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KCPT 19 logo.png
Kansas City, Missouri-
Kansas City, Kansas
United States
City of license Kansas City, Missouri
Branding KCPT
Channels Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
Subchannels 19.1 PBS
19.2 PBS Encore
19.3 Create
Affiliations PBS
Owner Public Television 19, Inc.
First air date March 29, 1961
Call letters' meaning Kansas
Sister station(s) KTBG
Former callsigns KCSD-TV (1961–1972)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
19 (UHF, 1961–2009)
Former affiliations NET (1961–1970)
Transmitter power 55 kW
Height 355 m
Facility ID 53843
Transmitter coordinates 39°4′58.7″N 94°28′50.1″W / 39.082972°N 94.480583°W / 39.082972; -94.480583
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.kcpt.org/

KCPT, virtual channel 19 (UHF digital channel 18), is a PBS member television station serving Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas, United States. The station is owned by Public Television 19, Inc., a not-for-profit broadcasting entity. KCPT maintains studio facilities shared with sister AAA music radio station KTBG (90.9) located on East 31st Street in Kansas City, Missouri's Union Hill section (adjacent to the transmitter tower of CBS affiliate KCTV), and its transmitter is located near 23rd Street and Stark Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri's Blue Valley section.

The station is available on Time Warner Cable and SureWest channel 11, Comcast channel 4 and AT&T U-verse channel 19. There is a high definition feed provided on Time Warner Cable digital channel 1011, Surewest digital channel 601 and AT&T U-verse channel 1019.


Live broadcast of KCPT's Ruckus Event

The station first signed on the air on March 29, 1961 as KCSD. It was originally owned by the Kansas City School District, and operated as a member station of National Educational Television; it later became a charter member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) when it launched in 1970. The school district put the station's license up for sale in 1971. A group of civic leaders formed Public Television 19, Inc., and bought the license. The station changed its callsign to KCPT in January 1972. That fall, it began broadcasting PBS programs in color for the first time. In 1973, the station held its first televised auction.

In 1984, KCPT relocated its operations to facilities in the Union Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, located south of downtown Kansas City, which had originally served as the broadcast facility of KCTV (channel 5) from 1955 to 1983; that station's trademark transmission tower still rises above the building. In 2002, KCPT won a National Emmy Award for Best Documentary for Be Good, Smile Pretty, a film which documents Tracy Droz Tragos' journey to find the father she lost in Vietnam. In 2008, KCPT began broadcasting its programming in high definition. In December 2013, KCPT found a sister radio station when PT19 purchased KTBG from the University of Central Missouri, which is intended to be programmed as a local AAA station and compliment to KCPT.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming1
19.1 720p 16:9 KCPT-1 Main KCPT programming / PBS
19.2 480i KCPT-2 PBS Encore
19.3 4:3 KCPT-3 Create

In addition to its main channel, KCPT operates two digital subchannels: KCPT2 on digital channel 19.2 offers programming from the PBS Encore service, KCPT Create on digital channel 19.3 features how-to and other instructional programming from the Create network; both subchannels launched in 2008.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KCPT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 19, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 18.2 Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 19.


In addition to PBS programs and programs syndicated for public television distribution, KCPT produces local programs such as Kansas City Week in Review, Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations, the political affairs program Ruckus, Check, Please! Kansas City and The Local Show.

Some of KCPT's former on-air program hosts have included John Masterman (the host of Kansas City Illustrated) and Laurel Defoe, who joined the station from commercial outler WDAF-TV (channel 4).


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