|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)|
5.3: PBS Kids
|Owner||Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, Inc.|
|Founded||April 19, 1982|
First air date
|September 29, 1983|
Former channel number(s)
5 (VHF, 1983–2009)
Call sign meaning
|Nevada Public Broadcasting|
|HAAT||149.4 m (490 ft)|
|Translator(s)||33 (UHF) Tahoe City, CA|
22 (UHF) Truckee, CA
For others, see below
Public license information
KNPB, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 15), branded on-air as PBS Reno, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Reno, Nevada, United States. The station is owned by Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, Inc. KNPB's studios are located on North Virginia Street in Reno, and its transmitter is located on Red Hill between US 395 and SR 445 in Sun Valley (on a tower shared with primary sports-formatted independent and secondary MyNetworkTV affiliate KNSN-TV, channel 21). On cable, KNPB is available on Charter Spectrum channel 5 in both standard and high definition.
In 1964, following authorization of federal matching grants for the construction of non-commercial educational television facilities, there was a proposal for a state network of educational television stations offering television programming originating from Las Vegas. The proposal was opposed by educators in other parts of the state of Nevada, and the Clark County School District's trustees gave up the proposal of a statewide service in 1966. KLVX signed on the air in March 1968 to serve Southern Nevada; Reno would not receive a public television station of its own until 1983. During that time, PBS programming was made available to Northern Nevada from the city's commercial stations on a per-program basis (i.e. Sesame Street was on KOLO). Cable systems in northwestern Nevada (Reno, Carson City) and northeastern California piped in KVIE in Sacramento, which was available over-the-air in the extreme western portions of the market. Northeastern Nevada, including Elko, was served by KUED in Salt Lake City, which also operated several over-the-air translators in the region; northeastern Nevada is part of the Salt Lake City market.
KNPB began broadcasting on September 29, 1983, with the first program being Sesame Street. The station's studios and offices were located in the College of Education building on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.
In 1995, KNPB moved into its current facility on Virginia Street, also on the university campus. The station's main transmitter is located on Red Peak in Sun Valley. A low-power digital translator, licensed as KNPB-LD and also broadcasting on channel 15, serves the communities surrounding Lake Tahoe and the Truckee, California region from a location on the flanks of Mt. Rose. A network of other community translators retransmit KNPB's signal across much of northern Nevada and bordering portions of California.
KNPB Online went active on September 29, 1997.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Description of subchannel|
|5.1||1080i||16:9||KNPB1||The main schedule with programming from PBS, American Public Television, and other distributors.|
|5.2||KNPB2||How-to and lifestyle programming sourced from the PBS, American Public Television, and National Educational Telecommunications Association libraries.|
|5.3||480i||KNPB3||24/7 PBS Kids children's programming.|
KNPB was the first television station to offer digital broadcasts on September 29, 2000. The station shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5.
|City of license||Callsign||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Owner|
|Austin||K23KV-D||23||0.01 kW||56 m (184 ft)||3352||Austin Television Association|
|K35OS-D||35||0.04 kW||194 m (636 ft)||3353|
|Battle Mountain||K19IU-D||19||0.24 kW||653 m (2,142 ft)||187832||Lander County General Improvement District #1|
|Carson City||K29ES-D||29||1.43 kW||48 m (157 ft)||10232||Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, Inc.|
|Duckwater, etc.||K15GS||15||0.499 kW||774 m (2,539 ft)||54921||Eureka County Television District|
|Elko||K15EE-D||1 kW||308 m (1,010 ft)||19383||Elko Television District|
|K23FC-D||23||0.205 kW||599 m (1,965 ft)||19379|
|Eureka||K28LM-D||28||0.1 kW||−85 m (−279 ft)||185346||Eureka County Television District|
|K33PI-D||33||0.3 kW||765 m (2,510 ft)||19848|
|Golconda||K24NQ-D||24||0.16 kW||448 m (1,470 ft)||183506||Humboldt County|
|K25IW-D||25||0.19 kW||444 m (1,457 ft)||167436|
|Hawthorne||K15LG-D||15||0.661 kW||981 m (3,219 ft)||42691||Mineral Television District #1|
|Lovelock||K18DP-D||18||1.2 kW||651 m (2,136 ft)||52334||Pershing County TV Tax District|
|K25PU-D||25||0.493 kW||33 m (108 ft)||42704||Mineral Television District #1|
|Orovada||K27MF-D||27||0.2 kW||242 m (794 ft)||190565||Quinn River Television Maintenance District|
|Ryndon||K16FV-D||16||0.154 kW||−127 m (−417 ft)||127034||Elko Television District|
|Schurz||K30PB-D||30||0.2 kW||355 m (1,165 ft)||70729||Walker River Paiute Tribe|
|Silver Springs||K31BM-D||31||0.276 kW||588 m (1,929 ft)||39363||Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, Inc.|
|Verdi||K36OB-D||36||1.2 kW||813 m (2,667 ft)||168108|
|Walker Lake||K19LS-D||19||0.661 kW||−174 m (−571 ft)||42696||Mineral Television District #1|
|Wells||K20JQ-D||20||1 kW||398 m (1,306 ft)||19389||Elko Television District|
|Winnemucca||K15AL-D||15||0.11 kW||693 m (2,274 ft)||28080||Humboldt County|
|Cedarville, CA||K22LE-D||22||0.104 kW||−17 m (−56 ft)||190353||Open Sky Radio Corp.|
|Litchfield, CA||K34KK-D||34||0.275 kW||571 m (1,873 ft)||27588||Honey Lake Community Television|
|Susanville, etc., CA||K36HH-D||36||0.36 kW||695 m (2,280 ft)||27584|
|Tahoe City, CA||KNPB (DRT)||31||0.343 kW||876.2 m (2,875 ft)||10228||Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, Inc.|
|Truckee, CA||22||0.24 kW||903.6 m (2,965 ft)||10228|
- "Wild Nevada | Local Shows". KNPB. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
- "Beauty of Oil Painting with Gary and Kathwren Jenkins | Create TV". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
- "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.