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AlbuquerqueSanta Fe, New Mexico
United States
CityAlbuquerque, New Mexico
ChannelsDigital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
BrandingNM PBS
Affiliations5.1: PBS (1970–present)
5.2: PBS Kids
5.3: FNX
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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
5.1 1080i 16:9 NMPBS Main KNME programming / PBS
5.2 480i PBS Kids
5.3 FNX

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.[2] 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.

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.[3] 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,[4] 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.[5]


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. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KNME
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  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Westlink Program Offers

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