WKPC-TV

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WKPC-TV
(satellite of WKLE,
Lexington, Kentucky)
Kentucky Educational Television logo.svg
Louisville, Kentucky
United States
BrandingKET (general)
KET: The Kentucky Network (secondary)
SloganWhere Learning Comes to Life
ChannelsDigital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
Affiliations15.1: KET/PBS
15.2: KET2/PBS Encore
15.3: KY Channel
15.4: KET PBS Kids
OwnerKentucky Authority for Educational Television
First air dateSeptember 8, 1958 (61 years ago) (1958-09-08)
Call letters' meaningW Kentucky Public Communications
Sister station(s)WKMJ-TV
Former callsignsAnalog:
WFPK-TV (1958–1969)
Digital:
WKPC-DT (1999–2009)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
15 (UHF, 1958–2009)
Former affiliationsNET (1958–1970)
Transmitter power60.3 kW
58 kW (CP)
Height237 m (778 ft)
266.1 m (873 ft) (CP)
Facility ID21432
Transmitter coordinates38°22′1″N 85°49′54″W / 38.36694°N 85.83167°W / 38.36694; -85.83167
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
(
satellite of WKLE,
Lexington, Kentucky)
Profile

(
satellite of WKLE,
Lexington, Kentucky)
CDBS
Websitewww.ket.org

WKPC-TV, virtual channel 15 (UHF digital channel 30), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Louisville, 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. WKPC-TV's transmitter (like those belonging to several other Louisville stations, including sister WKMJ-TV) is located at the Kentuckiana Tower Farm at Floyds Knobs, in Floyd County, Indiana. WKPC and WKMJ are the only KET-owned stations whose transmitters are outside Kentucky's borders.

History[edit]

WKPC-TV first went on the air on September 8, 1958. It formerly operated as a standalone station owned by the city of Louisville. It used the call sign WFPK-TV from 1958 to 1969 and served as a member of National Educational Television (NET) from 1958 to 1970.

In 1997, the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television acquired the license for WKPC-TV from locally based Fifteen Telecommunications, Inc. August 1997 saw the launch of KET's second service, KET2, which was intentionally tailored for the Louisville metropolitan area.[1][2]

Digital television[edit]

WKPC-TV's digital signal, WKPC-DT, was the first KET affiliate to broadcast in digital, making it Kentucky's first digital television station. On August 19, 1999, the station's digital signal was turned on by then-Kentucky governor Paul E. Patton during the opening ceremonies of the Kentucky State Fair.[3][4]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
15.1 720p 16:9 KET Main KET programming / PBS
15.2 480i 4:3 KET2 PBS Encore / KET2
15.3 KET KY Kentucky Channel
15.4 KETKIDS PBS Kids

[5]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

On April 16, 2009, WKPC-TV turned off its analog signal over UHF channel 15 as part of the mandatory analog-to-digital television transition of 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 15.

Spectrum auction results[edit]

WKPC currently holds a construction permit to reallocate its digital signal onto UHF channel 30. This is part of the network's participation in the 2016–17 FCC Spectrum incentive auction.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ KET Milestones (1997–1998) Archived from the original May 6, 2001. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Press Release (May 30, 1997). "KET Acquires WKPC/Channel 15 License". KET. Archived from the original July 22, 1997. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  3. ^ KET Milestones (1999–2000). Archived from the original May 6, 2001. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  4. ^ Experience the Future with KET. Archived from the original May 1, 2001. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WKPC

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