KRMA-TV

Rocky Mountain PBS
Colorado
Branding Rocky Mountain PBS
Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Subchannels 1 PBS[1]
2 V-me
3 Create
Affiliations PBS
Owner Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, Inc.
First air date see table below
Call letters' meaning see table below
Sister station(s) KUVO
Former callsigns see table below
Former affiliations see table below
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below
Website

The Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, known on-air as Rocky Mountain PBS, is the flagship Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member network in Colorado. It reaches one million viewers in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico. The network is headquartered in downtown Denver.

Rocky Mountain PBS also operates the NPR member station KUVO, which joined the organization in a merger announced in January 2013.

History

The network's flagship station, KRMA-TV, channel 6 in Denver, signed on January 30, 1956 as an educational television station owned by the Denver Public Schools, with University of Denver instructor Jim Case as program director. It is the oldest public television station in the Rockies. Its studio was located in a converted body shop at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in downtown Denver. Originally a member of National Educational Television, it joined PBS in 1969.

Originally broadcasting only two hours of programming a day during the week, KRMA soon became a key PBS member, bringing PBS programming to many areas in the Rocky Mountain region that didn't have stations of their own. From the 1960s onward, it began building translators across Colorado and surrounding states. It was also picked up by nearly every cable television system in Colorado and eastern Wyoming. Denver Public Schools sold KRMA to Channel Six, Inc., a community group, in 1987. In 1992, KRMA moved into its present–day studios at 1089 Bannock St. in Denver. Prior to KRMA moving in, the same building use to house KUSA before the move to their current home located at 500 Speer.

In response to requests from viewers on the Western Slope, KRMA applied for and won a construction permit for channel 18 in Grand Junction in August 1995. That station signed on for the first time in August 1997 as KRMJ. Before then, KRMA had been available on cable in western Colorado for decades, and also operated numerous translators in the region. Soon afterward, KRMA dropped its longtime branding of "Six" and relaunched as Rocky Mountain PBS, and Channel Six, Inc. changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network.

In 1999, KTSC, channel 8 in Pueblo joined the network. Formerly owned by Colorado State University - Pueblo, KTSC had been the PBS station for Pueblo, Colorado Springs and southern Colorado since 1971.

On December 3, 2004 KRMU, channel 20, in Durango, Colorado signed on to serve southwestern Colorado and a small portion of northwestern New Mexico. When KRMU received its license in 2001, it was the nation's first digital television station without a prior analog assignment.

On February 2, 2007, Rocky Mountain PBS added its fifth full-service station and second station in western Colorado--KMAS-TV, channel 24 in Steamboat Springs. KMAS had been Denver's Telemundo station, and brought its programming into Denver itself by way of low-powered satellites. However, its status was placed in doubt when NBC purchased KDEN-TV and moved Telemundo programming there. NBC finally decided to donate KMAS to Rocky Mountain PBS rather than shut it down. On September 4, 2007, the station's call letters were changed to KRMZ, reflecting its identity as a Rocky Mountain PBS station.

On January 16, 2013, it was announced that the I-News Network (a non-profit investigative journalism organization) and public radio station KUVO had reached an agreement to merge with Rocky Mountain PBS. The merger is intended to broaden the reach of their content to new platforms and ensure formal collaboration between the outlets. The deal was expected to close in April 2013.[2]

Programming

Rocky Mountain PBS produces several local programs, such as the weekly "Colorado State of Mind", "Arts District" and the seasonal "Colorado Experience." However, the network has focused much of its production efforts on local documentaries, which often take months or years to produce. Many of these documentaries, such as "La Raza de Colorado", "Jewel of the Rockies," and "Urban Rez" have earned multiple Emmy Awards over the years.

KRMJ and KTSC maintain their own studios at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and CSU-Pueblo, respectively. The satellites occasionally break away from the master control center at KRMA to provide programming targeted for their communities, and each airs local promotions and underwriting. KRMU and KRMZ, however, are full satellites of KRMJ and KRMA, respectively. Citing costs at each station, Rocky Mountain PBS applied for and received waivers of the FCC's main studio rule, which requires that each full-service station maintain a main studio within its local service area.[3][4]

Rocky Mountain PBS is not affiliated with the other PBS member in Denver, KBDI-TV. KBDI is a "beta" or secondary PBS station serving the same market.


