KSPS-TV
KSPS 2019 logo.png
Spokane, Washington
United States
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7
Programming
Affiliations7.1: PBS
7.2: World
7.3: Create
7.4: PBS Kids
Ownership
OwnerKSPS Public Television
(Friends of KSPS)
History
First air date
April 24, 1967 (55 years ago) (1967-04-24)
Former call signs
KSHD (CP, 1964–1966)[1]
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
7 (VHF, 1967–2009)
Digital:
8 (VHF, 2003–2009)
NET (1967–1970)
Call sign meaning
Spokane Public Schools
(original licensee)
-or-
Spokane's Seven
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID61956
ERP45.1 kW[2]
HAAT558 m (1,831 ft)
Transmitter coordinates47°34′34″N 117°18′2″W / 47.57611°N 117.30056°W / 47.57611; -117.30056
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.ksps.org

KSPS-TV (channel 7) is a PBS member television station in Spokane, Washington, United States, owned by KSPS Public Television. The station's studios are located on South Regal Street in the Southgate neighborhood of Spokane, and its transmitter is located on Krell Hill southeast of Spokane.[3]

History

On April 24, 1967, KSPS-TV first signed on the air,[4] from the basement of Adams Elementary of Spokane Public Schools. It was affiliated with National Educational Television (NET), and moved to its successor network, PBS, on October 5, 1970. A series of school levy failures in the early 1970s forced the station to secure alternate funding and, in 1972, Friends of Seven, now known as Friends of KSPS, was founded to provide financial support to KSPS.

Former logo used until 2019.
Former logo used until 2019.

On July 26, 2012, the board of Spokane Public Schools voted unanimously to spin off KSPS to the Friends of KSPS. A day later, the Friends of KSPS board also voted unanimously to move forward with taking full control of the station. The transition from an educational license to a community license was completed in fall 2013. School board employees working for KSPS would become employees of the non-profit organization. Gary Stokes, the executive director of the Friends of KSPS, says that he hopes to "keep things as business-as-usual as possible. That includes keeping the employees a part of our station." Friends of KSPS has become the primary financial supporter for the station in recent years and Stokes said he believed that his organization was in a position to take over the station outright. The station plans to remain at Ferris High School in the short term; the school board has no plans to sell the building in which the station is located.[3][5] Soon after the sale closed and the station officially became a community-licensed station, Friends of KSPS changed its trading name to KSPS Public Television.

Programming

KSPS provides programing from PBS and local sources. The station's main signal reaches parts of Washington and Idaho, and it operates a translator network covering parts of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. It is also carried on cable in most of Alberta and parts of British Columbia, and on satellite systems across western Canada. Montana and Alberta are on the Mountain Time Zone, and programs are viewed one hour later by local time.

A significant portion of the station's donations and viewing audience comes from Calgary and Edmonton.[6] Calgary and Edmonton each have populations which are more than double the entire population of KSPS's American coverage area, and most of the station's members live in those two cities. Not only must KSPS take its large Canadian audience into account in its programming, but a significant portion of its donations are in Canadian dollars. It is one of five local Spokane TV stations seen in Canada on Shaw Cable.

It was the first station to carry Mary Ann Wilson's Sit and Be Fit program, as KSPS serves as the primary production studio and distributor of the series since it debuted in 1987.[7]

Tower collapse

On November 29, 2006, ice and wind caused the top 200 feet (60 meters) of the station's antenna at the Krell Hill transmission site to collapse, disrupting its off-air signal. Other area television broadcasters promised to lend short-term support. Cable and satellite feeds in the U.S. and Canada were not affected, as fiber is used to transmit the signal to the head ends. Over-the-air broadcasts were interrupted for almost a month while the tower was being repaired.[8][9]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[10]
7.1 1080i 16:9 KSPS-HD Main KSPS-TV programming / PBS
7.2 480i KSPS Wo World
7.3 720p KSPS Cr Create
7.4 480i KIDS PBS Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion

