Shoutout Fun Facts — #5
We’ve been on Twitter for 10 weeks. This is just Edition #5.
Public Media Fans on Twitter has been around for 10 weeks now but we’re only on #5. So basically halfway there. This is from May 29th to June 4th.
Fifth Week Shoutouts (5–29/6–4)
- Monday, May 29th, 2017: KERA-TV 13 and 90.1 KERA-FM / Dallas — Fort Worth
If your looking for a powerful public media brand that serves not just its market, but also other markets through TV and radio, then KERA is the name you need. KERA-TV 13 signed on-air in 1960 as part of the Dallas Independent School District, basically the city’s public schools district. The station can be kinda known as the PBS affiliate to introduce the popular BBC show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus to American audiences.
The PBS member station used to own a secondary station, KDTN Channel 2 in 1988, which showed additional PBS programming as well as other educational and instructional programming until it was sold to the religious television broadcaster Daystar in 2004. Today, KDTN 2 still runs as a Daystar affiliate.
Meanwhile, KERA-TV 13’s signal is reached to several different areas across Texas through translators. Its programming is also in Wichita Falls through translator K44GS-D Channel 44, therefore serving as the de facto PBS affiliate for the market, even though PBS is also served through a translator from OKLA, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority. In Tyler/Longview, KERA is desperately trying to get a translator through that market since that market doesn’t have a PBS affiliate of its own.
On the radio side, 90.1 KERA-FM is the main NPR station for the DFW Metroplex. The station is home to a two-hour local program called Think with Krys Boyd. The program airs weekdays from 12:00 Noon — 2:00 p.m. but earlier this year, it expanded throughout the state of Texas and it now airs state-wide as a one-hour program, mainly in the 1:00 p.m. timeslot.
While its main signal serves the DFW Metroplex, it also has three translators to broadcast its programming to areas that otherwise don’t have access to an NPR station. Those translators are as follows:
- 100.1 FM K261CW / Tyler — Longview
- 99.3 FM K257EV / Sherman — Denison
- 88.3 K202DR / Wichita Falls
90.1 KERA-FM has had the distinction of winning many state-wide and national awards and this year, they won one national Edward R. Murrow Award (Excellence in Video), eight regional Edward R. Murrow Awards (Overall Excellence, Website, Sound, Video, Feature Reporting, Hard News, Newscast and Sports Reporting), five Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards (Special Series, Light Feature, Commentary-Editorial, Online/Special Content and Newscast with several honorable mentions) and four Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards (Radio Journalist of the Year, Public Affairs, Talk Show and Use of Sound).
90.1 KERA-FM currently maintains a relationship with NBC O&O station KXAS-TV 5 in Fort Worth — Dallas.
2. Tuesday, May 30th, 2017: 88.7 WBFO / Buffalo
88.7 WBFO and its local news department has been highly recognized by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. And is probably one of the best public radio news stations in the Northeast. This station, like a handful of others, used to broadcast a mix of news and music that included jazz and blues. But also like those handful of others, it switched to an all-day news and talk format.
The station is owned by the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association, which also currently owns the flagship PBS member station for Buffalo, WNED-TV Channel 17 and all-classical music station 94.5 WNED-FM Buffalo, also known as Classical 94.5 WNED.
Due to Buffalo being a close proximity to Toronto, the stations can be seen and heard in the area which can provide as just three of only a handful of PBS and NPR stations in Canada and sometimes serve as Canada’s only PBS and NPR affiliates, considering that Canada’s public broadcaster is the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and they too have TV (CBC Television) and Radio (CBC Radio — CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2).
WBFO’s programming is also broadcast through the following satellite stations:
- 88.1 FM WUBJ in Jamestown
- 91.3 FM WOLN in Olean
As of this post, these stations along with the HD signal of WBFO (88.7 WBFO-HD1) were having some technical problems but have since been fixed:
And recently, WBFO has introduced Student Journals which encourages high school students to take WBFO’s equipment and conduct interviews with other students about teenage life:
Here’s the first post:
As part of WBFO's ongoing education reporting we are launching a new project called Student Journals. Over the next few…news.wbfo.org
3. Wednesday, May 31st, 2017: WFSU-TV 11 + 88.9 WFSU-FM / Tallahassee and WFSG 56 + 89.1 WFSW / Panama City
Florida State University is heavily involved in broadcasting because they own and manage a lot. First, the PBS affiliates are WFSU-TV 11 in Tallahassee and WFSG 56 in Panama City. WFSU is the main station with WFSG being the satellite repeater.
This station is best known for proving a first-of-its-kind in 1973, a recap of legislature proceedings called Today in the Legislature which provided a daily recap of Florida’s Legislature from the Florida House and Senate and proceeded other kinds of programs that would soon follow and even C-SPAN which didn’t launch as a 24-hour gavel-to-gavel government network until 1979. The program no longer exists today but the coverage survives somewhat through a daily half-hour (during the legislature session) and weekly half-hour (during other times) radio program broadcast on WFSU and WFSW called The Capitol Report.
