Wyoming PBS
statewide Wyoming (includes portions of northern Utah and Colorado)
United States
ChannelsDigital: see table below
BrandingWyoming PBS
Wyoming Public Television (former)
SloganBelongs to you and me
Programming
Affiliationsxx.1: PBS (1983-present)
xx.2: Create
xx.3: PBS Kids
Ownership
OwnerCentral Wyoming College
History
FoundedMay 10, 1983 (1983-05-10)
First air date
May 10, 1983 (38 years ago) (1983-05-10)
Technical information
Facility IDsee table below
ERPsee table below
HAATsee table below
Transmitter coordinatessee table below
Translator(s)see table below
Links
Websitewyomingpbs.org

Wyoming PBS is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member network in the state of Wyoming. It currently consists of flagship KCWC-DT, channel 4 in Riverton (but licensed to Lander); full-power satellites KWYP-DT, channel 8 in Laramie and KPTW, channel 6 in Casper; and over 35 low-power translator stations across the state.

The network is owned by Central Wyoming College, a community college in Riverton which owns the licenses to all PBS stations licensed in the state, with studios located on the Central Wyoming College campus.

History

Wyoming had been among the first states to begin the groundwork for a non-commercial educational/public television station, doing so in 1951, three years before any television station was on the air in the state. However, due to numerous delays, it would be several years before the idea even got beyond the planning stages. In the meantime, KRMA-TV in Denver brought PBS programming to much of the state on cable and via translators. Other parts of Wyoming were served by KTNE-TV in Alliance, Nebraska, part of the Nebraska ETV Network; and KUED and KBYU-TV in Salt Lake City. KRMA (now known as Rocky Mountain PBS) and KUED still operate several translators in Wyoming, as much of the southwestern portion of the state is considered part of the Denver and Salt Lake City markets.

Central Wyoming College applied for the channel 4 license in Riverton in the late 1970s. Before then, the college offered college programming through the Riverton cable system on channel 4 using its own head end modulator on campus. Programming was in black and white in 1971-73 and very limited. Examples of shows included Riverton high school football, college basketball, on-campus lectures, and educational films. By mid 70's the educational radio station got on air and work began on KCWC-TV for full color equipment and FCC licenses. They had to fight a commercial station in nearby Casper to keep the channel designated as non-commercial. After securing the largest single federal grant for a public television station at the time, KCWC-TV finally went on the air on May 10, 1983. This made Wyoming the next-to-last state to get a public television station on the air within its borders; CWC filed just days before Montana State University filed for KUSM in Bozeman, Montana; which went on the air over a year after KCWC.

Initially, KCWC's coverage was limited to Riverton and surrounding Fremont County. Over the years, however, it built translator after translator across the state, bringing its signal to 85% of Wyoming. This wasn't as problematic as it may seem; this expansion effort was done largely in conjunction with the state's cable systems. Even in the digital era, cable and satellite are all but essential for acceptable television in much of Wyoming. Sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s, it adopted the on-air name of Wyoming Public Television to reflect its statewide reach.

KWYP-TV, the network's second full-power station, signed on in 2004. KPTW followed in March 2007 [1].

On New Year's Day 2008, the state network rebranded as Wyoming PBS to celebrate its 25th anniversary on the air.

The switch to digital television greatly extended Wyoming PBS' reach. Since digital signals cover more territory than analog signals, Wyoming PBS now claims to reach 95 percent of the state.

The network has a very close relationship with Central Wyoming College. Broadcasting students help produce and direct many of the network's shows and pledge drives. As of 2019, they added the PBS KIDS Channel to digital channel .3 on all of its stations.

