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Fairbanks, Alaska
United States
Branding KUAC TV 9
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
Subchannels 9.1 PBS
9.2 World
9.3 Create
9.8 PBS Kids
Affiliations PBS
Owner University of Alaska Fairbanks
First air date December 22, 1971; 45 years ago (1971-12-22)
Call letters' meaning University of Alaska College
Sister station(s) KUAC-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog:
9 (VHF, 1971–2009)
24 (UHF, 2004–2009)
Transmitter power 30 kW
Height 168.9 m
Facility ID 69315
Transmitter coordinates 64°54′40.3″N 147°46′47.5″W / 64.911194°N 147.779861°W / 64.911194; -147.779861 (KUAC-TV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.kuac.org

KUAC-TV is the PBS member station for the Alaska Interior that is licensed to Fairbanks. Owned by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the station broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 9 from a transmitter on Bender Mountain. KUAC maintains studios in the Great Hall on the UAF campus, alongside the area's NPR station, KUAC-FM.


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 pm to 10 pm. As the difficulties associated with bringing PBS programming decreased, channel 9 increased its schedule, and now operates 24 hours per 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 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 Television.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP 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 Audio KUACFM KUAC FM and HD-1
9.8 480i 4:3 KUAC-5 PBS Kids

In 2004, the station signed on 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]


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