Staff

  • CEO: Doug Price
  • COO: Harris Ravine
  • CFO: Beth Flambures
  • Chief Development Officer: Patricia Prevost
  • Executive Director, Tim Gill Center for Public Media & Regional Director, Southern Colorado & Western Slope: Amanda Mountain
  • CTO: Tom Craig
  • Executive Director, I-News, & VP, News: Laura Frank
  • Executive Producer: Cynthia Hessin
  • Executive Producer: Julie Speer
  • Executive Producer: Lisa D. Olken
  • Director of Major Giving: Ryan Welch
  • Director of Corporate Underwriting: Valerie Appelbaum
  • Director of Production: Michael Reynolds
  • Director of Communications: Elizabeth Mayer
  • Director of Programming: Debbie Brennan
  • Engineering Manager: Tom Dailey
  • Engineering Manager, Southern Colorado: Ian Hartley
  • Accounting Manager: Ella Jeffers
  • Graphics Manager: Ryan Conley
  • Videographer: Janine White
  • Editor / Director: Daniel Mercure
  • Graphics: Tom Manion

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Stations

Station City of license Channels
TV / RF
First air date Call letters’
meaning
Former affiliations ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KRMA-TV Denver 6 (PSIP)
18 (UHF)
January 30, 1956 Knowledge for the
Rocky
Mountain
Area
NET (1956-1970) 115 kW 331 m 14040 40|17.4|N|105|13|8|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=KRMA-TV

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KTSC1 Pueblo 8 (PSIP)
8 (VHF)
February 3, 19711 Television for
Southern
Colorado
22.4 kW 720 m 69170 44|43|N|104|51|39|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=KTSC

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KRMJ Grand Junction 18 (PSIP)
18 (UHF)
January 1, 1997 KRMA Grand Junction 17.7 kW 409 m 14042 3|58.4|N|108|44|45.7|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=KRMJ

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KRMU Durango 20 (PSIP)
20 (UHF)
December 3, 2004 KRMA DUrango 12.6 kW 130 m 84224 15|46|N|107|53|58|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=KRMU

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KRMZ2, 3 Steamboat Springs 24 (PSIP)
10 (VHF)
May 1988 KRMA Z Telemundo (until 2007) 0.481 kW 175.2 m 20373 27|43.2|N|106|50|59.8|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=KRMZ

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Notes:

  • 1. KTSC joined RMPBS in 1999 and also covers Colorado Springs.
  • 2. KRMZ used the callsigns KSBS-TV from 1988 to 2000, and KMAS-TV from 2000 to 2007.
  • 3. KRMZ (then KMAS-TV) joined RMPBS in 2007.

Translators

In addition to its five full-service television stations, Rocky Mountain PBS operates one of the largest translator networks in the country, serving portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska and Utah. KRMA feeds two translators in Boulder and Ft. Collins, Colorado. KTSC feeds 10 translators in rural southern Colorado, and KRMJ feeds 13 translators serving rural western Colorado. Other translator operators in the state pick up one of the 3 Rocky Mountain PBS regional feeds, and carry the signals onward through their systems.

All 25 translators within the RMPBS system are digital, and as such carry the primary and 2 sub-channels from their respective translators.

The list below is a mixture of RMPBS and other translator operators carrying one of the RMPBS network feeds.

expanding it with reliably sourced additions.

