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WKNO, virtual channel 10 (UHF digital channel 29), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Memphis, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by the Mid-South Public Communications Foundation, a non-profit organization governed by a board of trustees composed of volunteers, and is operated alongside National Public Radio (NPR) member radio station WKNO-FM (91.1). WKNO maintains studios and offices in Cordova, and its transmitter is also located there.

HistoryEdit

The station first signed on the air on June 25, 1956 as Tennessee's first public television outlet. Its studios were first located in midtown Memphis, but would move several years later to rented space on the campus of Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis); in 1979, the studios were relocated a few blocks to the south, to the southern annex of the MSU campus on Getwell Road. That facility served the station for 30 years until November 2009, when the station moved into a custom-designed all-digital studio facility in Cordova.

From 1968 to 1981, WKNO's programming was repeated on WLJT in Lexington for viewers in the remainder of western Tennessee outside the Memphis metropolitan area. Afterward, that station eventually began broadcasting a separate programming schedule, including programming of local interest to that region.

Unlike most of Tennessee's public television outlets, WKNO has never had direct or indirect ties to the state government, even though during its early years the station would identify as "Tennessee Educational Television" during in-school hours and "Tennessee Public Television" during off-school hours, including prime time.


TV stations in Tennessee
WNPT, Nashville

WCTE, Cookeville
WKNO, Memphis
WTCI, Chattanooga
WETP, Johnson City/Kingsport/Bristol
WKOP, Knoxville
WLJT, Lexington

TV stations in Western Tennessee, Northwestern Mississippi and the Eastern Delta Region of Arkansas, including Memphis and Oxford
WREG 3 (CBS)
WMC 5 (NBC)
WKNO 10 (PBS)
WHBQ 13 (Fox)
WPGF-LD 17 (ESTRELLA)
WMAV 18 (PBS)
WTWV 23 (Rel)
WATN 24 (ABC)
KPMF-LD 26 (MNTV/AMGTV)
WLMT 30 (CW)
WWTW 34 (Ind.)
WQEK-LD 36 (Cozi)
WBUY 40 (TBN)
W50EA-D 42 (3ABN)
WBXP-LP 44 (SBN)
WPXX 50 (Ion)
WPYM-LD 56 (RTV)
WDNM-LD 59 (Daystar)
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