|Kansas City, Missouri-
Kansas City, Kansas
|City of license||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Channels||Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
19.2 PBS Encore
|Owner||Public Television 19, Inc.|
|First air date||March 29, 1961|
|Call letters' meaning||Kansas
|Former callsigns||KCSD-TV (1961–1972)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
19 (UHF, 1961–2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1961–1970)|
|Transmitter power||55 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
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.
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.
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|
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.
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).
- RabbitEars TV Query for KCPT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Official website
- Tower Trivia site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KCPT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCPT-TV