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KSPS-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Spokane, Washington, United States. It also has viewership in the province of Alberta, Canada, including the cities of Edmonton and Calgary. The station broadcasts its main signal from its site at Krell Hill, also known as "Tower Mountain", with its general studios at Joel E. Ferris High School in the South Gate neighborhood on Spokane's south side. KSPS can be seen in high definition on channel 107 on Comcast Xfinity in the Spokane area, and channel 707 on Charter Spectrum in the Coeur d'Alene and Palouse areas, as well as on channel 7 on Dish Network and DirecTV in both standard and high definition. In the Edmonton area it is broadcast on Channel 22 on Shaw Cable, and Channel 140 on Telus Optik TV. In the Calgary area it is broadcast on Channel 14 on Shaw Cable, and Channel 140 on Telus Optik TV.

HistoryEdit

On April 24, 1967, KSPS-TV first signed on the air,[3] from the basement of Adams Elementary of Spokane Public Schools. It was affiliated with National Educational Television (NET), and moved to its successor network, PBS, on October 5, 1970. A series of school levy failures in the early 1970s forced the station to secure alternate funding and, in 1972, Friends of Seven, now known as Friends of KSPS, was founded to provide financial support to KSPS.

On July 26, 2012, the board of Spokane Public Schools voted unanimously to spin off KSPS to the Friends of KSPS. A day later, the Friends of KSPS board also voted unanimously to move forward with taking full control of the station. The transition from an educational license to a community license was completed in fall 2013. School board employees working for KSPS would become employees of the non-profit organization. Gary Stokes, the executive director of the Friends of KSPS, says that he hopes to "keep things as business-as-usual as possible. That includes keeping the employees a part of our station." Friends of KSPS has become the primary financial supporter for the station in recent years and Stokes said he believed that his organization was in a position to take over the station outright. The station plans to remain at Ferris High School in the short term; the school board has no plans to sell the building in which the station is located. Soon after the sale closed and the station officially became a community-licensed station, Friends of KSPS changed its trading name to KSPS Public Television.


TV stations in Washington
KCTS/KYVE, Seattle/Yakima

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

TV stations in the Inland Northwest, including Spokane, Washington and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
KREM 2 (CBS)
KLEW 3 (CBS)
KXLY/KXMN-LD 4 (ABC)
KHQ 6 (NBC)
KSPS 7 (PBS)
KWSU 10 (PBS)
KUID 12 (PBS)
KSKN 22 (CW)
KQUP 24 (Daystar)
KCDT 26 (PBS)
KIDQ-LP 27 (JUCE TV/Youtoo)
KAYU 28 (Fox)
KDYS-LD 32 (Daystar)
KGPX 34 (Ion)
KHBA-LD 39 (Hope)
K29NM-D 43 (HSN2)
KQUP-LD 47 (Daystar)
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