KUAC-TV is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Fairbanks, Alaska, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 9 from a transmitter on Bender Mountain. Owned by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, KUAC-TV is sister to National Public Radio (NPR) member station KUAC (89.9 FM) and the two outlets share studios in the Great Hall on the UAF campus.
|Branding||KUAC TV 9|
|Channels||Digital: 9 (VHF)|
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
9.4 UAF TV/FNX
9.5 PBS Kids
|Owner||University of Alaska Fairbanks|
|First air date||December 22, 1971|
|Call letters' meaning||University of Alaska College|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
9 (VHF, 1971–2009)
24 (UHF, 2004–2009)
|Transmitter power||30 kW|
|Height||168.9 m (554 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KUAC-TV signed on for the first time on December 22, 1971 as an early Christmas present to the Interior. It was the first public television station in Alaska, and the only one until KAKM in Anchorage signed on in 1975. It originally aired for only five hours a day, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. As the difficulties associated with bringing PBS programming decreased, channel 9 increased its schedule, and now operates 24 hours a day.
In 1995, KUAC-TV joined with KTOO-TV in Juneau and KYUK-TV in Bethel to form AlaskaOne, a network of PBS stations serving all of Alaska outside of Anchorage]. The three stations formed the Alaska Public Broadcasting Service to air a common PBS schedule. This move was made in hopes of sharing administrative costs. KTOO and KYUK occasionally broke off from the AlaskaOne feed to air programming relevant to their areas, while KUAC-TV used its massive translator network to deliver AlaskaOne programming across the Interior.
On November 18, 2011. the APBS board voted to transfer operation of the AlaskaOne feed to Alaska Public Telecommunications, owner of Anchorage's PBS station, KAKM. In response, UAF, which cast the lone dissenting vote, announced on December 11 that KUAC-TV would break off from AlaskaOne and revert to being a separate locally focused PBS station on July 1, 2012. UAF contended that a single statewide PBS service would not meet the needs of the Interior. On July 1, KUAC-TV resumed its original branding of "KUAC TV9," while KTOO and KYUK joined with KAKM to form Alaska Public Media.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|9.1||720p||16:9||KUAC-1||Main KUAC-TV programming / PBS|
|9.4||KUAC-4||UAF TV/First Nations Experience|
|9.6||Audio||KUACFM||KUAC FM and HD-1|
In 2004, the station signed on first high definition public television service in Alaska.
- Lean, Reba. AlaskaOne dissolving; KUAC TV taking over. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 2012-06-16.
- KUAC TV becoming independent of AlaskaOne. UAF Communications, 2011-12-11
- RabbitEars TV Query for KUAC
- "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.
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUAC-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUAC-TV
- YouTube – Inaugural broadcast of KUAC-TV on December 22, 1971, including introductory comments from University of Alaska president William Ransom Wood