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KPBT-TV Basin PBS logo.png
OdessaMidland, Texas
United States
CityOdessa, Texas
BrandingBasin PBS
ChannelsDigital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 36 (PSIP)
OwnerPermian Basin Public Telecommunications, Inc.
First air dateMarch 24, 1986 (33 years ago) (1986-03-24)
Call letters' meaningPermian Basin Television
Former callsignsKOCV-TV (1986–2006)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
36 (UHF, 1986–2009)
38 (UHF, until 2018)
Transmitter power515 kW
Height224 m (735 ft)
Facility ID50044
Transmitter coordinates32°5′11″N 102°17′12″W / 32.08639°N 102.28667°W / 32.08639; -102.28667
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KPBT-TV, virtual channel 36 (UHF digital channel 28), branded on-air as Basin PBS, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Odessa, Texas, United States and serving the Permian Basin area. The station is owned by Permian Basin Public Telecommunications, Inc. KPBT's studios are located on Desta Drive in Midland, and its transmitter is located near Gardendale.

On cable, KPBT is carried on channel 13 on most systems in the market.


The station signed on March 24, 1986 as KOCV-TV. Between 1970 and 1986, PBS programming had to be sold to the Odessa–Midland market's commercial stations on a per program basis (although the full PBS schedule was viewable in the northwestern portion of the market via Portales, New Mexico-based KENW).

The station was formerly owned by Odessa College (callsign meaning: Odessa College Voice) and later by the Ector County Independent School District. Former First Lady Laura Bush was one of the station's 500 original members. The station changed its calls to KPBT-TV in 2006, following transfer to community ownership.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
36.1 1080i 16:9 KPBT-HD Main KPBT-TV programming / PBS
Former KPBT-TV logo

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KPBT-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 36, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television 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 38.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 36.


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KPBT
  2. ^ "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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