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. 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.
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.
The network's first station, KUID-TV, signed on from the University of Idaho campus in September 1965. 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. 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
|172 kW||464.8 m (1,525 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||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) |
|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.|
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.
|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||State of Idaho|
|Bonners Ferry||K24NO-D||KCDT||24||0.134 kW||842 m (2,762 ft)||62404|
|Burley||K14IC-D||KIPT||14||0.384 kW||91 m (299 ft)||62450|
|Cambridge||K11PB-D||KAID||11||0.0075 kW||−36 m (−118 ft)||62441|
|Cascade||K09LO-D||9||0.003 kW||−171 m (−561 ft)||62395|
|KAID (DRT)||17||0.085 kW||845 m (2,772 ft)||62442|
|Challis||K12GS-D)||KISU||12||0.0225 kW||750 m (2,461 ft)||62451|
|Council||K11WR-D||KAID||11||0.1 kW||−83 m (−272 ft)||62452|
|Driggs||K13QE-D||KISU||13||0.0096 kW||−65 m (−213 ft)||62452|
|Emmett||KAID (DTS)||KAID||21||0.0929 kW||154 m (505 ft)||62442|
|Garden Valley||K26OW-D||26||0.01 kW||44 m (144 ft)||62393|
|Georgetown||K15GO-D||KISU||15||0.061 kW||−20 m (−66 ft)||62410|
|Glenns Ferry||KAID (DRT)||KAID||32||0.0223 kW||−0.9 m (−3 ft)||62442|
|Grangeville||K35MJ-D||KUID||35||9 kW||615 m (2,018 ft)||9885|
|Hagerman||K25OX-D||KIPT||25||0.252 kW||60 m (197 ft)||25822||Hagerman Translator District|
|Harris Ranch||KAID (DTS)||KAID||21||0.059 kW||49 m (161 ft)||62442||State of Idaho.|
|Holbrook||K25PO-D||KISU||25||0.4 kW||−123 m (−404 ft)||181291||Oneida County Translator District|
|Idaho City||KAID (DRT)||KAID||21||0.02239 kW||0.8 m (3 ft)||62442||State of Idaho|
|Kamiah||K11KO-D||KUID||11||0.01 kW||137 m (449 ft)||33294|
|Kellogg||K25OP-D||25||0.058 kW||772 m (2,533 ft)||62455|
|Kooskia||K05GQ-D||5||0.0025 kW||−46 m (−151 ft)||62418|
|Juliaetta||K22NX-D||22||0.05 kW||32 m (105 ft)||62454|
|Lava Hot Springs||K14MC-D||KISU||14||0.0025 kW||43 m (141 ft)||62456|
|Leadore||K14IJ-D||0.003 kW||−162 m (−531 ft)||62446|
|Lewiston||K25NZ-D||KUID||25||1.5 kW||287 m (942 ft)||62457|
|Mackay||K15HR-D||KISU||15||0.0297 kW||50 m (164 ft)||62449|
|Malad City||K35GW-D||35||0.377 kW||−73 m (−240 ft)||62399|
|Malta||K23DO-D||23||0.022 kW||597 m (1,959 ft)||62406|
|McCall||K11WT-D||KAID||11||0.0316 kW||589 m (1,932 ft)||189406|
|K25OR-D||25||0.207 kW||587 m (1,926 ft)||125493|
|Montpelier||K23BV-D||KISU||23||0.09 kW||157 m (515 ft)||4393||Bear Lake County T.V. District|
|Preston||K27GM-D||27||1 kW||230 m (755 ft)||22334||Franklin County TV District #1|
|Priest Lake||K36PW-D||KCDT||36||0.565 kW||67 m (220 ft)||62461||State of Idaho|
|Rexburg||K20MQ-D||KISU||20||0.17 kW||262 m (860 ft)||62397|
|Rockland||K19CY-D||19||0.037 kW||−137 m (−449 ft)||62397|
|Salmon||K29LY-D||29||0.11 kW||854 m (2,802 ft)||62462|
|Sandpoint||K30LS-D||KCDT||30||0.33 kW||890 m (2,920 ft)||62425|
|Soda Springs||K31PT-D||KISU||31||1 kW||349 m (1,145 ft)||125090||Caribou County TV Association|
|St. Maries||K23HT-D||KUID||23||0.2825 kW||692 m (2,270 ft)||62463||State of Idaho|
|K13QH-D||KISU||13||0.0024 kW||−284 m (−932 ft)||62464|
|McDermitt, NV||K20NT-D||KAID||20||0.15 kW||88 m (289 ft)||54299||Quinn River TV Maintenance District|
- 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.