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KAKM, virtual channel 7 (VHF digital channel 8), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Anchorage, Alaska, United States. Owned by Alaska Public Media, it is sister to National Public Radio (NPR) member station KSKA (91.1 FM). The two outlets share studios at the Elmo Sackett Broadcast Center on the campus of Alaska Pacific University; KAKM's transmitter is located near Knik, Alaska.

Anchorage, Alaska
United States
BrandingAlaska Public Television
SloganLife. Informed.
ChannelsDigital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Affiliations7.1: PBS
7.2: Create
7.3: 360 North
7.4: PBS Kids
OwnerAlaska Public Media
LicenseeAlaska Public Telecommunications, Inc.
First air dateMay 7, 1975 (45 years ago) (1975-05-07)
Call sign meaningAnchorage
Sister station(s)KSKA, KYUK-LD
Former channel number(s)Analog:
7 (VHF, 1975–2009)
Transmitter power50 kW
Height240 m (787 ft)
Facility ID804
Transmitter coordinates61°25′19.8″N 149°52′27.8″W / 61.422167°N 149.874389°W / 61.422167; -149.874389 (KAKM)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
(satellite of KAKM)
Juneau, Alaska
United States
Brandingsee KAKM infobox
Slogansee KAKM infobox
ChannelsDigital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
Affiliations3.1: PBS
3.2: Create
3.3: 360 North
3.4: PBS Kids
OwnerCapital Community Broadcasting, Inc.
OperatorAlaska Public Media
First air dateOctober 1, 1978 (41 years ago) (1978-10-01)
Call sign meaningUnknown
Sister station(s)KTOO, KNLL, KRNN
Former channel number(s)Analog:
3 (VHF, 1978–2009)
Transmitter power1 kW
Height−363.7 m (−1,193 ft)
Facility ID8651
Transmitter coordinates
58°18′4.8″N 134°25′13.6″W / 58.301333°N 134.420444°W / 58.301333; -134.420444 (KTOO-TV)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
satellite of KAKM) Profile

satellite of KAKM) CDBS

KAKM was the only PBS station in Alaska that was not part of AlaskaOne during its existence. The call letters were chosen to represent the three major geographic areas served by the station: Anchorage, Kenai, and Matanuska.

KAKM operates a full-time satellite station, KTOO-TV (virtual channel 3, VHF digital channel 10), licensed to the capital city of Juneau. This station is owned by Capital Community Broadcasting as a sister to non-commercial FM radio stations KTOO (FM), KNLL, and KRNN, but is operated by Alaska Public Media. KTOO's transmitter is located in downtown Juneau. KTOO was formerly part of AlaskaOne, until its dissolution in 2012.


KAKM first started regular transmissions on May 7, 1975. Previously, PBS programming had been offered to Anchorage stations on per-program basis. (For example, Sesame Street was carried on KTVA [channel 11], Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on KIMO [channel 13, now KYUR], and The Electric Company on KENI-TV [channel 2, now KTUU-TV]).

KAKM became the flagship station of Alaska Public Television, the successor to AlaskaOne, replacing KUAC-TV in Fairbanks, on July 1, 2012.[1] As a result, KTOO-TV became a full-time satellite of KAKM. The other AlaskaOne station, low-power television station KYUK-LD (channel 15) in Bethel, also rebroadcasts KAKM, but it broadcasts the Alaska Rural Communications Service on its second digital subchannel in place of Create.

Station presentationEdit

Digital televisionEdit

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

KAKM digital channelsEdit

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
7.1 1080i 16:9 KAKM-HD Main KAKM programming / PBS
7.2 480i Create Create
7.3 4:3 KAKM7.3 360 North
7.4 1080i 16:9 24_7HD PBS Kids

KTOO-TV digital channelsEdit

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
3.1 1080i 16:9 AK PBS Main KTOO-TV programming / PBS
3.2 480i Create Create
3.3 360Nort 360 North

360 North provides statewide coverage of Alaska public affairs, documentaries, historical programs, and Native topics. Originating at KTOO-TV, 360 North replaced Gavel to Gavel Alaska, which televised the Alaska Legislature.[3]

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

Both stations shut down their analog signals on June 12, 2009, the official date on which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate:[4]

  • KAKM shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 8. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 7.
  • KTOO shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 3; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 10. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 3.


KAKM and KTOO extend their over-the-air coverage through a network of translator stations.

Translators of KAKM
Call sign Community of license Additional Information
K05FW-D Girdwood, Alaska FCC
K07PF-D Homer, Alaska FCC
K12LA-D Kenai, Alaska FCC
K21AM-D Ninilchik, Alaska FCC
K48AC-D Kasilof, Alaska FCC
Translators of KTOO-TV
Call sign Community of license Additional Information
K02QM-D Lemon, Alaska FCC
K07PF-D Mendenhall Valley, Alaska FCC
K09OQ Wrangell, Alaska FCC


  1. ^ "Split in Alaska public TV consortium". Television Business Report. December 9, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KAKM
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2009-01-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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