Stations

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect KCWC-DT PSIP
short name
KWYP-DT PSIP
short name
KPTW PSIP
short name
Programming
4.1 8.1 6.1 1080i 16:9 KCWC-HD KWYP-HD KPTW-HD PBS
4.2 8.2 6.2 480i KCWC-SD KWYP-SD KPTW-SD Create
4.3 8.3 6.3 KIDS-SD PBS Kids
Station City of license
(other cities
served)
Channels
TV / DT
First air date Call letters’
meaning
ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Public license information
KCWC-DT Lander
(Riverton)
4
8 (VHF)
May 10, 1983 Central
Wyoming
College
60 kW 432 m (1,417 ft) 10036 42°34′57.5″N 108°42′35.7″W / 42.582639°N 108.709917°W / 42.582639; -108.709917 (KCWC-TV) Profile
LMS
KWYP-DT1 Laramie
(Cheyenne)
8
8 (VHF)
November 2004 WYoming
Public
Television
13 kW 308 m (1,010 ft) 10032 41°17′16.7″N 105°26′44.5″W / 41.287972°N 105.445694°W / 41.287972; -105.445694 (KWYP-DT) Profile
LMS
KPTW1 Casper 6
8 (VHF)
March 2007 Public
Television
Wyoming
2.3 kW 568 m (1,864 ft) 82575 42°44′25.7″N 106°21′36.7″W / 42.740472°N 106.360194°W / 42.740472; -106.360194 (KPTW) Profile
LMS

Notes:

Additionally, KCWC is carried on the Casper Dish Network feed. However, KWYP is not available on the Cheyenne Dish Network feed; KTNE is the sole PBS station offered. This is due to a longstanding FCC regulation that defined a "local" channel as one whose main transmitter is in the area, not a repeater. Although state networks in other states have satellite stations carried on local satellite feeds, Dish interpreted this regulation as forbidding it from carrying KWYP on the Cheyenne feed (presumably because Laramie is geographically part of the Denver market). Wyoming PBS has pursued legislation that would allow states that suffer from severe fragmentation of their state by outside markets a chance to claim "local" for public broadcasters in a style of "within our state borders" if the public broadcaster is providing the service to the entire state. In response, Congress amended the Satellite Home Viewer Act to permit satellite carriers to carry statewide PBS networks to viewers in all counties in that state, regardless of what DMA the county was in.

Translators

Wyoming PBS operates a network of low-power translator stations across the state of Wyoming—one of the largest translator networks in the PBS system.

