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(satellite of WKLE, Lexington, Kentucky)
Kentucky Educational Television logo.svg
Bowling Green, Kentucky
United States
BrandingKET (general)
KET: The Kentucky Network (secondary)
SloganWhere Learning Comes to Life
ChannelsDigital: 48 (UHF)
(to move to 29 (UHF))
Virtual: 53 (PSIP)
Affiliations53.1: KET/PBS
53.2: KET2/PBS Encore
53.3: KY Channel
53.4: KET PBS Kids
OwnerKentucky Authority for Educational Television
First air dateSeptember 23, 1968 (50 years ago) (1968-09-23)
Call letters' meaningW Kentucky Green Bowling
Former channel number(s)Analog:
53 (UHF, 1968–2009)
48 (UHF, 2002–2019)
Former affiliationsNET (1968–1970)
Transmitter power54.8 kW
32.4 kW (CP)
Height234 m (768 ft)
248.3 m (815 ft) (CP)
Facility ID34177
Transmitter coordinates37°5′23″N 86°38′5″W / 37.08972°N 86.63472°W / 37.08972; -86.63472
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
satellite of WKLE, Lexington, Kentucky) Profile

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WKGB-TV, virtual channel 53 (UHF digital channel 48), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States. Owned by the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television, the station is operated as part of the statewide Kentucky Educational Television (KET) network. WKGB-TV's transmitter is located near Hadley, along US 231 (Morgantown Road) and Interstate 165 (formerly the William H. Natcher Parkway) near the WarrenButler county line.


In 1962, the Kentucky Board of Education had ten construction permits to create an educational television network via a flagship station in Lexington, plus several satellite stations throughout the state. WKGB, along with nine other charter stations of the Kentucky Educational Television network signed on together at exactly 2 p.m. Central Time on the afternoon of September 23, 1968.[1] Before WKGB's sign on, the default NET/PBS station for Bowling Green was WDCN-TV channel 2 (now WNPT channel 8) in Nashville, Tennessee; indeed Bowling Green was originally part of the Nashville designated market area until Arbitron separated the area into its own market in 1978. On the day the network signed on, WKGB became the Bowling Green area's first non-commercial station, and the area's first UHF station. WKGB-TV is also the second television station in the Bowling Green area six years after ABC affiliate WLTV (channel 13, now WBKO) signed on.

Despite the existence of KET, the distant WNPT (also known as Nashville Public Television), which KET sometimes competed with in the southern Kentucky area, remained on CATV and cable television systems in the Bowling Green area from the 1970s onward, even after the January 1989 sign-on of WKYU-TV, the standalone PBS station owned by Western Kentucky University. WNPT continued to be carried on Bowling Green-area systems until around 2002, but it is still currently available to all cable subscribers of Glasgow-based South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative, and the Glasgow Electric Plant Board.[2][3] WNPT's over-the-air signal can still be picked up at least in southern areas of Warren County and several Kentucky counties along the Tennessee state line.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital television companion signal, WKGB-DT, along with the digital companions of thirteen other KET stations signed on in May 2002.[4] WKGB was the second television station in the market to start broadcasting in digital after WBKO's digital signal began broadcasting in 2000.

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
53.1 720p 16:9 KET Main KET programming / PBS
53.2 480i 4:3 KET2 PBS Encore / KET2
53.3 KET KY Kentucky Channel


Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

On April 16, 2009, WKGB-TV, along with all other full-power KET stations, shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 53 as part of the mandatory analog-to-digital television transition of 2009. The deadline was moved from February 17 to June 12 of that year as part of the DTV Delay Act, but all KET stations, along with Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT-TV, completed the transition on April 16.[6] WKGB's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 53, which was among the high band UHF frequencies (channels 52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

Spectrum incentive auction results[edit]

In Summer 2017, due to the network's participation in the FCC's 2016–17 Spectrum auction, WKGB filed for a construction permit for its digital subchannel to relocate to UHF channel 29. As a result, WKGB must move to digital UHF channel 29 due to spectrum re-packing. Channels will be changing over a transition period, which in this case, will take place between September 7, 2019 and October 18, 2019. This transition will also lower the station's effective radiated power from its current 54,800 watts to 32,400 watts as per the construction permit.[7][8] The signal is scheduled to move to its new allocation at some point in Fall 2019 as its current allocation on UHF channel 48 is among the upper-mid UHF band frequencies (channels 38-51) to be reverted for use of wireless service.