KSPS-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 8 (where its digital signal was originally slated to remain post-transition) to channel 7.[11]

Translators

This list related to film, television, or video is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (October 2021)
City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Baker Flats Area K32MC-D 32 0.24 kW −113 m (−371 ft) 61958 47°29′36.4″N 120°19′18.2″W / 47.493444°N 120.321722°W / 47.493444; -120.321722 (K32MC-D) Friends of KSPS
Brewster
Pateros
K34NN-D 34 0.04 kW 689 m (2,260 ft) 68501 48°1′11.5″N 119°58′41.2″W / 48.019861°N 119.978111°W / 48.019861; -119.978111 (K34NN-D) Methow Valley Communications District
Bridgeport K23MU-D 23 0.071 kW 261 m (856 ft) 10816 48°2′53.5″N 119°42′43.2″W / 48.048194°N 119.712000°W / 48.048194; -119.712000 (K23MU-D) Chief Joseph Community Services, Inc.
Chelan Butte K07JO-D 7 0.03 kW 552 m (1,811 ft) 64467 47°48′25.4″N 120°2′3.2″W / 47.807056°N 120.034222°W / 47.807056; -120.034222 (K07JO-D) Friends of KSPS
Coulee City K10RA-D 10 0.009 kW 138 m (453 ft) 198094 47°38′52.2″N 119°23′11.6″W / 47.647833°N 119.386556°W / 47.647833; -119.386556 (K10RA-D) Coulee City
Leavenworth K13IY-D 13 0.01 kW −126 m (−413 ft) 187543 47°36′59.4″N 120°40′42.3″W / 47.616500°N 120.678417°W / 47.616500; -120.678417 (K13IY-D) Leavenworth Non-Profit TV Association
Malott
Wakefield
K12CW-D 12 0.002 kW 188 m (617 ft) 64490 48°19′35.5″N 119°42′17.2″W / 48.326528°N 119.704778°W / 48.326528; -119.704778 (K12CW-D) T.V. Reception Improvement District
Methow K11BM-D 11 751 m (2,464 ft) 68508 48°2′12.5″N 119°59′11.2″W / 48.036806°N 119.986444°W / 48.036806; -119.986444 (K11BM-D) Methow Valley Communications District
Omak K17EV-D 17 0.1 kW 611 m (2,005 ft) 64462 48°27′14.5″N 119°18′34.1″W / 48.454028°N 119.309472°W / 48.454028; -119.309472 (K17EV-D) T.V. Reception Improvement District
Riverside K12CV-D 12 0.001 kW −222 m (−728 ft) 64464 48°29′49.5″N 119°30′49.1″W / 48.497083°N 119.513639°W / 48.497083; -119.513639 (K12CV-D)
Stemilt, etc. K17OF-D 17 0.06 kW 785 m (2,575 ft) 2493 47°16′26.4″N 120°24′22.2″W / 47.274000°N 120.406167°W / 47.274000; -120.406167 (K17OG-D) Apple Valley TV Association, Inc.
Tonasket K12CX-D 12 0.015 kW 20 m (66 ft) 64457 48°46′52.5″N 119°23′14.2″W / 48.781250°N 119.387278°W / 48.781250; -119.387278 (K12CX-D) T.V. Reception Improvement District
Winthrop K17KR-D 17 0.05 kW −339 m (−1,112 ft) 188834 48°32′19.5″N 120°18′47.8″W / 48.538750°N 120.313278°W / 48.538750; -120.313278 (K17KR-D) Methow Valley Communications District
Winthrop
Twisp
K13BA-D 13 0.035 kW 507 m (1,663 ft) 68513 48°19′4.5″N 120°6′58.2″W / 48.317917°N 120.116167°W / 48.317917; -120.116167 (K13BA-D)
Bonners Ferry, ID K32HA-D 32 0.383 kW 863 m (2,831 ft) 6540 48°36′37.7″N 116°15′31.6″W / 48.610472°N 116.258778°W / 48.610472; -116.258778 (K32HA-D) Boundary County Translator District
