KLVX

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KLVX
Vegas PBS logo (2019).png
Channels
BrandingVegas PBS
Programming
Affiliations10.1: PBS (1970–present)
10.2: Create
10.3: PBS Kids
10.4: World
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
March 25, 1968 (54 years ago) (1968-03-25)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
10 (VHF, 1968–2009)
NET (1968–1970)
Call sign meaning
Las Vegas
"X" = Roman numeral 10
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID11683
ERP105 kW
HAAT367.5 m (1,206 ft)
Transmitter coordinates36°0′26.9″N 115°0′26.9″W / 36.007472°N 115.007472°W / 36.007472; -115.007472
Translator(s)See below
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.vegaspbs.org

KLVX (channel 10) is a PBS member television station in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Owned by the Clark County School District, it is the flagship outlet of the district's communications arm, the KLVX Communications Group. KLVX's studios are located at the Vegas PBS Educational Technology Campus in Paradise, and its transmitter is located atop Black Mountain, near Henderson (southwest of I-515/US 93/US 95).

Studio headquarters in Paradise, Nevada

History[edit]

First logo as "Vegas PBS"; used from September 2006 to November 17, 2019.

In 1964, following authorization of federal matching grants for the construction of non-commercial educational television facilities, the Clark County School Trustees proposed a state network of educational television stations offering television programming originating in Las Vegas. The proposal was vigorously opposed by educators in other communities, and in 1966, the school trustees gave up the proposal of a statewide service. The Trustees then sought and received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval to construct a single educational station in Las Vegas. The channel 10 allocation was originally assigned to Bakersfield, California; KERO-TV occupied channel 10 from its sign-on in September 1953 until it was moved to channel 23 in the summer of 1963 after the FCC decided to make the Bakersfield and Fresno markets all-UHF via the deintermixture process.

KLVX first signed on the air as Nevada's first educational station on March 25, 1968; this made the Las Vegas market the smallest market in the nation at the time to have five television stations. The state would not receive another educational station until Reno's KNPB signed on in 1983. Channel 10 originally operated from two converted classrooms located at the Southern Nevada Vocational Technical Center in Las Vegas. Students were involved in all engineering and production operations as part of a vocational training program of the School District.

In September 1968, the station activated four Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) channels which offered live instructional television programs produced by the station covering foreign language, math and fine arts. Between 1978 and 1996, sixteen other ITFS channels were activated to provide 67,000 hours a year of instructional television programming, career professional development, college courses and staff orientations serving schools in the communities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and Pahrump. In 1971, Charlotte Hill convened a group of community leaders who eventually founded Channel 10 Friends, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation established to raise private support for KLVX's non-instructional programs, and encourage community viewing of channel 10. The organization renamed itself Southern Nevada Public Television in 2002 when the group assumed leadership of a $64 million campaign to fund digital television conversion and a new building for the station's studio facilities.

Expansion of KLVX's viewing area continued through the 1970s and 1980s throughout Clark, Lincoln, Nye and White Pine counties with construction of a network of 19 translator stations that repeat KLVX's programming for viewers in a four state, 38,000-square-mile (98,000 km2) service area. Some translators are operated by the station, but others are operated by counties or rural translator districts that rely on voluntary support.

In 1976, CCSD School Superintendent and future Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn proposed that a new building be constructed to house KLVX's operations. The proposal was adopted by the School Trustees and the Murray Peterson Public Television Center was dedicated in 1978. The new facility was located at 4210 Channel 10 Drive on 10 acres (4.0 ha) of desert land sold by the Bureau of Land Management for $1,200 at the "eastern edge of urban development". The facility was designed for 35 employees and student vocational training using "state of the art" film production and development processes.

In 2004, KLVX became the first station in the United States to demonstrate what digital television has to offer in times of emergency. That demonstration and the follow on technology led to the Digital Emergency Alert System (DEAS). During 2007, using $1.2 million, KLVX installed equipment to broadcast DEAS data, including the ability to do so for up to seven days without external power. The grant also covers the installation of digital television data receivers in 120 Clark County School District Police Department vehicles.[1]

In September 2006, KLVX rebranded as "Vegas PBS" to reflect its current multiple-channel offerings and diversified multimedia services provided to the Las Vegas metropolitan area and statewide schools, in addition to its regular programming on its main channel. In 2009, KLVX moved its operations from the Channel 10 Drive building to the 112,000-square-foot (10,400 m2) Vegas PBS Educational Technology Campus. The new facility houses the KLVX studios, the Clark County School District's Virtual High School and Educational Media Center and the Homeland Security and Emergency Response support system. The facility is also the first in the United States to meet the Media Security and Reliability Council's guidelines.[2]

Technical information[edit]

Subchannels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[3]
10.1 1080i 16:9 KLVX-HD Main KLVX programming / PBS
10.2 480i Create Create
10.3 PBSKids PBS Kids
10.4 WORLD World

KLVX also operates two additional services, Vegas PBS Rewind and Vegas PBS Jackpot!, as cable-only channels, in addition to distributing the World Channel in the market in the same manner.[4] However, both Vegas PBS Rewind and Vegas PBS Jackpot! will no longer be available on cable after May 31, 2022.[5]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KLVX shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, 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 signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 11.[6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 10.

