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South Dakota Public Broadcasting
SDPB logo
statewide South Dakota
United States
ChannelsDigital: see table below
Virtual: see table below
BrandingSDPB (general)
PBS South Dakota (secondary)
SloganLearn. Dream. Grow.
Programming
AffiliationsTelevision:
PBS (1970–present)
Radio: NPR
Ownership
OwnerSouth Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunication
(South Dakota Board of Directors for Educational Telecommunications)
History
First air date
May 29, 1922 (98 years ago) (1922-05-29) (radio)
July 5, 1961 (59 years ago) (1961-07-05) (television)
NET (1961–1970)
Call sign meaning
see table below
Technical information
Facility IDsee table below
ERPsee table below
HAATsee table below
Transmitter coordinatessee table below
Links
Websitewww.sdpb.org

South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) is a state network of non-commercial educational television and radio stations serving the U.S. state of South Dakota. The stations are operated by the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunication, an agency of the state government which holds the licenses for all of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) member stations licensed in South Dakota except KRSD in Sioux Falls, which is owned and run by Minnesota Public Radio, and KAUR in Sioux Falls, which is owned by Augustana University and operated by MPR. SDPB's studios and offices are located in the Al Neuharth Media Center at 500 N. Dakota Avenue on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion.

History[edit]

Educational broadcasting in South Dakota began in 1919 with experimental broadcasts at USD's College of Engineering. USD was granted a full license in 1922, and went on the air that May 29 as WEAJ. It became KUSD in 1925. By 1952, the station settled at 690 AM at 1,000 watts, operating only during daylight hours to protect CBF in Montreal. In 1967, it acquired an FM sister station, KUSD-FM at 89.7. Also in 1967, South Dakota State University in Brookings signed on KESD-FM. The three stations merged in 1982 as South Dakota Public Radio.

On July 5, 1961, KUSD-TV signed on the air as the state's first educational television station. Seven more stations signed on from 1967 to 1975, extending its reach to parts of Minnesota and Iowa.

South Dakota Public Radio merged with the State Board of Directors for Educational Television, which operated the television network, in 1985 to form South Dakota Public Broadcasting under the ownership of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunication. Between 1985 and 1991, five other stations joined the radio network. One of them was KCSD, which signed on in 1985 as part of a partnership between Sioux Falls College (now the University of Sioux Falls) and the ETV Board in an effort to improve the network's reception in South Dakota's largest city. Until 2013, KCSD's license was held by the University of Sioux Falls and operated by the state network under a management agreement.[1] The network bought KCSD outright in 2013.

In 1992, a Chevrolet Suburban was taken on a joyride through the Vermillion Golf Course, where KUSD (AM)'s towers were located. The Suburban crashed into one of the AM station's towers and knocked it down.[2] While a judge ordered the suspect to pay $48,000,[3] the insurance settlement was not large enough to restore full operations, and KUSD (AM) went off the air for good in 1994.

KUSD-TV's signal had long been spotty in parts of Sioux Falls, even though the channel 2 analog signal traveled a very long distance under normal conditions. Some parts of the area didn't get a clear signal from KUSD-TV until cable gained more penetration in the 1980s. To solve this problem, KCSD-TV signed on in 1995, significantly improving coverage in the state's largest city.[4]

As of February 2017, SDPR now broadcasts the main network over the fifth subcarrier of the SDPB Television stations, and classical music (which airs on the radio stations' second HD channel) on the television stations' sixth subcarrier.

