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KAMU-TV is a full-service Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member public television station in College Station, Texas. Owned by Texas A&M University, it broadcasts on digital channel 12 from its transmitter near the university campus, with studios at the Moore Communications Center on campus. It serves as the sole PBS member station for the Waco/Temple/Bryan/College Station/Killeen market.

HistoryEdit

KAMU-TV began broadcasting on February 15, 1970. It originally aired on UHF channel 15, and was the first educational station in central Texas.

On April 1, 2003, KAMU was the first station in the region to begin broadcasting in HDTV. KAMU made the first live HDTV broadcast in the region on April 22, 2004, with the program "Meet the Candidates 2004".

KAMU switched from analog to digital broadcasting on June 12, 2009. It opted not to use PSIP to remap to channel 15, instead opting to use channel 12 as its virtual channel. KAMU offered ResearchChannel on subchannel 12.3 until that service folded in August 2010.

On February 27, 2018, the Central Texas College's board of trustees voted to close down KNCT (which served the western portion of the Waco/Temple/Bryan market) over budgetary concerns related to the FCC spectrum repacking that would have required that station to move from RF channel 46 to RF channel 17 starting in 2020, as well as the need to replace its original transmitter. The shutdown of KNCT, which would occur on August 31, 2018, would leave KAMU-TV as the only PBS member station in the market.


TV stations in Texas
KUHT, Houston

KLRN, San Antonio
KLRU, Austin
KERA, Dallas–Fort Worth
KAMU, College Station
KACV, Amarillo
KTTZ, Lubbock
KEDT, Corpus Christi
KMBH-DT2, Harlingen
KPBT, Odessa
KCOS, El Paso

TV Stations in the Central Texas area
Waco/Killeen/Temple Bryan/College Station
KCEN 6 (NBC) KBTX 3 (CBS)
KWTX 10 (CBS) KAMU 12 (PBS)
KXXV 25 (ABC) KSCM 18 (TMD)
KPLE 31 (TBN) KAGS-LD 23 (NBC)
KWKT 44 (FOX) KYLE 28 (MNTV)
KNCT 46 (CW) KZCZ 34 (Bounce)
KAXW 51 (AZTECA) KRHD-CD 40 (ABC)
KAKW 62 (UNI) K47ED 47 (TBN)
Defunct stations
KWBU/KDYW 34 (PBS)
KWKO 38 (IND)
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