- Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon Public Broadcasting statewide Oregon
(except southwestern Oregon)
Branding OPB Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations NPR, PRI (radio)
Owner Oregon Public Broadcasting First air date January 23, 1923 (radio)
October 7, 1957 (television)
Call letters' meaning see table below Former affiliations NET (1957-1970) Transmitter power see table below Height see table below Facility ID see table below Transmitter coordinates see table below Website www.opb.org"OPB" redirects here. For other uses, see OPB (disambiguation).
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) is the primary television and radio public broadcasting network for most of Oregon as well as southern Washington. With its headquarters and television studios in Portland, OPB consists of five full-power television stations, dozens of VHF or UHF translators, and over 20 radio stations and frequencies. Broadcasts include local programming as well as television programs from Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and the BBC World Service.
OPB is also a major producer of television programming for national broadcast on PBS or on Create, with shows such as History Detectives, Barbecue America, Foreign Exchange, and travel shows hosted by Rick Steves and Art Wolfe.
(As of 2006[update]), OPB has over one million viewers throughout its region and an average of over 380,000 radio listeners each week.[dated info] The part of southwestern Oregon not served by OPB is served by Jefferson Public Radio and Southern Oregon Public Television.
OPB traces its roots to January 23, 1923 when KFDJ-AM signed on from the Corvallis campus of Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University). It became KOAC-AM on December 11, 1925. In 1932, KOAC became a service of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education General Extension Division
KOAC Radio won OPB's first Peabody Award when it was recognized for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station for a 1942 program called Our Hidden Enemy, Venereal Disease.
KOAC-TV (Corvallis) began operation October 7, 1957. KOAC-AM-TV soon became the primary station for a large state network of radio and television stations. Originally known as Oregon Educational Broadcasting, it became as the Oregon Educational and Public Broadcasting Service (OEPBS) in 1971. In 1981, OEPBS was spun off from the Oregon State System of Higher Education, moved to Portland, and became the community-licensed Oregon Public Broadcasting. KOAC's former Portland satellites, KOAP-FM-TV, became the flagship of the new organization. In addition to the studio and transmission facilities in Corvallis, there was another production studio located on the top floor of Villard Hall at the University of Oregon in Eugene that was connected by microwave link. Up until 1965, all programs from the Eugene studio were live, since they did not get any video recording equipment until then.
KOAP-TV (Portland) signed on the air February 6, 1961; it became the flagship of OPB in 1981 and changed its calls to KOPB-TV on February 15, 1989.
KTVR-TV (La Grande) went on the air December 6, 1964 as a commercial television station, an NBC primary affiliate that also carried selected ABC television network programs. KTVR was a satellite of Boise, Idaho station KTVB, but had a La Grande studio at 1605 Adams Ave., producing a nightly newscast and other local programming. However, by 1967, the La Grande studio and office had been closed and KTVR was a total satellite of KTVB. KTVR was unique in the Pacific time zone because as a repeater of a Mountain time zone station, its "prime-time" schedule was broadcast from 6 to 9 p.m. OEPBS bought KTVR on August 31, 1976 and converted it to PBS programming on February 1, 1977. At first, KTVR rebroadcast programming from KWSU-TV in Pullman, Washington and KSPS-TV in Spokane, Washington until OEPBS completed a TV link to La Grande. On September 1, 1977 OEPBS took KTVR off the air for transmitter repairs, due to increasing technical problems. KTVR returned to the air on January 1, 1978, carrying OEPBS programming for the first time.
KOAB-TV (Bend) began broadcasting on February 24, 1970 as KVDO-TV, an independent station licensed to Salem. Channel 3 struggled to compete with Portland's established independent, KPTV, and in 1974 the station was bought out by Liberty Communications, then-owners of Eugene's ABC affiliate KEZI. The intention was to make KVDO a full-power satellite of KEZI. KATU, Portland's ABC affiliate, responded by taking legal action, forcing KEZI to instead operate KVDO on a limited basis. OEPBS purchased the station on February 19, 1976, and turned the station into a PBS affiliate, rebroadcasting OEPBS programming that was already available from KOAC and KOAP (now KOPB). A few days later on February 28, 1976 a disgruntled viewer protesting KVDO's sale to OEPBS cut guy wires, toppling the channel 3 TV tower. On September 20, 1976 KVDO signed back on the air with a new tower. On August 6, 1983, after many complaints about duplication of service to Salem-area viewers (see above), KVDO was shut down. OEPBS petitioned the FCC to move Channel 3's license and channel allocation to Bend, where they had no PBS coverage; the FCC honored their request. On December 22, 1983 channel 3 signed back on the air as KOAB. Call letters changed to KOAB-TV when KOAB-FM signed on the air January 23, 1986.