Over-the-air signal[edit]

Currently, WKGB-TV's signal penetrates much of the Bowling Green market, with the exception of Metcalfe County, where WKGB's signal falls short of, and where it is possible that WKSO-TV of Somerset can be picked up with an outdoor antenna.[9] WKGB reaches some north-central portions of the Nashville market, which includes a few Kentucky counties along the Tennessee state line, including areas in Todd, Logan, Simpson, and Allen counties, in areas from Allensville to Holland. In northern Middle Tennessee, WKGB's signal reaches into the northern half of both Robertson and Sumner counties, along with rural sections of northwestern Macon County.[10] Out-of-market coverage of WKGB also includes nearby sections of the Louisville (Grayson County) and Evansville (Ohio and Muhlenberg counties) media markets.

As it is with most other KET stations, WKGB-TV's over-the-air signal covers some of the same areas as those of some of KET's other stations, including WKMA-TV/Madisonville, WKOH/Owensboro, and WKZT-TV/Elizabethtown, Kentucky.[11] In fact, much of Muhlenberg and Todd Counties is served by the over the air signals of both WKMA and WKGB.[12] Hart County is served entirely by WKZT, but the WKGB signal does make it to at least the Munfordville area. Much of Grayson County is also well-served by both signals.[13] All of the network's satellites were strategically located to maximize signal coverage in the state of Kentucky to the fullest extent possible. Signal coverage is subject to change due to the 2016 FCC Spectrum auction.

Cable and satellite availability[edit]

All cable systems in Kentucky carry at least the flagship KET service. The network's statewide coverage in southern Kentucky includes Charter Spectrum systems in Bowling Green, Mediacom cable systems in much of the remainder of the market, Suddenlink systems in Logan County, the Russellville Electric Plant Board, as well as the Glasgow Electric Plant Board and the South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative.[14] Comcast Xfinity systems in Franklin and Horse Cave also carries at least the main channel. In addition to cable coverage in Kentucky, WKGB's feed of KET is also carried on cable in Macon, northeastern Sumner, and far-western Clay counties in Tennessee, including Lafayette. This is due in part to the fact that the Lafayette area's cable system, the North Central Telephone Cooperative, also serves Allen County on the Kentucky side of the state line with the same system.[15]

As part of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010, since June 3 of that year, WKGB's main channel is also carried on satellite television on Dish Network channel 53. Both WKGB and WKYU are uplinked on Dish Network's Bowling Green feed. DirecTV currently does not provide any of Bowling Green's local stations. KET is not available on satellite in Logan, Simpson, Allen, or Monroe Counties as those counties are considered to be in the Nashville market, where WNPT, along with Cookeville, Tennessee’s WCTE, is uplinked on satellite television in the Nashville market.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ “Historical marker unveiled for KET’s 50th anniversary”. WKYT-TV. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Barren, Hart, Metcalfe, and Adair County Channel Lineup”. SCRTC. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Glasgow EPB Cable Lineup
  4. ^ ”Directory of Radio Stations in the United States and Canada”. Broadcasting Yearbook 2003-2004. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 2003-04.pp. B37-B39. [1]
  5. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WKGB
  6. ^ "Calls come after KET, WKYT digital TV transition". Lexington Herald-Leader. April 17, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  7. ^ http://rabbitears.info/phasemap.php?maptype=s&phase=6
  8. ^ Post Incentive Auction Television Data Files
  9. ^ Signal coverage maps of all full-power stations -- Lexington, Kentucky. (Federal Communications Commission, 2009)
  10. ^ Signal coverage maps of all full-power stations -- Bowling Green, Kentucky. (Federal Communications Commission, 2009)
  11. ^ Signal coverage maps of all full-power stations in Bowling Green, Kentucky. (Federal Communications Commission, 2009)
  12. ^ Maps of the coverage areas of all Full-power stations in the Evansville, Indiana market. Federal Communications Commission (2009).
  13. ^ Maps of the coverage areas of all Full-power stations in the Louisville, KY market. Federal Communications Commission (2009).
  14. ^ KET Cable and Satellite Company Channel Listings
  15. ^ KET Cable and Satellite Company Channel Listings

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