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New Mexico PBSlogo
Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States
Branding New Mexico PBS
Channels Digital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels 5.1 PBS
5.2 PBS Kids
5.3 FNX
Affiliations PBS (1970–present)
Owner University of New Mexico
and 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; 58 years ago (1958-05-01)
Call letters' meaning New Mexico Education
Sister station(s) KNMD-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
5 (VHF, 1958–2009)
Former affiliations

NET (1958–1970)

DT2: V-me (2007-2017)
Transmitter power 250 kW
Height 1287 m
Facility ID 55528
Transmitter coordinates 35°12′50.2″N 106°27′1.7″W / 35.213944°N 106.450472°W / 35.213944; -106.450472
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KNME-TV, branded on-air as New Mexico PBS, is a non-commercial educational television station based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. It is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member station, and broadcasts on digital channel 35 (virtual channel 5) that produces documentaries, shorts and weekly television series. It is jointly owned by the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools. The station has studios located on the North Campus of UNM, and the transmitter is based from Sandia Crest.

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 ([1]), 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.


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.

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 NMPBS-K PBS Kids
5.3 4:3 FNX First Nations Experience

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 2000's decade when it broadcast both an analog and digital signal


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