Shoutout Fun Facts — #7

More fascinating information about various public broadcasting stations.

This is week seven of our fun facts and I think you’ll enjoy this list. I hope you can read through it all! At least I’m trying to make you smarter.


Seventh Week Shoutouts (6–12/6–18)

Georgia Public Broadcasting, one of the largest public broadcasting networks in America.
  1. Monday, June 12th, 2017: Georgia Public Broadcasting

Georgia Public Broadcasting is one the largest public broadcasting networks in America (the third biggest actually). It owns and operates all PBS and NPR stations in the state with the exception of a few: three from Atlanta, one from Thomasville and one in Columbus, Ga.

What’s weird about this is that WGTV 8 in Athens — Atlanta was actually the second public television station in the market after WPBA 30 and that station is not even a part of the GPB Television lineup.

GPB Television produces a lot of Georgia-focused programs as well broadcasting the Georgia Legislature during the season as well as offering high school sports broadcasts, one of two that I know of that offers this kind (the other being Connecticut Public Television — CPTV).

GPB Television identifies its stations with two locations: the small city being the city of license and then the larger city that the station serves. Only WVAN-TV 9 in Savannah and WJSP-TV 28 in Columbus. GPB Television has nine stations including one in Atlanta where the market also has another PBS member station as previously mentioned, WPBA 30.

GPB Radio provides NPR programming for all of Georgia. It owns 18 stations; the other two include one that is not yet on-air (90.3 FM WBTB in Young Harris, Ga.) and one in Atlanta where it offers a separate feed from the rest and only airs GPB Radio/NPR on a part-time basis (5:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m. weeknights and 8:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. weekends on 88.5 WRAS in Atlanta). The latter competes against Atlanta’s main NPR News station, 90.1 WABE.

WVIZ 25 is the flagship PBS affiliate for Cleveland and makes up 1/3rd of Ideastream.

2. Tuesday, June 13th, 2017: WVIZ 25 / Cleveland

One of the most dominant public media companies in the country own WVIZ 25 and that is Ideastream. They own Cleveland’s flagship PBS affiliate and was started by a lady, Betty Cope, who wanted public television in Northeast Ohio. So she started it in 1965 and WVIZ became the 100th public television station in the country.

Ms. Cope would actually run the station for the next 28 years before deciding to retire in 1993. Since 2001, it has become a part of Ideastream which also owns Cleveland’s NPR and classical outlets respectively: 90.3 WCPN and 104.9 WCLV.

Today, WVIZ offers five (yes, FIVE) different subchannels including the main channel (25.1): Ohio government coverage on The Ohio Channel (25.2), International news and documentaries on World (25.3), lifestyle/DIY/how-to programming on Create (25.4), children’s programming on PBS Kids (25.5) and news/information and other stuff for the blind and deaf through Cleveland’s Sight Center Network (25.9 and audio-ONLY).

KNPR is the flagship station for the Nevada Public Radio network.

3. Wednesday, June 14th, 2017: 88.9 KNPR / Las Vegas

Nevada Public Radio (NPR; coincidence huh?) has been around since 1975 but 88.9 KNPR in Las Vegas has only been around since 1980 and was the first NPR (the national network, not the state-wide network) affiliate in the state of Nevada. However, it started at 89.5 FM and had a mix of news and classical music but it wasn’t until 2003 when classical music when to also NPR-owned station 89.7 KCNV and KNPR moved to 88.9 FM with an all-news/information format.

KNPR offers only one local program: State of Nevada. The weekday news/talk discussion program airs as a one-hour program on weekdays from 9:00–10:00 a.m. PT and then aired again from 7:00–8:00 p.m. PT.

Today, KNPR offers three HD Radio subchannels: the main signal on HD1, a simulcast of Classical 89.7 KCNV on HD2 and an AAA Music format on HD3 called NV89 since that main signal originates from 89.5 KNCJ in Reno.

KNPR also offers five full-power stations (first mentioned with bold stations) and nine repeaters (the list without the bold) which reach portions of Utah, Arizona and even California:

  • KWPR at 88.7 FM in Lund — Ely, Nev.
  • KLNR at 91.7 FM in Panaca, Nev.
  • KTPH at 91.7 FM in Tonopah, Nev.
  • KLKR at 89.3 FM in Elko, Nev.
  • KSGU at 90.3 FM in Saint George, Utah
  • Beatty, Nev. at 91.7 FM
  • Caliente, Nev. at 88.5 FM
  • Lake Havasu City, Ariz. at 91.7 FM
  • Laughlin, Nev. — Bullhead City, Ariz. at 89.5 FM
  • Mesquite, Nev. at 88.1 FM
  • Moapa, Nev. at 89.9 FM
  • Ridgecrest — China Lake, Calif. at 94.3 FM
  • Round Mountain, Nev. at 89.3 FM
  • Scotty’s Junction, Nev. at 88.1 FM
St. Louis Public Radio manages 90.7 KWMU.
But St. Louis Public Radio also owns 90.3 WQUB, known as Quincy Public Radio

4. Thursday, June 15th, 2017: 90.7 KWMU / St. Louis, 90.3 WQUB / Quincy, Ill. and 88.5 KMST / Rolla, Mo.

St. Louis Public Radio, as its well known, operates not just one but three stations and that happened this year. It only started with 90.7 KWMU until 2012 when the network added 90.3 WQUB in Quincy from Quincy University. And just this month, it took over operations of 88.5 KMST in Rolla, Mo. from the Missouri University of Science and Technology due to extensive budget cutbacks by that university.