WFSU is also the home station for the state’s 24-hour gavel-to-gavel government network called The Florida Channel which is broadcast on WFSU and WFSG’s DT2 subchannels as well as on all PBS affiliates throughout the state, mainly during legislative sessions only but some do offer it daily while others offer it 24/7 (WFSU and WFSG offer the latter). The channel can be described as Florida’s C-SPAN.
The NPR affiliates involved are 88.9 WFSU-FM in Tallahassee and 89.1 WFSW in Panama City. WFSU was one of 90 initial NPR member stations to carry the inaugural episode of NPR’s All Things Considered in 1971. WFSW was signed on-air in 1996 which provided the city with a second NPR service after 90.7 WKGC, also in Panama City, but the latter has stopped airing NPR programming in 2013 and has decided to let WFSW have the NPR programming. WKGC continues to air a public radio format though by airing American Public Media (APM) programming.
FSU also owns classical music station 91.5 WFSQ. That station actually was the home to the original WFSU-FM until FSU signed on the 88.5 FM signal on October 14th, 1990 and moved the news and informational format there while keeping classical on 91.5 FM. The station is also heard on full-power satellite 90.7 WFSL in Thomasville, Ga. and on low-powered 92.7 FM in Northeast Tallahassee.
88.9 WFSU-FM is also heard on low-power translators including 91.7 FM in Carrabelle, Fla.; 106.1 FM in Marianna, Fla.; 96.7 FM in Apalachicola, Fla. and 93.7 FM in downtown Tally itself (according to Wikipedia, its necessary because the main 88.9 WFSU-FM transmitter must conform its signal to a different direction in order to protect 89.9 WTSU in Troy, Ala.). 89.1 WFSW is also heard on low-power translators including low-powered 91.1 FM in Port St. Joe, Fla. and 94.5 FM in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
4. Thursday, June 1st, 2017: KQED-TV 9 and 88.5 KQED-FM / San Francisco — Oakland — San Jose.
When I said what was said in the caption, I am not kidding. KQED (TV and FM) having ratings so high that it makes many public media stations uber jealous.
KQED-TV 9 is the main PBS affiliate for all of the San Francisco Bay Area. Its programming is also broadcast on its full-power satellite station KQET 25 in Watsonville, serving the Monterey Bay Area and giving it its own PBS while sharing the KQED brand. The station became just the sixth public television station to sign-on in the country and when it did so on April 5th, 1954, it signed on 4 days after WQED 13 in Pittsburgh did on April 1st, 1954 (no joke).
KQED has a sister station which serves as the secondary PBS for the market, KQEH 54, which is known as KQED Plus. It used to be San Jose’s very own PBS affiliate as KTEH until the merger with KQED happened in 2008. It wasn’t until 2011 when KQED made those changes to the channel. It also broadcasts KQED 9 on its DT2 subchannel, the same way KQED 9 broadcasts KQEH 54 on its DT2 subchannel. KQEH is known for airing a lot of British programming, mainly airing programs from the BBC.
KQED-TV is also available in the San Luis Obispo — Santa Maria — Santa Barbara TV market on cable and became the de facto PBS affiliate for that market on January 1st, 2011 when Los Angeles’ former PBS affiliate KCET 28 deflected from the network on December 31st, 2010.
88.5 KQED-FM is THE most-listened to NPR affiliate in the country. Just like WFSU, KQED was also one of 90 initial stations to carry the inaugural episode of NPR’s ATC in 1971. One of the notable programs that the station carries today is the call-in show called Forum, hosted by Michael Krasny and airs on weekday mornings from 9:00–11:00 a.m. PT.
KQED-FM’s programming is also heard on full-time satellite station 89.3 KQEI-FM in North Highlands — Sacramento and has been since 2003. That competes against another NPR member station in the area, Capital Public Radio. KQED-FM also has two translators, 88.1 FM K201BV in Benicia — Martinez, Cal. and 88.3 FM K202CT in Santa Rosa, Cal.
5. Friday, June 2nd, 2017: KOCE-TV 50 / Huntington Beach — Los Angeles
Don’t look too far out now. KOCE is becoming a rising star within PBS’ member stations. After KCET deflected from the PBS network in 2010, KOCE became the flagship PBS member station for the area. KOCE’s “rivals” are KVCR 24 in San Bernardino — Riverside, which mainly serves the Inland Empire and KLCS 58, also in Los Angeles and run by the L.A. Unified School District.
Its the only public television station that I know of that broadcasts religious broadcaster Daystar on its DT3 subchannel and that stems from a 2002 sale of KOCE that later became a lawsuit in 2004 because it was illegal but then a settlement was offered in 2007 for Daystar to broadcast on one of KOCE’s digital subchannels, thus DT3.
