BrandingPBS Utah
OwnerUniversity of Utah
First air date
January 20, 1958 (66 years ago) (1958-01-20)
Former call signs
KUTA (CP, 1956–1957)[1]
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 7 (VHF, 1958–2009)
  • Digital: 42 (UHF, 2002–2018)
NET (1958–1970)
Call sign meaning
Utah Education
Technical information[2]
Licensing authority
Facility ID69396
ERP374 kW
HAAT1,266 m (4,154 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°39′33″N 112°12′10″W / 40.65917°N 112.20278°W / 40.65917; -112.20278
Translator(s)see § Satellite stations and translators
Public license information

KUED (channel 7), branded PBS Utah, is a PBS member television station in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The station is owned by the University of Utah, and has studios at the Eccles Broadcast Center on Wasatch Drive in the northeastern section of Salt Lake City; its transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City. KUED has a large network of broadcast translators that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout Utah.

Prior to July 2018, KUED was one of two PBS member stations serving Utah, the other being Provo-licensed KBYU-TV (channel 11), owned by Brigham Young University. In October 2017, it was announced that KBYU would drop PBS programming on June 30, 2018, in favor of its own BYUtv service, leaving KUED as the sole PBS station for the state.[3]


Logo as "KUED 7"; used until November 24, 2019.

The station first signed on the air on January 20, 1958, with an episode of The Friendly Giant. The station originally broadcast from improvised studios set up in the basement of the old student union building on the University of Utah campus. The station had humble beginnings with no props, primitive equipment, and a donated transmitter, courtesy of Time-Life Inc., then-owners of KTVT (channel 4, now KTVX). A $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation made it possible from KUED to sign on the air.

Early programming was purely educational, in some cases consisting of nothing more than a teacher standing in front of a chalk board and lecturing. About half of the programs aired were locally produced, with the rest coming from National Educational Television (NET) and other sources. When PBS succeeded NET in 1970, the focus of programming changed to educational and entertainment programming.

For most of the time from 1965 to 1988, KUED was the default NET/PBS member station for most of Montana; cable systems in most of the state from Butte eastward piped in KUED. When KUSM signed on from Bozeman as the first public television station in Montana, it simulcast KUED for PBS programming for its first three years on the air as part of a partnership between the U of U and KUSM's owner, Montana State University. This gave KUSM time to train its staff and build local support. In 1988, TCI Cable, which by then had become the dominant cable provider in most of Montana, began phasing out KUED, with KUSM completely replacing KUED across TCI's footprint by 1990.

After having branded with its call letters and channel number for virtually its entire history, KUED announced on November 4, 2019, that it would rebrand as "PBS Utah" on November 25, adopting the updated national PBS logo and branding that was unveiled the same day.[4][5]

Technical information


The stations' signals are multiplexed:

Subchannels of KUED,[6] KUES,[7] and KUEW[8]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
7.1 19.1 18.1 1080i 16:9 KUED-HD Main programming / PBS
7.2 19.2 18.2 480i World World
7.3 19.3 18.3 Kids PBS Kids
7.4 19.4 18.4 Create Create

On March 7, 2017, KUED replaced V-me on digital 7.3 with PBS Kids.[9]

On December 29, 2017, KUED added Create on digital subchannel 7.4.[10]

Analog-to-digital conversion

KUED shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[11] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42,[12] using virtual channel 7.

Satellite stations and translators

KUED has two full power satellites serving rural areas of Utah, both digital-only:

Station City of license Channel
First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Public license information
KUES1 Richfield
2000 (24 years ago) (2000) 0.33 kW 441 m (1,447 ft) 82576 38°38′3.9″N 112°3′35.7″W / 38.634417°N 112.059917°W / 38.634417; -112.059917 (KUES)
KUEW St. George
  • 18 (UHF)
  • 18
2002 (22 years ago) (2002) 1.62 kW 66.5 m (218.2 ft) 82585 37°3′49.9″N 113°34′22.8″W / 37.063861°N 113.573000°W / 37.063861; -113.573000 (KUEW)


Aside from their transmitters, KUES and KUEW do not maintain any physical presence in their cities of license.

Additionally, KUED can be seen on over 85 translator stations covering all of Utah, plus parts of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.[6]

Related stations


  1. ^ "FCC History Cards for KUED" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KUED". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ Pierce, Scott D. (October 23, 2017). "KBYU-TV will no longer be a PBS station in 2018 — and KBYU-FM will abandon classical music". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "KUED being rebranded as PBS Utah". Deseret News. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "KUED-Channel 7 is changing its name to PBS Utah". The Salt Lake Tribune. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  6. ^ a b RabbitEars TV Query for KUED
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KUES
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KUEW
  9. ^ KUED to Launch KUED PBS Kids Channel Services
  10. ^ KUED to Add Create Channel
  11. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived August 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ [https://web.archive.org/web/20090206090120/http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11628657 Archived 2009-02-06 at the Wayback Machine Congress delays digital TV switch until June; Utah sticks to original cutoff, Vince Horiuchi, Salt Lake Tribune February 4, 2009