Radio stations[edit]

South Dakota Public Radio airs a mix of news and talk from NPR, Public Radio International (PRI), American Public Media (APM), the BBC World Service and other sources. Stations in the lineup include:

Location Frequency Call sign ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
FCC info
Vermillion 89.7 FM KUSD 32,000 202 meters (663 ft) FCC
Rapid City 89.3 FM KBHE-FM 9,800 125 meters (410 ft) FCC
Sioux Falls 90.9 FM KCSD 6,000 80 meters (260 ft) FCC
Pierpont 90.9 FM KDSD-FM 70,000 323.1 meters (1,060 ft) FCC
Brookings 88.3 FM KESD 50,000 190 meters (620 ft) FCC
Watertown 90.3 FM KJSD 10,500 175.2 meters (575 ft) FCC
Faith 97.1 FM KPSD-FM 100,000 465 meters (1,526 ft) FCC
Lowry 91.9 FM KQSD-FM 100,000 270 meters (890 ft) FCC
Reliance 91.1 FM KTSD-FM 100,000 451 meters (1,480 ft) FCC
Spearfish 91.9 FM KYSD 6,000 −28.6 meters (−94 ft) FCC
Martin 102.5 FM KZSD-FM 100,000 230 meters (750 ft) FCC

South Dakota Public Radio also rebroadcasts on the following translator stations:

Location Frequency Call sign
Aberdeen 91.7 FM K219CM
Belle Fourche 88.1 FM K201AP
Edgemont 90.7 FM K214BN
Hot Springs 88.1 FM K201AQ
Huron 91.3 FM K217CE
Lead 88.7 FM K204GC
Mitchell 90.9 FM K215AI
Pierre 96.3 FM K242CH
Pringle 88.5 FM K203BN

In March 2007, South Dakota Public Radio started broadcasting on HD Radio.

Television stations[edit]

Television stations included in the state network are:

Station City of license Channels First air date Call letters' meaning ERP HAAT FCC
Facility ID
Transmitter coordinates Public license information
KUSD-TV Vermillion Digital:
34 (UHF)
Virtual:
2 (PSIP)
July 5, 1961 (59 years ago) (1961-07-05) University of
South
Dakota
236 kW 204 m (669 ft) 61072 43°3′1.4″N 96°47′2.3″W / 43.050389°N 96.783972°W / 43.050389; -96.783972 (KUSD-TV) Profile
LMS
KBHE-TV Rapid City Digital:
26 (UHF)
Virtual:
9 (PSIP)
September 13, 1967 (53 years ago) (1967-09-13) Black
Hills

Educational
76.3 kW 191.7 m (629 ft) 61068 44°3′6.5″N 103°14′38.9″W / 44.051806°N 103.244139°W / 44.051806; -103.244139 (KBHE-TV) Profile
LMS
KESD-TV Brookings Digital:
8 (VHF)
Virtual:
8 (PSIP)
February 4, 1968 (52 years ago) (1968-02-04) Educational
South
Dakota
15 kW 229 m (751 ft) 61067 44°20′16.2″N 97°13′42.1″W / 44.337833°N 97.228361°W / 44.337833; -97.228361 (KESD-TV) Profile
LMS
KTSD-TV Pierre Digital:
10 (VHF)
Virtual:
10 (PSIP)
August 1, 1970 (50 years ago) (1970-08-01) Television
South
Dakota
54.7 kW 487.7 m (1,600 ft) 61066 43°58′6.3″N 99°35′41.3″W / 43.968417°N 99.594806°W / 43.968417; -99.594806 (KTSD-TV) Profile
LMS
KDSD-TV Aberdeen Digital:
17 (UHF)
Virtual:
16 (PSIP)
January 1, 1972 (48 years ago) (1972-01-01) AberDeen
South
Dakota
19 kW 349 m (1,145 ft) 61064 45°29′54″N 97°40′28.9″W / 45.49833°N 97.674694°W / 45.49833; -97.674694 (KDSD-TV) Profile
LMS
KPSD-TV Eagle Butte Digital:
13 (VHF)
Virtual:
13 (PSIP)
September 16, 1973 (47 years ago) (1973-09-16) Public Broadcasting
South
Dakota
27 kW 516 m (1,693 ft) 61071 45°3′13.6″N 102°15′48.6″W / 45.053778°N 102.263500°W / 45.053778; -102.263500 (KPSD-TV) Profile
LMS
KQSD-TV Lowry Digital:
11 (VHF)
Virtual:
11 (PSIP)
March 9, 1976 (44 years ago) (1976-03-09) Quality
South
Dakota
37 kW 312.7 m (1,026 ft) 61063 45°16′37.1″N 99°59′11.2″W / 45.276972°N 99.986444°W / 45.276972; -99.986444 (KQSD-TV) Profile
LMS
KZSD-TV Martin Digital:
8 (VHF)
Virtual:
8 (PSIP)
February 9, 1978 (42 years ago) (1978-02-09) Zenith
South
Dakota
44.7 kW 266 m (873 ft) 61062 43°25′59.7″N 101°33′19.1″W / 43.433250°N 101.555306°W / 43.433250; -101.555306 (KZSD-TV) Profile
LMS
KCSD-TV Sioux Falls Digital:
24 (UHF)
Virtual:
23 (PSIP)
June 13, 1995 (25 years ago) (1995-06-13) Clark
South
Dakota
29 kW 75 m (246 ft) 60728 43°34′29.2″N 96°39′19.3″W / 43.574778°N 96.655361°W / 43.574778; -96.655361 (KCSD-TV) Profile
LMS
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX

