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KCTS-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is a non-commercial educational television station licensed to Seattle, Washington, United States, serving as the primary member station of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for the Seattle–Tacoma television market. The station's offices and studios are located at the northeast corner of Seattle Center, and its transmitter is on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

KCTS-TV also operates semi-satellite KYVE (virtual channel 47, UHF digital channel 21) in Yakima, Washington, which serves as the PBS member station for the western portion of the Yakima/Tri-Cities market. KYVE has its own studio on Second Street in Yakima and transmitter on Ahtanum Ridge near Union Gap, though master control and some support operations are based at KCTS' studios in Seattle.

KCTS and KYVE are owned by Cascade Public Media.

HistoryEdit

KCTS crew recording an interview with Dennis Kelso, then-commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, during the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

KCTS first went on the air on December 7, 1954, broadcasting from the campus of the University of Washington, the station's original licensee, and using equipment donated by KING-TV owner Dorothy Bullitt.

During the 1950s and 1960s, KCTS primarily supplied classroom instructional programs used in Washington State's 1–12 schools, plus National Educational Television (NET) programs. Outside of schoolrooms, KCTS' audience among the general public was somewhat limited, and most programming was in black-and-white until the mid-1970s (although the station did install color capability in 1967).

In 1970, National Educational Television was absorbed into the newly created Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). As a PBS member station, KCTS began offering a vastly enhanced scope of programming for the general public, including British programming.

Thanks to a major fundraiser drive during the mid-1980s, KCTS moved to its present location on the Seattle Center campus in October 1986; shortly after, in 1987, the University of Washington spun off KCTS, and the station became a community licensee.

KCTS is seen throughout southwestern British Columbia on local cable systems, as well as across Canada on the Bell TV and Shaw Direct satellite providers, as well as on many other Canadian cable TV systems. According to KCTS, "over 800,000 viewers tune in every week" from British Columbia KCTS receives substantial financial support from its far-flung Canadian audience as well as from viewers in Washington State.

In January 2016, as part of a broader strategy redefine itself as a content provider for various other platforms other than television, the name of the licensee, KCTS Television became Cascade Public Media; its properties include KCTS-TV, Crosscut, a non-profit daily news site, and Spark Public, a local website devoted to millennial life.

KYVE historyEdit

In 1994, KCTS merged with KYVE, which has served central Washington since November 1, 1962. However, this wasn't the first time that the two stations had partnered together; during the early 1960s KYVE's engineers switched to and from KCTS' signal until the station's owners, the Yakima Board of Education, got enough funding for the station to be self-supporting. The station became a community licensee in 1984, but found the going difficult until its merger with KCTS.

During the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, some programs included a combined KCTS/KYVE visual bug in the lower-right corner of the screen, indicating they were simulcast to both markets. However, since the early 2000s, KYVE has largely been a straight simulcast of KCTS. Combined, the two stations serve 2.4 million people, accounting for almost two-thirds of Washington state's population.


TV stations in Washington
KCTS/KYVE, Seattle/Yakima

KBTC/KCKA, Tacoma/Centralia
KWSU/KTNW, Pullman/Richland
KSPS, Spokane

TV stations in the Puget Sound Region, including Seattle, Tacoma and Everett
KOMO 4 (ABC)
KING 5 (NBC)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
K08OU-D 8 (3ABN)
KCTS 9 (PBS)
KSTW 11 (CW)
KVOS 12 (H&I)
KCPQ 13 (Fox)
KCKA 15 (PBS)
KONG 16 (Ind)
KTBW 20 (TBN)
KZJO 22 (MNTV)
KBCB 24 (SBN)
KRUM-LD 24 (Ind)
KBTC 28 (PBS)
KWPX 33 (Ion)
KFFV 44 (Ind)
KUSE-LD 46 (AAT TV)
KUNS 51 (UNI)
KWDK 56 (Daystar)
TV stations in Central Washington and Northeastern Oregon, including Yakima
KUNW-CD 2 (UNI)
KNEE-LD 10 (Ind)
KFFX 11 (Fox)
KTVR 13 (PBS)
KEPR 19 (CBS)
K21JQ-D 21 (Esperanza)
K22LU-D 22 (3ABN)
KNDO 23 (NBC)
K25FP-D 25 (3ABN)
KNDU 25 (NBC)
KIMA 29 (CBS)
KTNW 31 (PBS)
KYPK-LD 32 (AZA)
K33EJ-D 33 (3ABN)
KAPP 35 (ABC)
KWYT-LD 36 (ESTRELLA)
KCYU-LD 41 (Fox)
KVEW 42 (ABC)
KDHW-CD 45 (TBN)
KWWO-LP 47 (TBN)
KWCC-LD 47 (Ind)
KYVE 47 (PBS)
KRLB-LD 49 (TBN)
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