City of license Callsign Translating Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Big Piney, etc. K24DA KCWC-DT 24 0.067 kW 165 m (541 ft) 63588 42°34′10.7″N 109°54′41.5″W / 42.569639°N 109.911528°W / 42.569639; -109.911528 (K24DA) Sublette County
Big Piney, etc. K33JQ-D KCWC-DT 33 0.02 kW 167 m (548 ft) 167599 42°34′10.7″N 109°54′41.5″W / 42.569639°N 109.911528°W / 42.569639; -109.911528 (K33JQ-D) Sublette County
Buffalo K19GX-D KCWC-DT 19 0.2 kW 94 m (308 ft) 167618 44°05′10.9″N 106°40′23.1″W / 44.086361°N 106.673083°W / 44.086361; -106.673083 (K19GX-D) Central Wyoming College
Cheyenne K36JO-D KWYP-DT 36 6 kW 53 m (174 ft) 128524 41°09′34.5″N 104°43′19.8″W / 41.159583°N 104.722167°W / 41.159583; -104.722167 (K36JO-D) Central Wyoming College
Chugwater K16IO-D KCWC-DT 16 0.9 kW 101 m (331 ft) 182338 41°46′8.8″N 104°49′0.8″W / 41.769111°N 104.816889°W / 41.769111; -104.816889 (K16IO-D) Central Wyoming College
Clareton K31LF-D KCWC-DT 31 0.245 kW 101 m (331 ft) 182314 43°44′40.1″N 105°28′03.0″W / 43.744472°N 105.467500°W / 43.744472; -105.467500 (K31LF-D) Central Wyoming College
Clark K23IX-D KCWC-DT 23 0.25 kW −47 m (−154 ft) 167617 44°56′19.8″N 109°07′2.5″W / 44.938833°N 109.117361°W / 44.938833; -109.117361 (K23IX-D) Central Wyoming College
Clarks Fork K02LH-D KCWC-DT 2 0.04 kW −332 m (−1,089 ft) 51612 44°53′36.8″N 109°38′24.6″W / 44.893556°N 109.640167°W / 44.893556; -109.640167 (K02LH-D) Central Wyoming College
Clarks Fork K26PH-D KCWC-DT 26 0.2 kW −310 m (−1,017 ft) 51622 44°53′36.9″N 109°38′28.6″W / 44.893583°N 109.641278°W / 44.893583; -109.641278 (K26PH-D) Central Wyoming College
Cody, Powell K27OU-D KCWC-DT 27 1.2 kW 82 m (269 ft) 167622 44°51′36.1″N 108°29′47.1″W / 44.860028°N 108.496417°W / 44.860028; -108.496417 (K27OU-D) Central Wyoming College
Crowheart K18JJ-D KCWC-DT 18 0.335 kW 117 m (384 ft) 181744 43°08′06.2″N 108°55′1.9″W / 43.135056°N 108.917194°W / 43.135056; -108.917194 (K18JJ-D) Central Wyoming College
Douglas K29JO-D KCWC-DT 29 1.1 kW 102 m (335 ft) 181738 42°43′25″N 105°18′24″W / 42.72361°N 105.30667°W / 42.72361; -105.30667 (K29JO-D) Central Wyoming College
Dubois, etc. K16LT-D KCWC-DT 16 0.3 kW 381 m (1,250 ft) 167620 43°29′57.8″N 109°41′18.5″W / 43.499389°N 109.688472°W / 43.499389; -109.688472 (K16LT-D) Central Wyoming College
Evanston K23DS-D KCWC-DT 23 0.23 kW 407 m (1,335 ft) 74269 41°21′0.8″N 110°54′18.6″W / 41.350222°N 110.905167°W / 41.350222; -110.905167 (K23DS-D) Central Wyoming College
Freedom K31DC-D KCWC-DT 31 0.2 kW 684 m (2,244 ft) 38920 43°07′7.7″N 111°7′48.7″W / 43.118806°N 111.130194°W / 43.118806; -111.130194 (K31DC-D) Lower Star Valley TV Association
Gillette K26NL-D KCWC-DT 26 5.8 kW 117 m (384 ft) 167621 44°18′17″N 105°33′55″W / 44.30472°N 105.56528°W / 44.30472; -105.56528 (K26NL-D) Central Wyoming College
Glendo K21HQ-D KWYP-DT 21 0.25 kW 161 m (528 ft) 127144 42°20′43.8″N 105°1′55.9″W / 42.345500°N 105.032194°W / 42.345500; -105.032194 (K21HQ-D) Central Wyoming College
Glenrock K24MK-D KCWC-DT 24 0.4 kW 64 m (210 ft) 182697 42°53′28.2″N 105°52′5.8″W / 42.891167°N 105.868278°W / 42.891167; -105.868278 (K24MK-D) Central Wyoming College
Greybull K19KW-D KCWC-DT 19 1.15 kW 162 m (531 ft) 167623 44°24′46.8″N 107°59′51.4″W / 44.413000°N 107.997611°W / 44.413000; -107.997611 (K19KW-D) Central Wyoming College
Jackson K19FG-D KCWC-DT 19 0.23 kW 232 m (761 ft) 10033 43°27′44.7″N 110°45′5.7″W / 43.462417°N 110.751583°W / 43.462417; -110.751583 (K19FG-D) Central Wyoming College
Kemmerer K24GT-D KCWC-DT 24 0.37 kW 267 m (876 ft) 128712 41°50′17″N 110°30′14″W / 41.83806°N 110.50389°W / 41.83806; -110.50389 (K24GT-D) Central Wyoming College
