Pioneer Public TV

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Pioneer Public Television logo
KWCM: Appleton, Minnesota
KSMN: Worthington, Minnesota
BrandingPioneer Public Television
SloganProudly Serving (area town)
ChannelsDigital: KWCM: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Digital: KSMN: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
Subchannels(see article)
TranslatorsK20JY-D 20 Olivia
K27KN-D 27 Alexandria
K44AE-D 22 Willmar
K45DJ-D 33 Granite Falls
K49FA-D 49 Fergus Falls
OwnerWest Central Minnesota Educational Television Company
First air dateKWCM: January 21, 1966[1]
KSMN: March 2, 1997
Call letters' meaningKWCM:
Southern MiNnesota
Former channel number(s)KWCM:
10 (VHF, analog, 1966–2009)
20 (UHF analog, 1997–2009)
31 (UHF digital, –2009)
Former affiliationsNET (1966–1970)
Transmitter powerKWCM:
50 kW (digital)
200 kW (digital)
381 m (digital)
290.1 m (digital)
Facility IDKWCM: 71549
KSMN: 71558
Transmitter coordinatesKWCM:
45°10′3″N 96°0′2″W / 45.16750°N 96.00056°W / 45.16750; -96.00056 (KWCM-TV)
43°53′52″N 95°56′50″W / 43.89778°N 95.94722°W / 43.89778; -95.94722 (KSMN)

KWCM-TV is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member Public television station for southwest and west-central Minnesota. The station is licensed to the town of Appleton, and airs on digital channel 10, which is also its virtual channel. It operates a full-time satellite, KSMN-TV (digital channel 15, virtual channel 20) in Worthington. It is operated by the West Central Minnesota Educational Television Company.

Together, the two stations are known as Pioneer Public Television. Signals from the stations can also be received in parts of Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota. Several other translators carry the signal into other communities.

KWCM went on the air for the first time on February 7, 1966. In the early years, it repeated the signal of KTCA-TV in the Twin Cities. It adopted the Pioneer Public Television name in 1982, and added KSMN in 1997.

The station is available on the DirecTV and Dish Network feeds for the Twin Cities and Sioux Falls markets. Appleton is part of the Twin Cities market, while Worthington is part of the Sioux Falls market. This gives Pioneer a potential audience of 4.8 million people in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

KWCM and KSMN's broadcasts are now digital-only, effective 9pm June 12, 2009.[2]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming
xx.1 720p 16:9 KWCM-HD/KSMN-HD Main programming / PBS
xx.2 480i Create Create
xx.3 KWCM-MN/KSMN-MN Minnesota Channel
xx.4 KWCM-WD/KSMN-WD World
xx.5 PTVKids PBS Kids

Pioneer-produced shows[edit]

Some locally produced shows include Postcards, Prairie Sportsman, Funtime Polka, Your Legislators, Country Spires and programs produced with the University of Minnesota Morris, Prairie Yard and Garden, Academic Challenge, Echoes of Cry of the Marsh and Minnesota Rivers and Fields. Some of these shows have also been shown on the Minnesota Channel, a statewide network originated at KTCI 17 Twin Cities which carries local programs on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Broadcast Translators[edit]

A network of digital translators in western Minnesota extends the reach of the primary KWCM and KSMN signals.


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KWCM signed on February 7, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on January 21.
  2. ^

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