KOCE is also carried on cable in Santa Barbara and Palm Springs and on translators:
- KBAB-LD 50 in Santa Barbara (even though its already carried on cable as well as San Francisco’s KQED 9)
- KODG-LP 17 in Palm Springs (mainly served though by the secondary PBS for L.A., the Inland Empire’s KVCR 24)
- K41CB 41 in Lucerne Valley
The station was recently involved in the FCC’s 2017 Spectrum Auction. On April 13th, 2017, KOCE-TV announced it had sold its over-the-air spectrum for $49 million, which the station said it would use to invest in programming and other services. As a result, it will channel share with multicultural independent station KSCI 18 in Los Angeles at a date TBD but its currently unclear as to how the Daystar simulcast requirement for KOCE 50.3 (from 2007) will be fulfilled as part of the agreement.
Later this year on November 20th, KOCE 50 will celebrate its 45th anniversary of providing secondary and now primary PBS programming for all of Los Angeles.
6. Saturday, June 3rd, 2017: 90.5 KUT / Austin
This is a station that has been around for a very long time but did had a period where it actually didn’t broadcast at all.
KUT started broadcasting in 1925 after operating as an experimental station for four years, but due to running out of funding, it had to sign-off two years later in 1927. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t come back for another 31 years.
In 1958, it came back but at 90.7 FM. It would later move to the current 90.5 FM frequency in 1982. In 1971, it became a charter member of NPR and yes, just like WFSU and KQED mentioned here, it too was one of 90 stations carrying the inaugural ATC episode in the same year.
And when NPR’s Morning Edition launched on November 5th, 1979, KUT carried the inaugural episode. KUT has become somewhat of a pioneer for carrying NPR’s programming from the beginning.
KUT was the originators for the Hispanic-focused show Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa when it started in 1992. That’s no longer the case as in 2010, Futuro Media Group took over production of the program but NPR continues to distribute it and today, its NPR’s only news magazine that focuses on America’s Latino community and is the longest-running program of its kind.
7. Sunday, June 4th, 2017: Wisconsin Public Radio
Wisconsin is the state that invented public radio and possibly started the forefront to public broadcasting that we currently know today in the United States. Wisconsin Public Radio turned 100 this year thanks to AM 970 WHA Madison when it was experimental station 9XM in 1917. WHA would start regular broadcasts on January 13th, 1922 (95 years ago).
In 1971, the network officially began when it became a charter member of NPR. Currently, they split the whole network into two different streams: The Ideas Network (all-news/talk) and The NPR News and Classical Network (which carries a mix of public news/talk and classical music).
The difference between both in terms of NPR programming is that the former carries more state-wide Wisconsin-related talk shows while the latter carries more of NPR’s national programming while also carrying classical music during the evening hours. The former network is on 19 stations from all across the state while the latter network is on 11 stations.
It also offers an HD2 Classical Network which plays classical music 24/7 and is offered on 11 of its stations on the HD2 subchannel with the exception of 102.3 FM W272CN in Ashland, which rebroadcasts the HD2 signal of 89.9 WHSA Brule — Superior, Wisc.— Duluth, Minn.
Only two stations in WPR broadcast in AM Radio: the flagship AM 970 WHA in Madison and AM 930 WLBL in Stevens Point, Wisc.
Note to mention which is a good point: despite WHA broadcasting well throughout Madison on its AM 970 signal, it has to reduce its signal at night to protect clear-channel CBC Radio One station AM 990 CBW in Winnipeg from interference and makes coverage for WHA at night very hard to hear. Therefore, it has two translators and a HD subchannel to broadcast WHA to serve Madison during the nighttime hours:
- 107.9 FM W300BM in Madison, broadcasting via AM 970 WHA (provides coverage to downtown and eastern Madison including the University of Wisconsin, also located in Madison)
- 90.9 FM W215AQ in Madison, broadcasting via 88.7 WERN-HD3 (also providing coverage to Madison)
- 88.7 FM WERN-HD3 in Madison, broadcasting via AM 970 WHA. This signal helps provide the second FM translator of WHA to Madison.
Some other notes to point out: Even Milwaukee has its own WPR station through 90.7 WHAD in Delafield — Milwaukee and broadcasts The Ideas Network. In other words, its broadcasts mostly Wisconsin-related talk shows. However, Milwaukee doesn’t have its own Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) PBS station since Milwaukee is served by Milwaukee PBS (WMVS 10 and WMVT 36). It even has its own additional NPR News source from 89.7 WUWM in Milwaukee proper (which is owned by the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee). And The Ideas Network broadcasts nine hours of live Wisconsin-produced talk shows on a typical weekday which is more than what you’ll expect from a typical NPR member station.
So that’s Week Five. There are more shoutouts to come (and five more postings of these) and if you stop by tomorrow, we’ll deliver “The Best of @PubMediaFans,” which mainly recaps the week’s news in public media through tweets from Twitter. Don’t worry, the Twitter links will show up so you can click on them or follow them from it. Stay tuned for more content from Public Media Fans. Follow us here and on Twitter.