KOAC won a 1972 Peabody Award for a program called Conversations with Will Shakespeare and Certain of His Friends.
KEPB-TV (Eugene) began operation on February 27, 1990 as Eugene's first public television station, rebroadcasting OPB programming clearer than KOAC's rimshot signal from Corvallis.
OPB installs Oregon’s first digital transmitter, taking a critical first step in the digital television transition.
For 2001 and 2002, the Oregon state government provided about 14 percent of OPB's operation budget; for 2003 and 2004, it was cut to nine percent.
In 2007, OPB Radio added World Have Your Say (WHYS) to its schedule, with its listeners becoming the show's most numerous contributors from the United States and second worldwide in number only to Nigeria. According to WHYS host Ros Atkins, a "significant number of listeners [disliked the] 'tone' and 'production'" of the show, resulting after three years to the removal of the show from OPB's schedule.
On December 4, 2007, OPB launched OPBmusic, a 24-hour online radio channel spotlighting Pacific Northwest musicians.
In 2010, OPB won a 2009 Peabody Award for a radio series called "Hard Times," which followed a group of Oregonians through the recession year of 2009.
In March 2009, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting chose OPB to manage the pilot version of American Archive, CPB's initiative to digitally preserve content created by public broadcasters.
Station City of license Channels
First air date Call letters’
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates KOPB-TV1 Portland 10 (VHF) 10 (VHF) February 6, 1961 Oregon
32.4 kW 524 m 50589 45°31′20.5″N 122°44′49.5″W / 45.522361°N 122.747083°W KOAC-TV Corvallis 7 (VHF) 7 (VHF) October 7, 1957 Oregon
18.1 kW 357 m 50590 44°38′24.9″N 123°16′29.3″W / 44.64025°N 123.274806°W KEPB-TV Eugene 29 (UHF) 28 (UHF) September 27, 1990 Eugene
100 kW 403 m 50591 44°0′9″N 123°6′58.5″W / 44.0025°N 123.11625°W KOAB-TV2 Bend 11 (VHF) 3 (VHF) February 24, 1970 KOAC
90 kW 245 m 50588 44°4′39.9″N 121°20′0.3″W / 44.07775°N 121.333417°W KTVR3 La Grande 13 (VHF) 13 (VHF) December 6, 1964 TeleVision
16.1 kW 775 m 50592 45°18′32.7″N 117°43′58.3″W / 45.309083°N 117.732861°W
- 1. KOPB-TV used the callsign KOAP-TV from its 1961 sign-on until 1989.
- 2. KOAB-TV used the callsign KVDO-TV from its 1970 sign-on until 1983. It was a commercial independent station until OEPBS bought the station in 1976. It was licensed to Salem until 1983.
- 3. KTVR was a commercial station relaying KTVB from Boise, Idaho until 1977.
Cable and satellite availability
OPB Television is available on all cable systems in its service area. On Dish Network, KOPB-TV, KEPB-TV, and KOAB-TV are available on the Portland, Eugene and Bend feeds, respectively. KOPB-TV and KEPB-TV are available on the Portland and Eugene DirecTV feeds.
As of July 6, 2011, Oregon Public Broadcasting has three digital channels:
Channel Name Programming xx.1 OPB Main OPB programming / PBS xx.2 OPBPlus PBS encore xx.3 OPB-FM OPB Radio
KMHD Jazz Radio
OPB is also one of the partners of The Oregon Channel, a public affairs network. Programming consists of Oregon legislative sessions and other public affairs events. The Oregon Channel is a Government-access television (GATV) service that is currently available only on cable TV.
All of OPB's digital channels are also available from two nation-wide cable systems (Comcast and Frontier FiOS) and three others serving specific Oregon regions and communities: Clear Creek (cooperative serving the Redland area of Oregon City), BendBroadband (serving Central Oregon), and Crestview Cable Communications (serving Madras, Prineville, and La Pine).
On July 6, 2011 OPB combined OPB and OPB SD into one HD channel on xx.1. OPB Plus moved from xx.3 to xx.2 and OPB Radio moved from xx.4 to xx.3.
After the analog television shutdown scheduled for June 12, 2009:
- KOAC-TV, KOPB-TV, and KTVR returned to channels 7, 10, & 13.