Translators[edit]

The television programming from SDPB is also rebroadcast on the following low-power translator stations:

Call sign TV Channel Location
K04GW-D 4 Spearfish
K10PS-D 10 Pine Ridge
K19CG-D 19 Belle Fourche
K39LT-D 36 Pringle
K08PM-D 8 Wagner
K15IZ-D 15 Edgemont

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The digital signals of SDPB's TV stations are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]
x.1 1080i 16:9 SDPB 1 Main SDPB programming / PBS
x.2 480i SDPB 2 World
x.3 SDPB 3 Create
x.4 SDPB-4 PBS Kids
x.5 Audio only SDPB-5 SDPB Radio audio
x.6 SDPB-6 SDPB Classical HD2 network audio

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

During 2009, in the lead-up to the analog-to-digital television transition that would ultimately occur on June 12, SDPB shut down the analog transmitters of its stations on a staggered basis. Listed below are the dates each analog transmitter ceased operations as well as their post-transition channel allocations:[14]

  • KUSD-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations 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 34. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.
  • KBHE-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, on February 17, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 26. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 9.
  • KCSD-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23, on February 17, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 24. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 23.
  • KDSD-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 16, on February 17, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 17. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 16.
  • KESD-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on February 17, 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 18 to VHF channel 8 for post-transition operations.
  • KPSD-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 25 to VHF channel 13 for post-transition operations.
  • KQSD-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on February 17, 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 15 to VHF channel 11 for post-transition operations.
  • KTSD-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, on February 17, 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 21 to VHF channel 10 for post-transition operations.
  • KZSD-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on February 17, 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 23 to VHF channel 8 for post-transition operations.

Programming[edit]

Although SDPB provides PBS programming, it also produces original programs such as:

SDPB has also produced educational programs, such as:

  • By The People, For The People — a series about government in South Dakota.
  • Dakota Pathways — a series about the history of South Dakota.
  • Draw With Me with Diana Tollefson — a South Dakota educational series about art.
  • Infinite Variety — a series about the geography and environment of South Dakota.
  • South Dakota Adventure — a series about the history and culture of South Dakota.
  • Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea — a multimedia project about the history of the South Dakota Capitol.
  • The Badlands: Nature's Time Capsule — a multimedia project about Badlands National Park.

SDPB has also syndicated educational programs, such as:

  • Once Upon a Time — a children's show produced by Nebraska ETV in the 1980s which focused on children's reading.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dakota Pathways Frequently Asked Questions". Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  2. ^ "Accident collapses KUSD radio tower". Argus-Leader. December 22, 1992. p. 2B. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Student to pay for toppling tower". Argus-Leader. May 19, 1993. p. 2B. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "Transmitter to help public TV reception". Argus-Leader. June 12, 1995. p. 1D. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  5. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KUSD". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  6. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KBHE". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  7. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KCSD". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  8. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KDSD". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  9. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KESD". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  10. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KPSD". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  11. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KQSD". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  12. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KTSD". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  13. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KZSD-TV". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "No Cover No Minimum". South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Archived from the original on 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-03-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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