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PBS Utah logo (2019).png
Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
BrandingPBS Utah
ChannelsDigital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
OwnerUniversity of Utah
First air dateJanuary 20, 1958 (62 years ago) (1958-01-20)
Call sign meaningUtah EDucation
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 7 (VHF, 1958–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 42 (UHF, 2002–2018)
Former affiliationsNET (1958–1970)
Transmitter power158 kW (STA)
374 kW (CP)
Height1,266 m (4,154 ft)
Facility ID69396
Transmitter coordinates40°39′33″N 112°12′10″W / 40.65917°N 112.20278°W / 40.65917; -112.20278Coordinates: 40°39′33″N 112°12′10″W / 40.65917°N 112.20278°W / 40.65917; -112.20278
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KUED, virtual channel 7 (UHF digital channel 27), branded on-air as PBS Utah, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The station is owned by the University of Utah. KUED's studios are located at the Eccles Broadcast Center on Wasatch Drive in the northeastern section of Salt Lake City, and its transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City. The station has a large network of broadcast translators that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout Utah.

Prior to July 2018, KUED was one of two PBS member stations serving Utah, the other being Provo-licensed KBYU-TV (channel 11), owned by Brigham Young University. In October 2017, it was announced that KBYU would drop PBS programming on June 30, 2018 in favor of its own BYUtv service, leaving KUED as the sole PBS station for the state.[1]


Logo as "KUED 7"; used until November 24, 2019.

The station first signed on the air on January 20, 1958, with an episode of The Friendly Giant. The station originally broadcast from improvised studios set up in the basement of the old student union building on the University of Utah campus. The station had humble beginnings with no props, primitive equipment, and a donated transmitter, courtesy of Time-Life Inc., then-owners of KTVT (channel 4, now KTVX). A $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation made it possible from KUED to sign on the air.

Early programming was purely educational, in some cases consisting of nothing more than a teacher standing in front of a chalk board and lecturing. About half of the programs aired were locally produced, with the rest coming from National Educational Television (NET) and other sources. When PBS succeeded NET in 1970, the focus of programming changed to educational and entertainment programming.

After having branded with its call letters and channel number for virtually its entire history, KUED announced on November 4, 2019 that it would rebrand as "PBS Utah" on November 25, adopting the updated national PBS logo and branding that was unveiled the same day.[2][3]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
7.1 1080i 16:9 KUED-HD Main KUED programming / PBS
7.2 480i World World
7.3 Kids PBS Kids
7.4 Create Create

On March 7, 2017, KUED replaced V-me on digital 7.3 with PBS Kids.[5]

On December 29, 2017, KUED added Create on digital subchannel 7.4.[6]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KUED shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[7] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42,[8] using PSIP to display KUED's virtual channel as 7 on digital television receivers.


KUED has two full power relay stations serving rural areas of Utah, both digital-only:

Station City of license Channel
First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Public license information
KUES Richfield 19 (UHF)
19 (PSIP)
2000 (20 years ago) (2000) 0.33 kW 441 m (1,447 ft) 82576 38°38′3.9″N 112°3′35.7″W / 38.634417°N 112.059917°W / 38.634417; -112.059917 (KUES) Profile
KUEW St. George 18 (UHF)
18 (PSIP)
2002 (18 years ago) (2002) 1.62 kW 66.5 m (218 ft) 82585 37°3′49.9″N 113°34′22.8″W / 37.063861°N 113.573000°W / 37.063861; -113.573000 (KUEW) Profile

Aside from their transmitters, KUES and KUEW do not maintain any physical presence in their cities of license.

Additionally, KUED can be seen on over 85 translator stations covering all of Utah, plus parts of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.

City Callsign City Callsign City Callsign
Alton, Utah, etc. K38MS-D Hanna & Tabiona, Utah K03HM Orderville, Utah, etc. K07OY
Antimony, Utah K39IZ-D Hatch, Utah K16MB-D Panguitch, Utah K17NA-D
Beaver, Utah, etc. K07GY Heber & Midway, Utah K33FX-D Parowan, Utah K38CM-D
Blanding, Monticello, Utah K40AF-D Helper, Utah K07NS Preston, Idaho K50IE-D
Brian Head, Utah K43IO Henrieville, Utah K17NB-D Randolph & Woodruff, Utah K38GN-D
Caineville, Utah K34OF-D Huntsville, Utah, etc. K35GG-D Roosevelt, Utah K45GN-D
Cannonville, Utah K35NK-D Kanab, Utah K24II-D Rural Garfield County, Utah K18MH-D
Cedar City, Utah K07GQ-D
Circleville, Utah K15KX-D Laketown, Utah, etc. K46GD-D Rural Juab County, Utah, etc. K49AO-D
Cortez, etc., Colorado K51DB-D Little America, Wyoming, etc. K45GO-D Rural Sevier County, Utah K33DU-D
Delta & Oak City, Utah K47HM-D Logan, Utah K47HW-D
Duchesne, Utah K03CN Long Valley Junction, Utah K50GD-D Salina & Redmond, Utah K15FF-D
East Price, Utah K07OQ Malad, Utah K18NC-D Salina & Redmond, Utah K22HY-D
Emery, Utah K43EV Manti & Ephraim, Utah K30JI-D
Enoch & Summit, Utah, etc. K50HI Marysvale, Utah K10RI-D Spring Glen, Utah, etc. K06DR
Enterprise, Utah K42IN-D Mayfield K14RJ-D Summit County, Utah K47HB-D
Escalante, Utah K33OQ-D Mexican Hat, Utah, etc. K14QC-D Torrey, Utah K17MZ-D
Fillmore, Utah, etc. K48ED Milford, Utah, etc. K20GH-D Vernal, Utah, etc. K13HF
Fremont, Utah K33OL-D Modena, Utah, etc. K21EI-D
Garrison, etc., Utah, etc. K35IR-D Montpelier, Idaho K14NT-D
Green River, Utah K07OV Mount Pleasant, Utah K22FW-D Wendover, Utah K15GZ-D
Hanksville, Utah K23JP-D Orangeville, Utah, etc. K22FX

Related stations[edit]


  1. ^ Pierce, Scott D. (October 23, 2017). "KBYU-TV will no longer be a PBS station in 2018 — and KBYU-FM will abandon classical music". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "KUED being rebranded as PBS Utah". Deseret News. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "KUED-Channel 7 is changing its name to PBS Utah". The Salt Lake Tribune. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KUED
  5. ^ KUED to Launch KUED PBS Kids Channel Services
  6. ^ KUED to Add Create Channel
  7. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ [https://web.archive.org/web/20090206090120/http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11628657 Archived 2009-02-06 at the Wayback Machine Congress delays digital TV switch until June; Utah sticks to original cutoff, Vince Horiuchi, Salt Lake Tribune February 4, 2009

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