(all are analog stations unless otherwise specified)

KRMA translators

KTSC translators

Station City of license Channel ERP Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
K46JN-D Aguilar 46 0.250 kW 167429 23|10.0|N|104|38|12.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K46JN-D

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K40LS-D Cheyenne Wells 40 0.750 kW 10789 47|30.0|N|102|32|57.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K40LS-D

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K33IW-D Coaldale 33 0.015 kW 69262 20|42.0|N|105|45|11.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K33IW-D

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K43AH-D Crested Butte, Etc. 43 0.460 kW 25628 54|8.0|N|106|58|20.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K43AH-D

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K47BL-D Crested Butte, Etc. 47 0.170 kW 25607 48|37.0|N|106|54|30.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K47BL-D

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K46JO-D Del Norte 46 0.250 kW 167427 40|30.0|N|106|14|30.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K46JO-D

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K41DJ Del Norte-South Fork 41 0.398 kW 61093 40|30.0|N|106|14|30.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K41DJ

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K51CL Deora, Etc. 51 0.832 kW 3584 37|8.0|N|102|56|22.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K51CL

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K29CZ Durango 29 6.300 kW 69192 15|44.0|N|107|53|58.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K29CZ

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K56AG Eads 56 0.888 kW 34936 22|35.0|N|102|58|48.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K56AG

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K06HN-D Gunnison 6 0.013 kW 25611 31|25.0|N|106|54|20.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K06HN-D

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K36IH-D Ignacio 36 0.582 kW 69173 11|3.0|N|107|29|6.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K36IH-D

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K20JW-D Jack's Cabin, Etc. 20 0.197 kW 25609 42|47.0|N|106|48|36.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K20JW-D

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K42ID-D La Veta 42 0.250 kW 167428 30|0.0|N|105|00|27.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K42ID-D

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K41LM-D Lamar 41 0.754 kW 53689 02|5.0|N|102|26|10.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K41LM-D

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K29JL-D Las Animas 29 0.754 kW 4783 01|15.0|N|102|59|10.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K29JL-D

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K07PA-D Manitou Springs 7 0.037 kW 69004 51|50.0|N|104|54|15.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K07PA-D

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K09PJ-D Ouray, Etc. 9 0.030 kW 14129 00|57.0|N|107|39|59.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K09PJ-D

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K33IV-D Ouray, Etc. 33 0.712 kW 11513 23|12.0|N|107|40|31.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K33IV-D

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K15ED Pitkin 15 0.170 kW 25597 33|28.0|N|106|29|32.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K15ED

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K31IW-D Ridgeway, Etc. 31 0.632 kW 11512 11|11.0|N|107|46|30.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K31IW-D

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K02JH Salida, Etc. 2 0.009 kW 10089 44|37.0|N|106|11|50.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K02JH

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K31IX-D Salida, Etc. 31 2.270 kW 68949 26|48.0|N|106|00|38.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K31IX-D

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K44IX-D San Luis 44 0.250 kW 167426 12|14.0|N|105|25|37.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K44IX-D

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K32IK-D San Luis Valley, Etc. 32 6.590 kW 69185 51|25.0|N|106|01|12.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K32IK-D

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K18DE South Fork, Etc. 18 0.118 kW 61091 41|7.0|N|106|39|19.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K18DE

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K07UN SW Baca County 7 0.085 kW 3580 10|5.0|N|103|05|55.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K07UN

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K62CT Springfield 62 0.932 kW 3588 21|44.0|N|102|38|44.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K62CT

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K15GL-D Trinidad, Valdez, Etc. 15 0.730 kW 69153 14|14.0|N|104|30|52.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K15GL-D

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K51DI-D Waunita Hot Springs 51 0.813 kW 25605 29|56.0|N|106|19|28.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K51DI-D

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KRMJ translators

Station City of license Channel ERP Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
K08HN-D Aspen 8 0.025 kW 56696 13|33.0|N|106|50|0.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K08HN-D

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K36GX-D Basalt 36 0.08 kW 131067 21|11.0|N|107|05|33.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K36GX-D

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K31CW-D Carbondale 31 2.3 kW 52726 25|33.0|N|107|22|25.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K31CW-D

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K26CI-D Mancos 26 0.792 kW 61448 21|58.0|N|108|08|42.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K26CI-D

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K44JQ-D Redstone 44 0.042 kW 131027 14|20.0|N|107|13|2.0|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=K44JQ-D

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References

External links

  • Rocky Mountain PBS Web site
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KRMA-TV
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KTSC - Colorado Springs
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KRMJ - Grand Junction
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KRMU
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KRMZ
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRMA-TV
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTSC-TV
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRMJ-TV
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRMU-TV
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRMZ-TV