Depending on where you live, the HD subchannels are not all the same at all the stations plus KMST doesn’t offer HD Radio: For KWMU and WQUB, they both offer the main channels on their HD1, but on HD2, that’s where it depends on location: KWMU offer Jazz Music while WQUB offers AAA Music called The Bridge. At least both also offer Classical Music on their HD3 subchannel.

For KMST, it also offers a translator, 96.3 FM K242AN in Lebanon, Mo. But the only difference, between KWMU/WQUB and KMST is that the latter still produces and airs its own bluegrass music program called Bluegrass for a Saturday Night which airs on Saturdays from 7:00–10:00 p.m. CT.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting handles the PBS and NPR member stations for all of South Dakota except for two.

5. Friday, June 16th, 2017: South Dakota Public Broadcasting

I was noticed by someone who works at SDPB who quoted one of @PubMediaFans’ tweets. Because of that, a shoutout to SDPB was given.

SDPB Television broadcasts PBS programming for all of South Dakota across nine different television stations including flagship KUSD-TV 2 in Vermillion, S.D. However, the state’s largest city, Sioux Falls, didn’t actually receive their own SDPB TV station until 1995 and today, its known as KCSD-TV 23 and even has six low-power translators.

It once co-produced a children’s reading program with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications — NET for national syndication called Once Upon A Time (not to be confused or no association with the current ABC show).

It has six subchannels because it even includes two subchannels to carry both SDPB Radio’s HD subchannels. In other words, both HD Radio subchannels are available on the radio and on television.

SDPB Radio broadcasts NPR programming for all of South Dakota with the exception of two: both in Sioux Falls and both are operated by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) which is owned by American Public Media (APM). Sioux Falls’ SDPB Radio station is 90.9 FM KCSD.

It broadcasts eleven different stations and nine translators with the 11 broadcasting in HD Radio and offering main programming on HD1 and Classical Music on HD2. It does broadcast a two-hour state-wide program called In The Moment that airs from 11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. CT and even from 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. MT since SDPB serves two time zones (Sioux Falls is in Central time zone while Rapid City is in Mountain time zone).

WIPB 49 is the station that gave Bob Ross his home for The Joy of Painting for a decade.

6. Saturday, June 17th, 2017: WIPB 49 / Muncie, Ind.

The station that gave Bob Ross his home for a decade, WIPB 49 is the smallest PBS affiliate in the Indianapolis market (the biggest is WFYI 20 in Indianapolis and the second is WTIU 30 in Bloomington).

This station was famously known for being the national PBS home to The Joy of Painting with legendary host and painter Bob Ross (the episodes are now on YouTube). It was originally produced by WNVC 24 in Fairfax, Va. in 1983 before moving it to WIPB in 1984 and then lasted here for a decade until its end in 1994.

Today, WIPB broadcasts a local Emmy Award-winning program called Connections Live!, in which Wikipedia describes it as a half-hour weekly magazine program that focuses on the people and places of interest in Central Indiana that connect people to their communities. A four-time Emmy Award winning program since 2002.

And it broadcasts three digital subchannels including WIPB 24-Hour Weather, its own 24/7 local weather channel on WIPB 49.3 with an audio simulcast of Indiana Public Radio (IPR) from 92.1 WBST-FM, also in Muncie. WBST, by the way, was the station that launched legendary late-night host David Letterman’s career. He started working there in 1966 as part of a “9-man news team” announcing the latest election returns, but was later fired for his irreverent treatment of classical music that the station was playing.

South Carolina Educational Television, better known as South Carolina ETV.

7. Sunday, June 18th, 2017: South Carolina Educational Television

ETV, as its known in the logo, is South Carolina’s main PBS affiliate. Owned by the state government through the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, it has eleven stations spread throughout the state plus some of their stations cover portions of Georgia (Augusta and Savannah) and North Carolina (Charlotte, Asheville and Hendersonville).

The network is known nationwide for producing a half-hour cooking show called A Chef’s Life. Hosted by Chef Vivian Howard along with her husband Ben Knight, it takes viewers inside the life of Ms. Howard as they open a fine dining restaurant in small-town Eastern North Carolina (North Carolina when the show is produced by a South Carolina institution. Weird, right?).

It also airs other programs like the Carolina Business Review (in conjunction with UNC-TV and WTVI 42 in Charlotte) and Carolina Classrooms as well as providing live coverage of the South Carolina Legislature (mainly seen through ETV World on the network’s DT3 subchannel).

Five of its stations actually have nicknames:

  • ETV Headquarters: WRLK-TV 35 in Columbia (flagship station)
  • ETV Lowcountry: WJWJ-TV 16 in Beaufort, S.C. (also serving Hilton Head — Hardeeville, S.C. — Savannah, Ga.)
  • ETV Sumter: WRJA-TV 27 in Sumter, S.C.
  • ETV Carolinas: WNSC-TV 30 in Rock Hill, S.C. (also serving Charlotte)
  • ETV Upstate: WRET-TV 49 in Spartanburg (also serving Hendersonville, N.C.)

The South Carolina Channel (SCC) on SCETV’s DT2 subchannel carries the national Create service daily, with regionally produced documentary programs focusing on the Carolinas airing during the evening hours. ETV World (ETVW) on SCETV’s DT3 subchannel provides live newscasts from Europe and live coverage from the South Carolina Legislature. They’re trying to add PBS Kids on its DT4 subchannel but so far have been unsuccessful.


So that’s Week 7. We’ll offer another post tomorrow which details Week 8. Again, follow us on Twitter: @PubMediaFans and always continue to follow our content here on Medium and keep an eye for our newsletter on Sundays. Have a great night.