (Wednesdays), British comedies (Thursdays), natural history (Fridays), and performance (Saturdays) [9]
xx.3 480i LEARN CREATE (originally designated LEARN/CREATE) carries Create TV programming (cooking, crafting, home improvement) and other educational programs
xx.4 WORLD WORLD carries PBS news programs and documentaries as well as fact-based informational programming covering complex national and worldwide topics.
xx.5 KIDS KIDS offers quality children’s programming from a national PBS Kids feed 24 hours per day.[15]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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:[16]

  • 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.

Translators[edit]

City of license Callsign Translating Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Boise Front KAID (DTS) KAID 21 0.251 kW 50 m (164 ft) 62442 43°35′44.3″N 116°8′39.7″W / 43.595639°N 116.144361°W / 43.595639; -116.144361 (KAID (DTS)) State of Idaho
Bonners Ferry K24NO-D KCDT 24 0.134 kW 842 m (2,762 ft) 62404 48°36′38.3″N 116°15′28.2″W / 48.610639°N 116.257833°W / 48.610639; -116.257833 (K24NO-D)
Burley K14IC-D KIPT 14 0.384 kW 91 m (299 ft) 62450 42°26′1.6″N 113°37′27″W / 42.433778°N 113.62417°W / 42.433778; -113.62417 (K14IC-D)
Cambridge K11PB-D KAID 11 0.0075 kW −36 m (−118 ft) 62441 44°31′58.5″N 116°39′25.5″W / 44.532917°N 116.657083°W / 44.532917; -116.657083 (K11PB-D)
Cascade K09LO-D 9 0.003 kW −171 m (−561 ft) 62395 44°31′24.6″N 116°2′53.4″W / 44.523500°N 116.048167°W / 44.523500; -116.048167 (K09LO-D)
KAID (DRT) 17 0.085 kW 845 m (2,772 ft) 62442 44°26′24.6″N 116°7′32.5″W / 44.440167°N 116.125694°W / 44.440167; -116.125694 (KAID (DRT))
Challis K12GS-D) KISU 12 0.0225 kW 750 m (2,461 ft) 62451 44°33′9.25″N 114°5′24.8″W / 44.5525694°N 114.090222°W / 44.5525694; -114.090222 (K12GS-D)
Council K11WR-D KAID 11 0.1 kW −83 m (−272 ft) 62452 44°39′47.5″N 116°26′27.5″W / 44.663194°N 116.440972°W / 44.663194; -116.440972 (K11WR-D)
Driggs K13QE-D KISU 13 0.0096 kW −65 m (−213 ft) 62452 43°46′7.7″N 110°59′42.7″W / 43.768806°N 110.995194°W / 43.768806; -110.995194 (K13QE-D)
Emmett KAID (DTS) KAID 21 0.0929 kW 154 m (505 ft) 62442 43°49′31″N 116°30′32″W / 43.82528°N 116.50889°W / 43.82528; -116.50889 (KAID (DTS))
Garden Valley K26OW-D 26 0.01 kW 44 m (144 ft) 62393 44°2′21.6″N 115°48′44.9″W / 44.039333°N 115.812472°W / 44.039333; -115.812472 (K26OW-D)
Georgetown K15GO-D KISU 15 0.061 kW −20 m (−66 ft) 62410 42°30′6.7″N 111°20′33.7″W / 42.501861°N 111.342694°W / 42.501861; -111.342694 (K15GO-D)
Glenns Ferry KAID (DRT) KAID 32 0.0223 kW −0.9 m (−3 ft) 62442 42°55′36.4″N 115°21′15.5″W / 42.926778°N 115.354306°W / 42.926778; -115.354306 (KAID (DRT))
Grangeville K35MJ-D KUID 35 9 kW 615 m (2,018 ft) 9885 46°4′8.5″N 116°27′57.5″W / 46.069028°N 116.465972°W / 46.069028; -116.465972 (K35MJ-D)
Hagerman K25OX-D KIPT 25 0.252 kW 60 m (197 ft) 25822 42°50′55.6″N 114°54′47.2″W / 42.848778°N 114.913111°W / 42.848778; -114.913111 (K25OX-D) Hagerman Translator District
Harris Ranch KAID (DTS) KAID 21 0.059 kW 49 m (161 ft) 62442 43°35′44.3″N 116°8′39.7″W / 43.595639°N 116.144361°W / 43.595639; -116.144361 (KAID (DTS)) State of Idaho.
Holbrook K25PO-D KISU 25 0.4 kW −123 m (−404 ft) 181291 42°7′2.7″N 112°39′26.9″W / 42.117417°N 112.657472°W / 42.117417; -112.657472 (K25PO-D) Oneida County Translator District
Idaho City KAID (DRT) KAID 21 0.02239 kW 0.8 m (3 ft) 62442 43°51′8.1″N 115°51′12.7″W / 43.852250°N 115.853528°W / 43.852250; -115.853528 (KAID (DRT)) State of Idaho
Kamiah K11KO-D KUID 11 0.01 kW 137 m (449 ft) 33294 46°11′48.7″N 116°2′37″W / 46.196861°N 116.04361°W / 46.196861; -116.04361 (K11KO-D)
Kellogg K25OP-D 25 0.058 kW 772 m (2,533 ft) 62455 47°29′31.7″N 116°8′36.5″W / 47.492139°N 116.143472°W / 47.492139; -116.143472 (K25OP-D)
Kooskia K05GQ-D 5 0.0025 kW −46 m (−151 ft) 62418 46°9′22.6″N 115°58′53.5″W / 46.156278°N 115.981528°W / 46.156278; -115.981528 (K05GQ-D)
Juliaetta K22NX-D 22 0.05 kW 32 m (105 ft) 62454 46°34′43.9″N 116°41′29.81″W / 46.578861°N 116.6916139°W / 46.578861; -116.6916139 (K22NX-D)
Lava Hot Springs K14MC-D KISU 14 0.0025 kW 43 m (141 ft) 62456 42°36′45.7″N 112°0′7.8″W / 42.612694°N 112.002167°W / 42.612694; -112.002167 (K14MC-D)