Translators[edit]

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Alamo, etc. K08PE-D 8 0.103 kW 416 m (1,365 ft) 188004 37°20′39.2″N 115°15′27.6″W / 37.344222°N 115.257667°W / 37.344222; -115.257667 (K08PE-D) Clark County School District
Caliente K36PX-D 36 0.24 kW −160 m (−525 ft) 37544 37°37′17.9″N 114°30′31.6″W / 37.621639°N 114.508778°W / 37.621639; -114.508778 (K36PX-D) Lincoln County TV District
Ely K26HY-D 26 0.796 kW 1,007 m (3,304 ft) 72255 39°9′44.7″N 114°36′35″W / 39.162417°N 114.60972°W / 39.162417; -114.60972 (K26HY-D) White Pine Television District #1
Ely
McGill
K13NR-D 13 0.015 kW 269 m (883 ft) 72229 39°15′52.8″N 114°53′38.1″W / 39.264667°N 114.893917°W / 39.264667; -114.893917 (K13NR-D)
Glendale K27JK-D 27 0.4 kW 101 m (331 ft) 168547 36°41′1.9″N 114°31′1.9″W / 36.683861°N 114.517194°W / 36.683861; -114.517194 (K27JK-D) Clark County School District
Indian Springs K08PG-D 8 0.123 kW −110 m (−361 ft) 188095 36°34′9.8″N 115°40′35.7″W / 36.569389°N 115.676583°W / 36.569389; -115.676583 (K08PG-D)
Jean K34LI-D 34 0.597 kW 517 m (1,696 ft) 188010 35°53′32.9″N 115°29′42″W / 35.892472°N 115.49500°W / 35.892472; -115.49500 (K34LI-D)
Laughlin K06PG-D 6 0.3 kW 682 m (2,238 ft) 11687 35°14′57.9″N 114°44′36.8″W / 35.249417°N 114.743556°W / 35.249417; -114.743556 (K06PG-D)
Lund
Preston
K27OH-D 27 3.549 kW 300 m (984 ft) 72227 39°13′39.7″N 114°58′33″W / 39.227694°N 114.97583°W / 39.227694; -114.97583 (K27OH-D) White Pine Television District #1
Mesquite K25LU-D 25 0.515 kW −41 m (−135 ft) 188006 36°49′54.6″N 114°3′34.5″W / 36.831833°N 114.059583°W / 36.831833; -114.059583 (K25LU-D) Clark County School District
Pahrump K28CS-D 28 0.283 kW −43 m (−141 ft) 67423 36°12′28.80″N 115°58′38.4″W / 36.2080000°N 115.977333°W / 36.2080000; -115.977333 (K28CS-D) Pahrump
Panaca K32OB-D 32 1.2 kW 611 m (2,005 ft) 37527 37°27′33.8″N 114°27′59.9″W / 37.459389°N 114.466639°W / 37.459389; -114.466639 (K32OB-D) Lincoln County TV District
Pioche K36PU-D 36 0.227 kW 249 m (817 ft) 37533 37°55′22.1″N 114°27′4″W / 37.922806°N 114.45111°W / 37.922806; -114.45111 (K36PU-D)
Ruth K13NQ-D 13 0.008 kW −33 m (−108 ft) 72234 39°16′26.7″N 114°59′15″W / 39.274083°N 114.98750°W / 39.274083; -114.98750 (K13NQ-D) White Pine Television District #1
Ursine K36OF-D 36 0.227 kW −93 m (−305 ft) 37528 37°59′0.3″N 114°13′29.3″W / 37.983417°N 114.224806°W / 37.983417; -114.224806 (K36OF-D) Lincoln County TV District
Chloride, AZ K32DW-D 32 0.08 kW 186 m (610 ft) 43380 35°23′48.9″N 114°10′18.8″W / 35.396917°N 114.171889°W / 35.396917; -114.171889 (K32DW-D) Mohave County Board of Supervisors

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richmond, Emily (July 6, 2007). "Vegas PBS at the ready in case of disaster or terror attack". Las Vegas Sun. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2007.
  2. ^ "A base for broadcasting and bettering community". Retrieved September 20, 2008.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KLVX
  4. ^ "Home". vegaspbs.org.
  5. ^ "Schedules".
  6. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to KLVX at Wikimedia Commons