From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
(satellite of WKLE, Lexington, Kentucky)
Kentucky Educational Television logo.svg
Madisonville, Kentucky
United States
BrandingKET (general)
KET: The Kentucky Network (secondary)
SloganWhere Learning Comes to Life
ChannelsDigital: 42 (UHF)
(to move to 31 (UHF))
Virtual: 35 (PSIP)
Affiliations35.1: KET/PBS
35.2: KET2/PBS Encore
35.3: KY Channel
35.4: KET PBS Kids
OwnerKentucky Authority for Educational Television
First air dateSeptember 23, 1968 (50 years ago) (1968-09-23)
Call letters' meaningW Kentucky MAdisonville
Former channel number(s)Analog:
35 (UHF, 1968–2009)
W64AV 64 (UHF) Hopkinsville (1985–2000)[1]
Former affiliationsNET (1968–1970)
Transmitter power55.1 kW
36.7 kW (CP)
Height298 m (978 ft)
317.8 m (1,043 ft) (CP)
Facility ID34212
Transmitter coordinates37°11′21″N 87°30′49″W / 37.18917°N 87.51361°W / 37.18917; -87.51361
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
satellite of WKLE, Lexington, Kentucky) Profile

satellite of WKLE, Lexington, Kentucky) CDBS

WKMA-TV, virtual channel 35 (UHF digital channel 42), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Madisonville, 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. WKMA-TV's transmitter is located near St. Charles, Kentucky.


The station signed on the air on September 23, 1968 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (2 p.m. Central Time), as one of the ten charter stations of the KET network.[2] All of the network's satellites were strategically located to serve as much of the state as possible.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital television companion signal, WKMA-DT, along with the digital companions of thirteen other KET stations (except WKPC and WKMJ) signed on the air in May 2002.[2]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
35.1 720p 16:9 KET Main KET programming / PBS
35.2 480i 4:3 KET2 PBS Encore / KET2
35.3 KET KY Kentucky Channel


Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

On April 16, 2009, WKMA-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 35 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 completed the transition on April 16.[4] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 35.

Spectrum incentive auction results[edit]

WKMA currently holds a construction permit to reallocate its digital signal onto UHF channel 31. This is part of the network's participation in the 2016–17 FCC Spectrum incentive auction. The station's current digital frequency, on UHF channel 42, is one of the upper-mid UHF band channels (38-51) to be removed from broadcasting use to provide additional bandwidth for use by wireless services.

Coverage area[edit]


WKMA-TV's signal primarily serves the Pennyrile region of west-central Kentucky, and can reach from the northern suburbs of Clarksville, Tennessee to the southern outskirts of Owensboro, and from Grand Rivers to Russellville. Grade B coverage is available in Owensboro, Russellville, parts of the city of Henderson, and the Clarksville area and into Fort Campbell.[5] The station's over-the-air signal can cover portions of four DMAs, including the southern portion of the Evansville market (where WKMA originates), and portions of the Paducah market's easternmost areas, the Nashville, Tennessee market's southwestern Kentucky counties, as well as the western half of Butler County in the Bowling Green market. As it is with most other KET stations, WKMA's over-the-air signal covers some of the same areas as those of some of KET's other stations, including WKOH/Owensboro, WKGB-TV/Bowling Green, WKPD/Paducah, and WKMU/Murray. In fact, much of Muhlenberg and Todd counties is served by the over the air signals of both WKMA and WKGB.[6] McLean County is well served by both WKMA and WKOH. All of the network's satellites were strategically located to maximize signal coverage in the state of Kentucky to the fullest extent possible. Total over-the-air coverage of all KET stations is subject to change due to the network participating in the 2016 FCC Spectrum auction.

Cable availability[edit]

KET's statewide cable coverage in the Pennyrile region includes the local Mediacom systems in Hopkins, Caldwell, and Crittenden counties. It is also carried on Charter Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) in Webster County, as well on Crystal Broadband and Comcast Xfinity systems in Muhlenberg County.[7]

While WKMA's terrestrial signal reaches Christian, Todd, and Trigg counties and the Charter Spectrum system lists WKMA on cable in Hopkinsville/Christian County, Mediacom systems in Christian and Trigg counties carry WKMU in Murray.[8][9]

In terms of satellite television carriage, WKMA is not available on DirecTV or Dish Network, as WKOH and WNIN-TV are the only PBS stations uplinked in the Evansville market. KET is not available on satellite in Christian, Todd, Trigg, or Logan counties, as these are considered to be in the Nashville market, where that city's PBS affiliate WNPT, along with WCTE of Cookeville, Tennessee, are the only PBS signals uplinked to satellite television in those areas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ PBS Interstitials from WKLE, 1999. YouTube. 2016.
  2. ^ a b ”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]
  3. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Rabbitears.info. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Calls come after KET, WKYT digital TV transition". Lexington Herald-Leader. April 17, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Signal coverage maps of all full-power stations -- Evansville, Indiana. (Federal Communications Commission, 2009)
  6. ^ Signal coverage maps of all full-power stations in Bowling Green, Kentucky. (Federal Communications Commission, 2009)
  7. ^ "KET Cable and Satellite Company Channel Listings" (PDF). Ketorg.cdn.ket.org.
  8. ^ "MediacomCable - Television". Mediacomtoday-lineup.com.
  9. ^ "MediacomCable - Television". Mediacomtoday-lineup.com. Retrieved 1 November 2018.

External links[edit]