- KOAB-TV and KEPB-TV remain on their respective, pre-transition channel numbers (11 & 29).
Currently,[when?] OPB Plus is show material from the Create network during the daytime, and news and public affairs programming during the evenings and nights.
There are also many low-powered repeaters statewide that rebroadcast OPB programming. A few repeaters are not owned by OPB.
- Arlington — K17GK-D
- Astoria — K23GK-D
- Baker City — K20IV-D & K48DC
- Burns — K36BA-D
- Cloverdale — K19EI-D
- Coos Bay — K16IE-D
- Cottage Grove — K20IR-D
- Elkton — K11VI-D
- Enterprise — K28JC-D
- Eugene — K21FS - (Backfill for KEPB)
- Florence — K32HF-D
- Glide — K24FH-D
- Gold Beach — K55CM
- Halfway — K10NF
- Heppner — K28GD
- Hood River — K36FG-D
- John Day — K26FQ-D
- La Grande — K50CI - (Backfill for KTVR)
- Lakeview — K19BK-D
- London Springs — K33KD-D
- Madras — KOAB-LD 16 (CP: Digital)
- Mapleton — K19EC-D
- Maupin — K52CH
- Milton-Freewater — K50FX
- Monument — K12MX
- Myrtle Point — K55FM
- Newport — K18FR-D
- Oakridge — K11SZ-D
- Ontario — K15DY-D - (Only OPB TV translator in the Mountain Time Zone)
- Paisley — K09VC
- Pendleton — K42IT-D
- Port Orford — K47KH-D
- Prairie City — K05JL
- Prineville — K16EM-D - (Backfill for KOAB)
- Reedsport — K02NW
- Richland — K08KW
- Rockaway — K36GU-D
- Roseburg — K51GJ-D
- Silver Lake — K08LG
- The Dalles — K31HZ-D
- Warm Springs — KOAB-LD 30 (CP: Digital)
- Wasco — K15EY
- Wedderburn — K04MG-D
There are also two repeaters in Washington: K31IR-D in Grays River, and K28IH-D in Longview.
Station City Frequency Callsign Meaning KOPB-FM (flagship) Portland 91.5 FM Oregon Public Broadcasting KETP Enterprise 88.7 FM EnTerPrise KHRV Hood River 90.1 FM Hood RiVer KOAB-FM Bend 91.3 FM KOAC Bend KOAC
Corvallis 550 AM
Oregon Agricultural College (Note: KOAC AM is the only directional AM Radio Station in the US which uses a shunt-fed antenna ) KOAC-FM Astoria 89.7 FM Oregon Agricultural College KOAP Lakeview 88.7 FM KOAC Portland (after former callsign of Portland station) KOBK Baker City 88.9 FM Oregon BaKer City KOBN Burns 90.1 FM Oregon BurNs KOGL-FM Gleneden Beach 89.3 FM Oregon GLeneden Beach KOJD John Day 89.7 FM Oregon John Day KOPB Eugene 1600 AM Oregon Public Broadcasting KOTD The Dalles 89.7 FM Oregon The Dalles KRBM Pendleton 90.9 FM Radio Blue Mountain KTMK-FM Tillamook 91.1 FM TillaMooK KTVR-FM La Grande 89.9 FM TeleVision Grande Ronde
Additionally, since the spring of 2009 OPB has operated KMHD, the Portland area's main jazz station. It is still licensed to Mount Hood Community College, but operated out of OPB's studios in Portland.
Currently only KMHD-FM and KOPB-FM carry HD radio content.
