|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)|
|Owner||KSPS Public Television
(Friends of KSPS)
|First air date||April 24, 1967|
|Call letters' meaning||Spokane Public Schools (former licensee)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
7 (VHF, 1967-2009)
|Former affiliations||NET (1967-1970)|
|Transmitter power||21.6 kW|
KSPS-TV, channel 7 on digital television, is the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) public television station in Spokane, Washington. It also has viewership in the province of Alberta, Canada, including the cities of Edmonton and Calgary. The station broadcasts its main signal from its site at Krell Hill, also known as "Tower Mountain", with its general studios at Joel E. Ferris High School in the South Gate neighborhood on Spokane's south side.1 KSPS can be seen in high-definition on channel 107 on Comcast in the Spokane area, and channel 707 in the Coeur d'Alene and Palouse areas. KSPS can also be seen on channel 7 on Dish Network and DirecTV in both standard and high-definition.
The station first signed on the air April 24, 1967,2 from the basement of Adams Elementary of Spokane Public Schools. A series of school levy failures in the early 1970s forced the station to secure alternate funding and, in 1972, Friends of Seven, later known as Friends of KSPS, was founded to provide financial support to KSPS.
On July 26, 2012, the board of Spokane Public Schools voted unanimously to spin off KSPS to the Friends of KSPS. A day later, the Friends of KSPS board also voted unanimously to move forward with taking full control of the station. The transition from an educational license to a community license was completed in fall 2013. School board employees working for KSPS would become employees of the non-profit organization. Gary Stokes, the executive director of the Friends of KSPS, says that he hopes to "keep things as business-as-usual as possible. That includes keeping the employees a part of our station." Friends of KSPS has become the primary financial supporter for the station in recent years and Stokes said he believed that his organization was in a position to take over the station outright. The station plans to remain at Ferris High School in the short term; the school board has no plans to sell the building in which the station is located.13 Soon after the sale closed and the station officially became a community-licensed station, Friends of KSPS changed its name to KSPS Public Television.
KSPS provides programing from PBS and local sources. The station's main signal reaches parts of Washington and Idaho, and it operates a translator network covering parts of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. It is also carried on cable in most of Alberta and parts of British Columbia, and on satellite systems across western Canada.
The majority of the station's donations from pledge drives come from Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary and Edmonton each have populations which are more than double the entire population of KSPS's American coverage area, and most of the station's members live in those two cities. Not only must KSPS take its large Canadian audience into account in its programming, but a significant portion of its donations are in Canadian dollars. It is one of five local Spokane TV stations seen in Canada on the main Shaw Direct satellite provider.
On November 29, 2006, ice and wind caused the top 200 feet (60 meters) of the station's antenna at the Krell Hill transmission site to collapse, disrupting its off-air signal. Other area television broadcasters promised to lend short-term support. Cable and satellite feeds in the U.S. and Canada were not affected, as fiber is used to transmit the signal to the head ends. Over-the-air broadcasts were interrupted for almost a month while the tower was being repaired.45
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect Ratio||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.1||1080i||16:9||KSPS-HD||Main KSPS-TV programming / PBS|
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KSPS-TV is rebroadcast on the following translators.6 Some of the translators on this list are confirmed on the KSPS-TV website but do not have any known FCC data. There are also some translators that rebroadcast KSPS-TV that are not on the list of translators at the KSPS-TV website, but are listed on the RabbitEars website under the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana and/or Oregon.
- Bonners Ferry - K32HA-D, Channel 32 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K32HA-D7
- Coeur D'Alene - K26LJ-D, Channel 26 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K26LJ-D
- Lewiston/Clarkston - K24JN-D, Channel 24 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K24JN-D
- Coolin/Priest Lake - K05GL-D, Channel 5 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K05GL-D8
- Coolin/Priest Lake - K31DS-D, Channel 31 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K31DS-D9
- Sandpoint - K49LX-D, Channel 49 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K49LX-D
- Bigfork/Ferndale - K21KA-D, Channel channel 21 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K21KA-D
- Kalispell/Big Horn/Lakeside - K32HH-D, Channel 32 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K32HH-D
- Kalispell/Whitefish/Columbia Falls - K29AA-D, Channel 29 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K29AA-D
- Libby and surrounding area - K30MJ-D, Channel 30 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K30MJ-D
- Missoula - K08PR-D Channel 8 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K08PR-D
- Big Arm - K08PQ-D, Channel 8 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K08PQ-D
- Woodsbay - K11KE-D, Channel 11 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K11KE-D
- Polson - K41IW-D, Channel 41.5 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K41IW-D10
- Polson - K50LB-D, Channel 50.5 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K50LB-D11
- Milton Freewater - K29EG-D, Channel 29 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K29EG-D
- Brewster/Pateros - K49LP-D, Channel 49 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K49LP-D
- Ellesford/Tonaskat - K12CX-D, Channel 12 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K12CX-D
- Lake Wenatchee - Channel 13
- Leavenworth - K13IY-D, Channel 13 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K13IY-D
- Malott - Channel 67
- Manson/Chelan - K07JO-D, Channel 07 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K07JO-D
- Moses Lake - Channel 52
- Odessa - Channel 64
- Omak/Okanagan - K17EV-D, Channel 17 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K17EV-D
- Prescott - Channel 30
- Quincy - Channel 50
- Stemilt/Wenatchee - K49KV-D, Channel 49 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K49KV-D
- Riverside - K12CV-D, Channel 12 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K12CV-D
- Mallot - K12CW-D, Channel 12 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K12CW-D
- Methow - K11BM-D, Channel 11 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K11BM-D
- Winthrop - K13BA-D, Channel 13 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K13BA-D
- Winthrop - K17KR-D, Channel 17 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K17KR-D
- Baker Flats Area - K46LI-D, Channel 46 *Query the FCC's TV station database for K46LI-D
- Spokesman-Review: "Schools, TV station consider cutting ties", July 26, 2012.
- "Educational TV Station on Air Soon" The Spokesman-Review, April 21, 1967. Retrieved: May 19, 2012.
- Lawrence-Turner, Jody. KSPS board agrees to begin divorce talks with district. The Spokesman-Review, 2012-07-27.
- KSPS - Public Television
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSPS-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for KSPS
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KSPS-TV