La Barge K29HV-D KCWC-DT 29 0.25 kW 571 m (1,873 ft) 167614 42°09′26.7″N 110°19′41.5″W / 42.157417°N 110.328194°W / 42.157417; -110.328194 (K29HV-D) Central Wyoming College
Lander KCWC-DT (DRT) KCWC-DT 16 0.12 kW 7 m (23 ft) 10036 42°54′20.8″N 108°42′21.4″W / 42.905778°N 108.705944°W / 42.905778; -108.705944 (KCWC-DT (DRT)) Central Wyoming College
Lucerne K22NJ-D KCWC-DT 22 0.35 kW 41 m (135 ft) 167591 43°42′45.9″N 107°53′1.3″W / 43.712750°N 107.883694°W / 43.712750; -107.883694 (K22NJ-D) Central Wyoming College
Meeteetse K29IH-D KCWC-DT 29 1.25 kW 72 m (236 ft) 167615 44°12′44.2″N 108°51′30″W / 44.212278°N 108.85833°W / 44.212278; -108.85833 (K29IH-D)) Central Wyoming College
Mountain View K36OU-D KCWC-DT 36 0.3 kW 310 m (1,017 ft) 27129 41°06′19.2″N 110°12′38.5″W / 41.105333°N 110.210694°W / 41.105333; -110.210694 (K36OU-D)) Central Wyoming College
Newcastle K15II-D KCWC-DT 15 0.23 kW −27 m (−89 ft) 181516 43°50′23.9″N 104°12′4.7″W / 43.839972°N 104.201306°W / 43.839972; -104.201306 (K15II-D)) Central Wyoming College
North Fork, etc. K32IF-D KCWC-DT 32 0.2 kW 599 m (1,965 ft) 167626 44°29′36.8″N 109°10′9.5″W / 44.493556°N 109.169306°W / 44.493556; -109.169306 (K32IF-D)) Central Wyoming College
Pinedale K14IL KCWC-DT 14 0.262 kW 185 m (607 ft) 63589 42°55′8.7″N 110°00′54.5″W / 42.919083°N 110.015139°W / 42.919083; -110.015139 (K14IL)) Sublette County
Pinedale K19HJ-D KCWC-DT 19 0.1 kW 185 m (607 ft) 167598 42°55′8.7″N 110°00′54.5″W / 42.919083°N 110.015139°W / 42.919083; -110.015139 (K19HJ-D)) Central Wyoming College
Rawlins K15MP-D KCWC-DT 15 2.75 kW 292 m (958 ft) 56610 41°40′52.6″N 107°14′13.2″W / 41.681278°N 107.237000°W / 41.681278; -107.237000 (K15MP-D)) Central Wyoming College
Rawlins K19MG-D KCWC-DT 19 0.32 kW 67 m (220 ft) 167613 41°46′15.7″N 107°14′16.9″W / 41.771028°N 107.238028°W / 41.771028; -107.238028 (K19MG-D)) Central Wyoming College
Rock Springs K28JU-D KCWC-DT 28 0.5 kW 372 m (1,220 ft) 167610 41°34′43″N 109°19′14″W / 41.57861°N 109.32056°W / 41.57861; -109.32056 (K28JU-D)) Central Wyoming College
Sage Junction K17NG-D KCWC-DT 17 2 kW 93 m (305 ft) 182684 41°49′8.3″N 110°58′26.8″W / 41.818972°N 110.974111°W / 41.818972; -110.974111 (K17NG-D) Central Wyoming College
Sheridan K15HK-D KCWC-DT 15 4 kW 368 m (1,207 ft) 167612 44°37′25.7″N 107°07′5.1″W / 44.623806°N 107.118083°W / 44.623806; -107.118083 (K15HK-D) Central Wyoming College
Sundance K15KM-D KCWC-DT 15 0.92 kW 270 m (886 ft) 181532 44°23′16.9″N 104°22′36.8″W / 44.388028°N 104.376889°W / 44.388028; -104.376889 (K15KM-D) Central Wyoming College
Sunlight Basin K29IG-D KCWC-DT 29 0.22 kW 482 m (1,581 ft) 167609 44°45′14.2″N 109°22′30″W / 44.753944°N 109.37500°W / 44.753944; -109.37500 (K29IG-D) Central Wyoming College
Teton Village K16LM-D KCWC-DT 16 0.5 kW 741 m (2,431 ft) 167611 43°35′47.4″N 110°52′10.4″W / 43.596500°N 110.869556°W / 43.596500; -110.869556 (K16LM-D) Central Wyoming College
Thermopolis KCWC-DT (DRT) KCWC-DT 16 0.09 kW 71.8 m (236 ft) 10036 43°39′7.8″N 108°15′7.3″W / 43.652167°N 108.252028°W / 43.652167; -108.252028 (KCWC-DT (DRT)) Central Wyoming College
Torrington K18JD-D KCWC-DT 18 0.23 kW −12 m (−39 ft) 181528 42°04′34.8″N 104°11′29.8″W / 42.076333°N 104.191611°W / 42.076333; -104.191611 (K18JD-D) Central Wyoming College
Wood River K31JO-D KCWC-DT 31 0.25 kW 218 m (715 ft) 167608 44°04′29.8″N 108°56′12.4″W / 44.074944°N 108.936778°W / 44.074944; -108.936778 (K31JO-D) Central Wyoming College
Wright K25LI-D KCWC-DT 25 0.9 kW 223 m (732 ft) 181734 43°43′25.9″N 105°53′6″W / 43.723861°N 105.88500°W / 43.723861; -105.88500 (K25LI-D) Central Wyoming College