The OPB HD radio channels:
Channel Programming OPB FM HD-1 Main OPB radio programing OPB FM HD-2 opbmusic KMHD-FM HD-1 Main KMHD "Jazz Radio" programming
Other radio frequencies
- Halfway 91.3 FM
- Manzanita 106.1 FM
- Ontario 107.5 FM - (Only OPB Radio translator in the Mountain Time Zone)
- Richland 91.9 FM
- Silver Lake (Lake County) 91.7 FM
- Valley Falls (Lake County) 91.1 FM
Translators upgrading to full power stations
- Wagontire (Harney County) 90.3 FM (CP: KOHP 90.7 FM Hines)
- Barry Serafin - Early OPB news reporter
- High-Five Challenge - A high school quizbowl competition in Oregon and Washington
- Soccer Made in Germany - 1980s highlights of West German soccer games, distributed nationwide by OPB
- ^ a b KOAC timeline from the Oregon State University website
- ^ a b c Kristi Turnquist (March 31, 2010). "Oregon Public Broadcasting wins Peabody Award". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/movies/index.ssf/2010/03/oregon_public_broadcasting_win.html. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- ^ "History of Oregon Public Broadcasting"
- ^ "Don't reduce funding for public broadcasting". The [Bend] Bulletin. April 10, 2007. http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070410/NEWS0107/704100313&SearchID=7327774985. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- ^ a b Ros Atkins (4 June 2010). "Farewell to OPB". World Have Your Say blog. BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldhaveyoursay/2010/06/farewell_to_opb.html. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- ^ Kristi Turnquist (December 11, 2007). "OPBmusic launches". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/music/index.ssf/2007/12/opbmusic_launches.html. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- ^ "Hard Times". OPB. http://news.opb.org/hardtimes/. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- ^ "The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Selects Initiative Manager for American Archive Project". Corporation for Public Broadcasting. March 26, 2009. http://www.cpb.org/pressroom/release.php?prn=719. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
- ^ a b OPB to Launch New Digital Television Channel Lineup from OPB's website
- ^ Portland TV stations backtrack, delay digital transition, a February 6, 2009 article from The Oregonian
- ^ CDBS Print
- ^ CDBS Print
- ^ CDBS Print
- ^ CDBS Print
- ^ CDBS Print
- ^ http://www.fybush.com/sites/2007/site-070223.html
- ^ opbmusic.org
- OPB's main website
- OPB News
- opbmusic, OPB's music service
- The Remembered Years - KOAC history
FCC Information for OPB's television repeaters:
BIAfn's Media Web Database—Information on OPB's television stations:
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KOPB-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KOAC-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KEPB-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KOAB-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTVR-TV
PBS Member Stations in the state of OregonSee also: ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, ION, MyNetworkTV, NBC, PBS and Other stations in Oregon NPR Member Stations in the state of Oregon OPB StationsBaker City KOBK · Bend KOAB · Burns KOBN · Corvallis KOAC · Eugene KOPB · Gleneden Beach KOGL · La Grande KTVR · Lakeview KOAP · Pendleton KRBM · Portland KOPB-FM · The Dalles KOTD · Tillamook KTMK Jefferson Public Radio StationsAshland KSMF/KSRG/KSOR · Coos Bay KSBA · Eugene KRVM · Grants Pass KAGI · Klamath Falls KLMF/KSKF · Myrtle Point KOOZ · Roseburg KSRS/KTBR · Talent KSJK KLCC StationsBend KLBR · Eugene KLCC · Florence KLFO · Newport KLCO · Reedsport KLFR · Roseburg KMPQ KMUN StationsAstoria KMUN · Tillamook KTCB · Warrenton KCPB Other StationsSee also List of NPR stationsSee also: adult contemporary, classic hits, college, country, news/talk, NPR, oldies, religious, rock, sports, top 40, urban, and other radio stations in Oregon Television in Portland/Salem, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington Metro Portland
