|Twin Falls, Idaho|
|Channels||Analog: 19 (UHF)
Digital: 18 (UHF)
|Affiliations||defunct, was educational independent|
|Owner||College of Southern Idaho|
|First air date||1994|
|Last air date||February 17, 2009|
|Transmitter power||75.9 kW (analog)
40 kW (digital)
|Height||161 m (both)|
KBGH was an educational television station serving the surrounding the Magic Valley area of Idaho. It provided over-the-air service on analog channel 19 from its transmitter on Flat Top Butte near Jerome. Licensed in Filer, Idaho, KBGH was owned and operated by College of Southern Idaho (CSI) of Twin Falls, Idaho and existed strictly as a means of providing telecourses and distance learning.
An original construction permit for a full-service station was granted to CSI on November 3, 1992. Its original callsign was the application ID, 920210KE, but changed to KBGH on May 14, 1993. Although it was to be a full-service station, its permit specified a low-power 75.9 kW ERP signal. The station commenced broadcasting July 6, 1999.
KBGH was granted a Construction Permit to construct a digital television station on channel 18, on February 22, 2001. However, CSI has elected not to transition KBGH to a digital facility. On February 17, 2009, the original day of national digital transition, KBGH completely ceased operations. On March 31, 2009, the FCC officially deleted KBGH's callsign.
Since the shut down, CSI has implemented a fully digital- on line telecommunication system, whereby students at distant sites can participate via the internet.
Paradoxically, if CSI initially had applied for a license for a LPTV station instead of as a full-service station, it would have remained free to continue analogue broadcasts after the original February 2009 deadline, though it would be required to convert to digital or close down by September 1, 2015.
CSI used KBGH solely as a means of delivering telecourses to students. When the station was not broadcasting a telecourse, it had no programming at all—only a blank picture is transmitted .
- College of Southern Idaho official site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KBGH
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KBGH-TV
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