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KNME-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 35), branded on-air as New Mexico PBS, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States and also serving Santa Fe. The station is jointly owned by the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools. KNME-TV's studios are located on UNM's North Campus on University Boulevard Northeast in Albuquerque, and its transmitter is located atop Sandia Crest.

New Mexico PBSlogo
Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States
CityAlbuquerque, New Mexico
BrandingNew Mexico PBS
ChannelsDigital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
TranslatorsK23OO-D (23 UHF, Moon Ranch)
Affiliations5.1: PBS (1970–present)
5.2: PBS Kids
5.3: FNX
OwnerUniversity of New Mexico
Albuquerque Public Schools
(The Regents of the University of New Mexico & the Board of Education of the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico)
First air dateMay 1, 1958 (61 years ago) (1958-05-01)
Call letters' meaningNew Mexico Education
Sister station(s)KNMD-TV
Former channel number(s)Analog:
5 (VHF, 1958–2009)
Former affiliationsAnalog/DT1:
NET (1958–1970)
V-me (2007–2017)
Transmitter power250 kW
Height1,287 m (4,222 ft)
Facility ID55528
Transmitter coordinates35°12′49.8″N 106°27′3.3″W / 35.213833°N 106.450917°W / 35.213833; -106.450917
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
5.1 1080i 16:9 NMPBS Main KNME programming / PBS
5.2 480i NMPBS-K PBS Kids
5.3 4:3 FNX First Nations Experience

On January 18, 2017, PBS Kids replaced the Spanish-language V-me network which had aired on channel 5.2 for about ten years with V-me planning to transition to a commercial cable channel in 2017.[2] The channel however had never caught on with Spanish speaking audiences. Since Fall 2016 KNME carries First Nations Experience (FNX) a channel devoted to Native American programming.

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

KNME-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 35.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5.

KNME-TV Station Logo during 1993 until 2009 when it broadcast both an analog and digital signal

Television programs produced by New Mexico PBSEdit

New Mexico PBS produces several television programs, including:

  • ¡Colores! - a weekly art series with stories devoted to the creative spirit.
  • New Mexico in Focus - a weekly, prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.
  • Public Square - community engagement through meaningful dialogue.


KNME also operates the satellite service WestLink[4], which shares programming with other public television stations and several commercial clients. Satellite interviews from New Mexico on news networks like CNN often originate at New Mexico PBS. Shows distributed on WestLink include Democracy Now! and Creative Living with Sheryl Borden. [5]


From 1995 to 2010, KNME operated TALNET (an acronym for Teach and Learn Network), an educational cable channel for Albuquerque. It broadcast a mix of PBS and Annenberg media programming and local school board meetings on Comcast cable channel 96 in Albuquerque.


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KNME
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  3. ^ "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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Westlink Program Offers

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