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BrandingKUAC TV 9
Affiliations9.1: PBS
9.2: World
9.3: Create
9.5: PBS Kids
9.6: KUAC-FM
9.9: KTOO 360TV
OwnerUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
First air date
December 22, 1971 (50 years ago) (1971-12-22)
Former channel number(s)
9 (VHF, 1971–2009)
24 (UHF, 2004–2009)
Call sign meaning
University of Alaska College
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID69315
ERP30 kW
HAAT168.9 m (554 ft)
Transmitter coordinates64°54′40″N 147°46′47″W / 64.91111°N 147.77972°W / 64.91111; -147.77972 (KUAC-TV)
Public license information

KUAC-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Fairbanks, Alaska, United States. Owned by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, it is sister to National Public Radio (NPR) member station KUAC (89.9 FM). The two outlets share studios in the Great Hall on the UAF campus; KUAC-TV's transmitter is located on Bender Mountain.


KUAC-TV signed on for the first time on December 22, 1971 as an early Christmas present to the Interior. It was the first public television station in Alaska, and the only one until KAKM in Anchorage signed on in 1975. It originally aired for only five hours a day, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. As the difficulties associated with bringing PBS programming decreased, channel 9 increased its schedule, and now operates 24 hours a day.

In 1995, KUAC-TV joined with KTOO-TV in Juneau and KYUK-TV in Bethel to form AlaskaOne, a network of PBS stations serving all of Alaska outside of Anchorage. The three stations formed the Alaska Public Broadcasting Service to air a common PBS schedule. This move was made in hopes of sharing administrative costs.[1] KTOO and KYUK occasionally broke off from the AlaskaOne feed to air programming relevant to their areas, while KUAC-TV used its massive translator network to deliver AlaskaOne programming across the Interior.

On November 18, 2011. the APBS board voted to transfer the operation of the AlaskaOne feed to Alaska Public Telecommunications, owner of Anchorage's PBS station, KAKM. In response, UAF, which cast the lone dissenting vote, announced on December 11 that KUAC-TV would break off from AlaskaOne and revert to being a separate locally-focused PBS station on July 1, 2012.[2] UAF contended that a single statewide PBS service would not meet the needs of the Interior.[1] On July 1, KUAC-TV resumed its original branding of "KUAC TV9," while KTOO and KYUK joined with KAKM to form Alaska Public Media.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[3]
9.1 720p 16:9 KUAC-1 Main KUAC-TV programming / PBS
9.2 480i 4:3 KUAC-2 World
9.3 KUAC-3 Create
9.4 KUAC-4 UAF TV/First Nations Experience
9.5 KUAC-5 PBS Kids
9.6 Audio only KUAC-FM KUAC-FM
9.9 480i 4:3 360TV KTOO 360TV

In 2004, the station signed on the first high-definition public television service in Alaska.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KUAC-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, in April 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 24 to VHF channel 9.[4]


  1. ^ a b Lean, Reba. AlaskaOne dissolving; KUAC TV taking over. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 2012-06-16.
  2. ^ KUAC TV becoming independent of AlaskaOne. UAF Communications, 2011-12-11
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KUAC
  4. ^ "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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