Lakeland PBS

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KAWE: Bemidji, Minnesota
KAWB: Brainerd, Minnesota
United States
BrandingLakeland PBS
ChannelsDigital: KAWE: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
Digital: KAWB: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 22 (PSIP)
Subchannels9.1/22.1 PBS (HD)
9.2/22.2 First Nations Experience
9.3/22.3 Lakeland PBS Kids
9.4/22.4 Create
9.5/22.5 Lakeland Plus
9.6/22.6 MN Channel
Translatorssee article
OwnerNorthern Minnesota Public Television, Inc.
First air dateKAWE: June 1, 1980
KAWB: March 1, 1988
Call letters' meaningKAWE: an Ojibwe word generally meaning 'first in a line of succession'
KAWB: KAWE Brainerd
Former channel number(s)Analog:
9 (1980–2009)
22 (1988–2009)
KAWE: 18
Transmitter powerKAWE:
27.0 kW
137.5 kW
334.7 m
227 m
Facility IDKAWE: 49578
KAWB: 49579
Transmitter coordinatesKAWE:
47°42′3″N 94°29′15″W / 47.70083°N 94.48750°W / 47.70083; -94.48750 (KAWE)
46°25′21″N 94°27′42″W / 46.42250°N 94.46167°W / 46.42250; -94.46167 (KAWB)

Lakeland PBS is a community-licensed, non-profit public media organization and PBS member based in Bemidji, Minnesota.[1] The organization operates two television stations: KAWE in Bemidji, broadcasting on channel 9, and KAWB, a satellite station in Brainerd, Minnesota broadcasting on channel 28 but remapping to channel 22, the station's former analog channel. Lakeland PBS first took to the air on June 1, 1980 and was formerly known as Lakeland Public Television; it re-branded on January 8, 2018 to better align its brand with PBS.

Lakeland Public Television logo

Lakeland PBS is the only full-power television broadcasting operation based in north central Minnesota, an area that is served mainly by translators of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul television stations. It also airs the only local newscast in north central Minnesota.

Lakeland PBS utilizes KAWB's channel 22 position on DirecTV and Dish Network's Twin Cities local tier to avert confusion with KMSP-TV, channel 9 in Minneapolis.

Digital television[edit]

Lakeland PBS' television signals are multiplexed into six subchannels.

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
9.1/22.1 720p 16:9 L-HD Main programming in high definition
9.2/22.2 480i FNX First Nations Experience (Native American programs)
9.3/22.3 L-Kids PBS Kids programming
9.4/22.4 Create Create
9.5/22.5 L-Plus Encore PBS and Lakeland Public Television programming
9.6/22.6 L-MN Minnesota Channel

Outlying translators[edit]

The broadcast areas of KAWE and KAWB are extended by way of seven digital translators in northern Minnesota and one in central Minnesota.



  1. ^ "About". Lakeland PBS. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2018.

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