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KVCR-DT, virtual channel 24 (UHF digital channel 26), is a PBS member television station serving Los Angeles, California, United States that is licensed to San Bernardino. The station is owned by the San Bernardino Community College District, and is sister to radio station KVCR-FM (91.9). KVCR's studios are located at the San Bernardino Valley College campus on North Mt. Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino, and its transmitter is located atop Box Springs Mountain.

In addition to its main programming, KVCR also programs an alternate feed specifically for the Coachella Valley area known as KVCR Desert Cities. This alternate feed is seen over-the-air in the Palm Springs area on low-power stations K09XW-D (channel 9) and KJHP-LP (channel 18), and is carried on KVCR's third digital subchannel.

HistoryEdit

KVCR-TV first signed on the air on September 11, 1962; it became the first successful UHF television station in the Inland Empire area. The station was also the first non-commercial public television station in Southern California – predating the launches of KCET (channel 28) by two years; KPBS in San Diego by five years; KOCE-TV (channel 50) in Huntington Beach by ten years; and KLCS (channel 58) by eleven years – and the third in the entire state – preceded only by KQED in San Francisco and KVIE in Sacramento.

The station's transmitter was originally located on the campus of San Bernardino Valley College, where the channel 24 studios are still located. In the 1980s, KVCR's transmitter facilities were moved to Box Springs Mountain, overlooking Moreno Valley. The higher location along with increased effective radiated power greatly increased the station's grade A and grade B signal coverage. During the summers of 2005 and 2006, separate transmitter failures knocked both the KVCR television and radio stations off the air for extended periods.

RebrandEdit

In October 2017, Keith Birkfeld was named Interim General Manager at KVCR. KVCR has recently completed a rebrand of the station, becoming the "Empire Network PBS", in an effort to re-imagine KVCR in the digital age. An award-winning digital campaign launched the rebranding effort with the slogan "Bold. Diverse. Forward." Bold meaning the courage to be honest and objective in a polarized media environment, Diverse to profoundly reflect the variety of viewpoints and lifestyles in our region, and forward to honor the past at KVCR with a vision towards creating an inspirational path to the future.


TV stations in California
KOCE, Los Angeles

KVCR, Los Angeles
KLCS, Los Angeles
KEET, Eureka
KVIE, Sacramento
KIXE, Redding/Chico
KQED/KQET, San Francisco/Monterey
KQEH, San Francisco
KRCB, San Francisco
KVPT/KVPT-LP, Fresno/Bakersfield
KPBS, San Diego

TV stations in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, and portions of the Inland Empire
KCBS 2 (CBS)
KNBC 4 (NBC)
KTLA 5 (CW)
KHTV-CD 6 (Ind)
KABC 7 (ABC)
KFLA-LD 8 (NEWSNET)
KCAL 9 (Ind)
KIIO-LD 10 (IND)
KTTV 11 (FOX)
KTBV-LD 12 (Ind)
KCOP 13 (MNTV)
KPOM-CD 14 (HSN2)
KSCI 18 (Ind)
KNLA-CD 20 (SBN)
KVME 20 (H&I)
KWHY 22 (Ind)
KVCR 24 (PBS)
KVHD-LD 26 (EVINE)
KSFV-CD 27 (JEWELRY)
KCET 28 (ETV)
KPXN 30 (Ion)
KVMD 31 (LATV)
KCIO-LD 33 (IND)
KMEX 34 (UNI)
KTAV-LD 35 (ALMA)
K36JH-D 36 (TVA)
KHIZ-LD 39 (COURT)
KTBN 40 (TBN)
KXLA 44 (Ind)
KFTR 46 (UnM)
KOCE 50 (PBS)
KVEA 52 (TLM)
KAZA 54 (MeTV)
KDOC 56 (Ind)
KJLA 57 (AZA)
KLCS 58 (PBS)
KRCA 62 (ESTRELLA)
KBEH 63 (Rel)
KILM 64 (Ion Life)
KEDD-LD 69 (HSN)
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