Leadore K14IJ-D 0.003 kW −162 m (−531 ft) 62446 44°42′39.7″N 113°19′28.1″W / 44.711028°N 113.324472°W / 44.711028; -113.324472 (K14IJ-D)
Lewiston K25NZ-D KUID 25 1.5 kW 287 m (942 ft) 62457 46°27′2.5″N 117°2′49.5″W / 46.450694°N 117.047083°W / 46.450694; -117.047083 (K25NZ-D)
Mackay K15HR-D KISU 15 0.0297 kW 50 m (164 ft) 62449 43°55′39.6″N 113°40′23″W / 43.927667°N 113.67306°W / 43.927667; -113.67306 (K15HR-D)
Malad City K35GW-D 35 0.377 kW −73 m (−240 ft) 62399 42°4′49.7″N 112°12′31.8″W / 42.080472°N 112.208833°W / 42.080472; -112.208833 (K35GW-D)
Malta K23DO-D 23 0.022 kW 597 m (1,959 ft) 62406 42°21′41.6″N 113°27′20″W / 42.361556°N 113.45556°W / 42.361556; -113.45556 (K23DO-D)
McCall K11WT-D KAID 11 0.0316 kW 589 m (1,932 ft) 189406 45°00′28.6″N 116°8′3.4″W / 45.007944°N 116.134278°W / 45.007944; -116.134278 (K11WT-D)
K25OR-D 25 0.207 kW 587 m (1,926 ft) 125493 44°45′53.2″N 116°11′56.6″W / 44.764778°N 116.199056°W / 44.764778; -116.199056 (K25OR-D)
Montpelier K23BV-D KISU 23 0.09 kW 157 m (515 ft) 4393 42°23′21.7″N 111°23′7.7″W / 42.389361°N 111.385472°W / 42.389361; -111.385472 (K23BV-D) Bear Lake County T.V. District
Preston K27GM-D 27 1 kW 230 m (755 ft) 22334 42°7′29.7″N 111°46′32.8″W / 42.124917°N 111.775778°W / 42.124917; -111.775778 (K27GM-D) Franklin County TV District #1
Priest Lake K36PW-D KCDT 36 0.565 kW 67 m (220 ft) 62461 48°35′35.7″N 116°54′32.7″W / 48.593250°N 116.909083°W / 48.593250; -116.909083 (K36PW-D) State of Idaho
Rexburg K20MQ-D KISU 20 0.17 kW 262 m (860 ft) 62397 43°47′21.84″N 111°58′7.98″W / 43.7894000°N 111.9688833°W / 43.7894000; -111.9688833 (K20MQ-D)
Rockland K19CY-D 19 0.037 kW −137 m (−449 ft) 62397 42°34′26.6″N 112°54′2.9″W / 42.574056°N 112.900806°W / 42.574056; -112.900806 (K19CY-D)
Salmon K29LY-D 29 0.11 kW 854 m (2,802 ft) 62462 45°8′43.7″N 114°0′33.2″W / 45.145472°N 114.009222°W / 45.145472; -114.009222 (K29LY-D)
Sandpoint K30LS-D KCDT 30 0.33 kW 890 m (2,920 ft) 62425 48°19′52.7″N 116°41′38.7″W / 48.331306°N 116.694083°W / 48.331306; -116.694083 (K30LS-D)
Soda Springs K31PT-D KISU 31 1 kW 349 m (1,145 ft) 125090 42°37′47.7″N 111°41′2.8″W / 42.629917°N 111.684111°W / 42.629917; -111.684111 (K31PT-D) Caribou County TV Association
St. Maries K23HT-D KUID 23 0.2825 kW 692 m (2,270 ft) 62463 47°21′48.6″N 116°24′46.5″W / 47.363500°N 116.412917°W / 47.363500; -116.412917 (K23HT-D) State of Idaho
Swan Valley
Irwin
K13QH-D KISU 13 0.0024 kW −284 m (−932 ft) 62464 43°27′22.7″N 111°20′49.8″W / 43.456306°N 111.347167°W / 43.456306; -111.347167 (K13QH-D)
McDermitt, NV K20NT-D KAID 20 0.15 kW 88 m (289 ft) 54299 41°37′56.6″N 117°44′30.4″W / 41.632389°N 117.741778°W / 41.632389; -117.741778 (K20NT-D) Quinn River TV Maintenance District

References[edit]

  1. ^ By The Numbers - 2018
  2. ^ "Education TV station opens". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 3, 1965. p. 14.
  3. ^ Snow, Ruth (October 20, 2001). "IPTV could shift back into university control". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 10A.
  4. ^ "Public TV report due". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 14, 1981. p. 9.
  5. ^ "Public TV funds sought". Spokane Daily Chronicle. UPI. September 10, 1981. p. 3.
  6. ^ "Idaho PBS future fuzzy". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. February 8, 1982. p. 8.
  7. ^ "Idaho public TV hot issue". Spokane Daily Chronicle. UPI. February 8, 1992. p. 5.
  8. ^ "Idaho public TV stations to have single manager". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 6, 1982. p. 5.
  9. ^ a b 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.
  10. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KAID
  11. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KCDT
  12. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KIPT
  13. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KISU
  14. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KUID
  15. ^ Sefton, Dru (15 January 2017). "Launch of PBS Kids streaming channel reshapes multicast lineups". current.org. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  16. ^ "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.

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