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FormationJune 1, 1953; 66 years ago (1953-06-01)
TypeNonprofit organization
Headquarters2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, California 94110
United States
ServicesPublic broadcasting
$79.3 million (2015)[1]
515 (2015)[1]
Formerly called
Northern California Public Broadcasting (2006–2011)
KQED building on Mariposa Street in San Francisco
Panel discussion hosted by KQED in 2014

KQED is a public media outlet based in San Francisco, California, which operates the radio station KQED and the television stations KQED/KQET and KQEH.


KQED was organized and created by veteran broadcast journalists James Day and Jonathan Rice on June 1, 1953, and first went on air April 5, 1954. It was the sixth public broadcasting station in the United States, debuting shortly after WQED in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The station's call letters, Q.E.D., are taken from the Latin phrase, quod erat demonstrandum, commonly used in mathematics.[2] KQED-FM was founded by James Day in 1969 as the radio arm of KQED Television.

On May 1, 2006, KQED, Inc. and the KTEH Foundation merged to form Northern California Public Broadcasting.[3] The KQED assets including its television (KQED TV) and FM radio stations (KQED-FM) were taken under the umbrella of that new organization. Both remained members of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR), respectively. With this change, KQED and KTEH are considered as sister-stations today. The "Northern California" name did not become widely used, so in early 2011, the umbrella organization was renamed "KQED, Inc.".[4]

KTEH would change its call letters to KQEH and rebrand to "KQED Plus" on July 1, 2011 after research found that most viewers were unaware that KTEH was affiliated with KQED.[5]

KQED public television[edit]

KQED is a PBS-member public television station in San Francisco, California, broadcasting digitally on UHF channel 30 (Ex-Analog Channel 9). This channel is also carried on Comcast cable TV and via satellite by DirecTV and Dish Network. Its transmitter is located on Sutro Tower, and has studios based in San Francisco's Mission District.

"KQED Public Television 9 is one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during primetime."[6][non-primary source needed] "KQED airs more independent films than any other public broadcasting station in the country."[6][non-primary source needed]

KQED public radio[edit]

KQED-FM (88.5 FM) is an NPR-member radio station owned by Northern California Public Broadcasting in San Francisco, California.

KQED public radio is the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "2014 Form 990" (PDF). KQED Inc. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  2. ^ "News and Events : KQED's Pressroom". Kqed.org. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  3. ^ "KQED, Inc. and KTEH Foundation Form New Broadcast Organization" (Press release). KQED Pressroom. 2 May 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
  4. ^ "About KQED's former legal name". KQED, Inc. Archived from the original on 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  5. ^ Barney, Chuck (June 22, 2011). "TV station KTEH to drop call letters, become KQED Plus". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "About KQED". KQED. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Top 10 NPR Affiliate Radio Stations - Cision". Cision. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2017-08-15.

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