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AlbuquerqueSanta Fe, New Mexico
United States
CityAlbuquerque, New Mexico
ChannelsDigital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 5
BrandingNM PBS
Affiliations5.1: PBS (1970–present)
5.2: PBS Kids
5.3: FNX
5.4: World
5.5: Create
OwnerUniversity of New Mexico
Albuquerque Public Schools
(The Regents of the University of New Mexico & the Board of Education of the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico)
First air date
May 1, 1958 (62 years ago) (1958-05-01)
Former channel number(s)
5 (VHF, 1958–2009)
NET (1958–1970)
V-me (2007–2017)
Call sign meaning
New Mexico Education
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID55528
ERP250 kW
HAAT1,287 m (4,222 ft)
Transmitter coordinates35°12′49.8″N 106°27′3.3″W / 35.213833°N 106.450917°W / 35.213833; -106.450917
Translator(s)See below
Public license information

KNME-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 35), branded on-air as NM PBS, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. Jointly owned by the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools, it is a sister station to Santa Fe-licensed KNMD-TV (channel 9). The two stations share studios on UNM's North Campus on University Boulevard Northeast in Albuquerque; KNME-TV's transmitter is located atop Sandia Crest.


In 1957, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents and Albuquerque Public Schools reached a deal to jointly file for the channel 5 educational allocation in Albuquerque.[1] The application was filed with the Federal Communications Commission on July 19 and granted on October 23.[2] Plans were drawn up to use the new station to beam junior college classes to outlying areas,[3] while a studio was set up in a converted sorority house on the UNM campus.[4]

Edith Buchanan's English class was the first program broadcast over KNME-TV on May 1, 1958.[5] By 1960, the station had expanded from college courses to provide programs for Albuquerque public school students in science and Spanish.[6] That same year, a Ford Foundation grant enabled the station to purchase its first video tape equipment.[7] In 1969, KNME began live coverage of the New Mexico state legislature.[7]

Local programs have included reports leading up to and after the New Mexico State Penitentiary riot and the Peabody Award-winning series Surviving Columbus on the Pueblo Indians (1992).[7]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
5.1 1080i 16:9 NMPBS Main KNME-TV programming / PBS
5.2 480i PBSKids PBS Kids
5.4 1080i World World
5.5 480i Create Create

KNME-TV was first in New Mexico to broadcast a digital signal, signing on KNME-DT in 2001.[7] On January 18, 2017, PBS Kids replaced the Spanish-language V-me network, which had aired on channel 5.2 for about ten years, with V-me planning to transition to a commercial cable channel in 2017.[9] The channel, however, had never caught on with Spanish-speaking audiences. Since Fall 2016, KNME carries First Nations Experience (FNX), a channel devoted to Native American programming.

On February 15, 2021, World Channel began airing on channel 5.4 and Create debuted on 5.5. These channels, simulcasts of KNMD-TV 9.1 and 9.2, were added in preparation for KNMD-TV's planned June 30 conversion to ATSC 3.0 format; KNMD-TV will simulcast the entire KNME multiplex.[10]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KNME-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, 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 UHF channel 35.[11] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5.

KNME-TV Station Logo during 1993 until 2009 when it broadcast both an analog and digital signal
New Mexico PBS Station logo from 2012 to 2019

Television programs produced by New Mexico PBS[edit]

New Mexico PBS produces several television programs, including:

  • ¡Colores! - a weekly art series with stories devoted to the creative spirit.
  • New Mexico in Focus - a weekly, prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.
  • Public Square - community engagement through meaningful dialogue.


KNME also operates the satellite service WestLink, which shares programming with other public television stations and several commercial clients. Satellite interviews from New Mexico on news networks like CNN often originate at New Mexico PBS. Shows distributed on WestLink include Democracy Now! and Creative Living with Sheryl Borden.[7]


From 1995 to 2010, KNME operated TALNET (an acronym for Teach and Learn Network), an educational cable channel for Albuquerque. It broadcast a mix of PBS and Annenberg Media programming and local school board meetings on Comcast cable channel 96 in Albuquerque.



  1. ^ "Regents Approve TV Agreement With Schools". Albuquerque Journal. March 12, 1957. p. 2. Retrieved March 15, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ FCC History Cards for KNME-TV
  3. ^ "Valley To Get Classroom TV". Espanola Valley News. August 21, 1957. p. 3. Retrieved March 15, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Predict TV College Here Next February". Espanola Valley News. December 24, 1957. p. 7. Retrieved March 15, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Educational TV Station Begins Four-Day Schedule". Albuquerque Journal. May 3, 1958. p. 15. Retrieved March 15, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Channel 5 Schedules Extended Instructional TV Programming". Albuquerque Journal. August 14, 1960. p. A-13. Retrieved March 15, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b c d e Gomez, Adrian (January 11, 2019). "New Mexico PBS station KNME marks 60 years on the air". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved March 15, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KNME
  9. ^ Marszalek, Diana (January 6, 2017). "New Mexico PBS Turns Off Spanish-Language Network". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 15, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "LMS #137830 Modification of a License for DTV Application, KNMD-TV". Federal Communications Commission. March 4, 2021. Retrieved March 15, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "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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