KAKM

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KAKM / KTOO-TV
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KAKM: Anchorage, Alaska
KTOO: Juneau, Alaska
United States
Branding Alaska Public Television
Slogan Life. Informed.
Channels Digital:
KAKM: 8 (VHF)
KTOO: 10 (VHF)
Virtual:
KAKM: 7 (PSIP)
KTOO: 3 (PSIP)
Subchannels x.1 PBS
x.2 Create
x.3 360 North
x.4 PBS Kids
Affiliations PBS
Owner KAKM: Alaska Public Media
KTOO: Capital Community Broadcasting, Inc.
(operated by Alaska Public Media)
(KAKM: Alaska Public Telecommunications, Inc.)
First air date KAKM: May 7, 1975; 42 years ago (1975-05-07)
KTOO: October 1, 1978; 38 years ago (1978-10-01)
Call letters' meaning KAKM
Anchorage Kenai Matanuska
KTOO: Unknown
Sister station(s) KSKA, KTOO, KNLL, KRNN, KYUK-LD
Former channel number(s) Analog:
KAKM:
7 (VHF, 1975–2009)
KTOO:
3 (VHF, 1978–2009)
Transmitter power KAKM: 50 kW
KTOO: 1 kW
Height KAKM: 240 m
KTOO: -363.7 m
Facility ID KAKM: 804
KTOO: 8651
Transmitter coordinates KAKM:
61°25′19.8″N 149°52′27.8″W / 61.422167°N 149.874389°W / 61.422167; -149.874389 (KAKM)
KTOO:
58°18′4.8″N 134°25′13.6″W / 58.301333°N 134.420444°W / 58.301333; -134.420444 (KTOO-TV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: / KTOO-TV Profile
/ KTOO-TV CDBS
Website http://www.alaskapublic.org/kakm/

KAKM is a PBS member station serving Anchorage, Alaska, United States. Owned by Alaska Public Media, the station broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 8 (or virtual channel 7 via PSIP) from a transmitter located atop the Knik TV Mast. KAKM maintains studios at the Elmo Sackett Broadcast Center on the campus of Alaska Pacific University. KAKM was the only PBS station in Alaska that was not part of AlaskaOne during its existence. The call letters were chosen to represent the 3 major geographic areas served by the station Anchorage, Kenai, and Matanuska. KAKM operates a full-time satellite station, KTOO-TV licensed to Juneau, Alaska. KTOO is owned by Capital Community Broadcasting - who owns and operates non-commercial FM radio stations KTOO (FM), KNLL, and KRNN - but is operated by Alaska Public Media. KTOO broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 10 (or virtual channel 3 via PSIP) from a transmitter in downtown Juneau. KTOO was formerly part of AlaskaOne, until is dissolvement in 2012.

History[edit]

KAKM first started regular transmissions on May 7, 1975. Previously, PBS programming had been offered to Anchorage stations on per-program basis. (For example, Sesame Street was carried on KTVA, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on KIMO (now KYUR), and The Electric Company on KENI-TV (now KTUU-TV).

KAKM became the flagship station of Alaska Public Television, the successor to AlaskaOne, replacing KUAC-TV in Fairbanks, on July 1, 2012. [1] As a result, KTOO-TV became a full-time satellite of KAKM. The other AlaskaOne station, low-power television station KYUK-LD (channel 15) in Bethel, also rebroadcasts KAKM, but it broadcasts the Alaska Rural Communications Service on its second digital subchannel in place of Create.

Station presentation[edit]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
x.1 1080i 16:9 KAKM-HD
KTOO-HD
Main programming / PBS
x.2 480i 4:3 KAKM-CR
KTOO-CR
Create
x.3 360Nort 360 North
x.4 KAKM-KD
KTOO-KD
PBS Kids

360 North provides statewide coverage of Alaska public affairs, documentaries, historical programs, and Native topics. Originating at KTOO-TV, 360 North replaced Gavel to Gavel Alaska, which televised the Alaska Legislature.[3]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Both 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:[4]

  • KAKM shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 8. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 7.
  • KTOO shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 3; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 10. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 3.

Translators[edit]

KAKM and KTOO extend their over-the-air coverage through a network of translator stations.

Translators of KAKM
Call sign Community of license Additional Information
K05FW-D Girdwood, Alaska FCC
K07PF-D Homer, Alaska FCC
K12LA-D Kenai, Alaska FCC
K21AM-D Ninilchik, Alaska FCC
K48AC-D Kasilof, Alaska FCC
Translators of KTOO-TV
Call sign Community of license Additional Information
K02QM-D Lemon, Alaska FCC
K07PF-D Mendenhall Valley, Alaska FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Split in Alaska public TV consortium". Television Business Report. December 9, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KAKM
  3. ^ http://www.360north.org/about.php
  4. ^ "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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