KATU (2.1 ABC, 2.2 This TV) • KRCW-LP 5 (The CW) • KOIN (6.1 CBS) • KGW (8.1 NBC, 8.2 KGW 24/7, 8.3 Estrella TV) • KOPB-TV (PBS/OPB, 10.1 HD, 10.2 "Plus", 10.3 FM) • KPTV (12.1 Fox) • KNMT (24.1 TBN, 24.2 TCC, 24.3 JCTV, 24.4 Enlace, 24.5 Smile) • K26GJ-D (26.1 religious) • KOXI-LD (28.1 A1) • KORK-LD (41.1 HSN) • KKEI-CA (34.1 TEL) • KEVE-LD (36.1 3ABN) • KPXG-LD (42.1 ION, 42.2 Qubo, 42.3 ION Life) • KOXO-LD (44.1 TFR) • KGWZ-LD (46.1 Weather map) • KUNP-LP 47 (UNI) • KPDX (49.1 MNTV)
KOAC (PBS/OPB, 7.1 HD, 7.2 "Plus", 7.3 FM) • KORS-CD (16.1 HSN, 16.2 A1) • KWVT-LP (17.2 A1, 27.2 RTV, 37.2 AZA) • K21GX 21 (religious) • KPXG (22.1 ION, 22.2 Qubo, 22.3 ION Life) • KSLM-LD (27.1 RTV, 17.1 A1, 37.1 AZA) • KRCW-TV (32.1 The CW, 32.2 Antenna TV, 32.3 Universal Sports) • K50GG 50 (MNTV)
La Grande The Dalles Cable-only
CSN Northwest • CVTV (Vancouver, WA) • Root Sports Northwest • Northwest Cable News • The Oregon Channel • TVW (Olympia, WA)
DefunctSee also Seattle, Eugene, Bend, Yakima/Tri-Cities and Boise TV Broadcast television in Western Oregon Eugene/Springfield Roseburg/Myrtle Creek Coos Bay/North Bend Local cable channelsSee also Portland TV • Medford TV • Bend TV Broadcast television in Central Washington Yakima Ellensburg Tri-Cities Walla Walla WenatcheeKNEE-LP 10 (Ind) • KWCC-LP 47 (Ind) Defunct stationsSee also List of television stations in Washington and List of television stations in Oregon, plus Seattle, Spokane, Portland and Boise TV Television stations in Central Oregon (Bend) Local stations Cable channels
Central Oregon Television (COTV) • FSN Northwest • The Oregon Channel (Salem)
Adjacent locals Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable televisionSee also: Portland TV, Eugene TV Television stations in, Eastern Oregon, Southwestern Idaho and the Treasure Valley, including Boise and Ontario Local stations
KBOI-TV (2.1 CBS, 2.2 CW) • KAID (4.1 PBS (HD), 4.2 IPTVPlus, 4.3 IPTV Learn, 4.4 IPTV World) • KIVI-TV (6.1 ABC, 6.2 Mexicanal, 6.3 RTV) • KTVB (7.1 NBC, 7.2 24/7, 7.3 NWCN) • KNIN (9.1 Fox, 9.2 Live Well Network) • KTRV (12.1 Ind., 12.2 MNTV/Me-TV, 12.3 This TV) • KKIC-LP 16 (TMD) • K17ED 17 (3ABN) • KCLP-CA 18 (TCT) • KITL-LP 20 (Family Radio) • K31FD 31 (3ABN) • KBSE-LP 33 (HSN) • KYUU-LP 35 (CW) • KKJB (39.1 Daystar, 39.2 Universal Sports, 39.3 A1) • KBTI-LP 41 (silent) • KIWB-LP 43 (silent) • KZAK-LD 49.1 (France 24) • KCBB-LP 51 (AZA)
TVTV Cable 11 • 24/7 Cable 28 (KTVB local news)
Ontario, OregonSee also Portland TV • Spokane TV • Yakima/Tri-Cities TV • Twin Falls TV Radio stations in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area market By FM frequency By AM frequency NOAA Weather Radio frequency162.525 · 162.550 By callsignK220IN · K228EU · K240CZ · K242AF · K272EL · K274AR · K283BL · K296FT · KBFF · KBMS · KBNP · KBOO · KBPS · KBVM · KDZR · KEX¹ · KFBW · KFIS · KFXX · KGDD · KGON · KIG98 · KINK · KKCW · KKOV · KKPZ · KKRZ · KKSN · KLVP · KLTH · KMHD · KNRK · KOOR · KOPB-FM · KPAM · KPDQ · KPDQ-FM · KPFR · KPOJ · KPWX · KQAC · KRRC · KRSK · KRYN · KRYP · KUFO · KUIK · KUPL-FM · KWBY · KWIP · KWJJ-FM · KXET · KXJM · KXL-FM · KXPD · KXTG · KYCH-FM · KZME · KZRI · KZZR · WNG604 · WPHG710² HistoricKISN · KQIV Future move-inKNRQ (relocating from Eugene, Oregon) · KWLZ (relocating from Warm Springs, Oregon)
Oregon Radio Markets: Bend • Eugene-Springfield • Medford-Ashland • Portland
Washington Radio Markets: Seattle-Tacoma • Spokane • Richland-Kennewick-Pasco • Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR • Wenatchee • Yakima
Other Washington Radio Regions: Northwest Washington • Lewiston, ID • Pullman-MoscowSee also: List of radio stations in Washington¹ = Clear-channel stations with extended nighttime coverage.² = Traveller Information Service transmitter for Portland International Airport♦ = fully or partial simulcasting stations
Radio stations in the Eugene-Springfield, Oregon market By FM frequency By AM frequency By callsign Future move-inKSHL (relocating from Gleneden Beach, Oregon)
Oregon Radio Markets: Bend • Eugene-Springfield • Medford-Ashland • Portland
Radio stations in the Bend, Oregon market By FM frequency By AM frequency By callsign
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