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KDIN, also known as Iowa Public Television is a network of nine PBS stations.

HistoryEdit

Iowa is a pioneer in educational broadcasting; it is home to two of the oldest educational radio broadcast stations in the world, the University of Iowa's WSUI and Iowa State University's WOI.

The electrical engineering department at the State University of Iowa (SUI) in Iowa City demonstrated television with an exhibit at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on August 28, 1931. J. L. Potter supervised the project. At the conclusion of the Iowa State Fair, the television experiment was set up in the communications laboratory of the electrical engineering building at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

By 1933, the University of Iowa received an FCC license for experimental TV station W9XK, later W9XUI providing twice a week video programming, with WSUI AM providing the audio channel. By 1939, the FCC allocated TV channels 1 and 12 for the W9XUI television station. This early attempt at educational broadcasting ended by December 1941, with the entrance of the United States into World War II. The concept of pure educational television, which Dr. E.B. Kurtz and his Iowa colleagues pioneered, was buried by the commercial television system which dominated development of the electronic media in Iowa after World War II.

WOI-TV in Ames began commercial broadcast operations in 1950, as a sister station to WOI radio, and had carried some National Educational Television programming until Des Moines Public Schools signed on KDPS-TV as the educational station for central Iowa in 1959. However, in the 1960s the only other areas of the state with a clear signal from an educational station were the southwest (from Nebraska ETV's KYNE-TV in Omaha), and the northwest (from South Dakota ETV's KUSD-TV in Vermillion).

In 1969, the state of Iowa bought KDPS-TV from the Des Moines Public Schools and changed its calls to KDIN-TV, intending it to be the linchpin of a statewide educational television network. As part of the state's ambition, it rebranded KDIN as the Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network.

The network's second station, KIIN-TV in Iowa City, joined IEBN in 1970 to expand statewide educational programming to eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois. Soon afterward, IEBN became a charter member of PBS. By 1977 the newly renamed Iowa Public Broadcasting Network had eight full-power stations. The Iowa Public Television name was adopted in 1982 and began on-air January 1, 1983. In 2003, it purchased KQCT-TV in Davenport, which repeated the programming of Quad Cities PBS station WQPT-TV in the Iowa side of the Quad Cities. The calls were changed to KQIN.

IPTV was originally run by the state's General Services Department before Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill creating Iowa Public Television as a separate state agency on May 16, 1983. In 1986, IPTV became part of the state's Cultural Affairs Department, and on July 1, 1992, IPTV became part of the Iowa Department of Education.

Combined, the nine IPTV stations reach almost all of Iowa and portions of the surrounding states of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

StationsEdit

Full Power StationsEdit

Call signs Location CH First Air Date
KDIN Des Moines, IA 11 April 27, 1959
KIIN Cedar Rapids, IA 12 February 8, 1970
KRIN Waterloo, IA 32 December 15, 1974
KSIN Sioux City, IA 27 January 4, 1975
KBIN Council Bluffs, IA 32 September 7, 1975
KHIN Red Oak, IA 36 September 7, 1975
KTIN Fort Dodge, IA 21 April 8, 1977
KYIN Mason City, IA 24 May 14, 1977
KQIN Davenport, IA 36 December 16, 1991

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TV stations in Iowa
KYIN, Mason City

KSIN, Sioux City
KQIN, Davenport
KIIN, Iowa City: KRIN, Waterloo
KDIN, Des Moines: KTIN, Fort Dodge
KBIN, Council Bluffs: KHIN, Red Oak

TV stations in central Iowa (including Des Moines and Ames)
WOI 5 (ABC)
KCCI 8 (CBS)
KDIN 11 (PBS)
WHO 13 (NBC)
KDSM 17 (Fox)
KDMI 19 (TCT)
KTIN 21 (PBS)
KCWI 23 (CW)
KAJR-LD 36 (Info)
KFPX 39 (Ion)
K41DD-D 41 (HSN)
KCYM-LD 45 (NEWSMAX)
KDAO-CD 45 (RTV)
TV stations in eastern Iowa (including Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Iowa City, and Dubuque)
KGAN 2 (CBS)
KWWL 7 (NBC)
KCRG 9 (ABC)
KIIN 12 (PBS)
KWKB 20 (AZA)
KFXA 28 (Fox)
KRIN 32 (PBS)
KFXB 40 (CTN)
KPXR 48 (Ion)
TV stations in serving Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa
KMTV 3 (CBS)
WOWT 6 (NBC)
KETV 7 (ABC)
KXVO 15 (CW)
KYNE 26 (PBS)
KOHA-LD 27 (TLM)
KBIN 32 (PBS)
KHIN 36 (PBS)
KPTM 42 (Fox)
TV stations in the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area
WHBF 4 (CBS)
KWQC 6 (NBC)
WQAD 8 (ABC)
KLJB 18 (Fox)
K20KF-D 20 (3ABN)
WQPT 24 (PBS)
KGCW 26 (CW)
KQIN 36 (PBS)
WMW 53 (TBN)
KQCT-LP 61 (RTV)
TV stations in Siouxland
KUSD 2 (PBS)
KTIV 4 (NBC)
KSXC-LD 5 (Daystar)
KCAU 9 (ABC)
KMEG 14 (CBS)
KBWF-LD 15 (NCN)
KXNE 19 (PBS)
KSIN 27 (PBS)
KPTH 44 (Fox)
TV stations in Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa, including Rochester, Austin, Albert Lea and Mason City
KIMT 3 (CBS)
KAAL 6 (ABC)
KTTC 10 (NBC)
KSMQ 15 (PBS)
KYIN 24 (PBS)
KXLT 47 (Fox)
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