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Memphis, Tennessee
United States
Branding WKNO Channel 10
Slogan Public Broadcasting for the Mid-South
Channels Digital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Affiliations PBS
Owner Mid-South Public Communications Foundation
First air date June 25, 1956; 60 years ago (1956-06-25)
Call letters' meaning KNOwledge
Sister station(s) WKNO-FM
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1956–2009)
Former affiliations NET (1956–1970)
Transmitter power 835 kW
Height 320.2 m
Facility ID 42061
Transmitter coordinates 35°9′16″N 89°49′20″W / 35.15444°N 89.82222°W / 35.15444; -89.82222 (WKNO)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.wkno.org

WKNO, virtual channel 10 (UHF digital channel 29), is a PBS member television station located in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned and operated by the Mid-South Public Communications Foundation, a non-profit organization governed by a board of trustees composed of volunteers, and is operated alongside NPR member radio station WKNO-FM (91.1). WKNO maintains studios and offices in Cordova, and its transmitter is also located there.


The station first signed on the air on June 25, 1956 as Tennessee's first public television outlet. Its studios were first located in midtown Memphis, but would move several years later to rented space on the campus of Memphis State University (now University of Memphis); in 1979, the studios were relocated a few blocks to the south, to the southern annex of the MSU campus on Getwell Road. That facility served the station for 30 years until November 2009, when the station moved into a custom-designed all-digital studio facility in Cordova.[1]

From 1968 to 1981, WKNO's programming was repeated on WLJT in Lexington for viewers in the remainder of western Tennessee outside the Memphis metropolitan area. Afterward, that station eventually began broadcasting a separate programming schedule, including programming of local interest to that region.

Unlike most of Tennessee's public television outlets, WKNO has never had direct or indirect ties to the state government, even though during its early years the station would identify as "Tennessee Educational Television" during in-school hours and "Tennessee Public Television" during off-school hours, including prime time.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
10.1 1080i 16:9 WKNO-HD Main WKNO-TV programming / PBS
10.2 480i WKNO-2 PBS Encore ("WKNO 2")
10.3 4:3 KNO-KID 24/7 PBS Kids Programming

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WKNO discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, on May 1, 2009.[3] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 29, using PSIP to display WKNO's virtual channel as 10 on digital television receivers.


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