Coeur d'Alene, ID K26LJ-D 26 1.6 kW 467 m (1,532 ft) 61953 47°43′53.6″N 116°43′55.6″W / 47.731556°N 116.732111°W / 47.731556; -116.732111 (K26LJ-D) Friends of KSPS
Coolin, ID K05GL-D 5 0.013 kW 71 m (233 ft) 53516 48°35′35.7″N 116°54′32.8″W / 48.593250°N 116.909111°W / 48.593250; -116.909111 (K05GL-D) Priest Lake Translator District
K31DS-D 31 0.099 kW −103 m (−338 ft) 53513 48°31′52.7″N 116°49′1.7″W / 48.531306°N 116.817139°W / 48.531306; -116.817139 (K31DS-D)
Cottonwood, ID
Grangeville, ID
K26CK-D 26 2.071 kW 615 m (2,018 ft) 9892 46°4′8.5″N 116°27′57.5″W / 46.069028°N 116.465972°W / 46.069028; -116.465972 (K26CK-D) Friends of KSPS
Lewiston, ID K24JN-D 24 1.6 kW 279 m (915 ft) 50531 46°27′3.5″N 117°2′49.5″W / 46.450972°N 117.047083°W / 46.450972; -117.047083 (K24JN-D)
Sandpoint, ID K23NM-D 23 0.512 kW 862 m (2,828 ft) 61954 48°19′52.7″N 116°41′37.7″W / 48.331306°N 116.693806°W / 48.331306; -116.693806 (K23NM-D)
Big Arm, Elmo, MT K08PQ-D 8 0.04 kW −130 m (−427 ft) 5822 47°48′55.7″N 114°19′17.4″W / 47.815472°N 114.321500°W / 47.815472; -114.321500 (K08PQ-D) Blacktail TV Tax District
Kalispell, MT K32HH-D 32 0.271 kW 794 m (2,605 ft) 5817 48°0′39.8″N 114°21′51.4″W / 48.011056°N 114.364278°W / 48.011056; -114.364278 (K32HH-D)
Libby, MT K30MJ-D 30 0.431 kW 84 m (276 ft) 37217 48°26′19.8″N 115°31′40.5″W / 48.438833°N 115.527917°W / 48.438833; -115.527917 (K30MJ-D) Libby Video Club, Inc.
Missoula, MT K08PR-D 8 3 kW 658 m (2,159 ft) 190528 47°1′6″N 114°0′44″W / 47.01833°N 114.01222°W / 47.01833; -114.01222 (K08PR-D) Friends of KSPS
Woods Bay, MT K11KE-D 11 0.035 kW −45 m (−148 ft) 5827 48°1′14.8″N 114°3′33.4″W / 48.020778°N 114.059278°W / 48.020778; -114.059278 (K11KE-D) Blacktail TV Tax District
Milton, etc., OR K29EG-D 29 1 kW 170 m (558 ft) 11362 45°49′54.4″N 118°15′40.8″W / 45.831778°N 118.261333°W / 45.831778; -118.261333 (K29EG-D) Citizens T.V., Inc.

References

  1. ^ "FCC History Cards for KSPS-TV".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=KSPS[bare URL]
  3. ^ a b "Schools, TV station consider cutting ties". spokesman.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Educational TV Station on Air Soon" The Spokesman-Review, April 21, 1967. Retrieved: May 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Lawrence-Turner, Jody (27 July 2012). "KSPS board agrees to begin divorce talks with school district". The Spokesman-Review.
  6. ^ Guilfoil, Michael (19 February 2017). "Front & Center: As KSPS turns 50, Gary Stokes helps TV station keep moving forward". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  7. ^ About Mary Ann[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "KSPS - Public Television - Spokane, WA". 29 September 2007. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2013-06-06.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". www.rabbitears.info. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  11. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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